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Trip 874:  A Preaching Tour of Galilee; Cleansing of a Leper

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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!

 

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Trip 873:  A Busy Sabbath

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THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE

READING GUIDE and DEVOTIONS

(As Events Occurred in Chronological Order)

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.

 Reading assignment:  __Mark 1:21-38      __Luke 4:31-43      __Matthew 8:14-17

Focal verse(s):  Luke 4:41:  “Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, ‘You are the Son of God!’  But He rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew He was the Christ.

On the Sabbath Jesus traveled to Capernaum and went to the synagogue to teach as was His custom.  As He taught the people realized that He had an anointing from God.  There was a demon possessed man in their synagogue and the demons cried out that they knew Jesus was the Holy One of God, so Jesus immediately commanded the evil spirit to be quiet and come out of the man.  The man went into convulsions and the demon came out!  The people were amazed as the man returned to normal and word quickly spread throughout the region about Jesus’ power over demons.  After leaving the synagogue, Jesus went to Simon Peter’s home where He learned that Simon’s mother-in-law had a fever, so He took her by the hand and she was instantly cured. Normally a fever leaves you weak, but she felt so good she got up and served her guests!  When the sun set and the Sabbath was officially over, many sick and diseased people rushed to Simon Peter’s house in order to be cured by Jesus, and He healed each of them, including many who were demon possessed.  Again the demons recognized Jesus as the Son of God!   These acts by Jesus fulfilled the prophesy in Isaiah 53:4 which says, “He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses“.  Very early the next morning Jesus got up by Himself and went out to a quiet place where He could be free from distractions and spend quality time in prayer to His Father.  This is an example for all Christians to start their day in prayer as the Lord Jesus modeled for us. After some time, the 4 disciples came and found Jesus, telling Him many had gathered to be healed by Him, but Jesus took them to other towns, saying that He must preach there also.  He had obviously received “marching orders” from God during His prayer time and also probably wanted to avoid the super popularity from men that would not point toward the cross of Calvary.

 

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Trip 872:  Rejection of Jesus; Calling of Four Disciples

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THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE

READING GUIDE and DEVOTIONS

(As Events Occurred in Chronological Order)

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.

Reading assignment:  __Luke 4:16-30     __Luke 5:1-11     __Matthew 4:18-22     __Mark 1:16-20

Focal verse(s):  Matthew 4: 19 – “‘Come, follow me’, Jesus said, ‘and I will make you fishers of men’.”

Jesus went home to Nazareth to the synagogue for the Sabbath in order to teach. When the attendant handed Him the scriptures, He opened the Word to Isaiah 61 and read the first two verses about the coming of the Messiah, then told them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing”.  The scripture told of His mission to preach the Good News to the poor, heal the brokenhearted, return sight to the blind, and set free those who are oppressed.  Immediately the shocked people began to say, “Is not this Joseph’s son?”, and Jesus, anticipating their disbelief, answered, “No prophet is accepted in his own country”.  He reminded them that in days past the great prophets such as Elijah and Elisha performed miracles for gentiles because of unbelieving Jews.  Jesus was telling them that He would also be rejected by His own people and would have to turn to the gentiles.  Jesus left Nazareth and went to Lake Gennesaret, got into a boat owned by a fisherman named Simon Peter’s and asked him to push it out a little way so He could preach to the people back on shore.  He also told Peter where to find a great catch of fish even though Peter had fished all night and caught nothing!  The difference was that Peter was newly guided by the Creator who knew where all the fish were and Peter’s nets were overflowing!  Christ called Peter to follow Him to become a fisher of men.  At that very moment, Peter and his two friends James and John left their fishing business and followed Christ! This same account in Matthew and Mark also included Andrew, so we know that this was actually the 2nd time Jesus called Andrew and Peter and they again followed without question. The first time Christ had called them to be saved but now He called them to go and save!

