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Friday, March 16, 2018

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW ~ Chapter 21



THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW ~ Chapter 21

When they were nearing Jerusalem, and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples ahead, giving them orders. “Go into the village that faces you,” He said, “and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt at her side. Untie them and bring them to me. Should anyone say anything to you, then reply, ‘Adonai needs them’. He will then send them at once.”

All this took place in fulfillment of what the prophet had said, “Say to the Daughter of Zion, ‘Look! Your King is coming to you, meek, mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden’.” (Zechariah 9:9)


The disciples then left and did as Yeshua directed them. They fetched the donkey and her colt and placed tier coats upon them, and Yeshua sat thereon. Many of the crowd strewed the road with their clothing, while others cut off branches from the palm trees and scattered them on the way. And the people who went ahead of Him – and also those following – shouted ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He, Who comes in the name of Adonai! Hosanna in the highest!’ As He entered Jerusalem, it was all astir. The whole city was asking, ‘Who is this?’ and the crowd kept answering, ‘This is Yeshua, the Prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.’


Yeshua then went into Elohei’s Temple, and he drove out all the buyers and sellers there. He tipped over the tables of the cashiers and the chairs of those selling doves. And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My House shall be called a house of prayer’, but you have made it a den of thieves.”


He healed the blind and crippled who came to Him there. But the chief priests and scribes became furious when they saw the miracles He did and when they heard the children in the Temple chanting, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’ They said to Him, ‘Do You hear what they are saying?’ “Surely,” said Yeshua, “and have you never heard the saying, ‘You have brought forth perfect praise from the mouths of babes and sucklings?” Then He left them and went out of the city of Bethany, and stayed overnight there.




Early the next morning He went back to the city; He was hungry. There was a fig tree by the wayside. On seeing this He went up to it, but found nothing on it but leaves. He then said to the tree, “Let no fruit ever grow on you hereafter!” The fig tree thereupon immediately withered. The disciples, seeing this, were amazed, and remarked, ‘How suddenly the fig tree withered away!’ Then Yeshua sad to them, “Yes, if you have faith – if you do not doubt – you may do not only the miracles of the fig tree, but you may even say to this mountain, ‘Move aside! Throw yourself into the sea! And it will be done. Listen! If you will only believe, you will get everything you ask for in prayer.” 


He came into the Temple again, and as He was busy teaching, the chief priests and elders of the people approached Him and demanded, ‘By what authority are you doing these things? Who gave you this authority?’ Yeshua answered, “Just let Me ask you one question, too, and if you will answer it, then I will also tell you by what authority I am doing My work.” My question is, how about the baptism of John? Was it from heaven or from men?” They argued the question among themselves like this: ‘If we say it was from heaven, then He will say, “Then why didn’t you believe him?” But if we say it was from men, then we have the people to fear, for they all believe that John was a prophet.’ So they answered Yeshua this way, ‘We do not know.’ “Alright,” said Yeshua, “then I shall not tell you by what authority I do what I do.”


“Now what do you think of this? Once there was a man who had two sons. One day he went to the first-born and said to him, “My boy, will you go and work today in my vineyard?” But he answered, ‘No, I shall not.’ Afterward, he felt sorry, and went to work. In the meantime, the man had gone to the second son and put the same question to him. He had answered, ‘Yes, sir, I shall go.’ But he did not go to work. Now, which of the two sons did the will of his father?” They said to Him, ‘The first.’ Yeshua then said to them, “Yes, and tax collectors and harlots will go into the kingdom of Elohei before you. For John came to you preaching righteousness, but you would not believe him. The tax-collectors and harlots believed him, while you, seeing this, did not afterwards repent and believe him.”

“Now listen to another parable. Once there was a farmer who planted a vineyard and fenced it in. Next, he dug a wine-press and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went away. When the fruit season drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to get his share. But the tenants took hold of his servants, one of whom they beat up, another they killed outright, and still another they stoned. Once more he sent out other servants – and more of them than the first time – but the tenants treated them in the same manner. Finally, he sent his own son to them, thinking, ‘They will surely have respect for my son.’ But it was not so, for when they saw the son, they said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and get possession of the estate.’ So they laid hands on him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him, too. When the owner of the vineyard returns, what will he do to these tenants?”


