HARMONY OF THE GOSPELS

 

Introductory notes—A. Ralph Johnson. 

Our purpose, insofar as it is possible, is to harmonize the various accounts of the four Gospels, using color codes to indicate which words are common between the accounts.

Yellow = Matthew, Mark, Luke agree

Green = Matthew and Mark agree

Blue = Mark and Luke agree

Grey = Luke and Matthew agree

Cyan = John and any other gospel agree

 

Some events are similar to others, but contextual evidence indicates they are not identical.  To show these similarities and yet distinguish them, we have italicized the comparisons and enclosed them in brackets { } to indicate they do not belong in the same context.

 

Note: The system of sections (§) and order are those by Stephens and Burton, 1904.  

 

PART I:

THE THIRTY YEARS OF PRIVATE LIFE

From the birth of Jesus until the Coming of John the Baptist

 

§ 1. PROLOGUE TO LUKE’S GOSPEL

 

Luke 1:1-4

1 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to draw up a narrative concerning those matters which have been fulfilled among us,

2 even as they delivered them unto us, who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word,

3 it seemed good to me also, having traced the course of all things accurately from the first, to write unto you in order, most excellent Theophilus;  [cf. Acts 1:1]

4 that you might know the certainty concerning the things wherein you was instructed.

 

§ 2. PREFACE TO JOHN’S GOSPEL   

 

John 1:1-18

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. [John 20:28; Acts 17:29; Col 2:9; Isa 9:6; Mat 1:23; Rev 1:8, 17-18; 22:12; Heb 1:6-8; Philip 2:6]

2 The same was in the beginning with God.  [John 17:5]

3 All things were made through him; and without him was not anything made that has been made. [Col 1:16-17; Heb 1:2, 10; Isa 48:12-13, 16]

4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. [John 14:6; Col 3:4; 1John 1:1-2; 5:11]

5 And the light shines in the darkness; and the darkness apprehended it not. [John 3:19-21]

6 There came a man, sent from God, whose name was John.

7 The same came for witness, that he might bear witness of the light, that all might believe through him.

8 He was not the light, but (came) that he might bear witness of the light.

9 There was the true light, (even the light) which lights every man, coming into the world. [John 8:12; 9:5]

10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, and the world knew him not.

11 He came unto his own, and they that were his own received him not.

12 But as many as received him, to them gave he the right to become children of God, (even) to them that believe on his name: [1John 3:1-2, 10]

13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. [1John 3:9; 4:7; 5:1, 4, 18]

14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father), full of grace and truth.

15 John bears witness of him, and cries, saying, This was he of whom I said, He that comes after me is become before me: for he was before me. [John 1:30]

16 For of his fullness we all received, and grace for grace.

17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

18 No man has seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has declared (him).

 

§ 3. THE TWO GENEALOGIES OF MATTHEW AND LUKE

 

Matthew 1:1-17 (Cf. 1Chron. 1:34; 2:1-15; 3:1-19.)

1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ,

the son of David,

the son of Abraham.

2 Abraham begat Isaac; and

Isaac begat Jacob; and

Jacob begat Judah and his brethren; 3 and

Judah begat Perez and Zerah of Tamar; and

Perez begat Hezron; and

Hezron begat Ram; 4 and

Ram begat Amminadab; and

Amminadab begat Nahshon; and

Nahshon begat Salmon; 5 and

Salmon begat Boaz of Rahab; and

Boaz begat Obed of Ruth; and

Obed begat Jesse; 6 and

Jesse begat David the king. And

David begat Solomon of her (that had been the wife) of Uriah; 7 and

Solomon begat Rehoboam; and

Rehoboam begat Abijah; and

Abijah begat Asa; 8 and

Asa begat Jehoshaphat; and

Jehoshaphat begat Joram; and

 Joram begat Uzziah; 9 and

Uzziah begat Jotham; and

Jotham begat Ahaz; and

Ahaz begat Hezekiah; 10 and

Hezekiah begat Manasseh; and

Manasseh begat Amon; and

Amon begat Josiah; 11 and

Josiah begat Jechoniah and his brethren, at the time of the carrying away to Babylon. 12 And after the carrying away to Babylon,

Jechoniah begat Shealtiel; and

Shealtiel begat Zerubbabel; 13 and

Zerubbabel begat Abiud; and

Abiud begat Eliakim; and

Eliakim begat Azor;

14 and Azor begat Sadoc; and

Sadoc begat Achim; and

Achim begat Eliud; 15 and

Eliud begat Eleazar; and

Eleazar begat Matthan; and

Matthan begat Jacob; 16 and

Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.

17 So all the generations from Abraham unto David are fourteen generations; and from David unto the carrying away to Babylon fourteen generations; and from the carrying away to Babylon unto the Christ fourteen generations.

 

Luke 3:23-38. (Cf. 1Chron. 1:1-4, 24-28; 2:1-15; 3:17; Ruth 4:18-22.)

23 And Jesus himself, when he began (to teach), was about thirty years of age, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, the (son) of  Heli,

24 the (son) of Matthat,

the (son,) of Levi,

the (son) of Melchi,

the (son) of Jannai,

the (son) of Joseph,

25 the (son) of Mattathias,

the (son) of Amos,

the (son) of Nahum,

the (son) of Esli,

the (son) of Naggai,

26 the (son) of Maath,

the (son) of Mattathias,

the (son) of Semein,

the (son) of Josech,

the (son) of Joda,

27 the (son) of Joanan,

the (son) of Rhesa,

the (son) of Zerubbabel,

the (son) of Shealtiel,

the (son) of Neri,

28 the (son) of Melchi,

the (son) of Addi,

the (son) of Costa,

 the (son) of Elmadam,

the (son) of Er,

29 the (son) of Jesus,

the (son) of Eliezer,

the (son) of Jorim,

the (son) of Matthat,

the (son) of Levi,

30 the (son) of Symeon,

the (son) of Judas,

the (son) of Joseph,

the (son) of Jonam,

the (son) of Eliakim,

31 the (son) of Melea,

the (son) of Menna,

the (son) of Mattatha,

the (son) of Nathan,

the (son) of David,

32 the (son) of Jesse,

the (son) of Obed,

the (son) of Boaz,

the (son) of Salmon,

the (son) of Nahshon,

33 the (son) of Amminadab,

the (son) of Arni,

the (son) of Hezron,

the (son) of Perez,

the (son) of Judah,

34 the (son) of Jacob,

the (son) of Isaac,

the (son) of Abraham,

the (son) of Terah,

the (son) of Nahor,

35 the (son) of Serug,

the (son) of Reu,

the (son) of Peleg,

the (son) of Eber,

the (son) of Shelah,

36 the (son) of Cainan,

the (son) of Arphaxad,

the (son) of Shem,

the (son) of Noah,

the (son) of Lamech,

37 the (son) of Methuselah,

the (son) of Enoch,

the (son) of Jared,

the (son) of Mahalaleel,

the (son) of Cainan,

38 the (son) of Enos,

the (son) of Seth,

the (son) of Adam,

the (son) of God.

Matthew compared with Luke’s order

 

Jesus

 

 

 

Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.

Jacob

Matthan begat Jacob; 16 and

Eleazar begat Matthan; and

Eliud begat Eleazar; and

Achim begat Eliud; 15 and

Sadoc begat Achim; and

Azor begat Sadoc; and

Eliakim begat Azor; 14 and

Abiud begat Eliakim; and

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zerubbabel begat Abiud; and

Shealtiel begat Zerubbabel;

Jechoniah begat Shealtiel; and

Josiah begat Jechoniah and his brethren, at the time of the carrying away to Babylon. 12 And after the carrying away to Babylon,

Amon begat Josiah; 11 and

Manasseh begat Amon; and

Hezekiah begat Manasseh; and

Ahaz begat Hezekiah; 10 and

Jotham begat Ahaz; and

Uzziah begat Jotham; and

Joram begat Uzziah; 9 and

Jehoshaphat begat Joram; and

Asa begat Jehoshaphat; and

Abijah begat Asa; 8 and

Rehoboam begat Abijah; and

Solomon begat Rehoboam; and

 

 

David begat Solomon

Jesse begat David the king.

Obed begat Jesse; 6 and

Boaz begat Obed of Ruth; and

Salmon begat Boaz of Rahab;

Nahshon begat Salmon; 5 and

Amminadab begat Nahshon;

Ram begat Amminadab; and

Hezron begat Ram; 4 and

Perez begat Hezron; and

Judah begat Perez and Zerah

Jacob begat Judah

Isaac begat Jacob; and 2 Abraham begat Isaac; and

 

§ 4. BIRTH OF JOHN THE BAPTIST PROMISED

 

Luke 1:5-25

5 There was in the days of Herod, king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abijah: and he had a wife of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.

6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

7 And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were (now) well stricken in years. [cf. Abraham –Gen 16; Sampson –Judges 13; Samuel –1Sam 1]

8 Now it came to pass, while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course,

9 according to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to enter into the temple of the Lord and burn incense.

10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the hour of incense.

11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of altar of incense.

12 And Zacharias was troubled when he saw (him), and fear fell upon him.

13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: because your supplication is heard, and your wife Elisabeth shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.

14 And you shall have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.

15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and he shall drink no wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb. [Num 6:2-4]

16 And many of the children of Israel shall be turn unto the Lord their God.

17 And he shall go before his face in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient (to walk) in the wisdom of the just; to make ready for the Lord a people prepared (for him).  [Mal 4:5-6]

18 And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.

19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel [Dan 8:16; 9:21; Luke 1:26], that stands in the presence of God; and I was sent to speak unto you, and to bring you these good tidings.

20 And behold, you shall be silent [cf. Ezek 3:26] and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall come to pass, because you believe not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season. 

21 And the people were waiting for Zacharias, and they marveled while he tarried in the temple.

22 And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: and he continued making signs unto them, and remained dumb.

23 And it came to pass, when the days of his ministration were fulfilled, he departed unto his house.

24 And after these days Elisabeth his wife conceived; and she hid herself five months, saying,

25 Thus has the Lord done unto me in the days wherein he looked upon (me), to take away my reproach among men.

 

§ 5. ANNUNCIATION TO MARY 

 

Luke 1:26-38

26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,

27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.

28 And he came in unto her, and said, Hail, you that are highly favored, the Lord (is) with you.

29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this might be.

30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for you have found favor with God.

31 And behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call his name JESUS.

32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:  [Isa 9:6]

33 and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. [Isa 9:7]

34 And Mary said unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Spirit shall come upon you, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow you: wherefore also the holy thing which is begotten shall be called the Son of God.

36 And behold, Elisabeth your kinswoman, she also has conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her that was called barren.

37 For no word from God shall be void of power.

38 And Mary said, Behold, the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to your word. And the angel departed from her.

 

§ 6. THE ANNUNCIATION TO JOSEPH      

 

Matthew 1:18-25

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.

19 And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privately.

20 But when he thought on these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, you son of David, fear not to take unto you Mary your wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.

21 And she shall bring forth a son; and you shall call his name JESUS; for it is he that shall save his people from their sins.

22 Now all this is come to pass, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying,

23 Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, And they shall call his name Immanuel; which is, being interpreted, God with us. [Isa 7:14]

24 And Joseph arose from his sleep, and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took unto him his wife;

25 and knew her not till she had brought forth a son: and he called his name JESUS. [Mat 13:55-56; 12:46; Gal 1:19; Psalms 69:8]

 

§ 7. MARY’S VISIT TO ELIZABETH 

 

Luke 1:39-45

39 And Mary arose in these days and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Judah;

40 and entered into the house of Zacharias and saluted Elisabeth.

41 And it came to pass, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit;

42 and she lifted up her voice with a loud cry, and said, Blessed (art) you among women, and blessed (is) the fruit of your womb. [Luke 11:27-28; Mat 12:47-50]

43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come unto me? [cf. Matt 12:48-50]

44 For behold, when the voice of your salutation came into mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.

45 And blessed (is) she that believed; for there shall be a fulfillment of the things which have been spoken to her from the Lord.

 

MARY’S MAGNIFICAT (Luke 1:46-56)

46 And Mary said, My soul does magnify the Lord,

47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Saviour.

48 For he has looked upon the low estate of his handmaid: For behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. [Luke 11:27-28; Mat 12:47-50]

49 For he that is mighty has done to me great things; And holy is his name.

50 And his mercy is unto generations and generations On them that fear him.

51 He has showed strength with his arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their heart.

52 He has put down princes from (their) thrones, And has exalted them of low degree.

53 The hungry he has filled with good things; And the rich he has sent empty away.

54 He has given help to Israel his servant, That he might remember mercy

55 (As he spoke unto our fathers) Toward Abraham and his seed for ever. [Gal 3:16]

56 And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned unto her house.

 

§ 8. BIRTH OF JOHN THE BAPTIST 

 

Luke 1:57-80

57 Now Elisabeth's time was fulfilled that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son. 

58 And her neighbors and her kinsfolk heard that the Lord had magnified his mercy towards her; and they rejoiced with her. 

59 And it came to pass on the eighth day, that they came to circumcise the child; and they would have called him Zacharias, after the name of the father. 

60 And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John. 

61 And they said unto her, There is none of your kindred that is called by this name. 

62 And they made signs to his father, what he would have him called. 

63 And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marveled all. 

64 And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue (loosed), and he spoke, blessing God. 

65 And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judea. 

66 And all that heard them laid them up in their heart, saying, What then shall this child be? For the hand of the Lord was with him.

67 And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying,

68 Blessed (be) the Lord, the God of Israel; For he has visited and wrought redemption for his people,

69 And has raised up a horn of salvation for us In the house of his servant David  [Ps 132:17; Jer 23:5]

70 (As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets that have been from of old), [Ezek 37:24-25; Isa 9:6-7]

71 Salvation from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us;

72 To show mercy towards, our fathers, And to remember his holy covenant;

73 The oath which he spoke unto Abraham our father, [Gen 22:16-18; 26:4]

74 To grant unto us that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies Should serve him without fear,

75 In holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

76 Yea and you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High: For you shall go before the face of the Lord to make ready his ways; [Isa 40:3-5]

77 To give knowledge of salvation unto his people In the remission of their sins, [Lk 3:3]

78 Because of the tender mercy of our God, Whereby the dayspring from on high shall visit us,

79 To shine upon them that sit in darkness and the shadow of death; To guide our feet into the way of peace.

80 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his showing unto Israel.

 

§ 9. THE BIRTH OF JESUS     

 

{Matthew 1:18-25

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.

19 And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privately.

20 But when he thought on these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, you son of David, fear not to take unto you Mary your wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.

21 And she shall bring forth a son; and you shall call his name JESUS; for it is he that shall save his people from their sins.

22 Now all this is come to pass, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, [Isa 7:14]

23 Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, And they shall call his name Immanuel; which is, being interpreted, God with us.

24 And Joseph arose from his sleep, and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took unto him his wife;

25 and knew her not till she had brought forth a son: and he called his name JESUS.}   (§ 6)

Luke 2:1-7

1 Now it came to pass in those days, there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be enrolled.

2 This was the first enrolment made when Quirinius was governor of Syria.

3 And all went to enroll themselves, every one to his own city.

4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David;

5 to enroll himself with Mary, who was betrothed to him, being great with child.

6 And it came to pass, while they were there, the days were fulfilled that she should be delivered.

7 And she brought forth her firstborn son; and she wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

 

 

§ 10. THE ANGELS AND THE SHEPHERDS       

 

Luke 2:8-20

8 And there were shepherds in the same country abiding in the field, and keeping watch by night over their flock.

9 And an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people:

11 for there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.

12 And this (is) the sign unto you: Ye shall find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men in whom he is well pleased.

15 And it came to pass, when the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing that is come to pass, which the Lord has made known unto us.

16 And they came with haste, and found both Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in the manger.

17 And when they saw it, they made known concerning the saying which was spoken to them about this child.

18 And all that heard it wondered at the things which were spoken unto them by the shepherds.

19 But Mary kept all these sayings, pondering them in her heart.

20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, even as it was spoken unto them.

 

§ 11. THE CIRCUMCISION OF JESUS

 

Luke 2:21

21 And when eight days were fulfilled for circumcising him, his name was called JESUS, which was so called by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

 

§ 12. THE PRESENTATION IN THE TEMPLE WITH THE HOMAGE OF SIMEON AND ANNA     

 

Luke 2:22-38

22 And when the days of their purification according to the law of Moses were fulfilled, they brought him up to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord [Lev 12:2-6]

23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord), [Ex 13:2, 12]

24 and to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons. [Lev 12:6-8]

25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Spirit was upon him. [2Pet 1:21]

26 And it had been revealed unto him by the Holy Spirit, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.

27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, that they might do concerning him after the custom of the law,

28 then he received him into his arms, and blessed God, and said,

29 Now let your servant depart, Lord, According to your word, in peace;

30 For mine eyes have seen your salvation,

31 Which you have prepared before the face of all peoples;

32 A light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel. [Isa 9:2]

33 And his father and his mother were marveling at the things which were spoken concerning him;

34 and Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this (child) is set for the falling and the rising of many in Israel; and for a sign which is spoken against; [Isa 8;13-14]

35 yea and a sword shall pierce through your own soul; that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed.

 

Luke 2:36-38

36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher (she was of a great age, having lived with a husband seven years from her virginity,

37 and she had been a widow even unto fourscore and four years), who departed not from the temple, worshipping with fastings and supplications night and day. [1Tim 5:5]

38 And coming up at that very hour she gave thanks unto God, and spoke of him to all them that were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.

 

§ 13. WISE MEN VISIT THE NEW-BORN KING OF THE JEWS

 

Matthew 2:1-12

1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, Wise-men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying,

2 Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we saw his star [Num 24:17] in the east, and are come to worship him.

3 And when Herod the king heard it, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

4 And gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ should be born.

5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judea: for thus it is written through the prophet,

6 And you Bethlehem, land of Judah, are in no wise least among the princes of Judah: for out of you shall come forth a governor, who shall be shepherd of my people Israel.  [Mic 5:2]

7 Then Herod privately called the Wise-men, and learned of them exactly what time the star appeared.

8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search out exactly concerning the young child; and when ye have found (him,) bring me word, that I also may come and worship him.

9 And they, having heard the king, went their way; and lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

10 And when they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

11 And they came into the house and saw the young child with Mary his mother; and they fell down and worshipped him; and opening their treasures they offered unto him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.

12 And being warned (of God) in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

 

§ 14. FLIGHT TO EGYPT AND RETURN TO NAZARETH 

 

Matthew 2:13

13 Now when they were departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be you there until I tell you: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

14 And he arose and took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt;

15 and was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt did I call my son. [Hos 11:1]

16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the Wise-men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the male children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the borders thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had exactly learned of the Wise-men.

17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet, saying,

18 A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children; And she would not be comforted, because they are not.

 

§ 15. CHILDHOOD OF JESUS AT NAZARETH

 

Matthew 2:19-23.  Return From Egypt To Nazareth.

19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying,

20 Arise and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead that sought the young child's life.

21 And he arose and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.

22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there; and being warned (of God) in a dream, he withdrew into the parts of Galilee,

23 and came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophets, that he should be called a Nazarene.

[“neetzer” = “shoot”  Isa 11:1]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luke 2:39

3         And when they had accomplished all things that were according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.

4         40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

 

§ 16. VISIT TO JERUSALEM WHEN TWELVE YEARS OLD 

 

Luke 2:41-50

41 And his parents went every year to Jerusalem at the feast of the Passover.  [Ex 12]

42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up after the custom of the feast;

43 and when they had fulfilled the days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem: and his parents knew it not;

44 but supposing him to be in the company, they went a day's journey; and they sought for him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance:

45 and when they found him not, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking for him.

46 And it came to pass, after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both hearing them, and asking them questions:

47 and all that heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.

48 And when they saw him, they were astonished; and his mother said unto him, Son, why have you thus dealt with us? behold, your father and I sought you sorrowing.

49 And he said unto them, How is it that you sought me? Did you not that I must be in my Father's house?

50 And they understood not the saying which he spoke unto them.

 

§ 17. THE EIGHTEEN YEARS AT NAZARETH   

 

Luke 2:51-52

51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth; and he was subject unto them: and his mother kept all (these) sayings in her heart.

52 And Jesus advanced in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

 

PART II:

OPENING EVENTS OF CHRIST’S MINISTRY

From the coming of John the Baptist until the public appearance of Jesus in Jerusalem

 

§ 18.  MINISTRY OF JOHN THE BAPTIST

 

John preaching in the wilderness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew 3

1 And in those days comes John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, saying,

2 Repent ye; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

3 For this is he that was spoken of through Isaiah the prophet, saying,

The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make ye ready the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. [Isa 40:3]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew 3

4 Now John himself had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his food was locusts and wild honey.

5 Then went out unto him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about the Jordan;

6 and they were baptized of him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

Mark 1:

1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark 1

2 Even as it is written in Isaiah the prophet, Behold, I send my messenger before your face, Who shall prepare your way.

3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make ye ready the way of the Lord, Make his paths straight;

4 John came, who baptized in the wilderness and preached the baptism of repentance unto remission of sins [Acts 13:24; 19:4]

 

 

 

 

Mark 1

5 And there went out unto him all the country of Judaea, and all they of Jerusalem;

 

And they were baptized of him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

6 And John was clothed with camel's hair, and (had) a leathern girdle about his loins, and did eat locusts and wild honey.

Luke 3:

1 Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene,

2 in the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.

3 And he came into all the region round about the Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance unto remission of sins;

4 as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,

The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make ye ready the way of the Lord, Make his paths straight.

5 Every valley shall be filled, And every mountain and hill shall be brought low; And the crooked shall become straight, And the rough ways smooth;

6 And all flesh shall see the salvation of God. [see Isa. 40:4-5]

 

 

John's response to the Pharisees and Sadducees, multitudes, publicans and soldiers

Matthew 3:7-10

7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said unto them, Ye offspring of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? [Mat 12:34; 23:33]

8 Bring forth therefore fruit worthy of repentance:

9 and think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

10 And even now the axe lies at the root of the trees: every tree therefore that brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

 

Luke 3:7-14

7 He said therefore to the multitudes that went out to be baptized of him,

Ye offspring of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

9 And even now the axe also lies at the root of the trees: every tree therefore that brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

10 And the multitudes asked him, saying, What then must we do?

11 And he answered and said unto them, He that has two coats, let him impart to him that has none; and he that has food, let him do likewise.

