Mt22 34-23 39 Difficult Questions, Continued – Respect the Office/Reject the Example

So, did Jesus’ answer about the greatest commandment meet with their approval? One might guess so, in that they didn’t seem to offer any objection. Then he turns the table around and asks them a “biblical question”: Whose son is the Christ? Of course they know that the Christ is going to be the son of David, from David’s lineage. Ok, but if the Christ … Continue reading Mt22 34-23 39 Difficult Questions, Continued – Respect the Office/Reject the Example

Love by Jennifer C.

Worth Waiting For (Matt. 13:44-46)

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought … Continue reading Worth Waiting For (Matt. 13:44-46)

Mt21 18-22 14 – The Danger of Being All Leaves and No Fruit

Matt. 21:18-22:14 – The Danger of Being All Leaves and No Fruit This section begins with a visual or “living” parable as Jesus came into the city and decided to look for something to eat. He found a fig tree with leaves but no fruit, and cursed the fig tree, which caused it to wither up. The disciples were all caught up in the apparent … Continue reading Mt21 18-22 14 – The Danger of Being All Leaves and No Fruit

Mt21:12-17 Cleansing the Temple of our Hearts

I am reminded by the NIV Commentary that this is the second time that Jesus cleansed the temple. The first time was early in his ministry and recorded in Jn. 2:13-22. I wonder if the temple officials half-way expected him to do it again. From their point-of-view, one time would be bad enough, two times in little over three years would be totally unacceptable. Unfortunately … Continue reading Mt21:12-17 Cleansing the Temple of our Hearts

Mt21 1-11 – The King Makes His Entry

Matt. 21:1-11 – The King Makes His Entry In the two previous passages Jesus has had to contend with disciples vying for position when he claims his kingdom. Then after that as he was approaching the city two blind men get his attention and his compassion and he heals them. So far it’s looking like a very busy day. Now as he approached Jerusalem he … Continue reading Mt21 1-11 – The King Makes His Entry

Mt20 29-34 – Compassion To Two Blind Men

Matt. 20:29-34 – Compassion To Two Blind Men In this narrative Jesus is approaching Jerusalem. The buzz is that the Messiah is coming, but Jesus knows that he is not coming to take the throne but to mount the cross. Because of the coming Passover Feast the roads would be swollen with fellow travelers coming to Jerusalem to celebrate the feast. In the crowd are … Continue reading Mt20 29-34 – Compassion To Two Blind Men

Mt20 17-28 – Kingdom Greatness

Matt. 20:17-28 – Kingdom Greatness So in this passage Jesus tells his disciples that they are going up to Jerusalem and when they get there he is going to be betrayed, handed over to the Romans to be killed, and then rise again on the third day. This time none of the apostles tell him “no!” or even seem to react (Matt. 16:21). In fact, … Continue reading Mt20 17-28 – Kingdom Greatness

Mt19 27-20:16 – God’s Generosity, Eternal Life, Part II

Matt. 19:27-20:16 – God’s Generosity, Eternal Life, Part II After hearing Jesus tell the rich man what he needed to do to get Eternal Life the disciplines wonder what it is that they will get in that they have left everything to follow him. To them (specifically) he promised that they would recieve one-hundred fold of anything they’d given up in service to him. But … Continue reading Mt19 27-20:16 – God’s Generosity, Eternal Life, Part II

Mt19 16-26 – The Rich Man’s Heart

Matt. 19:16-26 – The Rich Man’s Heart So, is it really required that anyone who wishes to have Eternal Life must sell everything, give it to the poor and then “follow Jesus?” When I was fifteen there was no question in my mind about this. All I wanted to do was be with my Christian friends and read my Bible, more or less the modern … Continue reading Mt19 16-26 – The Rich Man’s Heart