Reading with the Pastor (on Memorial Day)
Matthew 5-7 and Psalm 34
Matthew’s gospel emphasized Jesus’ teaching. We have finished Matthew and on Thursday will start into Mark. Here’s a little bit of a look forward of what we are going to find.
Mark puts emphasis on Jesus’ works and authority. Jesus is always moving. The action is crisp. In fact, one of Mark’s favorite words is “immediately.” Things happen quickly in Mark.
Look for the word “immediately” or “suddenly” in chapter one and you will see what I mean. Notice chapter 1:1 and 1:14,
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ . . .
Jesus came . . . preaching the gospel of God . . .
Jesus is on a recruiting mission, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”
“Immediately,” they left their nets and followed Him. (vs 18)
“Immediately,” they left their father to follow Him. (vs. 20)
There is a Kingdom to be built and Jesus is looking for its builders.
And He is still looking.
Will we follow?
Will we become His disciples?
Will we be taught by Him?
Will we submit to His direction?
Will we become fishers of men?
We begin by paying attention to His word. Today’s reading is Matthew 5-7 and Psalm 34.
“Magnify the Lord with me
And let us exalt His name together.”