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The Story Index of a Composite Gospel
Introduction
The Story Index of a Composite Gospel
Story Index
The Scripture Index of a Composite Gospel
Scripture Index
The first third of a composite Gospel
Composite Gospel I
The second third of a composite Gospel
Composite Gospel II
The last third of a composite Gospel
Composite Gospel III
The last third of a composite Gospel
Special Comparison

A Composite Gospel
Part 2

This Composite Gospel using the text from The World English Bible
(WEB)
combines the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John)
plus a few verses from Acts and 1 Corinthians into one text.

In addition, The King James Version (KJV) and The Updated King James
Version (UKJV)
are also used in spots. The text coming from either the
KJV or the UKJV is identified by being (enclosed in parentheses).

The actual words in this Gospel are color-coded. Each Book has its own specific color.
Matthew - Red        Luke - Green        Acts - Orange                      
Mark - Brown         John - Blue           1 Corinthians - Light Blue

Added words (usually connecting words) - Purple

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Part 2 of 3



71 - 78
Jesus Explains the Parables


71
1 Jesus Explains The Parables
Why Does Jesus Speak In Parables?

The specific message Jesus gives in Matt 13:12 is repeated in Mark 4:25, and Luke 8:18 (See Section 73) and also Matt 25:29 (See Section 170). A somewhat similar message is found in Luke 12:48 (See Section 122).

( Matt 13:10-17 Mark 4:10-12 Luke 8:10 )

10 When he was alone, those who were around him with the twelve disciples, came and asked, "Why do you speak to them in parables?"

11 He answered them, "
To you it is given to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of God in Heaven. But to the rest, those who are outside, it is not given to them. So, all things are done in parables.
12 For whoever has, to him will be given, and he will have abundance, but whoever doesn't have, from him will be taken away even that which he has.
13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they don't see
nor perceive, and hearing, they don't hear, neither do they understand.
14 In them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says,

'By hearing you will hear, and will in no way understand; Seeing you will see, and will in no way perceive:
Lest they should turn, And their sins be forgiven them.'"
15 for this people's heart has grown callous, their ears are dull of hearing, they have closed their eyes; or else perhaps they might perceive with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their heart, and should turn again; and I would heal them.'

16 "But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear.
17 For most certainly I tell you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see the things which you see, and didn't see them; and to hear the things which you hear, and didn't hear them.


72
2 Jesus Explains The Parables
The Meaning of the Parable of the Sower

In section 66 Jesus tells the parable of the Sower. (See both section 66 against 72, together in a side-by-side comparison.)

( Matt 13:18-23 Mark 4:13-20 Luke 8:9,11-15 )

9 Then his disciples asked him, "What does this parable mean?"

13 He said to them, "Don't you understand this parable? How will you understand all of the parables?
18/11 "Hear, then, the parable of the farmer (the sower): "The seed is the word of God and the farmer sows the word.

15 The ones by the road, where the word is sown, are the ones who hear,
19/12 Then when anyone hears the word of the Kingdom, and doesn't understand it, the evil one comes, and snatches away that which has been sown in his heart. Or, when they have heard, immediately Satan comes, and takes away the word which has been sown in them. The devil comes, and takes away the word from their heart, that they may not believe and be saved.
19 This is what was sown by the roadside.

16 In the same way are what was sown on the rocky places, who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with joy.
17
But they have no root in themselves, and are short-lived.
20 So, this is he who hears the word, and immediately with joy and (gladness), receives it.
21/13 yet he has no root in himself, but endures and believes only for a while. For when oppression or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. So, he falls away in time of temptation.

18 Others are what was sown among the thorns. These are those who have heard the word,
19
But, the cares of this age choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
22/14 So, this is he who hears the word, but the cares of this age and the deceitfulness of riches, the pleasures of life, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. As they go on their way they bring no fruit to maturity.

20 That, what was sown on the good ground, are those who hear the word, and accept it, and bear fruit,
23/15 So, this is he who hears the word, with an honest and good heart, and understands it and accepts it, so that they (keep it). Having heard the word, they hold it tightly, and bring forth fruit with patience some thirty times, some sixty times, and some one hundred times. They most certainly bear fruit.


73
3 Jesus Explains The Parables
Set the Lamp on a Lampstand

The specific message Jesus gives in Mark 4:25, and Luke 8:18 is repeated in Matt 13:12 (See Section 71) and also Matt 25:29 (See Section 170). A somewhat similar message is found in Luke 12:48 (See Section 122).

( Matt 13:12 Mark 4:21-25 Luke 8:16-18 )

16 "No one, when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a container, or puts it under a bed; but puts it on a stand, that those who enter in may see the light.
17 For nothing is hidden, that will not be revealed; nor anything secret, that will not be known and come to light.
23 If any man has ears to hear, let him hear."

24 He said to them, "Take heed what you hear. With whatever measure you measure, it will be measured to you, and more will be given to you who hear.
18 So, be careful therefore how you hear. For whoever has, to him will more be given, and he will have abundance, and he who doesn't have, even that which he has will be taken away from him. Even that which he thinks he has will be taken away."


74
4 Jesus Explains The Parables
The Meaning of the Parable of the Tares

In section 68 Jesus tells the parable of the Tares. (See both section 68 against 74, together in a side-by-side comparison.)

( Matt 13:36-43 )

36 Then Jesus sent the multitudes away, and went into the house. His disciples came to him, saying, "Explain to us the parable of the darnel weeds of the field."

37 He answered them, "He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man,
38 the field is the world; and the good seed, these are the children of the Kingdom; and the darnel weeds are the children of the evil one.
39 The enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels.
40 As therefore the darnel weeds are gathered up and burned with fire; so will it be at the end of this age.
41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will gather out of his Kingdom all things that cause stumbling, and those who do iniquity,
42 and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be weeping and the gnashing of teeth.
43 Then the righteous will shine forth like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.


75
5 Jesus Explains The Parables
The Meaning of the Parable of the Hidden Treasure

( Matt 13:44 )

44 "Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found, and hid. In his joy, he goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field.


76
6 Jesus Explains The Parables
The Meaning of the Parable of the Pearl of Great Price

( Matt 13:45-46 )

45 "Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who is a merchant seeking fine pearls,
46 who having found one pearl of great price, he went and sold all that he had, and bought it.


77
7 Jesus Explains The Parables
The Meaning of the Parable of the Net

( Matt 13:47-50 )

47 "Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a dragnet, that was cast into the sea, and gathered some fish of every kind,
48 which, when it was filled, they drew up on the beach. They sat down, and gathered the good into containers, but the bad they threw away.
49 So will it be in the end of the world. The angels will come forth, and separate the wicked from among the righteous,
50 and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth."


78
8 Jesus Explains The Parables
The Meaning of the Parable of the Householder

( Matt 13:51-53 )

51 Jesus said to them, "Have you understood all these things?"

They answered him, "Yes, Lord."

52 He said to them, "Therefore, every scribe who has been made a disciple in the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who is a householder, who brings out of his treasure new and old things."

53 It happened that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed from there.



79 - 83
Remainder of the Second Tour


79
Jesus Rebuked the Storm

NOTE: There are two storm stories on the lake. In the other story, Jesus walks on water. (See section 88 to see the other storm story.)

(Matt 8:18, 23-27 Mark 4:35-41 Luke 8:22-25)

18 On that day, when evening had come, (and) when Jesus saw great multitudes around him, he said to them, "Let's go over to the other side of the lake."
23 When he got into a boat, his disciples followed him.

36 Leaving the multitude, they launched out. Other small boats were also with him.
23 But as they sailed, he fell asleep.

24 Behold, A big wind storm arose, (a great tempest) came up on the sea, and the waves beat into the boat, so much that the boat was covered with the waves, and they were taking on dangerous amounts of water.
38 He himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion,

25 They came to him, and woke him up, saying, "Master, master, we are dying!" "Teacher, don't you care that we are (perishing)?" "Save us, Lord! We are dying!"

26 He said to them, "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" Then he got up, rebuked the wind and the raging of the sea, and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!" The wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

40 (And) He said to them,
"Where is your faith?" "Why are you so afraid? How is it that you have no faith?"

25 Being greatly afraid they marveled, saying one to another, "What kind of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?" He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him?


80
Jesus Cast the Devils Out of the Demoniacs

NOTE: Matthew tells the story with two demoniacs while Mark and Luke only have a single person who is a possessed demoniac.

(Matt 8:28-34 Mark 5:1-20 Luke 8:26-39)

28 When Jesus stepped ashore on the other side of the sea, which is opposite Galilee, into the country of the Gergesenes, two people possessed by demons met him there. They had been possessed for a long time. They wore no clothes, and didn't live in a house, but in the tombs. Coming out of the tombs, they were exceedingly fierce, so that nobody could pass that way (and) nobody could bind them any more, not even with chains.
4 They had been often bound with fetters and chains, and kept under guard. And the chains had been torn apart by them, and the fetters broken in pieces. Nobody had the strength to tame them.
29 For the unclean spirit had often seized the men. Breaking the bands apart, they were driven by the demon into the desert.

5 Always, night and day, in the tombs and in the mountains, they were crying out, and cutting themselves with stones.

28 When they saw Jesus from afar, they ran and fell down before him, and with a loud voice they cried out, "What do we have to do with you, Jesus, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time? Jesus, you Son of the Most High God? we beg you, don't torment us!"

8 For he said to him, "Come out of the men, you unclean spirit!"

30/9 Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" He said, "My name is Legion, for we are many." So many demons had entered into them.

31 They begged him that he would not command them to go out
of the country, into the abyss.
32 Now there was a herd of many pigs
far away from them, feeding on the mountain.

31 All the demons begged him, saying, "If you cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of pigs that we may enter into them."

32 He said to them, "Go!" giving them permission.

33 The demons came out from the men, and entered into the herd of about two thousand pigs: and behold, the whole herd of pigs rushed (violently) down the cliff into the sea, and drowned in the water.

33 Those who fed them fled, and went away into the city, and told everything, including what happened to those who were possessed with demons.

34 Behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus,
to see what it was that had happened. And they found the men from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus' feet, clothed and in their right mind, even him who had the legion; and they were afraid.
36 Those who saw it, told them how
the men who had been possessed by demons, were healed, and about the pigs

(And) when they saw Jesus, they begged that he would depart from their borders, for they were very much afraid.

18 As Jesus was entering into the boat, the men who had been possessed by demons begged him that they might be with him.
19
But Jesus sent him away, saying, "Go to your house, to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how he had mercy on you."

And they went their way, proclaiming throughout the whole city, of Decapolis, what great things Jesus had done for them, and everyone marveled.


81
Jairus' Daughter is Healed and A Woman Touched Christ's Garment

(Matt 9:18-26 Mark 5:21-43 Luke 8:40-56)

21 When Jesus had crossed back over in the boat to the other side, a great multitude was gathered to welcome him for they were all waiting for him; and he was by the sea.

41 (And) behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue. He fell down at Jesus' feet, and begged him to come into his house,
23 saying, "My little daughter is at the point of death. Please come and lay your hands on her, that she may be made healthy, and live."
42 for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying.

19 Jesus got up and followed him, as did his disciples. But as he went, a great multitude followed him, and they pressed against him on all sides.

20 (And), behold, a woman who had an issue of blood for twelve years came behind him, and touched the fringe of his garment; And immediately the flow of her blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.

She had suffered many things by many physicians, and she had spent all her living on physicians, and could not be healed by any, but rather, she grew worse.
27 Having heard the things concerning Jesus,
she came up behind him in the crowd, and touched his clothes.
28 For she said
within herself, "If I just touch his clothes, I will be made well."

30 Immediately Jesus, perceiving in himself that the power had gone out from him, turned around in the crowd, and asked, "Who touched my clothes?"

45 When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, "Master, the multitudes press and jostle you, and you say, 'Who touched me?'"

46 But Jesus said, "Someone did touch me, for I perceived that power has gone out of me."
32 (And) he looked around to see her who had done this thing.

47 When the woman, knowing what had been done to her, saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him, and she declared to him in the presence of all the people the reason why she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.

22 But Jesus, turning around and seeing her, said, "Daughter, cheer up! Your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be cured of your disease."

And the woman was made well from that hour.

49 While he still spoke, one from the ruler of the synagogue's house came, saying to him, "Your daughter is dead. Don't trouble the Teacher any more."

50 But Jesus hearing it, answered him, "Don't be afraid. Only believe, and she will be healed."

23 When Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the flute players, and the crowd in noisy disorder. (He saw an uproar, weeping, and great wailing.)
24 he said to them, "Why do you make an uproar and weep? Don't weep. Make room, because the girl isn't dead, but sleeping."

They were ridiculing him
, knowing that she was dead.
25 But when the crowd was all put outside, he entered in.

51 When he came to the house, he didn't allow anyone to enter in, except Peter, John, James, the father of the child, and her mother.

41 Taking the child by the hand, he said to her, "Talitha cumi!" which means, being interpreted, "Girl, I tell you, get up!"

42 Immediately
her spirit returned, and the girl rose up and walked, for she was twelve years old. They were amazed with great amazement.

43 He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and commanded that something should be given to her to eat.
56 Her parents were amazed, but he commanded them to tell no one what had been done.

