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FAITH FUELS MY FIRE: THE PODCAST
Some Jews Plot to Kill Paul & He is Transferred to Caesarea. Bible Study. Acts Ch 23.

FAITH FUELS MY FIRE: THE PODCAST

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 10:03


This episode is a Bible study about Paul speaking to the Sanhedrin that he is on trial because of his hope in the resurrection of the dead and a dispute breaks out between the Pharisees and Sadducees. Then some Jews plot to kill Paul and when the commander hears of this he transfers Paul to stand on trial before governor Felix in Caesarea. Study guide included     Enjoy!   For the study guide, join this group and check out the units tab.   This episode's show notes: https://www.faithfuelsmyfire.com/post/some-jews-plot-to-kill-paul-he-is-transferred-to-caesarea-bible-study-acts-ch-23   If you want to check out previous Bible studies, click here     Email me: faithfuelsmyfire@gmail.com   Facebook Community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/486483515603028/   YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmBsSKktGU_8WHVNIxhFuzg   The Bible App that I use: http://bible.com/app   Instagram: @_lorenacamille_   Never Forget to Choose Faith Over Fear,   -Lorena Camille

Talking Talmud
Taanit 17: The King's Daily Haircut

Talking Talmud

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 15:45


More working off the long mishnah - beginning with discussion of the watches of the kohanim, and when they would need to cut their hair and launder their clothes - to make sure they're presentable while on the watch. Among other populations, and how frequently they cut their hair to make sure they don't get scruffy in appearance. Based on nazir. Also, days when eulogizing is not permitted, as connected to the daily offering (even in its absence), and the dynamic with the Sadducees. The month of Nisan follows suit, because of the dynamic with the Baitusim. There's joy in the success of the rabbis over these sects.

Hogares De Pacto
Noviembre 28- Dioses injustos. Salmos 82 y 83

Hogares De Pacto

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2021 4:58


Notas. Inglés y Español ⬇️November 28: Unjust gods.Psalms 82:1-8:God stands in the congregation of the mighty; He judges among the gods. How long will you judge unjustly, and show partiality to the wicked? SelahDefend the poor and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy; free them from the hand of the wicked. They do not know, nor do they understand; they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are unstable. I said, “You are gods, and all of you are children of the Most High.But you shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.” Arise, O God, judge the earth; for You shall inherit all nations. Psalms 83:1-5: Do not keep silent, O God! Do not hold Your peace, and do not be still, O God! For behold, Your enemies make a tumult; and those who hate You have lifted up their head. They have taken crafty counsel against Your people, and consulted together against Your sheltered ones. They have said, “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more.” For they have consulted together with one consent; they form a confederacy against You:We are going to study two psalms. The 82 teaches us about the responsibility that we as human beings have. The Lord makes the claim to a group of beings that God calls "gods". He complains about the injustices that were being committed on earth and they did nothing about it. What's more, they committed or supported others in these evil actions. They were unfair because they favored the friend or the richest, they allowed themselves to be bribed, they did not help the widow or the homeless. The Lord was outraged that he called them to account and claimed this behavior.Some think that these gods are angels, some think that they are rulers of the earth, and some think that they are the priests of Israel. In my opinion, God is calling attention to all those who are His children, those who claim to know God but deny Him by their actions, to those who have the knowledge of who God is but have forgotten to follow His commandments.The Lord Jesus Christ used this psalm to teach the Pharisees, Sadducees and religious leaders that God calls us gods, but if we continue in sin, injustice and wickedness we will suffer tragedies and death like any human being who is not a child of God.That is why the noun "gods" is to differentiate the human being who does not know God from the one who does know God but continues to act as an impious, as someone who does not know the commandments and ordinances of the Lord. This is a warning to all those who have biblical knowledge or have some experience as members of a Christian church. The fact that we have experience in the religious area, Christian or evangelical, that does not give us an advantage to commit injustices and walk in sin. It is true that God is a God of love and of mercy, but that does not mean that we should abuse our privileged position as children of God. In Psalm 1 the Lord says that the wicked will not rise up in the congregation of the righteous. That is why the Jews felt that they had a greater position above all the Gentiles because they were descendants of Abraham, and that is why the Lord tells them that even if they are called gods, or are children of Abraham or are the chosen people of God, if they don't repent and don't believe in Jesus they will also die like anyone who is not knowledgeable of the Lord.Psalm 83 is a psalm that lists all the enemies of the people of Israel. Of all those who rose up to destroy them. The psalmist made a request to the Lord to deliver them from these nations, and he was specific, writing the names of each of them. He also counted other nations and kings who were miraculously removed in the past, and he hoped God would do the same in this case. Two lessons: First, as believers we must understand that we will give an account to God for our actions, words and deeds, just or unjust. Second, we must pray, being specific, to the Lord about the things that afflict and harm us so that God will rise up and fight on our behalf. I am your friend and brother Eduardo Rodríguez. May the Lord hear your prayer. ≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈Noviembre 28: Dioses injustos.Salmos 82:1‭-‬8 RVA2015:Dios está de pie en la asamblea divina; en medio de los dioses ejerce el juicio: “¿Hasta cuándo juzgarán injustamente y entre los impíos harán distinción de personas? Selah Rescaten al necesitado y al huérfano; hagan justicia al pobre y al indigente. Libren al necesitado y al menesteroso; líbrenlo de la mano de los impíos. “Ellos no saben ni entienden; andan en tinieblas. ¡Todos los cimientos de la tierra son conmovidos! Yo les dije: ‘Ustedes son dioses; todos ustedes son hijos del Altísimo'. Sin embargo, como un hombre morirán y caerán como cualquiera de los gobernantes”. ¡Levántate, oh Dios; juzga la tierra porque tú poseerás todas las naciones!Salmos 83:1‭-‬5 RVA2015:Oh Dios, no guardes silencio. No calles, oh Dios, ni permanezcas inmóvil. Porque he aquí que rugen tus enemigos, y los que te aborrecen han levantado la cabeza. Contra tu pueblo han consultado astutamente; han entrado en consejo contra tus protegidos. Han dicho: “Vengan y destruyámoslos de modo que dejen de ser una nación y no haya más memoria del nombre de Israel”. Han conspirado juntos, de común acuerdo; han hecho pacto contra ti.Vamos a estudiar dos salmos. El 82 nos enseña sobre la responsabilidad que nosotros como seres humanos tenemos. El Señor le hace el reclamo a un grupo de seres que Dios llama “dioses''. Les reclama acerca de las injusticias que se estaban cometiendo en la tierra y ellos no hacían nada al respecto. Es más, ellos cometían o apoyaban a otros en estas acciones de maldad. Eran injustos porque favorecían al amigo o al más rico, se dejaban sobornar, no ayudaban a la viuda ni al desamparado. El Señor estaba indignado que los llama a cuentas y les reclama este comportamiento.Algunos piensan que estos dioses son ángeles, otros piensan que son gobernantes de la tierra, y otros piensan que son los sacerdotes de Israel. A mi parecer, Dios está llamando la atención a todos aquellos que son sus hijos, aquellos que dicen conocer a Dios pero que con sus hechos lo niegan, a los que tienen el conocimiento de quién es Dios pero han olvidado seguir sus mandamientos.El Señor Jesucristo usó este salmo para enseñarle a los fariseos, saduceos y a los líderes religiosos que Dios nos llama dioses, pero si seguimos en pecado, injusticias y maldad vamos a sufrir tragedias y muerte como cualquier ser humano que no es un hijo de Dios.Por eso el sustantivo “dioses” es para diferenciar al ser humano que no conoce de Dios del que sí conoce a Dios pero sigue obrando como un impío, como alguien que no conoce los mandamientos y las ordenanzas del Señor.Esta es una advertencia para todos aquellos que tienen conocimiento bíblico o tienen alguna experiencia como miembros de una iglesia cristiana. El hecho de que tengamos experiencia en el área religiosa, cristiana o evangélica, eso no nos da ventaja para cometer injusticias y andar en pecado. Es cierto que Dios es un Dios de amor y de misericordia, pero eso no significa que debemos abusar de nuestra posición privilegiada como hijos de Dios. En el salmo 1 el Señor dice que no se levantarán los malos en la congregación de los justos. Por eso los judíos se sentían que tenían una mayor posición encima de todos los gentiles porque eran descendientes de Abraham, y por eso el Señor les dice que aunque sean llamados dioses, o sean hijos de Abraham o sean el pueblo escogido de Dios, si no se arrepienten y no creen en Jesús también van a morir como cualquier persona que no es conocedora del Señor.El salmo 83 es un salmo que hace una lista de todos los enemigos del pueblo de Israel. De todos los que se levantaron para destruirlos. El salmista le pidió al Señor que los librara de estas naciones, y fue específico, escribiendo los nombres de cada uno de ellos. También hizo un recuento de otras naciones y reyes que fueron destituidos de forma milagrosa en el pasado, así mismo él esperaba que Dios hiciera lo mismo en este caso. Dos lecciones: Primero, como creyentes debemos entender que daremos cuentas a Dios por nuestras acciones, palabras y obras, justas o injustas. Segundo, debemos orar, siendo específicos, al Señor acerca de las cosas que nos afligen y nos dañan para que Dios se levante y pelee a favor nuestro. Soy tu amigo y hermano Eduardo Rodríguez. Que el Señor escuche tu oración. #HogaresDePacto #KingdomChurch #IglesiaElReino #IPUH #PastorCarlos #CarlosRodriguez#EduardoRodriguez #PoderCaster #salmos #salmo82 #salmo83

The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz)
Day 325: Boldness in Faith

The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz)

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2021 25:24


Fr. Mike highlights the boldness of Peter and John in our reading from Acts as they stand before the council of church leaders and defend the name of Jesus. He also addresses Paul's writings on God's grace given to us in our sinfulness and the war between good and evil present within ourselves. Today's readings are Acts 4, Romans 6-7, and Proverbs 27:4-6. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.

Catholic Daily Reflections
Saturday of the Thirty-Third Week in Ordinary Time - Preparing for Eternity

Catholic Daily Reflections

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 6:45


“That the dead will rise even Moses made known in the passage about the bush, when he called  ‘Lord' the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.” Luke 20:37–38Jesus gives this response to some of the Sadducees who question Him about the resurrection of the dead. The Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection of the body, whereas the Pharisees did. Thus, the Sadducees asked Jesus about the resurrection of the body using an almost unheard of example. They refer to the levirate law found in Deuteronomy 25:5ff which states that if a married man dies before having children, the brother of that man must marry his wife and provide descendants for his brother. Thus, the Sadducees present the scenario where seven brothers die, each one subsequently taking the same wife. The question they posed was, “Now at the resurrection whose wife will that woman be? For all seven had been married to her.” Jesus answers by explaining that marriage is for this life, not the life to come at the resurrection. Therefore, none of the brothers will be married to her when they rise.Some spouses have a hard time with this teaching, in that they love their spouse and desire to remain married in Heaven and at the time of the final resurrection. For those who feel this way, rest assured that the bonds of love we form on earth will remain and even be strengthened in Heaven. And when the end of the world comes and all of our bodies rise and are reunited with our souls, those bonds of love will remain stronger than ever. However, marriage, in the earthly sense, will be no more. It will be replaced by the pure love of the new life to come.This teaching gives us reason to ponder further the beautiful teaching of our Lord about His return in glory and, as we say in the Creed, “the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.” We profess this belief every Sunday at Mass. But for many, it can be hard to understand. So what do we actually believe? Simply put, we believe that when we die, our body is “laid to rest,” but our soul enters a moment of particular judgment. Those who remain in mortal sin are eternally separated from God. But those who die in a state of grace will eternally live with God. Most people who die will most likely die with some lasting venial sins on their soul. Thus, Purgatory is the grace of final purification that the person's soul encounters upon death. Purgatory is simply the purifying love of God which has the effect of eliminating every last sin and imperfection, and every attachment to sin, so that the purified soul can see God face-to-face in Heaven. But it doesn't stop there. We also believe that at some definitive time in world history, Jesus will return to earth and transform it. This is His Final Judgment. At that time, every body will rise, and we will live eternally as we were intended to live: body and soul united as one. Those souls who are in mortal sin will also be reunited with their bodies, but their body and soul will live separated from God forever. Thankfully, those who are in a state of grace and have endured their final purification will be resurrected and share in the new Heavens and new Earth forever, body and soul as God intended.Reflect, today, upon this glorious teaching of our Lord that you profess faith in every time you pray the Creed. Keeping your eyes on Heaven and, especially, on the final and glorious resurrected state in which you will live in the new Heaven and Earth must become your daily practice. The more we live with this holy expectation, the more we will live here and now as a time of preparation for this final existence. Build treasure now in anticipation of this glorious day and believe that it is the eternity to which you are called.My resurrected Lord, You now reign in Heaven, body and soul, in anticipation of the final and glorious resurrection of all the dead. May I always keep my eyes on this final goal of human life and do all that I can to prepare for this eternity of glory and love. Jesus, I trust in You.Source of content: catholic-daily-reflections.comCopyright © 2021 My Catholic Life! Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission via RSS feed.

