Mark · Matthew

Matthew 28, Mark 16

Christianity is the only religion that has an ‘ending’ to the story”.  We are set apart from all other religions because of the Resurrection.   I never debate or argue about ‘religion’ with anyone, but I love talking to teenagers about “what they believe” and pretending to be interested, only to say…”Wow, how do you know that is true?”  “That is fascinating, can you find me some literature proving that” (I did it this week on Reincarnation)


The last words in the book of Matthew are called “The Great Commission”

The Great Commission

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”


Mark 16

I love that the women were heading to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body, and on the way had not thought ahead.  Who is going to move the stone?  It was a 2 ton stone.  Did they need to anoint His body?  No, it was already done.  Six days before His death, Mary (Lazarus sister) had already prepared the body for His burial when they had dinner at Simon’s house (John 12).

MANY people were present at the crucifixion because they were in town for the Passover.  Most had returned home.  The news of His death was spreading but the news of His resurrection was seen by few.  Jesus gives His apostles the authority and power to prove Jesus was the who He claimed to be.  They were to preach the Truth but to prove it (we all need a little proof) they would be given the power of the Holy Spirit to perform miracles SO THAT people would believe in Jesus.  The next Festival is 50 days away.  Many will return to Jerusalem to commemorate the Feast of Week (first fruits for the barley harvest).  This old Testament Feast will be fulfilled, just as the Passover was fulfilled with the Crucifixion, and the Feast of Unleavened Bread was fulfilled with the Resurrection.  In 50 days, the Feast of Weeks will be fulfilled with the giving of the Holy Spirit for all believers, called Pentecost (Pente=50).

The (last 3) Fall Feasts of the Lord

15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

Mark · Matthew

Matthew 27 and Mark 15

Pontious Pilate:   In 26 A.D. the Roman Emperor Tiberius appointed Pontius Pilate prefect of the Roman provinces of Judaea, Samaria, and Idumæa, although Pilate is best known for his leadership of Judaea.  As Roman prefect was like a governor.  He was in charge of taxes and civil order.  Pontius Pilate was granted the power of a “supreme judge”, which meant that he had the sole authority to order a criminal’s execution.  Ultimately he was in charge of maintaining law and order. (Pontius Pilot wasn’t even Roman, he married well.  He married the granddaughter of Augustus Caesar).

Jesus had to be brought to trial for both the Jews and the Gentiles.  First, he needed to be accused and found guilty by the Jews and transferred to the Romans.  Jews could not issue a crucifixion, only Romans could.   Then the Romans need to charge Him guilty.

  • The Jews accused him of Blasphemy-saying He is not just from God but He IS God-punishable by death. (but He is, so he is innocent)
  • The Romans (Gentiles) brought Jesus to trial for calling himself a king (King of the Jews), which was a threat to Caesar, punchable by death. (but He is, so he is innocent)

The Six Trials of Jesus: 

  • Three religious (Jewish)
  • three civil (Romans)

Three Jewish religious trials where he was proclaimed a sinner:

  1. Religious Trial: Annas, Jn.18:12-14… Decision: Guilty.
  2. Religious Trial: Caiaphas, Mt.26:57-68… Decision: Death Sentence, a charge of blasphemy, because Jesus proclaimed himself the Messiah, God the Son.
  3. Religious Trial, Sanhedrin, Mt.27:1-2, Lk.22:63-71… Decision: Death.

Three Roman Civic trials where Jesus was proclaimed innocent.

  1. Civil Trial (Roman): Pilate, Jn.18:28-38… Decision: Not guilty.
  2. Civil Trial: Herod, Lk.23:6-12… Decision: Not guilty.
  3. Civil Trial: Pilate again, Jn.18:39-19:6. Decision: Not guilty, but turned to the Jews to be crucified (Mt.27:26).

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Pontius Pilate asks  “Are you the king of the Jews?”

When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer.  Then Pilate asked him, “Don’t you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?” But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge—to the great amazement of the governor.

Why does Jesus not reply? (last night I posted Isaiah 53)-

He was oppressed and afflicted,
    yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
    and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.


