Daily Bible Reading “Jesus Calls Disciples to Follow Him” (Matthew 4:12-25)

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Matthew 4:12-25. In this Scripture, Jesus heard that John was put in prison, so He left Nazareth and went to Capernaum. It had been spoken by Esaias, the prophet that these people would see great light. (Isaiah 9) Jesus preached to the people to repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. This was the same message that John the Baptist preached to the people.

As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He called four fishermen: Simon Peter, Andrew, James, and John. He said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Notice that the Scripture says they stopped what they were doing and followed Him immediately. How do you respond when Jesus asks you to do something? Are you like the disciples who obeyed Him immediately, or do you put it off as long as you possibly can?

Jesus went throughout Galilee teaching, preaching, and healing people from all types of diseases and great multitudes of people followed him.


Daily Bible Reading:

Matthew 4:12-25

12 Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee;
13 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim:
14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,
15 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles;
16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.
17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.
21 And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them.
22 And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.
23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
24 And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.
25 And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan.


Things to think about:

  • Can you imagine being put in prison for preaching the gospel?
  • When Jesus asks you to do something, do you obey Him immediately?
  • Is your faith strong enough to believe that God can heal the sick?


Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for this Scripture from the book of Matthew that tells us how You went about teaching, preaching and healing people. Help us to be fishers of men. Use us to tell others about You. From this Scripture we learn that You are able to heal all kinds of diseases. Give us faith in You for such things as this. We love You, LORD. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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