12 And there came also publicans to be baptized, and they said unto him, Teacher, what must we do?

13 And he said unto them, Extort no more than that which is appointed you.

14 And soldiers also asked him, saying, And we, what must we do? And he said unto them, Extort from no man by violence, neither accuse (any one) wrongfully; and be content with your wages.

 

 Announcement of the Messiah 

Matthew 3:11-12

 

 

 

 

11 I indeed baptize you in water unto repentance: but he that comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you in the Holy Spirit and (in) fire:

12 whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly cleanse his threshing-floor; and he will gather his wheat into the garner, but the chaff he will burn up with unquenchable fire.

 

Mark 1:7-8

 

 

 

7 And he preached, saying, There comes after me he that is mightier than I, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose.

8 I baptized you in water; But he shall baptize you in the Holy Spirit.

[John 1:33; Acts 1:5; 10:44-45; 11:6]

Luke 3:15-18

15 And as the people were in expectation, and all men reasoned in their hearts concerning John, whether haply he were the Christ;

16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but there comes he that is mightier than I, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you in the Holy Spirit and (in) fire:

17 whose fan is in his hand, thoroughly to cleanse his threshing-floor, and to gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn up with unquenchable fire.

18 With many other exhortations therefore preached he good tidings unto the people;

 

§ 19.  JESUS BAPTIZED BY JOHN IN THE JORDAN

 

Matthew 3:13-17

 

13 Then comes Jesus from Galilee to the Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.

14 But John would have hindered him, saying, I have need to be baptized of you, and do you come to me?

15 But Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer (it) now: for thus it becomes us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

16 And Jesus when he was baptized, went up straightway from the water: and lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon him;

17 and lo, a voice out of the heavens, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.  [cf. Mat 17:5; John 12:28-30]

 

Mark 1:9-11

9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in the Jordan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens rent asunder,

 

and the Spirit as a dove descending upon him:

11 And a voice came out of the heavens, You are my beloved Son, in you I am well pleased.

 

Luke 3:21-22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21 Now it came to pass, when all the people were baptized, that, Jesus also having been baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened,

22 and the Holy Spirit descended in a bodily form, as a dove, upon him, and a voice came out of heaven, You are my beloved Son: in you I am well pleased.

 

 

§ 20. THREE TEMPTATIONS OF JESUS  (cf. 1John 2:16)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew 4:1-11

1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

 

2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he afterward hungered.

3 And the tempter came and said unto him,

If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.

4 But he answered and said,

It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. [Deut 8:3]

8 Again, the devil takes him unto an exceeding high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

9 and he said unto him, All these things will I give you,  [Devil, “god of this world”: 2Cor 4:4; John 12:31; 14:30; 16:31; 1Pet 5:8; Rev 12:9]

if you will fall down and worship me.

10 Then said Jesus unto him, Get you hence, Satan: for

it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve. [Worship God: Deut 6:13-14; 10:20]

5 Then the devil takes him into the holy city; and he set him on the pinnacle of the temple,

6 and said unto him,

If you are the Son of God, cast yourself down:

  for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning you:

and, On their hands they shall bear you up, lest haply you dash your foot against a stone.

7 Jesus said unto him, Again it is written, You shall not make trial of the Lord your God. [Deut 6:16; Heb 33:9]

11 Then the devil leaves him; [James 4:7] and behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

 

 

 

 

 

Mark 1:12-13

12 And straightway the Spirit drove him forth into the wilderness.

13 And he was in the wilderness forty days tempted of Satan; And he was with the wild beasts;

[Jesus was tempted: Heb 4:15; 2Cor 5:21]

[Devil tempter: 1Chron 21:1; Job 1:6, 12; 2:1; Ps 109:6; Zec 3:1-2]        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark 1:13b

And the angels ministered unto him.

 

[Luke 3:23 And Jesus himself, when he began (to teach), was about thirty years of age, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, the (son) of Heli,]

 

Luke 4:1-13

1 And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led in the Spirit in the wilderness

2 during forty days, being tempted of the devil. And he did eat nothing in those days: and when they were completed, he hungered.

 And the devil said unto him,

If you are the Son of God, command this stone that it become bread.

4 And Jesus answered unto him, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone.

 

 

 

5 And he led him up, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.

6 And the devil said unto him, To you will I give all this authority, and the glory of them: for it has been delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.

7 If you therefore will worship before me, it shall all be thine.

8 And Jesus answered and said unto him,

It is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.

9 And he led him to Jerusalem, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him,

 

If you are the Son of God, cast yourself down from hence:

10 for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning you, to guard you:

11 and, On their hands they shall bear you up, lest haply you dash your foot against a stone.

12 And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, You shall not make trial of the Lord your God.

13 And when the devil had completed every temptation, he departed from him for a season.

 

§ 21. JOHN’S TESTIMONY BEFORE THE PRIESTS AND LEVITES

 

John 1:19 And this is the witness of John, when the Jews sent unto him from Jerusalem priests and Levites to ask him, Who are you?

20 And he confessed, and denied not; and he confessed, I am not the Christ. [Dan 9:25-26]

21 And they asked him, What then? are you Elijah? [Mal 4:4] And he said, I am not. are you the prophet? [Deut 18:15, 18] And he answered, No.

22 They said therefore unto him, Who are you? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What do you say of yourself?

23 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said Isaiah the prophet. [Isa 40:3]

24 And they had been sent from the Pharisees.

25 And they asked him, and said unto him, Why then do you baptize, if you are not the Christ, neither Elijah, neither the prophet? [Dan 9:25-26; Mal 4:4; Deut 18:18:15, 18]

26 John answered them, saying, I baptize in water: in the midst of you stands one whom ye know not,

27 (even) he that comes after me, the latchet of whose shoe I am not worthy to unloose.

28 These things were done in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

 

§ 22. JOHN’S IDENTIFICATION OF JESUS AS THE MESSIAH

 

John 1:29 On the morrow he sees Jesus coming unto him, and said, Behold, the Lamb of God, that takes away the sin of the world!  [Ex 12; Isa 53:7; Heb 11:28; Acts 8:32; Eph 1:7; 2:13; Col 1:14, 20; 1Pet 1:19; Heb 9:14; 10:19, 29]

30 This is he of whom I said, After me comes a man who is become before me: for he was before me. [John 1:15]

31 And I knew him not; but that he should be made manifest to Israel, for this cause came I baptizing in water.

32 And John bare witness, saying, I have beheld the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven; and it abode upon him.

33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize in water, he said unto me, Upon whomsoever you shall see the Spirit descending, and abiding upon him, the same is he that baptizes in the Holy Spirit. [Mat 3:16; Mark 1:10; Luke 3:22]

34 And I have seen, and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.

 

§ 23. THE FIRST THREE DISCIPLES 

 

John 1:35 Again on the morrow John was standing, and two of his disciples;

36 and he looked upon Jesus as he walked, and said, Behold, the Lamb of God! [Ex 12; Isa 53:7; Heb 11:28; Acts 8:32; Eph 1:7; 2:13; Col 1:14, 20; 1Pet 1:19; Heb 9:14; 10:19, 29]

37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.

38 And Jesus turned, and beheld them following, and said unto them, What seek ye? And they said unto him, Rabbi (which is to say, being interpreted, Teacher), where abides you?

39 He said unto them, Come, and ye shall see. They came therefore and saw where he abode; and they abode with him that day: it was about the tenth hour.

40 One of the two that heard John (speak), and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother.

41 He found first his own brother Simon, and said unto him, We have found the Messiah (which is, being interpreted, Christ). [Dan 9:25-26; John 7:42; 11:27; Acts 3:18; 26:22-23]

42 He brought him unto Jesus. Jesus looked upon him, and said, You are Simon the son of John: you shall be called Cephas (which is by interpretation, Peter).  [Mat 16:17-18]

 

§ 24. PHILIP AND NATHANAEL

 

John 1:43

43 On the morrow he was minded to go forth into Galilee, and he found Philip: and Jesus said unto him, Follow me.

44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, of the city of Andrew and Peter.

45 Philip found Nathanael, and said unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law [Gen 3:15; Deut 18:15-19], and the prophets [Isa 53; Ps 22], wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.

46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip said unto him, Come and see.

47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said of him, Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!

48 Nathanael said unto him, Whence know you me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.

49 Nathanael answered him, Rabbi, you are the Son of God [Ps 2:7; Dan 3:25; Isa 9:6] you are King of Israel [Isa 44:6].

50 Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto you, I saw you underneath the fig tree, do you believe you? You shall see greater things than these.

51 And he said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye shall see the heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man [Gen 28:12].

 

§ 25. JESUS WORKS HIS FIRST MIRACLE: WATER MADE WINE

 

John 2:1-11

1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:

2 and Jesus also was bidden, and his disciples, to the marriage.

3 And when the wine failed, the mother of Jesus said unto him, They have no wine.

4 And Jesus said unto her, Woman, [Jn 19:26] what have I to do with you? mine hour is not yet come.

5 His mother said unto the servants, Whatsoever he said unto you, do it.

6 Now there were six waterpots of stone set there after the Jews' manner of purifying, containing two or three firkins apiece.   [each pot held about 20 gallons]

7 Jesus said unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.

8 And he said unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the ruler of the feast. And they bare it.

9 And when the ruler of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and knew not whence it was (but the servants that had drawn the water knew), the ruler of the feast calls the bridegroom,

10 and said unto him, Every man sets on first the good wine; and when (men) have drunk freely, (then) that which is worse: you have kept the good wine until now.

11 This beginning of his signs did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested his glory; and his disciples believed on him. [Note: Wine was permitted (1Tim 5:23).  Their wines were not “fortified” with extra alcohol.  Even then, restrictions and warnings were given (Rom. 14:21; 1Tim 3:8; Tit 2:3; Prov 20:1)]

 

§ 26. FIRST SOJOURN IN CAPERNAUM

 

John 2:12

12 After this he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and (his) brethren, and his disciples; and there they abode not many days.

 

PART III

EARLY JUDEAN MINISTRY

From the public appearance of Jesus in Jerusalem until his return to Galilee

 

§ 27. FIRST CLEANSING OF THE TEMPLE AT THE PASSOVER

 

{Matthew 21:12-17}

 

 

 

 

 

12 And Jesus entered into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money-changers, and the seats of them that sold the doves;

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew 21

13 and he said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer [Isa 56:7] but ye make it a den of robbers. [Jer 7:11]

14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.

15 But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children that were crying in the temple and saying, Hosanna to the son of David; they were moved with indignation,

16 and said unto him, Do you

hear what these are saying? And Jesus said unto them, Yea: did ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings you has perfected praise? [Ps 8:2]

17 And he left them, and went forth out of the city to Bethany, and lodged there.

{Mark 11:15-19}

 

 

 

 

15 And they come to Jerusalem: and he entered into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and them that bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money-changers, and the seats of them that sold the doves;

16 and he would not suffer that any man should carry a vessel through the temple.

 

Mark 11

17 And he taught, and said unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations? but ye have made it a den of robbers.

 

 

 

18 And the chief priests and the scribes heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, for all the multitude was astonished at his teaching.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19 And every evening he went forth out of the city.

{Luke 19:45-48}

 

 

 

 

 

45 And he entered into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luke 19

46 saying unto them, It is written, And my house shall be a house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of robbers.

 

 

47 And he was teaching daily in the temple. But the chief priests and the scribes and the principal men of the people sought to destroy him:

48 and they could not find what they might do; for the people all hung upon him, listening.

John 2:13-22

13 And the passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

14 And he found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:

15 and he made a scourge of cords, and cast all out of the temple, both the sheep and the oxen; and he poured out the changers' money, and overthrew their tables;

16 and to them that sold the doves he said, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house a house of merchandise. [Isa 56:7]

17 His disciples remembered that it was written, Zeal for your house shall eat me up. [Ps 69:9]

 

 

§ 28. DISCOURSE WITH NICODEMUS

 

John 2:23-25

23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed on his name, beholding his signs which he did.

24 But Jesus did not trust himself unto them, for that he knew all men,

25 and because he needed not that any one should bear witness concerning man; for he himself knew what was in man.

John 3:1-21

1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:

2 the same came unto him by night, and said to him, Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that you doest, except God be with him.

3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except one be born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God.  [1John 5:1-5]

4 Nicodemus said unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter a second time into his mother's womb, and be born?

5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except one be born of water [cf. verse 23] and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God!  [2Cor 5:17; Rom 6:3-4; 1John 5:8]

6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

7 Marvel not that I said unto you, Ye must be born anew.

8 The wind blows where it will, and you hear the voice thereof, but know not whence it comes, and where it goes: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?

10 Jesus answered and said unto him, are you the teacher of Israel, and do you not understand these things?

11 Verily, verily, I say unto you, We speak that which we know, and bear witness of that which we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.

12 If I told you earthly things and ye believe not, how shall ye believe if I tell you heavenly things?

13 And no one has ascended into heaven, but he that descended out of heaven, (even) the Son of man, who is in heaven.

14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, [Num 21:8-9] even so must the Son of man be lifted up;

15 that whosoever believes may in him have eternal life.

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on him should not perish, but have eternal life.

17 For God sent not the Son into the world to judge the world; but that the world should be saved through him.

18 He that believes on him is not judged: he that believes not has been judged already, because he has not believed on the name of the only begotten Son of God.

19 And this is the judgment, that the light is come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their works were evil.

20 For every one that does evil hates the light, and comes not to the light, lest his works should be reproved.

21 But he that does the truth comes to the light, that his works may be made manifest, that they have been wrought in God.  [Prov 4:18; John 1:4, 5, 7-9; 8:12; 9:5; 12:35-36, 46]

 

§ 29. CHRIST BAPTIZING IN JUDEA

 

John 3:22-24

22 After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized.

23 And John also was baptizing in Enon near to Salim, because there was much water [Grk: many waters] there: and they came, and were baptized. 

24 For John was not yet cast into prison.

 

§ 30.  JOHN’S TESTIMONY TO CHRIST AT AENON

 

John 3:25

25 There arose therefore a questioning on the part of John's disciples with a Jew about purifying.

26 And they came unto John, and said to him, Rabbi, he that was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have borne witness, behold, the same baptizes, and all men come to him.

27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it have been given him from heaven.

28 Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but, that I am sent before him.

29 He that has the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, that stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is made full.

30 He must increase, but I must decrease.

31 He that comes from above is above all: he that is of the earth is of the earth, and of the earth he speaks: he that comes from heaven is above all.

32 What he has seen and heard, of that he bears witness; and no man receives his witness.

33 He that has received his witness has set his seal to (this), that God is true.

34 For he whom God has sent speaks the words of God: for he gives not the Spirit by measure. [AV: “unto him.”]

35 The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into his hand.

36   36 He that believes on the Son has eternal life; but he that obeys not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.

 

John the Baptist imprisoned

 

Luke 3:19-20

19 but Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias his brother's wife, and for all the evil things which Herod had done,

20 added this also to them all, that he shut up John in prison.

 

§ 31. DEPARTURE FROM JUDEA

 

Matthew 4:12

12 Now when he heard that John was delivered up, he withdrew into Galilee;

 

Mark 1:14

14 Now after John was delivered up, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God,

 

Luke 4:14

14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and a fame went out concerning him through all the region round about.

 

John 4:1-3

1 When therefore the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John

2 (although Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples),

3 he left Judea, and departed again into Galilee.

 

§ 32.  IN SAMARIA AT JACOB’S WELL

 

John 4:4-26

4 And he must needs pass through Samaria.

5 So he comes to a city of Samaria, called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph: [Gen 33:19; Josh 24:32]

6 and Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

7 There comes a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus said unto her, Give me to drink.

8 For his disciples were gone away into the city to buy food.

9 The Samaritan woman therefore said unto him, How is it that you, being a Jew, do you ask me for a drink, who am a Samaritan woman? (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)

10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that said to you, Give me to drink; you would have asked of him, and he would have given you living water.

11 The woman said unto him, Sir, you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: whence then have you that living water?

12 are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his sons, and his cattle?

13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Every one that drinks of this water shall thirst again:

14 but whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up unto eternal life.  [John 7:37]

15 The woman said unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come all the way hither to draw.

16 Jesus said unto her, Go, call your husband, and come hither.

17 The woman answered and said unto him, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, You said well, I have no husband:

18 for you have had five husbands; and he whom you now have is not your husband: this have you said truly.

19 The woman said unto him, Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet.

20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.

21 Jesus said unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour comes, when neither in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, shall ye worship the Father.

22 Ye worship that which ye know not: we worship that which we know; for salvation is from the Jews.

23 But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth: for such does the Father seek to be his worshippers. [2Thes 2:13; 1Pet 1:22]

24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship in spirit and truth.

25 The woman said unto him, I know that Messiah comes (he that is called Christ): when he is come, he will declare unto us all things.

26 Jesus said unto her, I that speak unto you am (he).

 

§ 33. THE GOSPEL IN SYCHAR

 

John 4:27-42

27 And upon this came his disciples; and they marveled that he was speaking with a woman; yet no man said, What are you seeking? or, Why speak you with her?

28 So the woman left her water pot, and went away into the city, and said to the people,

29 Come, see a man, who told me all things that (ever) I did: can this be the Christ?

30 They went out of the city, and were coming to him.

31 In the mean while the disciples prayed him, saying, Rabbi, eat.

32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not.

33 The disciples therefore said one to another, Has any man brought him (aught) to eat?

34 Jesus said unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to accomplish his work.

35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and (then) comes the harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields, that they are white already unto harvest.

36 He that reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit unto life eternal; that he that sows and he that reaps may rejoice together. [1Cor 3:6-8]

37 For herein is the saying true, One sows, and another reaps.

38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye have not labored: others have labored, and ye are entered into their labor.

39 And from that city many of the Samaritans believed on him because of the word of the woman, who testified, He told me all things that (ever) I did.

40 So when the Samaritans came unto him, they besought him to abide with them: and he abode there two days.

41 And many more believed because of his word;

42 and they said to the woman, Now we believe, not because of your speaking: for we have heard for ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Saviour of the world.

 

PART IV

FIRST PERIOD OF GALILEAN MINISTRY

From the Return to Galilee until the choosing of the twelve

 

§ 34. BEGINNING OF GALILEAN MINISTRY 

 

Matt 4:{12}{13 -16} 17

{12 Now when he heard that John was delivered up, he withdrew into Galilee;}

{13 and leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the borders of Zebulun and Naphtali:

14 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying,

15 The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, toward the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles,

16 the people that sat in darkness saw a great light, and to them that sat in the region and shadow of death, to them did light spring up.} [Isa 9:1-2]

17 From that time began Jesus to preach, and to say, Repent ye; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

 

Mark 1:{14}, 15

{14 Now after John was delivered up, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God},

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe in the gospel.

Luke 4:{14,} 15

{14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and a fame went out concerning him through all the region round about.}

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.

 

John 4:43-45

43 And after the two days he went forth from thence into Galilee.

44 For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet has no honor in his own country.

45 So when he came into Galilee, the Galilaeans received him, having seen all the things that he did in Jerusalem at the feast: for they also went unto the feast.

 

 

§ 35. HEALING OF THE NOBLEMAN’S SON 

 

John 4:46-54

46 He came therefore again unto Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. [John 2] And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum.

47 When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought (him) that he would come down, and heal his son; for he was at the point of death.

48 Jesus therefore said unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will in no wise believe.

49 The nobleman said unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die.

50 Jesus said unto him, Go your way; your son lives. The man believed the word that Jesus spoke unto him, and he went his way.

51 And as he was now going down, his servants met him, saying, that his son lived.

52 So he inquired of them the hour when he began to amend. They said therefore unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.

53 So the father knew that (it was) at that hour in which Jesus said unto him, Your son lives: and himself believed, and his whole house.

54 This is again the second sign that Jesus did, having come out of Judea into Galilee.

 

§ 36. THE FIRST REJECTION AT NAZARETH 

 

Luke 4:16-30

16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and he entered, as his custom was, into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up to read.

17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And he opened the book, and found the place where it was written, [Isa 61:1-3]

18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, Because he anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor: He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, And recovering of sight to the blind, To set at liberty them that are bruised,

19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.

20 And he closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant, and sat down: and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fastened on him.

21 And he began to say unto them, To-day has this scripture been fulfilled in your ears.

22 And all bare him witness, and wondered at the words of grace which proceeded out of his mouth: and they said, Is not this Joseph's son?

23 And he said unto them, Doubtless ye will say unto me this parable, Physician, heal yourself: whatsoever we have heard done at Capernaum, do also here in thine own country.

24 And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is acceptable in his own country.

25 But of a truth I say unto you, There were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when there came a great famine over all the land;

26 and unto none of them was Elijah sent, but only to Zarephas, in the land of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.  [1Kings 17:9-10]

27 And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian. [2Kings 5]

28 And they were all filled with wrath in the synagogue, as they heard these things;

29 and they rose up, and cast him forth out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might throw him down headlong.

30 But he passing through the midst of them went his way.

 

§ 37. REMOVAL TO CAPERNAUM      

 

Matthew 4:13-16

13 and leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the borders of Zebulun and Naphtali:

14 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying, [Isa 9:1-2]

15 The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, toward the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles,

16 the people that sat in darkness saw a great light, and to them that sat in the region and shadow of death, to them did light spring up.

Luke 4:31

31 And he came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the sabbath day:

 

 

§ 38.  CALL OF FOUR FISHERMEN 

 

Matthew 4:18-22

18 And walking by the sea of Galilee, he saw two brethren, Simon who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishers.

19 And he said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you fishers of men.

20 And they straightway left the nets, and followed him.

21 And going on from thence he saw two other brethren, James the (son) of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them.

22 And they straightway left the boat and their father, and followed him.

 

Mark 1:16-20

16 And passing along by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon

and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net in the sea; for they were fishers.

17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.

18 And straightway they left the nets, and followed him.

19 And going on a little further, he saw James the (son) of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the boat mending the nets.

20 And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went after him.

Luke 5:1-11

1 Now it came to pass, while the multitude pressed upon him and heard the word of God, that he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret;

2 and he saw two boats standing by the lake: but the fishermen had gone out of them, and were washing their nets.

3 And he entered into one of the boats, which was Simon's, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the multitudes out of the boat.

4 And when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Put out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught [a catch].

5 And Simon answered and said, Master, we toiled all night, and took nothing: but at your word I will let down the nets.

6 And when they had done this, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes; and their nets were breaking;

7 and they beckoned unto their partners in the other boat, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.

8 But Simon Peter, when he saw it, fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.

9 For he was amazed, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken;

10 and so were also James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth you shall catch men.

