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Teachings of Jesus — Matthew 23:1-12

Jesus goes off on the Scribes and Pharisees. However, we must understand His condemnation in the context. First, this bunch was part of the government. Thus, He offers unique advice to His listeners regarding how to handle governing authorities: Do … Continue reading

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Teachings of Jesus — Matthew 22:23-46

In these three conversations, most people can understand the point of each teaching. What most readers miss is the divine mystery of revelation itself that ties these teachings together. Your Bible is ink on paper; there’s nothing special about that. … Continue reading

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Teachings of Jesus — Matthew 22:15-22

Taxation in cash, goods or labor is a common duty of humanity in this world. There are some who theorize that it amounts to theft, but the Bible presumes feudal obligations. Everyone serves someone, and taxation itself is not evil. … Continue reading

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Teachings of Jesus — Matthew 22:1-14

There is little confusion about this parable. Jesus continues His condemnation of the Sanhedrin and Temple officials. He uses another parable to paint their dire situation. Many eastern rulers used the wedding day of the heir as a day of … Continue reading

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Teachings of Jesus — Matthew 21:33-46

The situation continues from the previous lesson. Jesus is dealing with Jewish officials in the Temple grounds and they have questioned His authority. He told them it was the same authority as John the Baptist. He gave them the parable … Continue reading

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Teachings of Jesus — Matthew 21:23-32

The final confrontation had begun. Jesus came to Jerusalem knowing He was about to be abused and executed. In the process, He must call attention to the moral failures of those who hated Him. The Sanhedrin were well aware of … Continue reading

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The Sin of Census

Ref: 2 Samuel 24 — This came up in a Bible study today and a great many people fail to understand the full context. Recall that the Covenant of Moses was inherently tribal and feudal. God says that no one … Continue reading

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