February 7 – Chronological Gospels
“Come, follow me.” — Jesus (Matthew 4:19)
We are following Jesus through the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, wrapping up on Easter on April 1st. We’ll be hopping around the four gospels for a chronological perspective of Jesus’ life on earth. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
That Which Defiles
The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus 2 and saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. 3 (The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders. 4 When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash. And they observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pitchers and kettles.)
5 So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with defiled hands?”
6 He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written:
“‘These people honor me with their lips,
Shhh…It’s a Secret! | Marianne Toovey
We see a lot in the Gospels of Jesus telling people he’s healed but not to tell anyone about it. My Bible notes explain this is because he didn’t want word to reach the Romans and then they get the wrong idea. If the Romans thought Jesus was a threat, they could put an end to his ministry (and him) before it was time. But the problem with Jesus being so amazing is that people simply can’t keep it to themselves. Again, I love the wording in my Bible notes that, “Jesus’ greatness shone too brightly – his person, teachings, and ability to heal inspired awe so he could not be hidden.”
It is so hard for me to keep secrets. I’m dying to tell my husband about the surprise I’m planning for him next month and am constantly having to remind myself to keep my mouth shut. It’s not that I’m untrustworthy. It’s just that when I have news of interest, I simply want others to know so they can share in that excitement with me. And if my interesting news happened to involve this guy we’ve been hearing a lot about lately healing someone everyone knew had been suffering, well, that’s a secret I likely wouldn’t be keeping very long! I guess I’m more of a “go tell it on the mountain” kind of girl than a “ponder in her heart” one. Sorry, Jesus, You’re just too awesome and I want everyone I know to share in Your glory!
You truly are an awesome God, and I want everyone to know it. Give me the words and the courage to share Your Good News with everyone everywhere! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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