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COMBINED SYNOPTIC GOSPELS
Part 4 of 6
Updated: 04/15/2021

Table of Contents

129-BENT WOMAN STRAIGHTENED ON SABBATH Luke 13:10-17
130-PARABLE OF HIDDEN TREASURE Matthew 13:44
131-PARABLE OF THE GREAT PEARL Matthew 13:45,4
132-PARABLE OF THE SORTED FISH Matthew 13:47-52
133-LAST WHO WILL BE FIRST Luke 13:22-3
134-THREE DAYS TO FINISH Luke 13:31-33
135-LAMENT OVER JERUSALEM Luke 13:34,35 Mt 23:37-39
136-DROPSY HEALED ON SABBATH Luke 14:1-6
137-STRATEGY FOR TRUE STATUS  Luke 14:7-14
138-PARABLE OF THE GREAT BANQUET Luke 14:15-24
139-PARABLE OF THE WEDDING FEAST Matthew 22:1-14
140-COST OF SPIRITUAL SEPARATION Luke 14:25-33
141-ANALOGY OF SALTINESS Luke 14:34,35
142-PARABLE OF LOST SHEEP Luke 15:1-7  Mt 18:10-14
143-PARABLE OF THE LOST COIN Luke 15:8-10
144-PARABLE OF THE LOST SON Luke 15:11-32
145-PARABLE OF DISHONEST SERVANT Luke 16:1-9
146-CANNOT SERVE TWO MASTERS Luke 16:10-13 Mt 6:24
147-EXALTED AMONG MEN VERSUS GOD Luke 16:14-17
148-SCORNING JEWISH MORALITY Matthew 5:27,28,31,32 Mk 10:11 Lk 16:18
149-IF BROTHER FAULTS YOU Matthew 18:15-17
150-THE UNLIMITED PROMISE IN UNITY   Matthew 18:18-20
151-HOW OFTEN TO FORGIVE Matthew 18:21-35
152-YESHUA GOES TO JUDEA Matthew 19:1,2 Mk 10:1
153-TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH Matthew 19:3-12 Mk 10:2-12
154-PARABLE OF RICH MAN AND LAZARUS Luke 16:19-31
155-TEACHING FORGIVENESS Luke 17:3,4
156-TEACHING ABOUT FAITH Luke 17:5,6
157-PARABLE OF UNWORTHY SERVANT Luke 17:7-10
158-TEN LEPERS HEALED Luke 17:11-19
159-KINGSHIP HERE IN THE MIDST Luke 17:20,21
160-PARABLE OF UNRIGHTEOUS JUDGE Luke 18:1-8
161-PHARISEE VS PUBLICAN PRAYER Luke 18:9-14
162-CHILDREN COME Mark 10:13-16 Mt 19:13-15 Lk 18:15-17
163-RICH YOUNG RULER Mark 10:17-22 Mt 19:16-22 Lk 18:18-23
164-EYE OF A NEEDLE  Mark 10:23-31 Mt 19:23-30 Lk 18:24-30
165-PARABLE OF VINEYARD LABOR Matthew 20:1-16
166-DEATH AND RESURRECTION FORETOLD Mark 10:32-34 Mt 20:17-19 Lk 18:31-34
167-A MOTHER'S AMBITION Matthew 20:20-28 Mark 10:35-45
168-HEALING BLIND BARTIMAEUS Mark 10:46-52 Mt 20:29-34 Lk 18:35-43
169-ZACCHAEUS THE TAX COLLECTOR Luke 19:1-10
170-PARABLE OF THE POUNDS Luke 19:11-27
171-ENTERING JERUSALEM TO HOSANNAS Mark 11:1-11 Mt 21:1-11 Lk 19:28-40
172-BARREN TREE AS SYMBOL CURSED Mark 11:12-14 Mt 21:18,19
173-WEEPING OVER JERUSALEM Luke 19:41-44
174-CLEANING OUT THE DEN OF ROBBERS Matthew 21:12-17 Mk 11:15-19 Lk 19:45-48
175-FAITH AND THE WITHERED FIG TREE Mark 11:20-26 Mt 21:20-22
176-BY WHAT AUTHORITY ARE YOU DOING Matthew 21:23-27 Mk 11:27-33 Lk 20:1-8
177-PARABLE OF TWO SONS AND VINEYARD Matthew 21:28-32
178-PARABLE OF THE WICKED TENANTS Mark 12:1-12 Mt 21:33-46 Lk 20:9-18
179-RENDER UNTO CAESAR Matthew 22:15-22 Mk 12:13-17 Lk 20:19-26
180-TRICK QUESTION ABOUT RESURRECTION Luke 20:27-40 Mt 22:23-33 Mk 12:18-27

129-BENT WOMAN STRAIGHTENED ON SABBATH
Luke 13:10-17 Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath holidays. And behold, there was a woman having a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years; and she was bent over and was not able to be fully erect. Seeing her, Yeshua called her near and said to her, "Woman, you have been freed from your infirmity." And he laid his hands on her, and immediately she was made erect, and she praised God.
    But the synagogue ruler reacting, being upset that Yeshua had healed on the Sabbath, said to the people, "There are six days in which it is right to work; coming on those, then be healed, and not on the Sabbath holiday." Then the Master answered him, "You{pl} hypocrites! Does not each one of you{pl} on the Sabbath holiday free his ox or his ass from the manger, and lead it away to water it? And this woman being a daughter of Abraham whom the Obstructer bound, behold, for eighteen years, was it not right to free her from this bond on the Sabbath holiday?" And with him saying this, all those opposing him were put to shame; and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things happening because of him.

Commentary: Notice this physical disorder of not being able to straighten her back is referred to as a "spirit of infirmity" and "Satan bound". The Hebrew word Satan means obstructer, blocker or interferer. The reasoning used here by Yeshua was very straightforward and powerful. The text in this passage does NOT support the equation that Satan equals the Devil.

130-PARABLE OF HIDDEN TREASURE
Matthew 13:44 "The kingship of the heavens is like treasure hidden in a field, which having found, a man hid; then from the joy of it ,he goes and sells all of whatever he has and buys that field."

Commentary: Another Kingship parable that indicates you gladly leave all the little dreams and aspiration behind.

131-PARABLE OF THE GREAT PEARL
Matthew 13:45,46 "Again, the kingship of the heavens is like a merchantman seeking excellent pearls, who, upon finding one very precious pearl, and going away, has sold everything that he owns and bought it."

Commentary: Another Kingship parable that indicates you gladly leave all the little dreams and aspiration behind.

132-PARABLE OF THE SORTED FISH
Matthew 13:47-52 "Again, the kingship of the heavens is like a net thrown into the sea, and gathering together every kind; then when it was filled, men, drawing it to shore and sitting down, collected those valuable into containers, but the worthless they threw out. So it will be at the finish of the age. The doctrines <messages or messengers> will go out and separate the miserable from the reasonable, and will throw them into the furnace of fire; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
    Yeshua says to them, "Have you{pl} understood all this?" They say to him, "Yes, Sir." And he said to them, "Because of this, every scholar trained about the kingship of the heavens is like a man, a master of a house, who puts out of his treasure new and old."

Commentary: Another Kingship parable with the same message as the previous two, yet with the additional part about the true doctrines going out and separating themselves from the old. It is the old doctrines that will be thrown into the metaphorical furnace, not people.

