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28 Days of Bible Study: Day 7

Updated: 7 days ago

The People of Saint James and The Gospel of Matthew

March 20, 2020

Step 1: Read Matthew chapter 7

Read or Listen or Watch or See

Step 2: A little teaching...

The Gospel of Matthew was written sometimes around the year 90. That was 20-25 years after The Gospel of Mark was written. It seems clear that Matthew read Mark and included most of it in his version of the story. But the material in Matthew chapters 5, 6, and 7 is not in Mark. Why was this material included?

In Matthew’s day the question his community faced was, at least in part, ‘what does it mean to be a part of God’s chosen people now that the Temple has been destroyed (approximately the year 70)?’ ‘Is this “Jesus Community” the authentic remnant of God’s chosen people?’ ‘Are they the fulfillment of God’s promise?’ (Matthew says, “Yes.”) ‘And what do they teach about how we are to live?’ (Matthew remembers how Jesus answered that question (How are to live and behave?) in chapters 5, 6, 7. )

Step 3: Discuss, Doodle, Draw or Journal...

What does it mean to be judgmental?

What the heck does verse 6 mean?

Vss 9,10,11 are funny, maybe sarcastic. What do you think of sarcastic Jesus?

How does verse 12 play itself out in the time of the Coronavirus?

How does a Lutheran (justified by grace) hear what Jesus is saying in vss 24ff?

Step 4: Pray

Dear God, Teach us how to live. Help us to hear and then to do. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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