26 (And) the report of this went out into all that land.


82
Jesus Heals Two Blind Men and a Dumb Demoniac

(Matt 9:27-34 )

27 As Jesus passed by from there, two blind men followed him, calling out and saying, "Have mercy on us, son of David!"

28 When he had come into the house, the blind men came to him. Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?"

They told him, "Yes, Lord."

29 Then he touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith be it done to you."
30 Their eyes were opened. Jesus strictly commanded them, saying, "See that no one knows about this."
31 But they went out and spread abroad his fame in all that land.

32 As they went out, behold, a mute man who was demon possessed was brought to him.
33 When the demon was cast out, the mute man spoke. The multitudes marveled, saying, "Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel!"

34 But the Pharisees said, "By the prince of the demons, he casts out demons."


83
The Last Visit to Nazareth

NOTE: The First time Jesus taught in the synagogue is found in section 32. It was then that He was first rejected in the synagogue in Nazareth.

(Matt 13:54-58 Mark 6:1-6 )

1 He went out from there. He came into his own country, and his disciples followed him.
2 When the Sabbath had come, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many hearing him were astonished, saying,
"Where did this man get this wisdom, and these mighty works?
55 Isn't this the carpenter's son? Isn't his mother called Mary, and his brothers, James, Joses, Simon, and Judas?
56 Aren't all of his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all of these things?

and, What is the wisdom that is given to this man, that such mighty works come about by his hands?"
57 They were offended by him.

But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country,
and among his own relatives, and in his own house."

5 He could do no mighty work there because of their unbelief, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people, and healed them.
6 He marveled because of their unbelief.



84 - 108
The Third Tour of Galilee


84
Sending the 12 Out By Two's

NOTE: Matthew 10:2-4 names the twelve disciples. (See section 46 to see a more complete description of the twelve disciples when Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are put together.)

(Matt 9:35-11:1 Mark 6:6-13 Luke 9:1-6)

35 Jesus went about all the cities and the villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the Good News of the Kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness among the people.
36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion for them, because they were harassed and scattered, like sheep without a shepherd.
37 Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest indeed is plentiful, but the laborers are few.
38 Pray therefore that the Lord of the harvest will send out laborers into his harvest."

1 He called to himself his twelve disciples, and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every sickness
, and began to send them out two by two.
2 He sent them forth to preach the Kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.

2 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these. The first, Simon, who is called Peter; Andrew, his brother; James the son of Zebedee; John, his brother;
3 Philip; Bartholomew; Thomas; Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus; Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus;
4 Simon the Canaanite; and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.

5 Jesus sent these twelve out, and commanded them, saying, "Don't go among the Gentiles, and don't enter into any city of the Samaritans.
6 Rather, go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
7 As you go, preach, saying, 'The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!'
8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, and cast out demons. Freely you received, so freely give.
9 Don't take any gold, nor silver, nor brass in your money belts.
10 Take no bag for your journey, neither two coats, nor shoes, nor staff
, nor bread: for the laborer is worthy of his food.
11 Into whatever city or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy; and stay there until you go on.
12 As you enter into the household, greet it.
13 If the household is worthy, let your peace come on it, but if it isn't worthy, let your peace return to you.
14 Whoever doesn't receive you, nor hear your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake off the dust from your feet.
15 Most certainly I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city.

16 "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to councils, and in their synagogues they will scourge you.
18 Yes, and you will be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony to them and to the nations.
19 But when they deliver you up, don't be anxious how or what you will say, for it will be given you in that hour what you will say.
20 For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.

21 "Brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child. Children will rise up against parents, and cause them to be put to death.
22 You will be hated by all men for my name's sake, but he who endures to the end will be saved.
23 But when they persecute you in this city, flee into the next, for most certainly I tell you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel, until the Son of Man has come.

24 "A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his lord.
25 It is enough for the disciple that he be like his teacher, and the servant like his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more those of his household!
26 Therefore don't be afraid of them, for there is nothing covered that will not be revealed; and hidden that will not be known.
27 What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in the ear, proclaim on the housetops.
28 Don't be afraid of those who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul. Rather, fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.

29 "Aren't two sparrows sold for an assarion coin? Not one of them falls on the ground apart from your Father's will,
30 but the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
31 Therefore don't be afraid. You are of more value than many sparrows.
32 Everyone therefore who confesses me before men, him I will also confess before my Father who is in heaven.
33 But whoever denies me before men, him I will also deny before my Father who is in heaven.

34 "Don't think that I came to send peace on the earth. I didn't come to send peace, but a sword.
35 For I came to set a man at odds against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
36 A man's foes will be those of his own household.
37 He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me isn't worthy of me.
38 He who doesn't take his cross and follow after me, isn't worthy of me.
39 He who seeks his life will lose it; and he who loses his life for my sake will find it.
40 He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives him who sent me.
41 He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet's reward. He who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man will receive a righteous man's reward.
42 Whoever gives one of these little ones just a cup of cold water to drink in the name of a disciple, most certainly I tell you he will in no way lose his reward."

1 It happened that when Jesus had finished directing his twelve disciples,
12 they went out and preached that people should repent.
13 They cast out many demons, and anointed many with oil who were sick, and healed them.

1 Jesus also departed from there to teach and preach in their cities.


85
John The Baptist is Beheaded!

(Matt 14:1-12 Mark 6:14-29 Luke 9:7-9)

9 Herod said, "John I beheaded, but who is this, about whom I hear such things?" He sought to see Jesus.

1 At that time, Herod the tetrarch heard the report concerning Jesus, and all that was done by him; and he was very perplexed, because it was said by some that John had risen from the dead,
8 and by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the old prophets had risen again.

2 and Herod said to his servants, "This is John the Baptizer, whom I beheaded. He is risen from the dead. That is why these powers work in him."
3 For Herod had laid hold of
and arrested John, and bound him, and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, for he had married her.
4 For John said to him, "It is not lawful for you to have her."

19 Herodias set herself against him, and desired to kill him, but she couldn't,
20 for Herod feared John
. He would have put him to death, but he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet. Also, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, Herod kept him safe. When he heard him, he did many things, and he heard him gladly.

6 But when Herod's birthday came, he made a supper for his nobles, the high officers, and the chief men of Galilee.

22 When the daughter of Herodias herself came in and danced, she pleased Herod and those sitting with him. The king said to the young lady, "Ask me whatever you want, and I will give it to you."
7 Whereupon he promised with an oath saying:
23 "Whatever you shall ask of me, I will give you, up to half of my kingdom."

24 She went out, and said to her mother, "What shall I ask?"

She said, "The head of John the Baptizer."

25 She came in immediately with haste to the king, and asked, "I want you to give me right now the head of John the Baptizer on a platter."

9 The king was grieved and was exceedingly sorry, but for the sake of his oaths, and of those who sat at the dinner table with him, he didn't wish to refuse her.

27 Immediately the king sent out a soldier of his guard, and commanded to bring John's head, and he went and beheaded him in the prison,
11 His head was brought on a platter, and given to the young lady: and she brought it to her mother.

29 When his disciples heard this, they came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb; and they went and told Jesus.


86
Jesus and His 12 Retire, But They Feed 5000!

NOTE: There are two times where Jesus fed those who followed Him. In the other story, Jesus feeds a great multitude, 4000 men plus women and children. (See section 93.)

(Matt 14:13-21 Mark 6:30-44 Luke 9:10-17 John 6:1-13)

10 The apostles, when they had returned, gathered themselves together to Jesus, and they told him what things they had done, and whatever they had taught.

13 Now when Jesus heard of John's death,
31 He said to them, "You come apart into a deserted place, and rest awhile." For there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.

32 They went away in the boat
(privately) to the other side of the sea of Galilee, which is also called the Sea of Tiberias, to a deserted place (belonging to the) city called Bethsaida, by themselves.

33
But the multitude saw them going.

2 So, a great multitude followed him, because they saw his signs which he did on those who were sick.
Many recognized him and they followed him on foot from the cities. They arrived before them and came together to him.

3 Jesus went up into the mountain, and he sat there with his disciples.
34 Jesus saw that a great multitude was coming to him, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd.
11 He welcomed them, and spoke to them of the Kingdom of God, and he began to teach them many things and he cured those who needed healing.

4 Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand.

15 When evening had come, his twelve disciples came to him, saying, "This place is deserted, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the surrounding villages, and farms; and lodge and buy themselves food, for they have nothing to eat.

5 Jesus therefore lifting up his eyes, and seeing that a great multitude was coming to him,

16 said to them, "They don't need to go away."

5 Then Jesus said to Philip, "Where are we to buy bread, that these may eat?"
6 This he said to test him, for he himself knew what he would do.

7 Philip answered him, "Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that everyone of them may receive a little."

13/38 But he said to them, "You give them something to eat. How many loaves do you have? Go see."

8 When they knew, One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him,
9 "There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are these among so many?"
14 For they were about five thousand men.

18 He said, "Bring them here to me."

10 Jesus said, "Have the people sit down in groups of about fifty each." Now there was much grass in that place.

40 So they sat down in ranks, by hundreds and by fifties.

16 He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to the sky, he blessed them, and broke them, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave it to the multitudes, as much as they desired.

12 When they were filled, he said to his disciples, "Gather up the broken pieces which are left over, that nothing be lost."
13 So they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with broken pieces from the five barley loaves
and also of the fish, which were left over by those who had eaten.
44 Those who ate the loaves were about five thousand men, besides women and children.


87
Jesus Stopped the Multitude From Making Him King

(Matt 14:22-23 Mark 6:45-46 John 6:14-15)

14 When therefore the people saw the sign which Jesus did, they said, "This is truly the prophet who comes into the world."
15 Jesus therefore, perceiving that they were about to come and take him by force, to make him king
;
45 He immediately made his disciples get into the boat, and to go ahead of him to the other side, to Bethsaida or Capernaum, while he himself sent the multitude away.
23 After he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into the mountain by himself to pray. When evening had come, he was there alone.


88
Jesus Walks On the Water to Save the Disciples From the Storm

NOTE: There are two storm stories on the lake. In the other story, Jesus rebukes the storm. (See section 79 to see the other storm story.)

(Matt 14:24-33 Mark 6:47-52 John 6:16-21)

16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea,
17 and they entered into the boat, and were going over the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not come to them.
He was alone on the land.

24 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, distressed by the great blowing wind and the waves, for the wind was contrary.

19 When they had rowed about 3 or 4 miles, at about the fourth watch of the night; Jesus,
48 seeing them distressed in rowing,
came to them, walking on the sea.

He would have passed by them,
26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, and drawing near to the boat, they were troubled, supposed that it was a ghost, and cried out, "It's a ghost!" and they cried out for fear.
50 for they all saw him, and were troubled.

27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying "Cheer up! It is I! Don't be afraid."

28 Peter answered him and said, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the waters."

29 He said, "Come!"

Peter stepped down from the boat, and walked on the waters to come to Jesus.
30 But when he saw that the wind was strong, he was afraid, and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, "Lord, save me!"

31 Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand, took hold of him, and said to him, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?"

21 They were willing therefore to receive him into the boat.

32 (And) when they got up into the boat, the wind ceased. And they were very amazed among themselves, and marveled
33 Those who were in the boat came and worshiped him, saying, "You are truly the Son of God!"

52 for they hadn't understood about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.
Immediately the boat was at the land where they were going.


89
Jesus and His Disciples Land in Gennesaret (Capernaum)

(Matt 14:34-36 Mark 6:53-56)

53 When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret, and moored to the shore.
54 When they had come out of the boat, immediately the people recognized him,
55 and ran around that whole region, and began to bring those who were sick, on their mats, to where they heard he was.
56 Wherever he entered, into villages, or into cities, or into the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch just the fringe of his garment; and as many as touched him were made
(perfectly) well.


90
The People Followed Jesus Across the Sea But they Did Not Believe What He Said

(John 6:22-71)

22 On the next day, the multitude that stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other boat there, except the one in which his disciples had embarked, and that Jesus hadn't entered with his disciples into the boat, but his disciples had gone away alone.
23 However boats from Tiberias came near to the place where they ate the bread after the Lord had given thanks.
24 When the multitude therefore saw that Jesus wasn't there, nor his disciples, they themselves got into the boats, and came to Capernaum, seeking Jesus.
25 When they found him on the other side of the sea, they asked him, "Rabbi, when did you come here?"

26 Jesus answered them, "Most certainly I tell you, you seek me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves, and were filled.
27 Don't work for the food which perishes, but for the food which remains to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For God the Father has sealed him."

28 They said therefore to him, "What must we do, that we may work the works of God?"

29 Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent."

30 They said therefore to him, "What then do you do for a sign, that we may see, and believe you? What work do you do?
31 Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness. As it is written, 'He gave them bread out of heaven to eat.'"

32 Jesus therefore said to them, "Most certainly, I tell you, it wasn't Moses who gave you the bread out of heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread out of heaven.
33 For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world."

34 They said therefore to him, "Lord, always give us this bread."

35 Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will not be hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.
36 But I told you that you have seen me, and yet you don't believe.
37 All those who the Father gives me will come to me. Him who comes to me I will in no way throw out.
38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me.
39 This is the will of my Father who sent me, that of all he has given to me I should lose nothing, but should raise him up at the last day.
40 This is the will of the one who sent me, that everyone who sees the Son, and believes in him, should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day."

