The Book of Matthew chapters 13-22

Matthew 13

  In chapter 13 of the book of Matthew you will find one of the most important teachings by Christ. We will discover the parable of the sower and parables of the Kingdom that align with the many mysteries that have been open to us. If you have eyes to see and ears to hear. (The understanding of this chapter is important, or you will not understand any of Christ's parables).

 1The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. After Jesus left the house in Capernaum, He sat by the seaside and the crowds gathered around Him to hear His teachings. (Mark 2:13).

 2And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. He would use this area and teach from the boat so the people could hear Him better. Kind of like an "amphitheater." (Mark 4:1).

 3And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; The Sower in the old days would carry a bag of seed and throw it from side to side by hand. In this parable, the seed represents "the Word of God." The Sower here would represent "Christ," but we can also include the twelve apostles, or teachers of the word.

 4And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: The wayside was a path that people walked on and was frequently traveled. The seed would get matted down when trampled on, and would not be good for growing. So, the birds just ate up the seed. (Jesus further explains this verse in Matthew 13:18-19).

 5Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: When you have shallow soil, a seed will sprout quickly, but will not take good root. (Nothing there to support the sprout). When you pass on a truth to someone and they do not receive or research the truth, it will not mean anything to them. They lose the truth and it never took, just like the seed never formed a good root system. Just the opposite of what happens to one who receives the truth. (Matthew 13:20).

 6And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. They young sprouts just die because they have no roots to nourish them. (They get scorched in the sun). Again, if someone takes no interest in a truth of God's Word it will just wither away in their mind. Under persecution, they can only endure for a while before they are offended and give up. (Matthew 13:21).

 7And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: The thorns choke out the good seed. Just like false teachings and traditions of men will choke out the word of God. But, it is also the cares of the world, deceitfulness of riches, and lust for other things, that will also choke out the word and take you away from God. (Matthew 13:22, Mark 4:18-19). Remember how God cursed the ground with thorns and thistles because Adam listened to Eve and partook of the tree in the middle of the garden? (Genesis 3:17-18).

 8But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. Point being, when you plant seed, go for the fertile soil. If you find someone who excepts the truth, keep watering and feeding them slowly till they are able to stand on their own. They will bring forth good fruit by passing on the truth that they have received. (Matthew 13:23, Luke 8:15).

 9Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. Did you hear what God had to say? (Isaiah 55:3, Ezekiel 12:2). Do you hear what Jesus is saying? (Matthew 13:16, Mark 4:9, 7:16). Does your church hear what Christ is saying? (Revelation 2:7, 2:11, 2:17, 2:29). 

 10And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? Why do use parables? Why don't you just tell the people what you mean?

 11He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. The disciples were open, and in a good place to learn the meaning of the mysteries. What are the mysteries? There are many mysteries in God's word that will be open to you, if you study, research, and open your eyes and ears to the truth with a humble heart. They are hidden from the wise and prudent, but He will reveal them to you as His child if your a believer. (Psalm 25:8-9, Matthew 11:25, 1 Corinthians 2:9-10, 2:14, James 1:5, 1 John 2:27). What are some of these mysteries? "The key of David." (Revelation 3:7-10). Changing into the spirit body at Christ's return. (1 Corinthians 15:51-52). The mystery of Godliness. (1 Timothy 3:16). For some God unlocks the mysteries of the Kingdom, and some are blinded for their own protection. Why? Because even if they knew the truth they can't handle it, or truly believe it enough to make a difference. They just set it aside and don't pass it on to others. "It withers away."

 12For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. If you search out truth, trust in God, He will give you all the truth you can handle. But, if you are not searching and listening for truth and shut your heart to God (Luke 9:26), you won't receive anything. You will even lose what little understanding you already have. (Matthew 25:29, Mark 4:24-25, Luke 8:18, Revelation 2:5, 3:15-16).

 13Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. Jesus spoke to them in parables because He knew the hearts of the people. They hear what Jesus is saying, but don't understand. (They don't really want to understand). Why? For the most part they have been blinded by the god of this world. (2 Corinthians 4:3-4).

 14And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: Christ was quoting from (Isaiah 6:9-10). If you won't even crack the surface, the seed will not take. You will never understand God's Word if you do not show interest or search for the truth.

 15For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. "Their hearts are waxed over and have grown fat." Their ears are hard of hearing. Their eyes are closed because they did not care. Just as many do not care today. They have time for everything the world has to offer, but little time to study and search for truth in God's Word. (Its all about getting ahead and gaining wealth in today's world).

 16But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. Do you have eyes to see and ears to hear? That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: (Ephesians 1:17). When you acknowledge God through His Word, the wisdom of His truth will be opened to you. The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints. (Ephesians 1:18). Your heart will be flooded with light, even to see something of the future He has called you to share. God has been made rich because we who are Christ's have been given to Him.

 17For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. Many prophets and Godly men have longed for the day Messiah would come; to see what the disciples are seeing right in front of them, but they still did not get it.

 18Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. Here is the explanation of the story I told you about the farmer planting grain.

 19When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. The hard path represents the heart of a person who hears the truth, but does not understand it; then Satan (the wicked one), comes and snatches it away. (Mark 4:15, Luke 8:12). Satan will always try to put doubt in your mind. (Deception - false teachings - traditions of men).

 20But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; One who receives it with joy and is ready to go; those who will receive anything that sounds good and run with it, but they have no good foundation in the word and only endure for a short time, or till affliction arises for the words sake. (Mark 4:16-17).

 21Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. Again, no foundation! No deep roots or depth in their life for the seeds of truth to sink into and stay. Most Christians have surface knowledge and faith; after a while when trouble comes, or persecution begins because of what one believes in, their enthusiasm fades and they drop out. When you stand for truth, you will get a little persecution at times. It happened to Christ and it will happen to you. "Don't worry about it, your a soldier for Christ."

 22He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. The ground covered with thistles represents the man or woman who hears the message of truth, but the cares and ways of the world, and their longing for money, choke out the Word of God. (Matthew 6:24, Luke 8:14). They do less and less for God. Always making time for things of the world that please themselves, always striving to make money, they become married to their smart phones, but never have any time to study God's Word. (Psalm 52:7, Mark 4:19, Luke 18:24). "No good fruit produced, just gossip and greed!"

 23But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Remember the seed is the "Word of God" and the good ground represents the "heart" of the one who listens to the message and understands it. When the truth is shared with others, it brings thirty, sixty, or even a hundred others into the Kingdom. It is the producing fruit that is important; not the amount of fruit. You can have all the knowledge in the world, but if you do not share it with others, it is useless.

 24Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: Now we go into a little deeper teaching of this parable. The "field" used here represents the world. Note: (Seed here now changes to "Sperma" Strong's #4687 in the Greek, male sperm, offspring). Good seed: Son of man (Matthew 13:37).

 25But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. The "enemy" used here is "echthros" Strong's G2190 hateful adversary, "especially Satan." (1 Peter 5:8). The "tares" are the children of the "wicked one," Satan. (Matthew 13:38-39). Read our study topic titled "Son of Cain," for a better understanding of who the children of the wicked one really are.

 26But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. The children of the wicked one mixed in real good with the rest of the people. "Their here today and you can tell them by their works."

 27So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? If you are not on guard with the gospel armor, children of the "wicked one," evil worldly people (James 4:4), will creep into your life, and you won't know how, or where they came from.

 28He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? Should we get rid of them?

 29But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. No, Christ would say... You will damage innocent people if you do. (Never throw out the baby with the bath water).

 30Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. Leave the "tares" alone (the false ones), till the harvest and I will take care of them. "Almighty God!" The wicked will be separated from the righteous. (Malachi 3:18, Matthew 25:32). The wheat (the righteous), will be spared, the tares (the wicked), will be burned. (Matthew 25:41, John 15:6).

 31Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: The mustard seed is the smallest of the seeds to cultivate in the field. Just as a little seed of truth can be given to others.

 32Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. The smallest of seed, but grows into the largest of plants among herbs. Just as a true ministry will grow large with truth. However, you must beware of the "dirty birds" that will come in and nest. (Your always going to have people come in and try to mess things up).

 33Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. The leaven is symbolic of "sin." Let a little sin in through false teachings and traditions of men, and it will spread through the congregation. This also works the opposite way, when the "spirit of truth" is taught, it will spread through the congregation just like active yeast in bread. (John 16:12-13).

 34All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: Why did Jesus speak in such parables? Because it is not meant for all to understand. (Matthew 13:13).

 35That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world. Jesus would open secrets in parables that were kept secret since the beginning of time. (Psalm 78:2-3). (Foundation here is "Themelios" in the Greek; at a time of the "Katabole," or overthrow of Satan in the first earth age). Read our newsletter study topic titled "Three Earth Ages," for a better understanding.

 36Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. The disciples didn't get it, so Christ will explain to them what He meant back in verses 24-30.

 37He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; The "Son of Man" is Christ in the flesh. "He plants the good seed."

 38The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The field represents the world, and the good seed are the children of God; but, the tares are the offspring of Satan. (John 8:44). In John 8:37, Abraham is the father of the "Ethnos" (father of all), whom Christ would come from. "Christ is the Father of all." (Again, Seed here is "Sperma" Strong's #4687 in the Greek, male sperm, offspring).

