God provides abundance in our world and wants us to be good stewards of what He has given. In Matthew 25, I learned that we should work to multiply what He has entrusted so we can joyfully celebrate progress and reward together. I also learned that being someone who cares with little acts of kindness can impact the life of many people.
As I now get ready for the journey into Matthew 26, the readings and questions below will be used as a guide or map to help with my study. The Questions For Reflection tab at the top or at this link has a list of previous studies I’ve done along my journey.
Contrast the attitudes of the disciples and Jesus about the woman that poured the expensive perfume on Jesus. What makes the disciples react negatively? Contrast the actions of the woman and Judas. What do you think motivates each?
What arrangements has Jesus made for the Passover meal? How does Jesus associate himself with the actions of the meal? What predictions of this passage are hopeful? To what extent are you anticipating communion in the Father’s kingdom?
Jesus took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him. Contrast their actions here with their intentions (see verses 33, 35; 20:22). What qualities of the Lord are revealed in his instructions to the disciples and in his prayers? In what areas is your spirit willing? Is your flesh weak? Why?
Who accompanies Judas? Why, do you think? Why does Jesus submit to this arrest? Do you know what task God has in mind for you? What would my family and friends say is the driving force of my life? What is my purpose?
What charge is the council seeking? Why do you think Jesus “condemns” himself? What is the verdict? Contrast Peter’s intentions (verses 33-35) with the actual events.
To set up the time frame of Matthew 26, it is two days before Passover and Jesus continues to teach His disciples how to live a life that matters. The teaching continues even today as we learn from His example of determination in fulfilling the mission.
Check up on my posts over the next few weeks as I share some thoughts. My hope is that some of the thoughts or ideas that come from the study of Matthew 26 will be beneficial to you.
Resources and Supplementary Helps Used in Posts
First United Methodist Waco Podcast
Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God. Downer Grove Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1978
- Matthew 25 Questions for Reflection (thisdaywithgod.wordpress.com)
- The Greatest Story ever told…Straight from the bible. (pastormikesays.wordpress.com)
- Day 5 (revelation217.com)
- Jesus Betrayal and Arrest Matthew 26:47-56 (loopyloo305.com)
- The Most Spectacular Sin Ever Comitted Part Three (momsfirstscreenn.wordpress.com)
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