11 And when they had brought their boats to land, they left all, and followed him.

 

§ 39. A DAY OF MIRACLES IN CAPERNAUM

 

(1) Sabbath healing of a man with an unclean Spirit

Mark 1:21-28

21 And they go into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue and taught.

22 And they were astonished at his teaching: For he taught them as having authority, and not as the scribes.

23 And straightway there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,

 

24 saying, What have we to do with you, Jesus you Nazarene? are you come to destroy us? I know you who you art, the Holy One of God. [Ps 16:10; Isa 30:15; 43:15]

25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold your peace, and come out of him.

26 And the unclean spirit, tearing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him.

27 And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What is this? a new teaching! with authority he commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.

28 And the report of him went out straightway everywhere into all the region of Galilee round about.

Luke 4:31-37

31 And he came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the sabbath day:

32 and they were astonished at his teaching; for his word was with authority.

33 And in the synagogue there was a man, that had a spirit of an unclean demon; and he cried out with a loud voice,

34 Ah! what have we to do with you, Jesus you Nazarene? are you come to destroy us? I know you who you art, the Holy One of God.

35 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold your peace, and come out of him. And when the demon had thrown him down in the midst, he came out of him, having done him no hurt.

36 And amazement came upon all, and they spoke together, one with another, saying, What is this word? for with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out.

37 And there went forth a rumor concerning him into every place of the region round about.

 

(2) Healing Peter’s Mother-In-Law And Many Others

Matthew 8:14-17

 

 

14 And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's  [1Cor 9:5] mother lying sick of a fever.

 

15 And he touched her hand, and the fever left her; and she arose, and ministered unto him.

 

16 And when even was come, they brought unto him many possessed with demons: and he cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all that were sick:

 

17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying: Himself took our infirmities, and bare our diseases.

[Isa 53:4]

Mark 1:29-34

29 And straightway, when they were come out of the synagogue, they came into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.

30 Now Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever; and straightway they tell him of her:

31 and he came and took her by the hand, and raised her up; and the fever left her, and she ministered unto them.

32 And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were sick, and them that were possessed with demons.

33 And all the city was gathered together at the door.

34 And he healed many that were sick with divers diseases, and cast out many demons; and he suffered not the demons to speak, because they knew him.

Luke 4:38-41

38 And he rose up from the synagogue, and entered into the house of Simon. And Simon's wife's mother was holden with a great fever; and they besought him for her.

 

39 And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her: and immediately she rose up and ministered unto them.

40 And when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them.

41 And demons also came out from many, crying out, and saying, You are the Son of God. And rebuking them, he suffered them not to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ.

 

§ 40. FIRST TOUR OF GALILEE WITH THE FOUR FISHER­MEN 

 

Preaching in the synagogues

Matthew 4:23-25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23 And Jesus went about in all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of disease and all manner of sickness among the people.

24 And the report of him went forth into all Syria: and they brought unto him all that were sick, held with divers diseases and torments, possessed with demons, and epileptic, and palsied; and he healed them.

25 And there followed him great multitudes from Galilee and Decapolis and Jerusalem and Judaea and (from) beyond the Jordan.

Mark 1:35-39

35 And in the morning, a great while before day, he rose up and went out, and departed into a desert place, and there prayed.

36 And Simon and they that were with him followed after him;

37 and they found him, and say unto him, All are seeking you.

38 And he said unto them, Let us go elsewhere into the next towns, that I may preach there also; for to this end came I forth.

39 And he went into their synagogues throughout all Galilee, preaching and casting out demons.

 

Luke 4:42-44

42 And when it was day, he came out and went into a desert place: and the multitudes sought after him, and came unto him, and would have stayed him, that he should not go from them.

43 But he said unto them, I must preach the good tidings of the kingdom of God to the other cities also: for therefore was I sent.

 

 

44 And he was preaching in the synagogues of Galilee.

 

 

A Leper Healed And Much Popular Excitement.

Matthew 8:2-4

2 And behold, there came to him a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.

 

 

 

3 And he stretched forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be you made clean. And straightway his leprosy was cleansed.

 

 

 

4 And Jesus said unto him, See you tell no man; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

[Lev 13;2; 14:2]

Mark 1:40-45

40 And there comes to him a leper, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If you will, you can make me clean.

 

41 And being moved with compassion, he stretched forth his hand, and touched him, and said unto him, I will; be you made clean.

42 And straightway the leprosy departed from him, and he was made clean.

43 And he strictly charged him, and straightway sent him out,

44 and said unto him, See you say nothing to any man: but go show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing the things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

45 But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to spread abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into a city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter.

Luke 5:12-16

12 And it came to pass, while he was in one of the cities, behold, a man full of leprosy: and when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.

13 And he stretched forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be you made clean. And straightway the leprosy departed from him.

 

 

 

14 And he charged him to tell no man:

but go your way, and show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

15 But so much the more went abroad the report concerning him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed of their infirmities.

16 But he withdrew himself in the deserts, and prayed.

 

§ 41.  HEALING A PARALYTIC LOW­ERED THROUGH THE ROOF OF PETER’S HOUSE

 

Matthew 9:1-8

1 And he entered into a boat, and crossed over, and came into his own city.

 

 

 

 

 

2 And behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven.

3 And behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves,

 

This man blasphemeth.

 

 

4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said,

 

Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?

5 For which is easier, to say, Your sins are forgiven; or to say, Arise, and walk?

 

6 But that ye may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins (then said he to the sick of the palsy), Arise, and take up your bed, and go up unto your house.

 

7 And he arose, and departed to his house.

 

8 But when the multitudes saw it, they were afraid, and glorified God, who had given such authority unto men.

 

Mark 2:1-12

1 And when he entered again into Capernaum after some days, it was noised that he was in the house.

2 And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room (for them), no, not even about the door: and he spoke the word unto them.

3 And they come, bringing unto him a man sick of the palsy, borne of four.

 

4 And when they could not come nigh unto him for the crowd, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed whereon the sick of the palsy lay.

5 And Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy, Son,

your sins are forgiven.

6 But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts,

7 Why does this man thus speak? he blasphemeth: who can forgive sins but one, (even) God?

8 And straightway Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?

9 Which is easier, to say to the sick of the palsy, Your sins are forgiven; or to say, Arise, and take up your bed, and walk?

10 But that ye may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins (he said to the sick of the palsy),

11 I say unto you, Arise, take up your bed, and go unto your house.

12 And he arose, and straightway took up the bed, and went forth before them all;

 insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.

 

Luke 5:17-26

17 And it came to pass on one of those days, that he was teaching; and there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, who were come out of every village of Galilee and Judaea and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was with him to heal.

18 And behold, men bring on a bed a man that was palsied: and they sought to bring him in, and to lay him before him.

19 And not finding by what (way) they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went up to the housetop, and let him down through the tiles with his couch into the midst before Jesus.

20 And seeing their faith, he said, Man, your sins are forgiven you.

 

 

21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this that speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?

 

22 But Jesus perceiving their reasonings, answered and said unto them,

Why reason ye in your hearts?

 

23 Which is easier, to say, Your sins are forgiven you; or to say, Arise and walk?

 

24 But that ye may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins (he said unto him that was palsied), I say unto you, Arise, and take up your couch, and go unto your house.

25 And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his house, glorifying God.

26 And amazement took hold on all, and they glorified God; and they were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to-day.

 

§ 42. CALL OF MATTHEW (LEVI) AND HIS RECEPTION IN HONOR OF JESUS

 

Matthew 9:9-13

 

 

 

 

9 And as Jesus passed by from thence, he saw a man, called Matthew, sitting at the place of toll: and he said unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.

10 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with Jesus and his disciples.

 

 

11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eats your Teacher with the publicans and sinners?

 

 

12 But when he heard it, he said, They that are whole have no need of a physician, but they that are sick.

13 But go ye and learn what (this) meaneth, I desire mercy, and not sacrifice, [Hos 6:6] for I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.

Mark 2:13-17

13 And he went forth again by the sea side; and all the multitude resorted unto him, and he taught them.

14 And as he passed by, he saw Levi the (son) of Alphaeus sitting at the place of toll, and he said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him.

15 And it came to pass, that he was sitting at meat in his house, and many publicans and sinners sat down with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him.

16 And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with the sinners and publicans, said unto his disciples, (How is it) that he eats and drinks with publicans and sinners?

17 And when Jesus heard it, he said unto them, They that are whole have no need of a physician, but they that are sick:

 

I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.

Luke 5:27-32

 

 

27 And after these things he went forth, and beheld a publican, named Levi, sitting at the place of toll, and said unto him, Follow me.

28 And he forsook all, and rose up and followed him.

29 And Levi made him a great feast in his house: and there was a great multitude of publicans and of others that were sitting at meat with them.

 

 

30 And the Pharisees and their scribes murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with the publicans and sinners?

 

 

31 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are in health have no need of a physician; but they that are sick.

 

32 I am not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.

 

§ 48. QUESTION ABOUT FASTING     

 

Matthew 9:14-17

14 Then come to him the disciples of John, saying,

Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft,

but your disciples fast not?

 

 

15 And Jesus said unto them, Can the sons of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them?

 

but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then will they fast.

 

 

16 And no man puts a piece of undressed cloth upon an old garment; for that which should fill it up takes from the garment, and a worse rent is made.

17 Neither do (men) put new wine into old wine-skins: else the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins perish: but they put new wine into fresh wine-skins, and both are preserved.

 

Mark 2:18-22

18 And John's disciples and the Pharisees were fasting: and they come and say unto him, Why do John's disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast,

but your disciples fast not?

19 And Jesus said unto them, Can the sons of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? as long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.

20 But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then will they fast in that day.

 

21 No man sews a piece of undressed cloth on an old garment: else that which should fill it up takes from it, the new from the old, and a worse rent is made.

22 And no man puts new wine into old wineskins; else the wine will burst the skins, and the wine perisheth, and the skins: but (they put) new wine into fresh wine-skins.

 

Luke 5:33-39

33 And they said unto him, The disciples of John fast often, and make supplications; likewise also the (disciples) of the Pharisees; but thine eat and drink.

 

34 And Jesus said unto them, Can ye make the sons of the bride-chamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them?

 

35 But the days will come; and when the bride-groom shall be taken away from them, then will they fast in those days.

36 And he spoke also a parable unto them: No man rends a piece from a new garment and puts it upon an old garment; else he will rend the new, and also the piece from the new will not agree with the old.

37 And no man puts new wine into old wine-skins; else the new wine will burst the skins and itself will be spilled, and the skins will perish.

38 But new wine must be put into fresh wine-skins.

39 And no man having drunk old (wine) desires new; for he said, The old is good.

 

§ 44.  HEALING A LAME MAN ON THE SABBATH AT THE POOL OF BETHESDA.

 

John 5:1-47

1 After these things there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the sheep (gate) a pool, which is called in Hebrew Bethesda, having five porches.

3 In these lay a multitude of them that were sick, blind, halt, withered, (waiting for the moving of the water.)

4 (for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the waters stepped in was made whole, with whatsoever disease he was holden.)

      [1 Omitted from most ancient manuscripts]

5 And a certain man was there, who had been thirty and eight years in his infirmity.

6 When Jesus saw him lying, and knew that he had been now a long time (in that case), he said unto him, Would you be made whole?

7 The sick man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steps down before me.

8 Jesus said unto him, Arise, take up your bed, and walk.

9 And straightway the man was made whole, and took up his bed and walked. Now it was the sabbath on that day.

10 So the Jews said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to take up your bed.

11 But he answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up your bed, and walk.

12 They asked him, Who is the man that said unto you, Take up (your bed), and walk?

13 But he that was healed knew not who it was; for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in the place.

14 Afterward Jesus finds him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, you are made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing befall you. [cf. John 8:11]

15 The man went away, and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him whole.

16 And for this cause the Jews persecuted Jesus, because he did these things on the sabbath.

17 But Jesus answered them, My Father works even until now, and I work.

18 For this cause therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only brake the sabbath, but also called God his own Father, making himself equal with God.

19 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father doing: for what things soever he does, these the Son also does in like manner.

20 For the Father loves the Son, and shows him all things that himself does: and greater works than these will he show him, that ye may marvel.

21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom he will.

22 For neither does the Father judge any man, but he has given all judgment unto the Son;

23 that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He that honors not the Son honors not the Father that sent him.

24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that hears my word, and believes him that sent me, has eternal life, and comes not into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.

25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour comes, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God; and they that hear shall live.

26 For as the Father has life in himself, even so gave he to the Son also to have life in himself:

27 and he gave him authority to execute judgment, because he is a son of man. [Dan 7:13; Phi 2:7-11]

28 Marvel not at this: for the hour comes, in which all that are in the tombs shall hear his voice,

29 and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of judgment. [Gr. “krisis”  AV “damnation”]

30 I can of myself do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is righteous; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.

32 It is another that bears witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesses of me is true.

33 Ye have sent unto John, and he has borne witness unto the truth.

34 But the witness which I receive is not from man: howbeit I say these things, that ye may be saved.

35 He was the lamp that burns and shineth; and ye were willing to rejoice for a season in his light. [Jn 1:7-9]

36 But the witness which I have is greater than (that of) John; for the works which the Father has given me to accomplish, the very works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father has sent me.

37 And the Father that sent me, he has borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his form.

38 And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he sent, him ye believe not.

39 Ye search the scriptures, because ye think that in them ye have eternal life; and these are they which bear witness of me;  [Ps 22; Isa 53]

40 and ye will not come to me, that ye may have life.

41 I receive not glory from men.

42 But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in yourselves.

43 I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

44 How can ye believe, who receive glory one of another, and the glory that (comes) from the only God ye seek not?

45 Think not that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuses you, (even) Moses, on whom ye have set your hope.

46 For if ye believed Moses, ye would believe me; for he wrote of me. [Gen 3:15; Deut 18:15, 18.  Compare also Gen. 22:18; 28:14 with Gal 3:16]

47 But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?  [cf. Luke 16:31]

 

§ 45. SABBATH CONTROVERSY OVER THE DISCIPLES PLUCKING GRAIN       

 

Matthew 12:1-8

1 At that season Jesus went on the sabbath day through the grainfields; and his disciples were hungry and began to pluck ears and to eat.

2 But the Pharisees, when they saw it, said unto him, Behold, your disciples do that which it is not lawful to do upon the sabbath.

 

3 But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was hungry, and they that were with him;

4 how he entered into the house of God, and ate the showbread, [1Sam 21:6] which it was not lawful for him to eat [Lev. 24:5-9; Ex. 29:33]; neither for them that were with him, but only for the priests? [Ex 29:32-33]

5 Or have ye not read in the law, that on the sabbath day the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are guiltless? [Num 28:9; Lev. 24:5; 1Chron 9:32]

6 But I say unto you, that one greater than the temple is here.

7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I desire mercy, and not sacrifice, [Hos 6:6] ye would not have condemned the guiltless. 

8 For the Son of man is lord of the sabbath.

Mark 2:23-28

23 And it came to pass, that he was going on the sabbath day through the grainfields; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears.

24 And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful?

25 And he said unto them, Did ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was hungry, he, and they that were with him?

26 How he entered into the house of God when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the showbread, which it is not lawful to eat save for the priests, and gave also to them that were with him?

 

 

 

 

 

 

27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:

 

28 so that the Son of man is lord even of the sabbath.

Luke 6:1-5

1 Now it came to pass on a sabbath, that he was going through the grainfields; and his disciples plucked the ears, and did eat, rubbing them in their hands.

2 But certain of the Pharisees said, Why do ye that which it is not lawful to do on the sabbath day?

3 And Jesus answering them said, Have ye not read even this, what David did, when he was hungry, he, and they that were with him;

4 how he entered into the house of God, and took and ate the showbread, and gave also to them that were with him; which it is not lawful to eat save for the priests alone?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 And he said unto them,

 

 

 

The Son of man is lord of the sabbath.

 

§ 46.  SABBATH CONTROVERSY OVER HEALING OF A MAN WITH A WITHERED HAND.

 

Matthew 12:9-14

9 And he departed thence, and went into their synagogue:

10 and behold, a man having a withered hand. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day?

 

that they might accuse him.

 

 

 

 

11 And he said unto them, What man shall there be of you, that shall have one sheep, and if this fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?

12 How much then is a man of more value than a sheep! Wherefore it is lawful to do good on the sabbath day.

13 Then said he to the man, Stretch forth your hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, as the other.

14 But the Pharisees went out, and took counsel against him, how they might destroy him.

 

Mark 3:1-6

1 And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there who had his hand withered.

 

 

2 And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him.

 

 

3 And he said unto the man that had his hand withered, Stand forth.

4 And he said unto them, Is it lawful on the sabbath day to do good, or to do harm? to save a life, or to kill? But they held their peace.

5 And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved at the hardening of their heart, he said unto the man, Stretch forth your hand. And he stretched it forth; and his hand was restored.

 

6 And the Pharisees went out, and straightway with the Herodians took counsel against him, how they might destroy him.

Luke 6:6-11

6 And it came to pass on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man there, and his right hand was withered.

7 And the scribes and the Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath; that they might find how to accuse him.

8 But he knew their thoughts; and he said to the man that had his hand withered. Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stood forth.

9 And Jesus said unto them, I ask you, is it lawful on the sabbath to do good, or to do harm? to save a life, or to destroy it?

10 And he looked round about on them all, and said unto him, Stretch forth your hand. And he did (so): and his hand was restored.

 

11 But they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus.

 

PART V

SECOND PERIOD OF GALILEAN MINISTRY

From the choosing of the twelve until the withdrawal into northern Galilee

 

§ 47. TEACHING AND HEALING GREAT MULTITUDES BY THE SEA OF GALILEE

 

Matthew 12:15-21

15 And Jesus perceiving (it) withdrew from thence: and many followed him; and he healed them all,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16 and charged them that they should not make him known:

17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying, [Isa 42:1-4]

18 Behold, my servant whom I have chosen; My beloved in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my Spirit upon him, And he shall declare judgment to the Gentiles.

19 He shall not strive, nor cry aloud; Neither shall any one hear his voice in the streets.

20 A bruised reed shall he not break, And smoking flax shall he not quench, Till he send forth judgment unto victory.

21 And in his name shall the Gentiles hope. [Isa 11:10]

Mark 3:7-12

7 And Jesus with his disciples withdrew to the sea: and a great multitude from Galilee followed; and from Judaea,

8 and from Jerusalem, and from Idumaea, and beyond the Jordan, and about Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, hearing what great things he did, came unto him.

9 And he spoke to his disciples, that a little boat should wait on him because of the crowd, lest they should throng him:

10 for he had healed many; insomuch that as many as had plagues pressed upon him that they might touch him.

11 And the unclean spirits, whensoever they beheld him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, You are the Son of God.

12 And he charged them much that they should not make him known.

 

 

§ 48. CHOOSING OF THE TWELVE APOSTLES

 

{Matthew 10:2-4}

 

 

 

 

2 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: The first,

Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the (son) of Zebedee, and John his brother;

3 Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the (son) of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;

4 Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.}

 

{Acts 1:13

13 And when they were come in, they went up into the upper chamber, where they were abiding; both Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James (the son) of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas (the son) of James.}

 

Mark 3:13-19

13 And he goes up into the mountain, and calls unto him whom he himself would; and they went unto him.

14 And he appointed twelve, that they might be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach,

15 and to have authority to cast out demons:

16 and Simon he surnamed Peter;

17 and James the (son) of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and them he surnamed Boanerges, which is, Sons of thunder:

18 and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the (son) of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Cananaean,

19 and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him. And he comes into a house.

 

Luke 6:12-19

12 And it came to pass in these days, that he went out into the mountain to pray; and he continued all night in prayer to God.

13 And when it was day, he called his disciples; and he chose from them twelve, whom also he named apostles:

 

14 Simon, whom he also named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James and John,

 

 

and Philip and Bartholomew,

15 and Matthew and Thomas, and James (the son) of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot,

16 and Judas (the son) of James,

and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor;

17 And he came down with them, and stood on a level place, and a great multitude of his disciples, and a great number of the people from all Judaea and Jerusalem, and the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases;

18 and they that were troubled with unclean spirits were healed.

19 And all the multitude sought to touch him; for power came forth from him, and healed (them) all.

 

§ 49. SERMON ON THE MOUNT/PLAIN. (Perhaps two different occasions)

 

 

Matthew 5:1-2

1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into the mountain: and when he had sat down, his disciples came unto him:

2 and he opened his mouth and taught them, saying,

 

 

Luke 6:17-19

17 And he came down with them, and stood on a level place, and a great multitude of his disciples, and a great number of the people from all Judaea and Jerusalem, and the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases;

18 and they that were troubled with unclean spirits were healed.

19 And all the multitude sought to touch him; for power came forth from him, and healed (them) all.

 

(1)   Beatitudes and Woes.

Matthew 5:3-12

3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. [cf. Isa 66:2]

4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. [Ps 37:11]

6 Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. [Isa 55:1; John 4:14; 6:35]

7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. [2Sam 22:26; Ps 18:25]

8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. [Ps 24:4; 51:10; Acts 15:9; 1Pet 1:22]

9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called sons of God. [Gal 5:22; Heb 12:14; Rom 12:18]

10 Blessed are they that have been persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  [2Tim 3:12; Rom 8:35-37; 1Pet 3:14]

11 Blessed are ye when (men) shall reproach you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

 

12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets that were before you. [1Pet 4:12-13]

 

Luke 6:20-26

20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed (are) ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.

 

 

 

21 Blessed (are) ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled.

Blessed (are) ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you (from their company), and reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.

23 Rejoice in that day, and leap (for joy) for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for in the same manner did their fathers unto the prophets.

24 But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.

25 Woe unto you, ye that are full now! for ye shall hunger.

Woe (unto you), ye that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.

26 Woe (unto you), when all men shall speak well of you! for in the same manner did their fathers to the false prophets.

 

(2)   The Theme of the Sermon: Righteousness in Contrast with that of the Scribes and Pharisees

Matthew 5:13-20

13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost its savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out and trodden under foot of men. [Col 4:6]

14 Ye are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid.  [Eph 5:8; Philip 2:13]

15 Neither do (men) light a lamp, and put it under the bushel, but on the stand; and it shines unto all that are in the house. [Mk 4:21; Lk. 8:16; 11:33]

16 Even so let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. [Prov 4:18; Eph 5:8]

17 Think not that I came to destroy the law or the prophets: I came not to destroy, but to fulfill.

18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass away from the law, till all things be accomplished.  [Col 2:14-17; Rom 7:1-4; Gal 3:23-25; 4:21-30; Heb 8:6-13)

19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

20 For I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed (the righteousness) of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no wise enter into the kingdom of heaven.