Barabbas: 

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Pontius Pilate was in crisis mode.  He was in charge of keeping the Peace.  It was Passover!  Jerusalem had between 2 and 3 million people visiting. Word would spread quickly if this “appointed son-in-law” could not handle his job.   For the Romans, (Caesar), Festivals were a cash cow in collecting taxes.  In an attempt to maintain law and order he decided to keep with the customary release of a Jewish prisoner was before the feast of Passover. The Roman governor granted clemency to one criminal as an act of goodwill toward the Jews whom he governed. Surely the crowd would make a wise choice:

  • a high-profile killer who was unquestionably guilty- (Jesus Barabbas “Son of a father”)
  • or a teacher and miracle-worker who was demonstrably innocent. Jesus  (“Son of the Father”)

The crowd chose Barabbas to be released.

In context who are you?? You are a sinner who deserves death (Barabbas).  However, Jesus, without argument, released the one who deserves death and takes his (your) place on the cross so you can be set free.


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Only the Romans could order a crucifixion.  Pilate does not see Jesus as guilty and “washes His hands of the matter”.  (I am amazed by how they use God’s Law when it is convenient and ignore it when it’s not.  (Oh wait, nvm, I do that too).  Deuteronomy 21: If someone is found slain, lying in a field in the land the Lord your God is giving you to possess, and it is not known who the killer was… Then all the elders of the town nearest the body shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley, and they shall declare: “Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it done. Accept this atonement for your people Israel, whom you have redeemed, Lord, and do not hold your people guilty of the blood of an innocent person.” Then the bloodshed will be atoned for, and you will have purged from yourselves the guilt of shedding innocent blood, since you have done what is right in the eyes of the Lord.

However, that is not the case here but “kudos” for Pilate for trying to twist scripture in his favor.  He transferred the verdict to the people as governor.  His passing responsible still made him the authority.    The crowd says: “Crucify him!”.  Together with the Gentiles (Romans) and the Jews collectively order his death.

26 Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.

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A Roman Flagrum was a whip that was made of leather with weighted metal balls.  Small pieces of bone were sewn on so as they pulled the whip back to them, it would act like a fish hook and rip the skin with each flog.  A Roman Soldier would stand on the right and one on the left of the person being scourged.  They pull in diagonal/horizontal motion.

How many whips did Jesus get?  Well, in Deuteronomy 25:3 the Bible says that a criminal would get 40 lashes.  The Jews were so concerned that they would “break the Law”, they ordered “40 less 1”, just in case they miss-counted they had room for error.  So Jesus received 39 lashes.  The Romans adhered to this because beyond 40 lashes, the criminal most often died before the crucifixion from loss of blood or exposed organs from the tearing of the skin.

 

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Jesus was then mocked and beaten by the “Company of Soldiers” (totaled about 600 men).  There were several games the Romans would play with criminals before they were executed.  First, they would play the “King’s Game”.  They would dress them like royalty and mock them.  The second game was to blindfold them and punch them.  If they could guess who punched them they would “go light” on them.  The game was humiliating.

Above his head they placed the written charge against him: this is Jesus, the king of the jews.

Growing up in a catholic church I picture: (I.N.R.I)- the Latin translation

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In reality, it looked like this, so that everyone visiting for the Passover from different languages would be able to partake in the crucifixion (He died for ALL)

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The location was called “The Place of the Skull” due to the shape of the hill that apparently reminded people of a human skull.

  • Golgatha-Hebrew for “skull”
  • Cranion- Greek for “skull”
  • Calvaria-Latin for “skull” (Calvary)

Jog your memory…this is the very place where the Gospel was foretold when Abraham was going to sacrifice his son Isaac, and a substitute was offered in Isaac’s place.  A ram caught in the thorns wrapped around his head was provided by the Lord on this very Mountain.  The plant/thorns were called Acacia (the very wood that was used to build the Ark that saved lives) (the very wood that was used for the Ark of the Covenant for God’s presence to reside) ( the very wood that was used to make the Crown on Jesus’s head)

Acacia plant:

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45 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).

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They offered Him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it.  He did NOTHING to dull the pain.  He paid it ALL.

50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

We did not take it.  He GAVE up His Spirit for us.  And what immediately happened??

All of Creation, sing with me now, the veil is torn! – sevennotesofgrace

The Veil in the Temple was torn.  The barrier between the people and the Lord was take away.  Before Jesus died, one day a year ONLY the High Priest could go behind the veil to make an atonement of sins for all the people.  The Veil tore vertically so that we can come to the Lord directly!  The Veil is torn!