 39The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. Satan (the devil), is the father of the "Kenites," or son's of Cain. The harvest is the end of this world age (Matthew 13:49), and the reapers will be the angels. (Matthew 25:31, 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10). 

 40As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. At the end of this earth age; God will be that consuming fire. "The tares, children of the wicked one, or Kenites," (whatever you call them), will be destroyed with all evil." (Matthew 13:30). However, a "Kenite" or follower of Satan, can still convert to God's way (upon repentance), and they will also have salvation.

 41The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; Nothing evil will be left in the eternity. (All will be lost for Satan and his followers).

 42And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. All evil destroyed and will be as they never existed. A lot of people who thought they were on the road to heaven are going to be in for a surprise. The spiritually lazy, hypocrites, unbelievers, murderers, whoremongers, idolaters, liars etc. (Revelation 21:8).

 43Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. The Godly shall shine as the sun in their Fathers Kingdom. (Matthew 25:34, James 2:5). Do you have ears to hear and understand how important this is?

 44Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. The field is the world, and there is no greater treasure in all the world than Gods truth, "if you find it and understand it." (Matthew 6:21). There is also no greater treasure to our Heavenly Father than you, "you are His child and greatest treasure." (John 1:12-13, 12:36, Galatians 3:26).

 45Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: "Its Priceless."

 46Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it. Putting nothing else first before the glory of His Word. Worldly people will not understand truth, or put it to good use by researching and sharing it with others. Again, "God's Word is priceless."

 47Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Gathered the valuable as well as the worthless. Referring to fishers of men and lost souls. (Matthew 4:19, Mark 1:17).

 48Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. The analogy here is to not partake of scavengers; separate the clean from the unclean, the good fish from the bad fish. (Just like separating the wheat from the tares).

 49So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just. In the end times, their will be a separation of the wicked from the Godly. It won't be good for those who are not written in the "book of life." (Revelation 20:12-15).

 50And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. These are the wicked people who don't care, or have been deceived. They never new the working plan of salvation from God. (The minute they hear a little truth, or need to study God's Word, they are turned off).

 51Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord. Christ wants us to understand "all these things!" Not just for us to pick and choose what sounds good to us.

 52Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old. We need the old testament and the new testament gospel. (The old testament seals the new and the new testament completes the old).

 53And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence. Jesus tied all his stories into one, the same message with a different analogy so all could understand. Then He left that part of the country.

 54And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? Jesus returned to His home town and went right to their synagogue and taught. The people were amazed that this son of a carpenter had so much knowledge, wisdom, and power to do miracles.

 55Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? How is this possible? This man is just a carpenters son, and we know his mother and brothers. "They scoffed and rejected Him." (Try teaching truth in your home town and chances are you will be rejected also).

 56And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? All his sisters live here also. How is this man so great? (The earthly side of man, can make it hard to see the spiritual within).

 57And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. This word offend used here is "Scandalizo" Strong's #4624 in the Greek. (to scandalize; to entrap, trip up, entice to sin). They were offended, enough to plot against Jesus. Christ would go on to say that a prophet is honored everywhere except in his own country, and among his own people. (Yes its true, how many friends or family members really accept a truth you have given them). They only see you as you used to be, not how you are now, doing the work of God.

 58And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief. Christ only did a few miracles there because of their unbelief. (Mark 6:5-6). You must have faith before God will answer any of your requests or prayers. "Being an unbeliever won't make it." Remember, God's truth is the most important thing in the world, and Satan will take it away from you if you allow him. Don't let Satan destroy your chance of salvation. "DO NOT BE DECEIVED!"

Matthew 14

 1At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus, Herod: This was Herod Anitipas, son of Herod the great by Malthace. (Luke 3:1). Tetrarch: A governor over a forth part of the country. (Galilee and Perea). He heard about Jesus, His teachings and His miracles, that were preading throughout the country fast.

 2And said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him. Herod is hearing stories about Jesus, and thinks this might be John the Baptist who had risen from the dead. Herod kind of admired John, and at the same time he was a little afraid of him. 

 3For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife. Herod had John put in prison because he wanted his brothers ex-wife. (Herodias, the granddaughter of Herod the great).

 4For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her. John the Baptist had been telling Herod that it was not lawful to marry her. The Herod's didn't listen.

 5And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet. Herod did not like what John had said and wanted to kill him, but was afraid of riots because the people believed John was a prophet.

 6But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod. How a little seductive dance from a young sweet thing can change the minds of even kings. 

 7Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask. Feeling good and falling for the young girl, he promises her anything she wants. (Thinking with the wrong head).

 8And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist's head in a charger. Being urged by her mother, the girl wanted John's head on a platter. Who was behind it? "Satan of course."

 9And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath's sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her. Herod was grieved, but because of his oath, he didn't want to back down in front of his guests, so he gave the order to behead John.

 10And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison. John the Baptist was beheaded in prison. 

 11And his head was brought in a charger, and given to the damsel: and she brought it to her mother. His head was presented on a platter and given to the young girl, who took it to her mother. Again, this was another attempt by Satan to stop the truth of the Word through the prophets.

 12And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus. These were John's disciples that went and told Jesus of what had happened, not Christ's disciples.

 13When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities. When Jesus hears of the news, He left in a boat to be alone. (It appears that Jesus was affected by the death of John, after all, they were related). However, the crowds heard where He was and followed Him by land from many villages as the crowds grew in number.

 14And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick. Even though Jesus had sorrow for John at the time, He still had compassion for the crowd of people and healed their sick. (Estimated here at around 10,000 to 12,000 people).

 15And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals. It was getting late in the day (Jewish evening starts around 3:00 p.m.), and past time for supper. There was no food food for the people to eat, and the disciples wanted to send them into the nearby villages for food.

 16But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. Jesus told the disciples to feed them. (Notice that Jesus told the disciples to feed them, just as we are to spiritually feed the people the word of truth). As stated in (Amos 8:11), the famine in the end time is not for food or drink, but for hearing the word of God. "Will they understand what Jesus meant?"

 17And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. Five loves of bread. The bread being symbolic of Christ as the "bread of life." Two fish. The fish being symbolic of "Christianity." Note that a little boy was the one had the food. (John 6:9). Jesus always loved to involve the children, after all, we are all children of God.

 18He said, Bring them hither to me. Christ was about to show them that the "bread of life" can feed as many as needed, even if it is brought forth by little children.

 19And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. Again; Christ blessed what they would partake of, but the disciples fed them. Just as we are to do today as Christians and teachers of the Word. We are to take the "word of God," and feed it to the people who are starving for truth. (Amos 8:11). As stated in (Amos 8:12), people are wondering around seeking the truth, but they are not finding it. (So many different religions and doctrines of man that they do not know where to turn).

 20And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. Plenty of food left over for all the tribes. (Mark 8:8-9, Luke 9:17). When you spiritually feed the people the word of God, it will never run out, and all will be filled and comforted with the truth.

 21And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children. There were around 10,000 to 12,000 people total in the crowd.

 22And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. After this, Jesus "insisted" the disciples get into the boat while He sent the crowds home. Hmmm, were the disciples wondering why Jesus sent them away so fast without Him? "Jesus knew a storm was coming." (Its always calm before the storm).

 23And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. After sunset Christ went to talk with the Heavenly Father. (Mark 6:46).

 24But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. The disciples were in trouble far from land with rising winds and fighting the heavy sea. Here comes the storm! (John 6:18).

 25And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. Christ walked to them on the water. The Jews at this time divided the night into four watches; the first was from six o'clock in the evening till nine, the second from nine to twelve, the third from twelve till three, and the fourth from three till six; so it was between 3:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., before our Lord came to his disciples. Many critics try to say that when Jesus walked on the water it was just a reflection from the sun, an illusion, or a mirage. The problem is with the critics is that there was no sun at this time of the day.

 26And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. The word "spirit" used here is Strong's G5326, meaning "Phantasma" a mere show; phantasm. (Not Pneuma; Breath of Life Spirit), The disciples thought it was a ghost that they saw.

 27But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. Jesus spoke to them, reassuring them not to be afraid and that it was Him walking on the water.

 28And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. Peter was always the one who wanted the attention when it came to serving and trusting in Christ, however this time he had a little doubt in his mind. "Peter was about to test His faith." (Remember "Peter" means stone and you know how fast a stone sinks in water).

 29And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. Peter heard Jesus say come, and was focused on Him. Then he went over the side of the boat and started to walk on water. (His faith was strong at first).

 30But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. But, when Peter looked around and seen the high waves and mighty wind he was terrified and began to sink. "Save me, Lord." he shouted. (You see; the storm drew Peter's attention off Christ). When trouble comes your way as a Christian, you must stay focused on Christ, "don't let the world draw your attention and swallow you up."

 31And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? Jesus said; O man of little faith, why did you doubt me?" (If you want troubles in this world, just take your eyes off Christ, or doubt His Word). On the other hand, when your in trouble, have faith and call on Jesus Christ. "He will reach out and save you in your time of need."

