Read the Bible Daily

Find daily readings for this week below along with questions for reflection. Join (or begin!) the discussion in the comments. We’d love to hear from you about how reading the Bible daily is bringing you closer to God and one another.

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MARCH 1

Read: Matthew 13:10-17; 33-35

Reflect: What questions do you have after reading this passage?

Respond: Comment below to share your response to reading and reflecting on these passages.

MARCH 2

Read: Matthew 13:10-12

10 Then the disciples came and asked him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” 11 He answered, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 For to those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.

Reflect: Why do you think Jesus speaks in parables? Why parables instead of just telling it “like it is?”

Respond: Comment below to share your response to reading and reflecting on these passages.

MARCH 3

Matthew 13: 13-15

13 The reason I speak to them in parables is that ‘seeing they do not perceive, and hearing they do not listen, nor do they understand.’  14 With them indeed is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah that says:
‘You will indeed listen, but never understand,
 and you will indeed look, but never perceive.
15 For this people’s heart has grown dull,
 and their ears are hard of hearing, and they have shut their eyes;
 so that they might not look with their eyes,
 and listen with their ears,
 and understand with their heart and turn—
and I would heal them.’

Reflect: What happens to sheep without a shepherd?

Respond: Comment below to share your response to reading and reflecting on these passages.

MARCH 4

Read: Matthew 13:16-17

16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. 17 Truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.

Reflect: As we journey through Lent, how can we seek to truly understand?

Respond: Comment below to share your response to reading and reflecting on these passages.

MARCH 5

Read: Matthew 13:33

33 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.”

Reflect: What gifts has God given you, that you are able to share with others?

Respond: Comment below to share your response to reading and reflecting on these passages.

MARCH 6

Read: Matthew 13:34-35

34 Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables; without a parable he told them nothing. 35 This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet:
“I will open my mouth to speak in parables;
 I will proclaim what has been hidden from the foundation of the world.”

Reflect: If someone were to tell you a message through parables, do you think you would appreciate the way it was told or just be annoyed by the added complexity? Why?

Respond: Comment below to share your response to reading and reflecting on these passages.

MARCH 7

Read:  Matthew 13:10-17; 33-35

Reflect: How will this message influence what you do this week?

Respond: Comment below to share your response to reading and reflecting on these passages.

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