Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Learn the Bible in 24 Hours – Hour 15 – Matthew, Mark, Luke, John

The Gospels are a fascinating topic of study that I would love to spend several hours on.  This hour fanned a flame in me to study what Christ may have said on the road to Emmaus, a study I have been working on and off for a couple of years.

This week we examined the Old Testament prophecies that were quoted in the Gospels.  We looked at the genealogy of Christ and the blood curse of Jeconiah.  We talked again about the daughters of Zelophehad and I understand the concept better now.  Every detail of the Old Testament is in place by deliberate design and those details always point to Christ!  We looked at the design of the Gospels and the rhetorical devices used in the Scriptures.  They we took a brief look at each of the four Gospel accounts.

While discussing Matthew, I learned quite a bit about the Magi.  I also learned when and why Jesus taught in parables.  Another fascinating aspect of this study was how the seven kingdom parables in Matthew 13 have a correlation to the letters of the seven churches in the book of Revelation.

While examining the book of Mark, I learned that this Gospel account is actually longer than Matthew’s Gospel except for the discourses.  Because Matthew was a tax collector, he was able to take shorthand.  Therefore, he was able to record Jesus’ words VERBATIM!  Doesn’t this make you want to curl up on the couch with Matthew’s account?

Luke’s account is historically authenticated.  His Gospel and the book of Acts were the background documentation used to substantiate Paul’s appeal to Caesar.  As a physician, Luke used technical and medical terms in his Gospel.  He also included an obstetrical genealogy of Jesus!  I will never again forget which Gospel records Mary’s lineage!

In the synopsis of John’s Gospel, Dr. Missler includes a rough outline of the book, a list of the eight miracles included in the text, a list of the people who received Jesus whose conversions are told in this Gospel and lists the seven “I Am” statements of Christ.

Out time ended this week with Dr. Missler narrating a slideshow of the combined Gospel accounts both chronologically and geographically.  I would love to get my hands on a copy of this so that I could study with it and test it out.  This was an incredibly stimulating way to end the hour.  I will need to watch this video several times.

Homework for next time: Review the final week of Christ’s life.

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