THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE
READING GUIDE and DEVOTIONS
(As Events Occurred in Chronological Order)
Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.
Reading assignment: __Matthew 4:23-25 __Mark 1:39-45 __Luke 4:44 through Luke 5:16 __Matthew 8:2-4
Focal verse(s): Matthew 4:23: “Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.”
Matthew 4:23 gives the scope of Jesus’ earthly ministry: He taught in the church, preached the Gospel, and healed the sick, both physically and spiritually. His fame began to spread throughout all of Syria and people thronged to Him in masses, bringing their sick to be healed. Luke mentioned that a man with a severe case of leprosy came to Jesus and said he knew that Christ could heal him. Jesus immediately touched him (which no one else would do) and he was healed. Christ told him not to tell anyone so as not to attract a huge crowd, but the news somehow quickly spread and many more sick and afflicted came to Christ for healing. Jesus went to an isolated place to pray, needing to be “recharged” by God because of the tremendous spiritual energy consumed in performing all of the miracles. Anyone who does God’s work needs to be constantly recharged by God through a daily prayer time! This event in a day in Christ’s ministry underscores the need for all serious believers to be great prayer warriors. Just imagine, if the Lord Himself needed to constantly be in prayer, what about us? If you do not have a regular time and place set aside each day for prayer, find that special quiet spot and commit yourself to being there each day to spend quality time with God!