 32And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. The test of faith was over and the storm stopped. So; Why this example with the sea? As you will read in Revelation chapters 13 & 17, it is the people of the world that rise from the waters. Christ walked on the water to show how it is possible to walk above the people in this chaotic world. Not that we should be better than them, but we are able to rise above the troubles in the world, if we stay focused on Christ and His Word.

 33Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God. They were awestruck with what Jesus had just done, but did they understand Christ was teaching here, and not just putting on a show so they would believe He is the Son of God?

 34And when they were gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret. "Garden of the prince." It was at the northern end of the lake and to the west of the Jordan.

 35And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto him all that were diseased; The people recognized Jesus, the news spread quickly, and the people came from all around to be healed by Christ.

 36And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole. It was not the garment that healed them, but their faith in Him. Remember that God does the healing as He gets us through the fiery trials, but we must have faith and believe in Him. (I Peter 1:7).

Matthew 15

 1Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, Some of the Pharisees and teachers of the religious law came to question Jesus about His teachings.

 2Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. Why do your disciples disobey the ancient traditions? They were speaking of the ceremonial hand washing before they would eat. Not a commandment of God, but a tradition and ceremony of man that was passed down from the old times. And so it is today, with all the traditions and ceremonies that many church groups practice. Its a show for the people and has nothing to do with God. God wants your love, not a bunch of rituals that have no meaning.  

 3But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? Christ answers them with a question; Why do your traditions violate the direct commandments of God? Their traditions had nothing to do with God, they were useless. (Mark 7:6-8, 7:13, Colossians 2:8, 1 Titus 1:14).

 4For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. God's law is to honor your father and mother, and anyone who reviles their parents must die. (Exodus 21:17, Leviticus 20:9, Deuteronomy 21:18-21, Proverbs 20:20, 30:17). Wow! Some pretty strong stuff here about honoring and respecting your parents. (These laws should be followed out more today)! Respect for the elders is slowly disappearing from our society.

 5But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; The church and their traditions say to give to the church even if your parents are in need. What they are really saying here is that if you give a gift to the church (called Corban), then there is no sin in dishonoring your parents. But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free. (Mark 7:11). Again, Corban is a gift to the church. They say to their parents, "Sorry, I can't help you, because I have vowed to give to the church what I would have given to you." (It was common among the Jews that the Pharisees released a child from supporting his parents; and even deemed it sacrilege if he afterwards gave anything for their use. What a bunch of rip-offs! The book of Timothy says it best: But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. (1 Timothy 5:8). Anyone who won't care for his or her own family, does not have the right to say that they are a Christian. "Such a person is worse than the heathen."

 6And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. By their man made rules and traditions, they nullify the direct command of God to "honor and care for your parents." (Jeremiah 8:8, Hosea 4:6, Mark 7:13, Romans 3:31).

 7Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, A bunch of hypocrites! Isaiah's prophesy about you was right. What did Isaiah say?

 8This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. These people say they honor me, but their hearts are far away. They talk a good religion, but that is all it is, "a big show."

 9But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Empty worship! Worthless and a farce because they teach the doctrines of men, instead of God's Word. Jesus is quoting from (Isaiah 29:13) Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: Do you know the difference between the truth of God's Word and traditions of men?

 10And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand: Listen and try to understand what I am saying.

 11Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man. You are not made unholy by eating certain food! It is what you say and think that makes you unclean. Real teachers teach God's Word. Rip-offs build you up with traditions of men, false doctrines, and whatever makes you feel comfortable and secure. Another mark for rip-offs, is that they are always begging for money. Never satisfied with what their congregation provides, they always solicit outside the church for more donations.

 12Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying? The Pharisees were offended by what Christ had said to them. O-well, this was tuff stuff for them to handle, but it was the truth.

 13But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. Those like the Pharisees will be rooted up! We are also referring to the "Kenites" (sons of Cain). Those who are not children of the Heavenly Father, but the tares, who are "children" of the devil. (Matthew 13:38-39).

 14Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. "Ignore them." They are blind guides leading the blind, and both will fall into a ditch. (All we can do with people like this is to plan a seed. It is up to God if the seed takes or not).

 15Then answered Peter and said unto him, Declare unto us this parable. Peter should have understood what Christ was saying, but he didn't. He was still wrapped up in the old laws and traditions. (It appears everything had to be proven, explained, or demonstrated to Peter). Was Peter a little slow, or was it just a lack of faith? I'm not coming down on Pater. Maybe this was an example to us. Are we a little slow to learn at times?

 16And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding? You still don't understand what I am saying after all the parables.

 17Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? Don't you understand that anything you eat passes through the digestive track and out again?

 18But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. Evil words come from an evil heart, and defile the man who says them. The religious community was teaching that what you eat was more important for salvation that what you think or feel in your heart.

 19For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These evil thoughts and actions will get you into big trouble.

 20These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man. Traditions and rituals have nothing to do with salvation or the commandments of God. (Traditions and rituals in churches today are all for show). "If it looks religious, it will draw people in."

 21Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. Christ wanted nothing to do with their rituals and traditions and left them.

 22And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. This Gentile woman calls Him Son of David. She has an idea of who Jesus was. (Did this woman here of Him before)? Maybe the devil within her daughter gave her the clue. Remember that the devils knew who Christ was back in Matthew 8:29.

 23But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. Christ did not even answer her, and the disciples replied that she is bothering us and send her away.

 24But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Christ told her that He was sent to save the lost sheep of Israel, not the gentiles. This was only till after the crucifixion, when Christ and salvation was open to all who will.

 25Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. She pled and worshipped Him.

 26But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs. It doesn't seem right to take bread from the children and cast it to the dogs. This was a kind of slang statement used for a non-believer.

 27And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table. Here the woman is in the presence of the "Bread of Life" and all she wants is a crumb. 

 28Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour. Because of the woman's great faith in taking part of that bread of life, the demon was cast out and her daughter was healed. "No doubt the woman was healed also."

 29And Jesus departed from thence, and came nigh unto the sea of Galilee; and went up into a mountain, and sat down there. He returned back to the city of Galilee where He started from. Christ walked around 100 miles total for that lesson.

 30And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus' feet; and he healed them: He healed them all.

 31Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel. They knew who He was and had faith in Him. The crowds marveled and praised the God of Israel.

 32Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way. They crowds were with Jesus for three days and they ran out of food to feed them.

 33And his disciples say unto him, Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude? After Christ fed the 10,000 in the wilderness, they still wondered where the food was going to come from. Do I sense a little lack of faith among the disciples? Do we get confused at times and show our lack of faith?

 34And Jesus saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few little fishes. More than they had before when He fed the multitudes of people.

 35And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. Christ likes to keep things in order.

 36And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. Always give thanks to God for the things you have. Once again as before, Christ gave the food to the disciples to give to the multitudes. Just as we as students and teachers of the Word are to feed the flock. "Spread the Good News."

 37And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full. Started with seven loaves of bread and ended up with seven baskets left over. "Seven meaning spiritual completeness."

 38And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children. Around 8,000 people in all.

 39And he sent away the multitude, and took ship, and came into the coasts of Magdala. Then Jesus sent the people home and got into the boat and crossed to Magadan (the tower). "The old watch tower." Well, maybe the disciples were a little slow at learning the lesson and lacked a little faith when Jesus fed the multitudes. Jesus was patient with them, and will be patient with many of us when we are slow to learn.

Matthew 16

 1The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven. Here comes the so called higher-ups (political religious leaders), trying to test Jesus after all the miracles He had just performed. The Pharisees (separated ones) believed in life after death, the Sadducees did not. They still wanted Jesus to show them a sign from the skies to prove that He was the Messiah.

 2He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. Red sky at night, sailors delight.

 3And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? Red sky in morning, sailors take warning. They knew how to interpret the weather by signs in the sky, but they could not interpret the signs of the times. Can you discern the signs of the times? "If you study God's word you can."

 4A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed. Jonah of the Old Testament being in the belly of the whale three days and three nights, then he converted Ninevah. (Luke 11:29-32). Just as Christ would be in the grave 3 days and three nights. (Matthew 12:39-40).

 5And when his disciples were come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. As usual, the disciples were never prepared, always thinking of physical food instead of spiritual food. (These people liked to eat).

 6Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. The leaven (yeast), hits every part of the bread and infects it. (Galatians 5:9). Just as false teachings do when they enter into a congregation or ministry. (2 Timothy 2:16-17). i.e. Beware of false teachers! (Those who teach traditions and doctrines of men).

 7And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread. They thought Christ was upset because they did not bring any bread, or that He was warning them not to buy bread from the Pharisees and Sadducees. However, Jesus was warning them about what comes out of the mouth of the Pharisees and Sadducees in there teachings. (They had a lot of babble).

 8Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread? Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked them why they were so worried because they had no bread. Here they were in the presence of the "Bread of Life" but still did not understand. (Their minds were clouded by the teachings of the Pharisees and Sadducees). Don't let your mind get clouded up and confused by false teachings and the ways of the world. "Satan loves confusion!"

