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Matthew 1
Some of the 'great' people of the histories are in Jesus' lineage.

Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Boaz, David, Solomon, Josiah, Zerubbabel, Rahab, Ruth...

Jesus= God Saves
Immanuel= God With Us


Matthew 3
John the Baptist, Elizabeth's son

Preparing the way for Jesus.

v.8 "Therefore, bear fruits worthy of repentance..."

v.10 "And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire."

v.11 "He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire."

Jesus is baptized by John.
  • Why? He is blameless and Holy. Why is he taking part in an act that we know of as an outward symbol of the death of the sin nature? Is he simply leading by example?
"Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." What the heck does that even mean?

The Message: "Do it. God's work, putting things right all these centuries, is coming together right now in this baptism." But WHY??? D:

John's miniature sermon to the Pharisees and Saducees:
Talking about right living being more important than going through the motions of religion.

Their lives are either: Green (bearing fruit) or Dead (firewood)

Talks about how Jesus is coming to make things right, to turn our lives upside down to make us Holy like Him. He will change our hearts, which will in turn change us into new beings. Changing us from the inside out. (The renewing of our mind, as in Romans 12:2?)

The true and genuine things find their place alongside God, and the false things go to the rubbish heap.

v. 17 "This is My Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

Matthew 4
He's led into the desert by the Holy Spirit (?)
-Fasted for over a month

Had to have been physically and psychologically weary from not eating and being in prayer out by himself in the wilderness. This would have left anyone else extremely susceptible to Satan's temptation.

{The enemy always plays on our greatest weaknesses first. Jesus was no exception}

Counters the temptations with Scripture:
  • Deuteronomy 8:3 Reference to Israel's time in the desert [[Physical hunger isn't the only kind we suffer from]]
  • Deuteronomy 6:16 [[We are not to toe the line, to try and test God's limits]]
  • Deuteronomy 6:13 "Worship the Lord your God, and only Him. Serve him with absolute single-heartedness" The Message            [[God should be the only one that we worship, with our whole heart]]
Matthew 5
v. 8 "Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God." NKJV

"You're blessed when you get your inside world ̶  your mind and heart ̶  put right. Then you can see God in the outside world." The Message

vv.13-14 Salt of the earth metaphor
Light on a hill
-Being light for the world

v.v 27-28 Adultery in the Heart
"But don't think you've preserved your virtue simply by staying out of bed. Your heart can be corrupted by lust even quicker than your body. Those leering looks you think nobody notices ̶  they also corrupt." The Message

vv. 43-47 "I'm telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst... If all you do is love the loveable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that." The Message

v. 48 "In a word, what I'm saying is, Grow up. You're kingdom subjects. Now live like it." The Message
Oh snap...

Matthew 6
A warning against play-acting your faith in a melodramatic way just to get a pat on the back for being "so pious."
  • Go about your daily relationship with God like normal.
  • Pray in secret when you're having your quiet time. Don't announce the fact that OMG, YOU'RE TALKING TO GOD. LIKE, RIGHT NOW. YEP. TALKING TO HIM. RIGHT NAO... T__T
  • Don't make a big production out of your bouts of fasting, but go about your daily business, just like you normally do.
Don't pray according to some formula, like repeating a phrase that's been formulated to get God to respond if you repeat it a prescribed number of times.

It's kind of ironic that "Our Father..." has become a repetitious and formulaic prayer in the Catholic church, when it's part of the passage that talks about 'vain repetitions'...

vv. 22-23 What you look at winds up taking over who you are. And it's a very difficult process to reverse. Once damage has been done, it's very hard to repair.

v. 24 Sitting on the fence is spiritually impossible.

vv. 25-34 Worrying just gets you all worked up for nothing. There is no point to it. It just sucks away your joy.


Matthew 7
Deal with your own shortcomings before you try to deal with those of others. Your own issues blind you and make it difficult to be an impartial judge. And morally, you have no right to be pointing fingers anyway...

Pealrs before swine illustration- note to self: ask about that

God delights in giving good gifts to His children.

If you want others to treat you well, treat them well first.

Your actions and words reflect the place of your heart. If you delight in bad things and fill your mind with bad things, it will be evident in the way you live.

vv. 21-23 Doing the work of God apart from actual intimacy with Him. DON'T DO IT.

vv. 24-27 We can know the Scriptures backwards and forwards, but if we don't put them into action, we are ultimately foolish, and the lives we've built in such a way will come crashing down around us.

Jesus gives the absolute basics of living a moral life in the Sermon on the Mount.


Matthew 8
vv. 2-3 The leper who comes to Jesus
"Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean."
Jesus' reply:
"I am willing; be cleansed."
Wow... ;__;

The centurion's faith:
He believed that Jesus could heal his servant without any visual proof, and knew that His power was so great that He didn't even have to be in the same room as the servant for healing to take place. The centurion recognised Jesus' authority.
Since when have I believed in Him that way?

v. 11 "And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom."
Prophecy of the building of the community of believers. [Revelation 7:9-10]

vv. 19-22 Be willing to leave it all behind

The story of the Gadarene demoniacs
He freed two men who had been the terror of the countryside, and what do the townspeople do? They ask him to leave. What the heck?! T____T

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