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Teachings of Jesus — Matthew 13:44-52

Here we have four parables in quick succession. Together they tell us that the Kingdom of Heaven is all or nothing. God discriminates between those who meet His Son at the foot of the Cross and sacrifice as He did, … Continue reading

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Teachings of Jesus — Matthew 13:24-43

This is about the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus contrasts its nature with that of human kingdoms. The key is His quotation (v. 35) from Psalms 78:1-4. The context of the psalm is a reminder that the language of parables was … Continue reading

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Teachings of Jesus — Matthew 11:20-30

Jesus compares the three cities where He spent most of His time and performed His most noteworthy miracles, against three Gentile cities most noted for their depth of heathen depravity. Sodom was destroyed in the massive volcanic explosion that superheated … Continue reading

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Teachings of Jesus: Matthew 10:23-27

Jesus offers a fundamental image of His Kingdom. You cannot hope to understand the Covenant, Jehovah, the Messiah or following Christ unless you understand the concept of eastern feudalism. The primary issue in eastern feudalism is that everything is personal. … 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 15

Judge Not 7:1-6 Jesus cites another Talmudic teaching. Matthew uses a neutral Greek word for “judge” (krino) — it’s meaning is entirely contextual. Thus, Jesus puts that teaching into a clear context regarding the hypocrisy so common to Scribes and … Continue reading

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Many Are Called; Few Respond

We cannot know what Adam and Eve knew when they ate the Forbidden Fruit. We do get the feeling they were led astray, which is what we would expect. Satan came to them as a powerful archangel and they respected … Continue reading

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