‘The Big Picture’ Daily Notes

Sunday 5th February 2023

MATTHEW 24 This chapter is extremely similar to Mark 13 – which is not really surprising, since it describes the same speaker on the same topic!  It is certainly possible that both the gospel writers derived material from a common source, or else one writer began with the other’s gospel in front of him.  Both…

Saturday 4th February 2023

MATTHEW 23 “You snakes!  You brood of vipers!  How will you escape being condemned to Hell?”  That was Jesus describing the most committed religious leaders of his day with their fasting, their tithing, their memorizing of the scriptures, and their devotion to God.  It goes to prove that sometimes your religious observances can be so…

Friday 3rd February 2023

JOB 32, 33 and 34 Today, a new character appears on the scene: Elihu, whose name means ‘He is my God’.  A man is never going to be half-hearted with a name like that!  Having waited for his elders to exhaust their arguments with Job, he now takes the opportunity to launch his own defence…

Thursday 2nd February 2023

MATTHEW 22 Telling pointed parables about your opponents is a guaranteed way of offending them and of stirring up a hornets’ nest of retaliation.  Yet Jesus did not shrink from causing offence where the truth was concerned.  The chapter today is similar to Mark 12, but with a couple of differences in content.  The ‘pointed…

Wednesday 1st February 2023

MATTHEW 21 Lots of exciting goings-on today in what seems to be one of those real-time 24-hour micro-documentaries of Jesus’ life.  It began at a village just outside Jerusalem called ‘House of Figs’ (Bethphage).  Nearby was also the village of Bethany – meaning ‘House of Affliction’ or ‘Poor House’ – where Jesus lodged during the…

Tuesday 31st January 2023

JOB 19, 20 and 21 Job’s words to his so-called friends are perhaps the most interesting and engaging of all the sections of this amazing book.  In the shock of hearing the terrible news about his children’s demise, he declares resolutely that the Lord is sovereign and good, and that His will is absolute (1:20-21; …

Monday 30th January 2023

MATTHEW 20 Jesus ends the previous chapter of Matthew with the rather cryptic statement: “…But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first”.  He then proceeds to illustrate this with the most infuriating parable in all the gospels (well, in the opinion of some people, anyway): ‘The Workers…

Sunday 29th January 2023

JOB 11, 12, 13 and 14 Many years ago, I was rather careless with my iPad; I allowed some heavy object to fall on it and later discovered that the glass was cracked!!!  After that, most of the time it worked brilliantly, but every so often it went completely wild and irrational.  More about this…

Saturday 28th January 2023

MATTHEW 19 It’s a funny thing that in First Century Judea the hot topic was ‘Divorce’, when today it is ‘Marriage’!  The Pharisees were engaged in debate about whether a person could legitimately get divorced for just about any reason, or only in the case of sexual immorality by one of the parties.  This was…

Friday 27th January 2023

JOB 4, 5, 6 and 7 Let’s ask the question again: “Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?”  No-one in the Book of Job fully answers this one, but chapters 1, 2, and 42 do introduce an important purpose:  to demonstrate that true believers in a Living God can be faithful…

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