 9Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? These were the (12) baskets of "fragments" that remained. (Matthew 14:20). Representing one basket for each of the twelve disciples and twelve tribes.

 10Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? These were the (7) baskets of fragments that was left. (Matthew 15:37). One idea would be that the word "fragments" (meaning broken), could represent those who are spiritually broken. We do not want to leave them behind, but gather them up so that they will come to the truth. Another meaning of "fragments" can be like "fragmented garbage" you may find in large groups and congregations. (Traditions of men and false teachings). They would be gathered up and separated from the truth. Either way, the disciples should have known that they did not need to worry about food when they were with Jesus.

 11How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? Christ was not talking about food. He was talking about the false teachings of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Lets compare the two; the Pharisees believed in the resurrection of the dead, the Sadducees did not. The Pharisees believed in the supernatural. The Sadducees believed in nothing spiritual. The Pharisees believed in the entire old testament as the inspired word of God. The Sadducees only believed in the first five books of the bible (Pentateuch, books of the law), as being inspired of God. So far apart in their beliefs, but yet they had one thing in common that Christ was talking about. Hypocrisy! In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. (Luke 12:1). Note that Luke hit it right on the head. These groups were a bunch of Hypocrites! (They taught one thing, but lived another). Hypocrisy is growing even more rapidly among the world today. "Do not be deceived."

 12Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. At last they understood that by "yeast" He meant the "deceptive teachings" of the Pharisees and Sadducees. "They look so godly." You know the ones; "I had a vision last night and God spoke to me." This is what happens in large congregations; confusion, false teaching, and traditions of men work there way in. If you are a true well learned Christian (no longer a child), you should not have these problems with false teachings and traditions of men. That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive. (Ephesians 4:14). Then we will not listen to those who try to turn truth to a lie. But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ. (Ephesians 4:15). Learn and teach the truth, but better yet, "live the truth."

 13When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? The "Son of Man." Meaning "Christ in the flesh."

 14And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. The people assumed he was someone else.

 15He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Now Jesus asked the disciples.

 16And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. Here comes Peter again grabbing all the attention. But, at least he got it right and answered. The Christ, (anointed one) the Son Jesus (only begotten) of the living God. The full title Jesus Christ, "Yeshua Messiah." (1 John 5:20).

 17And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. God has blessed you Simon (Peter), for my Father in heaven has personally revealed this to you, this is not from any human force. Note: Jesus named him Peter (Cephas), but his name was Simon. (Peter meaning "Petros" a piece of rock). However, this refers to a "movable rock or stone." (John 1:42).

 18And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. You are Peter, Greek G4074 "Petros" (piece of rock), a stone. And upon this "Rock" Greek G4073 "Petra" (meaning mass rock or bolder), an unmovable rock, I will build my church; and all the powers of hell will not prevail against it. This is a very controversial scripture between scholars. It is not Peter that Christ would build the church on, "Christ is the rock that the church will be built on." Peter and the apostles would go on to establish the Christian church in Acts 1 and 2, and Peter and Paul would be the ones who establish the first Christian church in Rome. (Peter was not the first pope). Now, with that being said, Jesus Christ is the "Unmovable Rock" that you want to build upon. Not Peter or the church that many claim. The apostle Paul tells us who the true rock and foundation of the church is. "Jesus Christ." For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 3:11). Jesus Christ is that only foundation we need to build on. (Matthew 16:18, Acts 4:11-12, Ephesians 2:20). And the gates of hell shall not prevail against it: i.e. No way in hell will Satan ever prevail against this "Rock" or "Foundation" which is Christ! (Romans 8:33-39, Revelation 11:15, 21:1-4).

 19And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Christ has given us authority over this world and over Satan. Free yourself through Christ here on earth, and you will be free in heaven. But, if you bind yourself with the ways of the world here on earth, you will also be bound in heaven.

 20Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ. He warned the others about telling He was the Messiah. It was not time yet for others to know. It was not His time yet for what lies ahead.

 21From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. Jesus explained to His disciples about what was going to happen to Him, and that He would be killed by the religious political leaders. It was written long ago and Christ new it would happen that way. Where was it written? Psalm 22 tells all about the crucifixion of Christ. (Hebrews 2:14 and Hebrews 10 tell why Christ was crucified).

 22Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. Peter was allowing his love for Christ to go against the prophecy about Messiah. He knew better, He just did not want to accept it. Jesus had been warning them for a while about what was ahead for Him. Sometimes its hard to accept what is ahead in our lives, but if we look to Christ, He will see us through even the toughest times.

 23But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. Jesus was actually speaking to Satan, not Peter. Peter was being influenced by Satan here and was only thinking from a human point of view, not from God's point of view. How often are we influenced by Satan? We need to keep focused on Christ and think more spiritually, rather than worldly and in the flesh. (Romans 8:5-8, 1 Corinthians 2:14-15, Philippians 3:19, Colossians 3:2).

 24Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. Christ was not speaking about some cross around your neck; Christ was speaking of the cross that He was crucified upon. We need to be that dedicated and willing to suffer the same as Christ did. Being a Christian will bring test and trials in your life. Are you willing to suffer a little for Christ? "He gave His life for you." (2 Timothy 3:12).

 25For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. Anyone you keeps his life for himself will lose it; and anyone who loses his life for Christ shall find it again. If you love all the things of this world more than the spiritual things of the Kingdom you will lose your eternal life. But, if you if you are willing to give up the things of this world, your own desires, and follow Christ, you will find eternal life, and peace of mind in this world. (Revelation 12:11).

 26For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? There is nothing here in this world that is worth losing your soul for. (Psalm 49:7-8, Mark 8:37).

 27For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. When Christ returns, everyone will be judged according to their "works" (good deeds). "Not just faith." Faith will get you saved, but what good are you if you do not work for it. Your works are the only thing you can take with you when you die. (Revelation 2:23, 14:13, 22:12-15).

 28Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom. This appears to refer to the mediatorial kingdom which our Lord was about to set up, by the destruction of the Jewish nation and polity, and the diffusion of the gospel throughout the world. The King and His dominion! Christ defeated death in the first advent through the crucifixion and resurrection when He brought forth His Kingdom open to all who will.

Matthew 17

 1And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, Jesus loved all the people and had a great relationship with the crowd. His relationship with the twelve disciples was even closer. Even though Jesus taught that there was no one greater among the disciples, He did have His favorites. Peter and the two brothers James and John went with Jesus everywhere. These are the three Jesus took to the mountain with Him to be alone. (Three representing spiritual completeness). Three disciples as His witnesses. (2 Corinthians 13:1).

 2And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. Transfigured into another form. Luke tells us that Jesus began to pray before He was transfigured into the spirit body. (Luke 9:29). The same as it will be in the Lord's Day at Christ's return. (Revelation 1:13-17, 19:12-13).

 3And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Here we have the "three" talking together transfigured in spirit bodies. (Again, three representing spiritual completeness). Why Moses and Elijah (Elias)? Moses was symbolic of the law and Elijah was the prophet of all prophets. (Together they represent the Old Testament declaring who Jesus was). Christ and the disciples would represent the New Testament. Keep in mind that nobody knows where the bodies of Moses and Elijah are because they were both taken by the Lord. (Deuteronomy 34:5-6, 2 Kings 2:11-14). 

 4Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. I believe Peter was still thinking a little in the flesh here. But then again, maybe he didn't realize where he was, or maybe he was thinking of what Christ said earlier at the end of chapter 16. Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom. (Matthew 16:28). Was this the moment Peter was thinking about?

 5While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. I think this got the attention of the disciples as the Lord spoke, "Hear Him!" Literally, "hear and obey Him." Do you hear what Christ has to say in His Word?

 6And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid. They heard the voice of God for real and of course they were terrified. You would be too.

 7And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. This was their Heavenly Father speaking, and they were afraid. That little lack of faith and understanding brought on their fear.

 8And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only. The three disciples had just seen Moses and Elijah, and heard the voice of the Heavenly Father, then in a instant, they were gone. Only Christ was left present. A lesson to us to keep our eyes on Jesus; the living God.

 9And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead. Wait till that moment then tell them. Christ showed Peter, James, and John ahead of time that He would be resin again in the spirit body, just as He would return in the future. Perhaps giving them a little exclusive prophecy to build their faith on.

 10And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? Why do the Jewish leaders insists Elijah (Elias) must come first before the Messiah comes?

 11And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. They are right. Elijah must come first and set everything in order. (Malachi 4:5).

 12But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. Christ told them that Elijah has already come, but wasn't recognized and mistreated. And I, the Messiah, shall also suffer at their hands. You see, John the Baptist came in the spirit of Elijah and fulfilled the prophecy. (Luke 1:17, Matthew 11:13-14), but they did not receive him.

 13Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist. Now they realized Christ was speaking of John the Baptist. (a voice crying in the wilderness; prepare ye the way of the Lord).

 14And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, Knelt before Jesus and worshiped him.

 15Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for often times he falleth into the fire, and often into the water. Lunar being moon (child of the night) like Satan; the prince of darkness. "This boy was demon possessed." (Mark 9:18, Luke 9:39). 

