New Testament in a year – Day 356

Matthew 23: 27 - 24: 14

(Lk 11.47–51)
27 “How terrible for you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees! You hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look fine on the outside but are full of bones and decaying corpses on the inside.28In the same way, on the outside you appear good to everybody, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and sins.
Jesus Predicts their Punishment
29“How terrible for you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees! You hypocrites! You make fine tombs for the prophets and decorate the monuments of those who lived good lives;30and you claim that if you had lived during the time of your ancestors, you would not have done what they did and killed the prophets.31So you actually admit that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets!32Go on, then, and finish what your ancestors started!33 You snakes and children of snakes! How do you expect to escape from being condemned to hell?34And so I tell you that I will send you prophets and wise men and teachers; you will kill some of them, crucify others, and whip others in the synagogues and chase them from town to town.35 As a result, the punishment for the murder of all innocent people will fall on you, from the murder of innocent Abel to the murder of Zechariah son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the Temple and the altar.36I tell you indeed: the punishment for all these murders will fall on the people of this day!

New Testament in a year – Day 355

Matthew 23: 1 - 26

(Mk 12.38–39; Lk 11.43, 46; 20.45–46)
Jesus Warns against the Teachers of the Law and the Pharisees
1Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples.2“The teachers of the Law and the Pharisees are the authorized interpreters of Moses' Law.3So you must obey and follow everything they tell you to do; do not, however, imitate their actions, because they don't practise what they preach.4They tie on to people's backs loads that are heavy and hard to carry, yet they aren't willing even to lift a finger to help them carry those loads.5 They do everything so that people will see them. Look at the straps with scripture verses on them which they wear on their foreheads and arms, and notice how large they are! Notice also how long are the tassels on their cloaks!6They love the best places at feasts and the reserved seats in the synagogues;7they love to be greeted with respect in the market places and to be called ‘Teacher’.8You must not be called ‘Teacher’, because you are all members of one family and have only one Teacher.9And you must not call anyone here on earth ‘Father’, because you have only the one Father in heaven.10Nor should you be called ‘Leader’, because your one and only leader is the Messiah.11 The greatest one among you must be your servant.12 Whoever makes himself great will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be made great.

New Testament in a year – Day 354

Matthew 22: 23 - 46

(Mk 12.18–27; Lk 20.27–40)
The Question about Rising from Death
23 That same day some Sadducees came to Jesus and claimed that people will not rise from death.24 “Teacher,” they said, “Moses said that if a man who has no children dies, his brother must marry the widow so that they can have children who will be considered the dead man's children.25Now, there were seven brothers who used to live here. The eldest got married and died without having children, so he left his widow to his brother.26The same thing happened to the second brother, to the third, and finally to all seven.27Last of all, the woman died.28Now, on the day when the dead rise to life, whose wife will she be? All of them had married her.”

New Testament in a year – Day 353

Matthew 22: 1 - 22

(Lk 14.15–24)
The Parable of the Wedding Feast
1Jesus again used parables in talking to the people.2“The Kingdom of heaven is like this. Once there was a king who prepared a wedding feast for his son.3He sent his servants to tell the invited guests to come to the feast, but they did not want to come.4So he sent other servants with this message for the guests: ‘My feast is ready now; my bullocks and prize calves have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast!’5But the invited guests paid no attention and went about their business: one went to his farm, another to his shop,6while others grabbed the servants, beat them, and killed them.7The king was very angry; so he sent his soldiers, who killed those murderers and burnt down their city.8Then he called his servants and said to them, ‘My wedding feast is ready, but the people I invited did not deserve it.9Now go to the main streets and invite to the feast as many people as you find.’10So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, good and bad alike; and the wedding hall was filled with people.

New Testament in a year – Day 352

Matthew 21: 23 - 46

(Mk 11.27–33; Lk 20.1–8)
The Question about Jesus' Authority
23Jesus came back to the Temple; and as he taught, the chief priests and the elders came to him and asked, “What right have you to do these things? Who gave you this right?”
24Jesus answered them, “I will ask you just one question, and if you give me an answer, I will tell you what right I have to do these things.25Where did John's right to baptize come from: was it from God or from human beings?”

New Testament in a year – Day 351

Matthew 21: 1 - 22

(Mk 11.1–11; Lk 19.28–40; Jn 12.12–19)
The Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem
1As Jesus and his disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to Bethphage at the Mount of Olives. There Jesus sent two of the disciples on ahead2with these instructions: “Go to the village there ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied up with her colt beside her. Untie them and bring them to me.3And if anyone says anything, tell him, ‘The Master needs them’; and then he will let them go at once.”

New Testament in a year – Day 350

Matthew 20: 17 - 34

(Mk 10.32–34; Lk 18.31–34)
Jesus Speaks a Third Time about his Death
17As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside and spoke to them privately, as they walked along.18“Listen,” he told them, “we are going up to Jerusalem, where the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the teachers of the Law. They will condemn him to death19and then hand him over to the Gentiles, who will mock him, whip him, and crucify him; but three days later he will be raised to life.”

New Testament in a year – Day 349

Matthew 19: 23 - 20: 16

23Jesus then said to his disciples, “I assure you: it will be very hard for rich people to enter the Kingdom of heaven.24I repeat: it is much harder for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God than for a camel to go through the eye of a needle.”
25When the disciples heard this, they were completely amazed. “Who, then, can be saved?” they asked.

New Testament in a year – Day 348

Matthew 19: 1 - 22

(Mk 10.1–12)
Jesus Teaches about Divorce
1When Jesus finished saying these things, he left Galilee and went to the territory of Judea on the other side of the River Jordan.2Large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.
3Some Pharisees came to him and tried to trap him by asking, “Does our Law allow a man to divorce his wife for whatever reason he wishes?”

New Testament in a year – Day 347

Matthew 18: 8 - 35

8 “If your hand or your foot makes you lose your faith, cut it off and throw it away! It is better for you to enter life without a hand or a foot than to keep both hands and both feet and be thrown into the eternal fire.9 And if your eye makes you lose your faith, take it out and throw it away! It is better for you to enter life with only one eye than to keep both eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.