Straight From The Heart Radio

Questions for Jesus (Part 2)- After observing Jesus answering the Pharisees and Sadducees, a scribe came and asked in sincerity, "which is the most important commandment?" Jesus pointed out to His disciples a widow in the temple demonstrating what it looks like to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.

Asbury Seminary Kentucky Chapel
Scandalized and Provoked: Jesus in the Face of the Pharisees and Sadducees - with Dr. Ivor Poobalan

Asbury Seminary Kentucky Chapel

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 16:56


Scandalized and Provoked: Jesus in the Face of the Pharisees and Sadducees

Straight From The Heart Radio

Questions for Jesus (Part 1)- The Pharisees and Sadducees brought some questions to Jesus, but their intentions were not to gain more knowledge. Thinking they were going to trip Jesus up, the Pharisees and Sadducees came away marveling at the wisdom with which Jesus responded.

The Listener's Commentary
Acts 5:12-42

The Listener's Commentary

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 32:16


Acts 5:12-42   SUPPORT - The Listener's Commentary is a CROWDFUNDED Bible teaching ministry.  We believe everyone should have access to the wisdom of Jesus and the Bible so we've chosen to give the Listener's Commentary away as a free resource, and that's possible because of people's generous support. You can become a Ministry Partner by donating at:  https://www.listenerscommentary.com/give     TEXT    Acts 5:12-42   12 At the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were taking place among the people; and they were all together in Solomon's portico. 13 But none of the rest dared to associate with them; however, the people held them in high esteem. 14 And increasingly believers in the Lord, large numbers of men and women, were being added to their number, 15 to such an extent that they even carried the sick out into the streets and laid them on cots and pallets, so that when Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on any of them. 16 The people from the cities in the vicinity of Jerusalem were coming together as well, bringing people who were sick or tormented with unclean spirits, and they were all being healed. 17 But the high priest stood up, along with all his associates (that is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with jealousy.18 They laid hands on the apostles and put them in a public prison.19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the gates of the prison, and leading them out, he said, 20 “Go, stand and speak to the people in the temple area the whole message of this Life.”21 Upon hearing this, they entered into the temple area about daybreak and began to teach. Now when the high priest and his associates came, they called the Council together, that is, all the Senate of the sons of Israel, and sent orders to the prison for them to be brought. 22 But the officers who came did not find them in the prison; and they returned and reported, 23 saying, “We found the prison locked quite securely and the guards standing at the doors; but when we opened them, we found no one inside.” 24 Now when the captain of the temple guardand the chief priests heard these words, they were greatly perplexed about them as to what would come of this. 25 But someone came and reported to them, “The men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple area and teaching the people!”26 Then the captain went along with the officers and proceeded to bring them back without violence (for they were afraid of the people, that they might be stoned). 27 When they had brought them, they had them stand before the Council. The high priest interrogated them, 28 saying, “We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this Man's blood upon us.” 29 But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. 30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you put to death by hanging Him on a cross. 31 He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.” 33 But when they heard this, they became infuriated and nearlydecided to execute them. 34 But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the Law, respected by all the people, stood up in the Council and gave orders to put the men outside for a short time.35 And he said to them, “Men of Israel, be careful as to what you are about to do with these men. 36 For, some time ago Theudas appeared, claiming to be somebody, and a group of about four hundred men joined him. But he was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing. 37 After this man, Judas of Galilee appeared in the days of the census and drew away somepeople after him; he also perished, and all those who followed him were scattered. 38 And so in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and leave them alone, for if the source of this plan or movement is men, it will be overthrown; 39 but if the source is God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God.” 40 They followed his advice; and after calling the apostles in, they flogged them and ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and then released them. 41 So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name. 42 And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not stop teaching and preaching the good news of Jesus as the Christ.   SUBSCRIBE - To subscribe for updates, more resources, and downloadable notes and more details visit https://www.listenerscommentary.com     Want to get more out of your Bible reading? 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ESV: Chronological
November 14: Acts 4:32–7:60

ESV: Chronological

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2021 16:34


Acts 4:32–7:60 Acts 4:32–7:60 (Listen) They Had Everything in Common 32 Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. 33 And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 34 There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold 35 and laid it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. 36 Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, 37 sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles' feet. Ananias and Sapphira 5 But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, 2 and with his wife's knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles' feet. 3 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? 4 While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to man but to God.” 5 When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last. And great fear came upon all who heard of it. 6 The young men rose and wrapped him up and carried him out and buried him. 7 After an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. 8 And Peter said to her, “Tell me whether you1 sold the land for so much.” And she said, “Yes, for so much.” 9 But Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.” 10 Immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. When the young men came in they found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11 And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things. Many Signs and Wonders Done 12 Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon's Portico. 13 None of the rest dared join them, but the people held them in high esteem. 14 And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, 15 so that they even carried out the sick into the streets and laid them on cots and mats, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them. 16 The people also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all healed. The Apostles Arrested and Freed 17 But the high priest rose up, and all who were with him (that is, the party of the Sadducees), and filled with jealousy 18 they arrested the apostles and put them in the public prison. 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, 20 “Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life.” 21 And when they heard this, they entered the temple at daybreak and began to teach. Now when the high priest came, and those who were with him, they called together the council, all the senate of the people of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought. 22 But when the officers came, they did not find them in the prison, so they returned and reported, 23 “We found the prison securely locked and the guards standing at the doors, but when we opened them we found no one inside.” 24 Now when the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these words, they were greatly perplexed about them, wondering what this would come to. 25 And someone came and told them, “Look! The men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people.” 26 Then the captain with the officers went and brought them, but not by force, for they were afraid of being stoned by the people. 27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them, 28 saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man's blood upon us.” 29 But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. 30 The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. 31 God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” 33 When they heard this, they were enraged and wanted to kill them. 34 But a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in honor by all the people, stood up and gave orders to put the men outside for a little while. 35 And he said to them, “Men of Israel, take care what you are about to do with these men. 36 For before these days Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing. 37 After him Judas the Galilean rose up in the days of the census and drew away some of the people after him. He too perished, and all who followed him were scattered. 38 So in the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; 39 but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God!” So they took his advice, 40 and when they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. 41 Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name. 42 And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus. Seven Chosen to Serve 6 Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists2 arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. 2 And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. 3 Therefore, brothers,3 pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. 4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” 5 And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. 6 These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them. 7 And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith. Stephen Is Seized 8 And Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people. 9 Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of those from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and disputed with Stephen. 10 But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking. 11 Then they secretly instigated men who said, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God.” 12 And they stirred up the people and the elders and the scribes, and they came upon him and seized him and brought him before the council, 13 and they set up false witnesses who said, “This man never ceases to speak words against this holy place and the law, 14 for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and will change the customs that Moses delivered to us.” 15 And gazing at him, all who sat in the council saw that his face was like the face of an angel. Stephen's Speech 7 And the high priest said, “Are these things so?” 2 And Stephen said: “Brothers and fathers, hear me. The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran, 3 and said to him, ‘Go out from your land and from your kindred and go into the land that I will show you.' 4 Then he went out from the land of the Chaldeans and lived in Haran. And after his father died, God removed him from there into this land in which you are now living. 5 Yet he gave him no inheritance in it, not even a foot's length, but promised to give it to him as a possession and to his offspring after him, though he had no child. 6 And God spoke to this effect—that his offspring would be sojourners in a land belonging to others, who would enslave them and afflict them four hundred years. 7 ‘But I will judge the nation that they serve,' said God, ‘and after that they shall come out and worship me in this place.' 8 And he gave him the covenant of circumcision. And so Abraham became the father of Isaac, and circumcised him on the eighth day, and Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob of the twelve patriarchs. 9 “And the patriarchs, jealous of Joseph, sold him into Egypt; but God was with him 10 and rescued him out of all his afflictions and gave him favor and wisdom before Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who made him ruler over Egypt and over all his household. 11 Now there came a famine throughout all Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction, and our fathers could find no food. 12 But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent out our fathers on their first visit. 13 And on the second visit Joseph made himself known to his brothers, and Joseph's family became known to Pharaoh. 14 And Joseph sent and summoned Jacob his father and all his kindred, seventy-five persons in all. 15 And Jacob went down into Egypt, and he died, he and our fathers, 16 and they were carried back to Shechem and laid in the tomb that Abraham had bought for a sum of silver from the sons of Hamor in Shechem. 17 “But as the time of the promise drew near, which God had granted to Abraham, the people increased and multiplied in Egypt 18 until there arose over Egypt another king who did not know Joseph. 19 He dealt shrewdly with our race and forced our fathers to expose their infants, so that they would not be kept alive. 20 At this time Moses was born; and he was beautiful in God's sight. And he was brought up for three months in his father's house, 21 and when he was exposed, Pharaoh's daughter adopted him and brought him up as her own son. 22 And Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was mighty in his words and deeds. 23 “When he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brothers, the children of Israel. 24 And seeing one of them being wronged, he defended the oppressed man and avenged him by striking down the Egyptian. 25 He supposed that his brothers would understand that God was giving them salvation by his hand, but they did not understand. 26 And on the following day he appeared to them as they were quarreling and tried to reconcile them, saying, ‘Men, you are brothers. Why do you wrong each other?' 27 But the man who was wronging his neighbor thrust him aside, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge over us? 28 Do you want to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?' 29 At this retort Moses fled and became an exile in the land of Midian, where he became the father of two sons. 30 “Now when forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in a flame of fire in a bush. 31 When Moses saw it, he was amazed at the sight, and as he drew near to look, there came the voice of the Lord: 32 ‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob.' And Moses trembled and did not dare to look. 33 Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off the sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. 34 I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt, and have heard their groaning, and I have come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send you to Egypt.' 35 “This Moses, whom they rejected, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge?'—this man God sent as both ruler and redeemer by the hand of the angel who appeared to him in the bush. 36 This man led them out, performing wonders and signs in Egypt and at the Red Sea and in the wilderness for forty years. 37 This is the Moses who said to the Israelites, ‘God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers.' 38 This is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and with our fathers. He received living oracles to give to us. 39 Our fathers refused to obey him, but thrust him aside, and in their hearts they turned to Egypt, 40 saying to Aaron, ‘Make for us gods who will go before us. As for this Moses who led us out from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.' 41 And they made a calf in those days, and offered a sacrifice to the idol and were rejoicing in the works of their hands. 42 But God turned away and gave them over to worship the host of heaven, as it is written in the book of the prophets:   “‘Did you bring to me slain beasts and sacrifices,    during the forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel?43   You took up the tent of Moloch    and the star of your god Rephan,    the images that you made to worship;  and I will send you into exile beyond Babylon.' 44 “Our fathers had the tent of witness in the wilderness, just as he who spoke to Moses directed him to make it, according to the pattern that he had seen. 45 Our fathers in turn brought it in with Joshua when they dispossessed the nations that God drove out before our fathers. So it was until the days of David, 46 who found favor in the sight of God and asked to find a dwelling place for the God of Jacob.4 47 But it was Solomon who built a house for him. 48 Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made by hands, as the prophet says, 49   “‘Heaven is my throne,    and the earth is my footstool.  What kind of house will you build for me, says the Lord,    or what is the place of my rest?50   Did not my hand make all these things?' 51 “You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you. 52 Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered, 53 you who received the law as delivered by angels and did not keep it.” The Stoning of Stephen 54 Now when they heard these things they were enraged, and they ground their teeth at him. 55 But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” 57 But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together5 at him. 58 Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep. Footnotes [1] 5:8 The Greek for you is plural here [2] 6:1 That is, Greek-speaking Jews [3] 6:3 Or brothers and sisters [4] 7:46 Some manuscripts for the house of Jacob [5] 7:57 Or rushed with one mind (ESV)

