Matthew

Pharisees ask for a sign – Jesus gives them a weather lesson because they are unable to interpret the signs of the times (Matthew 16:1 – 16:4).

The Pharisees and Sadducees (prominent religious leaders in ancient Israel) came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven. Jesus sighed and said, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather for the sky is red’. When morning arrives you say,…
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Jesus feeds the four thousand – seven loaves and a few fish feed thousands of people (Matthew 15:29 – 15:39).

Jesus left the area of Tyre and Sidon and travelled along the Sea of Galilee. He went up a mountainside and sat down. Great crowds had followed him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, and many others, and laid them at his feet and he healed them. The people…
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Jesus veers from his primary task in order to free a pagan Canaanite from demon possession (Matthew 15:21 – 15:28).

Jesus left Gennesaret, withdrew from the Pharisees, and travelled to Tyre and Sidon. A local Canaanite woman came to Jesus crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.” Jesus did not say a word. The disciples urged Jesus to dismiss the…
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Come to me, all who are weary and burdened – how God’s message is revealed through Jesus (Matthew 11:25 – 11:30)

After denouncing the cities in the area for not heeding his message, Jesus praised God and said, “You have hidden these things from the wise and revealed them to the little children. All things have been committed to me by my father. No one knows the son except the father,…
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Jesus chastises Jewish cities for refusing to repent – it’s not the sin that matters, but the repentance (Matthew 11:20 – 11:24)

Jesus chastised the towns in which he had performed miracles, but they still refused to repent. “Woe to you, Chorazin! Pity on you, Bethsaida! If the miracles that were performed in your cities had been performed in Tyre or Sidon, they would have repented along ago in sackcloth and ashes.…
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True defilement – it’s not what goes into the mouth that matters, but what comes out (Matthew 14:34 – 15:20).

After the miracle of walking across the water, Jesus crossed over with the disciples and landed at Gennesaret. When people recognized him, word spread throughout the surrounding country. People brought all of their sick to Jesus and begged him to let them merely touch the edge of his cloak. When…
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Jesus walks on water – Peter’s faith is tested (Matthew 14:22 – 14:33)

After feeding the 5,000, Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and travel to the other side of the Sea of Galilee while he dismissed the crowd. After dismissing the crowd, Jesus went up onto a mountainside by himself and prayed. Later that night, Jesus was on the mountainside…
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Jesus feeds the five thousand with five loaves of bread and two fish (Matthew 14:13 – 14:21)

When Jesus heard that John the Baptist had been killed, he boarded a boat to travel to a solitary place. People heard that Jesus was leaving so they followed him on foot, around the shoreline of the Sea of Galilee. When Jesus arrived on shore, he saw a large crowd.…
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Under pressure from Herodias, King Herod takes the head of John the Baptist (Matthew 14:1 – 14:12)

During the time Jesus was teaching in Capernaum, Herod the tetrarch received reports about Jesus activities. Herod told his attendants, “This is John the Baptist, he has risen from the dead! That is why miraculous powers are at work in him.” Herod had arrested John the Baptist and bound him…
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Despite great success teaching in Capernaum, Jesus’ home town take offense at his message and rejects him (Matthew 13:53 – 13:58)

After teaching the people using parables, Jesus left Capernaum and returned to his hometown. He began teaching people in their synagogue. The people were amazed. They asked, “Where did this man get his wisdom and miraculous powers? Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother Mary? Aren’t his brothers James,…
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