Moments with God
New Testament Bible Reading Plan
“I will pursue your commands,
for you expand my understanding.
Teach me your decrees, O Lord;
I will keep them to the end.
Give me understanding and I will obey your instructions;
I will put them into practice with all my heart. Psalm 119:32-34
Thank You for helping me to grow in my understanding as I pursue Your commands. Be my teacher, Lord. Help me to learn Your laws so that I can remain in You to forever. I want to follow You all the days of my life; both here on earth as well as in heaven. I love You lord, with all of my heart and I want to live my life to give You glory! In Jesus Name, Amen.
I am going to encourage you to print out today’s assignment questions and answer the questions as you read. This is an important reading and there are quite a few questions to answer.
Today’s Reading Assignment – Matthew 26 & Mark 14
“And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many. Mark my words—I will not drink wine again until the day I drink it new with you in my Father’s Kingdom.” Matthew 26:27-29
Study Questions for Matthew 26
Jesus Anointed at Bethany (1-16)
What is the time? What is Jesus’ situation? What were the religious leaders doing? (3-5) Why?
Where was Jesus? (6) Describe the event that occurred during dinner? Why might this woman have acted in this way? (cf. Lk. 7:47a)
How did the disciples react? (cf. Jn. 12:4-6) In what respect do their words sound like common sense? What does this reveal about them?
Why might Jesus have been embarrassed? What did he say to the complainers? Why did he regard the woman so highly? Why was this act more precious at this time than helping the poor? How did he draw this woman into world salvation history?
What did Judas do after this? Why do you think he did this? (Note the contrasts between Judas and the woman.)
The Lord’s Supper (17-30)
Why did Jesus want to celebrate the Passover with his disciples? How did they prepare? (17-19)
What announcement did Jesus make while they were eating? Why did he bring up such a painful subject? How did the disciples respond? Why? How did Jesus try to help Judas repent? What was Judas’ free choice?
What did Jesus then do? What is the meaning of his breaking the bread and giving it to them to eat? (cf. Lk, 22:19; Jn. 6:35)
What did Jesus say as he offered them the cup? What does he mean by “my blood of the covenant”? (cf. Heb. 9:22; Jn. 1:29) What does Jesus do for those who believe in him? How does a covenant relationship with Jesus change our inner lives? (cf. 1 Pet. 1:18, 19; Heb. 9:14)
What glorious promise did he make? (29) Why did they sing a hymn?
Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial (31-35)
What did Jesus know about their human loyalty and its limits? What did he give them? (Zech 13:7) What glorious promise did he give them?
What was the disciples’ response? What is admirable about Peter? What would be the result of his not accepting Jesus’ words? How does Jesus make a way for Peter to come back after failure?
Jesus’ Soul’s Battle in Prayer (36-46)
Where had Jesus and the disciples been? (17-35) What had they been talking about? Look at verse 30. What can we learn here?
What did Jesus do next? Why? (36) Which of the disciples did he take along with him? What was Jesus’ condition? What did he tell them and what help did he ask of them? Why?
Look at verse 39. What was “the cup”? What were Jesus’ prayer topics? What does this reveal about his inner struggle? What were the reasons for his deep sorrow? (cf. Jn. 1:29, Mt. 27:46)
What victory was Jesus about to win? (cf. Gal. 3:13; 2 Cor. 5:21) What did he find his disciples doing? What did he tell them? (40, 41) What battle did they lose? Why?
Look at verse 42. Can you find any progression? What was Jesus’ decision in prayer? Why do you think he went to pray a third time? (44) Did the disciples make any progress? How did Jesus’ attitude change? (45-46)
Jesus Was Arrested (47-56)
Who led the large crowd armed with swords and clubs? Who sent them? What did Judas do? (48, 49) What did Jesus say to him? (50)
How did one of Jesus’ companions respond? (51) What did Jesus say to him? (52-54) Could Jesus have saved himself? Why did he not? What kind of battle was he fighting? (cf. Eph. 6:12) How did he see this event? (54-56) What did the disciples do?
Jesus Was Tried Before the Sanhedrin (57-68)
Where was Jesus taken? What verdict and sentence were decided before the trial? Why was it difficult to find a charge? What charge was finally brought against him? How did Jesus answer? (63a)
When the high priest continued questioning Jesus, what clear testimony did he give? (63b-64) Before whom must the high priest stand someday? What was the high priest’s response?
Peter Disowns Jesus (69-75)
Look at verses 33-35, 40-41, 58, 69-75. Did Peter intend to betray Jesus? What do these verses reveal about why he did it?
“Abba, Father,” he cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” Mark 14:36
What does it mean for us to consider seriously Jesus’ dedication to the task of dying for our salvation? He planned every detail beginning with the man carrying a jar of water (Mark 14:13). He knew the harsh treatment was coming and accepted it. He acknowledged the terror but submitted to God’s will. How should all this affect how we live as Christians?
Mark clearly wrote this initially to sustain the faith of the Roman Christians facing Nero. How do we apply this to our own lives, seeing the disciples’ negative example of falling asleep, abandoning Jesus and denying him? Do we see ourselves as having the potential to deny Jesus (“Surely, not I?”)?
How should Jesus’ continual reliance on Scripture motivate and guide us (Mark 14:21, 49)?
What do we learn from the role of unnamed disciples like the woman who anoints Jesus’ head? Her story has been told throughout the centuries as Jesus foretold, but we don’t even know her name. Why do you think that is?