ESV: Chronological
November 13: Acts 1–4:31

ESV: Chronological

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2021 16:45


Acts 1–4:31 Acts 1–4:31 (Listen) The Promise of the Holy Spirit 1 In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2 until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3 He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. 4 And while staying1 with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with2 the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” The Ascension 6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” Matthias Chosen to Replace Judas 12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey away. 13 And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. 14 All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.3 15 In those days Peter stood up among the brothers (the company of persons was in all about 120) and said, 16 “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus. 17 For he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.” 18 (Now this man acquired a field with the reward of his wickedness, and falling headlong4 he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out. 19 And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the field was called in their own language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) 20 “For it is written in the Book of Psalms,   “‘May his camp become desolate,    and let there be no one to dwell in it'; and   “‘Let another take his office.' 21 So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection.” 23 And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also called Justus, and Matthias. 24 And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen 25 to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” 26 And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles. The Coming of the Holy Spirit 2 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested5 on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6 And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. 7 And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? 9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, 11 both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” 12 And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.” Peter's Sermon at Pentecost 14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. 15 For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day.6 16 But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel: 17   “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares,  that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,  and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,    and your young men shall see visions,    and your old men shall dream dreams;18   even on my male servants and female servants    in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.19   And I will show wonders in the heavens above    and signs on the earth below,    blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;20   the sun shall be turned to darkness    and the moon to blood,    before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.21   And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.' 22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know—23 this Jesus,7 delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. 24 God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. 25 For David says concerning him,   “‘I saw the Lord always before me,    for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken;26   therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;    my flesh also will dwell in hope.27   For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,    or let your Holy One see corruption.28   You have made known to me the paths of life;    you will make me full of gladness with your presence.' 29 “Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, 31 he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. 32 This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. 33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. 34 For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says,   “‘The Lord said to my Lord,  “Sit at my right hand,35     until I make your enemies your footstool.”' 36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” 37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” 40 And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” 41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. The Fellowship of the Believers 42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe8 came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. The Lame Beggar Healed 3 Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.9 2 And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. 3 Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. 4 And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” 5 And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. 6 But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” 7 And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. 8 And leaping up, he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. 9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 and recognized him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, asking for alms. And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. Peter Speaks in Solomon's Portico 11 While he clung to Peter and John, all the people, utterly astounded, ran together to them in the portico called Solomon's. 12 And when Peter saw it he addressed the people: “Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk? 13 The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant10 Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him. 14 But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, 15 and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. 16 And his name—by faith in his name—has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus11 has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all. 17 “And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. 18 But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled. 19 Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, 20 that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, 21 whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago. 22 Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you. 23 And it shall be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people.' 24 And all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and those who came after him, also proclaimed these days. 25 You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed.' 26 God, having raised up his servant, sent him to you first, to bless you by turning every one of you from your wickedness.” Peter and John Before the Council 4 And as they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them, 2 greatly annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 3 And they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. 4 But many of those who had heard the word believed, and the number of the men came to about five thousand. 5 On the next day their rulers and elders and scribes gathered together in Jerusalem, 6 with Annas the high priest and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. 7 And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?” 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, 9 if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, 10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well. 11 This Jesus12 is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.13 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men14 by which we must be saved.” 13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. 14 But seeing the man who was healed standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition. 15 But when they had commanded them to leave the council, they conferred with one another, 16 saying, “What shall we do with these men? For that a notable sign has been performed through them is evident to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. 17 But in order that it may spread no further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more to anyone in this name.” 18 So they called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, 20 for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” 21 And when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way to punish them, because of the people, for all were praising God for what had happened. 22 For the man on whom this sign of healing was performed was more than forty years old. The Believers Pray for Boldness 23 When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, 25 who through the mouth of our father David, your servant,15 said by the Holy Spirit,   “‘Why did the Gentiles rage,    and the peoples plot in vain?26   The kings of the earth set themselves,    and the rulers were gathered together,    against the Lord and against his Anointed'16— 27 for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. 29 And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, 30 while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. Footnotes [1] 1:4 Or eating [2] 1:5 Or in [3] 1:14 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters; also verse 15 [4] 1:18 Or swelling up [5] 2:3 Or And tongues as of fire appeared to them, distributed among them, and rested [6] 2:15 That is, 9 a.m. [7] 2:23 Greek this one [8] 2:43 Or fear [9] 3:1 That is, 3 p.m. [10] 3:13 Or child; also verse 26 [11] 3:16 Greek him [12] 4:11 Greek This one [13] 4:11 Greek the head of the corner [14] 4:12 The Greek word anthropoi refers here to both men and women [15] 4:25 Or child; also verses 27, 30 [16] 4:26 Or Christ (ESV)

ESV: Daily Office Lectionary
November 11: Psalm 23; Psalm 27; Psalm 83; Psalms 85–86; 1 Maccabees 1:1-28; Revelation 19:1–10; Matthew 16:1–12

ESV: Daily Office Lectionary

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 8:41


Proper 27 First Psalm: Psalm 23; Psalm 27; Psalm 83 Psalm 23 (Listen) The Lord Is My Shepherd A Psalm of David. 23   The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.2     He makes me lie down in green pastures.  He leads me beside still waters.13     He restores my soul.  He leads me in paths of righteousness2    for his name's sake. 4   Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,3    I will fear no evil,  for you are with me;    your rod and your staff,    they comfort me. 5   You prepare a table before me    in the presence of my enemies;  you anoint my head with oil;    my cup overflows.6   Surely4 goodness and mercy5 shall follow me    all the days of my life,  and I shall dwell6 in the house of the LORD    forever.7 Footnotes [1] 23:2 Hebrew beside waters of rest [2] 23:3 Or in right paths [3] 23:4 Or the valley of deep darkness [4] 23:6 Or Only [5] 23:6 Or steadfast love [6] 23:6 Or shall return to dwell [7] 23:6 Hebrew for length of days (ESV) Psalm 27 (Listen) The Lord Is My Light and My Salvation Of David. 27   The LORD is my light and my salvation;    whom shall I fear?  The LORD is the stronghold1 of my life;    of whom shall I be afraid? 2   When evildoers assail me    to eat up my flesh,  my adversaries and foes,    it is they who stumble and fall. 3   Though an army encamp against me,    my heart shall not fear;  though war arise against me,    yet2 I will be confident. 4   One thing have I asked of the LORD,    that will I seek after:  that I may dwell in the house of the LORD    all the days of my life,  to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD    and to inquire3 in his temple. 5   For he will hide me in his shelter    in the day of trouble;  he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;    he will lift me high upon a rock. 6   And now my head shall be lifted up    above my enemies all around me,  and I will offer in his tent    sacrifices with shouts of joy;  I will sing and make melody to the LORD. 7   Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud;    be gracious to me and answer me!8   You have said, “Seek4 my face.”  My heart says to you,    “Your face, LORD, do I seek.”59     Hide not your face from me.  Turn not your servant away in anger,    O you who have been my help.  Cast me not off; forsake me not,    O God of my salvation!10   For my father and my mother have forsaken me,    but the LORD will take me in. 11   Teach me your way, O LORD,    and lead me on a level path    because of my enemies.12   Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;    for false witnesses have risen against me,    and they breathe out violence. 13   I believe that I shall look6 upon the goodness of the LORD    in the land of the living!14   Wait for the LORD;    be strong, and let your heart take courage;    wait for the LORD! Footnotes [1] 27:1 Or refuge [2] 27:3 Or in this [3] 27:4 Or meditate [4] 27:8 The command (seek) is addressed to more than one person [5] 27:8 The meaning of the Hebrew verse is uncertain [6] 27:13 Other Hebrew manuscripts Oh! Had I not believed that I would look (ESV) Psalm 83 (Listen) O God, Do Not Keep Silence A Song. A Psalm of Asaph. 83   O God, do not keep silence;    do not hold your peace or be still, O God!2   For behold, your enemies make an uproar;    those who hate you have raised their heads.3   They lay crafty plans against your people;    they consult together against your treasured ones.4   They say, “Come, let us wipe them out as a nation;    let the name of Israel be remembered no more!”5   For they conspire with one accord;    against you they make a covenant—6   the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,    Moab and the Hagrites,7   Gebal and Ammon and Amalek,    Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;8   Asshur also has joined them;    they are the strong arm of the children of Lot. Selah 9   Do to them as you did to Midian,    as to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon,10   who were destroyed at En-dor,    who became dung for the ground.11   Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb,    all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,12   who said, “Let us take possession for ourselves    of the pastures of God.” 13   O my God, make them like whirling dust,1    like chaff before the wind.14   As fire consumes the forest,    as the flame sets the mountains ablaze,15   so may you pursue them with your tempest    and terrify them with your hurricane!16   Fill their faces with shame,    that they may seek your name, O LORD.17   Let them be put to shame and dismayed forever;    let them perish in disgrace,18   that they may know that you alone,    whose name is the LORD,    are the Most High over all the earth. Footnotes [1] 83:13 Or like a tumbleweed (ESV) Second Psalm: Psalms 85–86 Psalms 85–86 (Listen) Revive Us Again To the choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. 85   LORD, you were favorable to your land;    you restored the fortunes of Jacob.2   You forgave the iniquity of your people;    you covered all their sin. Selah3   You withdrew all your wrath;    you turned from your hot anger. 4   Restore us again, O God of our salvation,    and put away your indignation toward us!5   Will you be angry with us forever?    Will you prolong your anger to all generations?6   Will you not revive us again,    that your people may rejoice in you?7   Show us your steadfast love, O LORD,    and grant us your salvation. 8   Let me hear what God the LORD will speak,    for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints;    but let them not turn back to folly.9   Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him,    that glory may dwell in our land. 10   Steadfast love and faithfulness meet;    righteousness and peace kiss each other.11   Faithfulness springs up from the ground,    and righteousness looks down from the sky.12   Yes, the LORD will give what is good,    and our land will yield its increase.13   Righteousness will go before him    and make his footsteps a way. Great Is Your Steadfast Love A Prayer of David. 86   Incline your ear, O LORD, and answer me,    for I am poor and needy.2   Preserve my life, for I am godly;    save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God.3   Be gracious to me, O Lord,    for to you do I cry all the day.4   Gladden the soul of your servant,    for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.5   For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,    abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.6   Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer;    listen to my plea for grace.7   In the day of my trouble I call upon you,    for you answer me. 8   There is none like you among the gods, O Lord,    nor are there any works like yours.9   All the nations you have made shall come    and worship before you, O Lord,    and shall glorify your name.10   For you are great and do wondrous things;    you alone are God.11   Teach me your way, O LORD,    that I may walk in your truth;    unite my heart to fear your name.12   I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,    and I will glorify your name forever.13   For great is your steadfast love toward me;    you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol. 14   O God, insolent men have risen up against me;    a band of ruthless men seeks my life,    and they do not set you before them.15   But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.16   Turn to me and be gracious to me;    give your strength to your servant,    and save the son of your maidservant.17   Show me a sign of your favor,    that those who hate me may see and be put to shame    because you, LORD, have helped me and comforted me. (ESV) Old Testament: 1 Maccabees 1:1-28 New Testament: Revelation 19:1–10 Revelation 19:1–10 (Listen) Rejoicing in Heaven 19 After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, crying out,   “Hallelujah!  Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,2     for his judgments are true and just;  for he has judged the great prostitute    who corrupted the earth with her immorality,  and has avenged on her the blood of his servants.” 3 Once more they cried out,   “Hallelujah!  The smoke from her goes up forever and ever.” 4 And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who was seated on the throne, saying, “Amen. Hallelujah!” 5 And from the throne came a voice saying,   “Praise our God,    all you his servants,  you who fear him,    small and great.” The Marriage Supper of the Lamb 6 Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,   “Hallelujah!  For the Lord our God    the Almighty reigns.7   Let us rejoice and exult    and give him the glory,  for the marriage of the Lamb has come,    and his Bride has made herself ready;8   it was granted her to clothe herself    with fine linen, bright and pure”— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. 9 And the angel said1 to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.” 10 Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.” For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. Footnotes [1] 19:9 Greek he said (ESV) Gospel: Matthew 16:1–12 Matthew 16:1–12 (Listen) The Pharisees and Sadducees Demand Signs 16 And the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test him they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. 2 He answered them,1 “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.' 3 And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.' You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. 4 An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” So he left them and departed. The Leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees 5 When the disciples reached the other side, they had forgotten to bring any bread. 6 Jesus said to them, “Watch and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 7 And they began discussing it among themselves, saying, “We brought no bread.” 8 But Jesus, aware of this, said, “O you of little faith, why are you discussing among yourselves the fact that you have no bread? 9 Do you not yet perceive? Do you not remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? 10 Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? 11 