 

 

 

{Luke 8 16 No man, when he has lighted a candle, covers it with a vessel, or puts it under a bed; but sets it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light.}

 

{Luke 11:33 No man, when he has lighted a candle, puts it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light}.

 

 

 

(3)   True basis of the Law (Murder, Adultery, Divorce, Oaths, Retaliations, Love of Enemies) 

Matthew 5:21-37

21 Ye have heard that it was said to them of old time, You shall not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: [Ex 20:13; Deut 5:17;]

22 but I say unto you, that every one who is angry with his brother shall be in danger of the judgment; and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council; [Sanhedrin-72 elders Jn 11:47; Ac 5:27] and whosoever shall say, You fool, shall be in danger of the hell of fire. [Lk 12:5; Rev 14:10-11]

23 If therefore you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has aught against you,

24 leave there your gift before the altar, and go your way, first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, while you are with him in the way; lest haply the adversary deliver you to the judge, and the judge deliver you to the officer, and you be cast into prison.

26 Verily I say unto you, you shall by no means come out thence, till you have paid the last farthing.

27 Ye have heard that it was said, You shall not commit adultery: [Ex 20:14; Deut 5:18; 22:22; Lev 20:10; Prov 6:32]

28 but I say unto you, that every one that looks on a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart. [Prov. 6:25; James 1:14, 15; 2Pet. 2:14; 1Jn. 2:16; Mat 15:19-20)

29 And if your right eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out, and cast it from you: for it is profitable for you that one of your members should perish, and not your whole body be cast into hell. [Mk 9:47-48; Rev 20:15]

30 And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off, and cast it from you: for it is profitable for you that one of your members should perish, and not your whole body go into hell. [Mark 9:43]

31 It was said also, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: [Deut 24:1-2; Mat 19:7; Mark 10:4]

32 but I say unto you, that every one that puts away his wife, except for the cause of fornication, [Mt 19:9] makes her an adulteress: and whosoever shall marry her when she is put away commits adultery. 

33 Again, ye have heard that it was said to them of old time, You shall not forswear yourself, but shall perform unto the Lord thine oaths: [Ex 20:7; Lev 19:12; Deut 5:11; 23:23]

34 but I say unto you, swear not at all; neither by the heaven, for it is the throne of God1;

35 nor by the earth, for it is the footstool of his feet; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.

36 Neither shall you swear by your head, for you canst not make one hair white or black.

37 But let your speech be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: and whatsoever is more than these is of the evil (one). [James 5:12]

 

Matthew 5:38-48

38 Ye have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: [Lev 24:20]

39 but I say unto you, resist not him that is evil: but whosoever smites you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.  [Lk 6:29]

40 And if any man would go to law with you, and take away your coat, let him have your cloak also. [1Co 5:7]

41 And whosoever shall compel you to go one mile, go with him two.

42 Give to him that asks you, and from him that would borrow of you turn not you away. [Deut 15:7-8]

43 Ye have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy: [Lev 19:18; Ps 139:22 Gal 5:14; James 2:8]

44 but I say unto you, love your enemies, [Mt 12:31; Lk 20:27] and pray for them that persecute you; 

45 that ye may be sons of your Father who is in heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust.

46 For if ye love them that love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more (than others?) do not even the Gentiles the same?

48 Ye therefore shall be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

 

Luke 6:27-36

 

 

27 But I say unto you that hear, love your enemies, do good to them that hate you, [Rom 12:17-21]

28 bless them that curse you, pray for them that despitefully use you. [1Pet 2:23]

29 To him that smites you on the (one) cheek offer also the other; and from him that takes away your cloak withhold not your coat also.

30 Give to every one that asks you; and of him that takes away your goods ask them not again.

31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

 

 

32 And if ye love them that love you, what thank have ye? for even sinners love those that love them.

33 And if ye do good to them that do good to you, what thank have ye? for even sinners do the same.

34 And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? even sinners lend to sinners, to receive again as much.

35 But love your enemies, and do (them) good, and lend, never despairing; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be sons of the Most High: for he is kind toward the unthankful and evil.

36 Be ye merciful even as your Father is merciful.

 

(4) True Righteousness unlike the Hypocrisy of the Pharisees as in Almsgiving, Prayer, Fasting

Matthew 6:1-18

1 Take heed that ye do not your righteousness before men, to be seen of them: else ye have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.

2 When therefore you give alms, sound not a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have received their reward.

3 But when you do alms, let not your left hand know what your right hand does:

4 that thine alms may be in secret: and your Father who sees in secret shall recompense you.

5 And when ye pray, ye shall not be as the hypocrites: for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have received their reward.

6 But you, when you pray, enter into your inner chamber, and having shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret shall recompense you.

7 And in praying use not vain repetitions, as the Gentiles do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

8 Be not therefore like unto them: for your Father knows what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

9 After this manner therefore pray ye. Our Father who are in heaven, Hallowed be your name. [Luke 11:2]

10 Your kingdom come. [Luke 11:2] Your will be done, as in heaven, so on earth.

11 Give us this day our daily bread. [Luke 11:3]

12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. [Luke 11:4]

13 And bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil (one.)

14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may be seen of men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have received their reward.

17 But you, when you fastest, anoint your head, and wash your face;

18 that you be not seen of men to fast, but of your Father who is in secret: and your Father, who sees in secret, shall recompense you.

 

(5)   Do not be Anxious for the things of this life

Matthew 6:19-34

19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal: [Ps 39:6; Pr 23:5; Ecc 5:10; 1Tim 6:17]

20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven [Mat 19:21;Lk 12:15-21; 1Tim 6:8-10; 1Pet 1:4], where neither moth nor rust consumes, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

21 for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

22 The lamp of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, your whole body shall be full of light.

23 But if thine eye be evil, your whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you be darkness, how great is the darkness!

 

 

 

 

24 No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

25 Therefore I say unto you, be not anxious for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than the food, and the body than the raiment?

26 Behold the birds of the heaven, that they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; and your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not ye of much more value then they?

27 And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit unto the measure of his life?

 

 

28 And why are ye anxious concerning raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

29 yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

30 But if God does so clothe the grass of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, (shall he) not much more (clothe) you, O ye of little faith?

31 Be not therefore anxious, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

32 For after all these things do the Gentiles seek; for your heavenly Father knows that ye have need of all these things.

33 But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

34 Be not therefore anxious for the morrow: for the morrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

{Luke 12:34  34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.}

{Luke 11:34  34 The lamp of your body is thine eye: when thine eye is single, your whole body also is full of light; but when it is evil, your body also is full of darkness.

35 Look therefore whether the light that is in you be not darkness. 

36 If therefore your whole body be full of light, having no part dark, it shall be wholly full of light, as when the lamp with its bright shining does give you light.}

{Luke 16:13  No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.}

{Luke 12:22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, be not anxious for (your) life, what ye shall eat; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on.

23 For the life is more than the food, and the body than the raiment.

24 Consider the ravens, that they sow not, neither reap; which have no store-chamber nor barn; and God feeds them: of how much more value are ye than the birds!

25 And which of you by being anxious can add a cubit unto the measure of his life?

26 If then ye are not able to do even that which is least, why are ye anxious concerning the rest?

27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they toil not, neither do they spin; yet I say unto you, Even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

28 But if God does so clothe the grass in the field, which to-day is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven; how much more (shall he clothe) you, O ye of little faith?

29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, and what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.

 

 

[30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: but your Father knows that ye have need of these things.

31 Yet seek ye his kingdom, and these things shall be added unto you.}

 

(6)   Warning against careless Judgment

Matthew 7:1-6

1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged:

 

 

 

and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured unto you. [Mt 4:25; James 2:13]

 

 

 

 

3 And why do you behold the mote that is in your brother's eye, but do not consider not the beam that is in thine own eye?

4 Or how will you say to your brother, Let me cast out the mote out of thine eye; and lo, the beam is in thine own eye?

5 You hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye; and then shall you see clearly to cast out the mote out of your brother's eye.

6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs [Pr 26:11; Ph’p 3:2], neither cast your pearls before the swine, lest haply they trample them under their feet, and turn and rend you.

Luke 6:37-42

37 And judge not: and you shall not be judged: and condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: release, and ye shall be released:

38 give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, shall they give into your bosom. For with what measure ye mete it shall be measured to you again.

39 And he spoke also a parable unto them, Can the blind guide the blind? shall they not both fall into a pit?

40 The disciple is not above his teacher: but every one when he is perfected shall be as his teacher.

41 And why do you behold the mote that is in your brother's eye, but consider not the beam that is in thine own eye?

42 Or how canst you say to your brother, Brother, let me cast out the mote that is in your eye, when you yourself do not behold the beam that is in your own eye?

 You hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shall you see clearly to cast out the mote that is in your brother's eye.

 

 

(7)   How to Pray and The Golden Rule   

Matthew 7:7-12

7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

8 for every one that asks receives; and he that seeks findeth; and to him that knocks it shall be opened. [Lk. 11:9-10; Mk 11:24; Jn 14:13; 15:7]

9 Or what man is there of you, who, if his son shall ask him for a loaf, will give him a stone;

10 or if he shall ask for a fish, will give him a serpent?

 

11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

12 All things therefore whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, even so do ye also unto them: for this is the law and the prophets.

 

{Luke 11:9-13  

9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.  10 For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks  it shall be opened. 

11 And of which of you that is a father shall his son ask a loaf, and he give him a stone? or a fish, and he for a fish give him a serpent

12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he give him a scorpion? 

13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?}

{Luke 6:31

31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.}

 

(8)   The narrow gate; False prophets; Building on the Rock

Matthew 7:13-29—8:1

THE NARROW WAY

13 Enter ye in by the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many are they that enter in thereby. [Luke 13:24]

14 For narrow is the gate, and straitened the way, that leads unto life, and few are they that find it.

 

FALSE PROPHETS

15 Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves. [Ac 20:29]

16 By their fruits ye shall know them. Do (men) gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 

17 Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but the corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit. [Mat 3:8-10; 12:33-37; Gal 5:22-23; Eph 5:9; Heb 13:15]

18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

19 Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. [John 15:1-6]

20 Therefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

21 Not every one that said unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father who is in heaven. [James 1:22-25]

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy by your name, and by your name cast out demons, and by your name do many mighty works? [Mat 24:24]

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

 

PARABLE OF THE WISE AND FOOLISH BUILDERS

24 Every one therefore that hears these words of mine, and does them, shall be likened unto a wise man, who built his house upon the rock:

25 and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and if fell not: for it was founded upon the rock.

26 And every one that hears these words of mine, and does them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand: [Luke 6:46; James 1:22; 2:20]

27 and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and smote upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall thereof.

28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these words, the multitudes were astonished at his teaching:

29 for he taught them as (one) having authority, and not as their scribes.

 

Matthew 8:1

1 And when he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.

Luke 6:43-49

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

43 For there is no good tree that brings forth corrupt fruit; nor again a corrupt tree that brings forth good fruit.

 

44 For each tree is known by its own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.

45 The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and the evil (man) out of the evil (treasure) brings forth that which is evil: for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

 

 

 

 

47 Every one that comes unto me, and hears my words, and does them, I will show you to whom he is like:

48 he is like a man building a house, who dug and went deep, and laid a foundation upon the rock: and when a flood arose, the stream brake against that house, and could not shake it: because it had been well builded.

49 But he that hears, and does not, is like a man that built a house upon the earth without a foundation; against which the stream brake, and straightway it fell in; and the ruin of that house was great.

 

 

 

§ 50.  CENTURION’S SERVANT HEALED AT CAPERNAUM

 

Matthew 8:5-13

5 And when he was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,

 

 

 

 

6 and saying, Lord, my servant lies in the house sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.

 

 

 

7 And he said unto him, I will come and heal him.

 

 

8 And the centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that you should come under my roof;

 

 

but only say the word, and my servant shall be healed.

9 For I also am a man under authority, having under myself soldiers: and I say to this one, Go, and he goes; and to another, Come, and he comes; and to my servant, Do this, and he does it.

10 And when Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

11 And I say unto you, that many shall come from the east and the west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven:

12 but the sons of the kingdom shall be cast forth into the outer darkness: there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth. [Mat 13:42, 50; 22:13; 24:51; 25:50]

13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go your way; as you have believed, (so) be it done unto you. And the servant was healed in that hour.

Luke 7:1-10

1 After he had ended all his sayings in the ears of the people, he entered into Capernaum.

2 And a certain centurion's servant, who was dear unto him, was sick and at the point of death.

3 And when he heard concerning Jesus, he sent unto him elders of the Jews; asking him that he would come and save his servant.

4 And they, when they came to Jesus, besought him earnestly, saying, He is worthy that you should do this for him;

5 for he loves our nation, and himself built us our synagogue.

6 And Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not yourself; for I am not worthy that you should come under my roof:

7 wherefore neither am I myself worthy to come unto you: but say the word, and my servant shall be healed.

8 For I also am a man set under authority, having under myself soldiers: and I say to this one, Go, and he goes; and to another Come, and he comes; and to my servant, Do this, and he does it.

9 And when Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turned and said unto the multitude that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole.

 

§ 51.  RAISING A WIDOW’S SON AT NAIN

 

Luke 7:11-17

11 And it came to pass soon afterwards, that he went to a city called Nain; and his disciples went with him, and a great multitude.

12 Now when he drew near to the gate of the city, behold, there was carried out one that was dead, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.

13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.

14 And he came nigh and touched the bier: and the bearers stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto you, arise.

15 And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he gave him to his mother.

16 And fear took hold on all: and they glorified God, saying, A great prophet is arisen among us: and, God has visited his people.

17 And this report went forth concerning him in the whole of Judaea, and all the region round about.

 

§ 52.  THE MESSAGE FROM THE BAPTIST AND THE EULOGY OF JESUS

 

Matthew 11:2-19

2 Now when John heard in the prison the works of the Christ, he sent by his disciples

3 and said unto him, are you he that comes, or look we for another?

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and tell John the things which ye hear and see:

5 the blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good tidings preached to them.

6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall find no occasion of stumbling in me. 

 

Luke 7:18-35

18 And the disciples of John told him of all these things.

19 And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to the Lord, saying, are you he that comes, or look we for another?

20 And when the men were come unto him, they said, John the Baptist has sent us unto you, saying, are you he that comes, or look we for another?

21 In that hour he cured many of diseases and plagues and evil spirits; and on many that were blind he bestowed sight.

22 And he answered and said unto them, Go and tell John the things which ye have seen and heard;

the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good tidings preached to them.

 

23 And blessed is he, whosoever shall find no occasion of stumbling in me.

7 And as these went their way, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to behold? a reed shaken with the wind?

 

8 But what went ye out to see? a man clothed in soft (raiment)? Behold, they that wear soft (raiment) are in king's houses.

9 But wherefore went ye out? to see a prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet.

10 This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before your face, Who shall prepare your way before you. [Mal 3:1; 4:5; Isa 40:3]

11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there has not arisen a greater than John the Baptist: yet he that is but little in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven sufferes violence, and men of violence take it by force.

13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.

14 And if ye are willing to receive (it,) this is Elijah, that is to come. [Mal 4:5; Mat 17:12; Mark 9:13]

15 He that has ears to hear, let him hear. [Deut 29:4; Ps 115:6; 135:17; Ezek 12:2; Ac 28:27; Mat 13:9, 16, 43; Rev 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22, 13:9]

 

 

 

 

 

 

24 And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to behold? a reed shaken with the wind?

25 But what went ye out to see? a man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they that are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in king's courts.

26 But what went ye out to see? a prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet.

27 This is he of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before your face, Who shall prepare your way before you.

28 I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there is none greater than John: yet he that is but little in the kingdom of God is greater than he.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29 And all the people when they heard, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.

30 But the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected for themselves the counsel of God, being not baptized of him.

 

16 But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the marketplaces, who call unto their fellows

17 and say, We piped unto you, and ye did not dance; we wailed, and ye did not mourn.

 

18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He has a demon.

19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold, a gluttonous man and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!

And wisdom is justified by her works.

31 Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation, and to what are they like?

32 They are like unto children that sit in the marketplace, and call one to another; who say, We piped unto you, and ye did not dance; we wailed, and ye did not weep.

33 For John the Baptist is come eating no bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He has a demon.

34 The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold, a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!

35 And wisdom is justified of all her children.

 

 

Woes Upon The Cities who disregarded his message and plea to repent

 

Matthew 11:20-30

20 Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not.

21 Woe unto you, Chorazin! woe unto you, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon which were done in you, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.

22 But I say unto you, it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you.

23 And you, Capernaum, shall you be exalted unto heaven? you shall go down unto Hades: for if the mighty works had been done in Sodom which were done in you, it would have remained until this day.

24 But I say unto you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for you.

25 At that season Jesus answered and said, I thank you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you did hide these things from the wise and understanding, and didst reveal them unto babes:

26 yea, Father, for so it was well-pleasing in your sight.

27 All things have been delivered unto me of my Father: and no one knows the Son, save the Father; neither does any know the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son wills to reveal (him.)

28 Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

 

 

{Luke 10:13-14

13 Woe unto you, Chorazin! woe unto you, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which were done in you, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.

14 But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the judgment, than for you.

15 And you, Capernaum, shall you be exalted unto heaven? you shall be brought down unto Hades.}

 

{Luke 10:12

12 I say unto you, it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city.}

{Luke 10:21

21 In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit, and said, I thank you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you did hide these things from the wise and understanding, and did reveal them unto babes: yea, Father; for so it was well-pleasing in your sight.}

 

 

§ 53.  ANOINTING OF JESUS IN THE HOUSE OF SIMON A PHARISEE.

 

Luke 7:36-50

36 And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he entered into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat.

37 And behold, a woman who was in the city, a sinner [Luke 5:32]; and when she knew that he was sitting at meat in the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster cruse of ointment,

38 and standing behind at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.

39 Now when the Pharisee that had bidden him saw it, he spoke within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have perceived who and what manner of woman this is that touches him, that she is a sinner.

40 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto you. And he said, Teacher, say on.

 

TWO DEBTORS

41 A certain lender had two debtors: the one owed five hundred shillings, and the other fifty.

42 When they had not (wherewith) to pay, he forgave them both. Which of them therefore will love him most?

43 Simon answered and said, He, I suppose, to whom he forgave the most. And he said unto him, You have rightly judged.

44 And turning to the woman, he said unto Simon, See this woman? I entered into your house, you gave me no water for my feet: but she has wetted my feet with her tears, and wiped them with her hair.

45 You gave me no kiss: but she, since the time I came in, have not ceased to kiss my feet.

46 My head with oil you did not anoint: but she has anointed my feet with ointment.

47 Wherefore I say unto you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, (the same) loves little.

48 And he said unto her, Your sins are forgiven.

49 And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that even forgives sins?

50 And he said unto the woman, Your faith has saved you; go in peace.

 

§ 54.  THE SECOND TOUR OF GALILEE

 

Luke 8:1-3

1 And it came to pass soon afterwards, that he went about through cities and villages, preaching and bringing the good tidings of the kingdom of God, and with him the twelve,

2 and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary that was called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out,

3 and Joanna the wife of Chuzas Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, who ministered unto them of their substance.

 

§ 55.  BLASPHEMOUS ACCUSATION OF LEAGUE WITH BEELZEBUB

 

Matthew 12:22-37

22 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a demon, blind and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the dumb man spoke and saw.

23 And all the multitudes were amazed, and said, Can this be the son of David?

 

 

24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This man does not cast out demons, but by Beelzebub the prince of the demons.

25 And knowing their thoughts he said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:

26 and if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then shall his kingdom stand?

27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges.

28 But if I by the Spirit of God cast out demons, then is the kingdom of God come upon you.

29 Or how can one enter into the house of the strong (man,) and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong (man)? and then he will spoil his house.

30 He that is not with me is against me, and he that gathers not with me scattereth.

31 Therefore I say unto you, Every sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men; but the blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven.

32 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him; but whosoever shall speak against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, nor in that which is to come.

33 Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by its fruit.

34 Ye offspring of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

35 The good man out of his good treasure brings forth good things: and the evil man out of his evil treasure brings forth evil things.

36 And I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

37 For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned.

Mark 3:19-30

19 and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him. And he comes into a house.

 

20 And the multitude comes together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.

21 And when his friends heard it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.

22 And the scribes that came down from Jerusalem said, He has Beelzebub, and, By the prince of the demons casts he out the demons.

23 And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan?

24 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.

25 And if a house be divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.

26 And if Satan has rise up against himself, and is divided, he cannot stand, but has an end.

 

 

 

27 But no one can enter into the house of the strong (man), and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong (man); and then he will spoil his house.

 

 

28 Verily I say unto you, All their sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and their blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme:

29 but whosoever shall blaspheme against the Holy Spirit has never forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin:

30 because they said, He has an unclean spirit.

 

 

Scribes And Pharisees Demand A Sign

Matthew 12:38-45

38 Then certain of the scribes and Pharisees answered him, saying, Teacher, we would see a sign from you.

39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and there shall no sign be given it but the sign of Jonah the prophet:

40 for as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

41 The men of Nineveh shall stand up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, a greater than Jonah is here.

42 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, a greater than Solomon is here.

43 But the unclean spirit, when he is gone out of the man, passes through waterless places, seeking rest, and finds it not.

44 Then he said, I will return into my house whence I came out; and when he is come, he finds it empty, swept, and garnished.

45 Then goes he, and takes with himself seven other spirits more evil than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this evil generation.

 

§ 56. MOTHER AND BRETHREN SEEK TO TAKE HIM HOME

 

Matthew 12:46-50

46 While he was yet speaking to the multitudes, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, seeking to speak to him.

47 And one said unto him, Behold, your mother and your brethren stand without, seeking to speak to you.

[Mat 1:25; 13:55-56]

48 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?

49 And he stretched forth his hand towards his disciples, and said, Behold, my mother and my brethren!

50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father who is in heaven, he is my brother, and sister, and mother.

 

Mark 3:31-35

31 And there come his mother and his brethren; and, standing without, they sent unto him, calling him.

32 And a multitude was sitting about him; and they say unto him, Behold, your mother and your brethren without seek for you.