41 The Jews therefore murmured concerning him, because he said, "I am the bread which came down out of heaven."
42 They said, "Isn't this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How then does he say, 'I have come down out of heaven?'"

43 Therefore Jesus answered them, "Don't murmur among yourselves.
44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up in the last day.
45 It is written in the prophets, 'They will all be taught by God.' Therefore everyone who hears from the Father, and has learned, comes to me.
46 Not that anyone has seen the Father, except he who is from God. He has seen the Father.
47 Most certainly, I tell you, he who believes in me has eternal life.
48 I am the bread of life.
49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.
50 This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, that anyone may eat of it and not die.
51 I am the living bread which came down out of heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. Yes, the bread which I will give for the life of the world is my flesh."

52 The Jews therefore contended with one another, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"

53 Jesus therefore said to them, "Most certainly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you don't have life in yourselves.
54 He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
55 For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
56 He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me, and I in him.
57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father; so he who feeds on me, he will also live because of me.
58 This is the bread which came down out of heaven-not as our fathers ate the manna, and died. He who eats this bread will live forever."
59 He said these things in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.

60 Therefore many of his disciples, when they heard this, said, "This is a hard saying! Who can listen to it?"

61 But Jesus knowing in himself that his disciples murmured at this, said to them, "Does this cause you to stumble?
62 Then what if you would see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?
63 It is the spirit who gives life. The flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and are life.
64 But there are some of you who don't believe." For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who didn't believe, and who it was who would betray him.
65 He said, "For this cause have I said to you that no one can come to me, unless it is given to him by my Father."

66 At this, many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
67 Jesus said therefore to the twelve, "You don't also want to go away, do you?"

68 Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life.
69 We have come to believe and know that you are the Christ, the Son of the living God."

70 Jesus answered them, "Didn't I choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?"
71 Now he spoke of Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, for it was he who would betray him, being one of the twelve.


91
They Ask Jesus About Eating With Unclean Hands

(Matt 15:1-20 Mark 7:1-23 John 7:1)

1 After these things, Jesus was walking in Galilee, for he wouldn't walk in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill him.

1 Then the Pharisees, and some of the scribes gathered together to him, having come from Jerusalem.
2 Now when they saw some of his disciples eating bread with defiled, that is, unwashed, hands, they found fault.
3 (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, don't eat unless they wash their hands and forearms, holding to the tradition of the elders.
4 They don't eat when they come from the marketplace, unless they bathe themselves, and there are many other things, which they have received to hold to: washings of cups, pitchers, bronze vessels, and couches.)

1 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked:
2 "Why do your disciples disobey the tradition of the elders? For they don't wash their hands when they eat bread."

8 He answered them, "You set aside the commandment of God, and hold tightly to the tradition of men-the washing of pitchers and cups, and you do many other such things."
9 He said to them, "Full well do you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.
13 making void the word of God by your tradition, which you have handed down. You do many things like this."

3 "Why do you also disobey the commandment of God because of your tradition?
4 For God commanded, 'Honor your father and your mother,' and, 'He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him be put to death.'
11 But you say, 'If a man tells his father or his mother, "Whatever profit you might have received from me is Corban, that is to say, (a gift) given to God; Whatever help you might otherwise have gotten from me is a gift devoted to God,"
12 then you no longer allow him to do anything for his father or his mother.
6 he shall not honor his father or mother.' You have made the commandment of God void because of your tradition.

7 You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying,
8 'These people draw near to me with their mouth, and honor me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
9 And in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrine rules made by men.'"

10 He summoned the multitude
to himself, and said to them, "Hear me, all of you, and understand.
15 There is nothing which enters into the mouth of the man, that can defile him; but the things which proceeds out of the mouth of the man, this defiles the man.
16 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!"

12 Then the disciples came, and said to him, "Do you know that the Pharisees were offended, when they heard this saying?"

13 But he answered, "Every plant which my heavenly Father didn't plant will be uprooted.
14 Leave them alone. They are blind guides of the blind. If the blind guide the blind, both will fall into a pit."

17 When he had entered into a house away from the multitude, Peter asked, "Explain the parable to us."

16 So Jesus said, "Do you also still not understand?
17 Don't you understand that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the belly, and then out of the body
, so it can't defile him,
19 because it doesn't go into his heart, but into his stomach, then into the latrine, thus purifying all foods?"
18 But the things which proceed out of the mouth come out of the heart, and they defile the man.
19 For out of the heart come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual sins, thefts, false testimony,
22 covetings, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, an evil eye, blasphemies, pride, and foolishness.
20 These are the things that come from within, and defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands doesn't defile the man."


92
A Greek Lady Asked Jesus to Cast the Demon Out of her Daughter

(Matt 15:21-28 Mark 7:24-30)

21 Jesus went out from there, and withdrew into the region of Tyre and Sidon. (And) he entered into a house, and didn't want anyone to know it, but he couldn't escape notice.
22 Behold, a Canaanite woman came out from those borders, and cried, saying, "Have mercy on me, Lord, you son of David! My daughter is severely demonized!"

25/26 Now the woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by race. Her little daughter had an unclean spirit; So, having heard of him, she came and fell down at his feet. And she begged him that he would cast the demon out of her daughter.

23 But he answered her not a word.

His disciples came and begged him, saying, "Send her away; for she cries after us."

24 But he answered, "I wasn't sent to anyone but the lost sheep of the house of Israel."

25 But she came and worshiped him, saying, "Lord, help me."

26 But he answered,
"Let the children be filled first, for it is not appropriate to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs."

27 But she said, "Yes, Lord, but even the dogs eat the
children's crumbs which fall from their masters' table."

28 Then Jesus answered her, "Woman, great is your faith!
For this saying, go your way. Be it done to you even as you desire. The demon has gone out of your daughter."

And her daughter was healed from that hour.

30 She went away to her house, and found the child having been laid on the bed, with the demon gone out.


93
Jesus Fed A Great Multitude

NOTE: There are two times where Jesus fed a great multitude. In the other story, Jesus feeds 5000 men plus women and children. (See section 86.)

(Matt 15:29-38 Mark 7:31-8:9)

31 Again Jesus departed from the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and came near to the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the region of Decapolis; and he went up into the mountain, and sat there.
30 Great multitudes came to him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others, and they put them down at his feet. He healed them,
32 (And) they brought to him one who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech. They begged him to lay his hand on him.
33 He took him aside from the multitude, privately, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat, and touched his tongue.
34 Looking up to heaven, he sighed, and said to him, "Ephphatha!" that is, "Be opened!"
35 Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was released, and he spoke clearly.
31 so that the multitude wondered when they saw the mute speaking, injured whole, lame walking, and blind seeing-and they glorified the God of Israel.
36 He commanded them that they should tell no one, but the more he commanded them, so much the more widely they proclaimed it.
37 They were astonished beyond measure, saying, "He has done all things well. He makes even the deaf hear, and the mute speak!"

1 In those days, when there was a very great multitude,
32 Jesus summoned his disciples and said, "I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days and have nothing to eat. I don't want to send them away fasting, or they might faint on the way, for some of them have come a long way."

33 The disciples said to him, "Where should we get so many loaves in a deserted place as to satisfy so great a multitude?"

34 Jesus said to them, "How many loaves do you have?"

They said, "Seven, and a few small fish."

35 He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground;
36 and he took the seven loaves. He gave thanks and broke them, and gave to the disciples
to serve, and they served the multitude.
7 They had a few small fish. Having blessed them, he said to serve these also.
37 They all ate, and were filled. They took up seven baskets full of the broken pieces that were left over.
38 Those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children.


94
They Attack Jesus, Asking For a Sign From Heaven

(Matt 15:39-16:4 Mark 8:10-12)

39 Then he sent away the multitudes, Immediately he got into the boat with his disciples, and came into the borders of Magdala into the region of Dalmanutha.

1 The Pharisees and Sadducees came out and began to question him, seeking to test him. So they asked him to show them a sign from heaven.

12 He sighed deeply in his spirit, and said, "Why does this generation seek a sign?
2 But he answered them, "When it is evening, you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.'
3 In the morning, 'It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.' Hypocrites! You know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but you can't discern the signs of the times!
4 An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign
. Most certainly I tell you, no sign will be given to this generation except the sign of the prophet Jonah."

He left them, and departed.


95
Jesus Questions The 12 on Bread and The Doctrine of the Sadducees and Pharisees

(Matt 16:5-12 Mark 8:13-26)

13 He left the Pharisees and Sadducees, and again entering into the boat, departed to the other side.
5 The disciples came to the other side and had forgotten to take bread. They didn't have more than one loaf in the boat with them.

6 Jesus said to them, "Take heed and beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees and the yeast of Herod."

7 They reasoned among themselves, saying, "We brought no bread."

17 Jesus, perceiving it, said to them, "Why do you reason among yourselves, that it's because you have no bread? Don't you perceive yet, neither understand? You of little faith, 'because you have brought no bread?' Is your heart still hardened?
18 Having eyes, don't you see? Having ears, don't you hear? Don't you remember?
19 When I broke the five loaves among the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?"

They told him, "Twelve."

20 "When the seven loaves fed the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?"

They told him, "Seven."

21 He asked them, "Don't you understand, yet?"

11 How is it that you don't perceive that I didn't speak to you concerning bread? But beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees."

12 Then they understood that he didn't tell them to beware of the yeast of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

22 He came to Bethsaida. They brought a blind man to him, and begged him to touch him.
23 He took hold of the blind man by the hand, and brought him out of the village. When he had spit on his eyes, and laid his hands on him, he asked him if he saw anything.

24 He looked up, and said, "I see men; for I see them like trees walking."

25 Then again he laid his hands on his eyes. He looked intently, and was restored, and saw everyone clearly.
26 He sent him away to his house, saying, "Don't enter into the village, nor tell anyone in the village."


96
Jesus Asks: Who Do Men Say I Am?
Peter Answers: You Are The Son Of God!

(Matt 16:13-20 Mark 8:27-30 Luke 9:18-21)

13 Now when Jesus came into the parts of Caesarea Philippi, he was praying alone. And when the disciples were with him, on the way, he asked his disciples, saying, "Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?"

14 They said, "Some say John the Baptizer, some, Elijah, and others, Jeremiah, or one of the
old prophets who is risen again."

15 He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"

16 Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."

17 Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.
18 I also tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my assembly, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.
19 I will give to you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven; and whatever you release on earth will have been released in heaven."
20 Then he
warned and commanded the disciples that they should tell no one that he was Jesus the Christ.


97
If Anyone Desires To Come After Me, Let Him Deny Himself, Take Up His Cross, And Follow Me

(Matt 16:21-26 Mark 8:31-37 Luke 9:22-25)

21 From that time, Jesus began to show his disciples that he, The Son of Man, must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and the third day be raised up.

32 He spoke to them openly. Then Peter took him aside, and began to rebuke him, saying, "Far be it from you, Lord! This will never be done to you."

23 But
(when he had turned) around, and (looked) at his disciples, he turned, and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me, for you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of men."

34 He called the multitude to himself with his disciples, and said to them,
24 "If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, and whoever will lose his life for my sake
, and the sake of the Good News, will find and save it.
26 For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits his own self?
37 For what will a man give in exchange for his life?


98
Jesus Will Reward All When He Comes Again
Some Here Will Not Die Till They See Me Coming

(Matt 16:27-28 Mark 8:38-9:1 Luke 9:26-27)

38 For whoever will be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man also will be ashamed of him, when he comes.
27 For the Son of Man will come in his own glory, and in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then he will render to everyone according to his deeds.
28 Most certainly I tell you
the truth: there are some standing here who will in no way taste of death, until they see the Son of Man coming in his Kingdom with power."


99
The Transfiguration Of Jesus On the Mountain

NOTE: (See verse 5 below.) God speaks about His Son in very endearing terms out loud so that the disciples could hear. The Father gives virtually the same message at Christ's baptism. (See also section 17) (See both section 17 and 99 together, side-by-side on a special page)

(Matt 17:1-9 Mark 9:2-10 Luke 9:28-36)

1 After six or about eight days, Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John his brother, and brought them up into a high mountain privately by themselves, to pray.
29 As he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered,
and he was changed into another form in front of them.
2 He was transfigured. His face shone like the sun, and his garments became as white as the light and dazzling.
3 Exceedingly white, like snow, such as no launderer on earth can whiten them.

3 Behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them talking with Jesus.
31 who appeared in glory, and spoke of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.

32 Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, but when they were fully awake, they saw his glory, and the two men who stood with him.
33 It happened, as they were parting from him, that Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is good for us to be here.
If you want, let's make three tents: one for you, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah," not knowing what he said.
6 For he didn't know what to say, for they were very afraid.

5 While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered into the cloud. Behold, a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Listen to him."

6 When the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces, and were very afraid.

36 When the voice had finished, Jesus came and touched them and said, "Get up, and don't be afraid."

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8 Suddenly looking around and lifting up their eyes, they saw no one with them any more, except Jesus.
9 As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, "Don't tell anyone what you saw, until the Son of Man has risen from the dead."

36 They were silent, and told no one in those days any of the things which they had seen.
10 They kept this saying to themselves, questioning what the "rising from the dead" meant.