57 As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. 58 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. 59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.

(From Last night’s post on  Isaiah 53

By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
    Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
    for the transgression of my people he was punished.
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
    and with the rich in his death,

though he had done no violence,
    nor was any deceit in his mouth.


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And we have 2 witnesses, just like the Law requires.   😊

47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where he was laid.

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Isaiah Prophecy 52:13-53:12

Prepare your hearts for tomorrow:

The Suffering and Glory of the Servant

13 See, my servant will act wisely;
    he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.
14 Just as there were many who were appalled at him—
    his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being
    and his form marred beyond human likeness—
15 so he will sprinkle many nations,
    and kings will shut their mouths because of him.
For what they were not told, they will see,
    and what they have not heard, they will understand.

53 Who has believed our message
    and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
    and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
    nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by mankind,
    a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
    he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

Surely he took up our pain
    and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
    stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
    each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and afflicted,
    yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
    and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
    Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
    for the transgression of my people he was punished.
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
    and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
    nor was any deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
    and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
    and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
11 After he has suffered,
    he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
    and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
    and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
because he poured out his life unto death,
    and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
    and made intercession for the transgressors.

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Mark · Matthew

Matthew 26 and Mark 14

The Plot against Jesus

When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, “As you know, the Passover is two days away—and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”

The city of Jerusalem would be filled with people.  Three times a year, adult males (12 and up) were required to go to the Temple for a festival.  However, Passover was the “Superbowl” of all the festivals.  It is estimated 2.5 million people descended into the city.

The Jewish council met at the High Priest’s palace and plotted to kill Jesus.   Do I need to repeat that so you can get the full magnitude of ALL that is wrong with that statement?

The Jewish council met at the High Priest’s palace and plotted to kill Jesus.

The High Priest should have been a descendant of Aaron, passed down through a genealogical line after the elder passed. Right?  Caiphas was the son-in-law of a still-living High Priest named Annas.  Caiphas was “appointed” the High Priest as a figurehead from the Romans.  Don’t get me started down that rabbit hole!!26 Sun Ordinary time -Year A - Catholicireland.netCatholicireland.net

Remember, the Jewish Council in JUDEA could have their “own” little government as long as they adhered to the Roman Law, paid their taxes, and did not cause any problems.  So they were smart enough to know that this would cause quite the stir with 2.5 million people from ALL over.  EVERYONE who lived in traveling distance when to Jerusalem…it was a cash cow for business owners from all over for both the Jew or Gentile.


Jesus anointed at Bethany

So we have covered this account earlier BUT I always read it to see what stands out.  I knew the phrase: 12 When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial would strike my heart BUT the one that I think was just added (I promise I never saw it before) was:

13 Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

And here we are 2000 years later, in a different culture, in a different language,  on the other side of the world…. retelling what she did!


Judas agrees to betray Jesus

After Jesus was baptized he was led to the wilderness for 40 days to be tempted by the devil.  After that scene, it ended with:13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.

Well, this is the opportune time. In Luke 22:3, we see that Satan entered into Judas before Judas went to see the chief priests and set things up to betray Jesus. Satan possessed Judas in hopes of using him to destroy Jesus’ ministry and get Him out of the way. In Hebrew culture, thirty pieces of silver was not a lot of money. In fact, it was the exact price paid to the master of a slave if and when his slave was gored by an ox (Exodus 21:32). The slave’s death was compensated by the thirty pieces of silver.   Click here for video.


The Last Supper

The Passover was the first day of a weeklong festival of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.  They were commemorating their redemption from Egypt.  They would retell the account of Moses leading them out of Egypt after God proved He was the ONLY God by sending 10 plagues (to combat the 10 godheads in Egypt. The last god was Pharoah.  Anyone who shed the blood of a spotless and perfect lamb put the blood on the doorpost and believed they would be saved: the angel of death would Pass-Over them, and they would be free.  They would exit Egypt so quickly that they were to make bread for the exodus.  They did not put yeast in the bread (ain’t nobody got time for that!!) so they commemorate God’s provision with the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

I am not sure why Leonardo DaVinci painted it this way (“Hey, everyone get on this side of the table for a selfie”).