 16And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. This one was different, they were not prepared for this one. (Lack of faith). "They needed the real deal to heal this boy."

 17Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. Again, Christ charging them with little faith.

 18And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. Ordered him out! Don't mess around with the devil and his demons. "Order them out!" If you have the faith.

 19Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? Why can't we do it? Good question for many preachers today who lack faith and power of the Holy Spirit.

 20And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. They could not do it because of their non-belief and little faith in God to do amazing thing. You see, you may have knowledge and faith, but it can't be faith in yourself or any man. You must believe (have faith), that "God" has the ability to do amazing things through the "Holy Spirit," not through you or any other man. (1 Corinthians 12:9, Luke 1:37, 18:27).

 21Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. This was no ordinary demon, he was a tough one. The point being, some things in life are going to require more faith than others to overcome. It takes time to build up real faith, and the only way to increase your faith is through the study of God's Word. For them it was a lifestyle of prayer and fasting. We need the same lifestyle if we are going to handle this type of situation. (Acts 14:23, Ephesians 6:18).

 22And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men: It's going to happen.

 23And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again. And they were exceeding sorry. They were really sad and filled with grief. But, did they take in what He had just said. Jesus is preparing them for what lies ahead with His death by crucifixion, but it seems that they were still surprised when it actually happens. (God warns us what is ahead in His word, but we must pay attention, or we may be surprised).

 24And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? This tribute seems to have been the half shekel which every male among the Jews paid yearly for the support of the temple. (Exodus 30:13).

 25He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? The Kings would take tribute from strangers, not their own children or princes.

 26Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. In other words, those who are part of the Kingdom do not pay tribute, they are free. They were in the presence of the King and they wanted to tax Him. Just as you are free today because Christ paid the price on the cross.

 27Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee. Trying to take tribute from God Himself. Jesus said to pay them so they are not offended and to keep the peace. Protecting His credibility, just as we need to do at times today.

Matthew 18

  Chapter 18 in the book of Matthew show us how to be a good servant of God and a good Christian. It shows teachers of the Word; to be humble, patient, not to offend, and to mildly correct when necessary.

 1At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? Asking Christ which one of them would be the greatest in heaven. Mark tells us a little bit on how they led up to this question. (Mark 9:33-34). When they were on the road to Capernaum with Jesus, the disciples were arguing among themselves about who would be the greatest. Typical among men, always wanting to be the most important. Typical among churches, always wanting to be the only true church. "Peter established our church, well Paul established our church." Don't you think that the lesson Christ will be teaching here applies to the churches also? Of course it does... No one church or ministry is greater than the other, "they only think they are." We are all part of the many member body of Christ. (Different strokes for different folks).

 2And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, This would be a lesson to the disciples. Why a little child? Because they are wide-eyed and innocent, ready to absorb knowledge like a sponge.

 3And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. For the lost sinner, you must turn to God from your sins and become as little children. (Clean slate to start with). For the Christian; you need to get rid of all the excess spiritual baggage. (Religious junk, false teachings, and traditions of men cluttering your mind). "Empty your mind, so it can be filled with truth." Just as a child has a fresh mind, we should also be the same in absorbing the truth of His Word.

 4Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Again, Jesus uses a little child as an example. The disciples were arguing about who would be the greatest. Jesus called the child and put him in the middle of the group. The child would be the least likely in the group to be called the greatest. But Jesus tells them that they should be more like the child "the least in the group." (Then you will be the greatest in the kingdom). God loves it when you humble yourself as a child. (Luke 14:11, James 4:10).

 5And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. To be humble and kind to others when it is possible. Sometimes we don't realize that their may be great works ahead for one of Gods children in the ministry. We may not pay attention to the "humble ones" who might have more knowledge and truth than the rest of the congregation. Most churches are always looking to bring in more people, Jesus is looking for that one child (humble one), to bring forth the truth in His Word.

 6But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. This word offend here is "scandalize" in the Greek #4624 (to trip-up or entice to sin). If you cause someone to trip-up, or lose their faith, you are asking for trouble. God will not allow people to pick on His children.

 7Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! There is always temptations in the world to do wrong, but someone who does the tempting or causes another to fall is in big trouble. This happens many times when someone becomes a bad or evil teacher. BEWARE OF FALSE TEACHERS! (2 Peter 2:2).

 8Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire. This represents the many member body of the church, not to physically cut off a human limb. If you have false teachers or troublemakers within the church, cut them off and get rid of them. (Those who are into false teachings and traditions of men).

 9And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire. Those who claim to be prophets. God has shown us all things through the prophets in His Word. There is no need for modern day prophets. Christ should be the eye of the church to stay focused on. Again, this is not about mutilating yourself. It is about doing whatever it takes to get the sin out of the church, as well as the individual.

 10Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. The "little ones," children of God. Those who God has called to serve Him. If you are serving God, there are angels who will watch over you. (Psalm 91:11). We call them Guardian Angels.

 11For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. Christ came to save the lost sinner. Never be afraid to hang around sinners; Christ did. He came for the lost, "not the saved." (Matthew 9:12-13, Luke 19:10).

 12How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? Just a natural reaction to go off and save the lost one because of our compassion.

 13And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. Rejoices because he found the lost one. Just as the angels rejoice when another lost soul is saved.

 14Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish. It is Gods will to save all the lost. (II Peter 3:9).

 15Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. If a brother or sister sins against you, go to them in private and confront them peacefully. If they admit it and apologize, you have won back a friend.

 16But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. If they do not listen and deny it, then take along two witnesses with you. (To establish what is being said).

 17And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. If they still do not listen, take it to the church, and if they refuse to hear the church, take them to court.

 18Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Whatever you hold onto on earth will be held in heaven and what you forgive on earth will be forgiven in heaven. (Matthew 16:19, John 20:23).

 19Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. We are speaking of those who serve God. Those asking for spiritual gifts and knowledge. (Things to further the ministry). Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. (John 15:16). Keep in mind, "Christ does the calling." Therefore, when you want to further something in the ministry, ask in "Jesus name" and the Heavenly Father will supply what you need. (John 14:13-14).

 20For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. In Jesus name! This means doing the work of God. Gathered together to bring forth the word. "God is right there among you." God will supply you with what is important to the ministry.

 21Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? In the old law you were to forgive someone three times. Peter pumped himself up a little and said he would forgive someone seven times. (Luke 17:3-4). Peter though he was going beyond what most would do.

 22Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. In other words, if someone wrongs you and they repent, forgive them, no matter how many times they sin against you. It may take some time to build trust with that person again, but if they repent, forgive them. (Matthew 6:14-15, Mark 11:25-26, Romans 12:21, Ephesians 4:26, Colossians 3:13).

 23Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. The king wanted to bring his accounts up to date. (Collect what is owed to him).

 24And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. Ten thousand: Strong's G3463 "murioi" meaning "innumerably or countless." A talent is around 750 ounces of silver or gold. (Approximately $4,500,000 in silver or $72,000,000 in gold). This immense sun represents our boundless obligations to God, and our utter incapacity, as sinners infinitely indebted to Divine justice, of paying one mite out of the talent. (Psalm 38:4).

 25But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. Cleaned him out; the master ordered him sold along with his wife, children, and everything he owned.

 26The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. He was willing to pay the debt if he had more time.

 27Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. The king was filled with compassion and forgave his debt. Our Heavenly Father has a lot compassion and patients towards us, that we all come to repentance. (Psalm 145:8, 1 John 1:9, 2 Peter 3:9). He forgives our mountain of debt know as sin!

 28But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. After this guys huge debt was forgiven by the king, he went out and tried to collect about $2,000 that was owed to him. He went as far as to grab the guy by the neck and demanded payment. (What a guy).

 29And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. This fellow servant was also willing to pay the debt if he was given a little time.

 30And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. The greedy man would not wait and cast him into prison till the debt was paid.

 31So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. The mans friends were upset and went and told the king what had just happened.

 32Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: The king called the man before him and told him; "You evil hearted servant!" I forgave you all that tremendous debt, just because you asked me to.

 33Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? Shouldn't you have mercy on others as I had on you.

 34And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. The angry king sent the man to the torture chamber until he had paid every last penny due. (Its the rack for him)!

 35So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses. The Heavenly Father shall do the same to those who do not forgive their brothers and sisters in Christ. Christ gave us this example to show us how important it is to forgive others just as we are forgiven by our Heavenly Father for our sins. If we repent, we are forgiven. If someone repents for a wrong they have committed against us, we should forgive them. The deeper meaning of this parable refers back to verse 22, about forgiving 490 times. If a brother, sister, family member, or friend does you wrong and repents, forgive them. However, don't be a fool. If they keep doing you wrong over and over again and don't repent, you no longer need to forgive them. Forgive yourself and stay away from them. (You don't want it eating at you to make you miserable). You are not the one who is wrong here, they were. I have had personal experience with family members and friends who would just try to always make a fool out of me by conning and lying all the time. I would forgive them, but it would keep going on and would make me upset at times. Finally, I had to step up and put them aside in order for me to get on with my own life. I am sure many of you have experienced the same thing.

