Sunday, September 25, 2011

(Jesus) Matthew 18:15-35, Forgive your brother but know when to walk away, Jesus in the midst, Servant and the King, Unforgiven by the Father

(This is a general interpretation of Holy Scripture. Please read the word for yourself, pray, atone and enter in the Kingdom, ask G-D for knowledge and he will give it you. Don't take our word as law)

We continue with some very important teachings from Christ Yeshua. In this lesson we will read more parables of the Kingdom of Heaven. We will also read about the nature of forgiveness between brothers and the nature of forgiveness between G-D and ourselves.

Matthew 18

15. Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.

16. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

17. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.

18. Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

19. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which 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 to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?

22. Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

This lesson is pretty straight forward; try your best to resolve an issue with your brother, sister, father or mother, anyone for that matter, but there is a time when you must cast off their burden and walk away. You must forgive them but you do not have to accept within this burden.
Also Christ made one of the more famous statements in the Gospels when he declared that he will be in the midst of the congregation when people are "truly" gathered in his name. Christ is always with us, individually as well.

Matthew 18

23. Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.

24. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.

25. But forasmuch as he had not 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 thee all.

27. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.

28. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.

29. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.

30. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.

31. So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.

32. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:

33. Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?

34. And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.

35. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

This is probably one of the most overlooked teachings in the Gospel of Matthew. The message here is not that simple to understand, even in parable form.. The parable seems to state that you can be unforgiven of a sin, this thought may be foreign for many Christians. But it could be that G-D already knows whats in your heart and that you have not forgiven someone else thus He didn't forgive you in the first place, this would align with our Christian way of thinking and may be what Yeshua is teaching here.

This parable should be one the main teachings we include in our teachings of the Gospels as this could be considered one of the main issues we face today. People hold grudges, they do not forgive and this small violation of Yeshua's teachings may drag more people to hell than any other sin as it is a subtle sin to commit.

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.

(Jesus) Matthew 17:22-27, Son of Man will be Betrayed, Tribute Money in the Fish's Mouth

(This is a general interpretation of Holy Scripture. Please read the Word for yourself, pray, atone and enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Please do not take our word as law.)

In this final lesson in Matthew 17 we will read, yet again, Jesus' announcement that he must be betrayed and killed. We also read about, yet again, Jesus' disdain for money and how he chose to show his power yet again to the disciples.

Matthew 17

22. And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men:

23. And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again. And they were exceeding sorry.

Matthew 17..cont

24. And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute?

25. He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?

26. Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free.

27. Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

(Jesus) Matthew 17: 14-21 Some Demons are more powerful than other Demons (fasting and prayer), Real Power of the Kingdom of Heaven

(This is a general interpretation of Holy Scripture. Please read the scriptures for yourself, atone for your sins, pray to G-D our Father, and enter into the Kingdom of Heaven which is inside of you. If you ask G-D for guidance and knowledge he will give it to you. Please do not take our word as law.)

In this section of the Gospel of Matthew Chapter 17 we will learn a very valuable lesson with regard to a demonic presence being within a person or within a structure. We will also read yet another statement from our Messiah and King Yeshua the Christ about the true power of the Kingdom of Heaven and the seed of faith within us.

Matthew 17

14. And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,

15. Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.

16. And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.

17. Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.

18. And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.

19. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?

20. And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: 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.

21. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

Notice in the last verse Jesus said "this kind" or this kind of demon. He noted the difference in demonic power. Many people who may have a haunting in their homes will obviously turn to a man of G-D and have the house blessed. Most of the time this will take care of the problem but there are times when a simple anointing will not do the job. Just like the disciples above most people will go through the motions of blessing or trying to remove a demonic presence and this is precisely why this is such an important lesson, the disciples thought by their commission they could take care of anything, but they were wrong, dead wrong.

I tell people the truth and say that your anointing may put this entity to sleep but it may come back, usually if negativity is prevalent in the home. You don't want to discourage a person but you want them to understand that if the entity is powerful enough you cannot act alone, you will need to fast and commit yourself to deep prayer for a prolonged period of time, to purify yourself, to become closer to G-D. Satan is tricky, he will hide and let you think you have won. He will allow you to inflate your ego and then POW he hits you again. This results in the deflation of your faith and satan knows that.