Gospels in 40 Days – March 17
Welcome to our study of the gospels during the Lenten season. Lent is the Christian tradition of preparing for the resurrection of Jesus by taking intentional steps to grow closer to God during the 40 days before Easter. The tradition mirrors Jesus going into the wilderness to fast and pray for 40 days, where he was tempted by Satan but was able to resist, strengthen, and grow his ministry for the days ahead (Matthew 4). Typical Lenten observances include fasting, repentance, moderation, self-denial, and spiritual discipline.
To join the study, pick a reading plan to follow, journal on the day’s reading using the SOAP method of Bible study (see “What’s SOAP?” on our website for details), and check in for daily posts from our study leaders. We hope you will join us this season, intentionally stepping toward God!
Matthew was a tax collector before he knew Jesus, but once he got the call, he left it all to follow Jesus as one of the twelve apostles. Matthew was raised in the Jewish tradition and knew scripture well. His gospel is placed perfectly at the beginning of the New Testament to connect the Old to the New. He often references Old Testament scriptures that are fulfilled in Jesus, and his gospel’s purpose is to show that Jesus is the Messiah they’ve been waiting for.
Clicking on the following links will take you to the Bible Gateway website where you can read the NIV version of today’s reading:
ALL OF IT: Matthew 21-22
MOST OF IT: Matthew 21:1-17
HIGHLIGHT REEL: Matthew 22:1-14
What things need to be cleansed from your life?
Actions Speak Louder Than Words | Dyea Rowland
Matthew 21:12 – Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.
Jesus has an aversion for corruption, regardless of what it is. In this particular case, it happened to be organized religion and the fraud they were doing within. The temple of God was to be a place of purity, a place of light. The people inside the temple portrayed themselves as something they were not. They were there to run a business, not to help people find life. Jesus’ actions spoke louder than words that day.
Jesus, come and take action in my life — speak volumes in my life. Sometimes I feel like a fraud and I am the ruler over my own temple. Overthrow those tables that I have set up, the ones that are not God-honoring and pleasing to You. Cleanse this temple so I can be that light for all to see. I want to speak into others, not just words; I want my actions to be loud and clear too. You know the new challenges that I have taken on this week; You know there are so many temples that need to be cleaned (starting with mine). I will need Your words to speak into them. I am finding that my actions may be falling behind my words — please help them line up.
Father, I will need Your boldness in this time, Your strength, and Your patience. I want to overturn tables, but I need to do it out of love and not selfish reason. Help me discern which tables and at which time, so that I do not get ahead of You. I want my actions to be healthy, not harming — so that volumes of truth is spoken. In Jesus’ name…Amen.
The Discover One Thing main website follows a reading plan that goes through the entire Bible in one year. Click HERE to check out today’s Discover One Thing post.