The Book of Matthew chapters 1-12

We are going to cover the Book of Matthew for the second time around. The Book of Matthew 2016 is a more in-depth study which uncovers new meaning, discoveries, and revelations as the word of God constantly grows, giving us insight to more wisdom and understanding. Written by Matthew (also know as Levi), the book of Matthew is the first gospel in the new testament that narrates an account of the life and ministry of Jesus, from his birth to his resurrection. We hope you will enjoy our chapter by chapter study in the book of Matthew 2016 as we begin with the genealogy of Jesus.

Matthew 1

 1The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Genealogy was very important to the Jews. It make a connection with the past as well as the future. The genealogy of Jesus will show that He has the right to claim the title Messiah in His early years as well as the King of Kings in His later years (the second advent). These are the ancestors of Christ, a descendant of King David and Abraham. Joseph (Jesus' legal father), would be the connection between Jesus and King David. Mary's genealogy can be found in (Luke 1:5-36, Luke 3). Mary's mother was of the tribe of Levi, and her father was of the tribe of Judah. (Here we have both the Levitical priest line and the Tribe of Judah king line).

 2Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren; Here we have Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. (Jacob being the father of Judah and his brothers).

 3And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram; Tamar would be the first women mentioned in the genealogy. Tamar was the daughter-in-law of Judah. (Genesis 38). She was the wife of Judah’s son, and that son was wicked, God put him to death. History kept repeating and Tamar was doubtful she would get a child since Judah was hesitant to give his youngest son to her. So, Tamar disguised herself as a prostitute and waited for Judah to come by. Judah falls for the trick and in that encounter, Tamar becomes pregnant by her father-in-law. She gives birth to Perez and Zerah. Perez (Ruth 4:18), was the child that would be in the line of the Messiah.

 4And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon; (Ruth 4:19-20).

 5And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse; Rahab, the second women mentioned in the genealogy was the prostitute from Canaan who lived in Jericho. Remember the two spies sent out by Joshua. Rahab was the one who kept them safe and hid them from the enemy. (Joshua 2:1-22). Remembered as one of the great women of faith. (Hebrews 11:31, James 2:25). 

 6And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias; Note: Christ's genealogy did not come through Solomon as many would believe. Although it commonly is known that Jesus was a biological descendant of David, most also assume that He was a biological descendant of Solomon, which is not the case. Joseph, Jesus' step-father, was a biological descendant of Solomon. But since Jesus was not the biological son of Joseph, then He was not a biological descendant of Solomon. Note: The wife of Uriah was Bathsheba. She was the one taking a bath on the rooftop and David seen her. (2 Samuel 11:2-3). David had to have her, and he did. She was the mother of Solomon through an adulterous relationship. Would this girl be trouble for David? (Well, she would be the one David commits murder for).

 7And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa; Lets skip down to verse 11 to continue.

 8And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias;

 9And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias;

 10And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias;

 11And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon: This would be the time of the exile to Babylon. Jechonias = Jeconiah, the last king mentioned here. Here is a prophecy by Jeremiah about Jeconiah. Thus saith the LORD, Write ye this man childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah. (Jeremiah 22:30). As to the throne, not one of his sons (1 Chronicles 3:17-18), sat upon his throne. There would be a legal line from Jeconiah to Joseph, but Jesus was not a biological descendant of Jeconiah. (Jesus would be born of Mary).

 12And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel; This would be after the exile. Skip down to verse 16.

 13And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor;

 14And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud;

 15And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob;

 16And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. Mary being the mother of Jesus Christ the Messiah. (Mary's genealogy can be found in Luke 1:5-36). Matthew also wants us to see that Jesus is the promised Royal Messiah and Davidic King. He receives His royal birthright through Joseph, "the husband of Mary," and a "descendant of King David." Note: Joseph was only the father of Jesus by adoption. (Luke 3:23), "as was supposed" the son of Joseph. As was supposed meaning by law or in-law.

 17So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations. Three periods in this place. (All fourteen generations), Matthew making the connection which begins with Abraham and ends with David, then finally points to Christ.

 18Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. On the wise meaning this is how it happened. The marriage between Joseph and Marry was arranged and they were kind of engaged, but kind of like married. However, their marriage was not consummated yet and Marry was found to be with child. (This would appear that Marry was not pure and the marriage could be annulled).

 19Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. Was minded: An attempted assault by Satan. Joseph was not going to marry her because of what happened, but he was going to do it quietly, as not to hurt Mary's reputation.

 20But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. The angel explained to Joseph what had happened. (She conceived through the Holy Spirit).

 21And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Yashua Messiah (Joshua in English), Yahaveh (salvation in Hebrew), "Yahveh Savior."

 22Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, This would fulfill God's message through His prophets. (The first fulfillment of prophecy in the new testament).

 23Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. This should answer any questions about Jesus being God. Written of long before in the old testament. Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14). Immanuel "God with us." Future prophecy of the Messiah.

 24Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: Joseph knew then that Marry conceived by the "Holy Spirit" and did what the angel commanded, and brought Marry home to be his wife.

 25And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS. Marry remained a virgin until her child was born and Joseph named Him Jesus. Some church denominations teach that Marry was always a virgin, but the bible tells us that Jesus had brothers and sisters. Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? (Matthew 13:55). And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? (Matthew 13:56). However, this was Mary's first born Son, also written in (Luke 2:7).

Matthew 2

 1Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Bethlehem meaning "House of Bread." (About five miles south of Jerusalem). Originally called Ephrath (Genesis 35:19). Herod the king: To distinguish him from other Herod's of the bible. (Also know as Herod the great). Wise men: Strong's Concordance (G3097 magos, foreign origin H7248; a Magian, Oriental scientist; magician, sorcerer, wise man). Probably from the Medes or Persians. (They were like priestly teachers or astrologers). Note that it does not say how many wise men there were, but we will go with three as the Christmas story tells us.

 2Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. Where is He? First question in the new testament, as compared to the first question in the old testament. (Genesis 3:9). Is born: Has been brought forth. (Jesus was about two years old when visited by the wise men). Have seen his star: All questions settled if we regard this as miraculous, which it was. This was written in the Old Testament (Numbers 24:17, Isaiah 60:3). Come to worship: Saw the star, came into the house, and fell to their knees in worship. (Matthew 2:10-11).

 3When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Everyone in Jerusalem was in a tizzy, and Herod became deeply disturbed when he heard the rumors of the Christ child. Herod the great didn't want any threats to his throne. Was Herod really threatened by the new baby boy? 

 4And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. Herod wanted them to search the scriptures to see if it told of this anointed one (the Messiah), being born and where it would be. Would they find their answer?

 5And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, The leading priests and teachers found it written by the prophet Micah. But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. (Micah 5:2). But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. A ruler of Israel will come from you, One whose origins are from the distant past. Ephrathah (place of fruitfulness), was an ancient name for "Bethlehem" (house of bread). (Genesis 35:19). Bethlehem was the birth place of David, and so it was the birthplace of the kings of Judah. But, most importantly, it was the birthplace of Jesus; the One who would come forth from of old. "Jesus existed before He was even born." (John 1:1-3), The one that would be considered "little" would come from Bethlehem and rule Israel. (Micah 5:3-4).

 6And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. That governor or ruler being Christ. (Isaiah 9:6-7, Matthew 28:18, Ephesians 1:22, Revelation 2:27, 11:15).

 7Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. Herod's first question was where? His second question would be "what time." He wanted to know the time frame when they first saw the star appear. Herod was planning his destruction of the Christ child already. (Psalm 55:21).

 8And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. This Child was not Herod's Messiah. He didn't want to worship Christ, he just wanted to find out where he was so he could kill him. (Proverbs 26:24-25).  Would the wise men lead Herod to the Messiah? "Don't believe ones motives when they feel threatened."

 9When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. Some suggest that the star was a supernova, or comet. However, this was a divine intervention by Almighty God. (Proverbs 2:1-6).

 10When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. Wouldn't you be rejoicing? Wow! These wise men were lead by a divine intervention from God and they realized it! Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord. (Psalm 105:3). Do you think these guys knew something of this verse?

 11And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh. The three wise-men. Again, know one knows the exact number of wise men that were present, but (3) was determined by most because of the three gifts mentioned. Gold: Representing Christ's kingship. Frankincense: Representing Christ's priestly role. Myrrh: Representing Christ's coming death.

 12And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. They were not going to reveal nothing to Herod, they were all warned in a dream not to return to Herod. (I love the way God is always in control). "No way these wise men were going to betray the Messiah."

 13And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. I believe this was the same angel that warned the wise men in their dream. Again, Joseph's dream was divine intervention and guidance by God.

 14When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt. Joseph obeyed the angel of the Lord and left for Egypt.

 15And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son. Written in the Old Testament (Numbers 24:8, Hosea 11:1). He would set all people free from bondage, not just the Israelites.

 16Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men. Herod was furious that the wise men did not obey him. Then he sent his soldiers to kill every boy child two years of age and under. 

 17Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying;

 18In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not. (Jeremiah 31:15-17), Rachel died giving birth to the last of the twelve Patriarchs. Screams from the region of Rama and Rachel weeping for her children.

 19But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, Herod died and Joseph has another appearance from the angel of the Lord.

 20Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's life. Get back to the land of Israel, it is safe now.

 21And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. Joseph obeys the angel of the Lord and returns to Israel with Jesus and Mary.

 22But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee: Archelaus meaning prince of the people. However, he was know for his tyranny and murder and was probably a little insane. Joseph was warned in a dream, so he left for the region of Galilee. (know as the heathen circle).

 23And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene. Written in the Old Testament and spoken of as a type of savior (Samson), in the book of Judges. For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines. (Judges 13:5). The wife of Manoah is about to give birth to a son (Samson), who would rescue Israel from the Philistines. He would be a Nazarite unto God: One consecrated or separate unto Elohim. One who would serve God (one who never cuts his hair or drinks alcohol), "his name would be Samson." Nazareth was known to be where more of the low life people would live. Thus the old saying; "Nothing good could come from Nazareth." But, one would come from Nazareth that would be the Savior of the world.

