Fri, Oct 31st - 3:36PM
17: Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover?
18: And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples.
19: And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover.
20: Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve.
21: And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.
22: And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?
23: And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me.
24: The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.
25: Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.
Judas had sold his soul for thirty pieces of silver. Sure Jesus had come to earth for this purpose but he still says woe is him that betrays him. There is some that would say that Judas was in on the plan or that Judas was predestined for this. I don’t agree with either. I think God knew Judas heart and he knew what Judas would do when put in this situation. I believe in free will. I believe there are two paths set before us. The path of the plan of God for our lives or we can try to go our own way and live outside of the plan God has for us. Judas chose the latter one. There is some doubt as to rather Judas ever did really believe Jesus was who he claimed to be. He can be like thousands of Christian today following Jesus to see what they can get out of it. When they don’t get what they want they turn away from him and go their own way. Well that other way leads to hell and no doubt that is where Judas was heading after he killed himself.
Thu, Oct 30th - 10:48PM
14: Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,
15: And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.
16: And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.
Judas sold his soul for thirty pieces of silver. What would you sell your soul for? What is your price? Money, lust, power, to be liked, to be acceptable, to be politically correct. A lot of people are throwing away eternal life for a few moments of pleasure or possessions the short time we are here on earth. More are afraid to make a true stand for the gospel out of fear of being disliked or being seen as intolerant. More just want swallow their pride to bow in submission to God’s will. Is anything here on earth worth spending forever in hell? What is your price?
Wed, Oct 29th - 9:31PM
6: Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,
7: There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.
8: But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?
9: For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.
10: When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.
11: For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.
12: For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.
13: Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.
Once again the disciples fail to understand what is happening. In those days a body was prepared for burial with ointment to mask the smell. Jesus is preparing for his death, a death he warned the disciples of several times. They also missed the act of love Mary has shown toward her Savior. Mary and her family was more than likely a family of small means and this ointment probably was expensive. That didn’t cross Mary’s mind. She knew that Jesus was more precious than anything in the world.
Tue, Oct 28th - 10:21PM
1: And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples,
2: Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.
3: Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas,
4: And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him.
5: But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people.
Jesus had had told of his sufferings as at a distance, now he speaks of them as at hand. At the same time the Jewish council consulted how they might put him to death secretly. But it pleased God to defeat their intention. Jesus, the true Passover Lamb, was to be sacrificed for us at that very time, and his death and resurrection rendered public. He was to be our Passover lamb. Just like nonbelievers today they wanted Jesus to quietly disappear.
Mon, Oct 27th - 1:40PM
31: When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34: Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37: Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38: When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39: Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40: And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
41: Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44: Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45: Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
46: And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
These verses describe the coming day of judgment on all the earth. Don’t be deceived by those who say there is no coming day of judgment or those who would say there is no hell prepared for the nonbelievers. These few verses describe that exact future event. Verses 41 and 46 describe exactly what awaits those who refuse Christ.
Sun, Oct 26th - 4:23PM
14: For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
15: And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
16: Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
17: And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
18: But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.
19: After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
20: And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
21: His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22: He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
23: His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
24: Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
25: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
26: His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
27: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
28: Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29: For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30: And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
We all have a purpose in the kingdom of God. God didn’t bring any of us into his fold to sat idly by and wait for him to return. Now that we have heard the good news of the gospel we are to tell others about it. We all have different talents and abilities. Some of us can sing, some teach, some preach, some of us are really good at witnessing. God expects us to use our God given talents for his purpose. Those who are faithful will be given more. Those who are unfaithful in their talent might lose what they have. This just doesn’t include talent but all that God has given us, rather it be money, jobs, homes, children we are to be faithful to God in all things given us.
Sat, Oct 25th - 1:59PM
1: Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
2: And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3: They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
4: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5: While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6: And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
7: Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
8: And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
9: But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10: And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11: Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12: But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13: Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
This is a parable about two different groups of people the wise and foolish virgins. The wise were prepared for the coming of the Lord and was ready when he appeared. The foolish were not prepared for his coming and missed the Lord when he appeared. Which group do you fall into? Are you prepared for the coming day of the Lord or you going to be one of the foolish ones and not be ready when he appears and misses his coming?
Fri, Oct 24th - 4:17PM
45: Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
46: Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
47: Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
48: But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
49: And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
50: The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
51: And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
We are to wait for the Lord as faithful servants expecting his return at any moment. Many people who claim to believe in God put of becoming Christian to enjoy the fruits of the world one more day thinking they have plenty of time to get right with God once they are old. But we don’t know when our time is up. We don’t know the date of our death or the day Jesus will come again. Does it really make sense to gamble your soul that you have one more day to get right with God?
Thu, Oct 23rd - 4:37PM
36: But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
37: But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38: For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39: And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
40: Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
41: Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
42: Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
43: But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
44: Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
Only the Father knows when the Son will return. So if you ever hear a preacher saying it has been revealed to him you should know he is a false prophet. We are to wait and be ready for his coming return because as in the days of Noah people refused to believe the coming judgment upon them and continued in their sinful ways. Our responsibility is to be a witness until that time.
Wed, Oct 22nd - 4:01PM
29: Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
30: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
31: And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
32: Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
33: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
34: Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
35: Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
Jesus is coming back don’t be in doubt about that. One thing you can be certain about is everyday we are getting a day closer to his coming. Rather your life ends before he comes or comes while we are still alive we will all have to stand before God to give an account of our lives. Are you ready? The signs are all around us. The world is growing more and more evil every year. Things that was considered taboo when we were kids are now done out in the open. The world is growing more violent and wicked every year. Natural disasters, diseases, world hunger, poverty are all growing. Instead of getting better it is getting worse. I believe this is the labor pains Jesus talks about before his coming. We have a tendency to ignore the signs because we don’t want to face them. All things are in the hands of God. Our responsibility is to continue to worship God and continue to be a witness to the world until the very end.
