Devotionals

15 Aug Matthew 14:13-14

13 Now when Jesus heard about John, He withdrew from there in a boat to a secluded place by Himself; and when the people heard of this, they followed Him on foot from the cities. 14 When He went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and felt...

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13 Aug Matthew 14:12

12 His disciples came and took away the body and buried it; and they went and reported to Jesus. John’s disciples gave his body a proper burial and then reported to Jesus what had happened. What attributes of Herod from this account do you see manifest in...

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12 Aug Matthew 14:8-11

8 Having been prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.” 9 Although he was grieved, the king commanded it to be given because of his oaths, and because of his dinner guests. 10 He sent...

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11 Aug Matthew 14:6-7

6 But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod, 7 so much that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked. What was the setting of the events recorded in these verses? What did the daughter...

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10 Aug Matthew 14:5

5 Although Herod wanted to put him to death, he feared the crowd, because they regarded John as a prophet. What was Herod hoping to do to John after his imprisonment? Why did he not follow through with his desired actions? Though Herod’s anger motivated him...

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09 Aug Matthew 14:3-4

3 For when Herod had John arrested, he bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip. 4 For John had been saying to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.” Why did Herod have John...

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08 Aug Matthew 14:1-2

14 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the news about Jesus, 2 and said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist; he has risen from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him.” After recording the account of Jesus’ rejection in...

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06 Aug Matthew 13:55-58

55 Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? 56 And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” 57 And they took offense at...

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05 Aug Matthew 13:53-54

53 When Jesus had finished these parables, He departed from there. 54 He came to His hometown and began teaching them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers? After telling three more parables (recorded...

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04 Aug Matthew 13:33

33 He spoke another parable to them, “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened.” Leaven is often used to depict defilement or evil; however, in this short parable it appears Jesus...

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