 

33 And he answeres them, and said, Who is my mother and my brethren?

34 And looking round on them that sat round about him, he said, Behold, my mother and my brethren!

35 For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

Luke 8:19-21

19 And there came to him his mother and brethren, and they could not come at him for the crowd.

20 And it was told him, Your mother and your brethren stand without, desiring to see you.

 

 

21 But he answered and said unto them,

 

 

 

My mother and my brethren are these that hear the word of God, and do it.

 

 

§ 57. PARABLES BY THE SEA      

 

Introduction to parables

Matthew 13:1-3

1 On that day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.

2 And there were gathered unto him great multitudes, so that he entered into a boat, and sat; and all the multitude stood on the beach.

3 And he spoke to them many things in parables, saying…

 

Mark 4:1-2

1 And again he began to teach by the sea side. And there is gathered unto him a very great multitude, so that he entered into a boat, and sat in the sea; and all the multitude were by the sea on the land.

2 And he taught them many things in parables, and said unto them in his teaching,

Luke 8:4

4 And when a great multitude came together, and they of every city resorted unto him, he spoke by a parable:

 

 

1: To the Crowds by the Sea

 

(a)   Parable of the Sower  

Matthew 13:3-23

3 …Behold, the sower went forth to sow;

4 and as he sowed, some (seeds) fell by the way side, and the birds came and devoured them:

5 and others fell upon the rocky places, where they had not much earth: and straightway they sprang up, because they had no deepness of earth:

6 and when the sun was risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.

7 And others fell upon the thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked them:

8 and others fell upon the good ground, and yielded fruit, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

9 He that has ears, let him hear.

[Deut 29:4; Jer 5:21; Ez 12:2; Zech 7:11; Mat 11:15; Acts 28:27; Rev 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22; 13:9]

10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speak you unto them in parables?

11 And he answered and said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

12 For whosoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but whosoever has not, from him shall be taken away even that which he has.

13 Therefore speak I to them in parables; because seeing they see not, and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

14 And unto them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, [6:9-10] which said, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall in no wise understand; And seeing ye shall see, and shall in no wise perceive:

15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, And their ears are dull of hearing, And their eyes they have closed; Lest haply they should perceive with their eyes, And hear with their ears, And understand with their heart, And should turn again, And I should heal them.

16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear.

17 For verily I say unto you, that many prophets and righteous men desired to see the things which ye see, and saw them not; and to hear the things which ye hear, and heard them not. [Lk 10:24; Eph 3:5; Heb 11:13-16, 39-40]

 

18 Hear then ye the parable of the sower.

19 When any one hears the word of the kingdom, and understands it not, (then) comes the evil (one), and snatches away that which has been sown in his heart. This is he that was sown by the way side.

Mark 4:3-25

3 Hearken: Behold, the sower went forth to sow:

4 and it came to pass, as he sowed, some (seed) fell by the way side, and the birds came and devoured it.

5 And other fell on the rocky (ground), where it had not much earth; and straightway it sprang up, because it had no deepness of earth:

 

6 and when the sun was risen, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.

7 And other fell among the thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.

8 And others fell into the good ground, and yielded fruit, growing up and increasing; and brought forth, thirtyfold, and sixtyfold, and a hundredfold.

9 And he said, Who has ears to hear, let him hear.

10 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parables.

 

11 And he said unto them, Unto you is given the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all things are done in parables:

 

 

 

 

12 that seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest haply they should turn again, and it should be forgiven them.

 

[Is 42:18; 44:18; Jer 5:21; Ezek 12:2; Mark 8:17; 2Cor 4:3-4; 2Thes 2:10-11]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luke 8:5-18

5 The sower went forth to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden under foot, and the birds of the heaven devoured it.

6 And other fell on the rock; and as soon as it grew, it withered away, because it had no moisture.

 

 

 

 

 

7 And other fell amidst the thorns; and the thorns grew with it, and choked it.

8 And other fell into the good ground, and grew, and brought forth fruit a hundredfold.

 

As he said these things, he cried, He that has ears to hear, let him hear.

9 And his disciples asked him what this parable might be.

 

 

 

10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to the rest in parables;

 

 

 

that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew 13:20 And he that was sown upon the rocky places, this is he that hears the word, and straightway with joy receives it;

 

21 yet has he not root in himself, but endures for a while; and when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, straightway he stumbleth.

22 And he that was sown among the thorns, this is he that hears the word; and the care of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.

 

23 And he that was sown upon the good ground, this is he that hears the word, and understands it; who verily bears fruit, and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

Mark 4:13 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how shall ye know all the parables?

14 The sower sows the word.

15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; and when they have heard, straightway comes Satan, and takes away the word which has been sown in them.

16 And these in like manner are they that are sown upon the rocky (places), who, when they have heard the word, straightway receive it with joy;

17 and they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, straightway they stumble.

18 And others are they that are sown among the thorns; these are they that have heard the word,

19 and the cares of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

20 And those are they that were sown upon the good ground; such as hear the word, and accept it, and bear fruit, thirtyfold, and sixtyfold, and a hundredfold.

 

 

 

 

 

Luke 8:11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

12 And those by the way side are they that have heard; then comes the devil, and takes away the word from their heart, that they may not believe and be saved.

13 And those on the rock (are) they who, when they have heard, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.

 

 

14 And that which fell among the thorns, these are they that have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of (this) life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

 

15 And that in the good ground, these are such as in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, hold it fast, and bring forth fruit with patience.

 

 

b. Parable of the lamp

{Matthew 5:15  

  15 Neither do (men) light a lamp, and put it under the bushel, but on the stand; and it shines unto all that are in the house.}

Mark 4:21

21 And he said unto them, Is the lamp brought to be put under the bushel, or under the bed, (and) not to be put on the stand?

22 For there is nothing hid, save that it should be manifested; neither was (anything) made secret, but that it should come to light.

23 If any man has ears to hear, let him hear. [Ps 10:17; Mat 11:15; 13:9, 15-16, 43; Mark 4:9, 23; 7:16; 8:18; Rom 11:8; Rev 2:7. 11, 17; 3:6, 13, 22; 13:9]

24 And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete it shall be measured unto you; and more shall be given unto you.

25 For he that has, to him shall be given: and he that has not, from him shall be taken away even that which he has.

Luke 8:16

16 And no man, when he has lighted a lamp, covers it with a vessel, or puts it under a bed; but puts it on a stand, that they that enter in may see the light.

17 For nothing is hid, that shall not be made manifest; nor (anything) secret, that shall not be known and come to light.

 

 

 

 

 

18 Take heed therefore how ye hear:

 

 

for whosoever has, to him shall be given; and whosoever has not, from him shall be taken away even that which he thinks he has.

 

(c)   Parable of the Seed Growing of Itself

Mark 4:26-29

26 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed upon the earth;

27 and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should spring up and grow, he knows not how.

28 The earth bears fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.

29 But when the fruit is ripe, straightway he puts forth the sickle, because the harvest is come.

 

(d)   Parable of the Tares

        Matthew 13:24-30

24 Another parable set he before them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man that sowed good seed in his field:

25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares also among the wheat, and went away.

26 But when the blade sprang up and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

27 And the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst you not sow good seed in your field? whence then has it tares?

28 And he said unto them, An enemy has done this. And the servants say unto him, Will you then that we go and gather them up?

29 But he said, Nay; lest haply while ye gather up the tares, ye root up the wheat with them.

30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather up first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them; but gather the wheat into my barn.

 

(e)   Parable of the Mustard Seed    

Matthew 13:31-32

 

31 Another parable set he before them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:

32 which indeed is less than all seeds; but when it is grown, it is greater than the herbs, and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the heaven come and lodge in the branches thereof.

Mark 4:30-32

30 And he said, How shall we liken the kingdom of God? or in what parable shall we set it forth?

31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown upon the earth, though it be less than all the seeds that are upon the earth,

32 yet when it is sown, grows up, and becomes greater than all the herbs, and puts out great branches; so that the birds of the heaven can lodge under the shadow thereof.

{Luke 13:18-19
 
18 He said therefore, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I liken it?
19 It is like unto a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his own garden; and it grew, and became a tree; and the birds of the heaven lodged in the branches thereof.}
 

 

(f)    Parable of the Leaven and Many Such Para­bles   

Matthew 13:33-35

33 Another parable spoke he unto them;

 The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till it was all leavened. [Luke 13:20-21]

34 All these things spoke Jesus in parables unto the multitudes; and without a parable spoke he nothing unto them:

35 that it might be fulfilled [Mat 13:14, 35; 21:4-5] which was spoken through the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things hidden from the foundation of the world.  [Ps 78:2; 49:4; Rom 16:25-26; 1Cor 2:7; Eph 3:5, 9; Col 1:26]

Mark 4:33-34

 

 

 

 

 

 

33 And with many such parables spoke he the word unto them, as they were able to hear it;

34 and without a parable spoke he not unto them: but privately to his own disciples he expounded all things.

 

{Luke 13:20-21

20 And again he said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God?

21 It is like unto leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till it was all leavened.}

 

2. To the Disciples in the House

 

(a)   Explanation of the Parables of the Tares       

Matthew 13:36-43

36 Then he left the multitudes, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Explain unto us the parable of the tares of the field.

37 And he answered and said, He that sows the good seed is the Son of man;

38 and the field is the world; and the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil (one);

39 and the enemy that sowed them is the devil: and the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are angels.

40 As therefore the tares are gathered up and burned with fire; so shall it be in the end of the world.

41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that cause stumbling, and them that do iniquity,

42 and shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.

43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He that has ears, let him hear.

 

(b)   The Parable of the Hid Treasure.

Matthew 13:44

44 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a treasure hidden in the field; which a man found, and hid; and in his joy he goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field.

 

(c)   The Parable of the Pearl of Great Price.       

Matthew 13:45-46

45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is a merchant seeking goodly pearls:

46 and having found one pearl of great price, he went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

 

(d)   The Parable of the Net       

Matthew 13:47-50

47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:

48 which, when it was filled, they drew up on the beach; and they sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but the bad they cast away.

49 So shall it be in the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the righteous,

50 and shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.

 

(e)   The Parable of the Householder      

Matthew 13:51-53

51 Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea.

52 And he said unto them, Therefore every scribe who has been made a disciple to the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is a householder, who brings forth out of his treasure things new and old.

53 And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence.

 

§ 58. CROSSING THE LAKE, JESUS STILLS THE TEMPEST

 

Matthew 8:18

18 Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandments to depart unto the other side.

Matthew 8:23-27

23 And when he was entered into a boat, his disciples followed him.

24 And behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the boat was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.

 

25 And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Save, Lord; we perish.

26 And he said unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

 

 

27 And the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?

Mark 4:35-41

35 And on that day, when even was come, he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side.

36 And leaving the multitude, they take him with them, even as he was, in the boat. And other boats were with him.

37 And there arises a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the boat, insomuch that the boat was now filling.

38 And he himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion: and they awake him, and say unto him, Teacher, do you not care that we perish?

39 And he awoke, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

40 And he said unto them, Why are ye fearful? have ye not yet faith?

41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

Luke 8:22-25

22 Now it came to pass on one of those days, that he entered into a boat, himself and his disciples; and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake: and they launched forth.

23 But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filling (with water), and were in jeopardy.

24 And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, We perish. And he awoke, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.

 

 

25 And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And being afraid they marvelled, saying one to another, Who then is this, that he commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him?

 

§ 59. BEYOND THE LAKE JESUS HEALS THE GERASENE DEMONIAC

 

Matthew 8:28-34

28 And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gadarenes, there met him two possessed with demons, coming forth out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man could pass by that way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark 5:1-20

1 And they came to the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gerasenes.

2 And when he was come out of the boat, straightway there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,

3 who had his dwelling in the tombs: and no man could any more bind him, no, not with a chain;

4 because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been rent asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: and no man had strength to tame him.

5 And always, night and day, in the tombs and in the mountains, he was crying out, and cutting himself with stones. 

Luke 8:26-39

26 And they arrived at the country of the Gerasenes, which is over against Galilee.

27 And when he was come forth upon the land, there met him a certain man out of the city, who had demons; and for a long time he had worn no clothes, and abode not in (any) house, but in the tombs.

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew 8

 

 

29 And behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with you, you Son of God? are you come hither to torment us before the time?

 

 

Mark 5

6 And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshipped him;

7 and crying out with a loud voice, he said, What have I to do with you, Jesus, you Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, torment me not.

 

 

 

 

 

Mark 5

8 For he said unto him, Come forth, you unclean spirit, out of the man.

9 And he asked him, What is your name? And he said unto him, My name is Legion; for we are many.

10 And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country.

Luke 8

28 And when he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with you, Jesus, you Son of the Most High God? I beseech you, torment me not.

29 For he was commanding the unclean spirit to come out from the man. For oftentimes it had seized him: and he was kept under guard, and bound with chains and fetters; and breaking the bands asunder, he was driven of the demon into the deserts.

30 And Jesus asked him, What is your name? And he said, Legion. (for many demons were entered into him.)

31 And they intreated him that he would not command them to depart into the abyss.

Matthew 8

30 Now there was afar off from them a herd of many swine feeding.

31 And the demons besought him, saying, If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of swine.

32 And he said unto them, Go. And they came out, and went into the swine: and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep into the sea, and perished in the waters.

 

 

33 And they that fed them fled, and went away into the city, and told everything, and what was befallen to them that were possessed with demons.

 

34 And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought (him) that he would depart from their borders.

 

Mark 5

11 Now there was there on the mountain side a great herd of swine feeding.

12 And they besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.

13 And he gave them leave. And the unclean spirits came out, and entered into the swine: and the herd rushed down the steep into the sea, (in number) about two thousand; and they were drowned in the sea.

14 And they that fed them fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they came to see what it was that had come to pass.

 

15 And they come to Jesus, and behold him that was possessed with demons sitting, clothed and in his right mind, (even) him that had the legion: and they were afraid.

 Luke 8

32 Now there was there a herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they entreated him that he would give them leave to enter into them. And he gave them leave.

33 And the demons came out from the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd rushed down the steep into the lake, and were drowned.

 

 

34 And when they that fed them saw what had come to pass, they fled, and told it in the city and in the country.

35 And they went out to see what had come to pass; and they came to Jesus, and found the man, from whom the demons were gone out, sitting, clothed and in his right mind, at the feet of Jesus: and they were afraid.

 

Mark 5

16 And they that saw it declared unto them how it befell him that was possessed with demons, and concerning the swine.

17 And they began to beseech him to depart from their borders.

18 And as he was entering into the boat, he that had been possessed with demons besought him that he might be with him.

19 And he suffered him not, but said unto him, Go to your house unto your friends, and tell them how great things the Lord has done for you, and (how) he had mercy on you.

20 And he went his way, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men marvelled.

Luke 8

36 And they that saw it told them how he that was possessed with demons was made whole.

37 And all the people of the country of the Gerasenes round about asked him to depart from them; for they were holden with great fear: and he entered into a boat, and returned.

38 But the man from whom the demons were gone out prayed him that he might be with him: but he sent him away, saying,

39 Return to your house, and declare how great things God has done for you. And he went his way, publishing throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done for him.

 

§ 60.  HEALING JAIRUS’ DAUGHTER AND THE WOMAN WHO TOUCHED CHRIST’S GARMENT

 

(1) Ruler's appeal for daughter's healing

Matthew 9: [1] 18-26

{1 And he entered into a boat, and crossed over, and came into his own city.}

 

18 While he spoke these things unto them, behold, there came a ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay your hand upon her, and she shall live.

19 And Jesus arose, and followed him, and (so did) his disciples.

 

 

 

Mark 5:21-43

21 And when Jesus had crossed over again in the boat unto the other side, a great multitude was gathered unto him; and he was by the sea.

22 And there comes one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and seeing him, he falls at his feet,

23 and beseeches him much, saying, My little daughter is at the point of death: (I pray you), that you come and lay your hands on her, that she may be made whole, and live.

24 And he went with him; and a great multitude followed him, and they thronged him

Luke 8:40-56

40 And as Jesus returned, the multitude welcomed him; for they were all waiting for him.

 

41 And behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought him to come into his house;

42 for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying. But as he went the multitudes thronged him.

 

 

 

(2) Woman touched his garment healed

Matthew 9;20-22

20 And behold, a woman, who had an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the border of his garment:

 

 

 

 

 

21 for she said within herself, If I do but touch his garment, I shall be made whole.

 

 

 

22 But Jesus turning and seeing her said, Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.

Mark 5:25-34

25 And a woman, who had an issue of blood twelve years,

26 and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,

27 having heard the things concerning Jesus, came in the crowd behind, and touched his garment.

28 For she said, If I touch but his garments, I shall be made whole.

29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her plague.

30 And straightway Jesus, perceiving in himself that the power (proceeding) from him had gone forth, turned him about in the crowd, and said, Who touched my garments?

31 And his disciples said unto him, You see the multitude thronging you, and you say, Who touched me?

32 And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.

33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what had been done to her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.

34 And he said unto her, Daughter, your faith has made you whole; go in peace, and be whole of your plague.

Luke 8:43-48

43 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, who had spent all her living upon physicians, and could not be healed of any,

 

 

 

44 came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately the issue of her blood stanched.

 

 

 

 

45 And Jesus said, Who is it that touched me? And when all denied, Peter said, and they that were with him, Master, the multitudes press you and crush (you).

46 But Jesus said, Some one did touch me; for I perceived that power had gone forth from me.

 

 

47 And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people for what cause she touched him, and how she was healed immediately.

48 And he said unto her, Daughter, your faith has made you whole; go in peace.

 

      (3) Ruler's daughter healed

Matthew 9:23-26

23 And when Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the flute-players, and the crowd making a tumult,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24 he said, Give place: for the damsel is not dead, but sleeps. And they laughed him to scorn.

 

25 But when the crowd was put forth, he entered in, and took her by the hand; and the damsel arose.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26 And the fame hereof went forth into all that land.

Mark 5:35-43

35 While he yet spoke, they come from the ruler of the synagogue's (house) saying, Your daughter is dead: why do you trouble the Teacher any further?

36 But Jesus, not heeding the word spoken, said unto the ruler of the synagogue, Fear not, only believe.

 

37 And he suffered no man to follow with him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James.

38 And they come to the house of the ruler of the synagogue; and he beholds a tumult, and (many) weeping and wailing greatly.

39 And when he was entered in, he said unto them, Why make ye a tumult, and weep? the child is not dead, but sleeps.

40 And they laughed him to scorn.

 

But he, having put them all forth, takes the father of the child and her mother and them that were with him, and goes in where the child was.

41 And taking the child by the hand, he said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto you, Arise.

42 And straightway the damsel rose up, and walked; for she was twelve years old. And they were amazed straightway with a great amazement.

43 And he charged them much that no man should know this: and he commanded that (something) should be given her to eat.

Luke 8:49-56

49 While he yet spoke, there comes one from the ruler of the synagogue's (house), saying, Your daughter is dead; trouble not the Teacher.

50 But Jesus hearing it, answered him, Fear not: only believe, and she shall be made whole.

51 And when he came to the house, he suffered not any man to enter in with him, save Peter, and John, and James, and the father of the maiden and her mother.

 

 

 

 

52 And all were weeping, and bewailing her: but he said, Weep not; for she is not dead, but sleeps.

 

 

53 And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead.

54 But he, taking her by the hand, called, saying,

Maiden, arise.

55 And her spirit returned, and she rose up immediately: and he commanded that (something) be given her to eat.

56 And her parents were amazed: but he charged them to tell no man what had been done.

 

§ 61. TWO BLIND MEN AND A DUMB DEMONIAC HEALED.  BLASPHEMOUS ACCUSATION

 

Matthew 9:27-34

27 And as Jesus passed by from thence, two blind men followed him, crying out, and saying, Have mercy on us, you son of David.

28 And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus said unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They say unto him, Yea, Lord.

29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it done unto you.

30 And their eyes were opened. And Jesus strictly charged them, saying, See that no man know it.

31 But they went forth, and spread abroad his fame in all that land.

32 And as they went forth, behold, there was brought to him a dumb man possessed with a demon.

33 And when the demon was cast out, the dumb man spoke: and the multitudes marveled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel.

34 But the Pharisees said, By the prince of the demons he casts out demons.

 

§ 62. SECOND REJECTION AT NAZARETH

       

Matthew 13:54-58

 

54 And coming into his own country he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence has this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?

 

55 Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joseph, and Simon, and Judas?

56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then has this man all these things?

57 And they were offended in him.

But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country, and in his own house.

 

58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

Mark 6:1-6

1 And he went out from thence; and he comes into his own country; and his disciples follow him.

2 And when the sabbath was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, Whence has this man these things? and, What is the wisdom that is given unto this man, and (what mean) such mighty works wrought by his hands?

3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James, and Joses, and Judas, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us?

 

And they were offended in him.

4 And Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.

5 And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.

6 And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages teaching.

 

§ 63. THIRD TOUR OF GALILEE BEGUN

 

Matthew 9:35

 And Jesus went about all the cities and the villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of disease and all manner of sickness.

Mark 6:6 (b)

And he went round about the villages teaching.

 

 

§ 64. THE MISSION OF THE TWELVE

 

Pray for the harvest

Matthew 9:36-38

36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion for them, because they were distressed and scattered, as sheep not having a shepherd.

37 Then said he unto his disciples, The harvest indeed is plenteous, but the laborers are few.

38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he send forth laborers into his harvest.

 

 

 

 

Calling the twelve

Mat. 10:1-4

1 And he called unto him his twelve disciples, and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of disease and all manner of sickness.

2 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the (son) of Zebedee, and John his brother;

3 Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and  (son) of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus;

4 Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.

Matthew the publican; James the

Mark 6:7

7 And he calls unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and he gave them authority over the unclean spirits;

 

{Mark 3:16-19

16 and Simon he surnamed Peter;

17 and James the (son) of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and them he surnamed Boanerges, which is, Sons of thunder:

18 and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the (son) of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus, and Simon the Cananaean,

19 and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.}

 

Luke 9:1

1 And he called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases.

 

{Luke 6:14-16

14 Simon, whom he also named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James and John, and Philip and Bartholomew,

15 and Matthew and Thomas, and James (the son) of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot,

16 and Judas (the son) of James,

and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor; ]

{Acts 1:13

13 And when they were come in, they went up into the upper chamber, where they were abiding; both Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James (the son) of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas (the son) of James.}

 

 

Commission of the Twelve

Matthew 10:5—11:1

5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and charged them, saying, Go not into (any) way of the Gentiles, and enter not into any city of the Samaritans:

6 but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons: freely ye received, freely give.

