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Matthew 22 – Boundless Bible Challenge

“When they heard it, they marveled.  And they left him and went away.” – Matthew 22:22 As we already saw, Jesus has started facing his most significant battles of questioning and criticism from the religious leaders.  They have had enough of this miracle-worker and teacher – they needed to get rid of him. In this chapter, we see another parable that Jesus gives to the religious leaders as well as the questioning that the religious teachers[…]

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Matthew 21 – Boundless Bible Challenge

“Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruits.” – Matthew 21:43 Chapter 21 begins Jesus’ final week before his death and resurrection.  In the next few chapters, we see Jesus come into increasing conflict with the religious leaders, he continues to teach his disciples, and he gives himself as the ultimate and perfect sacrifice for sin. Jesus is about to enter[…]

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Matthew 20 – Boundless Bible Challenge

“The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Matthew 20:28 In the last chapter of Matthew, Peter had asked about the rewards that he and the other disciples would receive for their service.  Jesus ended by saying that the first will be last and the last will be first.  As Jesus continues on his journey to Jerusalem and to the[…]

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Matthew 19 – Boundless Bible Challenge

“Everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life.” – Matthew 19:29 Jesus has now left his native region of Galilee and is beginning his trek to Jerusalem where he will ultimately suffer death on the cross and rise again.  As Jesus continues to teach the crowds and his disciples, he focuses on two[…]

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Matthew 18 – Boundless Bible Challenge

“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me.” – Matthew 18:5 This chapter is the fourth discourse section in Matthew’s gospel.  In this passage, Jesus instructs on how believers should treat one another when sin occurs in the church body.  He teaches how to prevent sin in the lives of believers, how to deal with those believers who do sin, and how to forgive those believers who have sinned against us. Jesus’ discourse[…]

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Matthew 17 – Boundless Bible Challenge

“He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.’” – Matthew 17:5 We have already discussed how Jesus is both fully God and fully man.  We also see in passages such as that Jesus humbled himself and took on the form of man so that he could bring us into complete union[…]

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Matthew 16 – Boundless Bible Challenge

“Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.’” – Matthew 16:24 Again, the religious leaders come to Jesus and ask for a sign from heaven.  They probably wanted some sort of miraculous sign such as fire coming down from heaven.  Jesus shows them their foolishness.  These religious leaders know how to interpret the signs of the weather, but they cannot[…]

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Matthew 15 – Boundless Bible Challenge

“…the crowd wondered, when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled healthy, the lame walking, and the blind seeing.  And they glorified the God of Israel.” – Matthew 15:31  In Matthew 15, we see Jesus again confronted by the religious leaders.  The Pharisees and scribes came asking Jesus why his disciples did not wash their hands before they ate.  Instead of answering their question right away, Jesus asks them a question of his own.  In[…]

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Matthew 14 – Boundless Bible Challenge

“When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.” – Matthew 14:14 The Salvation Army’s fourth doctrine states: “We believe that in the person of Jesus Christ the Divine and human natures are united, so that He is truly and properly God and truly and properly man.”  In this chapter of Matthew’s gospel, we see the divine and human natures of Jesus Christ side-by-side.  We[…]

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Matthew 13 – Boundless Bible Challenge

“This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.” – Matthew 13:13 Matthew 13 is Jesus’ third discourse in the gospel of Matthew.  This discourse consists primarily of parables that describe the kingdom of heaven.  Jesus often used parables as a way to illustrate his teaching. Jesus’ first kingdom parable discusses the reception of the gospel.  Since Jesus gives[…]

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