Summer Reading Plan//Day 8 : Matthew 15-16


Chapter 15

1Then some Pharisees and scribes *came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said,2“Why do Your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.”3And He answered and said to them,“Why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?4For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother,’ and, ‘He who speaks evil of father or mother is to be put to death.’5But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, “Whatever I have that would help you has been given to God,”6he is not to honor his father or his mother.’ And by this you invalidated the word of God for the sake of your tradition.7You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you:8‘This people honorsMe with their lips,
But their heart is far away fromMe.
9But in vain do they worshipMe,
Teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.’ ”10After Jesus called the crowd to Him, He said to them,“Hear and understand.11It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man.”12Then the disciples *came and *said to Him, “Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this statement?”13But He answered and said,“Every plant which My heavenly Father did not plant shall be uprooted.14Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”15Peter said to Him, “Explain the parable to us.”16Jesus said,“Are you still lacking in understanding also?17Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated?18But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man.19For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.20These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man.”21Jesus went away from there, and withdrew into the district of Tyre and Sidon.22And a Canaanite woman from that region came out and began to cry out, saying, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed.”23But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, “Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us.”24But He answered and said,“I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”25But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, “Lord, help me!”26And He answered and said,“It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”27But she said, “Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”28Then Jesus said to her,“O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.”And her daughter was healed at once.29Departing from there, Jesus went along by the Sea of Galilee, and having gone up on the mountain, He was sitting there.30And large crowds came to Him, bringing with them those who were lame, crippled, blind, mute, and many others, and they laid them down at His feet; and He healed them.31So the crowd marveled as they saw the mute speaking, the crippled restored, and the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.32And Jesus called His disciples to Him, and said,“I feel compassion for the people, because they have remained with Me now three days and have nothing to eat; and I do not want to send them away hungry, for they might faint on the way.”33The disciples *said to Him, “Where would we get so many loaves in this desolate place to satisfy such a large crowd?”34And Jesus *said to them,“How many loaves do you have?”And they said, “Seven, and a few small fish.”35And He directed the people to sit down on the ground;36and He took the seven loaves and the fish; and giving thanks, He broke them and started giving them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.37And they all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, seven large baskets full.38And those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children.39And sending away the crowds, Jesus got into the boat and came to the region of Magadan.

Chapter 16

1The Pharisees and Sadducees came up, and testing Jesus, they asked Him to show them a sign from heaven.2But He replied to them,“When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’3And in the morning, ‘There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?4An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and a sign will not be given it, except the sign of Jonah.”And He left them and went away.5And the disciples came to the other side of the sea, but they had forgotten to bring any bread. 6And Jesus said to them,“Watch out and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”7They began to discuss this among themselves, saying, “He said that because we did not bring any bread.”8But Jesus, aware of this, said,“You men of little faith, why do you discuss among yourselves that you have no bread?9Do you not yet understand or remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets full you picked up?10Or the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many large baskets full you picked up?11How is it that you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread? But beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”12Then they understood that He did not say to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.13Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples,“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”14And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.”15He *said to them,“But who do you say that I am?”16Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”17And Jesus said to him,“Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.18I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.19I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.”20Then He warned the disciples that they should tell no one that He was the Christ.21From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day.22Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “God forbidit, Lord! This shall never happen to You.”23But He turned and said to Peter,“Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”24Then Jesus said to His disciples,“If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.25For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.26For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?27For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will then repay every man according to his deeds.28“Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”

Rachel Trimble