Thursday, October 22, 2015

Matthew, Day 4 Readings

Jesus Enters Jerusalem, and Confronts Religious Authorities 

Today's first reading is a more dramatic way that Jesus confounded the expectations of religious leaders.  After entering Jerusalem riding on a donkey (in fulfillment of yet another prophecy), Jesus proceeds to the Temple, where he confronts those who make a living by selling things necessary to make sacrifices or give money in the Temple.

If this weren't upsetting enough to the Jewish authorities, Jesus then offers a series of teachings about how they have squandered their opportunity and God's favor rests on others who have been more faithful.

Read Matthew 21:1-46  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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The second reading is a continuation of this, but offering a more positive approach.  Rather than criticizing hypocritical religious leaders and authorities, Jesus praises those who reach out to the poor, the homeless, the ill, and those in prison.  These people, Jesus says, are doing God's work and will be honored by God, whether anyone on earth notices them or not.

Read Matthew 25:31-46  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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Reading the Bible in Its Entirety

If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read Matthew 19-23 today.