February 10 – 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!

Matthew 17

The Transfiguration

After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.
Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”
When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.
As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”
10 The disciples asked him, “Why then do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?”
11 Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah comes and will restore all things. 12 But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.” 13 Then the disciples understood that he was talking to them about John the Baptist.

Jesus Heals a Demon-Possessed Boy

14 When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 16 I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”
17 “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” 18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment.
19 Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”
20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” [21] 

Jesus Predicts His Death a Second Time

22 When they came together in Galilee, he said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. 23 They will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised to life.” And the disciples were filled with grief.

The Temple Tax

24 After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma temple tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?”
25 “Yes, he does,” he replied.
When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes—from their own children or from others?”
26 “From others,” Peter answered.
“Then the children are exempt,” Jesus said to him. 27 “But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”


Not My Will, But Yours | Jess Howell


Matthew 17:19


Another demon possessed person and Jesus has given authority to his disciples to heal him, yet they weren’t successful. Obviously they were frustrated, and they asked Jesus why they couldn’t drive the demon out. Jesus’ response was encouraging them that even the smallest amount of faith would have done the job.


Oh the roller coaster I’ve been on the last few weeks in my health! I feel like I’m led down one path only to be redirected to another. My faith was in my doctors’ abilities to find the problem, and they didn’t. Just like the disciples, I was asking, “Why couldn’t we do it?” This morning I had a breakthrough moment with God where I felt him saying, “Really? You didn’t trust me with this?” I had accepted that God would be with me whatever the diagnosis was, but my FAITH in man was greater than my FAITH in Him. Now I’m in a better place, at His feet.


Father, I’m sorry my faith was in the wrong place. But I’m in a better place now. You have the reigns, Lord. I’m turning it over to You. Guide me as I go through this journey – I can’t do it without You! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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  1. I intended to post something yesterday but then forgot.
    S I had to smile when I realized the verse that stuck out to me was Matthew 17:17, and my favorite number is 17!

    O My Bible commentary says, “This text reflects Jesus estimation of disciples and churches who fail to minister to others in the real power of God’s kingdom.”

    A. And as I read the commentary, I immediately felt offense. How could God be saying that to me?! But then I just thought of a Facebook post from the 40 day sugar fast yesterday that indicated maybe the reason some people haven’t felt or heard from God more or at all during this fast is that they need to repent. She wrote, “We Have done the work of the fast. We’ve taken out the sugar, and perhaps more. We’ve asked Him to speak to us. But what I feel some of us have skipped is confession and repentance.” As I read that, I felt offense rising. I mean, I’ve had thoughts of wishing I felt more spiritually out of the fast, but to accuse me of not doing it right or needing to repent, well – the audacity of her! But even though I hate to admit it, she’s right. 🙁 I have been fasting sugar in form but missing the deep prayer, deep seeking, deep conviction that needs to go along with it. Maybe that’s why I felt the nudge from the beginning that this sugar fast was going to be longer than 40 days.

    P Oh God, break my heart, soften my heart, forgive my lack of fully surrendering to you in this fast. I confess my sins of pride, being offended, defensiveness, lack of giving my control to You. Forgive me. I surrender the remaining fast to You for You – not for me or to check a box. Amen


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