Thursday, April 26, 2012

Yeshua (Jesus) Matthew 21:12-22, Out of the Mouth of Babes Psalm 8:2, Withered Fig Tree and the Power of the Kingdom of Heaven

(This is a general interpretation of Holy Scripture. Please ask G-D for knowledge and he will give it to you, please do not take our word as law.)

We continue by listing the scripture that was included in our last lesson on Matthew 21. We will begin with verse 12.

Matthew 21

12. And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,

13. And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.

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

15. And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the son of David; they were sore displeased,

16. And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?

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

In verse 16 Jesus is quoting the scripture found in Psalm chapter 8.

Psalm 8

1. O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

2. Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

3. When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

4. What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

5. For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

6. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

7. All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;

8. The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

9. O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

There is not much we can add to the teaching of this scripture, Yeshua our Lord said all that needed to be said. We can suggest further reading in Hebrews Chapter 2 (That parallels Psalm chapter 8) that focuses on Yeshua's humanness and his sacrifice for all men.

Matthew 21

18. Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered.

19. And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.

20. And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!

21. Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.

22. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

This is one of the most important scriptures of the Gospels. When Yeshua (Jesus) cursed the Fig Tree. We ask; what did he say to those around him, those who were clearly amazed maybe even frightened at the act they just witnessed? Yeshua said THEY, YOU, US can do the SAME EXACT thing if you have faith without doubt. Just as Peter walked on the water because of HIS FAITH in G-D, Christ and the Kingdom. The scripture continues with Jesus going even further in his description of the amazing power that can be manifested by faith and by the Kingdom of Heaven, which is inside of us all, he stated that we can remove mountains, pick them up and toss them into the sea.

So many times in the modern Evangelical teaching of this scripture I hear the word "metaphor". The modern teaching says that this scripture is completely metaphorical describing "spiritual mountains" not literal mountains. This is not what Yeshua was teaching, he meant literal mountains. This is another example of Yeshua teaching spiritual perfection and only through complete spiritual perfection could one have the level of faith required to perform these acts.

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