QT 30/01/2024 Tuesday Matthew 26. God is still in control 神仍然掌权

QT 30/01/2024 Tuesday Matthew 26. God is still in control 神仍然掌权

QT 30/01/2024 Tuesday Matthew 26

Jesus IS the Messiah for the Jews, and by extension, the world too. Matthew seeks to prove this to readers.

In Exodus, the passover lamb was slaughtered and its flesh eaten the night before the Israelites left Egypt (Exo 12:8). The blood of that lamb was put on the doorframes to avoid the first borns being struck down (Exo 12:7).

In Matt 26:2, Jesus is the Passover Lamb crucified. The breaking of bread refers to His bodily suffering on the cross (Matt 26:26). The drinking of the "fruit of the vine" (Matt 26:28)" points to the blood He is going to shed on the cross. Jesus is the effective fulfillment of the Jews' aspirations for freedom from bondage and sin.

Even in the last hours before the cross, Jesus was still in touch with lepers (Matt 26:6) and being honoured by an anonymous woman (Matt 26:7).

The disciples' abandoning of Him (Matt 26:31,56,69-75) fulfills the prophecy of Zechariah 13:7.

Even while Jesus was being arrested, God was in control (Matt 26:54). Indeed, "But all this has taken place that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled" (Matt 26:56).

APPLICATION: When times are tough, those who align themselves with the Messiah whom Matthew points to are to note that God is sovereign. Indeed, there is no better security than to believe in the One who is going to come, the one who is "seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven" (Matt 26:64).

星期二 2024年1月30日 今日读经:马太福音26章