ESV: Chronological
November 10: Luke 19–20

ESV: Chronological

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 10:47


Luke 19–20 Luke 19–20 (Listen) Jesus and Zacchaeus 19 He entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3 And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. 4 So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. 5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. 7 And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” 8 And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” 9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” The Parable of the Ten Minas 11 As they heard these things, he proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. 12 He said therefore, “A nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return. 13 Calling ten of his servants,1 he gave them ten minas,2 and said to them, ‘Engage in business until I come.' 14 But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to reign over us.' 15 When he returned, having received the kingdom, he ordered these servants to whom he had given the money to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by doing business. 16 The first came before him, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made ten minas more.' 17 And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant!3 Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.' 18 And the second came, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made five minas.' 19 And he said to him, ‘And you are to be over five cities.' 20 Then another came, saying, ‘Lord, here is your mina, which I kept laid away in a handkerchief; 21 for I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man. You take what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.' 22 He said to him, ‘I will condemn you with your own words, you wicked servant! You knew that I was a severe man, taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow? 23 Why then did you not put my money in the bank, and at my coming I might have collected it with interest?' 24 And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has the ten minas.' 25 And they said to him, ‘Lord, he has ten minas!' 26 ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 27 But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slaughter them before me.'” The Triumphal Entry 28 And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, 30 saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?' you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.'” 32 So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them. 33 And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 And they said, “The Lord has need of it.” 35 And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36 And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. 37 As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, 38 saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” 40 He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem 41 And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, 42 saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side 44 and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.” Jesus Cleanses the Temple 45 And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold, 46 saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer,' but you have made it a den of robbers.” 47 And he was teaching daily in the temple. The chief priests and the scribes and the principal men of the people were seeking to destroy him, 48 but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were hanging on his words. The Authority of Jesus Challenged 20 One day, as Jesus4 was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders came up 2 and said to him, “Tell us by what authority you do these things, or who it is that gave you this authority.” 3 He answered them, “I also will ask you a question. Now tell me, 4 was the baptism of John from heaven or from man?” 5 And they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,' he will say, ‘Why did you not believe him?' 6 But if we say, ‘From man,' all the people will stone us to death, for they are convinced that John was a prophet.” 7 So they answered that they did not know where it came from. 8 And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.” The Parable of the Wicked Tenants 9 And he began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard and let it out to tenants and went into another country for a long while. 10 When the time came, he sent a servant5 to the tenants, so that they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11 And he sent another servant. But they also beat and treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. 12 And he sent yet a third. This one also they wounded and cast out. 13 Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.' 14 But when the tenants saw him, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Let us kill him, so that the inheritance may be ours.' 15 And they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” When they heard this, they said, “Surely not!” 17 But he looked directly at them and said, “What then is this that is written:   “‘The stone that the builders rejected    has become the cornerstone'?6 18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.” Paying Taxes to Caesar 19 The scribes and the chief priests sought to lay hands on him at that very hour, for they perceived that he had told this parable against them, but they feared the people. 20 So they watched him and sent spies, who pretended to be sincere, that they might catch him in something he said, so as to deliver him up to the authority and jurisdiction of the governor. 21 So they asked him, “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach rightly, and show no partiality,7 but truly teach the way of God. 22 Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Caesar, or not?” 23 But he perceived their craftiness, and said to them, 24 “Show me a denarius.8 Whose likeness and inscription does it have?” They said, “Caesar's.” 25 He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.” 26 And they were not able in the presence of the people to catch him in what he said, but marveling at his answer they became silent. Sadducees Ask About the Resurrection 27 There came to him some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, 28 and they asked him a question, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies, having a wife but no children, the man9 must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 29 Now there were seven brothers. The first took a wife, and died without children. 30 And the second 31 and the third took her, and likewise all seven left no children and died. 32 Afterward the woman also died. 33 In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had her as wife.” 34 And Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, 35 but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage, 36 for they cannot die anymore, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons10 of the resurrection. 37 But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the passage about the bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. 38 Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for all live to him.” 39 Then some of the scribes answered, “Teacher, you have spoken well.” 40 For they no longer dared to ask him any question. Whose Son Is the Christ? 41 But he said to them, “How can they say that the Christ is David's son? 42 For David himself says in the Book of Psalms,   “‘The Lord said to my Lord,  “Sit at my right hand,43     until I make your enemies your footstool.”' 44 David thus calls him Lord, so how is he his son?” Beware of the Scribes 45 And in the hearing of all the people he said to his disciples, 46 “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, 47 who devour widows' houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.” Footnotes [1] 19:13 Or bondservants; also verse 15 [2] 19:13 A mina was about three months' wages for a laborer [3] 19:17 Or bondservant; also verse 22 [4] 20:1 Greek he [5] 20:10 Or bondservant; also verse 11 [6] 20:17 Greek the head of the corner [7] 20:21 Greek and do not receive a face [8] 20:24 A denarius was a day's wage for a laborer [9] 20:28 Greek his brother [10] 20:36 Greek huioi; see Preface (ESV)

The Listener's Commentary

Acts 4:1-22   SUPPORT - The Listener's Commentary is a CROWDFUNDED Bible teaching ministry.  We believe everyone should have access to the wisdom of Jesus and the Bible so we've chosen to give the Listener's Commentary away as a free resource, and that's possible because of people's generous support. You can become a Ministry Partner by donating at:  https://www.listenerscommentary.com/give     TEXT    Acts 4:1-22   As they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to them, 2 being greatly disturbed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 3 And they laid hands on them and put them in prison until the next day, for it was already evening. 4 But many of those who had heard the message believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand. 5 On the next day, their rulers and elders and scribes were gathered together in Jerusalem; 6 and Annas the high priest was there, and Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and all who were of high-priestly descent. 7 When they had placed them in the center, they began toinquire, “By what power, or in what name, have you done this?”8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of the people, 9 if we are on trial today for a benefit done to a sick man, as to how this man has been made well, 10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by this name this man stands here before you in good health. 11 He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which became the chief cornerstone. 12 And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among mankind by which we must be saved.” 13 Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus. 14 And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say in reply. 15 But when they had ordered them to leave the Council, they began to confer with one another, 16 saying, “What are we to do with these men? For the fact that a noteworthy miracle has taken place through them is apparent to all who live in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. 17 But so that it will not spread any further among the people, let's warn them not to speak any longer to any person in this name.” 18 And when they had summoned them, they commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, make your own judgment; 20 for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.” 21 When they had threatened them further, they let them go (finding no basis on which to punish them) on account of the people, because they were all glorifying God for what had happened; 22 for the man on whom this miracle of healing had been performed was more than forty years old.   SUBSCRIBE - To subscribe for updates, more resources, and downloadable notes and more details visit https://www.listenerscommentary.com     Want to get more out of your Bible reading? Free Resource: 7 Ways to Immediately Get More Out of the Bible:  https://www.johnwhittaker.net/seven-ways   MORE TEACHING - For more resources and Bible teaching from John visit https://www.johnwhittaker.net  

The Ten Minute Bible Hour Podcast - The Ten Minute Bible Hour
0506 - Moments Are Sort of Unrepeatable, Which Is What Makes Them Moments

The Ten Minute Bible Hour Podcast - The Ten Minute Bible Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 11:07


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Bible Study: Parody and Subversion in Matthew's Gospel
Episode 57: Roman Taxes, Resurrection, and David's Legacy, Matthew 22:15-46

Bible Study: Parody and Subversion in Matthew's Gospel

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 23:42


The Pharisees join forces with the Herodians and Sadducees to try to stop Jesus from plundering the house. They engage him in public debate...but that never ends well for them.Support the show (https://paypal.me/ParodySubversion?locale.x=en_US)