133-LAST WHO WILL BE FIRST
Luke 13:22-30 He traveled throughout towns and villages teaching, and making progress toward Jerusalem. And one said to him, "Sir, those being saved are few?" And he said to them, "Strive to enter by the narrow door; I tell you{pl} that many will seek to enter in and will not have strength. After the householder is risen and shuts the door, you{pl} begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, 'Lord, lord, open to us.' He answering says to you{pl}, 'I don't know you{pl}, from where you{pl} are.' Then you{pl} will begin to say, 'We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.' But he will say, 'I tell you{pl}, I don't know you{pl}, where you{pl} come from; stand away from me, all you{pl} workers of unreasonableness!' There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you{pl} see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingship of God and you{pl} being thrust outside. And they will come from east and west, and from north and south, and relax <rest> in the kingship of God. And behold, some who are last will be first, and some who are first will be last."

Commentary: This account seems very contrived and smacks of being a conglomeration of pieces, some of which Yeshua wouldn't say. Still, the general point is valid. Most of it may apply the the time of the cricifixion and resurrection, and/or to the age of justice when the "workers of unreasonableness" will have some repenting to do.

134-THREE DAYS TO FINISH
Luke 13:31-33 That same day certain Pharisees came to him, saying to him, "Get out and go away from here, because Herod wants to kill you." And he said to them, "Upon going, tell that fox, 'Behold, I cast out demons and accomplish cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course. But today and tomorrow and the day following I must travel on, because it cannot be for a prophet to perish outside Jerusalem.'"

Commentary: Calling a person a fox was not a compliment or a nice thing to do, but this shows that Yeshua told it like it is.

135-LAMENT OVER JERUSALEM
Luke 13:34,35 Mt 23:37-39 "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one killing the prophets and stoning those having been sent to you! How often I desired to gather your children together in the way a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you wanted not! Behold, your house is left to you desolate. And truly I tell you that in no way will you see me until it comes about when you say,

    'Blessed the one coming in the name of the Master!'"

Commentary: A lament and a prophecy concerning the destruction of Jerusalem.

136-DROPSY HEALED ON SABBATH
Luke 14:1-6 It happened as he was going in to dine at the house of one of the leaders of the Pharisees, and they were carefully watching him. And behold, a certain man before him was suffering from dropsy. And responding, Yeshua said to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?" But they were silent. Then taking him, he healed him, and dismissed him. And responding to them he said, "Which of you{pl}, if an ass or an ox should fall into a pit, will not right then pull him out on a Sabbath holiday?" And they were not able to reply to him against these things.

Commentary: The word Sabbath means holy day or holiday in our modern vernacular, and what was holy about it was that it was a vacation day. Initially, you could do anything that was ethical on that day EXCEPT work towards a living. But out of a misguided understanding of true worship, more and more burdens and restrictions got added as time went on until it became a contest to curtail your enjoyment to please an unreasonable God. The ancient people held feasts or parties on these holidays, they made war, they made love, whatever was appropriate except struggle for a living.

137-STRATEGY FOR TRUE STATUS
Luke 14:7-14 So he told a parable to those having been invited, noting how they were choosing the seats of honor, saying to them, "When you{pl} are invited by anyone to feasts, do not sit down in a seat of honor, lest one more eminent than you{pl} be invited by him; and he coming to you{pl} and inviting him will say to you{pl}, 'Give this man the place,' and then you{pl} begin with shame to take the last place. Rather when you{pl} are invited, going, sit down in the last place, so that when he inviting you{pl} comes, he may say to you{pl}, 'Friend, come up higher'. Then there will be honor to you{pl} in the presence of those sitting with you{pl}. For every one exalting himself will be humbled, and he humbling himself will be exalted."
    And he also said to those inviting him, "When you{pl} give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends, nor your brothers, nor your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you{pl} in return, and it becomes to you{pl} a repayment. But when you{pl} throw a party, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, and you{pl} will be blessed, for they don't have that with which to repay you{pl}. For it will be repaid to you{pl} at the resurrection of the just."

Commentary: Under the time honored strategy of, "if you can't change or beat an external dissenting voice, bring him inside the tent and control him with peer influence to quiet or moderate his dissent", evidently Yeshua was included and invited to an important party or feast. He came, and looking around, he noted the game of competition for status. Not being willing to play or to be quieted, he called them out on it.
   Essentially he was saying, "I see the game you are playing, but you're not even playing it effectively. If you really want to win the game, here's how to do it." This statement of his was the end of THAT strategy of including him and influencing him to change.

138-PARABLE OF THE GREAT BANQUET
Luke 14:15-24 One of those attending with him, hearing these things, said to him, "Blessed, those eating bread in the kingdom of God!" But he said to him, "A certain man gave a great banquet, invited many, and sent his servant at the time for the banquet to say to those having been invited, 'Come; for it is all now ready.' But they all the same began to beg off. The first said to him, 'I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it; I ask you, have me excused.' And another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; I ask you, have me excused.' And another said, 'I married a wife, and for this reason I cannot come.'
    "Coming up, that servant reported all this to his master. Then being angry, the housemaster said to his servant, 'Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and maimed and lame and blind.' Then the servant said, 'Sir, it has been done as you ordered, but still there is room.' So the master said to the servant, 'Go out to the highways and hedges and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I tell you, that not one of those men having been invited shall taste my banquet.'"

Commentary: A parable that rather directly implied that these vaunted officials and religious leaders were going to miss out on God's great celebration at least initially.

139-PARABLE OF THE WEDDING FEAST
Matthew 22:1-14 Responding, again Yeshua spoke to them in parables, saying, "The kingship of the heavens is likened to a man, a king, who gave a wedding feast for his son. He sent his servants to call those being invited to the wedding. But they did not wish to come. Again he sent other servants, saying, 'Tell those invited, Behold, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fatted calves are killed, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.' But they, not caring, went off, one to his field, and one to his trading; however, the rest, seizing his servants, insulted them and killed them.
    "Upon hearing of this, the king became angry, and sending his troops, he destroyed those murderers and burned their city. Then he said to his servants, 'Indeed, the wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Therefore you{pl} go to the thoroughfare exits, and invite to the feast as many as you{pl} find.' And going forth into the streets those servants gathered all of many they found, both bad and good; and the wedding was filled with guests.
    "Upon coming in to look at those attending, the king saw there a man not being dressed in a wedding garment. So he said to him, 'Friend, how did you enter here without a wedding garment?' But he was silent. Then the king said to the servants, 'Binding his feet and hands, take him away and throw him out into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' For many are called, but few selected."

Commentary: A "mundane morality" parable. Both this parable and the previous one of the Great Banquet in Luke probably are based on a common original, but over time they got slightly changed and embellished. The one in Matthew has a more dramatic and severe ending. There is no compelling reason rational to try to make them apply in some literal way.

140-COST OF SPIRITUAL SEPARATION
Luke 14:25-33 Many crowds came together with him; and turning he said to them, "If any one comes to me and does not disregard his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, besides even his own psyche <usual lifestyle>, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not pull up his tethering stake and follow after me, he cannot be my disciple.
   "For which of you{pl}, desiring to build a tower, does not first, sitting down, total up the cost, whether he has enough to finish? Else in laying a foundation, and not having enough assets to completely finish, those seeing begin to mock him, saying, 'This man began to build, and had not the assets to finish.' Or what king, going to attack another king in war, does not first sit and take counsel whether he is able with ten thousand to meet those with twenty thousand coming against him? And if not, yet with him a great way off, sending a delegation, he asks terms of peace. So therefore, everyone of you{pl} who does not abandon all his possessions is not able to be my disciple."

