If you’re following the schedule, you should read these chapters today: Genesis 15, Matthew 14, Nehemiah 4, Acts 14. Click on any of those references to see all the passages in one long page on BibleGateway. If you can't do all the readings today, read Matthew 14:1-14.
Matthew 14 opens by describing Herod’s fear that Jesus was John the Baptist raised from the dead. Verses 3-12 describe how John the Baptist died; it was a gruesome and unjust execution that followed an unjust detention in prison. Verses 12-14 say, “John’s disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus. When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.” The first part of this section gives us a rare look into the personal life of Christ. What do these verses suggest about the emotions Jesus felt at this time in his earthly life? Why are these emotions important for us?
Now for your thoughts: What stood out in your Bible reading for today? What questions do you have about what you read? What are your thoughts about what I wrote above? Post them in the comments below or on our Facebook page. And, feel free to answer and interact with the questions and comments of others. Have a great day; we'll talk scripture again tomorrow.