Tue, Oct 21st - 10:33PM
15: When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
16: Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
17: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
18: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
19: And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
20: But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
21: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22: And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
23: Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
24: For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
25: Behold, I have told you before.
26: Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
27: For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
28: For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
Be not deceived there is a coming time of God’s judgment that will be rendered on the earth. I aint the one to spend much time on trying to figure out the book of Revelation or the coming of the Lord. I believe Jesus is coming back for his believers and there is going to be a period of tribulation on the earth, and at the end God is going to render judgment on mankind and no one knows the time but God himself and I think it is rather foolish the amount of time some preachers spend on trying to figure out the exact date. We already have some claiming Dec 2012 try is the next date. I think that is blasphemy when Jesus himself said he didn’t know the date. I think we can better spend our time warning others of their fate if they don’t know Christ because like I said Jesus is coming back and the judgment of God on the ungodly is a very real thing.
Mon, Oct 20th - 1:30PM
1: And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
2: And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
3: And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
4: And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5: For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
6: And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7: For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8: All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9: Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
10: And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
11: And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12: And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
13: But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
14: And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
Jesus begins to talk to his disciples about the end times and the signs to look for. Some of the things to look for is the rise of false prophets. I believe we are seeing the beginning of this today. We have seen a rise in several false teachings such as prosperity preaching, universalism, liberal theology, and new age teaching. People are falling away from the true gospel to feel good teaching. That if you follow Christ you will get rich or that there are many ways to heaven and that God will send us all to heaven rather we accept him or not. This is all false and nothing more but deception tactics by Satan to lead people astray. The Bible is very clear about the way to heaven and the consequences for those that try to follow another way. Don’t be deceived Christ is the way to God and hell is a very real place designated for those who refuse God. And there is a very real coming day of judgment upon the whole earth.
Sun, Oct 19th - 4:53PM
37: O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
38: Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
39: For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
The children of Israel had rebelled against God time and time again. The only thing that keeps us from God is rebellion to his will. God’s will is that all come to know him through Christ but mankind has refused to submit to the will of God. And it is this rebellion that has doomed a large percentage of mankind to eternal damnation.
Sat, Oct 18th - 12:31PM
13: But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
14: Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
15: Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
16: Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!
17: Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?
18: And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty.
19: Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift?
20: Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon.
21: And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein.
22: And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon.
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.
24: Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
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: Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
27: Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, 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.
29: Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres 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.
32: Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.
33: Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
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 unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.
36: Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.
Jesus’ words in chapter 23 constitute his most severe denunciation of the Pharisees. He reveals them for the hypocrites they were. I think verse 27 says it best when he says they are like beautiful sepulchers on the outside but inside they are full of death. They had an appearance of holiness but in truth they were spiritual dead on the inside.
Fri, Oct 17th - 3:43PM
1: Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,
2: Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat:
3: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.
4: For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
5: But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,
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.
8: But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.
9: And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
10: Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.
11: But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
12: And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
Jesus constantly spoke out against the hypocrisy of the Pharisees. They put on a show of being religious when actually their hearts were far from God. They were more interested in the prestige of the office they held then actually serving God. We might be able to fool each other but we can’t fool God. God knows our hearts and were we stand with him.
Thu, Oct 16th - 3:49PM
41: While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,
42: Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The Son of David.
43: He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying,
44: The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?
45: If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?
46: And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.
Jesus was showing the Pharisees that Christ is more than a mere man but the very Son of God. Today there are some that would argue the divine nature of Christ. Some who claim to be Christian would even say that Jesus was a remarkable man and that he is a good example to model our lives after but nothing more. Well they don’t know the true Christ then. Jesus was more than just a remarkable man, he was the true Son of God, born of a virgin, who lived a sinless life, and died for our sins on the cross, was raised on the third day and will return again someday.
Wed, Oct 15th - 2:39PM
34: But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.
35: Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,
36: Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37: Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38: This is the first and great commandment.
39: And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40: On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
The Jewish leaders were still trying hard to trap Jesus in his words. Jesus replys the greatest commandment is to love God with all of our heart, soul and mind. In others to love God completely and above all things. After that we are to love our fellow man. Not money or material things or ourselves but God first and then our fellow man.
Wed, Oct 8th - 11:42PM
23: The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him,
24: Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.
25: Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother:
26: Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh.
27: And last of all the woman died also.
28: Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her.
29: Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.
30: For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.
31: But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying,
32: I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.
33: And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine.
The Jewish leaders continue in their quest to discredit Jesus by trying to trap him with his words. But Jesus reveals their true nature in verse 29 by declaring they were in error because they did not know the scriptures. They were more interested in the traditions of men and pleasing men and their own distorted views of the scripture then the truth. They had to prove Jesus wrong, if not it would mean they are the ones that are wrong. It is still true today. To many religious leaders have their own agenda and are more concerned with pleasing society then preaching the truth of Christ. Then so many leaders preach false doctrine because they themselves don’t know the scripture or take time to learn them. It is truly sad how many Christians don’t know the Bible they claim to follow or even try to learn the Bible.
Tue, Oct 7th - 9:43PM
15: Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk.
16: And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men.
17: Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?
18: But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?
19: Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.
20: And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?
21: They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.
22: When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.
Jesus called these people hypocrites and that is what they were. They came to him praising him with their words but in their hearts was deceit and wickedness. Even though they marveled at his words they refused to accept the truth. To accept the truth would mean to admit their own wicked sinful nature. This is one of the biggest obstacles for unbelievers, to admit their sinful human nature and accept the divine nature of Christ.
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