Commentary: Again Yeshua here is speaking about a man despising his father's religion or philosophy or way of life, and hating his own pattern of life based on his earthly father and external, worldly things; certainly not hating the person or his true self-identity. Pulling up your stake means cutting loose from the old religious patterns and inculcating the better concepts and values espoused by Yeshua.
    This primarily refers to old spiritual possessions, i.e., false ideas, beliefs and doctrines.

141-ANALOGY OF SALTINESS
Luke 14:34,35 "Salt is good; but if the salt becomes useless, with what will it be seasoned? It is fit neither for soil nor for fertilizer. They throw it away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear."

Commentary: There is not much that can be done with salt that isn't salty. There is not much that can be done with doctrines that have no relation to the true paradigm, or the person that has no root in self and has abandoned his internal reference point of idealism, the spark of godhood.

142-PARABLE OF LOST SHEEP
Luke 15:1-7 Mt 18:10-14 Now all the tax collectors and sinners were drawing near to him to hear him. And the Pharisees and the theologians murmured, saying, "This one receives sinners and eats with them." {Yeshua said}, "See that you{pl} do not despise one of these little ones; for I declare to you{pl} that their messages in the heavens always see the face of my Father in the heavens. For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost."
    So he told them this parable: "What do you{pl} think? What man of you{pl}, having a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, does not leave the ninety‑nine in the wilderness, and go in search after the one that wandered away, until he finds it? And finding, he puts it on his shoulders, rejoicing. Upon coming home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep having strayed.' I tell you{pl}, that there is thus more joy in the heavens over one repenting sinner than over ninety‑nine righteous who have no need of repentance. So it is not the will in the estimation of your Father in the heavens that one of these little ones should die."

Commentary: The clear point of the parable is that in order to be literally saved from death, one must repent of the mean concepts that religions have of God, and leave the flock. One of the ridiculous developments of Christendom is that theologians try to take metaphorical statements like "their messages in the heavens always see the face of my Father in the heavens" and make them literal. This would imply mean that the Father entity is always aware of them, not that the father has a face to which the prayers can be brought.

143-PARABLE OF THE LOST COIN
Luke 15:8-10 "Or what woman, having ten coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and look carefully until she finds it? Upon finding it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have the coin which I lost.' Therefore, I tell you{pl}, there is joy before the messengers of God over one repenting sinner."

Commentary: Yeshua's parable characterizing the elation of the unfallen humans over the salvation of just one. Imagine the celebration when evil is eliminated once and for all in the entire universe!

144-PARABLE OF THE LOST SON
Luke 15:11-32 And he said, "A certain man had two sons. The younger of them said to the father, 'Father, give me the share of the property falling to me.' So he divided his livelihood between them. Not many days after this, the younger son, gathering all his things, went away to a distant country, and squandered his property there, living dissolutely. Having spent all his means, a severe famine came throughout that country, and he began to be in need. So going, he was joined to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed pigs. And he longed to fill his stomach from the pods that the pigs ate, but no one gave him anything. Upon coming to his senses he said, 'How many servants of my father abound in bread, but I am perishing with hunger! Rising up, I will go to my father, and I will say to him, "Father, I sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me as one of your servants.'
    "And rising up he came to his father. But when yet at a distance, his father saw him and was moved with pity, and running, fell on his neck and fervently kissed him. And the son said to him, 'Father, I sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' But the father said to his servants, 'Bring out the best robe, and dress him, and give his hand a ring and shoes to his feet; and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and eating, let us be merry; for this my son was dead, and lived again, was lost, now is found.' And they began to be merry.
    "Now his older son was in the field; and upon coming, he drew near to the house and heard music and dances. And having summoned one of the children, he asked what this may be. And he said to him, 'Your brother came, and your father killed the fattened calf, because he received him safe and sound.' But he was angry and did not wish to go in. Then his father, coming out, pled with him. But responding, he said to his father, 'Behold, I serve you so many years, and never disobeyed a command of you; and you never gave me a goat, that I might be merry with my friends. But when this son of yours came, having devoured your livelihood with whores, you killed the fattened calf for him!' So he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and everything of mine is yours, for enjoyment. So, therefore it is proper to rejoice, for this your brother was dead, and lived again; and having been lost was also found.'"

Commentary: What to do with this lengthy parable with much detail? Parts of it would be troubling if it were not metaphorical, as there are serious problems with making any specific correlations beyond a general message. God certainly better not be like this father who failed to periodically affirm his sons with celebration. Children are not meant to be indentured servants, serving their parents well into adulthood, and we are not destined to serve God in this way. One conclusion that could be made from this parable is that it is actually better to be irresponsible and then repent than to be faithful. Obviously, most would say that the father represents God, but why would Yeshua characterize the heavenly father in this way? Thus, like so many passages in Luke, this one is suspect as being genuine in coming from Yeshua.

145-PARABLE OF DISHONEST SERVANT
Luke 16:1-9 He also said to the disciples, "A certain man was rich who had a steward, and this one was accused to him of wasting his goods. So, calling him, he said to him, 'What is this that I hear about you? Render the account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.' And the steward said to himself, 'What may I do, since my master is taking the stewardship away from me? I am not able to dig, I am ashamed to beg. I know what I may do, so that when I am removed from stewardship people may receive me into their homes.'
    "Then, summoning each one of his master's debtors, he said to the first, 'How much do you owe my master?' He said, 'A hundred measures of oil.' And he said to him, 'Take your statements, and sitting down, quickly write fifty.' Then he said to another, 'And how much do you owe?' He said, 'A hundred measures of wheat.' He said to him, 'Take your statement, and write eighty.'
    "The master applauded the unjust steward because he acted prudently; for the sons of this age are more prudent than the sons of light are in their own generation. Therefore, I tell you{pl}, make friends for yourselves by means of the false riches, so that when it fails they may receive you{pl} into the everlasting dwellings."

Commentary: Who can be certain that they have adequately interpreted this troubling parable to be consonant with the Gospel? It is very likely if not certain that this parable either did NOT originate with Yeshua , or has been metaphorically garbled.

146-CANNOT SERVE TWO MASTERS
Luke 16:10-13 Mt 6:24 "He faithful in the least is faithful also in much; and he false in the least is false also in much. If then you{pl} were not faithful in the false riches, who will entrust to you{pl} the true? And if you{pl} were not faithful in that of another, who will give to you{pl} that being your own?
    "No one is able to serve two lords; for either he will set aside the one and he will honor the other, or he will devote to the one and despise the other. You{pl} cannot serve God and money."

Commentary: The point of this parable is that you can either serve a mundane agenda, or serve the agenda of reaping the Kingship of the heavens; not both!

147-EXALTED AMONG MEN VERSUS GOD
Luke 16:14-17 The Pharisees, being money-lovers, heard all this, and they derided him. But he said to them, "You{pl} are those justifying yourselves before men, but God knows your inner minds; for the thing highly prized among men is an abomination before God.
    "The Mosaic Law and the Prophets were until John; since then the good news of the kingship of God is preached, yet everyone is forcing into it. But it is easier for the sky and the earth to pass away, than for one dot of the law to become void."

Commentary: In the day, everyone was trying to force their way into the kingdom through legalism and behavior rather than genuine belief with the elimination of sinful concepts. We don't have to force our way into the Kingship by obeying some set of laws, but rather through understanding the eternal truth and principles. The last statement, although almost universally misunderstood and misapplied, is in total contrast with what Yeshua taught about the "good news". This passage must be an unjustified conflation, because Yeshua could NOT have been endorsing the sanctity of every "dot" of the law. If he did say these words, it would have been in the contest of when he was just reiterating what the hypocritical Pharisee taught.