Matthew 3

  We are gong to jump ahead about 30 years from the time Jesus was born. Where was Jesus during this time period? Well, according to Luke 2:42, Jesus was 12 years old when he was teaching in the temple. Then, according to many scholars, Jesus traveled around Glastonbury England (a seaport in the Roman era), with his uncle Joseph of Arimatheia, who was a legal guardian of Jesus. Joseph was a rich merchant with a large fleet of ships that ran the tin trade for the Roman Empire, between England and the Mediterranean. Joseph of Arimatheia was better know as "the tin man." (No, not the one from the wizard of Oz). Many believe Jesus went to other countries during his young adult life, but there is no positive proof to confirm this. With that being said, Jesus was around 30 years of age, the same as John the Baptist who would soon baptize Him in the Jordan river.

 1In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, Again, John was about 30 years old at the time he began preaching his message. "He baptized people by immersing them in the river."

 2And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. His message was for man to repent and turn to God for Heaven is near. (The purpose of baptism, is to repent, recognize and believe in the resurrection, and have a change of heart). (Mark 1:4, Luke 24:47, Acts 2:38, Acts 26:20, 2 Peter 3:9, Revelation 2:5).

 3For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Isaiah the prophet spoke of John's ministry centuries before in the Old Testament (Isaiah 40:3).

 4And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. If you ran into John  the Baptist in those days, he would probably resemble a wild man. His clothes were woven from course camels hair, and he wore a large leather belt around his waist. "He ate locust and wild honey." Yes, it was legal for Jews to eat locust. (Leviticus 11:22). 

 5Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, People from Jerusalem, the Jordan valley and every section of Judea went out to the wilderness to hear John preach. "They loved him."

 6And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. People confessed their sins and John baptized them. (Mark 1:5). He was straight forward with his message of repentance, and many moved from their sin towards righteousness. (1 John 1:9).

 7But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? The Pharisees were more orthodox believers. They believed in miracles, the Holy Spirit, the resurrection of the dead, but they would not believe in Jesus, "they rejected Him." The Sadducees mainly believed in the Torah (the first five books of the bible). They didn't believe in miracles or the resurrection, "they also rejected Jesus." But, why did John the Baptist call them a generation of vipers? Because they were; he was referring to the Kenites (Son's of Cain, or sons of the devil), who pretended to be Jews but were not, but rather from the synagogue of Satan. (Genesis 3:15, Matthew 12:34, 23:33, John 8:44, 1 John 3:10). John the Baptist knew who they were and what they wanted, and it wasn't to be baptized. They didn't like anyone teaching or preaching anything different than what they believed.

 8Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: John throws them a little challenge. "Prove you are not a false shepherd by your good teachings and deeds." Anyone can say they are saved and have changed their ways, but God wants it to be for real, "proof that it really comes from the heart." (Action speaks louder than words).

 9And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. Don't think you are going to get by saying; well, we are Jews, the descendants of Abraham. (Abraham means father of many nations, not the father of just the Jews). These Jews were counting on the acts of Abraham to save them, John is telling them they need more than that and need to repent, change their evil ways and turn to God. (i.e. forget the old stuff and get your act together). The Messiah is on His way, "get ready." If you are part of Christ as a believer, then you are part of Abraham's seed. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. (Galatians 3:29). If we are of Christ, then we are true descendants of Abraham, and all of the promises to him belong to us also. (Romans 8:17, 9:7, Hebrews 11:18).

 10And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Judgment is coming! Remember that God is that consuming fire. (Hebrews 12:29). Anyone not producing good fruit will be cast into the lake of fire.

 11I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: One more worthy than John will come and baptize you with the "Holy Spirit." That would be Jesus Christ." Again, God is that consuming fire. Keep in mind, the "Holy Spirit" can warm you, but can also destroy any evil. The "Holy Spirit" would be poured out to all on Pentecost day. The "judgment fire" will be on judgment day when Christ returns at the second advent.

 12Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. This is the separating time for Christians. Jesus will separate the real followers from the ones who just say they are followers. (the hypocrites). Fan used here in the Greek is "Ptuon" a winnowing fork; as scattering like a spittle. A thrashing to separate the good from the bad. (Luke 3:17).

 13Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. Jesus come to John to be baptized. This seemed very strange to John even though Jesus was said to be his second cousin. (Luke 1:36). 

 14But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? John did not want to do it. John realized who was standing in from of him. But, he figured that he needed to be baptized of Christ. He could not figure out why Jesus wanted to be baptized. However, Christ was baptized as an example for us to follow. (It was also part of the plan of God to fulfill prophecy).

 15And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. Jesus didn't need to be baptized and He had no sin to repent of. Jesus submits to John's baptism because He wanted to do what was right, and to carry out all that God requires. Again, another example for us to follow.

 16And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: He received a special anointing of the Holy Spirit. (The same anointing of the "Spirit" we can receive). The dove being symbolic of the Holy Spirit. (The dove is also used as a symbol of peace, because a dove brought to Noah a limb of an olive-tree as a sign that the deluge of wrath was at an end).

 17And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. The Heavenly Father being so pleased because He was perfect in every way. "The presence of the full Godhead." The anointing of Jesus for the office of Prophet, Priest, and King. We have Jesus "the Son" being baptized, the "Holy Spirit" coming to Him, and the "Father" who spoke with a voice form heaven. "The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit." Better know to us as the three parts of the Trinity.

Matthew 4

 1Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. After His anointing as Messiah, "the second man" (1 Corinthians 15:47), "the last man Adam" (1 Corinthians 15:45), would be tried like "the first man Adam" (1 Corinthians 15:45-47). "Tried in the same way." (1 John 2:16, compared to Genesis 3:6). "Both offered the desires and lust of the world." (The first man Adam in the garden, the second man Adam in the wilderness). Christ will set the example of what will happen to us by being tempted by Satan in our everyday life. When things are looking good and your on a spiritual high, watch out for a tempting by Satan with his ways of the world.

 2And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. Christ was hungered. Forty here means probation, just as we are all on probation in this life. In comparison, Israel was fed with manna and they were disobedient, Christ was hungered and obedient. We need to follow the example set by Christ, not man.

 3And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. Satan being that tempter and he would tempt Christ first with food, them with scripture. He knew Christ was hungry, so he tempts Him with a food trick. Satan will always try to find your weak spot. (It may be drugs, alcohol, sex, money, pride, etc.). "We need to be strong in the Word and in Spirit."

 4But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Christ would also use scripture to fight off Satan as another example to us. This scripture that Christ used "man shall not live by bread alone," is written in (Deuteronomy 8:3, Luke 4:4). Its not so much material things and the flesh that count, but rather spiritual awareness and righteous living that will make us right with God.

 5Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, The pinnacle is the highest point of the Temple. (Over 500 feet). It must of been quite the trick just for Satan to get Jesus there. Remember, Satan has supernatural powers also.

 6And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Satan is tempting God. What Satan is quoting here is from (Psalms 91:11-12), but he twist the scripture just a little bit. Compare the two scriptures and see if you can find the fault in what Satan is saying. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. (Psalm 91:11). They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. (Psalm 91:12). Remember that Satan is a scripture lawyer and he knows the scriptures, but he loves to trip people up with the Word, just enough to throw them off from the truth.

 7Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Jesus sets Satan straight quoting from (Deuteronomy 6:16). "Never tempt God to show someone He exists." Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. (1 Corinthians 10:9). Again, never tempt God! Many have and died like those in the wilderness who were constantly complaining. (Numbers 21:6).

 8Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; Here we come to a high spot again. The "prince of this world" Satan (John 12:31), is going to make Jesus an offer "He can refuse." Why? Because they will all belong to Jesus in the future. (Revelation 11:15).   

 9And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. No way Jesus is going to bow to Satan! This only proves that all these things were Satan's to give. He is the "prince of the world" (John 14:30, 16:11), and can offer you a lot of things of the world if you except them.

 10Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. "GET BEHIND ME SATAN!" Christ wanted no part of what Satan could offer. "We are to worship and serve the Living God of Israel."

 11Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him. Submit to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Satan had no choice but to go because Christ has all authority over him. He gives this same authority to His servants. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (Luke 10:19). Don't let Satan get over on you, "get rid of him." The key phrase here is "Get behind me Satan," but always follow up with "In Jesus Name."

 12Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee; John was delivered up and arrested, just as we may also be delivered up to Satan in the end times. When Jesus heard that John was arrested (because of a princess named Herodias), He heads north to Galilee. (Mark 1:14).

 13And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: First to Nazareth, them moved on to Capernaum, beside the sea of Galilee. The book of Mark tells us that Jesus gathered some of His disciples by the sea of Galilee on His way to the Synagogue to teach on the Sabbath. (Mark 1:16-21).

 14That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, This would fulfill what God had spoken through the prophet Isaiah. 

 15The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; As written in (Isaiah 9:1-2), that light that would shine would be Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 9:6-7), that light would be the Christ child to be born and He would be called Wonderful, Counselor (Holy Spirit), The Mighty God (Everlasting Father), The Prince of peace (Jesus Christ). "The full Godhead." (Fulfilling His ministry).

 16The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. (Isaiah 42:6-7, 60:1-3, Micah 7:8, Luke 2:32). Christ gives us the light and life through His Word.

 17From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Does this sound familiar? Jesus took up John the Baptist message of repentance and turning to God. (Matthew 3:2, 9:13, Mark 1:15, Luke 5:32, 15:7, 24:47, Act 2:38, 17:30, 26:20).

 18And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. Jesus first call to "fishers of men." 

 19And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. Jesus didn't make no big ritual out of this like man always does. He simply said "follow me" and they became disciples of Christ. When you receive His calling to serve, then serve... No man can give this to you, its a spiritual calling from above.

 20And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. They immediately follow Him. They didn't think about it, they dropped what they were doing and followed Christ. How will you react when He calls on you?

 21And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. Again no revival or rituals of men. Just follow me. (This was a calling for disciples of Christ). "Jesus wanted followers." Will you follow Christ or the ways of the world?

 22And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him. Follow His example when He touches your heart, discipleship is a calling from the living God. Its not always an easy road to follow, but you will have help from the "Holy Spirit" if your for real.

 23And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. Jesus traveled, He taught the Good News about the Kingdom, He healed every kind of disease and illness. (Matthew 9:35).

 24And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them. The news and His fame (Matthew 9:26), spread as far as Syria, and people came from everywhere, bringing Jesus all who were sick. "He healed them all."

 25And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan. His fame and reputation was growing; but not like a man's reputation. "Jesus was the real thing!"

Matthew 5

 1And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: Crowds gathered and Jesus saw them; His disciples came to Him thirsting for His message.

 2And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, Jesus began to teach His disciples. (The beginning of the beatitudes).