Now You Can See Long-Faded Details of Leonardo da Vinci's 'Last Supper' Thanks to Google and th Royal Academy in London But the table would be 3 sided, like a U.  They would sit on the ground or cushions, leaning on one arm.   They would have 4 cups of wine.  1st was for the blessing (The Exodus), the 2nd was the cup of Judgement (the 40 years in the wilderness), the 3rd was the cup of Redemption/the cup of Thanks.4th was the cup of Praise (Psalm 118)

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On the 3rd cup Jesus says:

27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

Jesus celebrates the LAST Passover supper.  He is fulfilling it. Salvation comes through Christ and the sacrifice of His physical body on the cross.

(More is added in Luke and John 😁)

Cup 4 (possibly) was Psalm 118.  Click here if you would like to read it.


Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial

31 Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written:

“‘I will strike the shepherd,
    and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’

32 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”

Jesus quotes from the Messianic prophet-Zechariah! Click here to read.  Peter gets a bad wrap as the one that denies Jesus BUT all his disciples flee when they come to arrest him.


Garden of Gesthememe

36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

Look at a map:  Jesus would pass over the Kidron Valley to go to the Garden.  On the first day of the Festival (before the Passover Supper), the lambs would have been slaughtered.  Approximately 285,000 lamps were slaughtered that day at the Temple.  They would build funnels to drain the blood efficiently downhill and away from the city.  It would pour down into the Kidron Valley.  Picture Jesus crossing over to pray, seeing the blood-soaked land, knowing His will be added to it.

30. Jesus' Arrest and Trial (John 18:1-19:16). John's Gospel: A Discipleship Journey with JesusThe garden at Gethsemane, a place whose name literally means “oil press,” is located on a slope of the Mount of Olives. (We could sit on this symbolism all day!!…maybe tomorrow). Jesus moved a little way from the three men to pray, and twice He asked His Father to remove the cup of wrath He was about to drink, but each time He submitted to the Father’s will.  (In Luke God sends an angel from heaven to strengthen Him).The Agony in the Garden | Garden of gethsemane, Christ movie, Jesus praying

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Jesus Arrested

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Before Judas was even on the scene, Jesus says “the time has come”

45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

Then Judas came and handed him over with a kiss, a sign used for  “honor and respect”.  A large crowd armed with swords and clubs arrested him.

6 separate trials

  1. The trial before Annas-The High Priest (click here for video)
  2. The trial before Caiaphas (the acting High Priest)
  3. The trial before the Sanhedrin
  4. Trial before Pilate
  5. Trial before Herod
  6. The trial before Pilate again

Amazing how the Jewish leaders rebuked Jesus for healing on the Sabbath, but they now hated Him so much that they are willing to throw all the Laws out just to kill Him.

  1.  No trial was to be held during feast time.
  2. Each member of the court was to vote individually to convict or acquit, but Jesus was convicted by the announcement.
  3. If the death penalty was given, a night must pass before the sentence was carried out; however, only a few hours passed before Jesus was placed on the Cross.
  4. The Jews had no authority to execute anyone (Only Romans could)
  5. No trial was to be held at night, but this trial was held before dawn.
  6. The accused was to be given counsel or representation, but Jesus had none.
  7. The accused was not to be asked self-incriminating questions, but Jesus was asked if He was the Christ.

We have several days to read this.  I will get into more detail as the week goes.

Here is the question:  Jesus will be tried by the Romans for breaking the Roman Law.  Jesus will be tried by the Sanhedrin for breaking Moses’ Law.  They will both find Him guilty for 2 different laws, both punishable by death.  Yet, He will be innocent of both?

 

 

 

 

Mark · Matthew

What is tomorrow’s read?

I peeked ahead to see what tomorrow is:

  • The plot against Jesus
  • Jesus anointed
  • Judas agrees to the betrayal
  • Last Supper
  • Jesus predicts Peter’s Denial
  • The Garden of Gethsemane
  • Jesus Arrested
  • Jesus before the Sanhedrin
  • Peter disowns Jesus

We will read it in Matthew and Mark tomorrow.  An idea is to read 1 account tonight.  Take it all in.  And then another Gospel view tomorrow.

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Matthew

Matthew 25

Yesterday I posted the Week.   This Olivet Discourse is one of the LAST times the people hear from Jesus.  So if it is one of the last things He says, and one of the longest…we better pay attention.  Today’s reading:

  • Be Ready!
  • And what are you doing to help others Be Ready?

