Yesterday we heard of the various things that Huram-abi made under Solomon’s direction for the temple, and of the dedication of the temple. In today’s (not reverent) language, we might say that the Lord ‘showed up’ for that dedication, just like He did for the dedication of the tabernacle.
Our hightlighted verse for today:
Pro. 27:21 [GNT Fire tests gold and silver; a person's reputation can also be tested. //NLT
Fire tests the purity of silver and gold,
but a person is tested by being praised.]
Many stories were brought together by Matthew in chapter 9, including the calling of Matthew— who is most likely the writer of this book. Note that opposition is ramping up against Jesus from the religious teachers and the Pharisees. Like at the end of John 4, Jesus spoke of the need for God to send workers into the spiritual harvest.
GNT Translation notes:
Mat. 10:4 Simon the Patriot, and Judas[, from the village of Karioth//Iscariot], who betrayed Jesus.
23 When they persecute you in one town, run away to another one. I assure you that you will not finish your work in all the towns of Israel before [I,] the Son of Man[, come//comes].
25 So a pupil should be satisfied to become like his teacher, and a slave like his master. If [I,] the head of the family[, have been//I] called Beelzebul, the members of [my//the] family will be called even worse names!
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