 3Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. God blesses the poor in spirit (those who do not have all the truth), but realize their need for Him. "Those who put their trust in Jesus." (Psalm 84:12). He chooses the poor of this world who are rich in faith. (James 2:5). The Kingdom of Heaven will be theirs. (Luke 6:20).

 4Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Those going through tough times will be comforted. Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; (2 Corinthians 1:3). "The comforter is the Holy Spirit." (John 14:16). Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. (2 Corinthians 1:4). God helps us through our trouble times and gives us comfort so that we may comfort others with the same troubles. (1 Thessalonians 4:18, 5:11). For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. (2 Corinthians 1:5). The more we suffer standing for the faith, the more our Heavenly Father comforts us in our time of trouble.

 5Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Speaking of those who humble themselves towards others. The world teaches us pride, self interest, love of money, compete to get ahead, step on others and claw your way to the top. Just the opposite of one who is kind and meek, or puts others before themselves. "Its the meek who will be lifted up, and the wicked brought down to the ground." (Psalm 147:6).

 6Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Those who have a strong desire for truth and righteousness. Not traditions of men and false teachings. "Those thirsting for truth." (John 4:14, 7:37).

 7Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Those who are compassionate towards others. Can you feel another's needs? Can you understand where they are coming from? Show mercy towards others and when the time comes, mercy will be shown to you.

 8Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Those who are pure in their mind. "Only then will you see God." (Clearing the mind of all junk and things that are against the will of God).

 9Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Those who strive for peace and peace of mind in this troubled world. (Colossians 3:13, Psalm 133:1).

 10Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Many were persecuted for taking a stand for Jesus and teaching His message. Never worry if you stand for Christ and teach the truth of His Word, God will take care of you. (1 Peter 3:13-14, Revelation 2:10).

 11Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. When you teach the truth of God's Word, you will be talked about and falsely accused. People will look for every fault they can against you. The sad part is that most of this will come from your friends and family.

 12Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. Don't let it bother you and continue to teach the truth. Remember that there were many before you who were persecuted for the same thing.

 13Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Your salt is in your teachings. If your salt looses it's flavor it is worthless. (dry boring preachers and false teachings). If you are salty with the Word (give it a little excitement, flavor and stick to truth), it will help people and they will take interest. "Satan uses sugar to puff up teachers, then their pride sets in." (Before you know it, the people are worshipping their priest or pastor more than God).

 14Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. You are to be that shining light (example for truth), so just keep planting seeds.

 15Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Keep absorbing the Word of Christ and you will be that light to others. They will enjoy having you around because you have a good spirit. (They will want to know what you have that they don't).

 16Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Let others see your good works (what the Lord has given you), and be the "example and light" to draw them towards God. Your good works are the only things you can take with you. They are your rewards in heaven. (Revelation 14:13).

 17Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. Jesus tells them that He came to fulfill the law, not to destroy the law. (Luke 16:17). Don't let any man tell you that there is no more law of God. Only the statutes and ordinances were done away with, but the law of God still stands. Yes, that includes the ten commandments.

 18For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. What is law, stays law, not one jot or tittle (smallest of the Hebrew letters), shall be changed. Every letter of Gods Word is important. So many people treat the bible like a novel for easy reading. Its not... The bible is a personal letter to you from God, and it needs to be given the utmost attention. "Study Gods Word, don't just read it." (The bible is eternal with wisdom and information).

 19Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Don't ignore any of God's Word. The full Gospel (old and new testament), are important when teaching God's word. (The old and new law as well). "All His Commandments!" Teach the truth of God's Word and quit listening to man's ways of doing things. Do it right and you will called great in the kingdom of Heaven.

 20For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. The scribes and Pharisees were hypocrites according to Jesus. (Righteous on the outside, sinners on the inside). God looks to our hearts for true righteousness. There is more to it than just believing and putting on a show. "We need to discern the truth." Don't be led astray by false teachings, unnecessary rituals, and traditions of men. You either believe "all of God's Word," or you don't.

 21Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: Here is a very common misinterpreted scripture. Under the law of Moses the rule was, 'If you murder, you must die. This is also the 6th commandment of God. (Deuteronomy 5:17). If you take the word "kill" back to the Greek in your Strong's Concordance #5407, #5406, #5408, you will find that the word "kill" is "Phoneus" which means criminal homicide (to be a murderer), and if you murder someone on purpose you are to be put to death. (Deuteronomy 19:11-13). This is God's law; and remember Christ did not change one "jot or one tittle" of the law. In the new testament book (1 John 3:15), it tells us that a murderer cannot have salvation in the flesh. That is why a murderer should be sentenced to death and sent to the "Heavenly Father" to be judged, and God will determine weather or not they will be forgiven. This is their only chance for salvation... No one who intentionally murders another one of God's children will get away with it, because eventually they will face God and their accuser. (Danger of the judgment).

 22But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. The word "fool" as it is used here in the Greek is #3474 "moros" dull or stupid (heedless blockhead), i.e. "empty headed," never having a chance. We use the word "moron" in the English language. When you call someone a moron, you are saying that they never had a chance, and God does not like it. "Everyone has a chance for salvation." On the other hand, if you listen to a fool who is a false teacher, you are a bigger fool than they are. If you continue to believe their lies, you may not have a chance either.

 23Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;

 24Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. These two verses are important to God about holding grudges against another. If you are making a offering to God, and suddenly remember that a friend has something against you that is your fault. Go and apologize and be reconciled to him, then make your offering. If it is your brother that wronged you, you do not need to go to him. You can forgive him, but he is the one who should be making amends.

 25Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. If you do wrong to someone, or are accused of doing wrong; come to terms quickly if you can and settle your differences. Otherwise your adversary (accuser or opponent), may sue you, then you could be dragged into court and end up in jail. Notice Christ used the word "adversary" here because it is one of Satan's names. (1 Peter 5:8, Revelation 12:10). Satan is your opponent, and will always accuse you when he has the chance.

 26Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing. You need to make things right with people. (Luke 12:59).

 27Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery. Don't be unfaithful to your partner. (Proverbs 6:32).

 28But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. Here is another misinterpreted scripture that bible thumpers will put a guilt trip on you, especially if you are younger. It does not mean you cannot look upon the opposite sex and enjoy the beauty of one of God's creations. It means not to sexually lust for them in your mind; you know what I mean, no need to eye rape every pretty girl or cute guy you see. (1 John 2:16).

 29And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. Remember Christ is teaching his disciples here and he is talking to the church. The church is the many member body of Christ. If part of the group is starting to believe false teachings or causes trouble, spreading it to other parts of the church, get rid of them before the whole church becomes infected and deceived.

 30And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. Applies to the verse above. Here is another example: You have a big donator in the church, but they start believing false teachings; don't keep them around for the money, get rid of them. Then once again, the whole body will not be infected and deceived. To many churches today give all the attention to the one giving the most money, and at times overlook what their real motives are.

 31It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: It has been said: (Deuteronomy 24:1-4). Divorce was legal for the right reasons. Also, keep in mind that God divorced Israel. (Jeremiah 3:8), for being unfaithful and turning to idol worship.

 32But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery. For the right reasons: Fornication Strong's Concordance G4202 "porneia" meaning harlotry, adultery, incest, idolatry, i.e. sexual immorality, or sex outside the marriage of a man and woman. You can divorce someone and remarry again upon repentance. Divorce is not the unpardonable sin like many would like you to believe. Christ died for all the sins of the world. So don't let any man or religious organization put you on a guilt trip if you are divorced, or try to tell you that you cannot remarry. What did Jesus say about divorce? And 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. (Matthew 19:9). Upon repentance, Christ can forgive all these sins, so lighten up on divorcees.

 33Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: Let your word be your bond. (Leviticus 19:12, Numbers 30:2, Deuteronomy 23:23).

 34But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne: Don't swear by heaven, or in God's name, heaven is God's throne. (James 5:12).

 35Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. Don't swear by earth, or by Jerusalem. God owns everything; even your soul. (Ezekiel 18:4). i.e. your word should be your bond. You don't need to swear on anything. What happened to the good old handshake?

 36Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. He is saying; don't swear on yourself, "I swear on my life I won't say a word." You heard it before.

 37But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. Keep it simple; say 'yes I will' or 'no I won't.' Your word should be enough. When someone tries to strengthen there promise with a vow, it shows that something is wrong. "Beware of the small print."

 38Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. The old "eye for an eye." Here we are going to cover some of the laws of retaliation quoted in (Exodus 21:24, Leviticus 24:17-23, Deuteronomy 19:21).

 39But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. Again, Christ is teaching His disciples here. If you overload someone with to much truth and it offends them; they may give you a slap on the cheek, insult, or curse you. If that is the case, then turn the other cheek, because you deserved it. In other words, don't cause someone to become upset and smite you. "Be slow and gentle with others." But, if someone comes up to you for no reason and slaps or punches you, "knock them on their ass if you can," their the ones who deserve it.

 40And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. As a Christian, if you cause someone to sue you; you are the one who messed up. Give them a little extra to make amends. Even the courts will be happy then.

 41And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Always be fair and take it one step further. "Jesus teaches us to go the extra mile for someone who needs help, or when performing a service." (This applies to the workplace also). Go the extra mile in your job duties and your promotions will come quicker.

 42Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. Those who ask for help, or something to borrow, do your best to assist them if possible. The same will be returned to you in your time of need. Most people like to help others if they can, "its part of our nature." (It gives them the sense of being needed).

 43Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. Here is some good advice from Christ about how to treat our neighbors and enemies. Yes, we are to love our neighbors, but what about our enemies? In today's world, it is getting hard to even love your neighbor.

 44But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; Well, it may be hard at first, but Jesus tells us to love our enemies (as Gods children). If they curse you, "give them a blessing." If they persecute you, "pray for and forgive them." Jesus did it throughout the new testament, you can do it too.  

 45That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. In that way you will be acting as true sons and daughters of your Father in Heaven. "He gives sunlight on both good and evil, and rains on the just and unjust alike." i.e. God at times does good things for bad people, just like doing good things for good people. (Everyone deserves a chance, everyone deserves a blessing). 

 46For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? If you love only those who love you, what good is this? Anyone can do that, even corrupt people.

 47And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? If you are friendly only to people you know, how are you different from anyone else? Even the heathen do that. Crack a smile for a stranger once in a while, "it goes a long way."

 48Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. We are to do our best to be perfect Christians and walk like Christ. I know it is hard in the world today; but our Heavenly Father only asks us to give it our best so we become examples of what a true Christian should be like. "Let your light shine." (Matthew 5:16).

