Matthew 18

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read Matthew 18

Who is the greatest in the kingdom of God?

Disciples asked, “who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 

Greatness (1-20) –In his teaching, Jesus contrast between “greatness,” and “little one.”  Greatness consist of wealth, power, and status. And they are important in the world. In the kingdom of God, however, little one is great. They are humble, childlike. They are excluded from mainstream society, powerless, vulnerable, unpredictable, threatening, submissive. In the books of Gospels describes they are endangered, hungry, sick, sinners, and dead. They are the lost sheep. Why are they greatest in the kingdom of God?  They are always in the mercy of God. They are always in need of God. They are always live by the power of God. They are always seeking God.

Forgiveness (21-35) — In this parable, Jesus teaches  the very characteristic of greatness in the kingdom of God. It is forgiveness. The number seven represent Completeness.  Forgive seventy-seven times must not be interpreted literally. The point Jesus makes is to forgive completely.

The greatest in the kingdom of God is forgiven forgivers.  

After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.

  • Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
  • Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
  • Live it out through the day.

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