We spent a few days talking about when Jesus would return.  The Jewish people were listening and asking “When will this happen?” Jesus told them over and over they would not know the time and that it wouldn’t be anytime soon so they needed to be ready!  (Look around at the world, how many are ready if it is today?).  So Jesus changes His dialogue to a parable so that they would understand.

Weddings during this time period were long celebrations.  A young man and woman would be betrothed.  The young man would establish a place to live and a way to support a family.  The virgin woman would be escorted by her bridesmaids through the town, the longest route possible.  The people in town would light touch lamps for her to go from house to house often times receiving a coin.  The virgins would carry extra oil with them to keep the torch burning until they reach their “groom to be”.  They were told to be prepared.

 A wedding procession by Fabio Fabbi on artnet

At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise.The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

“At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’

The bridegroom (Jesus) came at midnight.  I time they were not prepared for!

And the door was shut.

11 “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’

12 “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’

13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.


The parable of the Talents (or the weight of God)

Since we read “In the Beginning…” each person has been entrusted with resources of time and material goods. Everything we have comes from God and belongs to Him. We are responsible for using those resources so that they increase in value. As Christians, we have time, money, and our Bibles.  (Not every Christian in this world can say they have those 3). We are accountable to the Lord for the use of His resources.  And here is the best (but hardest part)…

26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

So you KNOW that there are lost people?  You KNOW they will go to Hell?  And you do NOTHING about it?  Are you investing in the last people of this world?


The Sheeps and the Goats:

(I am telling you, I am loving today’s read!  These are “familiar” stories, but I am reading them “new”.  And I love it)

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

If we take His words (maybe we need to finish the New Testement, and just do a slower deeper read of just the New Testament)…If we take His words and apply them to our lives, we won’t even know we are servering Jesus continually, it will just be “what we do”.  Imagine a world of “this is what we do” that we don’t even realize we are doing it.

But there is a reality here that no one likes to talk about.  If we are not bearing fruit because of the Spirit, then we are not spiritually saved.  We started with the 10 virgins.  The message is “BE READY”. you will not get to plead your case or show off your “trophies” of good works.  The Lord will know if you are a sheep or a goat. He will allow us to reside in eternity in a place that was not prepared for men, it was prepared for the devil. He doesn’t choose Hell for us, we choose “not Heaven”.

‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

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Luke · Matthew

Matthew 23 and Luke 20-21

Matthew:

When Jesus started His ministry He pronounced seven blessings on the righteous in Matthew 5:3-10:

  • 1. Theirs is the kingdom of Heaven (vv. 3 & 10).
  • 2. They shall be comforted (v. 4).
  • 3. They shall inherit the land (v. 5).
  • 4. They shall be filled (v. 6).
  • 5. They shall obtain mercy (v. 7).
  • 6. They shall see God (v. 8). And…
  • 7. They shall be called sons of God (v. 9).

Then… At the close of His ministry, He pronounced seven woes to the self-righteous (Pharisees, Sadducees, and Scribes)

  • 1. They kept people out of God’s kingdom (v. 13).
  • 2. They took advantage of widows (v. 14)
  • 3. They misled men to eternal destruction (v. 15).
  • 4. They were covetous of worldly things (vv. 16-22).
  • 5. They refused to show compassion (vv. 23-24).
  • 6. They were inwardly corrupt (vv. 25-28).
  • 7. They afflicted the righteous (vv. 29-31).

Luke: (✅ if we discussed already)

  • ✅Authority questioned
  • ✅ The parable of the tenants
  • ✅Paying Caesar taxes
  • ✅ Resurrection/Marriage
  • ✅ Warnings against the law
  • ✅ The widow’s offering (not discussed, personal read)


Destruction of the Temple and End Times

He replied: “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them. When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.”

We have a NEAR and FAR prophecy being stated.

ArtStation - Battle In The Holy City, Brian Belz

 

  • The Temple construction began in 20 BC and ended in 64 AD. (took over 80 years to build it)
  • Took 80,000 laborers
  • Totaled 36 Acres
  • Can be seen from 30 miles away!
  • Some of the stones weighed 400 tons
  • the Temple was 2600 above sea level

Click here.  It is a very short video of what the temple looked like. 

