Summer Reading Plan//Day 6 : Matthew 11-12

Matthew

Chapter 11

1When Jesus had finished giving instructions to His twelve disciples, He departed from there to teach and preach in their cities.2Now when John, while imprisoned, heard of the works of Christ, he sentwordby his disciples3and said to Him, “Are You the Expected One, or shall we look for someone else?”4Jesus answered and said to them,“Go and report to John what you hear and see:5theblind receive sightandthelame walk,thelepers are cleansed andthedeaf hear,thedead are raised up, andthepoor have the gospel preached to them.6And blessed is he who does not take offense at Me.”7As these men were goingaway,Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John,“What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?8But what did you go out to see? A man dressed in softclothing?Those who wear softclothingare in kings’ palaces!9But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and one who is more than a prophet.10This is the one about whom it is written,‘Behold, IsendMy messenger ahead ofYou,
Who will prepareYour way beforeYou.’11Truly I say to you, among those born of women there has not arisenanyonegreater than John the Baptist! Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.12From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force.13For all the prophets and the Law prophesied until John.14And if you are willing to acceptit,John himself is Elijah who was to come.15He who has ears to hear, let him hear.16“But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market places, who call out to the otherchildren,17and say, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’18For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon!’19The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”20Then He began to denounce the cities in which most of His miracles were done, because they did not repent.21“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles had occurred in Tyre and Sidon which occurred in you, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.22Nevertheless I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon intheday of judgment than for you.23And you, Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You will descend to Hades; for if the miracles had occurred in Sodom which occurred in you, it would have remained to this day.24Nevertheless I say to you that it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom intheday of judgment, than for you.”25At that time Jesus said,“I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things fromthewise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.26Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight.27All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to revealHim.28“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.29Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, andyou will find rest for your souls.30For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Chapter 12

1At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath, and His disciples became hungry and began to pick the headsof grainand eat.2But when the Pharisees sawthis,they said to Him, “Look, Your disciples do what is not lawful to do on a Sabbath.”3But He said to them,“Have you not read what David did when he became hungry, he and his companions,4how he entered the house of God, and they ate the consecrated bread, which was not lawful for him to eat nor for those with him, but for the priests alone?5Or have you not read in the Law, that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple break the Sabbath and are innocent?6But I say to you that something greater than the temple is here.7But if you had known what this means, ‘Idesire compassion,and not a sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent.8For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”9Departing from there, He went into their synagogue.10And a manwas therewhose hand was withered. And they questioned Jesus, asking, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”—so that they might accuse Him.11And He said to them,“What man is there among you who has a sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will he not take hold of it and lift it out?12How much more valuable then is a man than a sheep! So then, it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”13Then He *said to the man,“Stretch out your hand!”He stretched it out, and it was restored to normal, like the other.14But the Pharisees went out and conspired against Him,as tohow they might destroy Him.15But Jesus, aware ofthis,withdrew from there. Many followed Him, and He healed them all,16and warned them not to tell who He was.17This wasto fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet:18“Behold, MyServant whomIhave chosen;
MyBeloved in whomMy souliswell-pleased;
Iwill putMySpirit uponHim,
AndHe shall proclaim justice to theGentiles.
19He will not quarrel,nor cry out;
Nor will anyone hearHis voice in the streets.
20Abattered reedHe will not break off,
And a smoldering wickHe will not put out,
UntilHe leads justice to victory.
21And inHis name theGentiles will hope.”22Then a demon-possessed manwho wasblind and mute was brought to Jesus, and He healed him, so that the mute man spoke and saw.23All the crowds were amazed, and were saying, “This man cannot be the Son of David, can he?”24But when the Pharisees heardthis,they said, “This man casts out demons only by Beelzebul the ruler of the demons.”25And knowing their thoughts Jesus said to them,“Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and any city or house divided against itself will not stand.26If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand?27If I by Beelzebul cast out demons, by whom do your sons castthemout? For this reason they will be your judges.28But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.29Or how can anyone enter the strong man’s house and carry off his property, unless he first binds the strongman?And then he will plunder his house.30He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters.31“Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven.32Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age or in theageto come.33“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit.34You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.35The good man brings out ofhisgood treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out ofhisevil treasure what is evil.36But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment.37For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”38Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.”39But He answered and said to them,“An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; andyetno sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet;40for just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.41The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment, and will condemn it because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.42TheQueen oftheSouth will rise up with this generation at the judgment and will condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.43“Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and does not findit.44Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came’; and when it comes, it findsitunoccupied, swept, and put in order.45Then it goes and takes along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. That is the way it will also be with this evil generation.”46While He was still speaking to the crowds, behold, His mother and brothers were standing outside, seeking to speak to Him.47Someone said to Him, “Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside seeking to speak to You.”48But Jesus answered the one who was telling Him and said,“Who is My mother and who are My brothers?”49And stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said,“Behold My mother and My brothers!50For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.”

Rachel Trimble