Faith Community Bible Church
The Mystery of Unbelief

Faith Community Bible Church

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2021 38:04


Introduction People see what they want to see, especially when it relates to the image that we have of ourselves. For example, a person might think they are pretty smart. Then they run across someone who is leagues more intelligent and super well-read. And that creates this mental discrepancy because the view of self isn't matching reality. As so that person might resolve that dissonance by saying, “I'd read way more if I had more time.” Or a person might think of themselves as a really good driver, but then they get in an accident that is their fault. And then out come the excuses. “I mean the sun was super bright. Even the best driver in the world would have got in an accident.” Humans have this incredible drive to preserve consistency in their internal world. The reason I start with this is because Jesus was the ultimate cognitive dissonance generator. Here's how. The Pharisees and Sadducees, just like you and I and every person who's ever lived, believe they are pretty much good people and that because of their goodness they deserve good things. I deserve to be treated nicely because I am pretty solid. That's a pretty deeply held conviction by most people. Jesus comes along and says, “Whoa to you Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites. You white-washed tombs. Unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Scribes and Pharisees you're toast.” Are we as good as we think? The gospel message challenges that deeply held belief in a pretty major way. The message of Jesus Christ is that you are actually a very bad person. Far worse, in fact than you even realize. Like far, far worse. So bad, in fact, that you deserve eternity in hell. That would be the only just and suitable way to atone for how bad you really are. Now you want to talk about cognitive dissonance? Wow. That is snapping breakers in my brain like a chain reaction of mousetraps. How are you going to remove that dissonance? Well, if you kill the messenger, kill the judge, if you destroy the one who is messing with your beloved self-conception, then that harmony can be restored. This is the motive that is driving the crucifixion drama. Today in the text we are going to see the squirming that happens when that dissonance is felt. Review We are in John chapter 12 this morning. John 12 opens with what is known as the Triumphal Entry. Sadly, it's more tragic than triumphant. Why did we say that? Recall the scene: Jesus rides into Jerusalem to the shouts of, “Hosanna, save us! Save us! King Jesus!” And you'd expect that to be kind of a high water mark in the ministry of Jesus. What's Jesus' reaction? He weeps. Those are tears of tragedy. Why? Well, Jesus says why. “Oh Jerusalem! Would they have known the things that made for peace. But they are hid from your eyes.” In other words, you can't see what the real problem is. You want peace. You need peace. You have serious, serious problems, but you are chasing symptoms. You are looking for solutions in all the wrong places. You are barking up the wrong tree. Here's what Jesus observed: Israel sought peace through changed circumstances. They wanted a political leader who would remove the external problem. The crowds wanted a military genie. Someone who could knock off Rome and start a political Utopia. And Jesus weeps because he knows that without dealing with the problem on the inside you can never deal with the problem on the outside. Without creating internal peace, you'll never get external peace. That is why Jesus was weeping on the way into town. Would you have known the things that make for peace. You're not even close. They had a Messiah of their own making who existed in their imagination. They envision him as their cosmic genie. Jesus disappoints these expectations. Remember, when Jesus reaches Jerusalem some Greeks approach and say, "We want to see Jesus." And Jesus says, in verse 24 He's saying, “I'm going to die.” Your Savior is going to save by dying. Still want to follow me? And this language of death is plainly stated where we left off from the previous week. Now apparently those listening understood exactly what he was saying because they respond with these words. Now I want to point out something here that is quite interesting. Jesus has been claiming to be Messiah for 3.5 years. That claim is powerfully attested to by miracle after miracle including the recent raising of Lazarus. Now he is saying in clear language, “I about to die.” That fact is also very clear. He had said it with blindly clarity just a few days earlier. It's obvious. It's plain in the text. But those two claims laid side by side create massive dissonance. Jesus claims to be Messiah. Jesus claims he is going to die. How can both of these things be true? How are you going to resolve that dissonance? One of those claims has to go. My internal world is screaming at me right now. And you get two opposite reactions. You get one reaction from the crowd and another from the disciples. They both feel the dissonance but they resolve it opposite ways. The Disciples The crowds understood Jesus was referring to his death. Just the fact that the crowds understood him - that fact, I think is amazing. Jesus spoke of his death to his disciples in far more plain terms than these and yet when Jesus actually did die, they were bewildered, shocked, dumbfounded. They acted as though this was totally unexpected. White with shock. And yet here when the average person, the run-of-the-mill Gentile, the backwater Jew, heard these words they understood exactly what he was saying. When Jesus said plainly to the disciples he was going to die, they could not accept that. Remember Peter? “Far be it from you Lord!” Too much dissonance. They loved the advantage they experienced as members of the inner circle. It was a massive threat to their conception of Messiah. So they just ignored the plain words. The disciples solve the cognitive dissonance by striking that claim. Nope. He must be talking about spiritual death. The Crowds But the crowds have the opposite reaction. They resolve the tension the opposite way. The claim is he's Messiah. The claim is he's going to die. Well if he is going to die, he must not be Messiah. The Messiah must live forever. Why? Because the Son of Man in Daniel 7 doesn't die. If you die, you can't be Messiah. Dissonance resolved. That's what's going on here. Now their reasoning is sound. The fact that Messiah remains forever is very much derived from the OT. When Messiah comes, he establishes an everlasting kingdom. The OT is littered with these sorts of promises. In fact in Daniel 7, where Jesus draws this title son of man, look at what it says: Daniel 7 So do you see the dissonance? You claim to be the son of man. Isn't the whole point of the son of man to setup and everlasting kingdom? Isn't that how Messiah is going to solve our problems, by reigning forever? Their question is totally legitimate. Now look at how Jesus responds to them. It's almost a non-response. It's almost ignores them completely. Who is this “Son of Man” Anyway? Now why would Jesus answer this way? Because Jesus knows something about unbelief. Jesus understands that their is a theology behind unbelief. Jesus sees beneath the surface and can detect what's really going on. He knows that belief is much more an issue of the heart than the head. The motive behind their question, “Who is the Son of Man?” is not intellectual pursuit of academic integrity. Jesus has demonstrated from every conceivable angle that he was in fact who he claimed to be. They just won't allow the claim. That won't allow that fact to factor into their mental model of reality. Too much dissonance. You might think, “I would never do that,” until I give you some examples. Have you ever just kind of lost discipline in your eating and you have this hunch that you are probably gaining a few extra pounds and you walk by the bathroom and you see the scale and you stare at it. And it stares back at you and kind of mocks you and you wonder what it would say and you sweat and then you just shut the door. Why don't you step on the scale? Because you don't want to face reality. You know that stepping on the scale will create cognitive dissonance between your mental conception of self and reality. You want to believe you weigh what it said last time. Ignorance is bliss. So you'd rather keep your internal world consistent than be forced to reckon with whatever number shows up. Why don't I arm wrestle my son? I'll tell you why. Because I know I will lose but I like to think that I could still beat him. I don't want to face the facts. You see, my heart loves an image of myself that I am defending and protecting. If I step on the scale or lose my arm wrestling match it creates dissonance because now this piece of data doesn't match this beloved internal image of myself. So if I just avoid situations where I am confronted with that sort of thing, lie to myself, create excuses, reasons why I am the exception, justify, rationalize, I can preserve my self-image. That's why we said, “Belief is far more a function of the heart than the head.” If we love something enough, we won't let the facts influence us. There's actually a theology behind unbelief. That's why Jesus answers their question the way he does. Who is the son of man? Jesus give us more data. We aren't sure. We need further convincing. Jesus knows that is not the case. They don't need more information. They just don't like the information they have been given. Look at the way John phrases it back up in verse 34 it says the crowd answered, “Who is this Son of Man?” What does it mean that the CROWD answered? Did someone count off, 1…2…3.. and then the crowd chanted the question in unison? No, John is capturing the spirit. And the spirit of the masses is they don't want to believe. They are looking for reasons NOT to believe in the face of indisputable evidence. All the information points in one direction. They just don't like the information. Let me give you another example: When your child comes up to you and says, “Mom, can I watch a movie?” “Well, you've already watched a movie today.” “But my brother is watching one.” “Well, you're brother hasn't watched a movie yet.” “But you said yesterday that if I did all my homework I could watch a Disney movie and the movie I watched wasn't a Disney movie.” “Well, okay, I did say that. You should have used that opportunity to watch the Disney movie. Maybe tomorrow you can watch the Disney movie we talked about. Remember we said, that much media isn't good for you.” “Last week you let me watch two movies and I'm fine. So why not now?” “Because I said so.” Winning this argument is not a matter of aligning facts and information, is it? Your child doesn't need more information. They just don't like the information. It's a matter of the heart. Suddenly you realize it's an issue of submission. Consider it: Jesus has just raised a man dead four days in the ground. You want to know what the right response is to that? Answer: whatever he says. Whatever that guy says, I believe. You don't start peppering a guy like that with questions. You don't start trying to show him your vast knowledge of the OT with the hopes of illuminating possible inconsistencies. You stick a microphone in his face and you hit record. And you start scribbling notes as fast as you possible can. You fall on your face and worship. Jesus has given them all the evidence they need. The miracles prove that I am the light of the world. So follow the light. Stop talking and start listening. Follow me. And we know this is the right interpretation because look at what he says next. What were they being asked to believe? Two things that seem to be at total odds. Jesus is Messiah. Jesus is going to die. Can't be. One of them has to go. Now, we know from our vantage point that those things go together. But from their vantage point they couldn't possibly see how. It's the same cognitive dissonance of Abraham. Through this son, Isaac, I promise to make a great nation. Now go sacrifice him. How? It's the same cognitive dissonance Mary and Martha experienced. This is not a sickness that leads to death. Then Lazarus dies. And it's the same cognitive dissonance we experience. Trials and conflicts are our version of this. We have two truths that seem like they can't go together. God if you loved me, why would you allow all this difficulty in my life. Why the disease? Why the conflict? Why the pain? And yet, there we have it in words as plain as day. God causes ALL things to work together for good. What's the proper response when God reveals truth. Act on the truth. That's what it means to walk in the light. Even if there's all sorts of dissonance, press into that. Like you're almost excited. Wow, I can't wait to see how this resolves! I'm pressing hard into this. I'm going to pray even more. I'm going to dig deep here. Now the disciples are asked to believe the impossible. Jesus said, "I am the Messiah promised to reign forever on the throne of David. I am going up to Jerusalem to die.” Either he won't die. Or he's not Messiah. Can't be both. And everyone is trying to solve that dissonance in different ways. The disciples say, no, no, he is Messiah. He is the promised one who will rule on David's throne forever and I know he's talking about dying. Maybe he's talking about a spiritual death or something. Just ignore that part. Clearly he's got miracle working power. Focus on that. The crowds say, he's predicting his death. He can't be because the Messiah doesn't die. The Pharisees say, well clearly he's not Messiah but we have this annoying problem that his miracles kind of prove he's from God. I know, let's destroy the evidence. They try and murder Lazarus. “Though he had done many signs before them, they still did not believe.” You see, belief is more a matter of the heart than the head. Even in the face of a bald face miracle, even in the face of an indisputable, no kidding around miracle, the kind of miracle that causes you to pee your pants, they can't believe. Now John goes on to say, this kind of rejection was predicted by the prophet Isaiah. John is quoting from the famous passage in Isaiah 53. It's the introductory line of this incredible suffering servant prophesy. This is the prophesy that predicts Jesus being led to the slaughter. He was silent before his shearers. His clothing was divided and lots cast for it. And this incredible prophesy begins with the prophet picking his Jaw up off the floor. Isaiah 53 In Isaiah's prophesy of the coming Messiah, he's just shocked, utterly shocked that the people would reject the Messiah after the ARM and the POWER of the Lord has been revealed through him. In other words, the message of the Lord and the POWER (arm) of the Lord went forth without response. God came in the flesh and they rejected his plain words. Now you might think, man, I would believe anything God told me. I would never reject the plain words of God. Well, that's about to be tested. We are about to have a bit of cognitive dissonance of our own. A thinking reader might ask, how could a whole nation reject the miracle working God-man? Some explanation must be given for the large scale unbelief that we see in Jesus day. How could so many see the works of Jesus and choose to reject him? How is it that the same crowd that shouted Hosanna on Sunday chant crucify him on Friday? John gives an answer through the prophet Isaiah: Now you want to talk about cognitive dissonance. Let's just let this passage breath and have its voice. John is quoting Isaiah 6:10. It's quoted in Mark 4:12 and in Acts 28:26-27. It's a significant passage. In verse 40, what is the pronoun “He” referencing? It's referencing God. God has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts. God is the one who CAUSED the unbelief. What in the world? Let's jump over for just a moment to Isaiah 6 so we can grab the context of this really significant passage. Isaiah 6 Let's grab the context here. At the beginning of the chapter Isaiah has this unbelievable vision of the Lord that causes him to bow in deep repentance and he has an incredible desire to share with the nation everything he's seen. He essentially thrusts himself into missionary service to the Lord. God commissions him but with the chilling prospect of being ignored, scorned, and rejected by the people to whom he is to speak. And so God commands him, go. Go do what? Then there are three commands. Make the heart dull. Make their ears heavy. Make their eyes blind. What is Isaiah going to do that will make them that way? Preach. Tell the truth. Proclaim. The very act of hearing truth hardens them to the truth. Now you might think, “Oh phew, I thought that it was actually saying that God actually was the one who hardened their hearts.” But here's the problem. John 12 does say that. Is that possible? Can a just, loving, righteous, fair, kind God judicially harden people for his sovereign purposes? The answer of the Bible seems to be yes. God hardened Pharaoh's heart. Jacob I loved; Esau I hated. Romans 9 is all about this. Romans 9 2 Thessalonians 2 I hear breakers snapping in people's brains. I can literally hear it. Why does this create cognitive tension in our minds? Because it attacks a deeply loved belief that we ought to get credit for our decision to believe and that it would be unjust of God to act in a way contrary to that. It attacks this deeply loved conviction that freedom of choice should never be altered, that of anything that defines us, it's our ability to choose. The greatest thing about me, in fact, is my ability to choose. I chose God of my own free, unaltered, unbiased influence. Did we? Biblically speaking, can we really say that? • 15 times in the Bible God talks about his elect. • 3 times he talks about election. • 5 times he talks about predestination. • Dozens and dozens and dozens of times it talks about God causing his divine purposes to succeed. How can we resolve this cognitive tension? Well the first thing to do is to examine whether our deeply held belief is worth loving? Is it even true? As Christians we don't tell the Bible what to say. We let the Bible tell us what to say. It's not like we are coming up with this idea as people. Let the text say what it is trying to say. We don't want to be like the person who won't look at the scale. Look at the text. What do these verses mean? These verses have to mean something. What do they mean? Is God asking us to surrender something we love? I think the answer is yes. And why? Because he is wanting us to love something that is even better and has even more benefit to us? We are being asked to hold some truths in tension here the same way the disciples were. The disciples were asked to do this: Jesus is Messiah. Jesus is going to die. Can't be. Yes, actually it can be. God hardens hearts. Men are responsible for their sin. Can't be. yes, it actually can be. Both Truths in the Text Now to be sure there is tons of mystery here. Don't say less than what the Bible says and don't say more. The place of least cognitive tension is letting both of these truths have their place in our minds. In fact both of these truths are equally presented in the text. Twice you have this incredible declaration of the sovereignty of God over men. There's this incredibly strong so that back in verse 37: That word ‘so that' (hina in Greek) indicates purpose. If I say, “I raked up the leaves so that they won't kill my grass.” Healthy grass is the RESULT of raking. My action of raking causes healthy grass. So there is a sense in which the signs of Jesus “caused” unbelief. And then of course verse 40, He, that is, God, blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts. So you have this strong emphasis on God's sovereignty. So then of course they are not responsible, right? Who can resist God? But that's not what the text says. Who is responsible according to this text for the unbelief? Well you see they couldn't help it because God hardened them. No. There is a judgment being pronounced. You are guilty because you loved the glory of men more than truth. Guilty. The Pharisees like many of us, even though we know something is true, won't believe it, can't believe it because we love men. We love the praise of men and therefore can't confess something true. God hardened. Men are responsible. Yes. Both are true. If that's not enough evidence that God holds us fully responsible for our VERY REAL CHOICES, the next six verses are deep appeals to our will. They are appeals to our decision making ability. Jesus crying out and asking men to believe in him. If that is not a genuine entreaty to believe, I don't know what is. Is this just the play acting of a sovereign God pulling the puppet strings of mortal men? Are we just dancing to the tune of his sovereign strings? This text on human responsibility has just as much authority as the text we just read on God's sovereignty. Listen further. These two verses imply that if you didn't hear the words, you can't be judged by them. That's the idea. I can't hold you responsible for that which you did not know. Which of course implies that I can hold you responsible for what you know. That is human RESPONSIBILITY. This tension between human responsibility and divine sovereignty is drawn even tighter by what he says next. This is the culmination of the fascination in my mind. In Isaiah 6 God told Isaiah that the very act of speaking the truth would harden their hearts. Here in John 12 it's taken a step further to say it is God himself who actively hardens their hearts and presumably by the same method, hearing truth. Here you have truth itself, power itself, God himself, embodied in the person of Jesus showcased before them and it is that showcasing of truth that God uses to drive you further into unbelief. And that would seem totally unfair. How could I be held responsible if God is the one who hardens? What's the answer? You will be held responsible for the words you hear. They will be your judge because you chose not to respond. And that will be just of God to do so. That's cognitive dissonance. Those are all true statements. We hold those in tension not because they make sense but because that is what God says is true. Now Jesus ends with an appeal to his authority. In other words, let the truth of Scripture trump even your own reasoning ability. Use your logic to conclude, it's time to abandon my logic. Let's end where we started. The gospel comes at us with a message that creates incredible dissonance. We think we are pretty good people and that because of our goodness others should treat us well. But the gospel says you are actually bad. In fact you are far worse that you could ever have imagined. So bad that the only just and right atonement for that badness would be to send you to hell for eternity. The Pharisees try to murder the judge. They try to remove the dissonance by murdering the messenger. But the message is not merely, you are bad. That is part of the message. But look what it says. I know that his commandment is eternal life. Even though my sin deserves eternal death, there is an offer here of eternal life. And how is that eternal life experienced? By belief in Jesus Christ. It's the entire message of the book of John. Believe. We are bad and deserve cursing. That badness was laid on Christ. He who knew no sin became sin that we might become the righteousness of God. We are righteous because of Christ. We are good because the goodness of Jesus has been imputed to us. Do you see the mystery of the gospel? The paradox built into the paradox. Would that we had known the way of peace. The way of peace is through the death of God. Through spilled blood of Jesus the Messiah we know peace. This is the path to eternal life. We are now going to just exalt. If that is true, there is no fear. There is no paradox. There is no cognitive dissonance. Now we know why the Savior had to die. Now we know how it can be that we are deserving of hell but get heaven. It's because of Jesus. All our trust is in his blood. All our trust is in his finished work.