 

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Trip 871:  Establishment of the Kingdom of God in Galilee (27-28 A.D.); Healing of a Nobleman’s Son

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THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE

READING GUIDE and DEVOTIONS

(As Events Occurred in Chronological Order)

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.

Reading assignment:  __John 4:43-54      __Mark 1:14-15      __Matthew 4:13-17      __Luke 4:14-15

Focal verse(s):  Luke 4: 14-15 – “Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through the whole countryside. He taught in their synagogues, and everyone praised Him. ”

When Christ left Samaria He went to Galilee but not to His hometown of Nazareth because He knew He would not be accepted as a prophet among His own relatives and friends.  The Galileans gave Jesus a warm reception because they had heard of all the miracles and deeds He had performed in Jerusalem.  Jesus told them that the time was fulfilled for the coming of the kingdom of God and they should repent and turn away from their sin.  John the Baptist had preached to Herod the king and told him it was wrong for him to live in adultery with his sister-in-law and Herod had thrown John in prison.  With John in prison, the attention was now shifted from John the Baptist totally to the ministry of Jesus.  Jesus went to Cana in Galilee where He had performed His first miracle at the wedding by turning the water into wine. There was a government official there who had a sick son at Capernaum and the man came to Jesus and begged Him to go and heal his dying son.  Jesus told the man to go home because his son was healed, so the man believed and departed.  Before he arrived at home he was met by his servants who told him his son had suddenly been healed at the exact time he had spoken to Jesus!  All Christians should realize the power of our Mighty God when we pray to Him with believing faith as did this man.  Great news: God will be expecting your prayers to be answered if you pray in His name!

 

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Trip 870:  Proclamation of the Kingdom to a Samaritan Woman—Part 2; Proclamation of the Kingdom to the People of Sychar

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THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE

READING GUIDE and DEVOTIONS

(As Events Occurred in Chronological Order)

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.

Reading assignment:  __John 4:15-42

Focal verse(s):  John 4:35:  “I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.”

The woman at the well immediately wanted to have some of the “living” water that Jesus offered, still not understanding what Jesus meant.  When Jesus asked her to go and bring her husband, the woman lied to Jesus and said, “I have no husband”.  Jesus’ next statement shocked her because He said that He knew she had been married 5 times and was now living with a man out of wedlock.  The Samaritan woman realized Jesus was not an ordinary man, but a prophet of God. Jesus led her to understand that he was the promised Messiah. About that time the disciples returned from buying food in Sychar and were astonished that Jesus was talking to a lowly Samaritan woman, but did not say anything to Jesus about it.  At this, the woman left her water pot, ran into the town and told the people to come and see the Christ who had told her all the things she ever did.  This is a beautiful picture of when a person meets Jesus face to face they get all excited and go tell others about Him!  After the woman left for town, the disciples offered Jesus some food, not understanding the significance of the event that had just taken place.  Jesus refused the food, saying that He had food they did not know about, meaning the spiritual feeding He had received from leading the Samaritan woman to the Lord.  Jesus talked about the harvest time, trying to teach the disciples that the spiritual harvest was now and that they needed to get their minds on spiritual rather than physical food.  Many of the Samaritans from Sychar came out to Jesus and the disciples and became believers.  They urged Christ and His disciples to remain with them, so they stayed for 2 more days and ministered among them, seeing many more come to Christ!  Christ was showing His disciples that He had come to save even the most despised and rejected of men!

 

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Trip 869:  Proclamation of the Kingdom: In Judea to Certain Disciples; …in Samaria (27 A.D.); …to a Samaritan Woman

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THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE

READING GUIDE and DEVOTIONS

(As Events Occurred in Chronological Order)

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.

Reading assignment:  __John 3:22-36      __Matthew 4:12      __John 4:1-14

Focal verse(s):  John 3:27:  “…A man can receive only what is given him from heaven.”

