Monday, June 20, 2011

(Jesus) Matthew 16:1-20 Pharisees Tempting Christ, sign of Jonas, Jesus - Son of the Living GOD, Peter declared Rock of the Church

(This is a general interpretation of Holy Scripture. Please read the Word for yourself, pray, atone for your sins through Yeshua and G-D will give you knowledge. Don't take our word as law.)

In this section of Matthew we read about the Pharisees efforts to temp Yeshua. Of course he ridiculed them and gave them a foretelling of the Resurrection.

Matthew 16

1. The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven.

2. He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.

3. And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?

4. A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.

Of course the sign of the prophet Jonas who spent three days in the belly of the great fish, or whale, is the foretelling of the Resurrection.

In this section below you will read how the Disciples, yet again, get it wrong. Christ quickly puts them back on track. Christ will do the same thing for us, he will put us back on track because WE ALL fall off the track,. have doubts, and worry. Christ's teaching are tough love in a lot of places, but the key term is love.

Matthew 16

5. And when his disciples were come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread.

6. Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

7. And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread.

8. Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread?

9. Do ye not yet understand, 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 understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?

12. Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

After all the miracles Yeshua performed we can see that the Disciples were still afraid of the Priests, after all, the authority of the Priests was all the Disciples knew at the time. You can imagine how utterly impossible it was for the Disciples to break away from being submissive to the Priests. This is valuable lesson for our time.

Matthew 16

13. When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?

14. And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.

15. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

16. And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

17. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

18. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

19. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

20. Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.

Jesus was constantly challenging his Disciples. In the section above we read about what people say about Christ; who he was. Many thought he was a Resurrected Prophet but Jesus (note: he already knew what the disciples were thinking before they spoke) wanted to make sure his Disciples were on the right track with regard to who HE was and is.

I don't necessarily read the scripture above as if it were a contest, seeing that Peter was honored by Jesus because he said out loud that Jesus was the Son of the living G-D. But Jesus clearly thought Peter stood out in some way. Jesus likely sensed Peter's amazing amount of faith.

Monday, June 6, 2011

(Jesus) Matthew 15:21-39, Jesus sent to the lost sheep of Israel FIRST, Gentile Dogs, Psalm 22, Miracle of loaves and the fishes

(This is a general interpretation of Holy Scripture. please read the WORD for yourself and pray, atone, do the will of GOD and enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. GOD will give you knowledge if you pray for it.)

We continue with Matthew 15 and the confusing statement made by Christ Yeshua with regard to his comment to the Canaanite woman. He did indeed call the Canaanite woman a dog, as it was a common practice in 1st century Israel to call Gentiles Dogs. We will also read the statement that he was sent unto the lost sheep of Israel, as he was.

Matthew 15

21. Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.
22. And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.
23. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.
24. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
25. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.
26. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs.
27. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.
28. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

We will explore, in future lessons, a little known fact that Christ quoted what is called the Oral Law. Now many will automatically rebuke the notion that Christ would quote any oral tradition as he commonly rebuked the priests of his day for using the oral traditions. Christ railed against those who used unfounded traditions as a replacement for GOD'S Law. The Canaanite woman had ultimate faith that Yeshua could do what she wanted him to do. He tested her and she passed the test.

GOD will test us, he will give us a pass when we fall, sometimes, and sometimes he will chastise our spirits.

Please take 2 minutes and read Psalm 22 below. This chapter I believe is a lamentation and a prophecy as Psalm 22 is certainly representing Christ on the Cross but it also describes, as I believe, the Gentiles as dogs.

Psalm 22

1. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?
2. O my God, I cry in the day time, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.
3. But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
4. Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.
5. They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.
6. But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.
7. All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
8. He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.
9. But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother's breasts.
10. I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother's belly.
11. Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.
12. Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.
13. They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.
14. I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.
15. My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.
16. For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.
17. I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.
18. They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.
19. But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me.
20. Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog.
21. Save me from the lion's mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.
22. I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.
23. Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.
24. For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.
25. My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him.
26. The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.
27. All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.
28. For the kingdom is the LORD's: and he is the governor among the nations.
29. All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul.
30. A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.
31. They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.

Matthew 15

29. And Jesus departed from thence, and came nigh unto the sea of Galilee; and went up into a mountain, and sat down there.
30. And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus' feet; and he healed them:
31. Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.
32. Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.
33. And his disciples say unto him, Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude?
34. And Jesus saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few little fishes.
35. And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground.
36. And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
37. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full.
38. And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children.
39. And he sent away the multitude, and took ship, and came into the coasts of Magdala.

In the next chapter we will read how fast Christ's Disciples forgot about the miracle above.