Matthew 6

 1Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Don't do your good deeds publicly to be admired, for then you will lose the reward from the Heavenly Father. (Its hard to keep a good deed secret).

 2Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. When you help someone or give a gift to someone, don't shout about it or go around telling everybody what you did calling attention to your act of charity like the hypocrites do. If you do; this is the only reward you will ever get. Some people need everyone to see that they are trying to be a good person. (Complements their insecurity).

 3But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: When you do a kindness to someone, do it secretly. You don't need to tell everyone to show them how great you are. (Then your just boasting).

 4That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly. Do your good deeds in secret, then the Heavenly Father who knows all secrets will reward you for your kindness towards others. "Give God the credit, He is the one who gave you the intention and kind heart."

 5And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. When you pray, don't be like the hypocrites who pretend piety by praying publicly in front of others where everyone can see you, because that is all the reward you will ever get, and your prayers may not be answered. It may make you feel so holy or religious in front of others, but that is about the extent of it.

 6But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. When you pray, let it be in secret by yourself and pray to the Heavenly Father secretly, and the Heavenly Father who knows your secrets will reward you.

 7But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Don't recite the same prayer like the heathen do over and over thinking your prayers will only be answered by repeating them again and again.

 8Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. Remember, your Heavenly Father knows exactly what you "need" even before you ask Him. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (Philippians 4:6). Don't worry about things, God takes care of His own. Pray for what you may need and always thank God for everything you have.

 9After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Sanctify (bless), His name, and treat Him like He is Holy, for He loves you and is your Heavenly Father. (Psalm 111:9, 115:3, Revelation 4:11).

 10Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Jesus will return to establish His Kingdom right here on earth. (Revelation 11:15). Its all about God's will being done here on earth, not mans will. (Matthew 7:21, John 6:40, 1 Peter 4:2). Do you think we are all doing God's will here on earth today?

 11Give us this day our daily bread. Give us this day what we may need. (According to God's will, not ours). "He knows what you need to get through the day." (Its not always about what we want).

 12And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. If you want your debts forgiven, you must learn to forgive others that may owe you.

 13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. "The Lord's Prayer." God will always deliver us from evil as stated in (I Corinthians 10:13), and He will never let any temptation come upon us that we cannot handle. He will always show us a way out.

 14For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: If you can forgive others who sin against you, your Heavenly Father will then forgive you when you sin against others.

 15But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. If you cannot forgive others of their faults, your Heavenly Father will not forgive you either. The word (if) here, makes it conditional.

 16Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. If you fast, don't do it publicly like the hypocrites, telling others and looking like you are fasting so others will feel sorry for you. If you do, it will be the only reward you will get. (Secrecy is the key here).

 17But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; When you fast, clean yourself up and put on fresh clothing. (You don't need to look the part of one fasting to impress others). "God knows your heart."

 18That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. Make it so others will not know what you are doing and suspect you are hungry, except the Heavenly Father who knows every secret. Quit trying to please others, but rather please God, and He will reward you.

 19Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: Treasures: Wealth, credit, deposits. (People are so into the money). Don't let your heart or mind think your salvation depends upon your wealth. "You can't buy your way to heaven." Wealth can bring you more trouble that its worth in this world. Jesus tells us that it is so hard for those who have riches to enter into the kingdom of God. (Luke 18:24). A true Christian can be content with having food, clothing, and a roof over their head. (1 Timothy 6:8). Most who are rich in wealth fall into the temptations of this world sooner or later. (1 Timothy 6:9). Why? Because the love of money is the root of all evil, and many have turned from the faith because of it. (1 Timothy 6:10, 1 John 2:15-16).

 20But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: Build your works in Heaven... Your works, good deeds or (righteous acts) if you will, are the only things that will follow you to Heaven. (Revelation 14:13).

 21For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. If your treasures are in Heaven your heart will be there too. (Isaiah 33:6). If your treasures are in built up in the world, chances are you will have a worldly heart. (Luke 12:34, 2 Corinthians 4:18).

 22The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. If the eye is clear... Your eye is the mirror to the soul. "A clear eye can be a sign of one who has the light in their soul." (Luke 11:34-36).

 23But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! Some people are just dark and void of God's Word or belief in Him. (Ephesians 4:18). A cloudy eye can be a sign of a possessed person or one in deep spiritual darkness. It is hard to determine how deep their darkness goes.

 24No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. You cannot serve God and money. (Luke 16:13, 1 timothy 6:9-10). Mammon: Strong's G3126 "mammonas" meaning wealth, that is, avarice (intense desire), or defied (acquired with boldness). "Ill gotten gains of the world" by deception or taking advantage of others to better yourself. However, even if you get your money legally, and it is just your main goal to be wealthy (intense desire), you will never be able to serve both masters. (I know many wealthy preachers won't like that statement). "They think they can serve God and money, and its God making them wealthy." God does not care about worldly wealth, He cares about spiritual wealth. (God will always supply you with what you need, not always with what you want or think you deserve). "Trust in the "Living God" who gives us richly all things to enjoy." (1 Timothy 6:17).

 25Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Don't always worry about things! If you always worry about material things or money, it will take you away from God. Don't miss out on blessings by always worrying, rather trust in the Heavenly Father. The martial artist Bruce Lee once quoted: Life is like a finger pointing to the sky; "don't concentrate on the finger, or you will miss out on all the heavenly glory."

 26Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Don't you think your Heavenly Father cares more about you than the birds of the earth? He loves and cares about you as His child.

 27Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? Worrying will not add one day to your life. (actually it might take away from your life).

 28And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: Don't worry about material clothes... God will always supply your needs. It is the Gospel armor that we should be worried about putting on. (Ephesians 6:11-17).

 29And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Look how God dresses the beautiful flowers of the earth, even Solomon (in all his glory), was not dressed as beautiful as them.

 30Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Even the beauty of the wildflowers wither away in little time, but your here to stay for a while. Don't worry about it... God always takes care of His own, so have a little faith.

 31Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? Here is a more important thought. Remember that the famine in the end times is for hearing the Word of God. (Amos 8:11). Christ is that bread of life that we should be concerned with. (Matthew 4:4). "When your belly is full, make sure your spirit is fed as well."

 32(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. This is what the heathen nations seek (unbelievers or heathens). Our Heavenly Father already knows what we need as believers. (Luke 12:30).

 33But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Seek the Kingdom of God! Live righteously, take action, and seek the "truth of His Word" and make Him first in your life, and He will give you everything you need for peace of mind and happiness in this world.

 34Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Today's troubles are enough to worry about if your a worrywart. Forget about tomorrow, "take it one day at a time." (Luke 11:3, Hebrews 13:5-6, John 14:27, 16:33).

Matthew 7

  In chapter seven of the book of Matthew, Christ is teaching His disciples (as well as us), how to teach God's Word. He teaches us not to be critical of others, not to judge others, and not to talk about others. He wants us to take off the blinders and learn the truth. When we teach others, be truthful, bold, and to the point, leaving out traditions of men and false doctrine.

 1Judge not, that ye be not judged. Don't criticize or be negative towards others all the time, then you won't be criticized.

 2For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. The old saying. What goes around, comes around. Others will treat you as you treat them.

 3And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Don't talk about others, because there is plenty to talk about in your own family. Worry about your own faults before you talk about theirs.

 4Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? You can't help anyone with their little faults, if you can't even correct your own faults first. (Better to mind your business).

 5Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye. First you need to work on your own faults before helping another with the same problem.

 6Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. If you are going to teach God's word, teach it to those who seek it. Not to those who really don't care or reject it. The book of Proverbs would best explain it. If you rebuke a mocker, you will only get a smart remark in return. But a wise man, when rebuked, will love you all the more. Reference: (Proverbs 9:7-12).

 7Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: Christ is not speaking of material things here. He is speaking of God's Word and one that is following His work. Ask for something that will further the will of God. Ask for wisdom and knowledge in His Word, "then He will open the door to you."

 8For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. When you want the truth, here is the combination. Ask, seek, and knock; the door will open and the truth will be open to you.

 9Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Remember Christ is that bread of life. God will always grant you what you ask for if you are in need of it.

 10Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? The fish is the Christian symbol. The serpent represents Satan. The Heavenly Father will always give His Children what is good.

 11If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Even sinful men know how to give good gifts to their children. Just think how much more our Heavenly Father will give good gifts (spiritual gifts), to those who ask Him. (Luke 11:13).

 12Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. To sum it up, this is the law of love. "Do to others what you want them to do to you." (Luke 6:31). The "law of liberty," "love your neighbor as thyself." (Galatians 5:13-14).

 13Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: The narrow gate is the way to righteousness and to heaven. The wide path is the ways of the world, the highway to hell. (Those who always want to take the easy way out). You have two paths, or gates to follow. Reference: (Deuteronomy 30:14-18).

 14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. The gateway to life is small and the road is narrow. "Only a few will find it." However, this number has increased since the crucifixion. Many have found the way in the past, and many more will find it in the near future.

 15Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. A prophet is a true man of God and teacher of the Word. Plenty of fakes out there deceiving people teaching their own doctrine and traditions of men. Christ warns us to stay away from these wolves in sheep's clothing.

 16Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? It shows in what they teach and the way they act. Is it really God's Word? "You can't learn solid truth from a know it all." (One who says they are the only ones with the truth and everyone else is wrong). Gods truth is spreading around the world through all His children. (Not just a select few).

 17Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. There is truth in all religions. Your job is to discern what is good and what is bad.

 18A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. A good teacher brings forth positive useful knowledge. A bad teacher cannot communicate on a positive level and brings forth worthless knowledge.

 19Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. When you teach junk, it will not be long before people get wise to it. It will be rejected and chopped down by truth only to be burned. (Luke 3:9, Hebrews 6:8).

 20Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, you can identify a person by their actions.

 21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Not everyone who calls out to the Lord will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Many think just because they put on the act of believer they are right with God. You must be doing the will of God (whatever it may be), "Not the will of man."

 22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? At judgment, many will say they are of Christ, but God did not send these false teachers.

 23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. God will reject and expose them for their evil deeds (breakers of His law), and false teachings. (Luke 13:27).

 24Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: All who listen to the instructions of Christ are wise. "Christ is our rock, Christ is our solid foundation." (1 Corinthians 3:10-11).

 25And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. Instruction and truth founded upon solid bedrock (Jesus Christ), "the truth of God's Word, for He is the living Word."

 26And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: Those who are fakes, teach false doctrines and traditions of men. (Their foundation will sink into the sand).

 27And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. It will not be able to withstand what is coming in the end times. What is to come? A day when every mans works will be tested by fire. (1 Corinthians 3:13).