Issues In Perspective
Mark 12:1-27

Issues In Perspective

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 54:26


Jesus neutralizes the threats from the Pharisees, the Herodians and the Sadducees.

Text Talk
Matthew 9: Sheep without a Shepherd

Text Talk

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 16:00


Matthew 9:35-38Jesus looks around at the crowds in every village and town to which He travels. He sees all kinds of people from various backgrounds. He sees them all as sheep without a shepherd. Andrew and Edwin look into the Old Testament background for this concept to help us understand what Jesus is seeing and what it means for us.Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by clicking here.    Let us know what you are learning or any questions you have. Email us at TextTalk@ChristiansMeetHere.org.    Join the Facebook community and join the conversation by clicking here. We'd love to meet you. Be a guest among the Christians who meet on Livingston Avenue. Click here to find out more. Michael Eldridge sang all four parts of our theme song. Find more from him by clicking here.   Thanks for talking about the text with us today.________________________________________________If the hyperlinks do not work, copy the following addresses and paste them into the URL bar of your web browser: Daily Written Devo: https://readthebiblemakedisciples.wordpress.com/?p=7918The Christians Who Meet on Livingston Avenue: http://www.christiansmeethere.org/Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TalkAboutTheTextFacebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/texttalkMichael Eldridge: https://acapeldridge.com/ 

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Thanks to everyone who supports TMBH at patreon.com/thetmbhpodcast You're the reason we can all do this together! Discuss the episode here Music written and performed by Jeff Foote.

The Ten Minute Bible Hour Podcast - The Ten Minute Bible Hour
504 - Some Guy On YouTube Decoded Squid Game By Pointing to One Key Point That Was Right In Front of Everyone the Whole Time

The Ten Minute Bible Hour Podcast - The Ten Minute Bible Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 11:08


Thanks to everyone who supports TMBH at patreon.com/thetmbhpodcast You're the reason we can all do this together! Discuss the episode here Music written and performed by Jeff Foote.

Alastair's Adversaria
Biblical Reading and Reflections: November 4th (Isaiah 17 & Mark 12:13-34)

Alastair's Adversaria

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 23:05


An oracle against Damascus and Israel. Scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees question Jesus. My reflections are searchable by Bible chapter here: https://audio.alastairadversaria.com/explore/. If you are interested in supporting this project, please consider supporting my work on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/zugzwanged), using my PayPal account (https://bit.ly/2RLaUcB), or buying books for my research on Amazon (https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/36WVSWCK4X33O?ref_=wl_share). You can also listen to the audio of these episodes on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/alastairs-adversaria/id1416351035?mt=2.

2BeLikeChrist Bible Study Podcast with Notes
LUKE 3:7-9 - John Rebukes the Brood of Vipers (Pharisees and Sadducees)

2BeLikeChrist Bible Study Podcast with Notes

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 30:18


LUKE 3:7-9 - John Rebukes the Brood of Vipers (Pharisees and Sadducees) - 2BeLikeChrist While baptizing, John confronts the hypocritical Pharisees and Sadducees. He tells them to repent and to stop trusting in their connection to Abraham to get them into heaven.  Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/2BeLikeChrist Link to our Book - https://www.2belikechrist.com/books Link to the notes (free digital copy) - https://www.2belikechrist.com/bible-study-notes My other channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCafLpACIMa6CBpQK5MjePxQ #Biblestudy #2BeLikeChrist #Biblevideos

Real Talk Web Series
Real Talk Web Series Episode 140: “Santa Clause Is (Or Is Not) Coming To Town”

Real Talk Web Series

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 66:39


The guys are back and ready to roll! This episode has it all: heart to heart talks, rotten chicken tenders, sick interns, jingles, classy lumberjacks, the Easter bunny, Santa Claus (or is that his real name…). Trust us, it's a wild ride. From here the guys get down to business and that business is taking anonymous questions asked by YOU, including:

The Ten Minute Bible Hour Podcast - The Ten Minute Bible Hour
0503 - The Sadducees Haven't Quite Got the Knack of Parables Yet

The Ten Minute Bible Hour Podcast - The Ten Minute Bible Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 10:43


Thanks to everyone who supports TMBH at patreon.com/thetmbhpodcast You're the reason we can all do this together! Discuss the episode here Music written and performed by Jeff Foote.

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0502 - CONTENT WARNING - WE'RE TALKING ABOUT GENESIS 38 AND IT'S GOING TO GET WEIRD

The Ten Minute Bible Hour Podcast - The Ten Minute Bible Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 11:22


Thanks to everyone who supports TMBH at patreon.com/thetmbhpodcast You're the reason we can all do this together! Discuss the episode here Music written and performed by Jeff Foote.

Commuter Bible NT
Matthew 26:1-35

Commuter Bible NT

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 7:07


During his time in Jerusalem leading up to the Passover, Jesus has been causing quite a commotion among the people. In addition to teaching God's Word with power and authority, he has insulted the chief priests, the scribes, the Pharisees, and the Sadducees, all of whom were accustomed to being revered as scholars and spiritual leaders. Concerned for their own reputation and for what they considered to be right teaching, they plot to kill Jesus. Christ, however, knows his own fate and has been telling the disciples that he will soon be handed over to be killed. During the Passover meal, he even announces that one of his own disciples will betray him. With zeal, Peter proclaims that he would never fall away from Jesus, but Christ knows that won't be the case. :::Christian Standard Bible translation.All music written and produced by John Burgess Ross.Co-produced by Aaron Colyer and the Christian Standard Biblefacebook.com/commuterbibleinstagram.com/commuter_bibletwitter.com/CommuterPodpatreon.com/commuterbibleadmin@commuterbible.org

The Ten Minute Bible Hour Podcast - The Ten Minute Bible Hour
0501 - Are We Reading Things Into the Bible When We Talk About the Possibility of Resurrection?

The Ten Minute Bible Hour Podcast - The Ten Minute Bible Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 11:59


Thanks to everyone who supports TMBH at patreon.com/thetmbhpodcast You're the reason we can all do this together! Discuss the episode here Music written and performed by Jeff Foote.

Jacob's Well Church
Law and Heart

Jacob's Well Church

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 39:58


Many times, Christianity has been reduced to a set of rules that people try to make themselves and others obey. This has led to many people who try to live up to the law on their own without inward goodness that comes from a relationship with the Spirit and thus, have become conflicted people riddled with anxiety. Such people become unhealthy, hypocritical, and judgmental of themselves and others. These people have an outward appearance of righteousness, but inwardly they are a swirl of dysfunction. These people are often unsafe and mean. This is what Jesus was getting at when he warned that we should be careful and be on guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and the Sadducees. Mark 8:14-21. Yeast starts small in one part and spreads through everything it touches.Jesus' vision for his followers was for a kingdom of people who took the morality and ethic found in the law seriously; because it is good and based on the nature and character of God. However, his followers did not need to rely on laws but instead grew in goodness both relationally and ethically, through a love relationship with himself and the Father, by the Holy Spirit. His way is an inner transformation that leads his followers to become good people from whom good things naturally flow. This is a process, or a journey.

St. James' Church
Homily (6PM): The Rev. Brenda G. Husson on Mark 12:28-34

St. James' Church

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 6:37


Mark 12:28-34   One of the scribes came near and heard the Sadducees disputing with one another, and seeing that Jesus answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.' The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these.” Then the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that ‘he is one, and besides him there is no other'; and ‘to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,' and ‘to love one's neighbor as oneself,' —this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that no one dared to ask him any question.

The Patriot Cause
The First Freedom Movement

The Patriot Cause

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 21:40


The Reformation, which began in 1517, is one of the most important events in history, second only to the birth of Christ. The freedoms that many people of the world enjoy, and to a greater degree, we as Americans enjoy, can be traced back to the act of an obscure German monk named Martin Luther. Luther, an Augustinian monk, the rector or President of Wittenberg University, challenged the intellectual community to a debate concerning one of the most grievous abuses of the Church—the sale of indulgences. His now famous “95 Theses” were 95 statements of opposition to the abuse of the sale of indulgences, “pardons from sin”. At that time, the sale of indulgences was a clever scheme to finance the construction of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Intro https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IATyzSAjC1w Who Were the Sadducees? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7A7sMBMQoDQ Martin Luther and Reformation Day https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWjzlDas5zc

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Mark 12:28-34 One of the scribes came near and heard the Sadducees disputing with one another, and seeing that Jesus…

St. James' Church
Sermon (11:15AM): The Rev. Jay Sidebotham on Mark 12:28-34

St. James' Church

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 11:11


Mark 12:28-34   One of the scribes came near and heard the Sadducees disputing with one another, and seeing that Jesus answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.' The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these.” Then the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that ‘he is one, and besides him there is no other'; and ‘to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,' and ‘to love one's neighbor as oneself,' —this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that no one dared to ask him any question.

St. James' Church
Sermon (9:10AM): The Rev. James H.B. Morton III on Mark 12:28-34

St. James' Church

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 5:50


Mark 12:28-34   One of the scribes came near and heard the Sadducees disputing with one another, and seeing that Jesus answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.' The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these.” Then the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that ‘he is one, and besides him there is no other'; and ‘to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,' and ‘to love one's neighbor as oneself,' —this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that no one dared to ask him any question.

Simply Stories Podcast
Episode 104 :: Michelle Reyes :: Stories of Biblical Diversity, Culture, and Loving like Jesus

Simply Stories Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 53:46


Today I am chatting with speaker and author Michelle Reyes. Michelle's ministry lives at the intersection of faith, culture, and justice. She is the Vice President and co-founder of the Asian-American Christian Collaborative, and she and her husband, Aaron, planted a church in East Austin, TX where she serves as the scholar in residence. Michelle and Aaron lead their church body to serve the vulnerable in their community  as the hands and feet of Jesus and share the hope of Christ wherever they go. Her book Becoming All Things: How Small Changes Lead to Lasting Connections Across Cultures is an incredible deep dive into the role of diversity in the Bible and how it was celebrated in the early church.  During our conversation today, Michelle unpacks for us what the 1st century Church looked like when Paul was addressing becoming all things to all people uniquely for who they are for the sake of the Gospel, but not to compromise the message of the Gospel, but to recognize and respect that no two people are the same no matter their ethnicity, cultural identity, and celebrate the unique design of each person made in the image of God. Michelle's voice is so valued in my life. She is always honest, always points to Jesus, and is always holding space for whoever has ears to hear to deep dive in scripture and to hear the stories in real life from other cultural perspectives. One thing she shares in this conversation that I think is so powerful is this: “Unity is not about conformity, unity is learning to make space for all of our differences and embrace them.” It's about removing divisions and hostilities between peoples, and that when we do that work, it's going to be uncomfortable because people are people, but “the pursuit of unity demands that we say ‘how much cultural discomfort am I willing to forbear for the sake of the Gospel?'” This is such an incredible conversation, friends. Come dive in deep with us! The Lord isn't finished with any of us, and He has so much more to show us when we celebrate the story He is telling in each unique representation of His creativity in creation. And that means you too. YOU matter, your neighbor matters, and your story matters.  Connecting with Michelle: Asian American Christian Collaborative (AACC) Book Book on Audible (which is how I read it! So good.) Instagram Facebook Quick links to some of the resources she offers that were mentioned Twitter Website  Episode Sponsor: Hopefuel Facebook  Instagram Link to shop SIMPLY15 for 15% off your purchase References:  -Forced laborers who built the railroad in Uganda -Genocide in Uganda under President  -German/Protestant reformation and Martin Luther  -Hope Community Church  -Vida House  -Hidden Children of the Holocaust  -The internment camp in New York for Jewish refugees during WWII  -The Jewish peoples of the 1st century -Who are the Pharisees? -Gamaliel (Paul's mentor) -Who are the Sadducees? -Who were the Jewish Zealots? -Who are the Samaritans? (This stems from the division of the Northern and Southern Kingdoms and a very small portion of them still live in Israel today. See this recent article). -The Jewish Diaspora  -Eric Metaxas and white Jesus -”that” picture of Jesus, which is actually a painting by Warner Sallman called “Head of Christ” -An article about how Jesus began to be seen as white and European in art -A really great article about white privilege in the Church by Jemar Tisby -George Floyd's murder  -Murder of 6 Asian- American women in Atlanta -Upholding the orthodoxy Scripture References: Psalm 107:2 -Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story  1 Corinthians 9:19-23 1 Corinthians 9:20- To the Jews I became like a Jew  Genesis 1:27- We are all made in the image of God Galatians 3:26-29 - there is neither Jew nor Greek, etc.  Genesis 11:1-9- The tower of Babel Acts 2:1-31- Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit 1 Corinthians 2- Paul would never distort the Gospel or appease people Matthew 8, Matthew 9:10-17,Mark 2:15-22,Luke 5:29-39, Luke 19:1-10, Matthew 26:6–13; Mark 14:3–9; Luke 7:36–50; John 12:1–8, John 13- Jesus adapted Himself in so many situations, but didn't compromise the truth   1 Corinthians 6:12- I may be free to do anything, but I must not become a slave to anything Matthew 10:2-4-The general makeup of Jesus' disciples was culturally diverse   John 13:35 - they will know we are Christians by our love  James 1:19- be slow to speak, quick to listen  Connecting with Emily and Simply Stories Podcast:Instagram (Em life // Podcast Life)FacebookTwitterBlog  *Intro and Outro music is from audionautix.com