9 Get you no gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses;

10 no wallet for (your) journey, neither two coats, nor shoes, nor staff: for the laborer is worthy of his food.

11 And into whatsoever city or village ye shall enter, search out who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go forth.

12 And as ye enter into the house, salute it.

13 And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.

Mark 6:8-13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 and he charged them that they should take nothing for (their) journey, save a staff only; no bread, no wallet, no money in their purse;

9 but (to go) shod with sandals: and, (said he), put not on two coats.

10 And he said unto them, Wherever ye enter into a house, there abide till ye depart thence.

11 And whatsoever place shall not receive you, and they hear you not, as ye go forth thence, shake off the dust that is under your feet for a testimony unto them.

Luke 9:2-6

2 And he sent them forth to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.

3 And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staff, nor wallet, nor bread, nor money; neither have two coats.

 

 

 

4 And into whatsoever house ye enter, there abide, and thence depart.

5 And as many as receive you not, when ye depart from that city, shake off the dust from your feet for a testimony against them.

 

Matthew 10:14-42

14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, as ye go forth out of that house or that city, shake off the dust of your feet.

15 Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city.

16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to councils, and in theirs synagogues they will scourge you;

18 yea and before governors and kings shall ye be brought for my sake, for a testimony to them and to the Gentiles.

19 But when they deliver you up, be not anxious how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that hour what ye shall speak.

20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father that speaks in you.

21 And brother shall deliver up brother to death, and the father his child: and children shall rise up against parents, and cause them to be put to death.

22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endures to the end, the same shall be saved.

23 But when they persecute you in this city, flee into the next: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone through the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.

24 A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his lord.

25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his teacher, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more them of his household!

26 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.

27 What I tell you in the darkness, speak ye in the light; and what ye hear in the ear, proclaim upon the house-tops.

28 And be not afraid of them that kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? and not one of them shall fall on the ground without your Father:

30 but the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

31 Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.

32 Every one therefore who shall confess me before men, him will I also confess before my Father who is in heaven.

33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father who is in heaven.

34 Think not that I came to send peace on the earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

35 For I came to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law:

36 and a man's foes (shall be) they of his own household.

37 He that loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he that loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

38 And he that does not take his cross and follow after me, is not worthy of me.

39 He that finds his life shall lose it; and he that loses his life for my sake shall find it.

40 He that receives you receives me, and he that receives me receives him that sent me.

41 He that receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward: and he that receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward.

42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only, in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you he shall in no wise lose his reward.

 

Matthew 11:1

 11:1 And it came to pass when Jesus had finished commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and preach in their cities.

 

Mark 6:12-13

12 And they went out, and preached that (men) should repent.

13 And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.

Luke 9:6

6 And they departed, and went throughout the villages, preaching the gospel, and healing everywhere.

 

 

§ 65.  FEARS OF HEROD ANTIPAS ABOUT JESUS BECAUSE HE HAD BEHEADED THE BAP­TIST

 

 Matthew 14:1-12

1 At that season Herod the tetrarch heard the report concerning Jesus,

2 and said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore do these powers work in him.

 

 

 

 

 

3 For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife.

4 For John said unto him, It is not lawful for you to have her.

5 And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced in the midst, and pleased Herod.

7 Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she should ask.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 And she, being put forward by her mother, said, Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.

9 And the king was grieved; but for the sake of his oaths, and of them that sat at meat with him, he commanded it to be given;

 

10 and he sent and beheaded John in the prison.

11 And his head was brought on a platter, and given to the damsel: and she brought it to her mother.

 

 

 

12 And his disciples came, and took up the corpse, and buried him; and they went and told Jesus.

Mark 6:14-29

14 And king Herod heard (thereof); for his name had become known: and he said, John the Baptizer is risen from the dead, and therefore do these powers work in him.

15 But others said, It is Elijah. And others said, (It is) a prophet, (even) as one of the prophets.

16 But Herod, when he heard (thereof), said, John, whom I beheaded, he is risen.

17 For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife; for he had married her.

18 For John said unto Herod, It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife. [Lev 20:21]

19 And Herodias set herself against him, and desired to kill him; and she could not;

20 for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and kept him safe. And when he heard him, he was much perplexed; and he heard him gladly.

21 And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, and the high captains, and the chief men of Galilee;

22 and when the daughter of Herodias herself came in and danced, she pleased Herod and them that sat at meat with him; and the king said unto the damsel, Ask of me whatsoever you will, and I will give it you.

23 And he sware unto her, Whatsoever you shall ask of me, I will give it you, unto the half of my kingdom.

24 And she went out, and said unto her mother, What shall I ask? And she said, The head of John the Baptizer.

25 And she came in straightway with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, I will that you right now, give me on a platter the head of John the Baptist.

26 And the king was exceeding sorry; but for the sake of his oaths, and of them that sat at meat, he would not reject her.

27 And straightway the king sent forth a soldier of his guard, and commanded to bring his head: and he went and beheaded him in the prison,

28 and brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the damsel; and the damsel gave it to her mother.

29 And when his disciples heard (thereof), they came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb.

Luke 9:7-9

7 Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done: and he was much perplexed, because that it was said by some, that John was risen from the dead;

8 and by some, that Elijah had appeared; and by others, that one of the old prophets was risen again.

9 And Herod said, John I beheaded: but who is this, about whom I hear such things? And he sought to see him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

[see Josephus 18, 5, 4]

 

§ 66.  FEEDING OF THE FIVE THOUSAND

 

Apostles report back and they retire to a desert place

Matthew 14:13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13 Now when Jesus heard (it), he withdrew from thence in a boat, to a desert place apart: and when the multitudes heard (thereof,) they followed him on foot from the cities.

 

Mark 6:30-33

30 And the apostles gather themselves together unto Jesus; and they told him all things, whatsoever they had done, and whatsoever they had taught.

31 And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while. For there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.

32 And they went away in the boat to a desert place apart.

33 And (the people) saw them going, and many knew (them), and they ran together there on foot from all the cities, and outwent them.

Luke 9:10-11

10 And the apostles, when they were returned, declared unto him what things they had done. And he took them, and withdrew apart to a city, called Bethsaida.

 

 

 

 

 

 

11 But the multitudes perceiving it followed him: and he welcomed them, and spoke to them of the kingdom of God, and them that had need of healing he cured.

 

 

 

John 6:1-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 After these things Jesus went away to the other side of the sea of Galilee, which is (the sea) of Tiberias.

2 And a great multitude followed him, because they beheld the signs which he did on them that were sick.

3 And Jesus went up into the mountain, and there he sat with his disciples.

4 Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand.

 

Feeding five thousand men

Matthew 14:14-21

14 And he came forth, and saw a great multitude, and he had compassion on them, and healed their sick.

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew 14:15 And when even was come, the disciples came to him, saying, The place is desert, and the time is already past; send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves food.

16 But Jesus said unto them, They have no need to go away; give ye them to eat.

17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.

18 And he said, Bring them hither to me.

 

 

 

Matthew 14:19 And he commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass;

 

 

 

and he took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake and gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples to the multitudes.

 

 

Matthew 14:20 And they all ate, and were filled: and they took up that which remained over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full.

21 And they that did eat were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

 

Mark 6:34-44

34 And he came forth and saw a great multitude, and he had compassion on them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.

35 And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, The place is desert, and the day is now far spent;

36 send them away, that they may go into the country and villages round about, and buy themselves somewhat to eat.

37 But he answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred shillings' worth of bread, and give them to eat?

38 And he said unto them, How many loaves have ye? go (and) see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes.

39 And he commanded them that all should sit down by companies upon the green grass.

40 And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.

41 And he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake the loaves; and he gave to the disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all.

42 And they all ate, and were filled.

 

Mark 6:43 And they took up broken pieces, twelve basketfuls, and also of the fishes.

44 And they that ate the loaves were five thousand men.

 

Luke 9:12-17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luke 9:12 And the day began to wear away; and the twelve came, and said unto him, Send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages and country round about, and lodge, and get provisions: for we are here in a desert place.

13 But he said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they said, We have no more than five loaves and two fishes; except we should go and buy food for all this people.

 

 

 

Luke 9:14 For they were about five thousand men. And he said unto his disciples, Make them sit down in companies, about fifty each.

15 And they did so, and made them all sit down.

16 And he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake; and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude.

 

Luke 9:17 And they ate, and were all filled: and there was taken up that which remained over to them of broken pieces, twelve baskets.

John 6:5-13

 Jesus therefore lifting up his eyes, and seeing that a great multitude comes unto him, said unto Philip, Whence are we to buy bread, that these may eat?

6 And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.

7 Philip answered him, Two hundred shillings' worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one may take a little.

8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said unto him,

9 There is a lad here, who has five barley loaves, and two fishes: but what are these among so many?

 

 

 

 

 

 

John 6:10 Jesus said, Make the people sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.

 

 

 

11 Jesus therefore took the loaves; and having given thanks, he distributed to them that were set down; likewise also of the fishes as much as they would.

John 6:12 And when they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the broken pieces which remain over, that nothing be lost.

13 So they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with broken pieces from the five barley loaves, which remained over unto them that had eaten.

 

 Jesus goes up into a mountain to pray

Matthew 14:22-23

22 And straightway he constrained the disciples to enter into the boat, and to go before him unto the other side, till he should send the multitudes away.

23 And after he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into the mountain apart to pray: and when even was come, he was there alone.

Mark 6:45-46

45 And straightway he constrained his disciples to enter into the boat, and to go before (him) unto the other side to Bethsaida, while he himself sends the multitude away.

46 And after he had taken leave of them, he departed into the mountain to pray.

 

John 6:14-15

14 When therefore the people saw the sign which he did, they said, This is of a truth the prophet that comes into the world.

15 Jesus therefore perceiving that they were about to come and take him by force, to make him king, withdrew again into the mountain himself alone.

 

§ 67. WALKING ON WATER

 

Walking on water

Matthew 14:24-33

24 But the boat was now in the midst of the sea, distressed by the waves; for the wind was contrary.

 

 

25 And in the fourth watch of the night he came unto them, walking upon the sea.

26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a ghost; and they cried out for fear.

27 But straightway Jesus spoke unto them, saying Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.

28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be you, bid me come unto you upon the waters.

29 And he said, Come. And Peter went down from the boat, and walked upon the waters to come to Jesus.

30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, Lord, save me.

31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and took hold of him, and said unto him, O you of little faith, wherefore didst you doubt?

32 And when they were gone up into the boat, the wind ceased.

33 And they that were in the boat worshipped him, saying, Of a truth you are the Son of God.

 

Mark 6:47-52

47 And when even was come, the boat was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land.

48 And seeing them distressed in rowing, for the wind was contrary unto them, about the fourth watch of the night he comes unto them, walking on the sea; and he would have passed by them:

49 but they, when they saw him walking on the sea, supposed that it was a ghost, and cried out;

50 for they all saw him, and were troubled. But he straightway spoke with them, and said unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark 6:51 And he went up unto them into the boat; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves;

52 for they understood not concerning the loaves, but their heart was hardened.

John 6:16-21

16 And when evening came, his disciples went down unto the sea;

17 and they entered into a boat, and were going over the sea unto Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.

18 And the sea was rising by reason of a great wind that blew.

19 When therefore they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they behold Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the boat: and they were afraid.

 

20 But he said unto them, It is I; be not afraid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John 6:21 They were willing therefore to receive him into the boat: and straightway the boat was at the land where they were going.

 

 

The Reception At Gennesaret

Matthew 14:34-36

34 And when they had crossed over, they came to the land, unto Gennesaret.

 

35 And when the men of that place knew him, they sent into all that region round about, and brought unto him all that were sick,

 

 

 

36 and they besought him that they might only touch the border of his garment: and as many as touched were made whole.

Mark 6:53-56

53 And when they had crossed over, they came to the land unto Gennesaret, and moored to the shore.

54 And when they were come out of the boat, straightway (the people) knew him,

55 and ran round about that whole region, and began to carry about on their beds those that were sick, where they heard he was.

56 And wherever he entered, into villages, or into cities, or into the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole.

 

§  68. DISCOURSE ON THE BREAD OF LIFE-- AT CAPERNAUM

         

John 6:22-71

22 On the morrow the multitude that stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other boat there, save one, and that Jesus entered not with his disciples into the boat, but (that) his disciples went away alone

23 (howbeit there came boats from Tiberias nigh unto the place where they ate the bread after the Lord had given thanks):

24 when the multitude therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they themselves got into the boats, and came to Capernaum, seeking Jesus.

25 And when they found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when came you hither?

26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw signs, but because ye ate of the loaves, and were filled.

27 Work not for the food which perishes, but for the food which abides unto eternal life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him the Father, even God, has sealed.

28 They said therefore unto him, What must we do, that we may work the works of God?

29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he has sent.

30 They said therefore unto him, What then do you for a sign, that we may see, and believe you? what do you work?

31 Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, He gave them bread out of heaven to eat. [Ex 6:4-15; Neh 9:15]

32 Jesus therefore said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, It was not Moses that gave you the bread out of heaven; but my Father gives you the true bread out of heaven.

33 For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life unto the world.

34 They said therefore unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.

35 Jesus said unto them. I am the bread of life: he that comes to me shall not hunger, and he that believes on me shall never thirst.

36 But I said unto you, that ye have seen me, and yet believe not.

37 All that which the Father gives me shall come unto me; and him that comes to me I will in no wise cast out.

38 For I am come down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

39 And this is the will of him that sent me, that of all that which he has given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.  [John 5:28-29; 6:40, 44; 1Thes 4:16; Rom 8:11; 1Cor 15:51-52; Rev 1:7]

40 For this is the will of my Father, that every one that beholds the Son, and believes on him, should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.

41 The Jews therefore murmured concerning him, because he said, I am the bread which came down out of heaven.

42 And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? [Mat 13:55-56; Mark 6:3] how does he now say, I am come down out of heaven?

43 Jesus answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves.

44 No man can come to me, except the Father that sent me draw him: and I will raise him up in the last day.

45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall all be taught of God. [Isa 54:13; Isa 2:3; Mic 4:2] Every one that has heard from the Father, and has learned, comes unto me.

46 Not that any man has seen the Father, save he that is from God, he has seen the Father.

47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes has eternal life.

48 I am the bread of life.

49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness [Ex 16], and they died.

50 This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.

51 I am the living bread which came down out of heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: yea and the bread which I will give is my flesh, for the life of the world.

52 The Jews therefore strove one with another, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?

53 Jesus therefore said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, ye have not life in yourselves.

54 He that eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.

56 He that eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.

57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father; so he that eats me, he also shall live because of me.

58 This is the bread which came down out of heaven: not as the fathers ate, and died; he that eats this bread shall live for ever.

59 These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.

60 Many therefore of his disciples, when they heard (this), said, This is a hard saying; who can hear it?

61 But Jesus knowing in himself that his disciples murmured at this, said unto them, Does this cause you to stumble?

62 (What) then if ye should behold the Son of man ascending where he was before?

63 It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh profits nothing: the words that I have spoken unto you are spirit, and are life.

64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who it was that should betray him.

65 And he said, For this cause have I said unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it be given unto him of the Father.

66 Upon this many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

67 Jesus said therefore unto the twelve, Would ye also go away?

68 Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? you have the words of eternal life.

69 And we have believed and know that you are the Holy One of God.

70 Jesus answered them, Did not I choose you the twelve, and one of you is a devil?

71 Now he spoke of Judas (the son) of Simon Iscariot, for he it was that should betray him, (being) one of the twelve.

 

§ 69. DISCOURSE ON EATING WITH UNWASHED HANDS

Matthew 15:1-20

 

1 Then there come to Jesus from Jerusalem Pharisees and scribes, saying,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Why do your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.

3 And he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition?

4 For God said, Honor your father and your mother: and, He that speaks evil of father or mother, let him die the death. [Ex. 20:12]

5 But ye say, whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, That wherewith you might have been profited by me is given (to God);

6 he shall not honor his father. And ye have made void the word of God because of your tradition.

 

 

 

 

 

7 Ye hypocrites, well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying, [Isa 29:13]

8 This people honors me with their lips; But their heart is far from me.

9 But in vain do they worship me, Teaching (as their) doctrines the precepts of men.

 

 

 

10 And he called to him the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand:

 

11 Not that which enters into the mouth defiles the man; but that which proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man.

 

 

12 Then came the disciples, and said unto him, Know you that the Pharisees were offended, when they heard this saying?

13 But he answered and said, Every plant which my heavenly Father did not plant, shall be rooted up.

14 Let them alone: they are blind guides. And if the blind guide the blind, both shall fall into a pit.

 

15 And Peter answered and said unto him, Declare unto us the parable.

16 And he said, Are ye also even yet without understanding?

17 Perceive ye not, that whatsoever goes into the mouth passes into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?

 

 

 

18 But the things which proceed out of the mouth come forth out of the heart; and they defile the man.

19 For out of the heart come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, railings:

20 these are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands defiles not the man.

 

Mark 7:1-23

1 And there are gathered together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, who had come from Jerusalem,

2 and had seen that some of his disciples ate their bread with defiled, that is, unwashed, hands.

3 (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands diligently, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders;

4 and (when they come) from the market-place, except they bathe themselves, they eat not; and many other things there are, which they have received to hold, washings of cups, and pots, and brazen vessels.)

5 And the Pharisees and the scribes ask him, Why walk not your disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat their bread with defiled hands?

 

9 And he said unto them, Full well do ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your tradition.

10 For Moses said, Honor your father and your mother; and, He that speaks evil of father or mother, let him die the death:

11 but ye say, If a man shall say to his father or his mother, That wherewith you might have been profited by me is Corban, that is to say, Given (to God);

12 ye no longer suffer him to do aught for his father or his mother;

13 making void the word of God by your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things ye do.

6 And he said unto them, Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honors me with their lips, But their heart is far from me.

7 But in vain do they worship me, Teaching (as their) doctrines the precepts of men.

8 Ye leave the commandment of God, and hold fast the tradition of men.

14 And he called to him the multitude again, and said unto them, Hear me all of you, and understand:

15 there is nothing from without the man, that going into him can defile him; but the things which proceed out of the man are those that defile the man.

16 (If any man has ears to hear, let him hear.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17 And when he was entered into the house from the multitude, his disciples asked of him the parable.

18 And he said unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Perceive ye not, that whatsoever from without goes into the man, (it) cannot defile him;

19 because it goes not into his heart, but into his belly, and goes out into the draught? (This he said), making all meats clean.

20 And he said, That which proceeds out of the man, that defiles the man.

21 For from within, out of the heart of men, evil thoughts proceed, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries,

22 covetings, wickednesses, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, railing, pride, foolishness:

23 all these evil things proceed from within, and defile the man.

 

 

PART VI

THIRD PERIOD OF GALILEAN MINISTRY

From the Withdrawal Into Northern Galilee Until The Final Departure

 

§ 70. JOURNEY TOWARD TYRE AND SIDON AND HEALING OF THE DAUGHTER OF A SYRO-PHOENICIAN WOMAN

 

Matthew 15:21-28

21 And Jesus went out thence, and withdrew into the parts of Tyre and Sidon.

 

22 And behold, a Canaanitish woman came out from those borders, and cried, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, you son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a demon.

23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she cries after us.

24 But he answered and said, I was not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

25 But she came and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.

26 And he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread and cast it to the dogs.

27 But she said, Yea, Lord: for even the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.

 

28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is your faith: be it done unto you even as you will. And her daughter was healed from that hour.

Mark 7:24-30

24 And from thence he arose, and went away into the borders of Tyre and Sidon. And he entered into a house, and would have no man know it; and he could not be hid.

25 But straightway a woman, whose little daughter had an unclean spirit, having heard of him, came and fell down at his feet.

 

 

 

26 Now the woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by race. And she besought him that he would cast forth the demon out of her daughter.

27 And he said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's bread and cast it to the dogs.

28 But she answered and said unto him, Yea, Lord; even the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs.

29 And he said unto her, For this saying go your way; the demon is gone out of your daughter.

30 And she went away unto her house, and found the child laid upon the bed, and the demon gone out.

 

§ 71.  RETURN THROUGH DECAPOLIS; MANY MIRACLES OF HEALING

 

Matthew 15:29-31

29 And Jesus departed thence, and came nigh unto the sea of Galilee; and he went up into the mountain, and sat there.

30 And there came unto him great multitudes, having with them the lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and they cast them down at this feet; and he healed them:

31 insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb speaking, the maimed whole, and lame walking, and the blind seeing: and they glorified the God of Israel.

 

Mark 7:31-37

31 And again he went out from the borders of Tyre, and came through Sidon unto the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the borders of Decapolis.

32 And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech him to lay his hand upon him.

33 And he took him aside from the multitude privately, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat, and touched his tongue;

34 and looking up to heaven, he sighed, and said unto him, Ephphasa, that is, Be opened.

35 And his ears were opened, and the bond of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plain.

36 And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it.

37 And they were beyond measure astonished, saying, He has done all things well; he makes even the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.

 

§ 72.  THE FEEDING OF THE FOUR THOUSAND

 

Matthew 15:32-38

 

32 And Jesus called unto him his disciples, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days and have nothing to eat: and I would not send them away fasting, lest haply they faint on the way.

 

 

 

33 And the disciples say unto him, Whence should we have so many loaves in a desert place as to fill so great a multitude?

34 And Jesus said unto them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few small fishes.

35 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground;

36 and he took the seven loaves and the fishes; and he gave thanks and brake, and gave to the disciples, and the disciples to the multitudes.

37 And they all ate, and were filled: and they took up that which remained over of the broken pieces, seven baskets full.

38 And they that did eat were four thousand men, besides women and children.

Mark 8:1-9

1 In those days, when there was again a great multitude, and they had nothing to eat, he called unto him his disciples, and said unto them,

2 I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat:

3 and if I send them away fasting to their home, they will faint on the way; and some of them are come from far.

4 And his disciples answered him, Whence shall one be able to fill these men with bread here in a desert place?

5 And he asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven.

6 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and having given thanks, he brake, and gave to his disciples, to set before them; and they set them before the multitude.

