WHY WE READ THE BIBLE? We read for revelation, not just information! We read, as Luke 24 says, to get another glimpse into God’s love for us.
HOW WE READ THE BIBLE FOR REVELATION? (R.E.A.P.) Read Exegete Apply Pray it into your heart!
R – Read Just read… Repetitive reading of a book of the Bible helps us learn and get its message into our hearts. E – Exegete What did it mean to the original audience? A – Apply -What does it mean to us now? -How does this passage point us to Jesus, or remind us of the love he showed us (especially on the cross)? P – Pray into your heart -Reveal: Pray that God would warm your heart again with his love for you as demonstrated most profoundly on the cross. -Action: As your heart is warmed with God’s love pray that you would begin to love him back in greater ways than ever before.
READ: Matthew 4:12-25—JESUS CALLING 12
When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee. Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali—14 to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah: 13
“Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles— 16 the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” n 17
From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” Jesus Calls His First Disciples 4:18–22pp—Mk 1:16–20; Lk 5:2–11; Jn 1:35–42 18
As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him. 21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. Jesus Heals the Sick 23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. 24 News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demonpossessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them. 25 Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him. 1 1 The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Mt 4:12–25.
EXEGETE: Background to keep in mind #1 John the Baptist first called people to repent, and get ready for the King. Notice how Jesus doesn’t change John’s message. Jesus calls people to repent, and follow him as at all costs! This text examines us. Have we really repented? Are we really following Jesus? The text uses the disciples response to Jesus’ call to help us examine our own hearts.
Questions to help us hear what the text is saying to us: 1. Look at 4:14-17. Matthew connects Jesusâ€™ journey from Nazareth to Capernaum to the prophecy found in Isaiah 9:1-2. What connection do you see between the words of Isaiah in 4:16 and the message of Jesus in 4:17?
2. Compare 3:2 with 4:17. Why is this connection significant?
3. What men does Jesus call in 4:18-20?
4. List their names and occupation.
5. What does Jesus ask them to do (4:19)?
6. What strikes you about their response (4:20, 22)?
APPLY: 1. When Jesus called the disciples to follow Him, they did so immediately and at great cost. What does it look like for the modern believer to “follow Christ” today?
2. Reflect on your life. How has “following Christ” impacted your habits and your relationships?
3. What has been the costliest aspect of following Him?
II. Meditate on the text for life: 1. What did it cost God the Father to forgive your sins? (John 3:16)
2. What did it cost Jesus to make you a son or daughter of God? (Matthew 27:46)
3. God did not hold back his love from you. What would it look like for your to respond in kind –In other words, what part of your life, which is hard to give up, do you hear God consistently calling you to give to him?
PRAY: i. If you know for sure you are a Christian: Pray that your heart would see more and more of Jesus, and the Father’s love for you, and you would respond with love. Giving more and more of your life. Just as He has given you His life, His Son.
ii. If you are not sure you are a Christian, but want to be: Pray that Jesus, the light of the world, would shine in your heart! That God would supernaturally cause the light of his love to shine in your heart.* You’ll know this happens because you will be like the disciples: -You’ll have such a strong desire to do this that you’ll be sorry you didn’t up until this point. -In other words, you’ll want to repent because He is worth everything! -you’ll immediately put yourself under Jesus because you’ll have a new desire to love Him, because He is worth of everything. - You’ll want to adapt his ways, beliefs, dreams, way of doing relationships, and everything else into your own life because He is worth of everything! -You’ll want to respond to his call on your life going forward because He is worth everything -You’ll know this has happened because you’ll realize the simple TRUTH in the middle of your heart…JESUS IS WORTH EVERYTHING!