148-SCORNING JEWISH MORALITY
Matthew 5:27,28,31,32 Mk 10:11 Lk 16:18 "You{pl} have heard that it was said to the ancients, 'Don't commit adultery.' But I say to you{pl} that everyone looking at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his mind.
    "It was also said, 'Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.' But I say to you{pl} that everyone who divorces his wife, apart from a case of fornication, causes her to commit adultery, and whoever the one divorced marries commits adultery."

Commentary: In these passages, Yeshua is talking about THEIR concept of adultery, NOT his. He is not railing against adultery in these passages, but against their sexually biased laws and the flagrant hypocrisy that their belief system presses on them. Obviously, being divorced doesn't force one to commit adultery, but rather causes any further relationships they may have as being characterized as adulterous. Their system actually labeled innocent people as adulterers at times, and they were potentially at danger of even being stoned under certain circumstances.

149-IF BROTHER FAULTS YOU
Matthew 18:15-17 "If your brother does evil against you{pl}, go and reprove him, between you{pl} and him alone. If he listens to you{pl}, you{pl} have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take along one or two beside you{pl}, that every word may stand by the mouth of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the community; and if he even refuses to listen to the community, let him be to you{pl} as the Gentiles and a tax collector."

Commentary: Good mundane advice for false religious communities, which sounds like it came from the Pharisees. Those that understand the Gospel and catch the vision of the imminent Kingship don't have these kinds of problems with their true spiritual brothers.

150-THE UNLIMITED PROMISE IN UNITY
Matthew 18:18-20 "Truly, I say to you{pl}, whatever you{pl} commit to on earth shall occur, being committed to in heaven, and whatever you{pl} release on earth shall occur, being released in heaven. Again I say to you{pl}, that if two of you{pl} on earth may agree concerning every issue that matters, whatever they may ask, it will happen for them from my Father in the heavens. For where two or three are united together in my authority, there I am in their midst."

Commentary: This promise has the usually unrecognized requirement of coming into unity on EVERYTHING that matters. No wonder it doesn't get fulfilled inside the Christian communities.

151-HOW OFTEN TO FORGIVE
Matthew 18:21-35 Then Peter coming up, said to him, "Master, how often shall my brother do evil against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?" Yeshua said to him, "I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven. 
    "Therefore the kingship of the heavens is likened to a man, a king who decided to take account with his servants. Upon beginning to reckon, one debtor of ten thousand talents was brought to him. Having nothing he could repay with, his lord ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and to repay.
    "Then, falling, the servant bowed his knee to him, saying, 'Master, have patience with me, and I will repay all to you.' Filled with pity for him the lord of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. But, upon going out, that same servant came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing, he throttled him, saying, 'Pay back what you owe.' Falling at his feet, his fellow servant begged him, saying, 'Have patience with me, and I will repay all to you.' But he refused, and going away, put him in prison until he repay the debt.
    "However, his fellow servants, seeing what happened, were greatly distressed, and coming to their lord, they reported all that happened. Then summoning him, his master said to him, 'You wicked servant! All that debt I forgave you since you begged me. Must not you favor your fellow servant, as I had also favored you?' So, being angry, his lord delivered him to the jailers, until he repay all his debt to him. So also my heavenly Father will do to you{pl}, unless you{pl} forgive each one his brother their offenses from your heart."

Commentary: Another passage of false teaching that was put into the mouth of Yeshua by the storytellers, and that got included into the compilation of Matthew. The first teaching of "seventy times seven" is a formula for enablement and abuse. As for the balance of the passage, Yeshua would NEVER characterize either the Kingship of the Heavens or the Father in this way.

152-YESHUA GOES TO JUDEA
Matthew 19:1,2 Mk 10:1 And it was that when Yeshua had finished these sayings, he moved from Galilee and came to the borders of Judea beyond the Jordan; and large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.

Commentary: An unanchored anecdote that doesn't tell us much except that Yeshua eventually had large crowds following him at time.

153-TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH
Matthew 19:3-12 Mk 10:2-12 Again crowds came together with him, and as he usually did, he taught them again.  And the Pharisees approached him, testing him and asking, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason?" He answering said to them, "Did you{pl} not read that he making them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has yoked together, let not man separate."
    They say to him, "Why then did Moses order us to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?" He says to them, "Moses, in view of your denseness of mind allowed you{pl} to divorce your wives, but in the beginning it was not so. Thus I say to you{pl}: whoever divorces his wife, except for fornication, and shall marry another commits adultery; and then he marrying her divorced commits adultery."
    The disciples say to him, "If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is not safe to marry." But he said to them, "Not all men accommodate this saying, only to whom it is given. For there are eunuchs who have been born from the womb so, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs because of the kingship of the heavens. The one able to receive, let him receive." 

Commentary: There is little doubt that at times the Pharisees approached Yeshua and challenged him with questions, and that he responded. Some of his answers through the chain of telling have not been remembered accurately, and what he was really saying and meaning has been mischaracterized. The first paragraph seems to be legitimate or accurate enough.
    The second is somewhat suspect for more than one reason. Neither the Pharisee nor his followers at the time put things in the context of the far more general principle of protecting the value of that which is pure. Nor did they understand the greater definition of adultery, which is contamination reducing the value of that which is pure. Sometimes we mix substances with others, which reduces their purity, but when done with a defensible purpose, does not rise to the level of being bad, but rather good. It is ALWAYS the purpose and the final result that determines the ethical and moral merit.
    Humans were made to be sovereign and free, and selling that freedom is a form of adultery. Entering a romantic, sexual relationship for improper reasons is adultery, and no amount of formal vows, custom, religious ceremony nor "blessing" by an ordained religious official can change that. Yeshua NEVER put his stamp of approval upon the marriage ceremony as legitimizing a love relationship.
    In the ancient times, it was common for the parents to bind their children into marriages, and any man that found himself in an unloving and unwanted union was free to dissolve it while giving the woman a certificate of freedom. This SHOULD have been the case for women also, but wasn't. Even under the modern case where two people get married by mutual choice, if they grow apart and wind up incompatible where the continuation is destructive, it is better if they separate. True marriage cannot be a life sentence for being subject to evil, neglect, and/or abuse.
    Making yourself a eunuch for the sake of the Kingship of the Heavens is simply making the choice to not be unequally yoked together if you cannot find a believing partner. That choice comes naturally and is a personal decision, NOT a demand from God.

154-PARABLE OF RICH MAN AND LAZARUS
Luke 16:19-31 "A certain man was rich, and customarily donned a purple robe and fine linen, having been merry day by day in luxury. And there was a poor man named Lazarus who had been laid at his porch, being plagued with sores and desiring to be fed with the crumbs that were falling from the rich man's table; even the dogs coming, licked his sores. The poor man died and was carried away by the messengers (angels) to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. In the unseen realm being in anguish and lifting up his eyes, he sees Abraham far off and Lazarus in his bosom. Calling, he said, 'Father Abraham, pity me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the end of his finger in water, and may cool my tongue because I am suffering in this flame.'
    "But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that in your life you fully received your good things, and Lazarus likewise the bad. But now he is comforted here, you are suffering. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed so that those desiring to pass from here to you are not able, and none may cross over from there to us.'
    "So he said, 'I ask you then, father, that you send him to my father's house, for I have five brothers, so that he may witness to them that they don't also come into this place of torment.' Abraham says to him, 'They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.' And he said, 'No, father Abraham; but if one should go to them from the dead, they will repent.' He said to him, 'If they will not hear Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if one should rise from the dead.'"

