September 5th

Matthew 25-26

  • 25:1-13 – We need to be continually prepared for the coming of Christ. We cannot rely on the faith, work, and preparedness of others.
  • 25:14-30 – We are to use what God has given for his glory and the good of others, not just keep our knowledge, skills, and faith to ourselves. Having “much” here is not necessarily about financial resources.
  • Sad that Judas wasn’t coerced or forced into betraying Jesus. He sought the opportunity out himself.
  • 26:20 – People literally reclined for meals. The original Passover was in a rush and people were not to recline or get comfortable as normal.
  • 26:26-28 – Our practice of communion relates back to the last supper, which relates back to Passover.
  • 26:39 – People often wonder how to pray for the things they want. We can ask for anything we want or need, but it is healthiest when we pray for these things while surrendering to God’s will first.
  • 26:51-54 – How often do we take matters into our own hands instead of trusting God’s plan for us?
  • 26:59-64 – The religious leaders have been trying to trick Jesus into saying something they can arrest him for throughout his ministry. Jesus calling himself the Son of Man and referencing that he would sit at the right hand of Power seems to be enough.
  • 26:69-75 – Even after being warned, Peter denies Jesus 3 times. On the flip side, though, Peter is the only disciple who goes to where Jesus is despite the danger.

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