Monday, February 8, 2016

Bonus Reading, Matthew

Jesus' Temptation & Early Ministry            

Today's reading describes the beginning of Jesus' public ministry in the Gospel of Matthew.  After his baptism, Jesus withdrew to the wilderness, where his motives were tempted by Satan.  However, Jesus resists the desires for wealth or power, which means that his teaching is meant only to help people develop an open relationship with God.  This motivation is clear from his earliest interactions with other people, where Jesus teaches all who will listen and heals anyone who asks for healing.

Read Matthew 4:1-25  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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