Commentary: This parable is composed of false constructs and suggests an early version of hell. Yeshua is almost certainly NOT the source for this parable. It is a prime example of the Synoptic Gospels being contaminated with false material from the unreliable, fabricating or embellishing storytellers to which the Gospel compilers listened.

155-TEACHING FORGIVENESS
Luke 17:3,4 Take heed to yourselves; if your brother sins against you{pl}, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you{pl}, and turns to you{pl} seven times in the day, saying, 'I repent,' you{pl} shall forgive him."

Commentary: See How Often to Forgive

156-TEACHING ABOUT FAITH
Luke 17:5,6 The apostles said to the Master, "Increase our faith!" And the Master said, "If you{pl} have faith as a grain of mustard, you{pl} may say to this sycamine tree, 'Be rooted up, and be planted in the sea,' even it would obey you{pl}."

Commentary: How can we not take this answer by Yeshua as literal? Only by observing that this kind of empowerment is nowhere to be seen. On the other hand, maybe that is because there is no true understanding and belief that has led to following the instruction about coming into unity.

157-PARABLE OF UNWORTHY SERVANT
Luke 17:7-10 "But who of you{pl}, having a servant plowing or tending sheep, will say immediately to him who comes in from the field, 'Having come, take your ease'? Rather will he not say to him, 'Prepare something I may eat, and having girded yourself, serve me until I eat and drink; and after this you eat and drink'? Does he give thanks to that servant because he did the things required of him? So you{pl} also, when you{pl} have done all things commanded you{pl}, say, 'We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we ought to do.'"

Commentary: A dispiriting parable more in line with the old religious paradigm, and most probably not having Yeshua as the origin.

158-TEN LEPERS HEALED
Luke 17:11-19 And it happened in his going to Jerusalem; he passed between Samaria and Galilee. With him having entered into a certain village, ten leprous men who stood at a distance, met him and raised their voices and said, "Yeshua, healer, pity us." Seeing, he said to them, "Upon going, show yourselves to the priests." And it was in their going that they were cleansed.
    But one of them, seeing that he was cured, returned praising God with a loud voice; and fell on his face at His feet, thanking Him, and he was a Samaritan. Yeshua answering said, "Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Were none found returning to give praise to God except this foreigner?" He said to him, "Rising up, go! Your faith has healed you."

Commentary: Another anecdotal account with no support from the other Gospels. This is very hard to imagine in reality, and the account is neither inspirational nor very credible.

159-KINGSHIP HERE IN THE MIDST
Luke 17:20,21 Being questioned by the Pharisees about when the kingship of God comes, he answered them and said, "The kingship of God does not come with careful watching; nor will they say, 'Behold, here it is!' or 'Behold, there!' for behold, the kingship of God is among you{pl}."

Commentary: This is another major clue as to the nature of the Kingship, showing that it is not an external or physical thing, nor something to be waiting for.

160-PARABLE OF UNRIGHTEOUS JUDGE
Luke 18:1-8 He also told them a parable, to show that it is always right to pray and not faint, saying, "A certain judge was in a city, neither fearing God nor respecting man. A widow was in that city and she came to him saying, 'Vindicate me from my adversary.' He would not for a time; but after this he said to himself, 'Even though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow bothers me, I will requite her, so that, coming, she does not brow beat me to the end.'" And the Lord said, "Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will in no way God requite his elect, those crying to him day and night, and continue having patience over them? I tell you{pl}, he will requite them speedily. However, with the Son of man passing, will he find faith on the earth? Evidently not!"

Commentary: The requisition for those seeking justice from God came with Yeshua and his Good News, but only those seeking truth and total goodness will initially receive it. At the time of Yeshua passing–his death, resurrection and leaving, there was not one who had sorted out the truth. A few, such as John and Thomas did, at least to a great extent.

161-PHARISEE VS PUBLICAN PRAYER
Luke 18:9-14 He also told this parable to some of those relying on themselves that they are righteous and despising the rest. "Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing and praying thus with himself, 'God, I thank you that I am not as other men, rapacious, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week, I tithe all things, as many as I get.' But the tax collector, standing afar off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me the sinner!' I tell you{pl}, this one went down to his house having been justified rather than the other; for every one exalting himself will be humbled. But he humbling himself will be exalted."

Commentary: Now, this is an uplifting parable that Yeshua would tell!

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162-CHILDREN COME
Mark 10:13-16 Mt 19:13-15 Lk 18:15-17 And they brought children and infants to him, that he might lay his hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked the ones carrying them. But upon seeing this, Yeshua was indignant, and he said to them, "Let the children come to me, don't forbid them; for of such as these is the kingship of God. Truly, I say to you{pl}, whoever does not receive the kingship of God like a child in no way may enter into it." And having taken them in his arms and having laid hands upon them, he blessed them.

Commentary: "whoever does not receive the kingship of God like a child in no way may enter into it" is an important clue or insight as to how to enter or receive the Kingship. Children more readily believe something really good because they do not have their idealism beaten down and suppressed.

163-RICH YOUNG RULER
Mark 10:17-22 Mt 19:16-22 Lk 18:18-23 While going on his way, one, running up and kneeling down before him, questioned him, "Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may possess life everlasting?" And Yeshua said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good except one, God. You know the commandments? 'Do not adulterate, Do not murder, Do not bear false witness, Do not steal, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'" And he said to him, "Teacher, all these I observed from my youth. What yet do I lack?" And Yeshua looking upon him loved him, and said to him, "One thing to you is lacking; go, sell all, as much as you have, and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me, pulling up your tethering stake." However, hearing the message, the young man was sad and went away grieving; for he was exceedingly rich, having many possessions.

Commentary: The Greek word here for "possess" life is universally translated as inherit in the prominent Bible versions, but this is an example of how the paradigm influences translation. "Inherit" is a forced translation that supports the existing Christian dogma of Heaven as a place, a 2nd Coming in the clouds, and a real salvation that is postponed until God gets around to it. "Possess" or "obtain" would be the more straightforward terms used in a secular passage of text.

164-EYE OF A NEEDLE
Mark 10:23-31 Mt 19:23-30 Lk 18:24-30 And Yeshua, having become very grieved and looking around, says to his disciples, "Truly I tell you{pl} that a rich man will enter into the kingship of the heavens with difficulty!" And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Yeshua responding says to them again, "Children, how hard it is for those trusting in riches to enter the kingship of God! It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of the needle than for a rich man to enter the kingship of God."
    But they were exceedingly astonished, and said to themselves, "Then who can be saved?" However, Yeshua looking at them says, "From men it is impossible, but not from God; for all things are possible from God." Peter began to say to him, "Behold, we forsook all and have followed you. What then shall be to us?"
    Responding Yeshua said, "Truly, I tell you{pl} that those having followed me, in the regeneration when the son of man sits on his glorious seat of power, will also sit on twelve seats of power, separating the twelve tribes of Israel. And there is no one who forsook houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields, on account of my authority and the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the coming age life of all ages. But many first will be last, and the last first."

Commentary: The word in Aramaic, Yeshua's native tongue, is often translated as "camel" but may have been "rope".
    The third paragraph refers to the great spiritual regeneration that begins when Yeshua "sits on his glorious seat of power", that is, hangs on the cross, THE seat of power for all of time.
    The coming age started at the cross and resurrection, and is the age in which we now live. In this age, no matter how long it takes, God is confident that someday, somehow in some way, someone will wake up and pursue the truth to the end, and inaugurate the great resolution of all things.

