Today there are three chapters.
January 30: Matthew 4, Exodus 13, Exodus 14 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Matthew 4 tells of Jesus being led into the wilderness and be tempted of Satan as he fasted for 40 days and 40 nights. Jesus combated Satan with scripture, but Satan could quote scripture too. In the end Satan left him and Jesus began his ministry and called his first disciples.
In Exodus 13 the feast of unleavened bread is formulated and the consecrating of the firstborn to the LORD. The Hebrews have escaped from Egypt, and a proposed route is suggested.
Exodus 14 then tells of the miraculous crossing of the Red Sea and how the pursuing Egyptian army drowned.
The tempter appeals to Jesus to show His power over the elements, Jesus answers back with scripture.
The tempter is wising up. Now he is using scripture to tempt Jesus.
Jesus answers back with scripture.
Finally the tempter appeals to Jesus vanity. This always works, except this time. Jesus answers back with scripture.
The prophecy in Isaiah 9 begins in doom and gloom, but promises the great light.
And Isaiah 9:6-7 is two of the most wonderful verses in all of scripture.
Matthew calls it “the Kingdom of Heaven, the other Gospels “the Kingdom of God”. It means the same. “My Kingdom is not of this world”