The countryside was alive with evangelism as both Jesus and John the Baptist and their 2 groups of disciples preached and baptized.  As Jesus’ popularity grew, the crowds following Him were larger than those following John the Baptist.  John shows his humility and understanding that this needed to happen when he told his disciples in John 3:30, ”He must increase and I must decrease“.  Verse 36 tells us that whoever believes in Jesus has eternal life and those who reject Him will perish.  Jesus learned that His cousin John the Baptist had been put in prison, so He left Jerusalem and went to Galilee.  On the way to Galilee Jesus went through Samaria, the shortest route, but one that few people took because the Samaritans were hated by the Jews.  Jesus purposely went that way to show that He came for those who are hated and rejected.  When Jesus came to Sychar he stopped and sat down by a wall to rest, sending His disciples on ahead to the village to buy food.  As he sat there, a Samaritan woman came to the well and Jesus did what most Jews would never do:  He spoke to the Samaritan woman and asked her for a drink of water.  This shocked the woman because a Jewish man had spoken to her and so she asked him why He had spoken to her.  Jesus answered and told her if she knew who He was she would have asked Him for some living water.  Thinking Jesus was speaking of the water from the well, the woman asked him how he could get it out of the well, but Jesus clarified His statement by telling her the water from the well would cause her to be thirsty again, but if she drank the living water He spoke of she would never thirst again.  We can try all of the things of this world (the well water) but until we try Jesus (the living water) we will always be thirsty (lost). Only Jesus, the living Water, can satisfy our souls and give us Eternal life so we will never thirst again!

 

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Trip 868:  Proclamation of the Kingdom in Judea to the Jewish Populace (April 11, 27 A.D.); …Proclamation to Nicodemus

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THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE

READING GUIDE and DEVOTIONS

(As Events Occurred in Chronological Order)

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.

Reading assignment:  __John 2:13 through John 3:21

Focal verse(s):  John 3:6:  “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.

When it was time for the Passover, Jesus traveled to Jerusalem for the annual event.  When Jesus arrived at the temple He was astounded to find that the courtyard had become a busy marketplace filled with merchants selling animals and doves to those making sacrifices.  Jesus got a whip and started cracking it, driving the money changers out of the temple, overturning their tables as He did so.  Jesus was not about to permit His Father’s house to be a marketplace!  At that point the disciples remembered the verse in Psalm 69:9 that said the Messiah would have a great zeal for the house of God.  Some Jews witnessing this event asked Jesus what sign this was and Christ answered them by saying that if they destroyed the temple He would raise it up again in 3 days.  He was telling them of His death and resurrection, but they did not understand, thinking Christ was talking literally of Herod’s temple instead of His own body.  After Christ had been crucified and risen the Holy Spirit would cause the disciples to remember and understand this statement.  There were many people who believed in Jesus during the Passover because of the signs that He performed.  A teacher of the Jews named Nicodemus came to Jesus at night, probably because Jesus was not recognized by the establishment.  Nicodemus recognized that Jesus was of God because of the signs He had performed.  Jesus told him that unless a man is born again he cannot go to Heaven and Nicodemus asked Jesus what this statement meant, thinking Christ was talking about a physical birth. Jesus explained that the birth was of the Spirit and used the wind to illustrate the Spirit, but Nicodemus could not seem to understand.  Christ used the story of Moses and the serpent being lifted up in the wilderness as an example of His coming death on the cross to show how the new birth takes place.  Just as men had been bitten by the snake (sin) and were condemned to die (Hell), the serpent of brass had to be lifted up (Jesus on the cross) and the men had to look at it to be saved (accept Jesus).  John 3:16-18 is one of the clearest explanations of the Gospel in the Bible, telling how Christ came to this earth to die for the sins of man and that those who accept Him will be saved and those who do not will be condemned.  If a man is truly open to God, the Lord will show him the light and he will be saved.  Although it is not mentioned in this scripture, we know Nicodemus received Christ sometime after this because he was one of those followers of Christ who came to take down His body from the cross for burial.  You can lead a person to Christ simply by using John 3:16, which removes the excuse that you don’t know how to witness!  Get busy telling others about Jesus!

 

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