165-PARABLE OF VINEYARD LABOR
Matthew 20:1-16 "For the kingship of the heavens is like a man, a householder, who went out early to hire workmen into his vineyard. Upon agreeing with the workmen for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the market and said to them, 'You{pl} go into the vineyard too, and whatever is fair I will give you{pl}.' So they went. Again going out about the sixth and the ninth hour, he did likewise. So about the eleventh hour, going out, he found others standing idle and says to them, 'Why do you{pl} stand here idle all the day?' They say to him, 'Because no one has hired us.' He says to them, 'You{pl} go into the vineyard also, and whatever is fair you{pl} also will receive.' With evening coming, the lord of the vineyard says to his foreman, 'Call the workmen and pay them the wage, beginning with the last, back to the first.' And those coming about the eleventh hour each received a denarius.
    "And coming, the first supposed they will receive more; but they also got themselves each a denarius. Upon receiving it they grumbled at the householder, saying, 'These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the heat.' But he answering said to one of them, 'Friend, I am not being unfair to you; did you not agree to a denarius with me? Take yours and go; for I desire to give to this last as also to you. Or is it not legal for me to do what I desire in my affairs, or is your understanding false because I am good?' So shall the last be first, and the first last, for many are called, but few selected."

Commentary: If the "labor" was arduous or the "wage" accrued only to the benefit of the laborer, the action in the parable wouldn't be fair, and no system on earth could make this work. However, the wage in this parable is the Kingship of the heavens and immortality, something which each "laborer" receives. The vineyard is the message of Yeshua, His words and deeds, and the 'work' is to understand God. Every person that reaches this understanding and embraces the Gospel, no matter when, is a blessing and an increase to all, and is another step toward the elimination of evil and the re-enchantment of all reality. Everybody wins, and nobody could possibly complain that it isn't fair.

166-DEATH AND RESURRECTION FORETOLD
Mark 10:32-34 Mt 20:17-19 Lk 18:31-34 And they were on the way going up to Jerusalem, and Yeshua was going ahead of them; and they were amazed, and following were afraid. And having taken the twelve again, he began to tell them the things about to happen to him, saying, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything having been written of the Son of man by the prophets will be completed; and the Son of man will be betrayed and delivered up to the chief priests and the theologians, and they will condemn him to death, and deliver him to the Gentiles. And they will mock him, and will spit at him, and will scourge him, and will kill him; and on the third day he will rise again."
    But they comprehended none of these things; this saying was from them having been hidden, and they did not understand the things being said.

Commentary: Yeshua was plainly telling them what was going to happen, but they couldn't accept it. They had not been listening very well, had understood almost nothing about his real message, about God, about the Kingship, about a new paradigm, about the Father, about almost anything. Why didn't they remember these specific aspects along the way as they were unfolding, and wake up? The only sensible answer is that, based on their faulty paradigm, thinking and belief they already "knew" what was supposed to happen.
    What is amazing is that Christian religious leaders make these spiritual dullards into venerable icons, and give them the authority to override even what Yeshua said. Why are the books written by Peter and James given equal weight or authority as the words of Yeshua?

167-A MOTHER'S AMBITION
Matthew 20:20-28 Mark 10:35-45 Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came near to him, with her sons, kneeling and asking something from him. And he said to her, "What do you want?" She said to him, "Say that these two sons of mine may sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom." But Yeshua answered, "You{pl} do not know what you{pl} ask. Are you{pl} able to drink the cup that I am to drink, and to be baptized with the baptism which I am baptized?" They say to him, "We are able." He said to them, "Indeed, you{pl} will drink my cup, and you{pl} will be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized; but to sit off my right and off my left is not mine to grant, but for whom it has been prepared by my Father."
    Having heard this, the ten were indignant at the two brothers, James and John. But Yeshua having called them near, said, "You{pl} know that the rulers of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and the great ones exercise authority over them. But it should not be so among you{pl}; rather whoever would become great among you{pl}, let him be your servant. And whoever wants to be first among you{pl}, he shall be your slave; even as the Son of man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

Commentary: What a brazen, insensitive, obnoxious request by the mother! It's no wonder that her husband was known as "Thunder" or that her sons were the way they were. But Yeshua handled it with grace, and used it as a foil to teach something profound about the character of God, which he demonstrated in full.

168-HEALING BLIND BARTIMAEUS
Mark 10:46-52 Mt 20:29-34 Lk 18:35-43 And they came to Jericho; and while leaving Jericho with his disciples and a big crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside, begging. And hearing a crowd passing by, he inquired what this might be. They reported to him that Yeshua the Nazarene is passing by. Having heard that it is Yeshua the Nazarene, he began to cry out and say, "Yeshua, Son of David, have mercy on me!" And those in front rebuked him, and many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" And Yeshua, stopping and standing, requested for him to be called and brought to him. So they call the blind man, saying to him, "Cheer up; arise, he calls you."
    So, casting off his cloak and rising up, he came to Yeshua. And Yeshua responding, says to him, "What do you desire that I do for you?" And the blind man said to him, "My Lord, that I may see again." So Yeshua, moved with pity, said to him, "See once again! Go, your faith has cured you." And instantly he saw again and followed Yeshua on the way, praising God; and all the people observing this, gave praise to God.

Commentary: Bar Timaeus means "son of Timaeus" and thus wasn't his name. The poor man was blind, and even after following Yeshua, his name wasn't prominent enough to be recorded. Something doesn't quite add up here. The man had the gumption to come out in public along the street, and raise a ruckus when Yeshua came along even though being rebuked by those in front of him. What happened to him, that he didn't make more of an impact after being healed?

169-ZACCHAEUS THE TAX COLLECTOR
Luke 19:1-10 Upon entering, he traversed Jericho. And behold, a man being called by name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector, and was rich. And he sought to see Yeshua, who he is, but could not because of the crowd, for he was small in stature. Running up ahead before them, he went up into a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass by that way. As he came to the place, looking up, Yeshua saw him and said to him, "Zacchaeus, making haste, come down; for it is proper for me to stay in your house today." Hastening, he came down and welcomed him gladly. And all seeing this murmured, saying, "He went in to lodge with a sinful man."
    But Zacchaeus, standing, said to the Lord, "Behold, the half of my possessions, Lord, I give to the poor; and if I have accused anyone of anything falsely, I restore it fourfold." 
And Yeshua said to him, "Today salvation is come to this house, because even he is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man came to seek and to save that being lost."

Commentary: This is usually translated "it is necessary that I stay", which is too imperious since the gracious Yeshua would never demand or suggest such a thing. Consequently, the milder form of the phrase has been chosen. This is an example of how the paradigm effects the words that are selected for a defensible translation.

