SUNDAY - Matthew 1 - Jesus is the Son of God (verses 18-20). Through his mother he was also a descendant of David (1000 BC) and of Abraham (2000 BC), as promised in the Old Testament.
MONDAY - Matthew 2 - The son of David was destined to be a king and, like David, would be born in Bethlehem, as foretold by the prophet Micah (700 BC) (Micah 5:2 and Luke 1:32).
TUESDAY - Matthew 3 - God’s promise to send a Saviour with a forerunner (John the Baptist), was made through Isaiah (700 BC) (Isaiah 40:1-5). Jesus had no sin to repent of, but he submitted himself to baptism by John as an act of humble obedience (verses 15-17).
WEDNESDAY - Matthew 4 - Jesus used the Old Testament for guidance in dealing with problems and temptation (verses 4, 7, 10).
THURSDAY - Matthew 5 - The Sermon on the Mount (chapters 5-7) is often thought impractical today, but these are Jesus’ rules for the Christian life, and every follower of Christ must try to live by them.
FRIDAY - Matthew 6 - The prayer of Jesus is a pattern on which we may base our prayers. We should pray for God’s kingdom to come on earth, and for Jesus to return, to put the world right (verse 10).
SATURDAY - Matthew 7 - We need to build on the sure foundation of the words of Christ, to obtain salvation (verses 24-27). Salvation is not for everyone, but only for those who really desire it, and seek for it in the right way (verses 13, 19, 21).