Passage: Mt. 18:1-20
Lesson: Jesus taught the disciples that they must “become as little children” in order to enter the kingdom of heaven. He was talking about being child-like and not childish. Some child-like qualities are obedience, trust, forgiveness, innocence, teachable, desire to serve & accepting discipline.
Passage: Mt. 18:21-35
Lesson: Two lessons from the parable of the unmerciful servant: (1) If we appreciate our own salvation, we will be forgiving to others (2) God will punish those who are unforgiving. (Wayne Jackson)
Passage: Mt. 19
Lesson: Let us learn from this passage that God has the final say on divorce and remarriage. Our world has been turned upside down on this issue and divorce and remarriage for any cause is widely accepted. We need to hear what Jesus says in vs. 9.
Passage: Mt. 20:1-16
Lesson: From the laborers in the vineyard we learn that, “It is service, not seniority, that counts with Jehovah”. (Wayne Jackson)
Passage: Mt. 20:17-34
Lesson: In verse 22 Jesus speaks of the baptism He was to be baptized with — which points to the terrible agony He suffered in His death upon the cross as well as the events that preceded it.
Saturday 1 (Feb.)
Passage: Mt. 21:1-22
Lesson: In the cleansing of the temple Bob Winton writes, “He was not terrified of his enemies; he willingly went to their own territory, and fearlessly entered and ‘bearded the lion in his own den!’” Let us imitate the courage of our Savior! Rev. 21:8 warns about the destiny of the fearful.
Passage: Mt. 21:23-46
Lesson: Jesus’ authority is challenged in this section – many still challenge His authority today by living in rebellion to His will. Mt. 28:18 states that He has “all authority” (ASV) – let us submit to His authority in all things (Mt. 7:21; Lk. 6:46).