170-PARABLE OF THE POUNDS
Luke 19:11-27 With them hearing these things, and adding, he told a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem and they thought that the kingship of God was about to be revealed immediately. So he said, "A certain nobleman went to a distant country to receive a kingship for himself and then return.  Having called ten of his servants, he gave them ten minas, and said to them, 'Trade until I come.' But his citizens despised him and sent a delegation after him, saying, 'We don't want this one to reign over us.' And it was in his returning, having received the kingship, he commanded his servants to be called, those to whom he gave the money, that he might know what each had gained by trading.
    "The first came saying, 'Lord, your mina has gained ten minas.' And he said to him, 'Very well, good servant, because you were faithful in the least thing, have authority over ten cities.' And the second came saying, 'Lord, your mina made five minas.' And he said to him, 'And you be over five cities.' Then the other came saying, 'Lord, behold your mina which I saved in a napkin; for I was afraid of you, because you are an exacting man taking up what you didn't lay down, and reaping what you didn't sow.' He says to him, 'From your own mouth I will judge you, derelict servant! You knew that I am an exacting man, taking up what I did not lay down and reaping what I did not sow?  Why then did you not put my money onto the bank table? Upon coming I may have collected it with interest!' And to those standing by he said, 'Take the mina from him, and give it to the one having ten minas.' And they said to him, 'Lord, he has ten minas!' 'Because, I tell you{pl}, that to every one having it will be given; but from the one not having, even what he has will be taken from him. But these enemies of mine, those not wanting me to reign over them, bring them here and execute them before me.'"

Commentary: This parable is almost identical to the one recorded in Matthew 25:14-30 of the ten talents, and is almost certainly the same one but seems more garbled. It is probably just a different telling from a different source. Notice though, that some of the details are different and are a little confused in this one. The ten servants seemingly get whittled down to three, the number which matches the account in Matthew. And the end result is much more harsh in this telling. It is a prime example of the kind of changes that inevitably get made in a chain of telling.

171-ENTERING JERUSALEM TO HOSANNAS
Mark 11:1-11 Mt 21:1-11 Lk 19:28-40 Upon saying these things, he went to the front going up to Jerusalem.  And when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, he sends two of his disciples, and says to them, "Go into the village opposite you{pl}, and immediately as you{pl} enter it you{pl} will find an ass tied, and a colt with her, on which no one has ever sat; untie it and bring it to me. If any one says to you{pl}, 'Why do you{pl} do this?' say, 'The Master has need of it, and then he will send it back here.'"
    So they departed and found the colt having been tied at the door out in the street; and they untie it. But the owners of the colt said to them, "Why do you{pl} untie the colt?" So they said what Yeshua directed, and they let them go. Then they led the colt to Yeshua, and throwing their garments on it, they put Yeshua on it and he sat upon it. This all happened so that spoken by the prophet may be fulfilled, saying,

"Tell the daughter of Zion,
 Behold, your king comes to you{pl},
 gentle, and mounted on an ass,
 even a colt, the son of an ass."

And many spread their garments in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and scattering them in the road. And those going before and those following cried out, "Hosanna, Son of David! Now save us! Blessed is he coming in the authority of the Lord! Blessed the kingship coming in the authority of the Lord of our father David! Save us now in the highest way! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest places!"
    Upon his entering into Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, "Who is this?" And the crowds said, "This is Yeshua, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee." And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples." And he answering, said to them, "I tell you{pl}, if these shall be silent, the stones will cry out." And he went into the temple, and looking around at everything, with the hour being already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

Commentary: Yeshua clearly did as many things as he could to fulfill some of the ancient "prophecies", but what he did was NOT set in concrete by God way back when the prophecies were made. And knowing that this would anger them, he seemingly entered Jerusalem as the expected king to ensure that the religious authorities would react and precipitate his execution even while having no intention of letting the crowds crown him as their king. In other words, he orchestrated the events for the end of his life.
    Christendom confuses Hosanna as a being a term of praise, but it is not, and this was yelled by the crowd as an ardent demand. Hosanna means "now or with all speed, avenge us, defend us, deliver us, help us, succor us, preserve us, rescue us, save us, get victory for us". Of course these jubilant Jews were thinking of the Roman oppression and in Zionistic terms of political and military victory or rescue and exaltation, and a political system kingdom with Yeshua as the head, the Messiah king. They were not looking higher at the salvation and equality of the Kingship of the Heavens Yeshua was really bringing, and he could not and did not respond to their expectations.

172-BARREN TREE AS SYMBOL CURSED
Mark 11:12-14 Mt 21:18,19 Early on the following day while returning to the city, they having gone out from Bethany, he was hungry. And seeing in the distance a fig tree having leaves, he came to see if he will find anything on it. Upon coming to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. Responding, Yeshua said to it, "May no one eat fruit from you again in this age." And his disciples heard him. And the fig tree withered up quickly.
    Upon seeing this the disciples marveled, asking, "How did this fig tree wither immediately? And Yeshua answered them, "Truly I say to you, if you have true belief and never doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, be lifted up and move into the sea,' it will be done. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have true belief."

Commentary: The disciples were probably startled somewhat by this destructive act by Yeshua, which was designed to wake them up to the seriousness of the situation. however, a really crucial issue is raised by this account which may be somewhat muddled, probably by an inaccurate telling AND a misunderstanding. If this is the truth, if this promise is valid, why has it never been activated in the annals of Christendom?
     When Yeshua uses the word belief or faith, he is ALWAYS meaning belief of the truth, not falsity; in other words, using the word the way he used it, you can't really believe in something that is false. When he says, "if you have true belief and never doubt", he is NOT talking about the intensity of the expectation of the specific desire of the moment being fulfilled, but in the accuracy or truth of the entire belief system and not doubting that belief of the truth.
    This is the doorway, ther narrow gate to the Kingship of empowerment, and thus anything is possible, even literally moving mountains if that were to be desired or appropriate. Of course, this is why this promise is never activated in Christendom, because those in that paradigm or belief system do not hold what is true, but what is false. Some get around the issue by claiming that Yeshua was talking metaphorically, but this makes no sense.

173-WEEPING OVER JERUSALEM
Luke 19:41-44 As he drew near, seeing the city, he wept over it, saying, "If you only knew, even you, at least even in this your day, the things for your peace, but now are hidden from your eyes! For the days will come upon you, and your enemies will raise up a rampart about you and will surround you, and will keep you in on all sides, and raze you and your children within you, and will not leave in you stone upon stone, because you did not know the time of your visitation."

Commentary: Given that both the Gospels of Matthew and Luke were compiled and composed after the destruction of Jerusalem, we cannot know whether Yeshua actually gave such explicit detail or whether they were supplied by the storyteller. However, you didn't need to be God to predict Jerusalem's destruction; any astute political observer at the time should have known what was going to happen in a general way.

174-CLEANING OUT THE DEN OF ROBBERS
Matthew 21:12-17 Mk 11:15-19 Lk 19:45-48 And they came to Jerusalem and Yeshua entered the temple of God and threw out all those selling and buying in the temple. And he overturned the tables of the money‑changers and the seats of those selling doves; and he did not allow anyone to carry containers through the temple. He taught, saying to them, "Has it not been written,

    'My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations'?

But you{pl} have made it a den of robbers." And the blind and the lame came near to him in the temple, and he served them.
    But the chief priests and the theologians, seeing the wonderful things that he did and the children crying out in the temple, "Hosanna, Son of David!", were indignant and said to him, "Do you hear what these say?" And Yeshua said to them, "Yes; did you{pl} never read,

    'Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings you have perfected praise'?"

And the chief priests and the theologians heard and sought how they might destroy him; for they feared him, because all the multitude was astonished at his teaching. And leaving them when evening came, he went out of the city to Bethany and lodged there.

Commentary: OF course, cleaning the moneychangers and their extortion out of the temple pleased the people but further enraged the authorities, and made it more pressing for them to get rid of him.
   
Just because Yeshua quoted this Old Testament passage about the temple doesn't mean that he is putting his stamp of approval upon Temple directed worship nor the whole tenor of their then temple-centered religion.

