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Heading Towards the Cross in Jerusalem (Part 2) – The Gospels Merged

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Section 79 – Jesus Sends Out Seventy-Two Heralds

       (Lk. 10:1-12)

3 Now after this the Lord appointed Jseventy[-two] others, and sent them two-by-two ahead of Him to every town and place where He Himself was about to go. And He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest. Go! Look –I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Don’t carry a money belt, or bag, or shoes; and do not Kvisit anyone along the way.
“Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house.’ If a son of peace is there, your peace will rest on him –but if not, it will return to you. And remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they give you –for the worker deserves his wages. Do not keep moving from house to house.
“Whenever you enter a town and they welcome you, eat what is set before you. Then heal the sick who are there, and say to them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.’
“But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town that sticks to our feet we wipe off as a declaration against you; yet be sure of this, that the kingdom of God has come near.’ –I tell you, it will be more tolerable on that day of judgment for Sodom than for that city. Woes Pronounced on Unrepentant Cities (Mt. 11:20-24; Lk. 10:13-16) 1 Then Jesus began to denounce the cities where He had done many of His miracles, because they did not repent: “Woe to you, Korazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago 3 sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 1 But I tell you: It will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.
“And you, Capernaum: Will you be exalted to the heavens? No, you will descend to Hades! If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. –But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.
3 “He who listens to you listens to Me, but he who rejects you rejects Me; and he who rejects Me rejects the One who sent Me.” The Return of the Seventy-Two Heralds (Mt. 11:25-27; Lk. 10:17-22) 3 The Jseventy[-two] returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” And He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. –Look: I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and authority over all the power of the enemy –and nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent, and revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in your sight.
“All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father; and no one knows who the Father is except the Son –and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him.” Rest for the Weary (Mt. 11:28-30; Lk. 10:23-24) 1 “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me –for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
3 Then turning to His disciples, He said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.
For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see, but did not see it –and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”

Section 80 – The Parable of the Neighborly Samaritan

       (Lk. 10:25-37)

3 And then a certain lawyer stood up and put Him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “What is written in the Law? How does it read to you?”
And he answered: ” L ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind’ –and M ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”
“You have answered correctly,” Jesus said to him, “Do this and you will live.”
But wishing to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Jesus –taking him up– replied saying, “A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. Now by coincidence a priest was going down on that same road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise, a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. –But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came to where he was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him, and went to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him. On the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I return.’ –Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?”
And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.”
And Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.”

Section 81 – Martha is Worries, While Mary Listens

       (Lk. 10:38-42)

3 Now as they were traveled along, Jesus entered a village, where a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what He said. But Martha was distracted with all the meal preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, don’t You care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? –Tell her to help me.”
But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

Section 82 – Jesus Teaches on Prayer

       (Lk. 11:1-13)

3 It so happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.”
And He said to them, “When you pray, say:

‘[Our] Father [in heaven], hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. [May Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.]
Give us each day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins –for we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation [but deliver us from evil].’ ”

Then He said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves –because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.’ Then the one inside answers and says, “Don’t bother me. The door is already closed and my children are with me in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend –yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.
“So I tell you: Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened.
“And what father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead of a fish? Or if he is asks for an egg –will give him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

Section 83 – Jesus and Beelzebub

       (Mt. 12:22-37, 43-45; Mk. 3:22-30; Lk. 11:14-15, 17-28, 12:10)

1 Then a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute was brought to Him, and He healed him, so that 3 when the demon had gone out, 1 the mute man spoke and saw. All the crowds were astonished 3 –amazed– 1 and said, “Could not this man be the Son of David?”
1 But when 3 some of them 1 (the Pharisees 2 and the law-teachers who came down from Jerusalem) 1 heard this, they said, “This guy does not cast out the demons; 2 He is possessed by Be-elzebub! 1 –it is only that 3 He casts out the demons by Be-elzebub, the ruler of demons.”
1 But knowing their thoughts, Jesus 2 called them to Himself and said to them in parables: “How can Satan cast out Satan? 1 Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste –and no city or house divided against itself will stand. 2 If Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but has come to an end! 1 So if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? 3 –for you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul.
1 Now, if I cast out demons by Beelzebul –by whom do your sons cast them out? Because of this, they will be your judges. 3 However, if I cast out demons by the finger of God 1 –by the Spirit of God– then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
1 Or how can anyone enter into the strong man’s house and seize his property, unless he first binds the strong man? –and then he will plunder his house. 3 When a fully armed strong man is guarding his own house, his possessions are safe –but when someone stronger than he attacks him and overpowers him, he takes away all his armor on which the man had relied, and divides his spoils.
3 He who is not with Me, is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me, scatters. 1 Therefore, 2 I tell you the truth: All sins will be forgiven the sons of men, including whatever blasphemies they utter –but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin. 3 And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man –it will be forgiven him; 1 but anyone who 3 blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him 1 –either in this age or in the age to come. 2 (He said this because they were saying, “He has an evil spirit.”)
1 “Either make the tree good and its fruit will be good, or make the tree bad and its fruit will be bad –for a tree is known by its fruit. You brood of vipers! –how can you speak what is good, when you are evil? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. The good man produces good things out of his good treasure; while the evil man produces evil things out of his evil treasure. But I tell you that men will have to give an account on the day of judgment for every careless word they speak –for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.
1 “Now when an Nevil spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, but it finds none. Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ –and when it comes, it finds it standing unoccupied, swept, and put in order. Then it goes and brings along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they all go in and live there –and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. –So shall it also be with this evil generation.”
3 And it so happened, that as He said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, “Blessed is the womb that gave you birth, and the breasts that nursed you!” –But He said, “No. Rather –blessed are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”

Section 84 – The Sign of Jonah

       (Mt. 12:38-42; Lk. 11:16, 29-32)

3 And others, to test Him, demanded a sign from heaven.1 –Then some of the law-teachers and Pharisees said to Him, “Teacher, we want to see a miraculous sign from you.”
However, 3 as the crowd pressed towards Him, He began to say 1 in reply, 3 “This generation is a wicked generation; 1 an evil and adulterous generation craves for a miraculous sign! –and yet no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. — 3 For just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. 1 For just as Jonah was in the belly of the sea-monster for three days and three nights –so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights.
The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah –and look: One greater than Jonah is here. The Queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom –and look: One greater than Solomon is here. The Lamp of the Body (Lk. 11:33-36) 3 “No one lights a lamp and then hides it in a secret place or under a basket –instead, it is put on the lampstand, so that those who come in may see the light. The eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is clear, your whole body is also full of light; but when it is bad, your body is also full of darkness. So watch out that the light within you is not darkness. Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, with no part of it dark, it will all be bright –like when the shining of a lamp gives you light.”


“No Contradictions:
Four Gospels Merged: A Harmony”

by R. Totten (c) 2003

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