 28And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: The crowds were amazed at the teachings of Jesus.

 29For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. A good teacher teaches with authority and truth of God's Word. Not someone who follows church doctrines and traditions of men. Jesus didn't spend to much time quoting others, "Jesus knew and taught like it was His own Word." Well, it was, "Jesus is the living word." In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. (John 1:1-2).

Matthew 8

 1When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him. I believe that people were listening in as Christ taught His disciples. As He came down from the mountain, they were amazed by His teachings and followed Him to find out more.

 2And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. The leper kneels before Him, worshipping Him with no doubt. And He asked Jesus, if it be your will, make me clean. We should always ask if it is God's will, when asking for a blessing or healing.

 3And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Jesus said to the man that He wanted to heal him, and immediately he was healed. "Just like that."

 4And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. Tell no man: Jesus didn't need to draw any more attention to Himself (John 8:50), this healing was to be an example to the priests. (Leviticus 14:3) begins to tell us how the priests of the Old Testament performed the cleansing of the lepers. (Rituals and sacrifices). Christ wanted the priests to get the message that when He healed the leper, it was symbolic and the result of the crucifixion. i.e. It would be Christ's blood that would be the sacrifice for all. (No more rituals or blood sacrifices would be necessary).

 5And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, Centurion: A Roman military title. (This man was a gentile). Not just a foot soldier, but a officer high up in command. He came to Jesus and pled with Him.

 6And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. Paralyzed and in terrible pain.

 7And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. Christ sensed the faith in the centurion and agreed to come and heal his servant.

 8The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. Come under my roof: The centurion felt he was not worthy for Jesus to enter in his home. Was it because he had a messy house? No... the centurion just humbled himself and knew he was a sinner. However, the centurion knew that if he was humbled in his heart, and it be the will of God, his servant would be healed. "He became a believer."

 9For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. The centurion understands authority, he was an officer in the Roman army. He also knew that Christ had the authority to heal his servant if He commanded.

 10When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. Even Jesus stood their amazed at the great faith this centurion had. The Jews always needed a sign to believe. This Gentile was willing to trust Jesus "just saying the word," that his servant would be healed. "Seeing is believing," but to believe without seeing a sign, "is true faith." (It was the faith of the centurion that would save his servant).

 11And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. Many gentiles like this roman officer will come and sit down in the Kingdom of Heaven, not just the Jews.

 12But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Many Israelites, those for whom the Kingdom was prepared shall be cast into outer darkness at the Lord's day when He turns them away. "Those that have been deceived and would not trust in Christ." (It won't be a good day for them).

 13And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour. What the Roman centurion had believed had happened, and his servant was healed. Believe in what you ask for and that it will happen, if it be our Heavenly Fathers will, He will grant your request.

 14And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever. Peter's mother-in-law was in bed dying. (Documents that the Apostle Peter was married).

 15And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them. When Jesus touched her hand she was immediately healed. She rose and prepared a meal for them as a servant. (One of the best positions in the church is to be a servant). Never get so puffed up that you would never serve another, that is one of the jobs of a Christian, to serve others. "Christ did it for an example to us, we should do it as an example to others."

 16When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: Several demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus that night and the demons fled when He spoke a single word.

 17That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses. This fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, "He took our sickness and bore our disease." (Isaiah 53:4-5, 1 Peter 2:24).

 18Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart unto the other side. Jesus wanted a little alone time with the disciples. They are about to cross to the other side of the lake. Remember the command that Jesus just made. "We are going to the other side." When Jesus tells you something, never doubt Him. (Have a little faith, your going to need it).

 19And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. Master meaning teacher. (Here we have a teacher of the religious law willing to follow Jesus).

 20And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. Christ was speaking spiritually here, that the scribe had no place in his heart for Christ. The scribe knew of the old law, but was not that familiar with Christ. We must get to know and accept Christ first before we can follow Him. We must also love Christ first, more than anyone else.

 21And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. One of His disciples said that he would follow Him after his father died and he could burry him. This is fine, but the point here is that when Jesus calls you to serve, don't make excuses not to follow Him. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. (Matthew 10:37). It is not that you are to not love your family; but rather, you are to love your Heavenly Father more than anyone else.

 22But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead. Christ told the disciple to follow Him now; and let the spiritually dead (the unlearned), care for their own dead. (Referring to those who did not believe in Him). This is a message that to overcome a "spiritual death" is far more important than physical death. "Eternal life can only come from a spiritual awakening." (Ephesians 5:14).

 23And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with His disciples. (Keep in mind what Jesus said in verse 18, we are going to the other side).

 24And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. A fierce storm arose and they were in bad situation. The disciples thought that they were going to sink. Jesus was kicking back and asleep. (Symbolizing that Christ will not always be with us, but with faith, His spirit is there and we will always be alright).

 25And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. The disciples woke Him and said to Him, Lord, save us! "We are sinking and are going to die!" Here it is... Their lack of faith because they felt Jesus being asleep was not with them.

 26And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. Jesus said to His disciples, "O you men of little faith." "Why are you so frightened?" Then He rebuked the storm and it stopped. Didn't Christ tell them that they were going to the other side in verse 18? "Of course He did." When Christ tells you something, never doubt Him. (Psalm 65:7) as it is written, tells us that Chris can calm the sea and commotion of the people. (Psalm 89:9, Mark 4:39).

 27But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him! Christ is called man here, but He is still God. Emanuel... "GOD WITH US."

 28And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. These were very wicked and evil devils. They even lived in the cemetery, "pretty creepy."

 29And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? The devils knew who Jesus was and what authority He had over them. (James 2:19). They wondered why He was their to torment them before their time. What time? Before the end times. (2 Peter 2:4, Jude 1:6). 

 30And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding. A herd of pigs was feeding in the distance.

 31So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine. The devils did not even have the power to enter the swine themselves, they had to ask permission. This shows you that God is always in control.

 32And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters. Jesus told them to be gone, and the devils left the two men and entered the pigs. The pigs rushed over the cliff and drowned in the water below. Even the swine would rather die than be possessed by these demons. We also have power in Christ through the "Holy Spirit" over Satan, demons, and all our enemies. (Luke 10:19). 

 33And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing, and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils. The herdsmen fled to the nearest city with the story of what had happened. Their message was that Christ can rid the people even of devils.

 34And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their coasts. The entire population came rushing out to meet Jesus, and begged Him to go away and leave them alone. Maybe a little scared of the unknown. Maybe a little upset because they just lost their herd of pigs. (Loss of a large profit and that was important to them). Lesson: Never doubt our Heavenly Father, and never be afraid to go forth at His will. He will always be their for you in time of need if you "keep the faith."

Matthew 9

 1And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city. Back to Capernaum, His home town. (Matthew 4:13).

 2And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. Keep in mind that no man can forgive sins. "Only God can do that." Jesus knew the faith of these people caring enough to bring their friend to Him to be healed. (The man was repentant in His heart and Jesus knew it; that is why His sins were forgiven and the man was healed). The healing of the soul must come first and is more important than the physical body.

 3And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth. Because Christ said your sins are forgiven, the scribes (teachers of the religious law), are thinking to themselves; "this man is saying He is God." Actually they were right for once, "Jesus is God."

 4And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? Jesus asked them why they were thinking such evil thoughts? Only God knows your heart, Jesus is God, He knows all your thoughts. (Psalm 44:21, 139:2, Revelation 2:23).

 5For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? Christ was explaining as Messiah, He had the authority on earth to forgive sins. But, He told them that talk is cheap and anyone can say your sins are forgiven. Christ knew that there was no proof for them by forgiving sins because they could not see it. "So He had to heal the man." (Seeing is believing).

 6But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. Here is where Christ would say to them, since you will not believe me, I will heal this man so that you will know that the Son of man has the power to heal as well as to forgive sins. "Then they would know who He really was."

 7And he arose, and departed to his house. The boy gathered up his bed and walked.

 8But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men. A chill of fear swept through the crowd as they saw this happen before their own eyes. Then they praised God for giving such authority to a man. (Galatians 1:24). Do you think the scribes were praising God, or did this just anger them even more? Their livelihood was being threatened here, so I don't think they were to happy about what had just happened.

 9And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him. Matthew was a tax collector. Matthew means "Gift of God." Matthew just arose and followed Jesus. There was no altar call from man, it was a call from God. When God calls you, don't hesitate. You will know when He calls on you to serve. The important thing is, "will you get up and follow His call."

 10And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. Jesus and the disciples were having dinner at Matthews house (a little gathering party), where there were many tax collectors and notorious swindlers as guests. They just witnessed what Jesus had done and wanted to know more about this.

 11And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? Why does your teacher eat and associate with men like that? Remember that Christ hung with the sinners. That is the reason He was there, to bring the Word and salvation to sinners. Today Christians are so afraid to hang in the wrong crowds. So afraid to be around sinners because they have such little faith they feel they will go bad themselves. It is our job as Christians to testify and teach the sinners about the Word and true salvation. If you can't do that, what good are you to God?

 12But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. Jesus explained that those who are well do not need a doctor. He wanted us to know that those who are spiritually dead are those who need the help. "These are the lost and the sinners." (Psalm 41:4, 147:3, Hosea 14:4, Mark 2:17, Luke 5:31).

 13But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Christ wanted them to learn the meaning of this verse of scripture. It is not your sacrifices and gifts that God wants, it is your love (Hosea 6:6), and for you to be merciful. Jesus tells us that He has come to urge sinners back to God, not the self-righteous. (2 Peter 3:9).

 14Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not? These were disciples of John the Baptist. They wanted to know why His disciples did not fast and pray like they did, as well as the Pharisees?

 15And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast. Jesus was explaining to them that God was with them and there was no need to fast. (He was the bridegroom), it was a time for celebration. He told them that the time would come when He would be taken from them, then they shall fast. God was right there with them, but they did not get it. God is with us today in spirit (the Holy Spirit), until His returns for the wedding feast. (Revelation 21:2).

 16No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse. Who would patch an old garment with un-shrunk cloth? For the patch would pucker-up or tear away and make the whole worse. Jesus was explaining that they were so set in their old ways that they will never change. If you give them some real truth (new covenant doctrine), they just pucker-up. (Their so caught up in traditions of men).

