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This is your Seed of Faith Devotional bible study guide.
Matthew is the writer of the Gospel of Matthew. Out of the four gospels written; Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, the two that are disciples and Apostles are Matthew and John. They are eye witnesses of the miracles of Jesus.
Matthew chapter three:
Verse One: In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea. (John the Baptist was six months older than Jesus. Mary the mother of Jesus, has a cousin named Elizabeth, who is John the Baptist's mother.)
Verse Two: Saying, "Repent all of you: for the kingdom of heaven is on it's way." (Here are some prophecies concerning John the Baptist and Jesus' ministry: Daniel 2:44; And in the days of these kings shall the God heaven set up a kingdom, which will never be destroyed: the kingdom will never be given to other people. This kingdom will destroy other kingdoms and will bring them to an end, but this kingdom will last. Malachi 4:5-6 Watch-out, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:
vs6 And he will turn the heart of the fathers, to the children and the children to their fathers, or else I'll come and smite the earth with a curse.)
Verse Three: For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight." (Isaiah 40:1-8 gives us the prophecy from Isaiah informing us that a voice was going to introduce the Savior to the world.)
Verse Four: And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leather girdle about his waist; and his diet was locusts and wild honey. (It wasn't unusual for radical preachers like John the Baptist, to be forced into the desert places to preach his messages. For his messages could start riots and disrupt the sooth-saying businesses in the market places. For John's preaching surely would put foreign government agencies occupying and controlling Israel at the time. His diet of locusts was considered humble and healthy protein food in a desert place that would be delicacy.)
Verse Five: then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region round about Jordan,
Verse Six: And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. (The Jordan River: East of Jerusalem, full of cascades, straight, and descending until it's surface is over 1000 feet below the ocean. Truly understanding about making a path straight, how-about being baptized in a river that's straight?)
Verse Seven: But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said to them, "You generation of vipers, who warned you to flee the wrath which is coming? (Pharisees were a high ruling sect of Judaism society, who governed the laws of impurity according to the Levitical impurities and following the Mosaic law of purity. Highly religious and radical in their beliefs. The Sadducees were a sect of believers who believed in the letter of the law, the written law, and not oral speaking of the law. These two forces still were curious about what John the Baptist had to say while he preached in a wilderness place.)
Verse Eight: "Bring forth fruit worthy of repentance." (Show evidence that you have changed.)
Verse Nine: "And don't think you can say, 'Abraham is your father.' For I'm telling you that God could make children from these rocks."
Verse Ten: 'The ax is laid upon the tree, and any tree that bears no good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire." (The righteous will flourish like the palm-tree and in the oldness of age, they will be healthy. Psalms 92:12-14.)
Verse Eleven: "I truly baptize you with water as evidence of your changed lives, but there is one coming whose shoes I'm not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire." (God wanted to reunite with man by sending Jesus. John and the prophets were to warn and prepare us for His arrival. Jesus is born, dies, buried, descends, resurrects, ascends into the heavens were his spirit came from, and sends us the Holy Spirit. The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to sanctify the soul and destine the spirit of the man to God.)
Verse Twelve: "He will come clean the grain thoroughly, separating the good, and the chaff. He will accept the good grain, but the chaff, he will burn with non-ending fire."
Verse Thirteen: Then Jesus came from Galilee to Jordan to be baptized by John.
Verse Fourteen: John wanted to stop him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, not me baptizing you!" (At this point John the Baptist recognizes Jesus and he should.)
Verse Fifteen: But Jesus answered, "Let it be, we must fulfill God's will." So John baptized Jesus. (Remember the church ordinances: water baptisms, marriages, baby dedications, communion, elections, ordinations, Holy Spirit baptisms of fire, and feet washing are public witnessing ordinances, when all possible.)
Verse Sixteen: When Jesus was baptized, he came out of the water, and then heaven opened, the Spirit of God descended as a dove upon the shoulder of Jesus,
Verse Seventeen: A voice sounded: "This is my so loved Son and I'm pleased with him." (At the baptism of Jesus were some powerful and credentialed witnesses. At the baptism were Pharisees, Sadducees, the Father God of Jesus, the Holy Ghost descending like a dove, and the people in the desert listening to the ministry of John.)