As they are looking at this magnificent building Jesus says:

 “As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down.”

This will happen in their time.  In 70 AD the temple will be completely destroyed.  Unimaginable!! No way! Yup, it happens.

He replied: “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them. When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.”

But this passage has the prophecy of the Temple destruction and the End times.  See, the Jewish people assumed that when the Messiah came, it would usher in the end times immediately.   So read this passage closely because I think too often we watch the news and say “That’s a sign…end times are coming”.  We will always have wars.  We will always have natural disasters. But the signs of these will be so extreme after the rapture they recognizable!  The signs will be when Jesus opens the first seals on the scroll.    Tomorrow’s reading will be JUST on this.

 

Mark · Matthew

Matthew 22 and Mark 12

The wedding banquet:

  • The “king” represents God the Father.
  • “His son,” the bridegroom is Messiah.
  • The “wedding feast” is the Kingdom of Heaven.
  • The “servants” are the Prophets

The Servants announced the coming of the banquet and urged those whom God invited (The Jews) to prepare for it. However, most of those who heard about it did not respond to the invitation.

Here is the best part…now think about this: A king invites guests to a banquet and they refused to come!  Only THE KING of Kings would ask again!

Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’

(The Lord came first for the Jew, then to Gentiles)

“Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. ❤️

Now the hard part: “a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes.”

The “man” who did not wear the proper garments was unprepared for the banquet. (Jesus wants us to BE PREPARED)  In that culture, the proper garment was just clean clothes. However, the host often gave special garments to the invited guests, which they wore for the celebration.

Isaiah 61:10 says:

I delight greatly in the Lord;
    my soul rejoices in my God.
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation
    and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness,

Some think they can plead their case, or get into Heaven on their own merit or good deeds will be thrown out into the darkness.  We cannot dress ourselves.


Imperial Tax to Ceasar:

15 Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. 16 They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. 

The Herodians were a non-religious Jewish party who supported the dynasty of Herod and the general policy of the Roman government. The Pharisees, on the other hand, were members of an ancient Jewish sect who believed in the strict observance of oral traditions and the written Law of Moses. They didn’t believe that Christ was the Messiah, despite His many miracles during His earthly ministry. Although Herodians and Pharisees were at opposite ends of the political spectrum, their common hatred of Christ was enough for them to join forces to try to destroy Him.

It was a trick question. If Jesus answered, “No,” the Herodians would charge Him with treason against Rome. If He said, “Yes,” the Pharisees would accuse Him of disloyalty to the Jewish nation.

A Denarius was a Roman coin that had Caesar’s face on one side and on the back, it had Caesar wearing priestly garments with the words “Son of the Divine”  (what???).  Obviously, the Jews were majorly offended by this (as I am too).

Severus Alexander Silver Denarius Emperor at Altar Rome RIC 70 Scarce gVF

 

Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”  Jesus turned a lose/lose question into a win/win answer!  He was drawing a sharp distinction between two kingdoms.


Marriage/Resurrection

23 That same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question.

What in the world?  I picture them in a “tag-team” game…”Tag, your turn”.  So the Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection, angels, the supernatural, and ONLY adhere to the first 5 books of the Bible (The Torah).  So we know the Sadducees are going to ask what they think is a ridiculous question as a trap BUT you can be certain Jesus will quote from the Torah every time to the Sadducees to shut them up!

They ask a question about the resurrection wrapped in a Law (Deuteronomy 25).  They think they can trick Jesus because they don’t believe in the resurrection so how can it be wrapped up in law?  So this concept of marrying brothers is actually true.  It is called Levirate Marriage.  Levirate marriage is literally a “marriage with a brother-in-law.” In ancient times, if a man died without a child, it was common for the man’s unmarried brother to marry the widow in order to provide an heir for the deceased. In ancient Israel, the passing on of the family name and the inheritance within a tribe was very important.

After he answers the question he adds on a major reference from when Moses was standing at the Burning Bush (of course he quotes the only author the Sadducees read…MOSES) (Exodus 3:6)

31 But about the resurrection of the dead—have you not read what God said to you,32 ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’?He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”

It doesn’t say “I WAS”, it says “I AM”!