The Ten Minute Bible Hour Podcast - The Ten Minute Bible Hour
0500 - The Question of Life After Death

The Ten Minute Bible Hour Podcast - The Ten Minute Bible Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 9:59


Thanks to everyone who supports TMBH at patreon.com/thetmbhpodcast You're the reason we can all do this together! Discuss the episode here Music written and performed by Jeff Foote.

A Bigger Life Prayer and Bible Devotionals with Pastor Dave Cover
Where YOU Enter Into Psalm 118's Story | Psalm 118

A Bigger Life Prayer and Bible Devotionals with Pastor Dave Cover

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 25:44


Psalm 118 was a liturgy in Jesus's Day as part of the celebration of Passover. Written centuries beforehand, it foretells the story of that final Passover during which Jesus's death and resurrection would change the word's story forever. New Testament authors quoted Psalm 118 as the turning point in world history. But Psalm 118 goes beyond that. It summons you and me to enter this wonderful story too.  Luke 24:27 NIV And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. Luke 24:44 NIV He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” Psalm 118:22–24 ESV 22 The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.  23 This is the LORD's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.  24 This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Matthew 21:42 NIV Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.'”? Ephesians 2:19–22 NIV 19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God's people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. Acts 3:1–3 NIV 1 One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. 2 Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Acts 3:6–10 NIV 6 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” 7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man's feet and ankles became strong. 8 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. 9 When all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. Acts 3:19–21 NIV 19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, 20 and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. 21 Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets. Acts 4:1–2 NIV 1 The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people. 2 They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. Acts 4:8–12 NIV 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! 9 If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, 10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. 11 Jesus is “ ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.' 12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:23–28 NIV 23 On their release, Peter and John went back to their

The Ten Minute Bible Hour Podcast - The Ten Minute Bible Hour
0499 - The Sadducees Are Religious But Don't Think There's Much After Death

The Ten Minute Bible Hour Podcast - The Ten Minute Bible Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 11:09


Thanks to everyone who supports TMBH at patreon.com/thetmbhpodcast You're the reason we can all do this together! Discuss the episode here Music written and performed by Jeff Foote.

The Ten Minute Bible Hour Podcast - The Ten Minute Bible Hour
0498 - That Sadducees Are Going to Give it a Whirl Now

The Ten Minute Bible Hour Podcast - The Ten Minute Bible Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 10:08


Thanks to everyone who supports TMBH at patreon.com/thetmbhpodcast You're the reason we can all do this together! Discuss the episode here Music written and performed by Jeff Foote.

Commuter Bible NT
Matthew 22

Commuter Bible NT

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 8:17


Today's episode begins the parable of the wedding feast, which Jesus tells to the people of Jerusalem. If you're familiar with the book of Revelation, you'll recall that as the vision comes to a close, we are shown a wedding feast where Christ is the groom and his bride is the church. God invites all men to this banquet, but many reject this invitation and go about their business. Some even kill the messengers who were sent to invite them. Later, the Pharisees and the Sadducees try their best to trap Jesus in his words. Finally, Jesus turns the tables and asks them a challenging question about the words of King David which they are unable to answer.:::Christian Standard Bible translation.All music written and produced by John Burgess Ross.Co-produced by Aaron Colyer and the Christian Standard Biblefacebook.com/commuterbibleinstagram.com/commuter_bibletwitter.com/CommuterPodpatreon.com/commuterbibleadmin@commuterbible.org

Central Baptist Church of Ponca City

Watch/Listen here using the Embedded Subsplash Playerdiv.sap-embed-player{position:relative;width:100%;height:0;padding-top:56.25%;}div.sap-embed-player>iframe{position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;}Central Baptist Church of Ponca City, OKDATE: Wednesday, October 20, 2021SERMON BY: Bro. David BarbeeSERMON TITLE: Consider Your ThoughtsSERMON THEME: Try the SpiritsSERMON SERIES: Guest SpeakersSERMON TEXT: 1John 4:1-4; Matthew 16:5-111John 4:1-4  Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.  4  Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.Matthew 16:5-11 And when his disciples were come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. 6 Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. 7 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread. 8 Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread? 9 Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? 10 Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? 11 How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? — — —Watch/Listen here using our Subsplash WebShare Playerhttps://subspla.sh/g5gfrqhListen here on Archive.orghttps://archive.org/download/102021-wed-facebook-stream/102021Wed-FacebookStream.mp3  

The Bible Recap
Day 293 (Matthew 16, Mark 8) - Year 3

The Bible Recap

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 10:58


SHOW NOTES:  - All the info you need to START is on our website! Seriously, go there. - Join our PATREON community for bonus perks! - Get your TBR merch - Show credits   FROM TODAY'S PODCAST:  - Article: The Difference Between Pharisees and Sadducees in the Bible - Matthew 7:6 - Picture: Caesarea Philippi - Article: Caesarea Philippi - Daniel 7:13 - Article: Why is Jesus called "Son of Man"? - Article 1 of 3: What is the Rock in Matthew 16:18? - Article 2 of 3:  The Exegetical Examination of Matthew 16:18 - Article 3 of 3: Is Peter the Rock? Early Interpretations of Matthew 16:18 - Matthew 21:42 - Ephesians 2:20 - Act 4:11 - 1 Corinthians 3:11 - John 18:4 - Revelation 13:8   SOCIALS: The Bible Recap: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter D-Group: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter TLC: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter   D-GROUP: The Bible Recap is brought to you by D-Group - an international network of discipleship and accountability groups that meet weekly in homes and churches: Find or start one near you today!

Commuter Bible NT
Matthew 17

Commuter Bible NT

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 6:32


Today, Jesus takes the three disciples with whom he has a closer relationship up on a high mountain, and there, he is miraculously transfigured before them. This change in his physical appearance, accompanied by an auditory testament to his identity, is in some ways a “sign from heaven” which the Pharisees and Sadducees had requested in our last reading. Jesus did not reveal this vision to those men because they wanted proof in order to have faith; Jesus instead reveals his deity to his disciples who already have faith and have confessed that Jesus is the Messiah. After this, Jesus begins to tell his disciples that he will delivered over into the hands of sinners to die.:::Christian Standard Bible translation.All music written and produced by John Burgess Ross.Co-produced by Aaron Colyer and the Christian Standard Biblefacebook.com/commuterbibleinstagram.com/commuter_bibletwitter.com/CommuterPodpatreon.com/commuterbibleadmin@commuterbible.org

Commuter Bible NT
Matthew 16

Commuter Bible NT

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 6:40


The Pharisees and the Sadducees were often at odds with each other concerning doctrine and philosophy, but they had a common link in their skepticism about Jesus. Today they ask Jesus to display his power with a sign from heaven. Christ has already performed numerous miracles, but these men have been blind to the truth; they can't read the signs of the times. Later, Peter makes what is often called “the good confession,” which is that Jesus is not John the Baptist resurrected or Elijah, but the Messiah. Jesus says that he will build his church on this confession, but those who follow him will have to take up their cross in order to do so.:::Christian Standard Bible translation.All music written and produced by John Burgess Ross.Co-produced by Aaron Colyer and the Christian Standard Biblefacebook.com/commuterbibleinstagram.com/commuter_bibletwitter.com/CommuterPodpatreon.com/commuterbibleadmin@commuterbible.org

