Text: Matthew 8:5-13, Luke 7:1-50, Luke 8:1-3, Luke 11:24-36, Matthew 11:7-15, Matthew 12:22-50, Mark 3:20-30
Highlights: Jesus is teaching and performing miracles in Galilee. A few notable miracles are recorded, including raising a man from the dead and healing a centurion’s servant. (Don’t miss that the centurion was a gentile and Jesus praised him for his faith. He is another example of how God loves men of all nations.)
Much of today’s reading concerns the Pharisees response to one of his miracles. They accuse him of casting out demons by the power of Satan. Jesus responds with a warning about blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.
Another prominent topic is John the Baptist, who is now in prison. Jesus says something fascinating in Matthew 11:11: “Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
Question: In what sense are those least in the kingdom of heaven greater than John the baptist?
There is much more here than I have noted. Feel free to make any observation or ask any question you may have. Thanks again for all your comments!