Day 39 (Wed, Sept 17, 2014)

Feast of Booths

47 total verses: Matthew 18:15-35; 8:19-22; John 7:1-10; Luke 9:51-62

Brief description of action taking place or point being made

119. Instructions on church discipline in Matthew 18:15-20
120. Peter’s question about forgiveness in Matthew 18:21-35
121. Feast of Booths at hand in John 7:2
122. Brothers advise Jesus to go to Judea in John 7:3-8
123. Jesus stays in Galilee in John 7:9
124. Jesus sets his face to go to Jerusalem in Luke 9:51; John 7:10
125. Messengers sent to Samaria to prepare way in Luke 9:52-53
126. James and John rebuked for attitude in Luke 9:54-56
127. Unfit followers in Matthew 8:19-22; Luke 9:57-62

General questions

1. What is your favorite verse or set of verses? Why?
2. Did you learn anything from the reading or find anything particularly cool? What?
3. Was there anything unclear in the passage that you have questions about? What are they?

Specific questions on this passage

After Completing the Bible Reading

Broader outline of each section of passage

Matthew 18:15-20. Jesus teaches on trying to be reconciled to someone who sins against a person. He says to go and talk just between yourselves. But if that doesn’t work, take others with you. And if that doesn’t work, the whole church should treat the unrepentant brother as if they are not a brother. He goes onto teach about the power we have even in heaven, and the power of agreeing together in prayer with at least one other believer.

Matthew 18:21-35. Jesus tells Peter that he should forgive his brother not just 7 times, but 77 times. And then he tells Peter a parable about forgiveness. In it, the master is owed a huge sum of money by his servant, and when the servant cannot pay, the master orders he and his whole family sold to help recover part of the debt. But the servant begs the master to give him more time, and the master decides to have mercy and forgives the entire debt. Then that servant goes out and demands repayment of a small sum from a fellow servant, and when he can’t repay right away, he has him put in prison. So when the master is told, he takes back the forgiveness of debt and sends him to jail until he can repay the whole amount.

John 7:2. It simply announces that it was almost time for the feast of booths.

John 7:3-8. Jesus’s brothers appear to resent him, because they are very sarcastic with him about going up to Jerusalem. They go up to Jerusalem to celebrate the feast without him.

John 7:9. Jesus remains in Galilee after his brothers go up to Jerusalem.

Luke 9:51; John 7:10. But after they went on ahead of him, Jesus finally decided to go to Jerusalem, but without any public fanfare.

Luke 9:52-53. Jesus was hoping to stay in a Samaritan village, but the Samaritans would not let him, because they resented that he was going to Jerusalem.

Luke 9:54-56. James and John were going to pray down fire on the village, but Jesus rebuked them. So they all just moved on.

Matthew 8:19-22; Luke 9:57-62. Three different interactions with Jesus on people that either wanted to follow him or Jesus called to follow him. Jesus had different replies to each. Some of the replies are difficult to interpret.

My favorite passage and other random thoughts

I liked what Jesus said about praying with another person in Matthew 18:19-20, “‘If two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them” (ESV). It speaks a lot about the power of prayer, and the reality of Jesus being actually with us as we pray.

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