Matthew 19

 1And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these sayings, he departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judaea beyond Jordan. Jesus' ministry moves from Galilee down to the region of Judea as He heads towards Jerusalem.

 2And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there. They knew He was the real deal as He healed their sick.

 3The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? The Pharisees (religious community), came to Christ trying to trap Him into saying something that would ruin Him. Do you permit divorce for any reason they asked?

 4And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, Here is how Jesus will answer them. It's right in the beginning of the bible that God made them male and female, haven't you read it? (Genesis 1:27).

 5And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? They are joined together and spiritually become one. (Genesis 2:24).

 6Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. No "man" may divorce what God has joined together. However, "with God all things are possible." God does not like divorce, but one can divorce and be forgiven. God is a divorcee himself when He divorced Israel. (Jeremiah 3:7-8). Remember at this time Christ had not been crucified yet; but after His crucifixion, He paid the price for all. The sin of divorce can be forgiven upon repentance. Do not let any man or religious denomination ever tell you that you are living in sin when you are divorced. Then some will tell you that you may never re-marry after divorce. "They are flat out liars."

 7They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? Why is it written in the law of Moses that a man may divorce? (Deuteronomy 24:1).

 8He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. Because of your hearts it was allowed, but it was not what God had originally intended.

 9And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery. In a unbelievers world this would be true. But in a believers world, Christ can forgive all sins including divorce. (1 John 1:9).

 10His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry. It would be better if one could live the Christian life and not be married.

 11But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given. But, all men cannot live the life of celibacy; but only those whom God helps. (If God hasn't called you to be single, its going to be a tough life to live without sinning, or you will be miserable). But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn. (1 Corinthians 7:9). If you can’t control yourself, it is better to marry than to burn with passion. (1 Corinthians 7:2).

 12For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it. Some choose this life as eunuchs (emasculated or castrated), and some refuse to marry for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven. (There choice to live a celibate life). But, this lifestyle should only be chosen by those whom God helps. "Those given the gift of celibacy." (Matthew 19:11).

 13Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. Christ was tired and the disciples wanted to send the children away not to bother Him.

 14But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. Christ was trying to explain that to enter into Heaven, you must become as a little child. (Matthew 18-2-4). Open minded and free from all the traditions of men, church doctrine, and false teachings that pile up over the years.

 15And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence. He blessed the children before He left.

 16And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? What must I do to have eternal life. This man was thinking of just works; but salvation and eternal life does not come from works, but by faith. (John 3:15, 4:14, 5:39, 6:47, 1 Timothy 6:19, Titus 3:7). However, once we are saved, God wants us to do His good works by spreading the gospel "to the lost souls."

 17And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. If you want to enter into eternal life, keep the commandments. (Do your best to follow these commandments of God). Many will tell you that the law was done away with when Christ came; but Christ came to fulfill the law, not destroy it. Yes we are saved by faith, but once saved, it should be easier to follow the commandments of God. "When we mess-up, we still have repentance."

 18He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, The man asked which commandments should be kept, and Christ answered him.

 19Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. The ten commandments are divided into two groups. The first four commandments are regarding mans relationship with God. (Deuteronomy 5:7-15). The last six commandments deal with our relationship with others. (Deuteronomy 5:16-21). This is where Jesus will be quoting and teaching from, "our relationship with others." Note: Jesus does throw a commandment of morality in the mix. "Love thy neighbor as thyself." (Leviticus 19:18). One commandment that summarizes the last six of the ten commandments.

 20The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? The young man said to Christ that he had kept all those laws. How many times have we heard that one from people or preachers. Jesus knows the mans heart, and He is going to confront this man with the last commandment, "you shall not covet," (Deuteronomy 5:21), the commandment that deals with greed. Lets see how this man reacts.

 21Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. If you want to be perfect like you say, go and sell all you have and give it to the poor and build your treasures in heaven. (Jesus knows this mans weak spot).

 22But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. The man was rich with estate possessions. (Probably through coveting other peoples goods). "The tenth commandment." This man could not let the riches go. "It's always about the money."

 23Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. It is almost impossible for a rich man to get into the Kingdom of Heaven. (A man that is rich with God's blessings may have no problem, but the money cannot become the top priority in his life, or be from corrupt gains).

 24And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. During this time there were two gates to the walled cities. The large main gate for during the day, and the small entrance gate called (the needle gate), for the evening when the main gate was closed. A camel would not fit through the needle gate unless it was first unloaded of it's goods. It is the same for one who must unload all their financial gains to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Some will, but many will not. Again, it is all about the money to them. Jesus is just showing how hard it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God, but it is still possible.

 25When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? Who can be saved, the disciples asked?

 26But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. It is impossible for you to save yourself, but with God, all things are possible. That is why God gave His only begotten Son to die and be sacrificed for all the sins of the world.

 27Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? Peter said to Christ; we left everything to follow you, what do we get out of it?

 28And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. When I the Messiah, shall sit upon my glorious throne in the Kingdom, you my disciples will sit with me to judge the twelve tribes of Israel. (Revelation 21:12-14).

 29And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. If you put yourself out for me and put me first over family, friends, money and property, you will inherit eternal life. (You will have a new spiritual family in Christ).

 30But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. Many who think they are so important here on earth will be the least in the Kingdom of God. (Luke 6:24). "This includes many priests, pastors, and teachers of the word." (Many have received their consolation). But, "the little ones" (those who go unnoticed), who are least important here on earth, will be the greatest in the Kingdom. (Those with humble hearts, struggling in this world, but still follow Christ and keep the works of God).

Matthew 20

 1For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. Another illustration of what the Kingdom of Heaven is like. We are going to see a landowner hire the "first" workers for his vineyard early in the morning. (Around 6:00 a.m.). This parable was intended to illustrate the equity of God's dealings, even when "the first are placed last, and the last first."

 2And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. The common pay at this time. ("A denarius," the payment for a day's labor; equivalent to $20 in modern times).

 3And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, This would be around 9:00 a.m. when the landowner hired more workers from the market place.

 4And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. The landowner would pay them what was right at the end of the day.

 5Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. This would be around 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. when he hired these two groups of workers.

 6And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? Now it is around 5:00 p.m. when he hired the last group of workers. Remember these were the "last" workers he hired in relation to the "first."

 7They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive. These men were standing idle; not that they did not want to work, but because no one ever hired them. However, they are still good workers willing to work. Spiritually speaking this group would represent those who never had the truth but were willing to learn. Keep in mind we are talking about the Kingdom of God here. (Ephesians 6:8). "God is always fair."

 8So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. Again "God is always fair." Our Heavenly Father is about to give a spiritual lesson here that they did not understand.

 9And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. The last workers hired received a denarius (their $20).

 10But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. The men hired earlier in the day also received a denarius (their $20), but they thought they should receive more.

 11And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house, They started to complain, but that is what they agreed upon earlier in the day. "A days wages."

 12Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. They thought that because they worked a little longer, that they should get more pay. Well, according to today's hourly work standards they would be right. But, these were standards at the time for a days pay. Again, keep in mind that we are speaking spiritual here (money of no value), and who would be more worthy in the Kingdom of God.

 13But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? This is what you agreed upon when you were hired to work all day.

 14Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. It is my desire to pay all the workers the same. Again, "God is always fair."

 15Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? It is lawful to do what I wish with my own money and you should not be angry because I am kind to others. They still did not get the spiritual message. "No one is greater in the Kingdom of God."

 16So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen. Referring to the last chapter when Peter asked about their rewards. (Matthew 19:27-30). All those who "obey Gods call" will get the "same reward" in the end. (In the Kingdom of God). For the deeper student, we can also refer to those who overcame in the first earth age. (2 Thessalonians 2:13-14). They were first then, but will be called last at the end of this world age because God can count on them to stand against antichrist at the proper time. (Read our study topic titled, "Three Earth Ages," for a better understanding. Many be called, but few are chosen: Many were called to work for the landowner, but only those willing to work were chosen. So it is in the Kingdom of Heaven; many will be called, but not everyone responds to the calling. (James 1:23-25). 

 17And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them, Jesus spoke to the twelve apostles in private.

 18Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death, Betrayed to the leaders of the religious community.

 19And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again. Handed over to the Romans to be crucified. But, will rise again and death will be defeated. Here Jesus is telling the disciples exactly what will happen to Him. "Do they believe Him, or will they be shocked when it happens?"

 20Then came to him the mother of Zebedees children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him. Both sons came and worshipped Him and their mother asking a favor.

 21And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom. She wanted her two sons to sit on both side of Christ. We know that the bible tells us that only God sits next to Christ. She wanted one of her sons to take the place of God. I don't think she even realized what she was asking.

 22But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able. Christ asked them if they could go through what was about to happen to Him? They said they could do it. (Don't think James and John knew what they were getting into).

 23And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father. Your going to die that death, it is written. But, only God can decide who will sit with Him on the throne. Never insult God by trying to get to the top of the list in Heaven.

 24And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren. The other disciples were angered when they heard what James and John had asked for. They felt they have been wronged. (Everyone wants to be Jesus' right hand man). God sits on the throne, Christ sits on the right hand of God. If anyone else is honored enough to sit beside them, I am pretty sure it will be "Moses and Elisha." Not the apostles. We will wait and see.

