Thursday, May 10, 2012

Yeshua (Jesus) Matthew 21:23-46, Hypocrites, Crucifixion, Rejected Stone now Head of the Corner Psalm 118:22, Kingdom of Heaven taken from Priests

(This is a general interpretation of Holy Scripture. Please read the word for yourself and pray, ask G-D for knowledge and it will be granted to you. Do not take our word as Law, as there is only one Law.)

We continue in Matthew 21.

Matthew 21

23 And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?

24 And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things.

25 The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him?

26 But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet.

27 And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.

28 But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.

29 He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.

30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.

31 Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.

32 For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.

Jesus knew what the hypocrites were thinking, he knew what the righteous were thinking and this is the reason that Christ almost exclusively "answered" and "question" with a "question". He knew the answer you desired before you even asked the question.

Christ knew the hypocritical nature of the Temple Priests, he knew they had no desire to "hear" the truth. They were more concerned with their position within the Temple. Verses 23 to 32 above are very simple and even though they, "Priests", rejected John the Baptist's teachings and call for repentance Jesus knew they understood the message thus Yeshua reveled, yet again, their hypocritical nature.

Matthew 21

33 Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:

34 And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.

35 And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.

36 Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise.

37 But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.

38 But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.

39 And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.

40 When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?

41 They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.

42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?

43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

45 And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them.

46 But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.

In this parable Jesus foretold of his impending Crucifixion, the destruction of the authority of the priests which resided in their control of the Temple, so in short Jesus also foretold of the destruction of the Temple in this parable as well. With the destruction of the Temple the Priests had virtually no power thus the Kingdom of G-D or Heaven was taken away from them and was given unto the nations of the Gentiles.

Jesus also announced the fulfillment of the prophesy found in Psalm 118 verse 22.

22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.

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