175-FAITH AND THE WITHERED FIG TREE
Mark 11:20-26 Mt 21:20-22 Passing along in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots up. And remembering, Peter said to him, "Teacher, look! The fig tree which you cursed has withered." Upon seeing this, the disciples marveled, saying, "How was the fig tree withered so quickly?" And Yeshua replying, said to them, "Have true belief in God. Truly, I tell you{pl}, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be taken, and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says happens, it will be his, whatever he says. Therefore I tell you{pl}, all things whatever you{pl} ask praying, believe that you{pl} receive, and it will be yours. And whenever you{pl} stand praying, forgive, if you{pl} have anything against anyone; so that also your Father in the heavens may dismiss your transgressions. But if you{pl} do not forgive, neither will your father in the heavens dismiss your transgressions."

Commentary: Again, empowerment to do miracles is inaugurated not by intense expectation or false belief, but by believing what is true, something that is overwhelmingly NOT done.
    The last part of the passage is seemingly tacked on, and is not germane to the first part.

176-BY WHAT AUTHORITY ARE YOU DOING
Matthew 21:23-27 Mk 11:27-33 Lk 20:1-8 As he was walking in the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people approached him while teaching and proclaiming, and said, "By what authority do you do these things? And who gave you this authority?" Yeshua answering them said, "I will also ask you{pl} one question; which if you{pl} answer for me, I also will tell you{pl} by what authority I do these things. The baptism of John, whence was it? Was it from heaven or from men? Answer me."
    And they debated with themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will say to us, 'Why then did you{pl} not believe him?' But if we say, 'From men,' we fear the people will stone us, all having been convinced that John was a prophet." So answering Yeshua, they said, "We do not know." And he said to them, "Neither I tell you{pl} by what authority I do these things."

Commentary: This and other examples show that Yeshua was quite adroit at dealing with the religious leaders. It is not legitimate to take this as any kind of endorsement of John by Yeshua.

177-PARABLE OF TWO SONS AND VINEYARD
Matthew 21:28-32 "How does it seem to you{pl}? A man had two sons; and having come to the first, he said, 'Son, go work today in my vineyard.' And he answering, said, 'I will not'; but afterward feeling badly, he went. And having come to the second he said likewise; and he answering, said , 'I go, sir,' but did not leave. Which of the two did the will of the father?" They say to him, "The first." Yeshua says to them, "Truly, I tell you{pl}, that the tax collectors and the harlots go into the kingship of God before you{pl}. For John came to you{pl} in the way of respectability, and you{pl} did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the harlots believed him. And you{pl} seeing, did not feel contrite afterward to believe him."

Commentary: This is a great parable and doesn't need any deep interpretation. John's respectability was not social but in the nature of what was expected from a prophet reformer.

178-PARABLE OF THE WICKED TENANTS
Mark 12:1-12 Mt 21:33-46 Lk 20:9-18 And he began to speak to them in parables and to tell them this parable. "A man planted a vineyard, and put a hedge around it, and dug a wine press, and built a tower, and rented it out to vine-dressers, and went away for a considerable time. At some point when the time of produce came, he sent a servant to the vine-dressers, to receive from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. But they having taken him, beat him, and sent him away empty‑handed.
    "Again he sent to them another servant, and having stoned him in the head, they sent him away, insulting him. Once again he sent another, and that one they killed; and many others, beat some and killing some. Yet then, having his own one beloved son, he finally sent him to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.' But those vine-dressers said to one another, 'This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.' Upon taking him, they killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.
    "What will the owner of the vineyard do then? He will come and destroy the vine-dressers, and give the vineyard to others who will give him the produce in their seasons. Did you{pl} not even read this scripture?

'A stone which the builders rejected,
this one became the head of the corner;
this occurred from the Lord,
and it is marvelous in our eyes'? - Psalms 118:22,23

Therefore I tell you{pl} that the kingship of God will be taken away from you{pl} and given to a people producing the fruits of it. And the one falling over this stone will be broken to pieces, but it will pulverize whomever it falls upon."
    Upon hearing these parables, the chief priest and the Pharisees knew that he talks about them. And they tried to seize him, but feared the crowd because they held him to be a prophet. So leaving him, they went away.

Commentary: Some Christian apologists use the phrase "the kingship of God will be taken away from you" to support the false idea that Judaism was instituted by God and that Israel was a preeminent spiritual nation in God's eyes, but this statement merely means that the offering was being withdrawn naturally because of the perversity and blindness.

179-RENDER UNTO CAESAR
Matthew 22:15-22 Mk 12:13-17 Lk 20:19-26 Upon going, the Pharisees took counsel so that they might entrap him in his discourse. Watching carefully, they sent spies, pretending to be harmless so that they might catch what he said and deliver him up to the authority and jurisdiction of the governor. So they send forth their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that you are truthful, and you teach the way of God truthfully, and no one concerns you, for you do not regard the face of men. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it proper to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? Should we give, or should we not give?"
    But Yeshua, knowing their malevolence, said, "Why do you{pl} test me, you{pl} hypocrites? Show me the coin for the tax. Bring me a denarius, that I may see it." And they brought him a coin. And he says to them, "Whose image and inscription is this?" They say to him, "Caesar's." Then he says to them, "Render then the things of Caesar to Caesar, and the things of God to God." Upon hearing this, they marveled; and leaving, they went away.

Commentary: The governor would have been Pilate, and the Herodians were supporters of king Herod, the two Roman officials that could legally curtail the activities of Yeshua. The introductory statement by the men sent was a lie of deceit and flattery designed to put him off guard.
    The term hypocrite means actor, and they didn't really get the full impact of the true negative spiritual meaning. Today, if we called these types hypocrites, they would be offended, but if we merely said to them in a mild way, "You guys are good actors", it wouldn't be taken as offensive at all.

180-TRICK QUESTION ABOUT RESURRECTION
Luke 20:27-40 Mt 22:23-33 Mk 12:18-27 And some of the Sadducees, those saying a resurrection is not to be, coming up question him, saying, "Teacher, Moses wrote to us that if a brother of anyone dies having a wife, and this one dies childless, his brother should take the wife and raise up children for his brother. Now then, there were seven brothers; and the first, having taken a wife, died childless; and the second took the wife, and this one died childless. And the third took her, and likewise also not even one of the seven left children, and they died. Last of all the woman also died. So then, in the resurrection when they all rise again, of which of them does she become the wife? For the seven had her as wife."
    And replying, Yeshua said to them, "Therefore, do you{pl} not err, because you{pl} understand neither the scriptures nor the dynamic of God? The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage; but those who are counted worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage, for they cannot even die any more, because they are like the messengers yett are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. But that the dead are raised, even Moses pointed out in the passage of the bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. Now, he is not God of dead men, but of living men, for all live to him. You{pl} then do err greatly." And some of the theologians answered, "Teacher, you reason well." So, they no longer dared to question him about anything.

Commentary: The fist passage contains a hypothetical but plausible sequence of obligatory marriage according to the law of Moses. Not necessarily a chain of seven, but no doubt something like this had happened more than once in the ancient times.
    In the second paragraph is one of the few iteration of the Gospel, and our freedom from legalism in the Kingship state. Those that "attain to that age" are those that do not finish the dying process and never experience death, those that live until they usher in the age of justice and beyond. And of course, those that are resurrected are also immortal. None of this implies that we lose our gender identity or our sexuality, and live in a barren reality where there is no romance and producing children.

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