I know this is a long post so I will skip to Mark 12

  • ✅ The parable of the tenants.  (after the other day’s read you should be able to substitute them in your head)
  • ✅Imperial Tax
  • ✅Marriage/Resurection

The Greatest Commandment

“Tag-your turn”.  They tagged in a Lawyer.  He is an expert on the Law!  So he asked him-

“Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

Well, that’s a hard question!  At this point, the Pharisees and Scribes had written laws to protect the law.  There were 613 Laws!!  (all offshoots from the 10 Commandments).  How can he pick the right one out of 613?   How you ask?  Easy, He is God.

29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

Two verses in the Torah were merged together.  Deuteronomy 6:4Shema” is the Hebrew word that begins the most important prayer in Judaism “To hear”.

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

and Leviticus 19:18-19

18 “‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.

19 “‘Keep my decrees.

These two verses sum up the 10 commandments.  Commandments 1-4 are “vertical”.  Honoring God.  Commandment 6-10 are “horizontal”.  Honoring others.

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Matthew

Matthew 20-21

If you have not read yet-flip back to Chapter 19.  This is a continued conversation.  This parable follows the rich man story.  The crowd listening is the rich, poor, Pharisees, tax collectors, beggars…all were there.  This parable will speak to each “category” equally.  The Pharisees think they deserve more, the disciples who left everything now want to know what their reward is going to be,  they think they deserve more.  God will give grace to those He chooses through faith-whether it be in the first hour or the last.  You cannot earn it.


Chapter 20-The first group of workers in the vineyard resented receiving the same wage as the last group. Their attitude was similar to that of the Pharisees, who were furious at Jesus’ teaching that others could inherit a heavenly kingdom they thought was reserved for them alone. They despised Jesus for offering the kingdom to poor, oppressed, weak sinners who He made equal to them.

Here is an interesting thought.  The first set of workers were offered one denarius (a Roman soldier’s daily wage).  Generous.  So when he paid the 4th group the same wage would we think “this is unfair” or “Wow, this landowner is VERY generous”?   If someone becomes a believer early in life…God is generous to save them.  If a person believes much much later in life, is unfair to save them equally?  No.  How generous is the Lord to save all those who believe?


Jesus Predicts His Death a Third Time

17 Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem (for the Passover). On the way, he took the Twelve aside and said to them, 18 “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man (the Messiah) will be delivered over (implies betrayal) to the chief priests and the teachers of the law (The Jews). They will condemn him to death (means legal proceedings) 19 and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified (only Romans had an authority to crucify). On the third day he will be raised to life!” (Resurrection)


Bethphage

Jesus was taking His disciples up to Jerusalem for the Passover celebration there. While there, the Son of Man would somehow be “delivered” over “to the chief priests and scribes,” His antagonistic opponents. This implied a betrayal (cf. 17:22). They would “condemn Him to death.” This implied legal proceedings. He would fall under the control of the “Gentiles,” who would ridicule (“mock”), torture (“scourge”), and “crucify” Him. The Romans were the only Gentiles with authority to crucify; the Jews did not have this power under Roman rule. Three days later Jesus would “be raised up” to life.


Chapter 21- SUNDAY

Jesus (finally) comes to Jerusalem as Messianic King – Follow Me (Part 44) | Think Theology

Think about all the times Jesus came to Jerusalem during His ministry.  He would slip in, unnoticed, through the Sheep’s gate (so symbolic).  This time, He makes His presence known!  He fulfills the detailed prophecy in Zechariah 9:9

Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
    Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,
    righteous and victorious,
lowly and riding on a donkey,
    on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Kings entered their city in 1 of two way:

  • Horse-time of war
  • Donkey-time of peace

An example would be Solomon being anointed king (Peace) following David’s reign (war).  Click here: 1 Kings 1:38.

As Jesus entered proclaiming he is the king the crowd, people from all over were there for the Passover Festival began quoting Psalm 118:

25 Lord, save us! (Hosanna)
    Lord, grant us success!

26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
    From the house of the Lord we bless you.
27 The Lord is God,
    and he has made his light shine on us.
With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession
    up to the horns of the altar.

(I spent a lot of time researching which Gate Jesus may have entered.  I can’t be certain but we know that it would be from the East moving west (same as the way we entered the Tabernacle, through the tribe of Judah 😁 in the OT). So is it the Lion’s Gate or the Mercy (golden) Gate? IDK.