7 And they had a few small fishes: and having blessed them, he commanded to set these also before them.

8 And they ate, and were filled: and they took up, of broken pieces that remained over, seven baskets.

9 And they were about four thousand: and he sent them away.

 

 

§ 73. PHARISEES AND SADDUCEES DEMAND SIGN NEAR MAGADAN/DALMANUTHA

 

Matthew 15:39--16:4

39 And he sent away the multitudes, and entered into the boat, and came into the borders of Magadan.

 

Matthew 16:1-4

1 And the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and trying him asked him to show them a sign from heaven.

2 But he answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, (It will be) fair weather: for the heaven is red.

3 And in the morning, (It will be) foul weather to-day: for the heaven is red and lowering. Ye know how to discern the face of the heaven; but ye cannot (discern) the signs of the times.

4 An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of Jonah. And he left them, and departed.

Mark 8:10-13

10 And straightway he entered into the boat with his disciples, and came into the parts of Dalmanutha.

 

 

11 And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, trying him.

 

 

 

 

12 And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and said, Why does this generation seek a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation.

13 And he left them, and again entering into (the boat) departed to the other side.

 

Fourth Retirement To Bethsaida Julias In The Tetrarchy Of Herod Philip. Rebuke of the Disciples slowness to understand

 

Matthew 16:5-12

 

 

5 And the disciples came to the other side and forgot to take bread.

6 And Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

7 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, We took no bread.

8 And Jesus perceiving it said, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have no bread?

9 Do ye not yet perceive, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?

 

 

 

10 Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?

11 How is it that ye do not perceive that I spoke not to you concerning bread? But beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

12 Then understood they that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

Mark 8:13-26

{13 And he left them, and again entering into (the boat) departed to the other side.}

14 And they forgot to take bread; and they had not in the boat with them more than one loaf.

15 And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.

16 And they reasoned one with another, saying, We have no bread.

17 And Jesus perceiving it said unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? do ye not yet perceive, neither understand? have ye your heart hardened?

18 Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?

19 When I brake the five loaves among the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve.

20 And when the seven among the four thousand, how many basketfuls of broken pieces took ye up? And they say unto him, Seven.

21 And he said unto them, Do ye not yet understand?

 

 

§ 74. THE BLIND MAN NEAR BETHSAIDA

 

Mark 8:22-26

22 And they come unto Bethsaida. And they bring to him a blind man, and beseech him to touch him.

23 And he took hold of the blind man by the hand, and brought him out of the village; and when he had spit on his eyes, and laid his hands upon him, he asked him, Do you see anything?

24 And he looked up, and said, I see men; for I behold (them) as trees, walking.

25 Then again he laid his hands upon his eyes; and he looked steadfastly, and was restored, and saw all things clearly.

26 And he sent him away to his home, saying, Do not even enter into the village.

 

§ 75. PETER’S CONFESSION AT CAESAREA PHILIPPI

 

Matthew 16:13-20

13 Now when Jesus came into the parts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Who do men say that the Son of man is?

14 And they said, Some (say) John the Baptist; some, Elijah; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.

15 He said unto them, But who say ye that I am?

16 And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.

17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah: for flesh and blood has +not revealed it unto you, but my Father who is in heaven.

18 And I also say unto you, that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

19 I will give unto you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

20 Then charged he the disciples that they should tell no man that he was the Christ.

Mark 8:27-30

27 And Jesus went forth, and his disciples, into the villages of Caesarea Philippi: and on the way he asked his disciples, saying unto them, Who do men say that I am?

28 And they told him, saying, John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but others, One of the prophets.

29 And he asked them, But who say ye that I am? Peter answeres and said unto him, You are the Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[“rock” = Greek: “petra” 1Cor 10:4; 1Pet 2:4-8; Rom 9:32-33; Mat 7:24-25; cf. 1Cor 3:11; Mat. 21:42-44; Acts 4:11; Eph 2:20; Ps 118:22; Isa 28:16; 8:14]

 

 

 

 

30 And he charged them that they should tell no man of him.

 

Luke 9:18-21

18 And it came to pass, as he was praying apart, the disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Who do the multitudes say that I am?

19 And they answering said, John the Baptist; but others (say), Elijah; and others, that one of the old prophets is risen again.

20 And he said unto them, But who say ye that I am? And Peter answering said, The Christ of God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21 But he charged them, and commanded (them) to tell this to no man;

 

§ 76.  JESUS FORETELLS HIS DEATH AND RESURRECTION

       

Matthew 16:21-26

21 From that time began Jesus to show unto his disciples, that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and the third day be raised up.

 

22 And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from you, Lord: this shall never be unto you.

23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get you behind me, Satan: you are a stumbling-block unto me: for you mind not the things of God, but the things of men.

24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man would come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

 

25 For whosoever would save his life shall lose it: and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake shall find it.

 

 

26 For what shall a man be profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and forfeit his life? or what shall a man give in exchange for his life?

 

Mark 8:31-37

31 And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders, and the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.

32 And he spoke the saying openly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him.

 

33 But he turning about, and seeing his disciples, rebuked Peter, and said, Get you behind me, Satan; for you mind not the things of God, but the things of men.

34 And he called unto him the multitude with his disciples, and said unto them, If any man would come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

35 For whosoever would save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's shall save it.

36 For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world, and forfeit his life?

37 For what should a man give in exchange for his life?

Luke 9:22-25

22 saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and the third day raise up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23 And he said unto all, If any man would come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

 

24 For whosoever would save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

25 For what is a man profited, if he gain the whole world, and lose or forfeit his own self?

 

 

The Coming Of The Son Of Man and coming of the kingdom.

 

Matthew 16:27-28

27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then shall he render unto every man according to his deeds.

 

 

 

 

28 Verily I say unto you, there are some of them that stand here, who shall in no wise taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.

Mark 8:38-9:1

38 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of man also shall be ashamed of him, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

 

Mark 9:1 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There are some here of them that stand (by), who shall in no wise taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God come with power. [Luke 24:47-49; Acts 1:3-8; 2:1-4]

Luke 9:26-27

26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he comes in his own glory, and (the glory) of the Father, and of the holy angels.

 

 

27 But I tell you of a truth, there are some of them that stand here, who shall in no wise taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.

 

§ 77. THE TRANSFIGURATION ON A MOUNTAIN (PROB­ABLY HERMON) NEAR CAESAREA PHILIPPI    

 

Matthew 17:1-8

1 And after six days Jesus takes with him Peter, and James, and John his brother, and brought them up into a high mountain apart:

 

2 and he was transfigured before them; and his face did shine as the sun, and his garments became white as the light.

 

 

3 And behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elijah talking with him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark 9:2-8

2 And after six days Jesus takes with him Peter, and James, and John, and brought them up into a high mountain apart by themselves:

 

and he was transfigured before them;

3 and his garments became glistering, exceeding white, so as no fuller on earth can whiten them.

4 And there appeared unto them Elijah with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luke 9:28-36

28 And it came to pass about eight days after these sayings, that he took with him Peter and John and James, and went up into the mountain to pray.

29 And as he was praying, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment (became) white (and) dazzling.

 

 

 

30 And behold, here talked with him two men, who were Moses and Elijah;

31 who appeared in glory, and spoke of his decease which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.

32 Now Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: but when they were fully awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

4 And Peter answered, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if you will, I will make here three tabernacles; one for you, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.

5 While he was yet speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold, a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.

7 And Jesus came and touched them and said, Arise, and be not afraid.

8 And lifting up their eyes, they saw no one, save Jesus only.

5 And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Rabbi, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for you, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.

6 For he knew not what to answer; for they became sore afraid.

7 And there came a cloud overshadowing them: and there came a voice out of the cloud, This is my beloved Son: hear ye him.

 

 

 

 

 

8 And suddenly looking round about, they saw no one any more, save Jesus only with themselves.

 

33 And it came to pass, as they were parting from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for you, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah: not knowing what he said.

34 And while he said these things, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud.

35 And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my Son, my chosen: hear ye him.

36 And when the voice came, Jesus was found alone. And they held their peace, and told no man in those days any of the things which they had seen.
{2 Peter 1:16-18  
16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.  17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.  18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.}

 

Questions About The Resur­rection And Elijah On Their Way Down The Mountain

 

Matthew 17:9-13

9 And as they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen from the dead.

 

 

 

 

10 And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elijah must first come? [Mal 4:5]

11 And he answered and said, Elijah indeed comes, and shall restore all things:

[cf. Mat 17:3-4; John 1:21, 25; Mat 27:47]

 

12 but I say into you, that Elijah is come already, and they knew him not, but did unto him whatsoever they would. Even so shall the Son of man also suffer of them.

13 Then understood the disciples that he spoke unto them of John the Baptist. [Mat 11:13-15]

Mark 9:9-13

9 And as they were coming down from the mountain, he charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, save when the Son of man should have risen again from the dead.

10 And they kept the saying, questioning among themselves what the rising again from the dead should mean.

11 And they asked him, saying, (How is it) that the scribes say that Elijah must first come?

12 And he said unto them, Elijah indeed comes first, and restores all things: and how is it written of the Son of man, that he should suffer many things and be set at nought?

13 But I say unto you, that Elijah is come, and they have also done unto him whatsoever they would, even as it is written of him.

 

 

§ 78. THE DEMONIAC BOY, WHOM THE DISCIPLES COULD NOT HEAL

 

Matthew 17:14-20

14 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a man, kneeling to him, saying,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew 17:15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is epileptic, and suffers grievously; for oft-times he falls into the fire, and off-times into the water.

16 And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not cure him.

 

17 And Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I bear with you? bring him hither to me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew 17:18 And Jesus rebuked him; and the demon went out of him: and the boy was cured from that hour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew 17:19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast it out?

20 And he said unto them, Because of your little faith: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. [1Cor 13:2]

Mark 9:14-29

14 And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great multitude about them, and scribes questioning with them.

15 And straightway all the multitude, when they saw him, were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted him.

16 And he asked them, What question ye with them?

17 And one of the multitude answered him, Teacher, I brought unto you my son, who has a dumb spirit;

18 and wherever it takes him, it dashes him down: and he foameth, and grinds his teeth, and pines away: and I spoke to your disciples that they should cast it out; and they were not able.

19 And he answers them and said, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I bear with you? bring him unto me.

20 And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him grievously; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.

21 And he asked his father, How long time is it since this has come unto him? And he said, From a child.

22 And oft-times it has cast him both into the fire and into the waters, to destroy him: but if you canst do anything, have compassion on us, and help us.

23 And Jesus said unto him, If you canst! All things are possible to him that believeth.

24 Straightway the father of the child cried out, and said, I believe; help you mine unbelief.

25 And when Jesus saw that a multitude came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying unto him, You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and enter no more into him.

26 And having cried out, and torn him much, he came out: and (the boy) became as one dead; insomuch that the more part said, He is dead.

27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and raised him up; and he arose.

28 And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, (How is it) that we could not cast it out?

29 And he said unto them, This kind can come out by nothing, save by prayer.

 

Luke 9:37-43

37 And it came to pass, on the next day, when they were come down from the mountain, a great multitude met him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luke 9:38 And behold, a man from the multitude cried, saying, Teacher, I beseech you to look upon my son; for he is mine only child:

39 and behold, a spirit takes him, and he suddenly cries out; and it tares him that he foameth, and it hardly departs from him, bruising him sorely.

40 And I besought your disciples to cast it out; and they could not.

41 And Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and bear with you? bring hither your son.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luke 9:42 And as he was yet a coming, the demon dashed him down, and tare (him) grievously. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the boy, and gave him back to his father.

43 And they were all astonished at the majesty of God.

 

§ 79.  RETURNING THROUGH GALILEE, HE FORETELLS HIS DEATH AND RESURRECTION

 

Matthew 17:22-23

 

 

 

 

22 And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be delivered up into the hands of men;

23 and they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised up. And they were exceeding sorry.

 

Mark 9:30-32

30 And they went forth from thence, and passed through Galilee; and he would not that any man should know it.

31 For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered up into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he shall rise again.

32 But they understood not the saying, and were afraid to ask him.

Luke 9:43b-45

 

But while all were marveling at all the things which he did, he said unto his disciples,

44 Let these words sink into your ears: for the Son of man shall be delivered up into the hands of men.

45 But they understood not this saying, and it was concealed from them, that they should not perceive it; and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.

 

§ 80. JESUS, PAYS THE HALF-SHEKEL FOR THE TEMPLE

 

Matthew 17:24-27

24 And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received the half-shekel came to Peter, and said, Does not your teacher pay the half-shekel?

25 He said, Yea. And when he came into the house, Jesus spoke first to him, saying, What think you, Simon? the kings of the earth, from whom do they receive toll or tribute? from their sons, or from strangers?

26 And when he said, From strangers, Jesus said unto him, Therefore the sons are free.

27 But, lest we cause them to stumble, go you to the sea, and cast a hook, and take up the fish that first comes up; and when you have opened his mouth, you shall find a shekel: that take, and give unto them for me and you.

Mark 9:33

33 And they came to Capernaum:

 

§ 81. WHO SHALL BE THE GREAT­EST IN THE KINGDOM?

 

Matthew 18:1-5

 

 

 

 

1 In that hour came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

 

 

 

 

2 And he called to him a little child, and set him in the midst of them,

3 and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye turn, and become as little children, ye shall in no wise enter into the kingdom of heaven.

4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receives me:

Mark 9:33-37

33 [And they came to Capernaum:] and when he was in the house he asked them, What were ye reasoning on the way?

34 But they held their peace: for they had disputed one with another on the way, who (was) the greatest.

35 And he sat down, and called the twelve; and he said unto them, If any man would be first, he shall be last of all, and servant of all.

36 And he took a little child, and set him in the midst of them: and taking him in his arms, he said unto them,

37 Whosoever shall receive one of such little children in my name, receives me: and whosoever receives me, receives not me, but him that sent me.

 

Luke 9:46-48

 

 

 

 

46 And there arose a reasoning among them, which of them was the greatest.

 

 

 

 

47 But when Jesus saw the reasoning of their heart, he took a little child, and set him by his side,

 

48 and said unto them, Whosoever shall receive this little child in my name receives me: and whosoever shall receive me receives him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same is great.

 

Mistaken zeal of the apostle, John rebuked

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark 9:38-50

38 John said unto him, Teacher, we saw one casting out demons in your name; and we forbade him, because he followed not us.

 

39 But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man who shall do a mighty work in my name, and be able quickly to speak evil of me.

40 For he that is not against us is for us.

41 For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink, because ye are Christ's, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.

 

Luke 9:49-50

49 And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out demons in your name; and we forbade him, because he follows not with us.

50 But Jesus said unto him, Forbid (him) not: for he that is not against you is for you.

[cf. Lk 11:23]

 

 

Offenses

Matthew 18:6-14

18 But whoso shall cause one of these little ones that believe on me to stumble [Rom 14:13, 21; 1Cor 8:9, 12], it is profitable for him that a great millstone should be hanged about his neck, and (that) he should be sunk in the depth of the sea.

7 Woe unto the world because of occasions of stumbling! for it must needs be that the occasions come; but woe to that man through whom the occasion comes! [1Cor 11:19]

8 And if your hand or your foot causes you to stumble [Mat 5:29-30], cut it off, and cast it from you: it is good for you to enter into life maimed or halt, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into the eternal fire. [Mat 25:41, 46; Rev 14:10-11]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew 18:9 And if thine eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out, and cast it from you: it is good for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into the hell [gehenneh] of fire

 

 

 

 

{Matthew 5:13   13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, with what shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.}

Matt 18:10 See that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven. [Luke 1:19; Heb 1:14]

11 (For the Son of man came to save that which was lost.) [Luke 19:10]

12 How think ye? if any man have a hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, does he not leave the ninety and nine, and go unto the mountains, and seek that which goes astray?

13 And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety and nine which have not gone astray.

14 Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

Mark 9:42-50

42 And whosoever shall cause one of these little ones that believe on me to stumble, it were better for him if a great millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

43 And if your hand cause you to stumble, cut it off: it is good for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having your two hands to go into hell [Greek: gehenneh], into the unquenchable fire.

44 (where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched.)

45 And if your foot cause you to stumble, cut it off: it is good for you to enter into life halt, rather than having your two feet to be cast into hell.

46 (where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched.)

47 And if thine eye cause you to stumble, cast it out: it is good for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell [gehenneh];

48 where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched.

49 For every one shall be salted with fire. and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt. [Lev 2:13]

50 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost its saltiness, with what will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace one with another.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

{Luke 14:34-35   34 Salt is good: but if the salt has lost his savor, with what shall it be seasoned35 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that has ears to hear, let him hear.}

 

 

Solving problems between brethren

Matthew 18:15-22 How to handle problems

15 And if your brother sin against you, go, show him his fault between you and him alone: if he hear you, you have gained your brother.

16 But if he hear (you) not, take with you one or two more, that at the mouth of two witnesses or three every word may be established. [Deut 17:6]

17 And if he refuses to hear them, tell it unto the church: and if he refuses to hear the church also, let him be unto you as the Gentile and the publican.

18 Verily I say unto you, whatever things ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever things ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. [cf. Mat 16:19]

19 Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father who is in heaven.

20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

21 Then came Peter and said to him, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? until seven times? [Luke 17:3-4]

22 Jesus said unto him, I say not unto you, Until seven times; but Until seventy times seven.

 

Matthew 18:23-35 Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, who would make a reckoning with his servants.

24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him that owed him ten thousand talents.

25 But forasmuch as he had not (wherewith) to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.

26 The servant therefore fell down and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.

27 And the lord of that servant, being moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.

28 But that servant went out, and found one of his fellow-servants, who owed him a hundred shillings: and he laid hold on him, and took (him) by the throat, saying, Pay what you owe.

29 So his fellow-servant fell down and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay you.

30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay that which was due.

31 So when his fellow-servants saw what was done, they were exceeding sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.

32 Then his lord called him unto him, and said to him, You wicked servant, I forgave you all that debt, because you besought me:

33 should not you also have had mercy on your fellow-servant, even as I had mercy on you?

34 And his lord was angry, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due.

35 So shall also my heavenly Father do unto you, if ye forgive not every one his brother from your hearts.

 

§ 82. FEAST OF TABERNACLES

 

John 7:1-52

1 And after these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Judaea, because the Jews sought to kill him.

2 Now the feast of the Jews, the feast of tabernacles, was at hand.

3 His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that your disciples also may behold your works which you doest.

4 For no man does anything in secret, and himself seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, manifest yourself to the world.

5 For even his brethren did not believe on him.

6 Jesus therefore said unto them, My time is not yet come; but your time is always ready.

7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hates, because I testify of it, that its works are evil.

8 Go ye up unto the feast: I go not up unto this feast; because my time is not yet fulfilled.

9 And having said these things unto them, he abode (still) in Galilee.

10 But when his brethren were gone up unto the feast, then went he also up, not publicly, but as it were in secret.

11 The Jews therefore sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he?

12 And there was much murmuring among the multitudes concerning him: some said, He is a good man; others said, Not so, but he leads the multitude astray.

13 Yet no man spoke openly of him for fear of the Jews.

 

14 But when it was now the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.

15 The Jews therefore marveled, saying, How knows this man letters, having never learned?

16 Jesus therefore answered them and said, My teaching is not mine, but his that sent me.

17 If any man wills to do his will, he shall know of the teaching, whether it is of God, or (whether) I speak from myself.

18 He that speaks from himself seeks his own glory: but he that seeks the glory of him that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.

19 Did not Moses give you the law, and (yet) none of you does the law? Why seek ye to kill me?

20 The multitude answered, You have a demon: who seeks to kill you?

21 Jesus answered and said unto them, I did one work, and ye all marvel because thereof.

22 Moses has given you circumcision (not that it is of Moses, but of the fathers [Gen 17:10; Gal 3:7]; and on the sabbath ye circumcise a man. [Mat 12:5]

23 If a man receives circumcision on the sabbath, that the law of Moses may not be broken [Lev 12:3] are ye angry with me, because I made a man every whit whole on the sabbath? [Jn 5:8-9, 14-16]

24 Judge not according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

25 Some therefore of them of Jerusalem said, Is not this he whom they seek to kill?

26 And lo, he speaks openly, and they say nothing unto him. Can it be that the rulers indeed know that this is the Christ?

27 Howbeit we know this man whence he is [John 6:42; Mat 13:55]: but when the Christ comes, no one knows whence he is.

28 Jesus therefore cried in the temple, teaching and saying, Ye both know me, and know whence I am; and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye know not.

29 I know him; because I am from him, and he sent me.

30 They sought therefore to take him: and no man laid his hand on him, because his hour was not yet come.

31 But of the multitude many believed on him; and they said, When the Christ shall come, will he do more signs than those which this man has done?

32 The Pharisees heard the multitude murmuring these things concerning him; and the chief priests and the Pharisees sent officers to take him.

33 Jesus therefore said, Yet a little while am I with you, and I go unto him that sent me.

34 Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, ye cannot come.

35 The Jews therefore said among themselves, Where will this man go that we shall not find him? will he go unto the Dispersion [Isa 11:12; Zeph 3:10; Acts 21:21; James 1:1; 1Pet 1:1] among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks?

36 What is this word that he said, Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me; and where I am, ye cannot come?

37 Now on the last day, the great (day) of the feast [Lev 23:36], Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink. [Isa 12:3; 44:3]

38 He that believes on me, as the scripture has said, from within him shall flow rivers of living water. [cf. Isa 12:3; 58:11; Joel 2:28]

39 But this spoke he of the Spirit, which they that believed on him were to receive: [John 14:16-17, 26] for the Spirit was not yet (given); because Jesus was not yet glorified. [John 12:16; 20; Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4; 2:4; 17]

40 (Some) of the multitude therefore, when they heard these words, said, This is of a truth the prophet. [Deut 18:15, 18]

41 Others said, This is the Christ [Dan 9:25-26]. But some said, What, does the Christ come out of Galilee?

42 Has not the scripture said that the Christ comes of the seed of David [Ps 132:11; Isa 11:1; Jer 23:5], and from Bethlehem [Mic 5:2; Mat 2:5], the village where David was?

43 So there arose a division in the multitude because of him.

44 And some of them would have taken him; but no man laid hands on him.

45 The officers therefore came to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why did ye not bring him?

46 The officers answered, Never man so spoke.

47 The Pharisees therefore answered them, Are ye also led astray?

48 Has any of the rulers believed on him, or of the Pharisees?

49 But this multitude that knows not the law are accursed.

50 Nicodemus said unto them (he that came to him before, being one of them),

51 Does our law judge a man, except it first hear from himself and know what he does?

52 They answered and said unto him, are you also of Galilee? Search, and see that out of Galilee arises no prophet.

 

§ 83.  WOMAN TAKEN IN ADULTERY

 

John 7:53-8:11

53 (And they went every man unto his own house:

 

John 8:1 but Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.