His disciples said, ‘Those wicked men he will surely bring to a wretched end and he shall lease the vineyard to other tenants, who will pay him his share of the fruits in their season.’ Yeshua said to them, “Have you never read the Scripture passage, ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone; Adonai has done it, and it is wonderful in our eyes’? Because of this, I tell you that the kingdom of God shall be taken from you and given to a people who will yield proper fruit. As for the Stone, He will break to pieces him who fall on it, and he who falls under it will be ground to powder.” (Psalm 118:22-23 & Isaiah 8:14-15).



As the chief priests and the Pharisees were listening to His disciples, they understood that it was about them that He was speaking. They were anxious to have Him arrested, but they were afraid of the people, who regarded Him as a prophet.





THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW ~ Chapter 20




THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW ~ Chapter 20

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a farmer who went out one morning to hire men to work in his vineyard. First, he made a contract with the workmen as to the pay – twenty cents for the day – and then he sent them into the vineyard to work. He went out again about nine o’clock in the morning and saw some men in the town square, loafing, with nothing to do. So he spoke to them: “’If you will go and work in my vineyard, I shall pay you whatever is right.” And they went. Then, about noon, he went out again, and also about three o’clock he did the same. Once more he went out – about 5 o’clock – and again he found some hanging around doing nothing. He asked them, ‘Why do you stand here all day?’ They answered him, ‘Because no one will give us work.’ And he said to them, ‘You, too, go into the vineyard and I shall pay you whatever is right.’ When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his overseer, ‘Call in the workmen, starting with the last hired, and on to the first.’ When those came up who had been hired around 5 o’clock, each received 20 cents. And, finally, when those who had been hired earliest came, they thought they would get more, but each one received 20 cents and no more. But, on receiving it, they grumbled against their employer. ‘The late-comers’, they complained, ‘worked only 1 hour, yet you have made them equal to us who have borne the burdens of the heat of the day’. He spoke to one of them, ‘My friend, I have not wronged you. Didn’t you agree with me on twenty cents? Take your pay and go. I want to give the late-comer the same as you got. Isn’t it lawful for me to do with my money as I wish? Are you envious because I want to be generous?’ So, the last shall be first, and the first shall be last. For many are called, but few are chosen.”


When Yeshua set out for Jerusalem again, He took His disciples aside on the way and had a talk with them. “See here,” said He, “when we go up to Jerusalem this time, the Son of Man will be given into the hands of the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn Him to death. And they, in turn, will deliver Him to the heathen to be mocked and scourged and crucified. But on the 3rd day, He will rise again.


The mother of the sons of Zebedee now came to Him with her sons. She knelt before Him, and wanted to beg some favor of Him. “What is it you want?” He asked her. She answered, “Promise me this, that in Your kingdom one of my sons may sit at Your right hand and the other at Your left.’ But Yeshua said, in reply, “No, you do not understand what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?” They answered him, ‘Yes, we are.’ He said, “Well, then, you shall drink My cup. But to be seated at My right hand and at My left hand is not for Me to give. Those seats will be given to those for whom they have been prepared by My Father.” When the other ten disciples heard this, they were angry at the two brothers. So Yeshua called the disciples to Him and said, “You know how the heathen rulers are high-handed with their people, and how their chiefs likewise rule as dictators. But it must not be that way among you. Rather, if one of you desires to be great among you, let him be your slave. With you it should be like the Son of man – He came not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life for a ransom to set many free.”


A great crowd followed after Yeshua as He left Jericho. Now, there were two blind men sitting by the roadside. When they learned that Yeshua was passing by, they cried out, ‘Adonai, Son of David, take pity on us!’ The crowd rebuked them and told them to keep quiet. But they cried out still louder, ‘Have pity on us, Adonai, Son of David!” Yeshua stopped and spoke to them. “What do you want me to do for you?” He asked. They answered, “Adonai, oh, if You would only open our eyes!’  And they could at once see, and they followed Him.




THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW ~ Chapter 19



We have been under attack with allergies the past 3 weeks so I have not been blogging regularly. But today, the pressure behind my eyes and across my cheekbones has abated, so I will start blogging again by catching up on the Thursday Bible Studies that have fallen by the sneezing wayside. Today’s Scripture Study is on the topic of divorce. I understand that it is a touchy topic, nonetheless … Yeshua DID teach on it.

Also let me say that I am a second wife; I married my divorced husband when I was 17 – he was 24 … and I have never regretted it, nor do I apologize for it. I was Christian and I made sure my husband-to-be understood Yehua’s teaching on divorce as that was the only way I would become involved with him. Being assured (and having met his ex, who was at the time openly living with another man) that our union was in no way questionable and absolutely kosher according to the teaching of Yeshua, I agreed to marry him in August of 1974: 44 years, 2 children (his and ours) and 4 grandchildren ago (his and ours).

Wedding picture - 1974 @ the Judge's home. I did not want the big fancy wedding my mother was planning, and the Judge being a friend of our family married us on the spur of the moment late evening August 27th.

I do not apologize to anyone for that decision. Hubs is a patient, kind, generous, and gentle husband to me; a strong Godly man; a longsuffering, patient, and kind father; and a gentle, kind, and wonderful grandfather.

Too many church leaders and lay people do not read Scripture correctly or under the welcome guidance of the Rauch Ha’Kodesh, so they allow human nature to get the best of them and snarkily comment with pious self-righteousness on something they know nothing about. We have, throughout our marriage, had some well-meaning people take us to task on the issue – and some just plain mean-spirited people make remarks to us that have NO BASIS on Scripture at all!

It amazes us – and shows us their true hearts – that these same self-righteous and Biblically ignorant people can so thoroughly castigate the divorced and ban them from leadership positions … YET … openly embrace and promote openly homosexual practicing people to ministerial positions – and gather man costly possessions to themselves along with fat stock portfolios. In doing so they have become self-righteously political, not Christian, in their worldly leaning churches. Thereby wreaking thousands of lives in the greedy progressions.

And we are better off without them in our lives.

All that said, let us take get a cup of coffee, sit down together, and take a Berean-style approach to the Scripture today and come to a correct understanding of it.

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW ~ Chapter 19

When Yeshua had finished His talk, He left Galilee and came to that part if Judea beyond the Jordan. Many people followed after Him, and He healed them there.


Some Pharisees came to Him to test Him and asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause?” In answering them, Yeshua asked, “Have you never read that He Who created them in the beginning created them male and female? And also that He said, ‘On that account shall a man leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the 2 shall be 1 flesh?’ They are therefore, no longer 2, but 1 flesh. What Elohei has joined together, then let no man separate.” Then they asked him, “But why did the Law of Moshe permit a man to get a divorce certificate and put his wife away?” “Moshe,” said Yeshua, “has allowed you to put your wives away because of the wickedness of your hearts. But it was not intended that way in the beginning. And I say to you that if you put away your wife for any reason except adultery, and marry another woman, you then commit adultery; and anyone who marries the divorced wife commits adultery.” His disciples then remarked, “If this is the rule as to man and wife, it seems best not to get married.” Yeshua answered, “Not all can accept such counsel, but only those who are so capable. Some men have always been unsuited for marriage, having been born that way. Some men have been made eunuchs by the act of men, and some have chosen not to marry for the love of the kingdom of heaven. Let him who can, accept this call.”

Pharisees questioning Yeshua

Then they brought little children to Him, that He might lay His hands on them and offer prayer, but the disciples spoke sharply to them. Then Yeshua spoke up, “Let the children alone. Don’t forbid them to come to Me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven. Then He laid His hands on them, and went on.

Jesus blessing the children

A man now came to Him and asked, “Rabbi, what good thing must I do to win everlasting life?” “You call Me good?” said Yeshua. “There is none good except one – Elohei. And, as to winning everlasting life – if that is your desire – you must keep the commandments.” The man said, “Which commandments?” “These” said Yeshua – “you shall not murder; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness. Honor your father and mother; and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The man – he was still young – said to Him, “Why, a; these commandments I have kept from my youth. Just what do I still lack?” Yeshua answered him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your property and give the money to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven. This done, come and follow Me.” When the young man heard these words, he went away sorrowing, for he had many possessions. At this, Yeshua told his disciples, “Yes, I tell you it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. I say it again, it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.” His disciples, in great astonishment, said, “Who, then, can be saved?” Looking at them, Yeshua answered, “With man it is impossible, but not with Elohei. All things are possible for Him.”

Then Simon (Peter), answering Him, asked, “See! We have left everything and followed You. What will there be for us?” Yeshua answered, “This I promise you – you who have followed Me – that in the new world, when the Son of Man will sit on the throne of His glory, then you, too, will sit there on 12 thrones, judging the 12 tribes of Israel. Indeed, everyone who has forsaken his home, or brothers or sisters, or father or mother, or wife or children, or land – for My sake – will be rewarded a 100 times and will obtain everlasting life. But many who are now first will then be last; and many who are last will then be first.”