Matthew

The disciples of John the Baptist ask Jesus why he doesn’t fast like the traditional Pharisees – (Matthew 9:14 – 9:17)

The disciples of John the Baptist went to Jesus and asked him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not?” Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while the bridegroom is still with them? The time will come when the bridegroom…
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Matthew

Jesus teaches his followers how to fast (Matthew 6:16 – 6:18)

Jesus told his followers, “When you fast, do not look gloomy as the hypocrites do, for they twist their faces to show others that they are fasting and uncomfortable. Truly I tell you, they have already received their reward in full.” Jesus instructed his followers to put oil on their…
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Matthew

Jesus is tested in the Wilderness – a fork in the road for the Messiah (Matthew 4:1 – 4:11)

Immediately after his baptism, Jesus was led into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting for forty days, he was hungry. The devil said, “If you are the son of God, turn these stones into bread.” Jesus countered, “The Bible tells us, a person cannot live on…
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