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February 23, 2019

MATTHEW 20-22    


The Focus Verses for Today: Matthew 22:34-40 


Take a little time to pray for God’s understanding and wisdom as we journey through Matthew 20-22 today.  There is a lot to cover.  Read Matthew 20-22.  Let our journey begin!


Matthew 20 begins with the parable of the workers in the vineyard.  Paraphrased, workers were hired throughout the day.  At the end of the day the workers who worked all day thought they would be paid more than those who only worked an hour.  They were all paid exactly the same amount.  What do you think Jesus’ parable means?  Are the Gentiles being offered what the Israelites rejected?  (Matthew 20:1-16)  Once again Jesus predicts His own death.  In this prediction Jesus shares that He will be crucified by the Gentiles.  (Matthew 20:17-19)  The mother of James and John asks Jesus to allow her sons to sit at His right and left when Jesus is seated on His throne.  Jesus explained to her God made that decision not He.  Did she understand what she was asking?  Could James and John truly drink of Jesus’ cup?  (Matthew 20:20-28)  Jesus restores the sight of two blind men.  (Matthew 20:29-34)


Matthew 21 begins with Jesus entering Jerusalem as King.  He rode a donkey, as prophesied.  (Zechariah 9.9; Isaiah 62:11)  Jesus was met by crowds waving palm branches.  Jesus, for the moment at least, was their Savior.  Jesus would deliver them from Roman bondage, is what they believed.  Much more importantly than that is, that is all they wanted.  They didn’t want to be released from their bondage to sin.  (Matthew 21:1-11)  Jesus clears the temple, for a second time, of people exchanging money for temple coin and selling animals for sacrifices at excessive rates and excessive prices.  The temple had become a center for economic gain; not appropriate for a house of prayer.  (Matthew 21:12-17)  Jesus curses a fig tree which symbolized absence of spiritual growth in the Jewish nation.  (Matthew 21:18-22)  Jesus’ authority was question by the chief priests.  Jesus agreed to answer the chief priests question if they would answer one He had for them first.  The chief priests refused to answer the question so Jesus did not respond to their question either.  (Matthew 21:23-27)  The Parable of the Two Sons shows the first son’s disobedience by refusing to do what his father asked.  The second son lied to his father telling him he would go work the field but decided not to after he told his father he would.  Although the first son reconsidered, his disobedience came by refusing to do what he was directed to do.  (Matthew 21:28-31)  The Parable of the Tenants shows Israel’s rejection of Jesus.  God is the landowner, Israel the tenants, the servants are the Prophets, and Jesus is the landowners son.  Israel rejected the message of the Prophets, eventually turning Jesus over to the Romans, the Gentiles, to be crucified.  (Matthew 21:33-46)


Matthew, chapter 22, begins with the Parable of the Wedding Banquet.  The parable begins with a king having a wedding banquet to which his invited guest did not come.  The invited guests represents God’s chosen people, Israel.  The king then invited everyone to come.  A person came not wearing wedding attire.  What is this parable saying?  Although salvation through Jesus is offered to all, only those who genuinely accept Jesus’ salvation, putting on Jesus’ righteousness, are acceptable in God’s sight.  (Matthew 22:1-14)  Paying the Imperial Tax to Caesar.  (Matthew 22:15-22)  Marriage at the Resurrection.  (Matthew 22:23-33)  Whose Son is the Messiah (Matthew 22:41-46)


Our focus verses for today: 


37Jesus replied:“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38This is the first and greatest commandment.  39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:34-40)


What is the greatest commandment?  Do you have your journals ready?  Is your brain warming up?  Only two questions to consider today!  What does it mean to love the Lord with all your heart and with all your should and with all your mind?  Does your daily life reflect your answer?  Godspeace!  


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