 25But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. They lord it over those beneath them. To get ahead in this world, people step on, and over other people. (Whatever it takes to get ahead).

 26But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; Among you it will be different. Anyone wanting to be a leader among you must first be your servant. Christ came to serve the people, we should learn to serve others more than we want to be served.

 27And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: And if you want to be right at the top, you must be a slave to God first. (You must desire to serve God as a slave). This applies in daily life. If you are a leader in the world today, you must also learn to serve the people.

 28Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. You must have an attitude as Christ when He came. He did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life for many. Why? "To defeat death and the Devil." (Hebrews 2:14).

 29And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him. Vast crowds followed Him because they like what He said and did.

 30And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David. They knew He was the Messiah.

 31And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David. The crowds told them to be quite, but they only yelled out louder to Christ. Why? Because they knew He was the Messiah and they had faith in Him to heal them.

 32And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you? Jesus was ready to serve them because of their faith.

 33They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. They were blind and wanted to see.

 34So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him. Jesus touched them and instantly they could see, and followed Him. Their eye were also spiritually opened. These two were physically blind but they still knew that He was the Messiah because of their faith. Many today can physically see, but they are spiritually blind. We must remove the blinders from traditions of men and false teachings. We must have faith in the Word and never doubt God, and our spiritual eyes will be opened.

Matthew 21

 1And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples, Bethphage meaning the "house of figs."

 2Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me. The two disciples Jesus sent ahead went to the village to bring Him the donkey and its colt.

 3And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them. Tell them the master needs them and there will be no problem. (All prearranged by God).

 4All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, This was prophecy being fulfilled. Christ fulfilling the scriptures so we have no doubt.

 5Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass. Tell Jerusalem her King is coming to her. This was written in the Old Testament (Zechariah 9:9), speaking of the first advent. Zechariah 9:10 goes on to speak of the second advent. The first advent Christ came for salvation, in the second advent He comes to rule with an iron rod on a white horse.

 6And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them, They obeyed Him and did what He had said.

 7And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon. They threw their garments over the colt for Him to ride on.

 8And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. They paved the way with their garments and tree branches. (Probably branches from a date palm or oak tree).

 9And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna meaning "save now." (Psalm 118:24-26). Praise for the Son of David! "Jesus was the rightful heir to the throne of David."

 10And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? The entire city of Jerusalem was in an uproar as Jesus entered.

 11And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee. Something different to the people. It was common during this time for the religious leaders to come from Jerusalem to Galilee to teach the people. Now we have a prophet coming out of Galilee to teach the people of Jerusalem. (The religious leaders are not going to like that). Jesus came from a small town called Nazareth in Galilee. (Matthew 2:23). Once asked by Nathanael, can any good thing come from Nazareth? (John 1:45-46).

 12And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, He came to the temple and it was filled with a bunch of scammers. (the money changers). The money exchange was a rip-off. (the exchange was way to high). If you were too poor to sacrifice an expensive lamb or goat, you could buy a clean dove as a sacrifice from the temple. (The sacrifices were to be approved by the priests). However, these guys were selling mite infested doves in the streets for a cheaper price. (Rip-offs then, rip-offs today).

 13And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. Turned the temple of God into a house of thieves! Many churches do it today. (Always begging for money). There are a few good churches out there that teach the truth of God's Word (full gospel of God), leaving out church doctrines and traditions of men.

 14And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them. The religious leaders were there to make money and cater to the wealthy. The common people came to Jesus because He was the real deal. (Jesus reached out to the poor and heal the broken). Not like a bunch of phony healers you will find today. "Just send us a donation and you will be financially blessed and physically healed."

 15And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the son of David; they were sore displeased, The children loved Jesus and praised His name in the Temple. The chief priests and scribes were upset when they heard this. (People love when you are good with their children, and Jesus loved the children). Again, this did not make Him popular among the religious leaders.

 16And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise? Quoting from (Psalms 8:2). For the deeper student, He was also talking about that little babe David who slew Goliath. Goliath received the deadly wound symbolic of the deadly wound the one world political and religious system receives in the book of revelation. (Revelation 13:3).

 17And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there. Bethany also called the "house of dates."

 18Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered. After a hard day and night with the crowds, Jesus was hungry in the morning. 

 19And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away. It was not the season to harvest figs, it was spring time. (He was looking for the "early fig," tiny fruit that appears in the spring). The fig tree represents Israel. When Jesus entered Jerusalem, He was looking for the good fruits of Israel. However, the good fruit (truth in the word), was lacking and Israel was not producing. (Just withering away). "The religious leaders were not producing, they were just taking."

 20And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away! How did the fig tree wither so quickly they asked?

 21Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. If you have faith, not doubt, and never waver. (James 1:6).

 22And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. Anything you ask of to do His work and believe, you shall receive. We are not talking here of the luxuries of man. "God will grant to those doing the work of the Lord." God will always supply the the blocks, but you need to do the building.

 23And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority? The chief priests and religious elders wanted to know by what authority Jesus did all these things? (taught the crowds, healed the people, cleansed the temple). They were not happy when Jesus chased away the money changers and ruined their business for the day. Again, all about the money!

 24And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things. I'll tell you if you can answer one question. (Proverbs 26:4-5). You see, Christ was very wise and knew how to put people on the spot when He needed to. (Colossians 4:6).

 25The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him? They would of excepted John if they believed. But they were caught up in their own traditions and doctrine. (John was from heaven, a man sent by God).

 26But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet. John was the prophet of prophets. He proved it! The religious leaders were caught in their own disbelief.

 27And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things. They could not answer the question. Christ shut them up real quick with His wisdom, and He did not need to answer their question.

 28But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard. Here comes another parable for the religious leaders to try and understand. A man with two sons asked the older son to go work in the vineyard. (The older son represents the tax collector and the sinner).

 29He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. The son would not go at first, but later changed his mind and went. (The older son repented and obeyed his father).

 30And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not. The youngest son said he would go, but didn't go at all. (The youngest son represents the religious leaders).

 31Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. Which of the sons obeyed his father Christ asked? They replied "the first son, of course." Christ answered them and said that tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the Kingdom before you do. Why? The lesson here is repentance. Neither of the two sons obeyed their father at first, but the oldest son repented and then went to the vineyard to work. The youngest son (representing the chief priests and religious leaders) should have know better. If they had read the scriptures, they would have received John the Baptist, knowing that He was from God to call all sinners to repentance. "Prepare ye the way of the Lord." (Isaiah 40:3, Matthew 3:1-4).

 32For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him. John the Baptist told the chief priests and religious leaders to repent and turn to God, and they wouldn't listen. Evil men and prostitutes listened to John and repented. And even when the chief priests and religious leaders saw this happening, they still refused to repent, and so they couldn't believe. (Revelation 2:21). Just like the younger son who would not listen to his father. God wants you to follow Him, not traditions and doctrines of men.

 33Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: In this parable, in its primary sense, the householder denotes the Supreme Being; the family, the Jewish nation; the vineyard, Jerusalem; the fence, the Divine protection; the wine-press, the law and sacrificial rites; the tower, the temple; and the husbandmen, the priests and doctors of the law.

 34And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it. He expected something in return at harvest from his servants. (a peace of the action).

 35And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. The priests, doctors of law, and religious leaders, persecuted many of the prophets over the years. (Nehemiah 9:26, Jeremiah 2:30, Luke 13:33-34, Acts 7:52, 1 Thessalonians 2:15-16, Revelation 6:9).

 36Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise. More were sent and they were treated the same way. Even the last of the prophets before Christ's advent, "John the Baptist," was rejected and killed.

 37But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son. Christ was sent by the Heavenly Father for reverence (to be loved), but was rejected also.

 38But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. They wanted to kill the Son (which they did), and take everything over. Written in (Psalms 2:2-8).

 39And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him. Jesus speaking of His death. (They crucified Him)!

 40When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen? What will our Heavenly Father do to those responsible. They were murderers! They produced no fruit and no truth in the Word. Churches and ministries are to bring forth truth (good fruit), not traditions of men and false teachings. These murderers are the tares that are going to the lake of fire.

 41They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons. The priests and religious leaders reply with a reasonable answer, "the householder (lord of the vineyard), will put them to death." Sounds good! However, they did not understand that Christ was talking about them.

 42Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? Have Ye Not Read The Scriptures? The chief cornerstone they rejected was Christ, the Savior. (Psalms 118:22-24). I think Christ is getting their attention now.

 43Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. The Kingdom of God will be taken away from them, and will be given to a nation (or those), who will produce the proper fruit. "Believers who follow Him and His way." (Those who have the truth and please the Father).

 44And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. All who stumble on this rock of truth shall be broken, but those it falls on will be scattered as dust and destroyed in judgment. God is not happy with those who abuse or take advantage His children. (A warning to all religious leaders).

 45And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them. They finally realized that Christ was speaking against them. (They were the wicked farmers).

 46But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet. The chief priest and religious leaders wanted to get rid of Him, but were afraid to try because of the crowds, for the people accepted Jesus as a prophet. (Matthew 21:11).

