Matthew 4


In Matthew 4,
Jesus is tempted by the devil with three common temptations we all experience.
Jesus begins to preach: “Repent”
Jesus calls four of the 12 disciples to follow him.
The ministry of Jesus helps people, and crowds gather.

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Commands List

17 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” 
19  “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

What gets your attention?
What human needs or problems relate to the text?
What is it like to have that problem?
What other resources connect to this idea?
What is the solution suggested in the text, if there is one?
What would a camera see if the solution was implemented in my life, in my family’s life, or in my church or community?
What are the steps that I would take on Monday to implement that solution?

Commands, specific … with Greek vocabulary.

1. 17 From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” 

V-PMA-2P = Verb – Tense: Present/Mood: Imperative/Voice: Active – Person: 2nd Person Plural

Link to Greek word dictionary: 3340
Μετανοεῖτε  ,

Short Definition: I repent, change my mind
Definition: I repent, change my mind, change the inner man (particularly with reference to acceptance of the will of God), repent.
HELPS Word-studies
3340 metanoéō (from 3326 /metá, “changed after being with” and 3539 /noiéō, “think”) – properly, “think differently after,” “after a change of mind”; to repent (literally, “think differently afterwards”).

2. Mat 4:19  And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”Verb … Imperative … 2nd person. 

Link to Greek word dictionary: 1205
Come, follow

Comments & Quotes

There are three basic temptations:
– our physical needs vs. Providence,
– peer pressure/pleasing others vs. Pleasing God,
– short cuts to temporal power vs. Following Jesus only and paying the price.
The Bible helps us retain a clear view.
Obey God in and through temptation.

Why are churches empty?
There is no longer belief among the unwashed that there is any value in what we offer.
People go where needs are met.
People are hungry; they will flock to food.
People are unwell; they will come for healing.
People have problems; they will come for demonstrated solutions.

A DISCIPLE WALK is to follow the disciples from Matthew 1 through John 21, as they learn from Jesus and apply His commands to our lives today.

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