Tuesday, November 6, 2012

60IN60 Day 2 - Tues Nov 6

It's Day 2 and we're in Matthew 16.

One problem I often have is getting distracted.  If that's you, it can be helpful to have a pen and paper with you as you read.  When you think of something you need to do, just jot it down and then get back to concentrating on the reading.

Where God Spoke To Me:
- Verse 26 - This is one of my two all-time favorite Scriptures.  It was instrumental in my decision to forsake law school in order to pursue God's call into ministry.

- Verse 20 - Why tell no one?  I think it had to do with the timing of events that were coming up and not wanting things to get ahead of schedule.
- Verse 24 - "deny yourself, take up your cross" - What's that mean?  It means you have to put aside what you want and be willing to sacrifice for God.
- Verse 25 - "lose his life" - What's that mean?  It means that when you pursue what you want, you end up with nothing.  When you lay aside your desires and follow God, you end up with something worthwhile.

If you want to read the chapter online, here's a link.

If you've got a comment or question, email me at butcher@ymail.com.

Questions You Had From Previous Chapters:
- "I realize Jesus was trying to avoid helping the woman in verse 26, but I don't understand the actual words...what was he trying to say?" - In verse 24, He's saying that His prevent mission (while on earth) is to try to bring Israel back to God. In verse 26, He's saying that the spiritual bread (i.e. His message) is intended for the mouths of Israel, not the outsiders.  In verse 28, He's acknowledging that the woman's faith is so great that she is worthy of His action.

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