Matthew 4

4 Jan

Continuing to go through the book of Matthew one chapter a day with one thought for the day. Today is Matthew chapter 4.

4:17
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”

Jesus, first words proclaimed are an echo of what John’s first words were. They mean something like “Here comes God’s new world: Turn around and face it”. Frederick Buechner says this about the kingdom of heaven as Jesus announces it:

“The kingdom of God? Time after time Jesus tries to drum into our heads what he means by it. He heaps parable upon parable like a madman. He tries shouting it. He tries whispering it…What he seems to be saying is that the kingdom of God is the time, or a time beyond time, when it will no longer be humans in their lunacy who are in charge of the world but God in his mercy who will be in charge of the world. It’s the time above all else for wild rejoicing—like getting out of jail, like being cured of cancer, like finally, at long last coming home. And it is at hand, Jesus says.”

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  1. Matthew 4 « Rob’s Blog - February 4, 2010

    […] a day with one thought for the day. Today is round two of Matthew chapter 4. For previous post see here. I’ll be teaching on this at Ecclesia February […]

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