100
Does Elijah Come First?

(Matt 17:10-13 Mark 9:11-13)

10 His disciples asked him, saying, "Then why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?"

11 Jesus answered them, "Elijah indeed comes first, and will restore all things,
12 (And) how is it written about the Son of Man, that he should suffer many things and be despised?
12 but I tell you that Elijah has come already, and they didn't recognize him, but did to him whatever they wanted to
even as it is written about him. Even so the Son of Man will also suffer by them."
13 Then the disciples understood that he spoke to them of John the Baptizer.


101
Jesus Cures the Demoniac Boy,
Whom The 12 Could Not Heal

(Matt 17:14-21 Mark 9:14-29 Luke 9:37-43)

37 (And) it happened on the next day.

14 Coming to the disciples, when they had come down from the mountain, he saw a great multitude around them, and scribes questioning them.
15 Immediately all the multitude, when they saw him, were greatly amazed, and running to him greeted him.
16 He asked the scribes, "What are you asking them?"

14 A man from the crowd came to him, kneeling down to him, and answered,
15 "Lord, have mercy, I beg you to look at my son, who has a mute spirit, for he is my only child. He is epileptic, and suffers grievously; for he often falls into the fire, and often into the water.
18 and wherever a spirit takes him, it throws him down. He suddenly cries out, and it convulses him so that he foams at the mouth, and grinds his teeth, and wastes away and it hardly departs from him, bruising him severely.
16 So I brought him to your disciples. I begged your disciples to cast it out, and they weren't able. They could not cure him."

17 Jesus answered, "Faithless
, Unbelieving, and perverse generation! How long will I be with you? How long will I bear with you? Bring your son here to me."

20 They brought him to him, (and) while the child was still coming, he saw Jesus. Immediately the demon threw him down and convulsed him violently. And he fell on the ground, wallowing and foaming at the mouth.

21 He asked his father, "How long has it been since this has come to him?"

He said, "From childhood.
22 Often it has cast him both into the fire and into the water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us, and help us."

23 Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes."

24 Immediately the father of the child cried out with tears, "I believe. Help my unbelief!"

25 When Jesus saw that a multitude came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to him, "You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again!"

26 Having cried out, and convulsed greatly
; The demon went out of him. The boy became like one dead; so much that most of them said, "He is dead."
27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and raised him up; and he arose
. Jesus gave him back to his father, and the boy was cured from that hour.

28 When he had come into the house, his
disciples came to Jesus privately, and said, "Why weren't we able to cast it out?"

20 He said to them, "Because of your unbelief. For most certainly I tell you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
21 But this kind doesn't go out except by prayer and fasting."

43 They were all astonished at the majesty of God.


102
Jesus Again Tells Of His Death and Resurrection

(Matt 17:22-23 Mark 9:30-32 Luke 9:43-45)

30 (And) they went out from there, and passed through Galilee. He didn't want anyone to know it.
22 But while they were staying in Galilee, all the people were marveling at all the things which Jesus did.

So, Jesus said to his disciples,
44 "Let these words sink into your ears, for the Son of Man is about to be delivered up into the hands of men."
23 and they will kill him,
and when he is killed, on the third day, he will be raised up."

They were exceedingly sorry.
45 But they didn't understand this saying. It was concealed from them, that they should not perceive it, and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.


103
Jesus Pays the Temple Tax

(Matt 17:24-27 )

24 When they had come to Capernaum, those who collected the didrachma coins came to Peter, and said, "Doesn't your teacher pay the didrachma?"
25 He said, "Yes."

When he came into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, "What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth receive toll or tribute? From their children, or from strangers?"

26 Peter said to him, "From strangers."

Jesus said to him, "Therefore the children are exempt.
27 But, lest we cause them to stumble, go to the sea, cast a hook, and take up the first fish that comes up. When you have opened its mouth, you will find a stater coin. Take that, and give it to them for me and you."


104
Who Will Be The Greatest?

NOTE: This is one story where the text of Matthew could not me made to agree with Mark and Luke for the purposes of this Composite Gospel.

(Matt 18:1-5 Mark 9:33-37 Luke 9:46-48 )

33 Jesus came to Capernaum,
46 (Then) there arose an argument among His disciples about which of them was the greatest.


1 In that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who then is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?"


47 Jesus, perceiv
ed the reasoning of their hearts
33 and when he was in the house he asked them, "What were you arguing among yourselves on the way?"

34 But they were silent, for they had disputed one with another on the way about who was the greatest.


35 (And) He sat down, and called the twelve; and he said to them, "If any man wants to be first, he shall be last of all, and servant of all."
2 Jesus called a little child to himself, and set him in the midst of them, (and) taking him in his arms, he said to them,
3 "Most certainly I tell you, unless you turn, and become as little children, you will in no way enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.
4 Whoever therefore humbles himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.
48 "Whoever receives this little child in my name receives me. Whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For whoever is least among you all, this one will be great."


105
John is Rebuked Who Stopped Others From Working in Jesus Name

(Matt 18:6-14 Mark 9:38-50 Luke 9:49-50 )

49 John answered, "Master, we saw someone who doesn't follow us casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him, because he doesn't follow with us."

50 Jesus said to him, "Don't forbid him, for there is no one who will do a mighty work in my name, and be able quickly to speak evil of me, for he who is not against us is for us."
41 For whoever will give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because you are Christ's, most certainly I tell you, he will in no way lose his reward.
6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it would be better for him if he was thrown into the sea with a millstone hung around his neck that he should be sunk in the depths of the sea.

7 "Woe to the world because of occasions of stumbling! For it must be that the occasions come, but woe to that person through whom the occasion comes!
8 If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off, and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life maimed or crippled, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast
into (Hell), into the eternal unquenchable fire.
44 'where their worm doesn't die, and the fire is not quenched.'
45 If your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life lame, rather than having your two feet to be cast into Gehenna, into the fire that will never be quenched-
46 'where their worm doesn't die, and the fire is not quenched.'
9 If your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out, and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into the (Hell) of fire.
48 'where their worm doesn't die, and the fire is not quenched.'
49 For everyone will be salted with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt.
50 Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, with what will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another."
10 See that you don't despise one of these little ones, for I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.
11 For the Son of Man came to save that which was lost.

12 "What do you think? If a man has one hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, doesn't he leave the ninety-nine, go to the mountains, and seek that which has gone astray?
13 If he finds it, most certainly I tell you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray.
14 Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.


106
How Many Times Should We Forgive Our Brother, 7 Times?

(Matt 18:15-35 )

15 "If your brother sins against you, go, show him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained back your brother.
16 But if he doesn't listen, take one or two more with you, that at the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the assembly. If he refuses to hear the assembly also, let him be to you as a Gentile or a tax collector.
18 Most certainly I tell you, whatever things you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven, and whatever things you release on earth will have been released in heaven.
19 Again, assuredly I tell you, that if two of you will agree on earth concerning anything that they will ask, it will be done for them by my Father who is in heaven.
20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them."

21 Then Peter came and said to him, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Until seven times?"

22 Jesus said to him, "I don't tell you until seven times, but, until seventy times seven.
23 Therefore the Kingdom of Heaven is like a certain king, who wanted to reconcile accounts with his servants.
24 When he had begun to reconcile, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.
25 But because he couldn't pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, with his wife, his children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
26 The servant therefore fell down and kneeled before him, saying, 'Lord, have patience with me, and I will repay you all!'
27 The lord of that servant, being moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.

28 "But that servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, who owed him one hundred denarii, and he grabbed him, and took him by the throat, saying, 'Pay me what you owe!'

29 "So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, 'Have patience with me, and I will repay you!'
30 He would not, but went and cast him into prison, until he should pay back that which was due.
31 So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were exceedingly sorry, and came and told to their lord all that was done.
32 Then his lord called him in, and said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt, because you begged me.
33 Shouldn't you also have had mercy on your fellow servant, even as I had mercy on you?'
34 His lord was angry, and delivered him to the tormentors, until he should pay all that was due to him.
35 So my heavenly Father will also do to you, if you don't each forgive your brother from your hearts for his misdeeds."


107
Follow Me, Let The Dead Bury Their Own Dead, But You Go And Preach The Kingdom Of God

(Matt 8:19-22 Luke 9:57-62 )

57 As they went on the way, a scribe came, and said to him, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go."

20 Jesus said to him, "The foxes have holes, and the birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head."

21 Another of his disciples said to him, "Lord, allow me first to go and bury my father."

22 But Jesus said to him, "Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead
, but you go and announce the Kingdom of God."

61 Another also said, "I want to follow you, Lord, but first allow me to say good-bye to those who are at my house."

62 But Jesus said to him, "No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God."


108
Jesus Rejects His Unbelieving Brothers Counsel

(John 7:2-9)

2 Now the feast of the Jews, the Feast of Booths, was at hand.
3 His brothers therefore said to him, "Depart from here, and go into Judea, that your disciples also may see your works which you do.
4 For no one does anything in secret, and himself seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, reveal yourself to the world."
5 For even his brothers didn't believe in him.

6 Jesus therefore said to them, "My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready.
7 The world can't hate you, but it hates me, because I testify about it, that its works are evil.
8 You go up to the feast. I am not yet going up to this feast, because my time is not yet fulfilled."

9 Having said these things to them, he stayed in Galilee.



109 - 125
Jesus Comes Back to Judea


109
Jesus Goes To Jerusalem Secretly Through Samaria

(Luke 9:51-56 John 7:10)

51 It came to pass, when the days were near that he should be taken up, he intently set his face to go to Jerusalem,
10 So, when his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly, but as it were in secret.
52 and sent messengers before his face. They went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, so as to prepare for him.
53 They didn't receive him, because he was traveling with his face set towards Jerusalem.
54 When his disciples, James and John, saw this, they said, "Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from the sky, and destroy them, just as Elijah did?"

55 But he turned and rebuked them, "You don't know of what kind of spirit you are.
56 For the Son of Man didn't come to destroy men's lives, but to save them."

They went to another village.


110
Jesus Creates Intense Excitement By Coming To the Feast Of Tabernacles

(John 7:11-52)

11 The Jews therefore sought him at the feast, and said, "Where is he?"
12 There was much murmuring among the multitudes concerning him. Some said, "He is a good man." Others said, "Not so, but he leads the multitude astray."
13 Yet no one spoke openly of him for fear of the Jews.
14 But when it was now the midst of the feast, Jesus went up into the temple and taught.
15 The Jews therefore marveled, saying, "How does this man know letters, having never been educated?"

16 Jesus therefore answered them, "My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.
17 If anyone desires to do his will, he will know about the teaching, whether it is from God, or if I am speaking from myself.
18 He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory, but he who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.
19 Didn't Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keeps the law? Why do you seek to kill me?"

20 The multitude answered, "You have a demon! Who seeks to kill you?"

21 Jesus answered them, "I did one work, and you all marvel because of it.
22 Moses has given you circumcision (not that it is of Moses, but of the fathers), and on the Sabbath you circumcise a boy.
23 If a boy receives circumcision on the Sabbath, that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me, because I made a man completely healthy on the Sabbath?
24 Don't judge according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment."

25 Therefore some of them of Jerusalem said, "Isn't this he whom they seek to kill?
26 Behold, he speaks openly, and they say nothing to him. Can it be that the rulers indeed know that this is truly the Christ?
27 However we know where this man comes from, but when the Christ comes, no one will know where he comes from."

28 Jesus therefore cried out in the temple, teaching and saying, "You both know me, and know where I am from. I have not come of myself, but he who sent me is true, whom you don't know.
29 I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me."

30 They sought therefore to take him; but no one laid a hand on him, because his hour had not yet come.
31 But of the multitude, many believed in him. They said, "When the Christ comes, he won't do more signs than those which this man has done, will he?"
32 The Pharisees heard the multitude murmuring these things concerning him, and the chief priests and the Pharisees sent officers to arrest him.

33 Then Jesus said, "I will be with you a little while longer, then I go to him who sent me.
34 You will seek me, and won't find me; and where I am, you can't come."

35 The Jews therefore said among themselves, "Where will this man go that we won't find him? Will he go to the Dispersion among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks?
36 What is this word that he said, 'You will seek me, and won't find me; and where I am, you can't come'?"

37 Now on the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink!
38 He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, from within him will flow rivers of living water."
39 But he said this about the Spirit, which those believing in him were to receive. For the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus wasn't yet glorified.

40 Many of the multitude therefore, when they heard these words, said, "This is truly the prophet."
41 Others said, "This is the Christ." But some said, "What, does the Christ come out of Galilee?
42 Hasn't the Scripture said that the Christ comes of the seed of David, and from Bethlehem, the village where David was?"
43 So there arose a division in the multitude because of him.
44 Some of them would have arrested him, but no one laid hands on him.
45 The officers therefore came to the chief priests and Pharisees, and they said to them, "Why didn't you bring him?"

46 The officers answered, "No man ever spoke like this man!"

47 The Pharisees therefore answered them, "You aren't also led astray, are you?
48 Have any of the rulers believed in him, or of the Pharisees?
49 But this multitude that doesn't know the law is accursed."

50 Nicodemus (he who came to him by night, being one of them) said to them,
51 "Does our law judge a man, unless it first hears from him personally and knows what he does?"

