Tag Archives: call to repentance

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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Sermon on the Mount 19

False Disciples 7:21-23 Jesus continues the thought in the previous lesson — there are false prophets and false disciples. The same criterion applies; it’s not enough to observe protocol. There has to be a solid connection with the heart and … Continue reading

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Sermon on the Mount 17

Justice 7:12-14 First off, Jesus quotes directly from the Talmud, something accredited to several rabbinical scholars, but is found in far more ancient traditions all over the Ancient Near East. It’s the Golden Rule, which the Talmud states in the … Continue reading

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Sermon on the Mount 12

Fasting 6:16-18 Again: Jesus is telling His audience how to restore and renew the Covenant and prepare for the coming of the Messiah. What does it take to live in His blessed dominion? Fasting is actually a rather complex issue … Continue reading

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Psalm 139

Another psalm of David, this one should knock you on your face, and yet lift you up squirming with joy and shouting. It translates quite well into English because it adheres most firmly to the fundamental nature of Hebrew language: … Continue reading

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It’s Always the Right Time

All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:6 NKJV) This is an ancient protocol, something missing from our … Continue reading

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My Father’s World, Part 3

Cain lost his communion with Creation. The symbolism was that the ground would no longer cooperate with him and speak to him. The communion was blocked by unjust blood. The ground had only one thing to say to him, and … Continue reading

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