 17Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved. Bottles in the Greek means leather bag or wineskin that they stored their wine in. If you have an old wine skin that does not stretch from the fermentation process of wine, it will burst under pressure. Only new wineskins are used for new wine. (If you want to fill your glass with with the knowledge of God, you must first empty the glass of all the junk and traditions of men). However, many people can't handle the truth of God's word.

 18While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live. "The power of the Holy Spirit was moving as He spoke." This chief ruler of the synagogue named Jairus (Luke 8:41), came and believed upon Him. In (Luke 8:42), it tells us that his little girl was 12 years old. Jairus had enough faith to come to Jesus, and believed He could raise his daughter from the dead. Wow! (This number twelve is symbolic of the twelve tribes of Israel that were spiritually dead. The tribes being Benjamin, Judah, and the ten lost tribes or "house of Israel," who took many different names as a people and they migrated north over the Caucasus Mountains, settling in the lands of Europe and America. (We call them Caucasians).

 19And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples. All twelve disciples followed Him.

 20And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: Here we have the symbolic number 12 again symbolic of Israel. It states in (Luke 8:43), that no doctors could heal this woman. Just as no one can heal Israel except God.

 21For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. That's faith... This woman new she could be healed by messiah if she believed in Him, and she did.

 22But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour. Her faith is what made her whole and the woman was well from that moment on. Christ will also raise Israel from being spiritually dead in the end times.

 23And when Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise, When Jesus arrived, He saw the noisy crowds and funeral music. In those days it was tradition to hire mourners to scream, cry, whale and carry on. (You have seen it in funerals today).

 24He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn. Jesus tells them to get out, the girl is only asleep. "They all scoffed and sneered at Him."

 25But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose. When the crowd was finally outside, Jesus went in where the little girl was and took her by the hand, and she jumped up and was alive! In (Luke 8:55), it tells us that Jesus commanded to give her meat. "The Word of God."

 26And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land. The report of this wonderful miracle swept the entire countryside.

 27And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou son of David, have mercy on us. The two blind men called Him by His title. Even though they were blind, they knew who Jesus was. "The promised messiah." (Isaiah 53). 

 28And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Yes we believe they answered Jesus. 

 29Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. According to their faith they were healed. You must believe God can heal you and believe that you will be healed. That is the faith we need to have. (Believe it and it will be done).

 30And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it. Jesus gave them a divine order not to tell anyone about it and was very strict about that. (I think Jesus knows man can't keep a secret).

 31But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country. They could not keep it secret and spread the news of what He had done all over the town. (This was a good story and it spread quickly).

 32As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil. The man could not talk because of a demon inside him. (Sometimes we could consider this a good spirit). There are a lot of people out there that would be better off keeping their mouth shut!

 33And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel. Again the crowds marveled at His healing miracle.

 34But the Pharisees said, He casteth out devils through the prince of the devils. The Pharisees said; He cast out devils, "because He is a devil," possessed by Satan. (They though Jesus was calling on satanic powers to heal people). Fools! "Satan can't heal anyone."

 35And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. The religious community at this time could not do anything like Jesus was doing. They had no authority or power as Christ did to heal the sick.

 36But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Like sheep with no shepherd. So many people lost and confused today because they have no true shepherd to follow. Forget about following some man, priest, or pastor. You only need one shepherd to lead and follow. "Jesus Christ!"

 37Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Jesus told His disciples that the harvest is so great, and the workers are so few. There was so much work for those people to be taught, but few laborers to do it. So it is in churches today. So much truth to be taught, but all they want to teach is traditions of men or their own doctrines. God is recruiting those who teach the truth of His Word. (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:15, Luke 10:2, 24:47). It is this truth that will set you free from traditions and doctrines of men. Teach Gods truth! (Psalm 68:11, 1 Corinthians 3:9).

 38Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest. Pray, bind, and make known. Pray to the Heavenly Father to recruit more workers for His harvest. Harvest day is close and we need those who are not afraid to teach the truth of His Word no matter what the consequences. (Ephesians 4:11, Jeremiah 3:15, Acts 8:4, 1 Corinthians 12:28). There are a lot of good churches and teachers bringing forth the truth of God's Word, look for the good in them, even if they may not have all the truth (no one does), they are still believers and children of the many member body of Christ. Great are those who publish and bring forth His Word. (Psalm 68:11).

Matthew 10

  1And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. Calls His twelve disciples (learners or students). Christ gives them authority in His name. (Jesus trusting His disciples enough to give them the authority passed on to Him by the Heavenly Father). These guys were the real thing, not a bunch of phony's like we have out there today.

 2Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Simon (meaning a hearing), Peter (meaning a rock or stone), Andrew (meaning manly), James (meaning supplanter), John (meaning Yahveh's gift).

 3Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Philip (meaning lover of horses), Bartholomew (meaning gift of God), Thomas (meaning twin), Matthew (meaning gift of Yahveh), James (Greek form of Jacob meaning supplanter).

 4Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him. Simon the Canaanite, an Aramic word for the Greek "Zelotes" (meaning zealous), and Judas Iscariot (meaning man of Kerioth), the one who betrayed Jesus. Keep in mind that there were four major languages spoke back then. (Hebrew, Greek, Latin and Aramaic).

 5These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: Christ was not sending them to the Gentiles at this time. i.e. Don't go abroad and leave the land.

 6But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Limited to the Jews only. Of course the Jews would reject Jesus as Messiah, then His message would go to the Gentiles. (Acts 28:27-28, Romans 11:11).

 7And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Teach the "Kingdom of Heaven." (Matthew 3:2). Not doctrine of men.

 8Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. Share what God has given you without putting a price on it. To many preachers and churches out there selling Gods Word when its not theirs to sell. (Kind of like copyright infringement).

 9Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, Don't take any money with you and don't beg for cash. God will provide what you need. (That is, what to say at the right time through the Holy Spirit). Remember, your out there spreading the Word, not filling your pockets.

 10Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat. If a man of God takes the true Word of God forth, he will be taken care of by the people. (God always provides).

 11And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence. Whenever you enter a town, search for a good or Godly man to stay with until you leave for the next town. (Another Christian).

 12And when ye come into an house, salute it. Be kind and friendly giving the house a blessing. "Peace be with you." (3 John 1:14).

 13And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. If it turns out to be a worthy home, give it your blessing; if not keep the blessing.

 14And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. If they do not want to hear or welcome the Word of truth, just move on. (Keep your message and blessing for the next home).

 15Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city. This will be a bad sign for them who scoff at the word and refuse to even listen to His message. (Mark 6:11, Luke 10:12). You know the ones; bring up God and they want to change the subject, or give you some smart remark. (Matthew 12:36).

 16Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. Who is the one who watches after the sheep and gives them protection? "The shepherd." Christ is our shepherd, and we need to love and trust Him. But, always be wiser than the serpent. (Genesis 3:13). Don't go where your not instructed to go. "Where evil thrives and trouble awaits." (1 Thessalonians 5:22). Christ also instructs us to be as harmless as a dove. The dove is a bird of peace and is very cool and calm. Harmless until you try to harm it. (Always protect yourself and your family). I am speaking spiritually as well as physically here. We are to be soldiers in the army of Christ, not a bunch of wimps and pushovers to be walked on.

 17But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; Be careful of men and their doctrines. (Philippians 3:2). This also looks forward to the time when Satan sets up his synagogue. (Mark 13:12, Luke 12:11, 21:12, John 16:2).

 18And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. This word gentiles here is translated "heathen nations." You will testify against the "heathen nations" of the world that are unbelievers and do not align with God's plan. (Mark 13:9).

 19But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. We are speaking about the hour of temptation. (Revelation 17:12), also spoken of in (Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21). Christians have a purpose to be a testimony for Christ and against Satan. Don't worry! "God will give you the right words to say at the right time." (Luke 12:11, 21:14-15).

 20For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. At the right time the "Holy Spirit" will speak through you. (Mark 13:11, Luke 12:12).

 21And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. Who held the power of death? Satan! (Hebrews 2:14). Christ died to destroy death, which is the devil. Your own friends and family will deliver you up to Satan in the synagogues. Why? Because they think he is Christ, but he is really the antichrist. (He comes first pretending to be Christ). Many will even be put to death because of their own family betrayal. (Job 19:19). Don't think it won't happen, history always repeats itself.

 22And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. Stick with the true Christ. Fear none of these things. (Revelation 2:10). Stay working in the field; do not be deceived, or taken by antichrist. What did Christ say? "Those who endure to the end will be saved." And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations. (Revelation 2:26). (Not those who think they are getting a free flight out of here).

 23But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come. We are speaking of the second advent when the true Christ returns. i.e. Christ will return before all the persecution has ended.

 24The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. The disciple is not above his teacher; they crucified Christ, what are they going to do to you. (I Corinthians 10:13). Christ will not let any temptation unknown to man, or anything you cannot handle come upon you. He will always give you a way out. cont.

 25It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household? Beelzebub, Lord of the flies. One of the many names of Satan. They called Christ Satan; so what are they going to call you who are followers of Christ. Remember what they accused Christ of, and what they called Him (Matthew 9:34, 12:24), partner to the prince of devils.

 26Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. There will come a time when all their secrets and plots will become public information. (People are not going to get away with hurting others). "What goes around comes around."

 27What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. "Through the Spirit." This is the calling to seed planters and teachers of the Word. When you receive a truth in the word, share it with others. Today, through the internet we can share it with the world. Praise God!

 28And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. You don't need to fear those who can only kill your physical body. (They can't touch your soul). Only God can destroy your soul. The word "destroy" here in the Strong's Concordance is G622 "apollumi" meaning to perish). God can blot you out as though you never existed. (The fate of a terrorist). Satan was once the anointed cherub that guarded the mercy seat of God, but now he is sentenced to "death" and will "perish" forever. (Ezekiel 28:14-19).

 29Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. Nothing happens without your Heavenly Father knowing it. He knows all about you as well as every living creature.

 30But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. God accounts for every hair on your head, "that is how much He cares for you." Keep in mind that "all souls belong to Him." (Ezekiel 18:4).

 31Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. God cares about you and will protect you, but you still need to use common sense in the spirit as well as everyday life. (Be wiser than the serpent, be wiser than your enemies).

 32Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. If you acknowledge Jesus Christ publicly here on earth, He will acknowledge you before the Heavenly Father. We are speaking of the "testimony of Christ." (Psalm 119:46, Luke 12:8, 1 John 4:15). In today's modern family, talking about the word (Jesus Christ), has almost become extinct. "Are you ashamed to talk about Christ?"

