Tuesday, September 6, 2011

(Jesus) Matthew 18: 1-14, Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven, Humble As A Child, Better to be maimed than to enter Hell, Do Not OFFEND the Children

(This is a general interpretation of the Holy Scriptures. Please read the scriptures for yourself, atone for sin, pray and enter into the Kingdom of Heaven which is inside of us all. Please do not take our word as law...)

We continue with Matthew 18 and one of the most important lessons in the Gospel of Christ. That lesson being; who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. Christ also told us in this chapter that it is better to be maimed than to enter hell. We will conclude this lesson with a warning from Christ himself NOT to offend the children in Christ or to hurt them or I can conclude that a hotter hell awaits...

Matthew 18

1. At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

2. And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,

3 . And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

4. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

We can read a little on this subject of being "humbled before G-D" in the Hebrew Bible.

Isaiah 57

15. For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

G-D and Christ will stand with the humble, the humble will dwell among G-D and his Son Yeshua the Christ. Christ mentions the closeness that a humble person has with G-D later on...

Matthew 18

5. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.

6. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

7. Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!

8. Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.

9. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.

10. Take heed 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 which is in heaven.

This is a hard lesson for people to take, many simply look at it as a metaphor but I truly do not believe it is a metaphor but a literal teaching from Yeshua. If you can't stop stealing, or hurting people, or yourself, then it is, by far, better to cut off your hands so you cannot hurt anyone, than it is to burn in Hell. It It is also far better to pluck out your eye if you cannot stop looking and lusting after another than it is to burn in hell. This is a literal and spiritual lesson.

Lets take a closer look at verse 10 where Christ says that the Angels of the Children (Their Angels) do always behold the face of the Father our G-D. We can read in 2 Chronicles that G-D's people shall humble themselves and "seek the face" of G-D.

2 Chronicles 7

14. If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Matthew 18

11. For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.

12. How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?

13. And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.

14. Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

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