Slowing down our Bible reading…

I have had some request to slow down our reading so we can have a better discussion on WHAT we are reading and to allow those busy family members to join in. Those who wish to read the Bible in a year- follow the link on the first post. I will slow the rest down so we can have more fruitful discussion on what we are reading or how to apply it to our everyday life. I like the concept of meaningful over productive timing. So at this point I would say let’s take the rest of March to read Matthew- any good insights?


  1. Erin said:

    I would like to read more stories of what he was like as a child… like, did he get into mischief like other children? How did he learn to be the man he became, because I do believe the lessons and mistakes you make as a child make you into the person you become. So was Jesus bullied and picked on, making him more sympathetic to others or was he just the nice guy? It was be nice to read and find out.

    March 17, 2010
  2. klds said:

    Jesus was 30 when he was baptized. Though we know the story of his birth (it’s significant) the disciples were not with him when he was growing up so they is no record (they are the ones telling the stories in the Gospels- much debate on that as well)- that would have to come from Mary and Joseph. Now the New Testament is said to common from the Synoptic gospels- there is a belief that their is also other stories called the Apocrypha that did not make it into the Bible. This collection has a Gospel according to Thomas which does have stories of Jesus as a child. The issue here is- the Bible tells Jesus did not perform any miracles until he started his ministry, which was 30, when he was Baptized (discrepancy) So- the Bible was written over a 1500 year time span- we wonder why it’s hard to understand!

    March 16, 2010
  3. Erin said:

    WOW, I read Matthew 1-4 and boy, does Jesus grow QUICK! It starts with his birth, his exile as a child and ends with him as a man (i assume, since they don’t really indicate his age) starting his teachings… all in about 4 pages! When he went to John the Baptist to be baptized, was he a man or a teenager? I guess it doesn’t matter, but these are the silly things I try to figure out.

    March 16, 2010
  4. Erin said:

    I was wondering why you start with the New Testament instead of the Old Testament… thanks for clearing that up (feels strange to open to the middle to start). Is this how most Bible studies are structured for better understanding or just because it was the first?

    I found one of my Bibles, by the way (the one you gave me as my Godmother). I have another one from a friend I used to work with and I cannot, for the life of me, find it! I wanted to compare the two but I guess that will have to wait. But I am ready to try to start on this journey, although I probably will not keep up. But I will try.

    March 16, 2010
  5. klds said:

    What makes Matthew special?
    The Gospel According to Matthew is probably best known for what is known as the Sermon on the Mount (chapters 5-7), which includes many familiar teachings of Jesus such as the Beatitudes, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Golden Rule. However, this particular Gospel is significant for a number of other reasons as well. For example:

    * Matthew has a distinct genealogy for Jesus (1:1-17, cf., Luke 3:23-38), which is tied directly to Matthew’s particular theology, and which emphasizes Jesus’ Jewish heritage and his intimate connection to the royal lineage of David
    * Matthew provides the most detailed description of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness (4:1-11)
    * Matthew includes no less than nine parables not found anywhere else in the New Testament:
    o The Weeds (13:24-30)
    o The Hidden Treasure (13:44)
    o The Pearl (13.45,46)
    o The Dragnet (13.47-50)
    o The Householder (Storekeeper) (13:52)
    o The Unforgiving Servant (18:23-35)
    o The Workers in the Vineyard (20:1-16)
    o The Two Sons (21:28-31a)
    o The Ten Virgins (25:1-12)
    * In Matthew, everything happens as a result of divine plan—the Gospel contains no less than ten “fulfillment citations” wherein Jesus is depicted as “fulfilling” prophecy, either in terms of prediction or in the sense of giving meaning to events that foreshadowed the coming of the Messiah (1:22; 2:5, 15, 17, 23; 8:17; 12:17; 13:35; 21:4; and 27:9. Cf., 3:15; 13:14; 26:54, 56.

    March 15, 2010
  6. klds said:

    Did you know?
    For as long as the four gospels of the New Testament have been collected together the gospel of Matthew has been the first gospel. Even before there was a New Testament, there was a collection of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. That was usually the order and Matthew was always first. There have been several explanations for why. The most common explanation through church history was simply that Matthew was the first gospel to be written. This view is no longer widely accepted as true. It is more likely that Matthew appeared first in the collection of the gospels for two reasons. First is that Matthew is structured as a teaching gospel. More than the other three gospels Matthew presents the great blocks of teaching by Jesus, collected and organized in a way that could be easily learned and remembered. Second, and most important once the New Testament was formed, Matthew provides a bridge from the Old Testament to the New Testament.

    March 15, 2010

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