52 They answered him, "Are you also from Galilee? Search, and see that no prophet has arisen out of Galilee."


111
In Order To Trap Him, Jesus is Asked to Judge a Woman Taken in Adultery

(John 7:53-8:11)

53 Everyone went to his own house,
1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
2 Now very early in the morning, he came again into the temple, and all the people came to him. He sat down, and taught them.
3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman taken in adultery. Having set her in the midst,
4 they told him, "Teacher, we found this woman in adultery, in the very act.
5 Now in our law, Moses commanded us to stone such. What then do you say about her?"
6 They said this testing him, that they might have something to accuse him of.

But Jesus stooped down, and wrote on the ground with his finger, (as though he
had not heard them).
7 But when they continued asking him, he looked up and said to them, "He who is without sin among you, let him throw the first stone at her."
8 Again he stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground.

9 They, when they heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning from the oldest, even to the last. Jesus was left alone with the woman where she was, in the middle.
10 Jesus, standing up, (s
eeing none but the woman, he) said, "Woman, where are your accusers? Did no one condemn you?"

11 She said, "No one, Lord."

Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you. Go your way. From now on, sin no more."


112
I Am the Light of Life!
Thus Jesus Angers the Pharisees

(John 8:12-20)

12 Again, therefore, Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life."

13 The Pharisees therefore said to him, "You testify about yourself. Your testimony is not valid."

14 Jesus answered them, "Even if I testify about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from, and where I am going; but you don't know where I came from, or where I am going.
15 You judge according to the flesh. I judge no one.
16 Even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for I am not alone, but I am with the Father who sent me.
17 It's also written in your law that the testimony of two people is valid.
18 I am one who testifies about myself, and the Father who sent me testifies about me."

19 They said therefore to him, "Where is your Father?"

Jesus answered, "You know neither me, nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also."
20 Jesus spoke these words in the treasury, as he taught in the temple. Yet no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.


113
They Try To Stone Jesus When He Exposes Their Sinfulness

(John 8:21-59)

21 Jesus said therefore again to them, "I am going away, and you will seek me, and you will die in your sins. Where I go, you can't come."

22 The Jews therefore said, "Will he kill himself, that he says, 'Where I am going, you can't come?'"

23 He said to them, "You are from beneath. I am from above. You are of this world. I am not of this world.
24 I said therefore to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am he, you will die in your sins."

25 They said therefore to him, "Who are you?"

Jesus said to them, "Just what I have been saying to you from the beginning.
26 I have many things to speak and to judge concerning you. However he who sent me is true; and the things which I heard from him, these I say to the world."

27 They didn't understand that he spoke to them about the Father.
28 Jesus therefore said to them, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and I do nothing of myself, but as my Father taught me, I say these things.
29 He who sent me is with me. The Father hasn't left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him."

30 As he spoke these things, many believed in him.
31 Jesus therefore said to those Jews who had believed him, "If you remain in my word, then you are truly my disciples.
32 You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."

33 They answered him, "We are Abraham's seed, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How do you say, 'You will be made free?'"

34 Jesus answered them, "Most certainly I tell you, everyone who commits sin is the bondservant of sin.
35 A bondservant doesn't live in the house forever. A son remains forever.
36 If therefore the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.
37 I know that you are Abraham's seed, yet you seek to kill me, because my word finds no place in you.
38 I say the things which I have seen with my Father; and you also do the things which you have seen with your father."

39 They answered him, "Our father is Abraham."

Jesus said to them, "If you were Abraham's children, you would do the works of Abraham.
40 But now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God. Abraham didn't do this.
41 You do the works of your father."

They said to him, "We were not born of sexual immorality. We have one Father, God."

42 Therefore Jesus said to them, "If God were your father, you would love me, for I came out and have come from God. For I haven't come of myself, but he sent me.
43 Why don't you understand my speech? Because you can't hear my word.
44 You are of your father, the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and doesn't stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks on his own; for he is a liar, and its father.
45 But because I tell the truth, you don't believe me.
46 Which of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me?
47 He who is of God hears the words of God. For this cause you don't hear, because you are not of God."

48 Then the Jews answered him, "Don't we say well that you are a Samaritan, and have a demon?"

49 Jesus answered, "I don't have a demon, but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me.
50 But I don't seek my own glory. There is one who seeks and judges.
51 Most certainly, I tell you, if a person keeps my word, he will never see death."

52 Then the Jews said to him, "Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died, and the prophets; and you say, 'If a man keeps my word, he will never taste of death.'
53 Are you greater than our father, Abraham, who died? The prophets died. Who do you make yourself out to be?"

54 Jesus answered, "If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say that he is our God.
55 You have not known him, but I know him. If I said, 'I don't know him,' I would be like you, a liar. But I know him, and keep his word.
56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day. He saw it, and was glad."

57 The Jews therefore said to him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?"

58 Jesus said to them, "Most certainly, I tell you, before Abraham came into existence, I AM."

59 Therefore they took up stones to throw at him, but Jesus was hidden, and went out of the temple, having gone through the midst of them, and so passed by.


114
Jesus Heals A Blind Man Who Outwits The Pharisees Who Forbid Any Recognition of Jesus as the Messiah

(John 9:1-41)

1 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth.
2 His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"

3 Jesus answered, "Neither did this man sin, nor his parents; but, that the works of God might be revealed in him.
4 I must work the works of him who sent me, while it is day. The night is coming, when no one can work.
5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world."
6 When he had said this, he spat on the ground, made mud with the saliva, anointed the blind man's eyes with the mud,
7 and said to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam" (which means "Sent"). So he went away, washed, and came back seeing.
8 The neighbors therefore, and those who saw that he was blind before, said, "Isn't this he who sat and begged?"
9 Others were saying, "It is he." Still others were saying, "He looks like him."

He said, "I am he."

10 They therefore were asking him, "How were your eyes opened?"

11 He answered, "A man called Jesus made mud, anointed my eyes, and said to me, 'Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash.' So I went away and washed, and I received sight."

12 Then they asked him, "Where is he?"

He said, "I don't know."

13 They brought him who had been blind to the Pharisees.
14 It was a Sabbath when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes.
15 Again therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he received his sight. He said to them, "He put mud on my eyes, I washed, and I see."

16 Some therefore of the Pharisees said, "This man is not from God, because he doesn't keep the Sabbath." Others said, "How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?" There was division among them.
17 Therefore they asked the blind man again, "What do you say about him, because he opened your eyes?"

He said, "He is a prophet."

18 The Jews therefore did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and had received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight,
19 and asked them, "Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?"

20 His parents answered them, "We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind;
21 but how he now sees, we don't know; or who opened his eyes, we don't know. He is of age. Ask him. He will speak for himself."
22 His parents said these things because they feared the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that if any man would confess him as Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue.
23 Therefore his parents said, "He is of age. Ask him."

24 So they called the man who was blind a second time, and said to him, "Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner."

25 He therefore answered, "I don't know if he is a sinner. One thing I do know: that though I was blind, now I see."

26 They said to him again, "What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?"

27 He answered them, "I told you already, and you didn't listen. Why do you want to hear it again? You don't also want to become his disciples, do you?"

28 They insulted him and said, "You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses.
29 We know that God has spoken to Moses. But as for this man, we don't know where he comes from."

30 The man answered them, "How amazing! You don't know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes.
31 We know that God doesn't listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshipper of God, and does his will, he listens to him.
32 Since the world began it has never been heard of that anyone opened the eyes of someone born blind.
33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing."

34 They answered him, "You were altogether born in sins, and do you teach us?" They threw him out.

35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and finding him, he said, "Do you believe in the Son of God?"

36 He answered, "Who is he, Lord, that I may believe in him?"

37 Jesus said to him, "You have both seen him, and it is he who speaks with you."

38 He said, "Lord, I believe!" and he worshiped him.

39 Jesus said, "I came into this world for judgment, that those who don't see may see; and that those who see may become blind."

40 Those of the Pharisees who were with him heard these things, and said to him, "Are we also blind?"

41 Jesus said to them, "If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, 'We see.' Therefore your sin remains.


115
I Am The Good Shepherd, All Others Are Thieves and Robbers

(John 10:1-21)

1 "Most certainly, I tell you, one who doesn't enter by the door into the sheep fold, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
2 But one who enters in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out.
4 Whenever he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.
5 They will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him; for they don't know the voice of strangers."
6 Jesus spoke this parable to them, but they didn't understand what he was telling them.

7 Jesus therefore said to them again, "Most certainly, I tell you, I am the sheep's door.
8 All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep didn't listen to them.
9 I am the door. If anyone enters in by me, he will be saved, and will go in and go out, and will find pasture.
10 The thief only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.
11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
12 He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who doesn't own the sheep, sees the wolf coming, leaves the sheep, and flees. The wolf snatches the sheep, and scatters them.
13 The hired hand flees because he is a hired hand, and doesn't care for the sheep.
14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own, and I'm known by my own;
15 even as the Father knows me, and I know the Father. I lay down my life for the sheep.
16 I have other sheep, which are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will hear my voice. They will become one flock with one shepherd.
17 Therefore the Father loves me, because I lay down my life, that I may take it again.
18 No one takes it away from me, but I lay it down by myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. I received this commandment from my Father."

19 Therefore a division arose again among the Jews because of these words.
20 Many of them said, "He has a demon, and is insane! Why do you listen to him?"
21 Others said, "These are not the sayings of one possessed by a demon. It isn't possible for a demon to open the eyes of the blind, is it?"


116
Jesus Sent Seventy Out Two by Two,
They Come Back Bringing Joy to Jesus

NOTE: Below starting with verse 12 is a curse to those who had rejected the message of peace by God's laborers, in this case, the seventy. This is the same exact curse that is prescribed on those who did not repent when they heard and saw the mighty works of Jesus Himself. (See section 59 to see the curse of those who had rejected Jesus in person) (See both section 59 and 116 together, side-by-side on a special page)

(Luke 10:1-24)

1 Now after these things, the Lord also appointed seventy others, and sent them two by two ahead of him into every city and place, where he was about to come.
2 Then he said to them, "The harvest is indeed plentiful, but the laborers are few. Pray therefore to the Lord of the harvest, that he may send out laborers into his harvest.
3 Go your ways. Behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves.
4 Carry no purse, nor wallet, nor sandals. Greet no one on the way.
5 Into whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace be to this house.'
6 If a son of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you.
7 Remain in that same house, eating and drinking the things they give, for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Don't go from house to house.
8 Into whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat the things that are set before you.
9 Heal the sick who are therein, and tell them, 'The Kingdom of God has come near to you.'
10 But into whatever city you enter, and they don't receive you, go out into its streets and say,
11 'Even the dust from your city that clings to us, we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the Kingdom of God has come near to you.'
12 I tell you, it will be more tolerable in that day for Sodom than for that city.

13 "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon which were done in you, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.
14 But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the judgment than for you.
15 You, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades.
16 Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me. Whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me."

17 The seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!"

18 He said to them, "I saw Satan having fallen like lightning from heaven.
19 Behold, I give you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. Nothing will in any way hurt you.
20 Nevertheless, don't rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."

21 In that same hour Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit, and said, "I thank you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for so it was well-pleasing in your sight."

22 Turning to the disciples, he said, "All things have been delivered to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is, except the Father, and who the Father is, except the Son, and he to whomever the Son desires to reveal him."

23 Turning to the disciples, he said privately, "Blessed are the eyes which see the things that you see,
24 for I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see the things which you see, and didn't see them, and to hear the things which you hear, and didn't hear them."


117
What Shall I Do To Inherit Eternal Life?
The Good Samaritan

(Luke 10:25-37)

25 Behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested him, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"

26 He said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you read it?"

27 He answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself."

28 He said to him, "You have answered correctly. Do this, and you will live."

29 But he, desiring to justify himself, asked Jesus, "Who is my neighbor?"

30 Jesus answered, "A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who both stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
31 By chance a certain priest was going down that way. When he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
32 In the same way a Levite also, when he came to the place, and saw him, passed by on the other side.
33 But a certain Samaritan, as he traveled, came where he was. When he saw him, he was moved with compassion,
34 came to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. He set him on his own animal, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
35 On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, and gave them to the host, and said to him, 'Take care of him. Whatever you spend beyond that, I will repay you when I return.'
36 Now which of these three do you think seemed to be a neighbor to him who fell among the robbers?"

37 He said, "He who showed mercy on him."

Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."


118
Jesus With Martha And Mary

(Luke 10:38-42)

38 It happened as they went on their way, he entered into a certain village, and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.
39 She had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.
40 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she came up to him, and said, "Lord, don't you care that my sister left me to serve alone? Ask her therefore to help me."

41 Jesus answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things,
42 but one thing is needed. Mary has chosen the good part, which will not be taken away from her."


119
Lord Teach Us To Pray, The Lord's Prayer

The Lord's Prayer is found in the Bible in two places. They are kept as two separate texts to allow for comparison because it is such a famous quote from Jesus. (See also section 51) (See both section 51 and 119 together, side-by-side on a special page)

(Matt 6:9-13 Luke 11:1-13)

1 It happened, that when he finished praying in a certain place, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, just as John also taught his disciples."

