Wretches With a Wretched End Matthew 21:28-46 But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go work today in the vineyard.’ “And he answered and said, ‘I will, sir’; and he did not go. “And he came to the second and said the same … Continue reading Deliniated Discourse
The Quality of Equality Matthew 20:1-16 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. “And when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius for the day, he sent them into his vineyard. “And he went out about the third … Continue reading Sweet Equity
Matthew 19:17-31 And behold, one came to Him and said, “Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may obtain eternal life?” And He said to him, “Why are you asking Me about what is good? There is only One who is good; but if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.” … Continue reading Who’s Good?
Mathew 19:1-12 Take a deep breath... And it came about that when Jesus had finished these words, He departed from Galilee, and came into the region of Judea beyond the Jordan; and great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them there. And some Pharisees came to Him, testing Him, and saying, “Is it lawful for … Continue reading Let No Man Separate
Matthew 18 21-35 Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. “For this reason the kingdom of heaven may … Continue reading Faith of Forgiveness
Matthew 18:12-14 What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying? “And if it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices … Continue reading 99 Sheep Because I Just Lost One
Matthew 18:1-6 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. … Continue reading Faith Like a Boss
Matthew 17:22-27 And while they were gathering together in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men; and they will kill Him, and He will be raised on the third day.” And they were deeply grieved. And when they had come to Capernaum, those who … Continue reading Master Manipulator
Matthew 17:9-13 And as they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, “Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man has risen from the dead.” And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” And He answered and said, “Elijah is … Continue reading Coming Down the Mountain; it’s Mountainous
Transition and Transfiguration Matthew 17:1-8 And six days later Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and brought them up to a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light. And behold, Moses and … Continue reading We Have Seen His Glory
Matthew 16:24-28 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. “For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake shall find it. “For what will a man be profited, … Continue reading What’s Your Cross To Bear?
Matthew 16:21-23 From that time Jesus Christ began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day. And Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “God forbid it, … Continue reading Similar to Satan, Peter Persuaded
Matthew 16:13-20 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He began asking His disciples, saying, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do … Continue reading The Rock
Compiling Context Matthew (1-15):29-39 And departing from there, Jesus went along by the Sea of Galilee, and having gone up to the mountain, He was sitting there. And great multitudes came to Him, bringing with them those who were lame, crippled, blind, dumb, and many others, and they laid them down at His feet; … Continue reading Hundreds Healed, Four Thousand Fed and God Glorified
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
Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens. Matthew 4:18-25 "And walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they … Continue reading Finding Fishermen
That is to say, Increasing Matthew 4:12-17 There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace "Now when He heard that John had been taken into custody, He withdrew into Galilee; and leaving Nazareth, He came and settled in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the region of Zebulun … Continue reading Increase, Increase, Increase
Matthew 4:1-11 "Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But … Continue reading What in the Wilderness?
Matthew 3:13-17 "Then Jesus arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John, to be baptized by him. But John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?” But Jesus answering said to him, “Permit it at this time; for in this way it … Continue reading This is My Son
More than a Prophet Matthew 3:1-12 "Now in those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” For this is the one referred to by Isaiah the prophet, saying, “THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, ‘MAKE READY THE WAY OF … Continue reading The Preaching Prophet