Jerusalem's GOLDEN GATE History & Prophecy - Magdalene Publishing

Jesus enters the courtyard speaking in scripture (the Pharisees would pick up on this)  He quotes Isaiah and Jeremiah as He purifies the temple.  They have made the Passover a time to make money by selling animals (telling the foreigners their sacrifices were not good enough) and selling other superstition items.  Read this in Isaiah 56: (it’s worth the time, I promise)

For this is what the Lord says:

“To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths,
    who choose what pleases me
    and hold fast to my covenant—
to them I will give within my temple and its walls
    a memorial and a name
    better than sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name
    that will endure forever.
And foreigners who bind themselves to the Lord
    to minister to him,
to love the name of the Lord,
    and to be his servants,
all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it
    and who hold fast to my covenant
these I will bring to my holy mountain
    and give them joy in my house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and sacrifices
    will be accepted on my altar;
for my house will be called
    a house of prayer for all nations.”

The Sovereign Lord declares—
    he who gathers the exiles of Israel:
“I will gather still others to them
    besides those already gathered.”

Now Jeremiah: 7:

“‘Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, burn incense to Baal and follow other gods you have not known, 10 and then come and stand before me in this house, which bears my Name, and say, “We are safe”—safe to do all these detestable things? 1Has this house, which bears my Name, become a den of robbers to you? But I have been watching! declares the Lord.


Monday-

From a distance, the Temple would look like a house of worship and prayer.  From a distance, the Jews and Jerusalem produced fruit.  When fruit grows on a fig tree they are green.  From a distance, the tree would appear to have been full of fruit (just like the nation of Israel).

Second Coming Christ Coming with the parable of fig tree.

18 Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. 

1Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves.


The questioning of authority:  They inquired about Jesus’ authority to drive out the moneychangers and merchants, heal the sick, and teach the people. They were the people with the authority to control what happened in the temple area.  They wanted to know “what authority” Jesus had, and “who” had given Him “this authority” to do what He did, since they had not.

Jesus answers a question with a question (this was customary in rabbinical debates).  He purposely references John the Baptist, his forerunner.  It is a lose-lose statement for the Pharisees.

  • if they agree with who John the Baptist was, THEN they should know who Jesus is (it’s scripture!)
  • if they do not agree (who the people accepted) the people would rise up against them

Their plan failed.


The two sons- (notice both were referred to as sons-equal!  ouch)

  • The first son rejected His father but later obeyed (the tax collectors and prostitutes are the examples Jesus gives for effect)
  • The second son, the Jewish leaders affirmed to do God’s will but never did.

This is the first time Jesus specifically points out that the parable is condemning the Jewish leaders.  (Their jaws must have dropped!)


The parable of the tenants

There are 6 main characters in this parable:

  • 1) the landowner—God,
  • 2) the vineyard—Israel,
  • 3) the tenants/farmers—the Jewish religious leadership,
  • 4) the landowner’s servants—the prophets who remained obedient and preached God’s word to the people of Israel,
  • 5) the son—Jesus,
  • 6) the other tenants—the Gentiles.

In my BIble, I literally crossed out the original in pencil and wrote the other

33 “Listen to another parable: There was a landowner God who planted a vineyard Israel. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he God rented the vineyard Israel to some farmers Jews and moved to another place. 34 When the harvest time approached, he God sent his servants Prophets to the tenants Jews to collect his fruit.

35 “The tenants Jews seized his servants Prophets; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third. 36 Then he God sent other servants Prophets to them, more than the first time, and the tenants Jews treated them the same way. 37 Last of all, he sent his son JESUS to them. ‘They will respect my son, JESUS’ he said.

38 “But when the tenants Jews saw the son JESUS, they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him  JESUS and take his inheritance.’ 39 So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard Israel and killed him.

40 “Therefore, when the owner God of the vineyard Israel comes, what will he do to those tenants Jews?”

41 “He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,” they replied, “and he will rent the vineyard Israel to other tenants, the Gentiles who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.”


42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:  (Jesus says this when the scriptures specifically point to Him)

“‘The stone the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone;
the Lord has done this,
    and it is marvelous in our eyes’?

43 “Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. 44 Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.”

45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard Jesus’ parables, they knew he was talking about them. 46 They looked for a way to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowd because the people held that he was a prophet.