ESV: Through the Bible in a Year
October 16: Isaiah 52–55; Psalm 99; Acts 23

ESV: Through the Bible in a Year

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2021 15:42


Old Testament: Isaiah 52–55 Isaiah 52–55 (Listen) The Lord's Coming Salvation 52   Awake, awake,    put on your strength, O Zion;  put on your beautiful garments,    O Jerusalem, the holy city;  for there shall no more come into you    the uncircumcised and the unclean.2   Shake yourself from the dust and arise;    be seated, O Jerusalem;  loose the bonds from your neck,    O captive daughter of Zion. 3 For thus says the LORD: “You were sold for nothing, and you shall be redeemed without money.” 4 For thus says the Lord GOD: “My people went down at the first into Egypt to sojourn there, and the Assyrian oppressed them for nothing.1 5 Now therefore what have I here,” declares the LORD, “seeing that my people are taken away for nothing? Their rulers wail,” declares the LORD, “and continually all the day my name is despised. 6 Therefore my people shall know my name. Therefore in that day they shall know that it is I who speak; here I am.” 7   How beautiful upon the mountains    are the feet of him who brings good news,  who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness,    who publishes salvation,    who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”8   The voice of your watchmen—they lift up their voice;    together they sing for joy;  for eye to eye they see    the return of the LORD to Zion.9   Break forth together into singing,    you waste places of Jerusalem,  for the LORD has comforted his people;    he has redeemed Jerusalem.10   The LORD has bared his holy arm    before the eyes of all the nations,  and all the ends of the earth shall see    the salvation of our God. 11   Depart, depart, go out from there;    touch no unclean thing;  go out from the midst of her; purify yourselves,    you who bear the vessels of the LORD.12   For you shall not go out in haste,    and you shall not go in flight,  for the LORD will go before you,    and the God of Israel will be your rear guard. He Was Pierced for Our Transgressions 13   Behold, my servant shall act wisely;2    he shall be high and lifted up,    and shall be exalted.14   As many were astonished at you—    his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance,    and his form beyond that of the children of mankind—15   so shall he sprinkle3 many nations.    Kings shall shut their mouths because of him,  for that which has not been told them they see,    and that which they have not heard they understand.53   Who has believed what he has heard from us?4    And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?2   For he grew up before him like a young plant,    and like a root out of dry ground;  he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,    and no beauty that we should desire him.3   He was despised and rejected5 by men,    a man of sorrows6 and acquainted with7 grief;8  and as one from whom men hide their faces9    he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4   Surely he has borne our griefs    and carried our sorrows;  yet we esteemed him stricken,    smitten by God, and afflicted.5   But he was pierced for our transgressions;    he was crushed for our iniquities;  upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,    and with his wounds we are healed.6   All we like sheep have gone astray;    we have turned—every one—to his own way;  and the LORD has laid on him    the iniquity of us all. 7   He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,    yet he opened not his mouth;  like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,    and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,    so he opened not his mouth.8   By oppression and judgment he was taken away;    and as for his generation, who considered  that he was cut off out of the land of the living,    stricken for the transgression of my people?9   And they made his grave with the wicked    and with a rich man in his death,  although he had done no violence,    and there was no deceit in his mouth. 10   Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him;    he has put him to grief;10  when his soul makes11 an offering for guilt,    he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;  the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.11   Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see12 and be satisfied;  by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,    make many to be accounted righteous,    and he shall bear their iniquities.12   Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,13    and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,14  because he poured out his soul to death    and was numbered with the transgressors;  yet he bore the sin of many,    and makes intercession for the transgressors. The Eternal Covenant of Peace 54   “Sing, O barren one, who did not bear;    break forth into singing and cry aloud,    you who have not been in labor!  For the children of the desolate one will be more    than the children of her who is married,” says the LORD.2   “Enlarge the place of your tent,    and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out;  do not hold back; lengthen your cords    and strengthen your stakes.3   For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left,    and your offspring will possess the nations    and will people the desolate cities. 4   “Fear not, for you will not be ashamed;    be not confounded, for you will not be disgraced;  for you will forget the shame of your youth,    and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.5   For your Maker is your husband,    the LORD of hosts is his name;  and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer,    the God of the whole earth he is called.6   For the LORD has called you    like a wife deserted and grieved in spirit,  like a wife of youth when she is cast off,    says your God.7   For a brief moment I deserted you,    but with great compassion I will gather you.8   In overflowing anger for a moment    I hid my face from you,  but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,”    says the LORD, your Redeemer. 9   “This is like the days of Noah15 to me:    as I swore that the waters of Noah    should no more go over the earth,  so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you,    and will not rebuke you.10   For the mountains may depart    and the hills be removed,  but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,    and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,”    says the LORD, who has compassion on you. 11   “O afflicted one, storm-tossed and not comforted,    behold, I will set your stones in antimony,    and lay your foundations with sapphires.1612   I will make your pinnacles of agate,17    your gates of carbuncles,18    and all your wall of precious stones.13   All your children shall be taught by the LORD,    and great shall be the peace of your children.14   In righteousness you shall be established;    you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear;    and from terror, for it shall not come near you.15   If anyone stirs up strife,    it is not from me;  whoever stirs up strife with you    shall fall because of you.16   Behold, I have created the smith    who blows the fire of coals    and produces a weapon for its purpose.  I have also created the ravager to destroy;17     no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed,    and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment.  This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD    and their vindication19 from me, declares the LORD.” The Compassion of the Lord 55   “Come, everyone who thirsts,    come to the waters;  and he who has no money,    come, buy and eat!  Come, buy wine and milk    without money and without price.2   Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,    and your labor for that which does not satisfy?  Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,    and delight yourselves in rich food.3   Incline your ear, and come to me;    hear, that your soul may live;  and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,    my steadfast, sure love for David.4   Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples,    a leader and commander for the peoples.5   Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know,    and a nation that did not know you shall run to you,  because of the LORD your God, and of the Holy One of Israel,    for he has glorified you. 6   “Seek the LORD while he may be found;    call upon him while he is near;7   let the wicked forsake his way,    and the unrighteous man his thoughts;  let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him,    and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.8   For my thoughts are not your thoughts,    neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.9   For as the heavens are higher than the earth,    so are my ways higher than your ways    and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10   “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven    and do not return there but water the earth,  making it bring forth and sprout,    giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,11   so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;    it shall not return to me empty,  but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,    and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. 12   “For you shall go out in joy    and be led forth in peace;  the mountains and the hills before you    shall break forth into singing,    and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.13   Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress;    instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle;  and it shall make a name for the LORD,    an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.” Footnotes [1] 52:4 Or the Assyrian has oppressed them of late [2] 52:13 Or shall prosper [3] 52:15 Or startle [4] 53:1 Or Who has believed what we have heard? [5] 53:3 Or forsaken [6] 53:3 Or pains; also verse 4 [7] 53:3 Or and knowing [8] 53:3 Or sickness; also verse 4 [9] 53:3 Or as one who hides his face from us [10] 53:10 Or he has made him sick [11] 53:10 Or when you make his soul [12] 53:11 Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scroll he shall see light [13] 53:12 Or with the great [14] 53:12 Or with the numerous [15] 54:9 Some manuscripts For this is as the waters of Noah [16] 54:11 Or lapis lazuli [17] 54:12 Or jasper, or ruby [18] 54:12 Or crystal [19] 54:17 Or righteousness (ESV) Psalm: Psalm 99 Psalm 99 (Listen) The Lord Our God Is Holy 99   The LORD reigns; let the peoples tremble!    He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!2   The LORD is great in Zion;    he is exalted over all the peoples.3   Let them praise your great and awesome name!    Holy is he!4   The King in his might loves justice.1    You have established equity;  you have executed justice    and righteousness in Jacob.5   Exalt the LORD our God;    worship at his footstool!    Holy is he! 6   Moses and Aaron were among his priests,    Samuel also was among those who called upon his name.    They called to the LORD, and he answered them.7   In the pillar of the cloud he spoke to them;    they kept his testimonies&n

Daily Radio Bible Podcast
Daily Radio Bible - October 16th, 21

Daily Radio Bible Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2021 20:30


GOT LIFE? Today's readings are Malachi 3- 4, Psalm 148, and Acts 5.  We are reading from the New Living Translation. Jerusalem is burning with a message and these men cannot be stopped. They will declare this message that is burning within them.  It is setting the world ablaze.  Do you know what this message is? It has nothing to do with politics or  personal agendas.  The message is LIFE!   But an angel of the Lord came at night, opened the gates of the jail, and brought them out. Then he told them, “Go to the Temple and give the people this message of life!”  (Acts 5:19-20) That's it.  It's that simple.  That is the Gospel – the Good News!  It's life here and life now, not just a ticket to heaven in the sweet by and by.  It's not about the Sadducees versus the Pharisees or the left versus the right. It's this simple – it's life.  That is so good because that is what we need and long for.  We can spend so much of our time and energy on things that are far from life – that diminish us and take away from us.  Focussing only on our past, our failures, our messed up relationships, our controlling fears – robs life from us.  But the angel reminds them clearly – as he reminds us, that the message is so simple.  Go tell them in the temple, that there is life. That's the message.  Jesus came to give us life, and life abundant. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. (Jn 10:10 ESV) How do you get this life?  Luke tells us plainly: And every day, in the Temple and from house to house, they continued to teach and preach this message: “Jesus is the Messiah.” (Acts 5:42 NLT) Jesus is the Messiah – the One who has delivered us from death so that we can have life!  He offers us forgiveness, hope, courage, strength, and life – here, now, today.   Do you want life today?  Turn your heart to Jesus.  Let him speak hope, courage, and forgiveness into your heart today.  He is the message.  Jesus the Messiah has come to give you life.  May His life be fully formed in you. (Gal 4:19)

ESV: Chronological
October 11: Matthew 22–23

ESV: Chronological

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 9:45


Matthew 22–23 Matthew 22–23 (Listen) The Parable of the Wedding Feast 22 And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, 2 “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, 3 and sent his servants1 to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. 4 Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.”' 5 But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, 6 while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. 7 The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. 8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9 Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.' 10 And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests. 11 “But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. 12 And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.” Paying Taxes to Caesar 15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to entangle him in his words. 16 And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone's opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances.2 17 Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” 18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? 19 Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius.3 20 And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” 21 They said, “Caesar's.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.” 22 When they heard it, they marveled. And they left him and went away. Sadducees Ask About the Resurrection 23 The same day Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection, and they asked him a question, 24 saying, “Teacher, Moses said, ‘If a man dies having no children, his brother must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother.' 25 Now there were seven brothers among us. The first married and died, and having no offspring left his wife to his brother. 26 So too the second and third, down to the seventh. 27 After them all, the woman died. 28 In the resurrection, therefore, of the seven, whose wife will she be? For they all had her.” 29 But Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God. 30 For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 31 And as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God: 32 ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? He is not God of the dead, but of the living.” 33 And when the crowd heard it, they were astonished at his teaching. The Great Commandment 34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Whose Son Is the Christ? 41 Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, 42 saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.” 43 He said to them, “How is it then that David, in the Spirit, calls him Lord, saying, 44   “‘The Lord said to my Lord,  “Sit at my right hand,    until I put your enemies under your feet”'? 45 If then David calls him Lord, how is he his son?” 46 And no one was able to answer him a word, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions. Seven Woes to the Scribes and Pharisees 23 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat, 3 so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they preach, but do not practice. 4 They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear,4 and lay them on people's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger. 5 They do all their deeds to be seen by others. For they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long, 6 and they love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues 7 and greetings in the marketplaces and being called rabbi5 by others. 8 But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers.6 9 And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. 10 Neither be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Christ. 11 The greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. 13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people's faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in.7 15 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell8 as yourselves. 16 “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it is nothing, but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.' 17 You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that has made the gold sacred? 18 And you say, ‘If anyone swears by the altar, it is nothing, but if anyone swears by the gift that is on the altar, he is bound by his oath.' 19 You blind men! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that makes the gift sacred? 20 So whoever swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it. 21 And whoever swears by the temple swears by it and by him who dwells in it. 22 And whoever swears by heaven swears by the throne of God and by him who sits upon it. 23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. 24 You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel! 25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean. 27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people's bones and all uncleanness. 28 So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. 29 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the monuments of the righteous, 30 saying, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.' 31 Thus you witness against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers. 33 You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell? 34 Therefore I send you prophets and wise men and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and persecute from town to town, 35 so that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah the son of Barachiah,9 whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar. 36 Truly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation. Lament over Jerusalem 37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! 38 See, your house is left to you desolate. 39 For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'” Footnotes [1] 22:3 Or bondservants; also verses 4, 6, 8, 10 [2] 22:16 Greek for you do not look at people's faces [3] 22:19 A denarius was a day's wage for a laborer [4] 23:4 Some manuscripts omit hard to bear [5] 23:7 Rabbi means my teacher, or my master; also verse 8 [6] 23:8 Or brothers and sisters [7] 23:13 Some manuscripts add here (or after verse 12) verse 14: Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows' houses and for a pretense you make long prayers; therefore you will receive the greater condemnation [8] 23:15 Greek Gehenna; also verse 33 [9] 23:35 Some manuscripts omit the son of Barachiah (ESV)

The Illuminated Word
Friday 10/8/21 The Sadducees Try to Trap Jesus Matthew 22:23-33

The Illuminated Word

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 10:15


The Sadducees do not believe in the resurrection. They try to trap Jesus with a logical conundrum. Jesus not only answers their question but exposes the major flaws with their question.

Catholic Daily Reflections
Monday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time - Openness to the Gospel

Catholic Daily Reflections

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2021 6:12


There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test Jesus and said, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Luke 10:25The question is very good. We should all seek to understand, with all our hearts, what we must do to inherit eternal life. Of course the problem is that this scholar of the law did not ask this question with sincerity and openness. Rather, he asked Jesus this question to test our Lord. This scholar, as well as other scribes, Pharisees, Sadducees and elders, was envious of Jesus and sought to find fault with Him. This scholar appeared to be concerned that Jesus was teaching contrary to the Law of Moses. But what does our Lord do? He says nothing more than to put the question back to the scholar, asking him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?” The scholar answers correctly, according to the Law of Moses, and Jesus responds to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.” Thus, the test was passed.What's interesting and helpful to ponder in this exchange is the way Jesus responds to this scholar. Because Jesus knew the scholar's heart, and because He knew that this scholar was not asking with humility and openness, Jesus responded with great prudence, inviting the scholar of the law himself to answer his own question. Though we are not able to read another's heart in the way our Lord did, we should learn a lesson from Him on how to respond to others who have as their goal to trick, trap, test, and twist our words if they disagree with us. This is especially important in matters of faith and morality. If you are striving to live the Gospel with all your heart and you encounter the “testing” of others as a result of the holy life you are striving for, ponder Jesus' actions here. Too often, when another challenges us or tests us, we become defensive and even offended. As a result, we can enter into arguments back and forth that bear little or no fruit. Jesus did not argue. He did not allow this test to trip Him up. Rather, He only offered responses that could not be doubted. Jesus knew that this scholar was not interested in the deepest spiritual truths. He was only interested in finding fault. Therefore, the deeper and fuller Gospel message could not be offered.We should also learn from this passage the importance of coming to Jesus with an open heart, sincerely seeking the deepest spiritual answers to life. We ought never test Jesus. Instead, in humility, we must believe that He is the source of all truth and that He has every answer in life that we seek.Reflect, today, upon two things. First, reflect upon how completely open you are to all that Jesus has to say. If you were to ask our Lord this question, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?,” what would Jesus say to you? Would He only be able to offer you general answers in the form of questions? Or would Jesus see the open and sincere nature of your heart and be able to speak in great depth and detail to you? Second, reflect upon anyone with whom you constantly have to defend yourself for the practice of your faith. If this is your experience, perhaps reexamine your approach, realizing that the deepest pearls of your faith should only be shared with those who are sincerely open and are seeking to embrace them with all their heart.My deep and wise Lord, You and You alone have every answer to life. You and You alone can reveal to me all that I need to know in life so as to achieve holiness and fulfillment. Please open my heart so that I can come to You with humility and sincerity, open to all that You wish to reveal to me. Jesus, I trust in You.Source of content: catholic-daily-reflections.comCopyright © 2021 My Catholic Life! Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission via RSS feed.