2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.

3 And the scribes and the Pharisees bring a woman taken in adultery; and having set her in the midst,

4 they say unto him, Teacher, this woman has been taken in adultery, in the very act.

5 Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such [Lev 20:10; Deut 22:21-24]: what then do you say of her?

6 And this they said, trying him, that they might have (whereof) to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground.

7 But when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. [Deut 17:6-7]

8 And again he stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground.

9 And they, when they heard it, went out one by one, beginning from the eldest, (even) unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the midst.

10 And Jesus lifted up himself, and said unto her, Woman, where are they? did no man condemn you?

11 And she said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said, Neither do I condemn you: go your way; from henceforth sin no more.)

 

§ 84:  DISCOURSE ON THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

 

John 8:12-30

12 Again therefore Jesus spoke unto them, saying, I am the light of the world [John 1:4-9; 3:19; 9:5; Isa 9:2; 49:6; Mat 4:14-16; Luke 1:78-79]: he that follows me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life.

13 The Pharisees therefore said unto him, You bear witness of yourself; your witness is not true. [John 5:31-47]

14 Jesus answered and said unto them, Even if I bear witness of myself, my witness is true; for I know whence I came, and where I go; but ye know not whence I come, or where I go.

15 Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man.

16 Yea and if I judge, my judgment is true; for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me.

17 Yea and in your law it is written, that the witness of two men is true. [Deut 19:15]

18 I am he that bears witness of myself, and the Father that sent me bears witness of me. [Heb 2:4; Mat 3:17; 17:5]

19 They said therefore unto him, Where is your Father? Jesus answered, Ye know neither me, nor my Father: if ye knew me, ye would know my Father also.

20 These words spoke he in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man took him; because his hour was not yet come.

21 He said therefore again unto them, I go away, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sin: where I go, ye cannot come. [John 14:2-3; 20:17]

22 The Jews therefore said, Will he kill himself, that he said, Where I go, ye cannot come?

23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for except ye believe that I am (he), ye shall die in your sins.

25 They said therefore unto him, Who are you? Jesus said unto them, Even that which I have also spoken unto you from the beginning.

26 I have many things to speak and to judge concerning you: howbeit he that sent me is true; and the things which I heard from him, these speak I unto the world.

27 They perceived not that he spoke to them of the Father.

28 Jesus therefore said, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, [John 3:14; 12:32-34] then shall ye know that I am (he), and (that) I do nothing of myself, but as the Father taught me, I speak these things.

29 And he that sent me is with me; he has not left me alone; for I do always the things that are pleasing to him.

30 As he spoke these things, many believed on him.

 

§ 85.  DISCOURSE ON SPIRITUAL FREEDOM

 

John 8:31-59

31 Jesus therefore said to those Jews that had believed him, If ye abide in my word [Mat 7:21-23], (then) are ye truly my disciples; [1John 2:3-5]

32 and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. [John 7:17; 14:6; 16:13; 17:17; Gal 5:13]

33 They answered unto him, We are Abraham's seed, and have never yet been in bondage to any man: how do you say, Ye shall be made free?

34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Every one that commits sin is the bondservant of sin. [Rom 6:16]

35 And the bondservant abides not in the house for ever: the son abides for ever.

36 If therefore the Son shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

37 I know that ye are Abraham's seed: yet ye seek to kill me, because my word has not free course in you.

38 I speak the things which I have seen with (my) Father: and ye also do the things which ye heard from (your) father.

39 They answered and said unto him, Our father is Abraham. Jesus said unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham.

40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that has told you the truth [Gal 4:16], which I heard from God: this did not Abraham.

41 Ye do the works of your father. They said unto him, We were not born of fornication; we have one Father, (even) God.

42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I came forth and am come from God; for neither have I come of myself, but he sent me.

43 Why do ye not understand my speech? (Even) because ye cannot hear my word. [Isa 6:9-10; Mat 13:13]

44 Ye are of (your) father the devil, and the lusts of your father it is your will to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and stands not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father thereof.

45 But because I say the truth, ye believe me not.

46 Which of you convicts me of sin? If I say truth, why do ye not believe me?

47 He that is of God hears the words of God: for this cause ye hear (them) not, because ye are not of God.

48 The Jews answered and said unto him, Say we not well that you are a Samaritan, and have a demon?

49 Jesus answered, I have not a demon; but I honor my Father, and ye dishonor me.

50 But I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeks and judges.

51 Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my word, he shall never see death.

52 The Jews said unto him, Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died, and the prophets; and you say, If a man keep my word, he shall never taste of death.

53 are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? and the prophets died: who do you make yourself?

54 Jesus answered, If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing: it is my Father that glorifies me; of whom ye say, that he is your God;

55 and ye have not known him: but I know him; and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be like unto you, a liar: but I know him, and keep his word.

56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day; and he saw it, and was glad. [Gen 22:18]

57 The Jews therefore said unto him, You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?

58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was born, I am. [Ex 3:14]

59 They took up stones therefore to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple.

 

PART VII

THE PEREAN MINISTRY

From the final departure from Galilee until the final arrival at Jerusalem

 

§ 86. FINAL DEPARTURE FROM GALILEE       

 

Matthew 19:1-2

1 And it came to pass when Jesus had finished these words, he departed from Galilee, and came into the borders of Judaea beyond the Jordan;

2 and great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there.

 

Mark 10:1

 

 

1 And he arose from thence and comes into the borders of Judaea and beyond the Jordan: and multitudes come together unto him again; and, as he was wont, he taught them again.

 

Luke 9:51-56

51 And it came to pass, when the days were well-nigh come that he should be received up, he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem,

52 and sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him.

53 And they did not receive him, because his face was (as though he were) going to Jerusalem.

54 And when his disciples James and John saw (this), they said, Lord, will you that we bid fire to come down from heaven, and consume them?

55 But he turned, and rebuked them.

56 And they went to another village.

 

 

Challenge of discipleship

Matthew 8:19-22

19 And there came a scribe, and said unto him, Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.

20 And Jesus said unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the heaven (have) nests; but the Son of man has not where to lay his head.

21 And another of the disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.

22 But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and leave the dead to bury their own dead.

 

Luke 9:57-62

57 And as they went on the way, a certain man said unto him, I will follow you wherever you go.

58 And Jesus said unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the heaven (have) nests; but the Son of man has not where to lay his head.

59 And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.

60 But he said unto him, Leave the dead to bury their own dead; but go you and publish abroad the kingdom of God.

61 And another also said, I will follow you, Lord; but first suffer me to bid farewell to them that are at my house.

62 But Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

 

§ 87.  THE MISSION OF THE SEVENTY

 

 

{Matthew 10:5-16   5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:  6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.  8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.  9 Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses10 Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.  11 And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence.  12 And when ye come into an house, salute it.  13 And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.

 

 

 15 Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.} 

 

{Mark 6:7-12  7 And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;  8 And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse9 But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats.  10 And he said unto them, In what ever place ye enter into an house, there abide till ye depart from that place.  11 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.} 

Luke 10:1-24

1 Now after these things the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, where he himself was about to come.

2 And he said unto them, The harvest indeed is plenteous, but the laborers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he send forth laborers into his harvest.

3 Go your ways; behold, I send you forth as lambs in the midst of wolves.

4 Carry no purse, no wallet, no shoes; and salute no man on the way. [Luke 9:3; 22;35; Mark 6:8]

5 And into whatsoever house ye shall enter, first say, Peace (be) to this house.

6 And if a son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon him: but if not, it shall turn to you again.

7 And in that same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the laborer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house.

8 And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you:

9 and heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.

10 But into whatsoever city ye shall enter, and they receive you not, go out into the streets thereof and say,

11 Even the dust from your city, that cleaves to our feet, we wipe off against you: nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh.

12 I say unto you, it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city.

 

{Matthew 11:21-24   21 Woe unto you, Chorazin! woe unto you, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.  22 But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you23 And you, Capernaum, which are exalted unto heaven, shall be brought down to hell:}

 

13 Woe unto you, Chorazin! woe unto you, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which were done in you, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.

14 But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the judgment, than for you.

15 And you, Capernaum, shall you be exalted unto heaven? you shall be brought down unto Hades.

16 He that hears you hears me; and he that rejects you rejects me; and he that rejects me rejects him that sent me.

17 And the seventy returned with joy, saying, Lord, even the demons are subject unto us in your name.

18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan fallen as lightning from heaven. [John 12:31;Rev 12:9, 12-13]

19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall in any wise hurt you.

20 Nevertheless in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven. [Ex 32:32; Rev 3:5; 13:8; 20:12; 15]

21 In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit, and said, I thank you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you didst hide these things from the wise and understanding, and did reveal them unto babes: yea, Father; for so it was well-pleasing in your sight.

22 All things have been delivered unto me of my Father: and no one knows who the Son is, save the Father; and who the Father is, save the Son, and he to whomever the Son wills to reveal (him).

23 And turning to the disciples, he said privately, Blessed (are) the eyes which see the things that ye see:

24 for I say unto you, that many prophets and kings desired to see the things which ye see, and saw them not; and to hear the things which ye hear, and heard them not. [Heb 11:13-14; 1Pet 1:10-11]

 

§ 88. PARABLE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN

 

Luke 10:25-37

25 And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and made trial of him, saying, Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

26 And he said unto him, What is written in the law? How do you read?

27 And he answering said, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; [Deut 6:5; 10:12; 30:6; Mat 22:37] and your neighbor as yourself. [Lev 19:18; Mat 19:19; Rom 13:9; Gal 5:14; James 2:8]

28 And he said unto him, You have answered right: do this, and you shall live.

29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbor?

30 Jesus made answer and said, A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho; and he fell among robbers, who both stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

31 And by chance a certain priest was going down that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

32 And in like manner a Levite also, when he came to the place, and saw him, passed by on the other side.

33 But a certain Samaritan [John 4:9], as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he was moved with compassion,

34 and came to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring on (them) oil and wine; and he set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

35 And on the morrow he took out two shillings, and gave them to the host, and said, Take care of him; and whatsoever you spend more, I, when I come back again, will repay you.

36 Which of these three, think you, proved neighbor unto him that fell among the robbers?

37 And he said, He that showed mercy on him. And Jesus said unto him, Go, and do you likewise.

 

§ 89. THE VISIT TO MARTHA AND MARY

 

Luke 10:38-42 [cf. John 11:1-45; 12:1-3]

38 Now as they went on their way, he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.

39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at the Lord's feet, and heard his word.

40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving; and she came up to him, and said, Lord, dost you not care that my sister did leave me to serve alone? Bid her therefore that she help me.

41 But the Lord answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things:

42 but one thing is needful: for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

 

§ 90. HEALING OF THE MAN BORN BLIND

 

John 9:1-41

1 And as he passed by, he saw a man blind from his birth.

2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Rabbi, who sinned, this man, or his parents, that he should be born blind?

3 Jesus answered Neither did this man sin, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

4 We must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night comes, when no man can work.

5 When I am in the world, I am the light of the world. [John 8:12; 12:46]

6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and anointed his eyes with the clay,

7 and said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam (which is by interpretation, Sent). He went away therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

8 The neighbors therefore, and they that saw him aforetime, that he was a beggar, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?

9 Others said, It is he: others said, No, but he is like him. He said, I am (he).

10 They said therefore unto him, How then were thine eyes opened?

11 He answered, The man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to Siloam, and wash: so I went away and washed, and I received sight.

12 And they said unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not.

13 They bring to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind.

14 Now it was the sabbath on the day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.

15 Again therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he received his sight. And he said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and I see.

16 Some therefore of the Pharisees said, This man is not from God, because he keeps not the sabbath. But others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such signs? And there was division among them.

17 They say therefore unto the blind man again, What do you say of him, in that he opened thine eyes? And he said, He is a prophet.

18 The Jews therefore did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and had received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight,

19 and asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? How then does he now see?

20 His parents answered and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind:

21 but how he now sees, we know not; or who opened his eyes, we know not: ask him; he is of age; he shall speak for himself.

22 These things said his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man should confess him (to be) Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.

23 Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him.

24 So they called a second time the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give glory to God: we know that this man is a sinner.

25 He therefore answered, Whether he is a sinner, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.

26 They said therefore unto him, What did he to you? How opened he thine eyes?

27 He answered them, I told you even now, and ye did not hear; wherefore would ye hear it again? Would ye also become his disciples?

28 And they reviled him, and said, You are his disciple; but we are disciples of Moses.

29 We know that God has spoken unto Moses: but as for this man, we know not whence he is.

30 The man answered and said unto them, Why, herein is the marvel, that ye know not whence he is, and (yet) he opened my eyes.

31 We know that God hears not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and do his will, him he hears.

32 Since the world began it was never heard that any one opened the eyes of a man born blind.

33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.

34 They answered and said unto him, You were altogether born in sins, and dost you teach us? And they cast him out.

35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and finding him, he said, Dost you believe on the Son of God?

36 He answered and said, And who is he, Lord, that I may believe on him?

37 Jesus said unto him, You have both seen him, and he it is that speaks with you.

38 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.

39 And Jesus said, For judgment came I into this world, that they that see not may see; and that they that see may become blind.

40 Those of the Pharisees who were with him heard these things, and said unto him, Are we also blind?

41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye would have no sin: but now ye say, We see: your sin remains.

 

§ 91. THE GOOD SHEPHERD

 

John 10:1-21

PARABLE OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD

1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that enters not by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

2 But he that enters in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

3 To him the porter opens; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out.

4 When he has put forth all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.

5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

6 This parable spoke Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spoke unto them.

7 Jesus therefore said unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.

8 All that came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.

9 I am the door; by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and go out, and shall find pasture.

10 The thief comes not, but that he may steal, and kill, and destroy: I came that they may have life, and may have (it) abundantly.

11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

12 He that is a hireling, and not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, beholds the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep, and flees, and the wolf snatches them, and scatters (them):

13 (he flees) because he is a hireling, and cares not for the sheep.

14 I am the good shepherd; and I know mine own, and mine own know me,

15 even as the Father knows me, and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.

16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice: and they shall become one flock, one shepherd.

17 Therefore does the Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I may take it again.

18 No one takes it away from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment received I from my Father.

19 There arose a division again among the Jews because of these words.

20 And many of them said, He has a demon, and is mad; why hear ye him?

21 Others said, These are not the sayings of one possessed with a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?

 

§ 92. AT THE FEAST OF DEDICATION

 

John 10:22-42

22 And it was the feast of the dedication at Jerusalem:

23 it was winter; and Jesus was walking in the temple in Solomon's porch.

24 The Jews therefore came round about him, and said unto him, How long dost you hold us in suspense? If you are the Christ [Dan 9:25-26], tell us plainly.

25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believe not: the works that I do in my Father's name, these bear witness of me.

26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep.

27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

28 and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand.

29 My Father, who has given (them) unto me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch (them) out of the Father's hand.

30 I and the Father are one. [John 14:9; 1Tim 3:16; Tit 2:13]

31 The Jews took up stones again to stone him.

32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I showed you from the Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?

33 The Jews answered him, For a good work we stone you not, but for blasphemy; and because that you, being a man, make yourself God.

34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, ye are gods? [Ps 82:6]

35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came (and the scripture cannot be broken),

36 say ye of him, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, You blasphemes; because I said, I am (the) Son of God?

37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.

38 But if I do them, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.

39 They sought again to take him: and he went forth out of their hand.

40 And he went away again beyond the Jordan into the place where John was at the first baptizing; and there he abode.

41 And many came unto him; and they said, John indeed did no sign: but all things whatsoever John spoke of this man were true.

42 And many believed on him there.

 

§ 93. DISCOURSES ON PRAYER

 

Luke 11:1-13

1 And it came to pass, as he was praying in a certain place, that when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, even as John also taught his disciples.

2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Father, hallowed be your name. [Mat 6:9] Your kingdom come. [Mat 6:9-10]

3 Give us day by day our daily bread. [Mat 6:11]

4 And forgive us our sins; for we ourselves also forgive every one that is indebted to us. [Mat 6:12] And bring us not into temptation. [Mat 6:13]

5 And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say to him, Friend, lend me three loaves;

6 for a friend of mine is come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him;

7 and he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give you?

8 I say unto you, though he will not rise and give him because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will arise and give him as many as he needs. [cf. Luke 18:1-8]

9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. [Mat 7:7]

10 For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened.

11 And of which of you that is a father shall his son ask a loaf, and he give him a stone? or a fish, and he for a fish give him a serpent?

12 Or (if) he shall ask an egg, will he give him a scorpion?

13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall (your) heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

 

§ 94. DISCOURSES AGAINST THE PHARISEES

 

{Matthew 12:22-32

22 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a demon, blind and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the dumb man spoke and saw.

23 And all the multitudes were amazed, and said, Can this be the son of David?

24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This man does not cast out demons, but by Beelzebub the prince of the demons.

25 And knowing their thoughts he said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:

 

 

 

 

26 and if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then shall his kingdom stand?

 

 

27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges.

28 But if I by the Spirit of God cast out demons, then is the kingdom of God come upon you.

29 Or how can one enter into the house of the strong (man,) and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong (man)? and then he will spoil his house.

 

 

 

 

30 He that is not with me is against me, and he that gathers not with me scatters.

31 Therefore I say unto you, Every sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men; but the blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven.

32 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him; but whosoever shall speak against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, nor in that which is to come.}

{Mark 3:22-30}

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

{22 And the scribes that came down from Jerusalem said, He has Beelzebub, and, By the prince of the demons casteth he out the demons.

23 And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan?

24 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.

25 And if a house be divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.

26 And if Satan has rise up against himself, and is divided, he cannot stand, but has an end.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27 But no one can enter into the house of the strong (man), and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong (man); and then he will spoil his house.

28 Verily I say unto you, All their sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and their blasphemies with which they shall blaspheme:

29 but whosoever shall blaspheme against the Holy Spirit has never forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin: [1John 5:16-17?]

30 because they said, He has an unclean spirit.}

 

Luke 11:14-23

14 And he was casting out a demon (that was) dumb. And it came to pass, when the demon was gone out, the dumb man spoke; and the multitudes marveled.

 

 

15 But some of them said, By Beelzebub the prince of the demons casts he out demons.

16 And others, trying (him), sought of him a sign from heaven.

17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house (divided) against a house falls.

 

 

 

18 And if Satan also is divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out demons by Beelzebub.

19 And if I by Beelzebub cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges.

20 But if I by the finger of God cast out demons, then is the kingdom of God come upon you.

21 When the strong (man) fully armed guards his own court, his goods are in peace:

22 but when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he takes from him whole armor wherein he trusted, and divides his spoils.

23 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathers not with me scatters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luke 11:24-36

24 The unclean spirit when he is gone out of the man, passes through waterless places, seeking rest, and finding none, he said, I will turn back unto my house whence I came out.

25 And when he is come, he finds it swept and garnished.

26 Then goes he, and takes (to him) seven other spirits more evil than himself; and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first.

 

27 And it came to pass, as he said these things, a certain woman out of the multitude lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare you, and the breasts which you didst suck.

28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it. [Mat 12:47-50]

 

29 And when the multitudes were gathering together unto him, he began to say, This generation is an evil generation: it seeks after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it but the sign of Jonah. [Mat 12:39; Jon 1:17]

30 For even as Jonah became a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation.

31 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and shall condemn them: for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, a greater than Solomon is here. [1Kings 10:1; 2Chron 9:1]

32 The men of Nineveh shall stand up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, a greater than Jonah is here. [Jon 3:5-10]

33 No man, when he has lighted a lamp, puts it in a cellar, neither under the bushel, but on the stand, that they which enter in may see the light. [Mat 5:15; Mark4:21]

34 The lamp of your body is thine eye: when thine eye is single, your whole body also is full of light; but when it is evil, your body also is full of darkness. [Mat 6:23]

35 Look therefore whether the light that is in you be not darkness.

36 If therefore your whole body be full of light, having no part dark, it shall be wholly full of light, as when the lamp with its bright shining does give you light.

 

 

 

 

 

 

{Matthew 23:25-26   25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.  26 You blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.}

 

{Matthew 23:23   23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

Matthew 23:6-7   6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,  7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.}

{Matthew 23:27-28  7 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whitened sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.  28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.}

{Matthew 23:29-31  29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchers of the righteous,  30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.  31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.}

{Matthew 23:34-36  34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:  35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel [Gen 4:2-8; Heb 11:4; 12:24] unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. [2Chron 24:20-22]

 36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.}

Luke 11:37-54

37 Now as he spoke, a Pharisee asked him to dine with him: and he went in, and sat down to meat.

38 And when the Pharisee saw it, he marveled that he had not first bathed himself before dinner.

39 And the Lord said unto him, Now ye the Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the platter; but your inward part is full of extortion and wickedness. [Mat 23:25-26]

40 Ye foolish ones, did not he that made the outside make the inside also?

41 But give for alms those things which are within; and behold, all things are clean unto you.

42 But woe unto you Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and every herb, and pass over justice and the love of God: but these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. [Mat 23:23]

43 Woe unto you Pharisees! for ye love the chief seats in the synagogues, and the salutations in the marketplaces.

 

44 Woe unto you! for ye are as the tombs which appear not, and the men that walk over (them) know it not.

45 And one of the lawyers answering said unto him, Teacher, in saying this you reproach us also.

46 And he said, Woe unto you lawyers also! for ye load men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers.

 

 

47 Woe unto you! for ye build the tombs of the prophets, and your fathers killed them.

48 So ye are witnesses and consent unto the works of your fathers: for they killed them, and ye build (their tombs).

 

 

 

49 Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send unto them prophets and apostles; and (some) of them they shall kill and persecute;

50 that the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation;

51 from the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zachariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary: [2Chron 24:20-22] yea, I say unto you, it shall be required of this generation.

 

 

52 Woe unto you lawyers! for ye took away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.

53 And when he was come out from thence, the scribes and the Pharisees began to press upon (him) vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many things;

54 laying wait for him, to catch something out of his mouth.

 

§ 95. TEACHINGS CONCERNING TRUST IN GOD AND COMING JUDGMENT

 

 

 

 

{Matthew 16:6  6 Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.}

{Matthew 10:26-33   26 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known27 What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops

28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell

 

29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.

30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows

32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.

33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven}

{Matthew 12:31-32  31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit shall not be forgiven unto men.  32 And whosoever speaks a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.}

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luke 12:1-59

1 In the mean time, when the many thousands of the multitude were gathered together, insomuch that they trod one upon one another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees,