Another Tale of Two Cities, The Witnesses and the Wicked Matthew 13:24-30 "Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away. But when the … Continue reading Wheat and Weeds
It's a Parable, not a Promise Matthew 13:18-23 "Hear then the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road. The one on whom seed … Continue reading Scattered Seeds and Soil
Pondering Parables Matthew 13:3-17 "And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, 'Behold, the sower went out to sow; and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up. And others fell upon the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately … Continue reading A Deepening Divide
4 Mini Missives Matthew 12:43-13:3 "Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places, seeking rest, and does not find it. “Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came’; and when it comes, it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order. “Then it … Continue reading Generation Vexed, A Family Tradition
Miracles? No, We Want a Sign Matthew 12:38-42 "Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered him, saying, 'Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.' But he answered them, 'An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For just … Continue reading How About a Billboard?
Matthew 12@32 "Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit. You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. The good man brings … Continue reading A Continuing Conclusion and Russell’s Collusion
Divide and Consider Matthew 12:22-32 "Then there was brought to Him a demon-possessed man who was blind and dumb, and He healed him, so that the dumb man spoke and saw. And all the multitudes were amazed, and began to say, “This man cannot be the Son of David, can he?” But when the Pharisees … Continue reading Civil Warning
"For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.” Matthew 12:9-21 "Departing from there, He went into their synagogue. And a man was there whose hand was withered. And they questioned Jesus, asking, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”—so that they might accuse Him. And He said to them, “What man is there among you who … Continue reading Lawfully Good
Matthew 12:1-8 "At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath, and His disciples became hungry and began to pick the heads of grain and eat. But when the Pharisees saw this, they said to Him, “Look, Your disciples do what is not lawful to do on a Sabbath.” But He said to them, “Have you not read what … Continue reading Saints and Sinners on the Sabbath
Revealing the Father, through the Son, To Babes The end of Matthew 11 "At that time Jesus declared, 'I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed … Continue reading The Supremacy of the Simple-minded
A Generational Divide; Miracles Still in Matthew 11 (also mentioned in Luke 10, but in a slightly different manner and context): "Then He began to reproach the cities in which most of His miracles were done, because they did not repent. “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles had occurred … Continue reading Just Judgement of Jesus
Keepin' it Real Continuing in Matthew 11, where Jesus is speaking to the people who remain after the disciples of John were sent back to John to give an accurate account of all Jesus was doing. "And if you are willing to accept it, John himself is Elijah who was to come. “He who has ears to hear, … Continue reading Dancing, Dining, Drinking, Dirges, Demons, Drunkards and the Double Standard
And Why Did You Go Out? Matthew 11:2ish-15 "Now when John in prison heard of the works of Christ, he sent word by his disciples, and said to Him, “Are You the Expected One, or shall we look for someone else?” And Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and report to John what you … Continue reading What Did You Go Out To See?
The Baptist Bemused? Matthew 11: 1-9ish "When Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in their cities." "Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, 'Are you the one who is to come, … Continue reading Should We Search for Someone Else?
Finishing off Matthew 10, Jesus is still talking to the twelve: “Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. “For I came to SET A MAN AGAINST HIS FATHER, AND A DAUGHTER AGAINST HER MOTHER, AND A DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AGAINST HER MOTHER-IN-LAW; … Continue reading Fearless Followers
Lord Up, Disciples Jesus speaking; as recorded by Matthew: "A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his … Continue reading Power to Proclaim
Who you is depends not on your definition of you Matthew 10:16-23 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; therefore be shrewd as serpents, and innocent as doves. But beware of men; for they will deliver you up to the courts, and scourge you in their synagogues; and you shall … Continue reading BREAKING THE BIBLE; I Send You
Then I will restore your judges as at the first, And your counselors as at the beginning; After that you will be called the city of righteousness, A faithful city. Zion will be redeemed with justice, And her repentant ones with righteousness. But transgressors and sinners will be crushed together, And those who forsake the … Continue reading The Root of Righteousness
"Look among the nations! Observe! Be astonished! Wonder! Because I am doing something in your days-- You would not believe if you were told. Look, you scoffers, be astounded and perish; for I am doing a work in your days, a work that you will not believe, even if one tells it to you." Matthew … Continue reading The Twelve
Except That, It Could Have, Should Have, and Sometimes Did! "And Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on the standard; and it came about, that if a serpent bit any man, when he looked to the bronze serpent, he lived." Matthew 9:18-38 "While He was saying these things to them, behold, there came … Continue reading “Nothing Like This Was Ever Seen in Israel”
"You shall have the same law for the stranger and for one from your own country; for I am the LORD your God" Out with the Old and in With the New Matthew 9:9-17 "And as Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man, called Matthew, sitting in the tax office; and He said … Continue reading Followers, Pharisees, Fellowship and Fasting
The Seventh Son and The Scouring Scribes Now the sons of Gad lived opposite them in the land of Bashan as far as Salecah. Matthew 8:28-9:8 "And when He had come to the other side into the country of the Gadarenes, two men who were demon-possessed met Him as they were coming out of the … Continue reading Now and Then, Real Rejection
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by … Continue reading What Kind of Man Is This?
When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God. Matthew 8:1-13 "And … Continue reading Strangers in a Strange Land
So I will turn toward you and make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will confirm My covenant with you. And you will eat the old supply and clear out the old because of the new. Matthew 7:13-28 “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that … Continue reading Wide Ways, Great Grapes and a Foolish Fall
Matthew 7:1-12 “Do not judge lest you be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. And why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your … Continue reading The Golden Rule of Rhetorical Reasoning
Matthew 6:16-34 “And whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance in order to be seen fasting by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you fast, anoint your head, and wash your face so that … Continue reading Making the Love Connection
He is Lord Over all, Including Correction Matthew 6:1-14 “Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven. “When therefore you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the … Continue reading Over Correction
The Sum of Which is Christ Matthew 5:21-48 “You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.’ “But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever shall say to … Continue reading The Law Plus Perfection
Suddenly, Sinai Specifications Seem Simple Matthew 5:12-20, then 21-26 "You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt has become tasteless, how will it be made salty again? It is good for nothing anymore, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. You are the light of the world. A … Continue reading A Mountainous Monologue