2 He said to them, "When you pray, say,

'Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.
10 Let your Kingdom come. Let your will be done, as in heaven, so on earth.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 Forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors.
13 Bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen.'

'Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come. May your will be done on Earth, as it is in heaven.
3 Give us day by day our daily bread.
4 Forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. Bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.'"


5 He said to them, "Which of you, if you go to a friend at midnight, and tell him, 'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread,
6 for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him,'
7 and he from within will answer and say, 'Don't bother me. The door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I can't get up and give it to you'?
8 I tell you, although he will not rise and give it to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence, he will get up and give him as many as he needs.

9 "I tell you, keep asking, and it will be given you. Keep seeking, and you will find. Keep knocking, and it will be opened to you.
10 For everyone who asks receives. He who seeks finds. To him who knocks it will be opened.

11 "Which of you fathers, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he won't give him a snake instead of a fish, will he?
12 Or if he asks for an egg, he won't give him a scorpion, will he?
13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?"


120
Jesus is Accused of Casting Out Demons by Beelzebub

In section 62 and section 63, This story is put together with a story in Matthew and Mark. They are probably all referring to the same event. (See both section 62-63 against 120, together in a side-by-side comparision so you can determine whether these different accounts should be placed together.)

(Luke 11:14-36)

14 He was casting out a demon, and it was mute. It happened, when the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke; and the multitudes marveled.
15 But some of them said, "He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the prince of the demons."
16 Others, testing him, sought from him a sign from heaven.
17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation. A house divided against itself falls.
18 If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul.
19 But if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your children cast them out? Therefore will they be your judges.
20 But if I by the finger of God cast out demons, then the Kingdom of God has come to you.

21 "When the strong man, fully armed, guards his own dwelling, his goods are safe.
22 But when someone stronger attacks him and overcomes him, he takes from him his whole armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoils.

23 "He that is not with me is against me. He who doesn't gather with me scatters.
24 The unclean spirit, when he has gone out of the man, passes through dry places, seeking rest, and finding none, he says, 'I will turn back to my house from which I came out.'
25 When he returns, he finds it swept and put in order.
26 Then he goes, and takes seven other spirits more evil than himself, and they enter in and dwell there. The last state of that man becomes worse than the first."

27 It came to pass, as he said these things, a certain woman out of the multitude lifted up her voice, and said to him, "Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts which nursed you!"

28 But he said, "On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God, and keep it."

29 When the multitudes were gathering together to him, he began to say, "This is an evil generation. It seeks after a sign. No sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah, the prophet.
30 For even as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will also the Son of Man be to this generation.
31 The Queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and will condemn them: for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, one greater than Solomon is here.
32 The men of Nineveh will stand up in the judgment with this generation, and will condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, one greater than Jonah is here.

33 "No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, that those who come in may see the light.
34 The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore when your eye is good, your whole body is also full of light; but when it is evil, your body also is full of darkness.
35 Therefore see whether the light that is in you isn't darkness.
36 If therefore your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly full of light, as when the lamp with its bright shining gives you light."


121
Woe Unto You Pharisees!

(Luke 11:37-54)

37 Now as he spoke, a certain Pharisee asked him to dine with him. He went in, and sat at the table.
38 When the Pharisee saw it, he marveled that he had not first washed himself before dinner.
39 The Lord said to him, "Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the platter, but your inward part is full of extortion and wickedness.
40 You foolish ones, didn't he who made the outside make the inside also?
41 But give for gifts to the needy those things which are within, and behold, all things will be clean to you.
42 But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and every herb, but you bypass justice and the love of God. You ought to have done these, and not to have left the other undone.
43 Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the best seats in the synagogues, and the greetings in the marketplaces.
44 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like hidden graves, and the men who walk over them don't know it."

45 One of the lawyers answered him, "Teacher, in saying this you insult us also."

46 He said, "Woe to you lawyers also! For you load men with burdens that are difficult to carry, and you yourselves won't even lift one finger to help carry those burdens.
47 Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets, and your fathers killed them.
48 So you testify and consent to the works of your fathers. For they killed them, and you build their tombs.
49 Therefore also the wisdom of God said, 'I will send to them prophets and apostles; and some of them they will kill and persecute,
50 that the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation;
51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zachariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary.' Yes, I tell you, it will be required of this generation.
52 Woe to you lawyers! For you took away the key of knowledge. You didn't enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in, you hindered."

53 As he said these things to them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to be terribly angry, and to draw many things out of him;
54 lying in wait for him, and seeking to catch him in something he might say, that they might accuse him.


122
Beware Ye Of The Leaven Of the Pharisees, Which is Hypocrisy

The message Jesus gives in Luke 12:48 is somewhat similar to the messages found in Matt 13:12 (See Section 71) and both Mark 4:25, and Luke 8:18 (See Section 73) and also Matt 25:29 (See Section 170).

(Luke 12)

1 Meanwhile, when a multitude of many thousands had gathered together, so much so that they trampled on each other, he began to tell his disciples first of all, "Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
2 But there is nothing covered up, that will not be revealed, nor hidden, that will not be known.
3 Therefore whatever you have said in the darkness will be heard in the light. What you have spoken in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops.

4 "I tell you, my friends, don't be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
5 But I will warn you whom you should fear. Fear him, who after he has killed, has power to cast into Gehenna. Yes, I tell you, fear him.

6 "Aren't five sparrows sold for two assaria coins? Not one of them is forgotten by God.
7 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Therefore don't be afraid. You are of more value than many sparrows.

8 "I tell you, everyone who confesses me before men, him will the Son of Man also confess before the angels of God;
9 but he who denies me in the presence of men will be denied in the presence of the angels of God.
10 Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but those who blaspheme against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
11 When they bring you before the synagogues, the rulers, and the authorities, don't be anxious how or what you will answer, or what you will say;
12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that same hour what you must say."

13 One of the multitude said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me."

14 But he said to him, "Man, who made me a judge or an arbitrator over you?"
15 He said to them, "Beware! Keep yourselves from covetousness, for a man's life doesn't consist of the abundance of the things which he possesses."

16 He spoke a parable to them, saying, "The ground of a certain rich man brought forth abundantly.
17 He reasoned within himself, saying, 'What will I do, because I don't have room to store my crops?'
18 He said, 'This is what I will do. I will pull down my barns, and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.
19 I will tell my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years. Take your ease, eat, drink, be merry."'

20 "But God said to him, 'You foolish one, tonight your soul is required of you. The things which you have prepared-whose will they be?'
21 So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."

22 He said to his disciples, "Therefore I tell you, don't be anxious for your life, what you will eat, nor yet for your body, what you will wear.
23 Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.
24 Consider the ravens: they don't sow, they don't reap, they have no warehouse or barn, and God feeds them. How much more valuable are you than birds!
25 Which of you by being anxious can add a cubit to his height?
26 If then you aren't able to do even the least things, why are you anxious about the rest?
27 Consider the lilies, how they grow. They don't toil, neither do they spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
28 But if this is how God clothes the grass in the field, which today exists, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith?
29 Don't seek what you will eat or what you will drink; neither be anxious.
30 For the nations of the world seek after all of these things, but your Father knows that you need these things.
31 But seek God's Kingdom, and all these things will be added to you.
32 Don't be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.
33 Sell that which you have, and give gifts to the needy. Make for yourselves purses which don't grow old, a treasure in the heavens that doesn't fail, where no thief approaches, neither moth destroys.
34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

35 "Let your waist be dressed and your lamps burning.
36 Be like men watching for their lord, when he returns from the marriage feast; that, when he comes and knocks, they may immediately open to him.
37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord will find watching when he comes. Most certainly I tell you, that he will dress himself, and make them recline, and will come and serve them.
38 They will be blessed if he comes in the second or third watch, and finds them so.
39 But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what hour the thief was coming, he would have watched, and not allowed his house to be broken into.
40 Therefore be ready also, for the Son of Man is coming in an hour that you don't expect him."

41 Peter said to him, "Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everybody?"

42 The Lord said, "Who then is the faithful and wise steward, whom his lord will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the right times?
43 Blessed is that servant whom his lord will find doing so when he comes.
44 Truly I tell you, that he will set him over all that he has.
45 But if that servant says in his heart, 'My lord delays his coming,' and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken,
46 then the lord of that servant will come in a day when he isn't expecting him, and in an hour that he doesn't know, and will cut him in two, and place his portion with the unfaithful.
47 That servant, who knew his lord's will, and didn't prepare, nor do what he wanted, will be beaten with many stripes,
48 but he who didn't know, and did things worthy of stripes, will be beaten with few stripes. To whoever much is given, of him will much be required; and to whom much was entrusted, of him more will be asked.

49 "I came to throw fire on the earth. I wish it were already kindled.
50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished!
51 Do you think that I have come to give peace in the earth? I tell you, no, but rather division.
52 For from now on, there will be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.
53 They will be divided, father against son, and son against father; mother against daughter, and daughter against her mother; mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law, and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law."

54 He said to the multitudes also, "When you see a cloud rising from the west, immediately you say, 'A shower is coming,' and so it happens.
55 When a south wind blows, you say, 'There will be a scorching heat,' and it happens.
56 You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky, but how is it that you don't interpret this time?
57 Why don't you judge for yourselves what is right?
58 For when you are going with your adversary before the magistrate, try diligently on the way to be released from him, lest perhaps he drag you to the judge, and the judge deliver you to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison.
59 I tell you, you will by no means get out of there, until you have paid the very last penny."


123
Parable of the Barren Fig Tree
All Must Repent or Perish!

NOTE: In this parable, Jesus tells of the barren fig tree. A fig tree is allowed time for it to produce figs. But Jesus speaks of a time when the time runs out and the fig tree is cut down and destroyed if no figs are produced. If we do not repent and if we are found with no fruit, we also will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

In section 146 and section 149 Jesus curses a fig tree because it has no fruit. This might have been a message to the disciples about the time they were living in and the people who had rejected Christ.

In section 165 a normal fig tree is used to help us determine when the world will end and when Jesus will come. (See all three sections, 123, 146, 149, and 165 together, side-by-side on a special page.)

(Luke 13:1-9)

1 Now there were some present at the same time who told him about the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.
2 Jesus answered them, "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered such things?
3 I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all perish in the same way.
4 Or those eighteen, on whom the tower in Siloam fell, and killed them; do you think that they were worse offenders than all the men who dwell in Jerusalem?
5 I tell you, no, but, unless you repent, you will all perish in the same way."

6 He spoke this parable. "A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it, and found none.
7 He said to the vine dresser, 'Behold, these three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and found none. Cut it down. Why does it waste the soil?'
8 He answered, 'Lord, leave it alone this year also, until I dig around it, and fertilize it.
9 If it bears fruit, fine; but if not, after that, you can cut it down.'"


124
Jesus Heals a Crippled Woman on the Sabbath

(Luke 13:10-21)

10 He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath day.
11 Behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and she was bent over, and could in no way straighten herself up.
12 When Jesus saw her, he called her, and said to her, "Woman, you are freed from your infirmity."
13 He laid his hands on her, and immediately she stood up straight, and glorified God.

14 The ruler of the synagogue, being indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the multitude, "There are six days in which men ought to work. Therefore come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day!"

15 Therefore the Lord answered him, "You hypocrites! Doesn't each one of you free his ox or his donkey from the stall on the Sabbath, and lead him away to water?
16 Ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan had bound eighteen long years, be freed from this bondage on the Sabbath day?"

17 As he said these things, all his adversaries were disappointed, and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.

18 He said, "What is the Kingdom of God like? To what shall I compare it?
19 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and put in his own garden. It grew, and became a large tree, and the birds of the sky lodged in its branches."

20 Again he said, "To what shall I compare the Kingdom of God?
21 It is like yeast, which a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, until it was all leavened."


125
The Jews Try to Stone Jesus

(John 10:22-39)

22 It was the Feast of the Dedication at Jerusalem.
23 It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in Solomon's porch.
24 The Jews therefore came around him and said to him, "How long will you hold us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly."

25 Jesus answered them, "I told you, and you don't believe. The works that I do in my Father's name, these testify about me.
26 But you don't believe, because you are not of my sheep, as I told you.
27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
28 I give eternal life to them. They will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.
29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of my Father's hand.
30 I and the Father are one."

31 Therefore Jews took up stones again to stone him.
32 Jesus answered them, "I have shown you many good works from my Father. For which of those works do you stone me?"

33 The Jews answered him, "We don't stone you for a good work, but for blasphemy: because you, being a man, make yourself God."

34 Jesus answered them, "Isn't it written in your law, 'I said, you are gods?'
35 If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture can't be broken),
36 do you say of him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, 'You blaspheme,' because I said, 'I am the Son of God?'
37 If I don't do the works of my Father, don't believe me.
38 But if I do them, though you don't believe me, believe the works; that you may know and believe that the Father is in me, and I in the Father."

39 They sought again to seize him, and he went out of their hand.



126 - 144
Jesus Ministers Beyond The Jordan and Eastern Judea


126
Jesus Leaves Jerusalem to Beyond the Jordan

(John 10:40-42)

40 He went away again beyond the Jordan into the place where John was baptizing at first, and there he stayed.
41 Many came to him. They said, "John indeed did no sign, but everything that John said about this man is true."
42 Many believed in him there.