 33But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Those who deny Christ or are ashamed of Him here on earth (non-believers), will also be denied before the Heavenly Father. (Luke 9:26, 12:9, 2 Timothy 2:12, 1 John 2:23). Be also aware of the false teachers who bring damnable heresies (defect from the true word), even denying the Lord, will bring destruction upon themselves. (2 Peter 2:1).

 34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. God does not want to make peace with the ways of this world, He wants to change it. When Jesus Christ comes into your life, there will be division between you and other people, even your family. When Christ returns at the second advent, He returns with a sharp sword, "The True Word of God." (Revelation 1:16, 19:11-16, Hebrews 4:12). The "Word of God" is sharper then a two edge sword that divides soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and is a discerner of your thoughts and intents. (Hebrews 4:12).

 35For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. Isn't that common with family and friends today? It is hard to get two people to believe the same way, let alone the whole family. It appears everyone wants their own little belief or way to worship. If your family or friends say (you don't need Christ), just ignore them. i.e. Love your family, but you don't need to follow their ways.

 36And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. Christ is trying to tell us not to change His doctrine because of family. At times your family can be your worst enemy. (Micah 7:6). "Stick with God's Word."

 37He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. You are to love you Heavenly Father more than anyone else. (Matthew 22:37). In (Luke 14:26), there is a mistranslation. You are not to hate your loved ones, but to love them less than the Lord. Don't let anyone tell you that you must leave or not care about your family to be a Christian. "Christianity is all about family." Also, keep in mind that we (as believers), are all part of the many member family of Christ. (Romans 12:5, 1 Corinthians 12:12). "Our spiritual family."

 38And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. Christ taught this Word and we are to do the same. In times of Christ they picked up a cross because they were going to be nailed to it. Christ wants this type of commitment from us. He wants us to be so dedicated to Him that we will not veer from His doctrine. If you follow Christ, expect to have difficulties in your life, take up your cross, this is part of being a Christian.

 39He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. Live your life the way you want, or in the ways of the world and you will lose it. Live your life in the knowledge of the Word and follow Jesus, and you will find eternal life. (Matthew 16:25, Mark 8:35, Luke 17:33, John 12:25). Christ tells us not to fear the things that we may suffer because of Satan and the ways of the world; but rather be faithful till the end, and "He will give us the crown of life." (Revelation 2:10).

 40He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. Anyone who receives the Doctrine, The Truth, The living Word. "Jesus Christ."

 41He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward. When you accept the teachings of the prophets, the teachings of the apostles, and the teachings of righteous people, you will receive the same blessing they receive from God.

 42And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward. Who are these little ones? We are! (Matthew 18:3-6, Mark 9:42). The modern day disciples of Christ sent forth by Him to bring truth to those who are lost. Those who even help the little ones (the followers of Christ), will surely be rewarded.

Matthew 11

  1And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities. Jesus continued on His mission city to city (with His disciples), to proclaim His message of the Kingdom of God. (Luke 8:1).

 2Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, Two disciples that studied under John the Baptist were sent to Jesus with a message from John.

 3And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? John was a student of the Word. (He knew of the promised Messiah to come). John was one of the last great prophets before Christ. But, John was in prison now and going through a difficult time. He wanted to know for sure if this was the first of two advents (the coming of the Messiah), spoken of in (Zechariah 9:9). John did not lack faith as many may tell you, he just wanted to make sure He was in prison for the right reasons. (The bringing forth of the true Messiah).

 4Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: Go back and tell John what you have heard and seen. (Jesus knew this would comfort John and ease his mind about who He really was, the true Messiah).

 5The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. All these things that were accomplished so far by Jesus were told to John the Baptist. All these things were written before in the old testament and John was familiar with them. (Isaiah 29:18, 35:4-6, 61:1-3).

 6And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me. The main message for John was, blessed are those who do not doubt Him. (Never give up believing in Jesus Christ). This was all John needed to hear to be comforted. The same message goes for all those who accept His Word.

 7And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? Did you think that John was some kind of wimp preacher that sways like a blade of grass. Always teaching some kind of new tradition or belief that gives you no foundation of truth. John the Baptist was not a soft spoken man, but rather bold and to the point, teaching only the "truth of the Word."

 8But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses. Were you expecting to see a man dressed in fancy expensive clothes, living in a lavish house. The clothing does not make the teacher or prophet. Just because they hide behind a collar, colorful robe, or fancy suit, does not make them a teacher of God's Word. (God looks for the common man to bring forth His word). John the Baptist and most of the other apostles were common folk making a modest living. (They didn't have the hang-ups of money and lavish living).

 9But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. John the Baptist was more than a prophet. He came in the Spirit of Elijah (Elias), who was the prophet of prophets. (Luke 1:15-17, 1:76).

 10For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. John prepared the way for the first Advent. (Malachi 3:1). He was the one mentioned in Scriptures to precede Christ (Malachi 4:5), to announce His coming, and prepare the people to receive Him. (Mark 1:2, Luke 7:26-27, John 1:23).

 11Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. John the Baptist was considered one of the greatest men on earth. (Luke 1:15). For boldly teaching truth! However, in the kingdom of God (Heaven), the least will be considered better than the best here on earth. (Luke 9:48).

 12And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. From the day John the Baptist began preaching "prepare the way of the Lord." The Kingdom has been forcefully advancing. Why? Because violent people (influenced by Satan), are always attacking it. Even today Satan is up there talking against us every time we mess up. That is why we need the gospel armor. (Ephesians 6:11-13). Their are many working with Satan who forcefully try to set up their kingdom here on earth. They can try, "but it won't happen for long."

 13For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. All the laws and prophets looked forward to the Messiah, then John showed up. (John was the last real prophet before Christ came).

 14And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come. Here is that word "if" again. (Something conditional). John was not "Elijah," John was only in the Spirit of Elijah. "His spirit and power." (Luke 1:17, Malachi 4:5). Did they receive John the Baptist, No! Would they receive Christ, Of course not!

 15He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. If ever you were willing to listen, listen now. Do you hear?

 16But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, These people are like children, who say to their little friends, come on over and lets play. (Luke 7:31-35). Sounds like our candidates for the presidential election. (Our leaders today are like little children without a clue).

 17And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented. We called to you and wanted to have a good time and you would not come.

 18For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil. John doesn't even drink wine and often goes without food (fasting), and you say, "He's crazy and has a devil in him." Here was a man that was filled with the "Holy Spirit" even before his birth (Luke 1:15), and they accuse him of being possessed by demons.

 19The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children. On the other hand, I the Son of Man come and feast and drink, and you complain that I am a glutton and a drinking man who hangs with sinners. "But I am sure you can always justify your inconsistencies." (Luke 7:35). i.e. You will never be able to please everyone, especially when they all act like little children.

 20Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not: This word "upbraid" means reproach, or come down on them. They seen the many things that Christ had done right in front of them and they still did not repent and turn to God. He had the right to come down on them. Its going on today, "this country as well as all others need to come to repentance because of their falling away from God." Will we be like the church in Thyatira refusing to repent? And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass. (Revelation 2:18). I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first. (Revelation 2:19). Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. (Revelation 2:20). And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. (Revelation 2:21). All the nations need to repent and get back to the "Living God," or there will be hell to pay!

 21Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. If the miracles Christ did for these people were done in Tyre and Sidon, their people would have repented long ago. Here we have "Bethsaida" (house of the fish), which is the sign of Christianity itself, and they will not repent.

 22But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. They seen the miracles and they still rejected Christ. THEY ARE IN REAL TROUBLE! We have the written word of truth "the bible." You can read it, study it, believe in it; but if you do not repent, accept Jesus Christ (the Living Word), you are still in trouble! (Matthew 12:36, 2 Peter 2:9, 3:7).

 23And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. If these miracles were done in Sodom, they would have not been destroyed. This is why we are having so many problems today, because society is driving God out.

 24But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee. They will have something to answer for and it won't be good. "The choice is yours." Do you follow the ways of the world; or are you going to follow the ways of God?

 25At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Christ thanked the Heavenly Father for hiding the truth from those who thought that they were so wise (the Pharisees and Sadducees), and revealed it to His disciples and the common man. "Those who followed him like little children." (Mark 10:15, 18:3-4).

 26Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. That's the way God wanted it. (Ephesians 1:9, 3:11, 2 Timothy 1:9).

 27All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. Listen well... It all comes from the Father. You can only know the Father when He reveals Himself to you. When God blesses you spiritually, then you will understand the truth.

 28Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. All that labor and hard work under a heavy yoke. Those who do the work of the Lord as true Christians, He will give you rest. "Christ will be their rest." (Matthew 11:28).

 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. Learn about Him... "Study the Word." Let Christ teach you and you will find rest.  We are saved by grace yes. But we need to move past that to receive all the blessings He has to offer. A Yoke makes it easy and takes away the burden or hurt. (Matthew 11:29). Christ is meek (gentle), lowly in heart (coming down to you), rest to your soul (yourself), which gives you peace of mind. (Philippians 4:7).

 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. You can do it... His burdens are light and Christ will strengthen you. (Philippians 4:13). There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13). You will never be tempted, or given a burden that you can't handle in life, "if you are a believer."

Matthew 12

  Christ teaches a very important message about the Sabbath in the first part of this chapter. Because of Christ's healings on the Sabbath, he uncovers the evilness among the Pharisees who try to accuse Him of breaking the law. Christ brings forward a warning message for us all, not to get caught up in traditions of men and false teachings. He also makes it clear that whoever does the will of the "Heavenly Father" will be part of the family of God. (Not those who just play church).

 1At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn and to eat. They were travelers that were hungry and wanted a bite to eat. ("Rest" for the Pharisee was something you did on the Sabbath day, and you would never lift a hand in labor). To them, grabbing an ear of corn for some food was considered working on the Sabbath. However, in (Deuteronomy 23:24-25), "laws of human relations," it was alright to eat some grapes form a neighbors harvest if hungry, or to pick a few ears of corn. As long as you did not harvest any food for the taking. i.e. fill your belly and move on. (The Pharisees should have know this).

 2But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day. Here we need to use common sense. We have some people spending time learning with Christ that are on the road, they are hungry, so they grab a couple ears of corn and eat it. There was no harvesting going on here. (According to Deuteronomy, they were within the law). Now her comes along some of the Pharisees, (the so called leaders of the religious community), that are trying to accuse Christ and those with Him of breaking the law. (They were caught up in their own traditions and still didn't get it right). "Just as many churches today." (It seems that every church has there own little tradition to set themselves apart from others).

