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Matthew 21

Matthew chapter 21

Mat 21:12  And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,

Jesus, the King, came and entered into Jerusalem on an ass, just as the prophets said he would. (Mat. 21:2-6) He came “meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.” That is what the Bible says. Yet the first thing Jesus does is go into the temple and cast out all them that sold and bought and he overthrew the money changers, and the seats of them that sold doves. This King at his meek state comes in and does all this.

We christians understand that this first coming the Lion of Judah came as the lamb of God. (John 1:29) The Jews thought he would come to destroy their enemies, but this lamb begins judgment in the house of the Lord. At the second coming as the Lord comes to earth he will slay all of Israel’s enemies swiftly.  We see here that even in such a meek context Jesus was harsh. Look at the passage quoted describing this event in context. Read More…

Matthew 20

Matthew chapter 20

Mat 20:15  Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?

Mat 20:16  So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

The parable from verses 1-16 has many applications. It is about an householder that hired some men to work in his fields. They agreed to work for him all day for a penny. (Not a modern penny) The man went out  about 3 hours later and hired a few more men. He went out again and hired more and then hired more after that. An hour before the end of the workshift he found more people just standing around waiting for a job. He told them to work and he would pay them. At the end of the day the  householder pays everyone a penny starting with the people who only worked one hour. The group that had worked all day were hoping for more than a penny, since they had worked far more than that last group. In the end the man said that he would give them what he had said, which was a penny. Jesus goes on and says that it was lawful to do that, and that it is how the kingdom of heaven is.

This passage is dealing with the earthly kingdom God will reign in when he comes back. The Bible teaches that he will rule and reign with a rod of iron. (Rev. 19) Anyone who repents of their evil deeds when Christ comes will be allowed to enter this kingdom. The Bible teaches that Jesus will judge the good from the bad. (Mat. 25, Rev. 19. Joel 3) People will be equal in this kingdom, though you will have to obey the rules. Read More…

Matthew 19

Matthew chapter 19

Mat 19:2  And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there.

Yes, Jesus came to seek and save the lost. Yes, we are to go and preach to the lost. But, when someone dies in his sins, it is not God’s fault. These people followed Christ and then the healing came. A sinner must come to Christ for salvation. If his door is never knocked on and he dies without the gospel, then he will still die in his sins. All he had to do was go seek for the truth. All he had to do was follow Christ and be healed. But christians need to go out and give sinner as many chances as possible. I think of this quote by spurgeon:

“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.” Read More…

Matthew 16

Matthew chapter 16

Mat 16:4  A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.

This, right here, is the problem with the entire pentecostal movement. They seek for a sign and their isn’t one for them, so they make one up to prove their supposed authority. I have seen people claim that if you do not do signs then you can not be an effective minister for God. That idea is simply not found in scripture. Look at what the Bible says in 1Cor. 1:22-23.

1Co 1:22  For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

1Co 1:23  But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; Read More…

Matthew 18

Matthew chapter 18

Mat 18:3  And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

This verse and others like it are used in an attempt to please emotions by saying that all children and babies go to heaven upon death. This idea, however, cannot be found in the context of this passage. The context teaches that Christ came to save the lost, and that includes children. (vs. 10-11) In other words, children are just as lost as us and they need to come to Christ for salvation. This fact can be seen in the following passages: Matthew 10:13-15, Luke 18:15-17, Acts 2:38-39. Read More…

Matthew 17

Matthew chapter 17

Mat 17:9  And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead.

This vision was the transfiguration of Christ. It was a figure of Christ’s second coming. It was a fulfilment of the promise God made to the apostles about seeing him come in his kingdom. (Mat. 16:28) This event is not ever talked about by Jesus’ disciples up until 2 Peter was written. Peter references it as event of excellent glory. But he goes on to say that we have a more sure word of prophecy than God himself speaking from heaven. Read More…

Matthew 15

Matthew chapter 15

Mat 15:3  But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

A Pharisee is someone that holds tradition up to a higher standard that the law of God. In other words. If they have done this or that their whole life, they will not stop even if the Bible is against it. Many people keep days such as “all saints day” (Halloween) and the Christ-mass (Christmas), not for the Lord but as traditions. The Bible explicitly condemns such things in here and in Galatians 4:10. Other people drink or smoke as traditions, and thus violate the commandments of God.

Jesus teaches us that a Pharisee is a person that leaves off the “weightier matters of the law”. (Mat. 23:23) Traditions are easy to teach, because well… they are traditions. People who only teach the basic traditional christian values, but never go on. That is a mark of a Pharisee. Read More…