127
Returning Toward Jerusalem, Jesus is Warned that Herod Wants to Kill Him

(Luke 13:22-35)

22 He went on his way through cities and villages, teaching, and traveling on to Jerusalem.
23 One said to him, "Lord, are they few who are saved?"

He said to them,
24 "Strive to enter in by the narrow door, for many, I tell you, will seek to enter in, and will not be able.
25 When once the master of the house has risen up, and has shut the door, and you begin to stand outside, and to knock at the door, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open to us!' then he will answer and tell you, 'I don't know you or where you come from.'
26 Then you will begin to say, 'We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.'
27 He will say, 'I tell you, I don't know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity.'
28 There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets, in the Kingdom of God, and yourselves being thrown outside.
29 They will come from the east, west, north, and south, and will sit down in the Kingdom of God.
30 Behold, there are some who are last who will be first, and there are some who are first who will be last."

31 On that same day, some Pharisees came, saying to him, "Get out of here, and go away, for Herod wants to kill you."

32 He said to them, "Go and tell that fox, 'Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I complete my mission.
33 Nevertheless I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the next day, for it can't be that a prophet perish outside of Jerusalem.'

34 "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that kills the prophets, and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, like a hen gathers her own brood under her wings, and you refused!
35 Behold, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me, until you say, 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!'"


128
With a Chief Pharisee, Jesus Heals on the Sabbath

(Luke 14:1-24)

1 It happened, when he went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees on a Sabbath to eat bread, that they were watching him.
2 Behold, a certain man who had dropsy was in front of him.
3 Jesus, answering, spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?"

4 But they were silent.

He took him, and healed him, and let him go.
5 He answered them, "Which of you, if your son or an ox fell into a well, wouldn't immediately pull him out on a Sabbath day?"

6 They couldn't answer him regarding these things.

7 He spoke a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the best seats, and said to them,
8 "When you are invited by anyone to a marriage feast, don't sit in the best seat, since perhaps someone more honorable than you might be invited by him,
9 and he who invited both of you would come and tell you, 'Make room for this person.' Then you would begin, with shame, to take the lowest place.
10 But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes, he may tell you, 'Friend, move up higher.' Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you.
11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted."

12 He also said to the one who had invited him, "When you make a dinner or a supper, don't call your friends, nor your brothers, nor your kinsmen, nor rich neighbors, or perhaps they might also return the favor, and pay you back.
13 But when you make a feast, ask the poor, the maimed, the lame, or the blind;
14 and you will be blessed, because they don't have the resources to repay you. For you will be repaid in the resurrection of the righteous."

15 When one of those who sat at the table with him heard these things, he said to him, "Blessed is he who will feast in the Kingdom of God!"

16 But he said to him, "A certain man made a great supper, and he invited many people.
17 He sent out his servant at supper time to tell those who were invited, 'Come, for everything is ready now.'
18 They all as one began to make excuses.

"The first said to him, 'I have bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please have me excused.'

19 "Another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I must go try them out. Please have me excused.'

20 "Another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore I can't come.'

21 "That servant came, and told his lord these things. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor, maimed, blind, and lame.'

22 "The servant said, 'Lord, it is done as you commanded, and there is still room.'

23 "The lord said to the servant, 'Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
24 For I tell you that none of those men who were invited will taste of my supper.'"


129
Whoever Does Not Bear His Own Cross,
and Follows Me Cannot be my Disciple

(Luke 14:25-35)

25 Now great multitudes were going with him. He turned and said to them,
26 "If anyone comes to me, and doesn't disregard his own father, mother, wife, children, brothers, and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he can't be my disciple.
27 Whoever doesn't bear his own cross, and come after me, can't be my disciple.
28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, doesn't first sit down and count the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it?
29 Or perhaps, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, everyone who sees begins to mock him,
30 saying, 'This man began to build, and wasn't able to finish.'
31 Or what king, as he goes to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?
32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends an envoy, and asks for conditions of peace.
33 So therefore whoever of you who doesn't renounce all that he has, he can't be my disciple.
34 Salt is good, but if the salt becomes flat and tasteless, with what do you season it?
35 It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile. It is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear."


130
Jesus Receives Sinners!
The Lost Sheep, The Lost Coin, The Lost Son

(Luke 15:1-32)

1 Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming close to him to hear him.
2 The Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, "This man welcomes sinners, and eats with them."

3 He told them this parable.
4 "Which of you men, if you had one hundred sheep, and lost one of them, wouldn't leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one that was lost, until he found it?
5 When he has found it, he carries it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
6 When he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!'
7 I tell you that even so there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance.
8 Or what woman, if she had ten drachma coins, if she lost one drachma coin, wouldn't light a lamp, sweep the house, and seek diligently until she found it?
9 When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the drachma which I had lost.'
10 Even so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner repenting."

11 He said, "A certain man had two sons.
12 The younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me my share of your property.' He divided his livelihood between them.
13 Not many days after, the younger son gathered all of this together and traveled into a far country. There he wasted his property with riotous living.
14 When he had spent all of it, there arose a severe famine in that country, and he began to be in need.
15 He went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed pigs.
16 He wanted to fill his belly with the husks that the pigs ate, but no one gave him any.
17 But when he came to himself he said, 'How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough to spare, and I'm dying with hunger!
18 I will get up and go to my father, and will tell him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight.
19 I am no more worthy to be called your son. Make me as one of your hired servants."'

20 "He arose, and came to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him, and was moved with compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
21 The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.'

22 "But the father said to his servants, 'Bring out the best robe, and put it on him. Put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet.
23 Bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat, and celebrate;
24 for this, my son, was dead, and is alive again. He was lost, and is found.' They began to celebrate.

25 "Now his elder son was in the field. As he came near to the house, he heard music and dancing.
26 He called one of the servants to him, and asked what was going on.
27 He said to him, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and healthy.'
28 But he was angry, and would not go in. Therefore his father came out, and begged him.
29 But he answered his father, 'Behold, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed a commandment of yours, but you never gave me a goat, that I might celebrate with my friends.
30 But when this, your son, came, who has devoured your living with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him.'

31 "He said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours.
32 But it was appropriate to celebrate and be glad, for this, your brother, was dead, and is alive again. He was lost, and is found.'"


131
Jesus Stopped the Multitude from Making Him King

((Luke 16:1-17:10)

1 He also said to his disciples, "There was a certain rich man who had a manager. An accusation was made to him that this man was wasting his possessions.
2 He called him, and said to him, 'What is this that I hear about you? Give an accounting of your management, for you can no longer be manager.'

3 "The manager said within himself, 'What will I do, seeing that my lord is taking away the management position from me? I don't have strength to dig. I am ashamed to beg.
4 I know what I will do, so that when I am removed from management, they may receive me into their houses.'
5 Calling each one of his lord's debtors to him, he said to the first, 'How much do you owe to my lord?'
6 He said, 'A hundred batos of oil.' He said to him, 'Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.'
7 Then he said to another, 'How much do you owe?' He said, 'A hundred cors of wheat.' He said to him, 'Take your bill, and write eighty.'

8 "His lord commended the dishonest manager because he had done wisely, for the children of this world are, in their own generation, wiser than the children of the light.
9 I tell you, make for yourselves friends by means of unrighteous mammon, so that when you fail, they may receive you into the eternal tents.
10 He who is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much. He who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.
11 If therefore you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
12 If you have not been faithful in that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own?
13 No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. You aren't able to serve God and mammon."

14 The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they scoffed at him.
15 He said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts. For that which is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.
16 The law and the prophets were until John. From that time the Good News of the Kingdom of God is preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it.
17 But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away, than for one tiny stroke of a pen in the law to fall.
18 Everyone who divorces his wife, and marries another, commits adultery. He who marries one who is divorced from a husband commits adultery.

19 "Now there was a certain rich man, and he was clothed in purple and fine linen, living in luxury every day.
20 A certain beggar, named Lazarus, was laid at his gate, full of sores,
21 and desiring to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man's table. Yes, even the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 It happened that the beggar died, and that he was carried away by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died, and was buried.
23 In Hades, he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far off, and Lazarus at his bosom.
24 He cried and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue! For I am in anguish in this flame.'

25 "But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that you, in your lifetime, received your good things, and Lazarus, in the same way, bad things. But now here he is comforted and you are in anguish.
26 Besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, that those who want to pass from here to you are not able, and that none may cross over from there to us.'

27 "He said, 'I ask you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father's house;
28 for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, so they won't also come into this place of torment.'

29 "But Abraham said to him, 'They have Moses and the prophets. Let them listen to them.'

30 "He said, 'No, father Abraham, but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.'

31 "He said to him, 'If they don't listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if one rises from the dead.'"

1 He said to the disciples, "It is impossible that no occasions of stumbling should come, but woe to him through whom they come!
2 It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, rather than that he should cause one of these little ones to stumble.
3 Be careful. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him. If he repents, forgive him.
4 If he sins against you seven times in the day, and seven times returns, saying, 'I repent,' you shall forgive him."

5 The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith."

6 The Lord said, "If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you would tell this sycamore tree, 'Be uprooted, and be planted in the sea,' and it would obey you.
7 But who is there among you, having a servant plowing or keeping sheep, that will say, when he comes in from the field, 'Come immediately and sit down at the table,'
8 and will not rather tell him, 'Prepare my supper, clothe yourself properly, and serve me, while I eat and drink. Afterward you shall eat and drink'?
9 Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded? I think not.
10 Even so you also, when you have done all the things that are commanded you, say, 'We are unworthy servants. We have done our duty.'"


132
Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead

(John 11:1-44)

1 Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus from Bethany, of the village of Mary and her sister, Martha.
2 It was that Mary who had anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother, Lazarus, was sick.
3 The sisters therefore sent to him, saying, "Lord, behold, he for whom you have great affection is sick."
4 But when Jesus heard it, he said, "This sickness is not to death, but for the glory of God, that God's Son may be glorified by it."
5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.
6 When therefore he heard that he was sick, he stayed two days in the place where he was.
7 Then after this he said to the disciples, "Let's go into Judea again."

8 The disciples told him, "Rabbi, the Jews were just trying to stone you, and are you going there again?"

9 Jesus answered, "Aren't there twelve hours of daylight? If a man walks in the day, he doesn't stumble, because he sees the light of this world.
10 But if a man walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light isn't in him."
11 He said these things, and after that, he said to them, "Our friend, Lazarus, has fallen asleep, but I am going so that I may awake him out of sleep."

12 The disciples therefore said, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover."

13 Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he spoke of taking rest in sleep.
14 So Jesus said to them plainly then, "Lazarus is dead.
15 I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, so that you may believe. Nevertheless, let's go to him."

16 Thomas therefore, who is called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples, "Let's go also, that we may die with him."

17 So when Jesus came, he found that he had been in the tomb four days already.
18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about fifteen stadia away.
19 Many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to console them concerning their brother.
20 Then when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary stayed in the house.
21 Therefore Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you would have been here, my brother wouldn't have died.
22 Even now I know that, whatever you ask of God, God will give you."
23 Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."

24 Martha said to him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day."

25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will still live, even if he dies.
26 Whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"

27 She said to him, "Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ, God's Son, he who comes into the world."

28 When she had said this, she went away, and called Mary, her sister, secretly, saying, "The Teacher is here, and is calling you."

29 When she heard this, she arose quickly, and went to him.
30 Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was in the place where Martha met him.
31 Then the Jews who were with her in the house, and were consoling her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up quickly and went out, followed her, saying, "She is going to the tomb to weep there."
32 Therefore when Mary came to where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying to him, "Lord, if you would have been here, my brother wouldn't have died."

33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews weeping who came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled,
34 and said, "Where have you laid him?"

They told him, "Lord, come and see."

35 Jesus wept.

36 The Jews therefore said, "See how much affection he had for him!"
37 Some of them said, "Couldn't this man, who opened the eyes of him who was blind, have also kept this man from dying?"

38 Jesus therefore, again groaning in himself, came to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone lay against it.
39 Jesus said, "Take away the stone."

Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to him, "Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days."

40 Jesus said to her, "Didn't I tell you that if you believed, you would see God's glory?"

41 So they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, "Father, I thank you that you listened to me.
42 I know that you always listen to me, but because of the multitude that stands around I said this, that they may believe that you sent me."
43 When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!"

44 He who was dead came out, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth.

Jesus said to them, "Free him, and let him go."


133
The Reaction of Lazarus' Raising From the Dead

(John 11:45-54)

45 Therefore many of the Jews, who came to Mary and saw what Jesus did, believed in him.
46 But some of them went away to the Pharisees, and told them the things which Jesus had done.
47 The chief priests therefore and the Pharisees gathered a council, and said, "What are we doing? For this man does many signs.
48 If we leave him alone like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation."

49 But a certain one of them, Caiaphas, being high priest that year, said to them, "You know nothing at all,
50 nor do you consider that it is advantageous for us that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish."
51 Now he didn't say this of himself, but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation,
52 and not for the nation only, but that he might also gather together into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.
53 So from that day forward they took counsel that they might put him to death.
54 Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews, but departed from there into the country near the wilderness, to a city called Ephraim. He stayed there with his disciples.