 3But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him; Documented in (I Samuel 21:6). It was alright for a "priest" to eat of the shewbread (hallowed bread). Now was David a priest? "He was more important than a priest." David was an anointed one; one that the Son "Jesus Christ" would come through. An anointed one doing the work of God. Keep in mind that David was on the run from King Saul and under the protective wing of the Heavenly Father. God was not going to let David and his men starve to death because of some useless tradition. How did Saul respond? When he found out the priests helped David, he had the priests killed.

 4How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests? The point Christ was making here is that they were doing God's work, and there was no law broken when they partook of the bread. It was more important that David and his men were kept alive rather than keeping a traditional rule of the law. (Again, Christ would come through David, no David, no Messiah).

 5Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless? According to the law, Priests worked on the Sabbath (Numbers 28:9-10, 18-19), and they are blameless.

 6But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple. Christ is the "living temple" that is greater than their temple building. (John 2:19-21). To many people put their faith in a fancy building rather than in Jesus Christ.

 7But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless. Christ told them, if you only understood the meaning of this scripture verse; "I want you to be merciful more than I want your offerings," quoting from (Hosea 6:6). God does not want your burnt temple offerings. "He wants your love." Those who were plucking the corn were guiltless. (Psalm 94:21, 109:31).

 8For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day. Jesus Christ has authority over the Sabbath! (Luke 6:5). The Sabbath days were a shadow of Christ. He has done all the work, so that we now find our rest in Him. The Sabbath day was nailed to the cross. (Colossians 2:13-17). "He became our Sabbath and rest." People need to quit making a religion out of a certain day, time of the year, church doctrine, or traditional belief. (Sabbath or Sunday worship, Easter or Passover, Rapture or no Rapture, Christmas or no Christmas). Its believing in the "Living God," that is important. 

 9And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue: Back to church.

 10And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him. The Pharisees main purpose was to try and accuse Christ of breaking the law. (They considered healing to be work). They wanted Him to say yes so they could arrest Him. Let's see how He answered them.

 11And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? Everyone new that they would go and save the sheep that had fallen into the pit, even if it was on the Sabbath.

 12How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days. Man is more important than sheep. It is lawful to do "good" on the Sabbath. "Not only God's work, but any good works."

 13Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other. Now let me ask you... Did Christ "touch" this man? No! He overpowers the Pharisees by saying; "Stretch forth thy hand." (They could not accuse Him of touching the man; that would be work according to them). We must be wiser than the serpent. Christ knew what they were thinking and how they wanted to trick Him. (You can't trick or con God).

 14Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him. The Pharisees were not happy with what had just happened, and held a meeting on how they may destroy Christ for doing well on the Sabbath. (He ruffled up their traditional beliefs a little and they didn't like it). When you teach the truth, you are not going to be very popular with the general religious community who follow traditions of men and church doctrine.

 15But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all; Again; Christ new what they were thinking, so He left the church and the congregation followed Him. (Now the religious community is really upset with Jesus, He is pulling people away from their livelihood). Just as with many churches today, "Its all about the your tithes and offerings."

 16And charged them that they should not make him known: "Keep this on the down low." He cautioned them about revealing the miracles He performed, but the word would get around anyway. (Mark 7:36), the more He told them to keep it quite, the more it was published.

 17That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Teaching from (Isaiah 42:1-4).

 18Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles. Behold My servant the Messiah. He will show justification to the (non-Jewish) nations.

 19He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets. He does not fight or shout, or raise His voice in public. "He humbles Himself." (Matthew 11:29). Just as we are to humble ourselves to the knowledge of truth. (2 Timothy 2:24-25).

 20A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory. He does not crush the weak, or quench the smallest hope or little fire. (He is very gentle and fans the flames). However, He will end all conflict with His final victory. (Revelation 6:2).

 21And in his name shall the Gentiles trust. He is the light to the gentiles, "those who did not reject Him." (Isaiah 11:10, Luke 2:32, Colossians 1:27). He is the "hope" of the whole world. 

 22Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. Jesus totally healed him. This is real power, documenting that He is Messiah. Even the evil spirits knew that He was Christ (Mark 3:11, Luke 4:41).

 23And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? The crowds were amazed. "Maybe Jesus is the Messiah." they exclaimed.

 24But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. The Pharisees were really mad now, they heard about this miracle and accused Jesus of being a devil. One who gets their power from the "prince of demons." (Satan, the king of devils). Remember back in verse 15 when Christ left the synagogue, most of the congregation left with Him. The Pharisees were not happy about this. (Lose the congregation, lose all the money).

 25And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: A divided Kingdom ends in ruin, and a city or home divided against itself cannot stand.

 26And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? Satan would not cast out himself.

 27And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. The Pharisees believed in and practiced exorcism. Jesus lays this question on them; If you claim that I am casting out demons by invoking the powers of Satan, then by what power do your children use when casting them out? "Let them answer your accusation." They had no power or authority to cast out devils, they were part of Satan and his devils already. (The accusers)!

 28But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. Jesus cast out devils by the Spirit of God (the Holy Spirit), God's Kingdom had come down to them, but they didn't realize it.

 29Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house. One cannot rob Satan's kingdom without first binding Satan. Only then can his demons be cast out. Christ had to be stronger than Satan in order to rid this man of evil spirits. (Christ was saying; I am stronger than Satan).

 30He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. Anyone that isn't helping me is harming me. (Luke 11:23). If you get yourself wrapped up in traditions of men and false teachings, they make void the Word of God. (Revelation 3:15-16).

 31Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. (Luke 12:10-12). "The unforgivable sin." Many believe this can only happen when you are delivered up before the synagogues, magistrates, and powers. (i.e. delivered up before Satan in the end times as a witness for Christ). However, if you are persistent in denying, slandering, or speaking evil against the "Holy Spirit of God," you may not be forgiven and are in real trouble. (Mark 3:29, Acts 7:51). Not only that, but if you constantly go against the Holy Spirit and cause other Christians problems. "God just might take you out!" (I have seen it happen more than once). 

 32And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. So, speaking against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven in this world, or the world to come. If you blow it here on earth, you will never make it to the new world. (Our eternal life world that will be set up here on earth).

 33Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. You can tell what kind of tree is before you by the fruit it produces. What trees were in the garden? The tree of "knowledge of good and evil" (Satan), and the "tree of life" (Christ). Don't be deceived or conned by fruitless people and false teachers! If they are good people, you will see it in their righteous acts. If they are evil people, you will see it in their sin. However, don't judge others, leave the judging to the Heavenly Father.

 34O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. Jesus was addressing those who accused Him; How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For a mans heart determines his speech. (You speak what's in your heart). Now lets take the word "generation" to the Greek. Strong's #108 which means (offspring or produce, fruit). Christ was talking to those who were of the seed of the serpent. (Genesis 3:13-15). They are called "Kenites" sons of Cain, or sons of Satan (Matthew 3:7, 23:33), that back then, worked their way into the Jewish community. Now they have worked their way throughout the world.

 35A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. A good mans speech reveals his rich treasure within his heart. (Psalm 37:30-31, Proverbs 15:23, Proverbs 16:21, 16:23, Colossians 3:16, 4:6). An evil hearted man is filled with venom, and his speech reveals it. (Matthew 12:34, Proverbs 15:28).

 36But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. This leans towards false teachings and traditions of men. This word "idle" is "argos" G692 in the Strong's, means lazy or useless. The word "speak" used here means to utter words or preach. This mainly applies to those who preach and teach the Word, but also refers to all believers and seed planters. Remember, judgment begins at the pulpit. (I Peter 4:17), "Don't listen to a preacher, teacher, or person that don't know what they are talking about." God will judge all their secrets and works! (Ecclesiastes 12:14, Romans 2:16, Revelation 20:12).

 37For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. Preachers, teachers, and people will be held accountable for what they say and teach. i.e. what comes out of your mouth can either justify you or condemn you. "This also applies to everyday life." (Sometimes it is better to keep your mouth shut)!

 38Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. They wanted Christ to show them a miracle because they would not believe what they have heard. (Mark 8:11-12, Luke 11:16, 11:29, John 2:18, 4:48). The Jews always required a sign, but others would seek after His wisdom. (1 Corinthians 1:22). "Don't test God!"

 39But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: Adulterous generation: Idol worshippers and friends of the world. (Ezekiel 23:37, James 4:4). They wanted a sign? Jonah was the prophet sent to pronounce judgment on Nineveh, but didn't listen to God and went the other way, ending up in the belly of the fish for three days. Jonah means (Dove), which is symbolic of the Holy Spirit. Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, Jesus was a sign to this generation. (Luke 11:29:30).

 40For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. What happened to Jonah was symbolic of what would happen to Christ. Jonah was in the belly of a great fish for three days, and Christ would be in the tomb for three days before His resurrection.

 41The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here. Nineveh repented for their sins at the preaching of Jonah. However, with all the healings and miracles Christ performed, they still would not believe that He was the Messiah. (They reject Him to this very day).

 42The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here. Speaking of the Queen of Sheba (I Kings 10:1-13), who heard stories of King Solomon and his wisdom. She traveled from far away to meet King Solomon and listen to him. But, here we have Jesus Christ (one who holds all the wisdom of the world and in heaven), and they would not listen to Him. What a bunch of fools!

 43When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. When an evil spirit leaves someone it seeks rest but finds none. An evil spirit only finds rest when it is haunting someone.

 44Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. When the evil spirit leaves someone, the one it leaves is nice and clean, but if you do not place Christ in its place, guess who is coming back? The same demon that left.

 45Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation. But, now the demon brings back more demons with him and the person is worse of than before. The message here is to have power over your enemies. First you must drive them out; then you must place Christ in their place. If not, these demons will come back ten fold. So it will be with this evil generation (those who follow Satan), who will just keep getting worse in their ways. "Not going to be good for them on judgment day!"

 46While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. Christ's Mother and brothers were there. Reference: (Mark 6:3, John 2:12).

 47Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. Someone told Jesus they wanted to speak with Him.

 48But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? Christ was not speaking against His Mother or brothers. This was His way of teaching that "God" comes before family. (Matthew 10:37).

 49And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! Meaning family. The many member family of God. (John 17:8-9, 17:20).

 50For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. We can all be part of the family of God, if we do His will. "Hear the Word of God, believe it, and do it." (Matthew 7:20-21, Mark 3:35, Luke 8:21, 11:28, John 6:40, 1 Peter 4:2, Revelation 22:14). The many member body of Christ. "Whosoever will."

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