God’s Corner

God’s Corner

Bible verses of the week…

“”If sinners tempt you, don’t give in to them.”

Proverbs 1:10

>>>>>Bible study article of the week…
New Beginnings – Out With The Old, In With The New

Author: Julia A. Keirns Imagine being a new Christian, picking up the Bible for the very first time, and just by coincidence deciding to begin in the book of Matthew. I bet you never thought you’d get a lesson in genealogy, huh? So what’s all this jibberish about?
One of the most important things you can do when sitting down to read the Bible, is ask God to open your heart to anything He might try to teach you. Ask God to give you insight into what He wants you to learn from your personal time in the word. Then, before digging into any certain book of the Bible, know first what the book is about. Discover who wrote it and why. This can help tremendously when trying to read the Bible.There are four Gospels of the life of Jesus Christ. A Gospel is a written account of someone’s life. Matthew is the first one. The first thing we need to understand about the book of Matthew is that Matthew was a Jewish tax collector who became one of Jesus’ disciples. Today, in America, we have an organization called the IRS. They make and enforce our tax laws. And we go to advisors called CPA’s to help us understand and get around as many of these tax laws as we can. Of course, I guess we should feel fortunate that we have tax laws. 2000 years ago there were no tax laws to protect the people. Only tax collectors, like Matthew. He was not well liked, and he was not very honest about how much taxes he collected from the people. But Jesus came along and changed all that.

Matthew was writing this book directly to other Jews like himself in order to prove to them that Jesus was who He said He was…the Messiah. The Jews believed Jesus to be a great prophet, but a lot of them did not believe Him to be the actual Son of God. He did not come as they expected Him to come. He was born in a stable, with a humble carpenter for a father. This was not the background of a king. Here they had spent all their lives being faithful to God, reading the scriptures, and waiting for their Messiah to come, and when He did come most of them missed it. Matthew refers to the Old Testament a lot, trying to show the Jews that Jesus fulfilled all the prophecies, making this book the perfect transition from the Old Testament to the New.

Matthew tells us all about the life of Jesus Christ. We will learn about His birth and childhood, His baptism and His victories over Satan’s temptations. We will learn of the many miracles Jesus performed, including healings and driving out of demons. Then we will discover the different kinds of opposition Jesus encountered in His ministry on earth. Finally Matthew will show us Jesus’ final days on earth through stories of the Last Supper, His crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.

There are many life application lessons to learn in the book of Matthew, so as we study it, and try to figure out what all the jibberish is about, let’s listen to Matthew’s message to us – that Jesus is who He says He is, the Messiah. Jesus is Lord. We don’t make Him Lord, He already is. Is He Lord of your life?

 

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