Saturday, October 25, 2014

Bible Challenge 10/26 - 11/01

Greetings All!

This week's reading has us finishing up the first of the four Gospels in the New Testament and getting a couple of chapters into the second Gospel of Mark. The Gospel of Matthew has seven main sections, with a prologue about Jesus' early life, five sections covering his ministry and the last section about his death and resurrection.

Mark is believed to have been the first Gospel written, about 50AD, as the other three Gospels all quote it, but Mark does not quote the others. The author is believed to be John Mark, the son of a Jerusalem widow whose home was a meeting place for early believers (Acts 12:12). Mark most likely recorded the event as he heard them firsthand from the disciple Peter. The book's non-Jewish flavor suggests it may be have been written to believers in Rome. At this time, Rome had begun persecuting Christians. This is book is clearly meant to encourage suffering believers. Mark shows Jesus as the suffering servant who came to die as the Savior for the world (including non-Jews).

Here is the schedule:

26 - Matthew 4-7

27 - Matthew 8-11

28 - Matthew 12-15

29 - Matthew 16-19

30 - Matthew 20-23

31 - Matthew 24-27

01 - Matthew 28; Mark 1-3

May God add His richest blessings to the reading, the hearing, the understanding and most importantly the living out of His holy word. Amen.

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