July 2 – (Matt. 11:7-19) We continue to see how distorted Truth can become. There were many ideas about John and Elijah to which Jesus is bringing light.  What does this tell us about John and those who heard his message? 

July 3 – (Matt. 11:20-30) In verses 20-24, Jesus began to “denounce the cities where most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent”. He compares them against Sodom as the ultimate example of a “city of sin”.  What would He say about your city?  About our state or country?  What can we do about that?  Let’s continue to win them to Him one person at a time. Selah

                Lest the mandate from Jesus to make disciples just seems too much for you, take to heart verses 28-30 and know that when we feel it is just too hard, it means we are doing at least some of it in our own strength. Give it all to Him!

July 4 – (Matt. 12:1-8) The religious leaders are attacking Jesus by judging His disciples.  What is their charge?  How does Jesus answer it?  I believe there are very few Christians who follow “Sabbath rules” anymore so for us it may be a mood point. Is this a good thing?  It is something we need to  ponder.  

July 5 – (Matt. 12:9-21) The irony in the second assault of the Pharisees is that while Jesus is healing on the Sabbath, the Pharisees are making plans to kill him (vv. 8-12). How does Jesus’ attitude toward people and scripture differ from that of the Pharisees? 

                In the first two conflicts Jesus embodies the Old Testament Scripture that Matthew quotes (vv. 15-21).  Why is Jesus worthy to be followed?

July 6 – (Matt. 12:22-32) Jesus had bound Satan, “the strong man”, making him powerless to prevent Jesus from proclaiming and demonstrating the Good News of the kingdom (v. 29). As we proclaim the Good News, is the enemy any less bound?  Selah

                 Verses 31 and 32 speaks about blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. It involves giving satan credit for what is accomplished by God’s power, while persistently rejecting God and His commands.  One interpretation said this sin is committed today only by unbelievers who permanently reject the Holy Spirit when He calls them to salvation.   What do you think? 

July 7 – (Matt. 12:33-42) These verses compare Jonah in the belly of a whale for 3 days with Jesus being in the tomb for three days.  I am so literal in my thinking, I try and figure out how Jesus was in the tomb for 72 hours.  Not so.  Any part of a day was considered 1 day.  It’s amazing to me how our thinking can miss the mark whether it is cultural differences or word meanings or just how we view things.  “Lord, please show us what you want us to see as we read Your Words!” 

July 8 – (Matt. 12:43-50) Jesus asks who His mother and brother is.  Did you notice that He did not include father? There is some speculation that possibly this indicates that Joseph has already died. (The last reference of Joseph is the trip to Jerusalem with Jesus.) Since Jesus was the oldest son of the family, it was tradition that he would take on the care of the family after Joseph’s death.  His family may have been trying to remind him of his responsibility. This puts a whole new light on these verses doesn’t it?