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- One God and one LordSee Ephesians 4:5-6 and 1 Timothy 2:5 where we also see the one God identified as the Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ identified as another, the one Lord and the one mediator. The best textual evidence also supports Jesus being the “only Master and Lord” of Jude 1:4, and the Father being “the only God” of Jude 1:25. Paul is drawing on several OT verses prophesying about God’s people having two rulers, the Lord God, and underneath Him, the Lord’s servant David (the Messiah): Jeremiah 30:9, Ezekiel 34:23-24, Ezekiel 37:23-24, Hosea 3:4-5. These verses show that the Messiah takes the place of David as the highest ruler over God’s people, second only to the Lord God; He is the king and prince amongst God’s people. Indeed, the Messiah is the fulfilment of God’s promise that David would forever have a king on his throne. Consequently, the meaning of the word ‘Lord’ (kurios) in 1 Corinthians 8:6 is king, just as David was called “my lord the king” (kurios in the Greek translations) alongside the Lord (kurios in the Greek translations) in 2 Samuel 15:21. Psalm 110:1 also refers to the Messiah as “my Lord” (kurios in Greek, adon in Hebrew) at the right hand of the Lord where He rules over His enemies and serves as a priest (the mediator between God and men, 1 Timothy 2:5). Psalm 2 shows the Messiah as the Lord’s anointed king who rules on His behalf.
New Testament Reading Plan Week 18: Matthew 23–27
1. In Matthew 23, Jesus delivers seven woes to the Pharisees. Seven is a significant number in Scripture, indicating perfection or completion. How does that add gravitas to Jesus’ rebuke? Additionally, what is the basic theme of the seven woes, and how do you see that theme show up in your own life?
2. Matthew 24 is a perplexing chapter and has given interpreters difficulty for centuries. Rather than try and sort out the timeline of everything Jesus describes, it is better to take his cue for what to focus on. Circle all the imperatives (commands, e.g. “See that no one leads you astray”) in this passage. Consider especially verses 42–44. Why did Jesus say all these words to the disciples, and what is the takeaway for readers today?
3. Matthew 25 continues with themes of watchfulness and readiness. Its ending describes a judgment scene. Over what does the King judge those who say they knew Jesus but didn’t? What do verses 31–46 tell us about how we should live in light of all of Jesus’ warnings in chapters 24 and 25? In other words, what should we not focus on, and what should we focus on instead?
4. Tension rises in Matthew 26 as Jesus spends his final hours with the disciples before the crucifixion. Why do you think Matthew records the Passover meal in this section? (Consider the “This was to fulfill . . .” motif that featured heavily in the earlier chapters of Matthew.) What is Jesus’ posture toward the events unfolding? Read Isaiah 53 and reflect on Matthew 26 in light of it.
5. Matthew 27 tells the story of Jesus’ sentencing and crucifixion. At various points, Jesus is mocked, ironically called the King of the Jews or the Son of God. Note the places where Jesus is mocked, and who is mocking him. Yet one person (with company) makes a sincere acknowledgment of who Jesus is. Who confesses him as the Son of God, and why is this to the shame of the original Jewish audience of Matthew’s Gospel?
- When will reading plan 5x5x5 Week 18 questions be posted? Thank you and God Bless!
- Hi KA! It has been posted. I apologize for the delay. What are your thoughts on the reading plan so far? I hope you're enjoying it!
- Honestly,I am just starting out but wanted to hop in where you guys are with questions instead of from the beginning.So far enjoying.Just want to thank you guys for putting the plan together with the focus questions!!! Loving the Logos Software so far though still a lot I need to learn.God Bless!
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New Testament Reading Plan Week 17: Matthew 18–22
- Each pericope in Matthew 18 finds Jesus teaching about the way we as humans interact with one another. He uses positive and negative examples of each. What are the common threads in each of these stories? Based on these verses, how should we treat each other?