134
Jesus Heals the 10 Lepers,
What is the Kingdom of God?

There is another account where Jesus speaks about the very same subject. At that time Jesus speaks about the Kingdom of God 166.

(See the two sections, 134, and 166 together. There is a side-by-side view and a composite view that includes both sections on a special page.)

(Luke 17:11-37)

11 It happened as he was on his way to Jerusalem, that he was passing along the borders of Samaria and Galilee.
12 As he entered into a certain village, ten men who were lepers met him, who stood at a distance.
13 They lifted up their voices, saying, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!"

14 When he saw them, he said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." It happened that as they went, they were cleansed.
15 One of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice.
16 He fell on his face at Jesus' feet, giving him thanks; and he was a Samaritan.
17 Jesus answered, "Weren't the ten cleansed? But where are the nine?
18 Were there none found who returned to give glory to God, except this stranger?"
19 Then he said to him, "Get up, and go your way. Your faith has healed you."

20 Being asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would come, he answered them, "The Kingdom of God doesn't come with observation;
21 neither will they say, 'Look, here!' or, 'Look, there!' for behold, the Kingdom of God is within you."

22 He said to the disciples, "The days will come, when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it.
23 They will tell you, 'Look, here!' or 'Look, there!' Don't go away, nor follow after them,
24 for as the lightning, when it flashes out of the one part under the sky, shines to the other part under the sky; so will the Son of Man be in his day.
25 But first, he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.
26 As it happened in the days of Noah, even so will it be also in the days of the Son of Man.
27 They ate, they drank, they married, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ship, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
28 Likewise, even as it happened in the days of Lot: they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built;
29 but in the day that Lot went out from Sodom, it rained fire and sulfur from the sky, and destroyed them all.
30 It will be the same way in the day that the Son of Man is revealed.
31 In that day, he who will be on the housetop, and his goods in the house, let him not go down to take them away. Let him who is in the field likewise not turn back.
32 Remember Lot's wife!
33 Whoever seeks to save his life loses it, but whoever loses his life preserves it.
34 I tell you, in that night there will be two people in one bed. The one will be taken, and the other will be left.
35 There will be two grinding grain together. One will be taken, and the other will be left."
36 Two men will be in the field, the one will be taken, and the other left.
37 They, answering, asked him, "Where, Lord?"

He said to them, "Where the body is, there will the vultures also be gathered together."


135
Two Parables on Prayer

(Luke 18:1-14)

1 He also spoke a parable to them that they must always pray, and not give up,
2 saying, "There was a judge in a certain city who didn't fear God, and didn't respect man.
3 A widow was in that city, and she often came to him, saying, 'Defend me from my adversary!'
4 He wouldn't for a while, but afterward he said to himself, 'Though I neither fear God, nor respect man,
5 yet because this widow bothers me, I will defend her, or else she will wear me out by her continual coming.'"

6 The Lord said, "Listen to what the unrighteous judge says.
7 Won't God avenge his chosen ones, who are crying out to him day and night, and yet he exercises patience with them?
8 I tell you that he will avenge them quickly. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?"

9 He spoke also this parable to certain people who were convinced of their own righteousness, and who despised all others.
10 "Two men went up into the temple to pray; one was a Pharisee, and the other was a tax collector.
11 The Pharisee stood and prayed to himself like this: 'God, I thank you, that I am not like the rest of men, extortioners, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.
12 I fast twice a week. I give tithes of all that I get.'
13 But the tax collector, standing far away, wouldn't even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!'
14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted."


136
Is it Lawful for a Man to Divorce His Wife for Just any Reason?

(Matt 19:1-12 Mark 10:1-12)

1 He arose from Galilee and came into the borders of Judea and beyond the Jordan. Multitudes came together to him again. As he usually did, he was again teaching them.
Great multitudes followed him, and he healed them there.
3 Pharisees came to him, testing him, and saying, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason?"

4 He answered, "Haven't you read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female,
5 and said, 'For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall join to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh?'
6 So that they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, don't let man tear apart."

7 They asked him, "Why then did Moses command us to give her a bill of divorce, and divorce her?"

8 He said to them, "Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it has not been so.
9 I tell you that whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and he who marries her when she is divorced commits adultery."
9 "What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate."
10 In the house His disciples said to him, "If this is the case of the man with his wife, it is not expedient to marry."

11 So He said to them, "Whoever divorces his wife, and marries another, commits adultery against her.
12 If a woman herself divorces her husband, and marries another, she commits adultery."
11 But he said to them, "Not all men can receive this saying, but those to whom it is given.
12 For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother's womb, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men; and there are eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven's sake. He who is able to receive it, let him receive it."


137
Let the Little Children Come to Me,
For Such is the Kingdom of Heaven

(Matt 19:13-15 Mark 10:13-16 Luke 18:15-17)

13 Then little children and infants were brought to him, that he should lay his hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked those who were bringing them.
14 But when Jesus saw it, he was moved with indignation, and said to them, "Allow the little children to come to me! Don't forbid them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
17 Most certainly, I tell you, whoever doesn't receive the Kingdom of God like a little child, he will in no way enter into it."
16 He took them in his arms, and blessed them, laying his hands on them and then He departed from there.


138
The Rich Young Ruler
What Do I Do to Inherit Eternal Life?

(Matt 19:16-30 Mark 10:17-31 Luke 18:18-30)

17 As he was going out into the way, one ran to him, knelt before him, and asked him, "Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?"
19 Jesus asked him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good, except one-God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments."

18 He said to him, "Which ones?"

Jesus said, "'You shall not murder.' 'You shall not commit adultery.' 'You shall not steal.' 'You shall not offer false testimony.'
19
'Do not defraud,' 'Honor your father and mother.' And, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'"
20 The young man said to Him,
"Teacher, all these things I have observed from my youth. What do I still lack?"

21 Jesus looking at him, loved him, and said to him, "One thing you lack. If you want to be perfect, Go your way, Sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross and follow me."
22 But when the young man heard the saying, he went away sad, for he was one who had great possessions.
24 Jesus, seeing that he became very sad, looked around,
23 then Jesus said to his disciples, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter into the Kingdom of God? Most certainly I say to you, a rich man will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven with difficulty.

24 The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus answered again, "Children, how hard is it for those who trust in riches to enter into the Kingdom of God!
24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to enter in through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God."
25 When the disciples heard it, they were exceedingly astonished, saying to him, "Then who can be saved?"

26 Looking at them, Jesus said, "With men this is impossible, but
not with God; for with God all things are possible."
27 Then Peter answered, "Behold, we have left everything, and followed you. What then will we have?"

28 Jesus said to them, "Most certainly I tell you that you who have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on the throne of his glory, you also will sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
29 Everyone who has left houses, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake
and for the sake of the Good News, will receive one hundred times now in this time, houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and land, with persecutions; and will inherit in the age to come, eternal life.
30 But many will be last who are first; and first who are last.


139
Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard

(Matt 20:1-16 )

1 "For the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who was the master of a household, who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.
2 When he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
3 He went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace.
4 To them he said, 'You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.' So they went their way.
5 Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise.
6 About the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle. He said to them, 'Why do you stand here all day idle?'

7 "They said to him, 'Because no one has hired us.'

"He said to them, 'You also go into the vineyard, and you will receive whatever is right.'
8 When evening had come, the lord of the vineyard said to his manager, 'Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning from the last to the first.'

9 "When those who were hired at about the eleventh hour came, they each received a denarius.
10 When the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise each received a denarius.
11 When they received it, they murmured against the master of the household,
12 saying, 'These last have spent one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat!'

13 "But he answered one of them, 'Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Didn't you agree with me for a denarius?
14 Take that which is yours, and go your way. It is my desire to give to this last just as much as to you.
15 Isn't it lawful for me to do what I want to with what I own? Or is your eye evil, because I am good?'
16 So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few are chosen."


140
Jesus Tells the Disciples About His Death and Resurrection

(Matt 20:17-19 Mark 10:32-34 Luke 18:31-34 )

32 They were on the way, going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus was going in front of them, and they were amazed; and those who followed were afraid. He again took the twelve, and began to tell them the things that were going to happen to him.
18 "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem and all the things that are written through the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be completed. And the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death,
19 and will hand him over to the Gentiles to mock
and spit on, to scourge and kill Him. And the third day he will be raised up."
34 They understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they didn't understand the things that were said.


141
James and John Want to be Great in the Kingdom

(Matt 20:20-28 Mark 10:35-45 )

20 Then the mother of James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him with her sons, kneeling and asking a certain thing of him.
21 And He said to her, "What do you want
me to do for you?" She said to him, "Command that these, my two sons, may sit, one on your right hand, and one on your left hand, in your Kingdom."
22 But Jesus answered, "You don't know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?"

They said to him, "We are able."

23 Jesus said to them, "You will indeed drink my cup, that I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with, but to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it is for whom it has been prepared by my Father."
41 When the ten heard it, they began to be indignant towards James and John.

42 Jesus summoned them, and said to them, "You know that they who are recognized as rulers over the nations lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them.
26 It shall not be so among you, but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant.
27 Whoever desires to be first among you shall be your bondservant,
28 "
For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."


142
Jesus Heals Bartimaeus and his Companion

(Matt 20:29-34 Mark 10:46-52 Luke 18:35-43 )

29 They came to Jericho. As they went out from Jericho, a great multitude followed him.
30 Behold, two blind men,
Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, and his companion, They were sitting by the road begging.
36 Hearing a multitude going by, he asked what this meant.
37 They told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by.
When they heard that they began to cry out, "Have mercy on us, Jesus, O Lord, Son of David!"

31 The multitude rebuked them, telling them that they should be quiet, but they cried out even more,

"Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!"
49 and Jesus stood still, and said, "Call them.

They called the blind
men, saying to him, "Cheer up! Get up. He is calling you!"

50 And casting away
their garments, they sprang up, and came to Jesus.

51 Jesus asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?"

33 They told him, "Lord, that our eyes may be opened."
34 Jesus, being moved with compassion, touched their eyes;
52 and said to him, "Go your way. Receive your sight; Your faith has made you well." Immediately they received their sight, and followed Jesus in the way, glorifying God. All the people, when they saw it, praised God.


143
Jesus Visits Zacchaeus in His Home

Jesus tells a parable in Zacchaeus' home. This parable is similar to the Talents parable in Mathew. (See the parable of the Talents in section 170) (See both section 143 and 170 together, side-by-side on a special page)

While the parable of the Minas and the parable of the Talents 170 are not directly related to the parable of the faithful and wise servant 168 there are close spiritual ties that you might want to explore.

(Luke 19:1-28 )

1 Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.
2 There was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector, and he was rich.
3 He was trying to see who Jesus was, and couldn't because of the crowd, because he was short.
4 He ran on ahead, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was to pass that way.
5 When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and saw him, and said to him, "Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house."
6 He hurried, came down, and received him joyfully.
7 When they saw it, they all murmured, saying, "He has gone in to lodge with a man who is a sinner."

8 Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, "Behold, Lord, half of my goods I give to the poor. If I have wrongfully exacted anything of anyone, I restore four times as much."

9 Jesus said to him, "Today, salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham.
10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost."

11 As they heard these things, he went on and told a parable, because he was near Jerusalem, and they supposed that the Kingdom of God would be revealed immediately.
12 He said therefore, "A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.
13 He called ten servants of his, and gave them ten mina coins, and told them, 'Conduct business until I come.'
14 But his citizens hated him, and sent an envoy after him, saying, 'We don't want this man to reign over us.'

15 "It happened when he had come back again, having received the kingdom, that he commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by conducting business.
16 The first came before him, saying, 'Lord, your mina has made ten more minas.'

17 "He said to him, 'Well done, you good servant! Because you were found faithful with very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.'

18 "The second came, saying, 'Your mina, Lord, has made five minas.'

19 "So he said to him, 'And you are to be over five cities.'
20 Another came, saying, 'Lord, behold, your mina, which I kept laid away in a handkerchief,
21 for I feared you, because you are an exacting man. You take up that which you didn't lay down, and reap that which you didn't sow.'

22 "He said to him, 'Out of your own mouth will I judge you, you wicked servant! You knew that I am an exacting man, taking up that which I didn't lay down, and reaping that which I didn't sow.
23 Then why didn't you deposit my money in the bank, and at my coming, I might have earned interest on it?'
24 He said to those who stood by, 'Take the mina away from him, and give it to him who has the ten minas.'

25 "They said to him, 'Lord, he has ten minas!'
26 'For I tell you that to everyone who has, will more be given; but from him who doesn't have, even that which he has will be taken away from him.
27 But bring those enemies of mine who didn't want me to reign over them here, and kill them before me.'"
28 Having said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.


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Jesus Visits Lazarus in Bethany

(John 11:55 - 12:1, 9-11 )

55 Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand. Many went up from the country to Jerusalem before the Passover, to purify themselves.
56 Then they sought for Jesus and spoke one with another, as they stood in the temple, "What do you think-that he isn't coming to the feast at all?"
57 Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had commanded that if anyone knew where he was, he should report it, that they might seize him.

1 Then six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, who had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.

9 A large crowd therefore of the Jews learned that he was there, and they came, not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead.
10 But the chief priests conspired to put Lazarus to death also,
11 because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus.



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