Matthew 22

 1And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, Here we are going to cover the parable of the wedding feast. The reason Christ spoke in parables is because it was not meant for everyone to hear at that time. (Matthew 13:10-11, Mark 4:33-34). Christ came as savior, it was not time for them to know the full truth yet. (Luke 8:10).

 2The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, This is the wedding story as an example on how to prepare for the kingdom of God.

 3And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. The majority would not come when His servants invited them. Just as many servants (prophets), were sent before Christ, and no one accepted them. (John the Baptist was sent by God, but they rejected him).

 4Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. All things were made ready by the King for the feast. Just as God has made everything ready for the Kingdom and the wedding feast for Christ. (Luke 14:17). The Son paid the price and we are all invited to the marriage of the Lamb. We are like the servants who invite people to the wedding when we share the Gospel with others. Will they listen, will they accept the invitation?

 5But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: They just ignored the calling and went on with their professions making money. "No time for God." To busy making money and partying. (1 Timothy 6:9-10). Common in the world today when you try to bring one the truth. They may listen to you just to be kind, but as soon as the conversation is over, they are right back to their worldly ways. (1 John 2:15-16).

 6And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. The messengers were treated shamefully, some beat and killed. Many were treated this way in the past trying to bring forth the message of God. You will be treated much the same way when you teach the truth. (Matthew 5:11, 10:17-18, John 15:19-20). "Many people can't handle the truth, and will disregard what they have heard."

 7But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. God does not like murderers, and they will pay for their actions. (Possibly speaking of the coming destruction of Jerusalem fulfilled in 70 AD by Titus).

 8Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Those invited and refused are not worthy of the wedding. "They will not be worth of the Kingdom or to stand before Christ." (Luke 21:36). Spiritually speaking, there was no wedding at the first advent, but there will be at the second advent when Christ returns.

 9Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. Go to the streets and invite everyone you see. "Those who will take interest and seek the truth." (Proverbs 9:4-6, Isaiah 55:6, Mark 16:15-16). Reference to the wedding feast of the Lamb at the second advent. (Revelation 19:7-8, 22:17).

 10So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. The servants brought in everyone they could find. (The good, the bad, the ugly). They excepted the invitation, believed and repented, and attended the wedding. (Matthew 25:10).

 11And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: Spiritually speaking, the robe being the righteous acts of God's children. (Revelation 19:8).

 12And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. The man had no righteous acts, so he had no reply. He had no repentance, so he had no salvation. (Isaiah 61:10).

 13Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Just as it will happen to many who will face the second death. (Revelation 20:12-15).

 14For many are called, but few are chosen. You may have been called, but called to what? Are you called to truth, or traditions of men and church doctrine? God does not want us to follow the ways of the world, their philosophies, or traditions of men. (Colossians 2:8). "Follow Christ."

 15Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk. The Pharisees were going to try and trick Christ into saying something they could arrest Him for. "No way!"

 16And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men. The Herodians were a Jewish political party and government officials (Supportive of the Herod kings), and there power came from Rome which ruled over them. The Herodians are trying their best to butter up Jesus and trap Him.

 17Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar? Keep in mind that there were Jews that worked for Rome who were tax collectors. Matthew was a tax collector. (Matthew 9:9). The tax collectors were required to pay a certain set tax to Rome for each person they collected from. (Anything over that amount that they collected they could keep for themselves). The Jews didn't like the idea that they had to pay a taxes to a foreign power (Rome). If Jesus says that the people should pay the tax, the crowds will be upset. If Jesus says that the people should not pay taxes to Caesar, the Herodians would be upset and arrest Jesus. (That's what they were looking for). Lets see how Jesus handles their question.

 18But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? Hypocrites, phony play actors, "who are you trying to fool with your trick question?"

 19Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. Show me a coin from your pouch.

 20And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? Who's name is beneath the picture Jesus asked?

 21They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's. Give to Caesar if it is his, and give to God everything that belongs to God. Always pay your taxes and stay legal. This protects your right to serve God. (Romans 13:7). Keep in mind that God has His image on us also, after all, we were created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27), and we belong to Him. Giving our life and good works to God is like rendering unto God what is His.

This conclusion is drawn from their own maxims and premises. They held that "wherever the money of any king is current, there the inhabitants acknowledge that king for their lord." Now, by admitting that this was Cesar's coin, and by consenting to receive it as the current coin of their country, they in fact acknowledged their subjection to his government, and of course their obligation to pay the tribute demanded of them. This answer was full of consummate wisdom, and it completely defeated the insidious designs of his enemies. He avoided rendering himself odious to the Jewish people by opposing their notions of liberty, or appearing to pay court to the emperor, without exposing himself to the charge of sedition and disaffection to the Roman government.

 22When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way. His reply amazed the government officials and they went away. Always let the Holy Spirit give you the wisdom to answer hard questions. (Luke 21:15, Acts 6:10, Colossians 4:6).

 23The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him, Jesus handled the Pharisees, now come here comes the Sadducees. The high priests who did not believe in the resurrection. They only believed that the first five books of the Old Testament (the Pentateuch), were inspired by God. They knew the Old Testament and the Law of Moses. Well, at least they think they did. Lets see if they can trap Jesus?

 24Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. The Sadducees are going to try and butter up Jesus by addressing Him as Master (great teacher). Raise up: Strong's G450 "anistemi," to stand, arise, lift up, raise up. (Referring to the resurrection). "Possibly making a little fun of those who believe in the resurrection." (Their idea of resurrection here involves the raising up of offspring). They asked Him a question from the "Law of Moses." (Deuteronomy 25:5-10).

 25Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother: Here we have a family of seven brothers, and the first of them married and died without children, so the widow became the second brother's wife.

 26Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh. This brother also died without children, and the wife was passed to the next brother, and so on till she became the wife of all seven brothers.

 27And last of all the woman died also. After all the passing around, then the woman finally died.

 28Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her. They wanted to know who's wife she would be in the resurrection. (Poking a little fun at an unusual situation).

 29Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. Jesus answers the Sadducees; your problem is that you don't know the scriptures. God has the power to do whatever He wills. He can raise the dead and is the God of the living. (Ecclesiastes 12:7, Luke 1:37, Acts 26:8). "They had no clue of the real power of God." Their error was their ignorance of the scriptures, they thought they knew it all. (Romans 15:4, 2 Timothy 3:16-17). Did you ever come across someone like that? One who thinks they have all the answers in God's word? The Word is constantly growing, and no one has all the answers. That's why we are doing this book of Matthew the second time around. Every time we cover a book of the bible, we discover new meanings and mysteries that the Holy Spirit reveals to those who are willing to learn.

 30For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. In the resurrection there is no marriage; everyone is as the angels in heaven. (Spiritual bodies, angelic beings). We are spiritually married to the Lamb. (Luke 20:34-37). Even Moses (whom the Sadducees believed), knew He was a God of the living. (Mark 12:26-27).

 31But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, Don't you ever read the scriptures? It is written.

 32I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. God of the living. Not I was, "I Am," the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. (Exodus 3:6, 15-16). They are still alive in their spirit bodies, that is why He is the "God of the living."

 33And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine. Astonished at His teachings because it was written.

 34But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. The Pharisees who believed in life after death were feeling pretty good now because they felt they were on the right track and that the Sadducees were totally wrong. However, they met together to question Jesus again. (They are going to double team Jesus now).

 35Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Now here comes their best scripture lawyer (religious scholar), to try and trip up Jesus again. "Not a chance!"

 36Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Which is the most important command in the law of Moses. Trying to trip up God on His own law.

 37Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This covers the first five commandments. (the spiritual commandments).

 38This is the first and great commandment. This first greatest commandment refers to and covers the first five commandments.

 39And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. All the last five commandments are covered with this statement. (the civil commandments).

 40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Christ covered all the ten commandments in these two commandments. (all the law of the prophets are fulfilled in these two commandments). Jesus, always so wise in His answers. Fulfilling these two commandments, fulfils all the commandments. If you love God, you won't break the first five commandments. (Deuteronomy 5:7-16). If you love your neighbor, you won't break the last five commandments. (Deuteronomy 5:17-21).

 41While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, Remember that the Pharisees believed in life after death, so they felt they had something in common with the teachings of Christ. Jesus turns the table on them and asked them a question.

 42Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The son of David. It was know to them that the Messiah would come from the line of David. (The human part). They replied, "the son of David." However, they did not want to believe that Christ was the Son of God. (The spiritual part). So, Jesus responds to their answer.

 43He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, Then why does David under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, call Him Lord?

 44The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? For David said, "God said to my Lord, sit at my right hand until I put your enemies beneath you feet." Quoting from (Psalm 110:1).

 45If David then call him Lord, how is he his son? Since David called Him "Lord," how can He be merely his Son? The messiah would be the "Son of God." (John 8:58, Romans 1:3-4, Revelation 22:16). Jesus is a descendant of David through his mother Mary, however, He is also the Son of God, born of a virgin.

 46And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions. They had no answers. After that no one dared ask Him any more questions. They still didn't get it; He was the Son of Man, as well as the Son of God.

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