- Many people—sometimes even those who call themselves Christians—think that being good or doing good earns them a place in heaven. Sometimes it’s easy for us to fall into that trap as well, thinking our good works can make God happy with us. Yet Jesus’ response to the rich young ruler in Matthew 19:21 reveals a greater reality. According to Jesus, how does someone get eternal life? In what ways do you tend to try to earn God’s approval, even though he already approves of you because of Christ’s finished work?
- In his commentary on Matthew 20:20–28, Matthew Henry offers this simple truth: “Nothing makes more mischief among brethren, than desire of greatness.” Ouch. Take some time to pray through this passage, asking God to reveal any pride to confess or forgiveness to seek from anyone you’ve wronged.
- Regarding the parable of the vineyard owner, Leon Morris writes, “But finally the owner sent his son. In real life, of course, this is unlikely. The owner would have had the law on his side, and he would have taken strong action to eject his defaulting tenants. But Jesus is telling a story that would illustrate the way a compassionate and loving God acts toward sinners, not the way a businessman would act to protect his investment.” Does this thinking reframe the parable for you? Where do you see God’s compassion in this pericope?
- In Matthew 22:37–38, Jesus gives only two commands, as opposed to the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1–17) or the entire Torah. He says that the entire Law can be summed up into those two commands. Read Exodus 20:1–17, being careful to see how Jesus’ commands relate to the ones given to Moses.
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New Testament Reading Plan Week 15: Matthew 13–17
- Matthew begins teaching in parables regarding his kingdom in chapter 13. According to 10–17, 34–35, and 51–52, Jesus spoke in parables because he did not want those unwilling to receive his message to understand. What commendation did Jesus give his disciples? (13:16–17) How are we different from those who came before Jesus was here?
- Matthew 14 describes John the Baptist’s death, then a series of miracles at the Sea of Galilee. What motivated Jesus to feed the multitudes and heal the sick? (vv. 13–14) What was he revealing about who he is to the crowds? To the disciples? (See also Mark 1:41; Luke 7:22; Isa 35:5)
- In Matthew 15, Pharisees and scribes from Jerusalem approach Jesus, who accuses them of being lax toward their legal traditions, such as handwashing and ritual purity. The “tradition of the elders” (v. 2) refers to the oral teaching of the Pharisees throughout the centuries, which served to clarify and preserve the law. According to Jesus, when do traditions of men become wrong? (vv. 8–9, 18–20) What will happen to these “plants” (religions/doctrines) not started by God? (v. 13)
- In Matthew 16:5–12, Jesus warns his disciples to beware of the “leaven” of the Pharisees and Sadducees. What was the leaven of the Pharisees? The Sadducees? (See also Luke 12:1; Acts 23:8; Gal 5:7–9) Why is it important to “take heed” against even a little leaven in our lives? (v. 6) What do you think Jesus wanted the disciples to understand by referring back to the feeding of the four and five thousand in verses 9–10?
- The events in Matthew 17 start with Jesus transfigured on the mountain (vv. 1–13). Moses and Elijah—often considered representatives of the Law and the Prophets—also appeared, talking with him. What did the voice from the cloud say about Jesus? (v. 5) Considering Jesus’ warnings in Matthew 16, what could this indicate?
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- Can someone point me to some active Faithlife groups? Can't quite figure this out.
- Hi Jason Soto, welcome to Faithlife! I'll list a few groups you can try, perhaps someone can mention some that I don't think of. Another thing you can do is to visit the profile of some of the people and see what groups they belong to. I've found a few that way. If the person's groups are not hidden, you'll find them listed at the upper left, below their name. Here's some to try: https://faithlife.com/free-books/activity https://faithlife.com/logos-10-day-challenge/activity https://faithlife.com/verbum/activity https://faithlife.com/mpseminars/activity
- Awesome! Great tips. I'll check those out. Thank you!
- Jason Soto Here's a few more if you are a Logos user: The New Notes Tool: https://faithlife.com/logos-notes/activity Search Help: https://faithlife.com/logos-search/activity Good Daily Posts: https://faithlife.com/reformed-voices/activity Interesting Publisher: https://faithlife.com/wipf-and-stock/activity