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Heading Towards the Cross in Jerusalem (part 3) – The Gospels Merged

June 2, 2012 by  
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Section 85 – Six “Woes” to the Pharisees

       (Lk. 11:37-54)

3 Now while He was speaking, a Pharisee asked Jesus to have lunch with him; so He went in, and reclined at the table. But the Pharisee was surprised when he noticed that Jesus did not first ceremonially wash before the meal.
Then the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and of the dish –but on the inside, you are full of greed and wickedness. You foolish people! –did not He who made the outside make the inside also? But give the things from inside to the poor, and then all things will be clean for you.
“But woe to you Pharisees! –because you give God a tenth of your mint and rue and every kind of garden herb, but you disregard justice and the love of God –but these things you should have done without neglecting the others.
“Woe to you Pharisees! –because you love the chief seats in the synagogues and the greetings of respect in the market places.
“Woe to you! –because you are like unmarked graves, and the people who walk over them are not aware of it.”
One of the experts in the Law of Moses said to Him, “Teacher, when You say these things, You insult us too.” But He said, “And also you, experts in the Law, woe to you! –for you load men down with burdens that are hard to carry, while you yourselves do not touch the burdens with even one of your fingers. Woe to you! –for you build the tombs of the prophets, and it was your fathers who killed them. So you are witnesses of this, and you fully approve the deeds of your fathers –because they killed the prophets, and you build their tombs. For this reason also the wisdom of God said, ‘I will send to them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and persecute.’ Therefore, the blood of all the prophets, shed since the foundation of the world, will be charged against this generation, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the house of God. Yes, I tell you, it will be charged against this generation.
“Woe to you experts in the Law of Moses! –for you have taken away the key of knowledge; you did not enter yourselves, and you have hindered those who were entering.”
When He left there, the law-teachers and the Pharisees began to be very hostile and to interrogate Him on many subjects –lying in wait for Him, to catch Him in something He might say.

Section 86 – Warnings and Encouragements

       (Lk. 12:1-9)

3 Meanwhile, as so many thousands of people gathered together that they were stepping on one another, Jesus began saying first to His disciples, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.
“So, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.
“I tell you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do –but I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to throw you into gehenna-hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him!
Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God. In fact, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear –you are more valuable than many sparrows.
“And I tell you, whoever acknowledges Me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God; but he who denies Me before men, will be denied before the angels of God.

Section 87 – The Parable of the Rich Fool

       (Lk. 12:13-21)

3 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me to be a judge or an arbitrator between you?” Then he said to them, “Watch out! –and be on your guard against all kinds of greed. A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
Then he told them this parable: “The land of a certain rich man produced plentifully. And he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? –because I have no place to store my crops.’
“Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do: I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and I will store all of my grain and my goods in there. And I’ll say to myself, “Self, you have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take it easy; eat, drink and be merry.” ‘
“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul will be demanded from you. And all the things you have prepared –whose will they be?’
“So it is with anyone who stores up things for himself, but is not rich toward God.”

Section 88 – Readiness for the Lord’s Return

       (Mt. 24:43-44; Lk. 12:32-40)

3 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father is very pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide ‘purses’ for yourselves that will not wear out –an inexhaustible treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
“Stay dressed for service and keep your lamps burning –and be like men waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. Happy are those servants whose master finds them alert when he comes. I tell you the truth: he will dress himself to serve, and will have them recline at the table and will come and serve them. Even before midnight, or after midnight –if the master comes and finds his servants ready in this way, those servants will be happily blessed.
3 “But understand this: If the head of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, 1 he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore, you also must be ready –because the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not expect Him.”

Section 89 – Faithful or Wicked Bondservants

       (Mt. 24:45-51; Lk. 12:41-48)

3 So Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everyone?” The Lord answered, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will put in charge of all his servants 1 –his household– 3 to give them their rations of food at the proper time? That servant will be happy, whom his master finds so doing when he returns. I tell you the truth: He will put him in charge of all his possessions.
“But suppose that 1 evil 3 servant says to himself, ‘My master is taking a long time in coming,’ and he begins to beat 1 his fellow 3 menservants and maidservants, and to eat and drink and get drunk. The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him, and at an hour he does not know. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers 1 –with the hypocrites– where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
3 “Now that servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready nor do what his master wanted, will be beaten with many blows —but the one who did not know it, and did things deserving a beating, will be beaten with few blows. —So, from everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and from him who has been entrusted with much –much more will be asked. Not Peace, But Division (Mt. 10:34-36; Lk. 12:49-53) 3 “I have come to cast fire on the earth –and I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to undergo –and how pressed I am until it is accomplished!
“Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you –but rather division. 1 Do not assume that I came to bring peace on the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword; 3 because, from now on there will be five in one family divided against each other –three against two and two against three. 1 I have come to turn O ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 3 They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law 1 –and a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’ ”

Section 90 – Interpreting the Times

       (Lk. 12:54-56)

3 And Jesus also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘A thunderstorm is coming,’ and so it happens. And when a south wind blowing, you say, ‘It’s going to be a hot day,’ and it happens. –You hypocrites! You know how to analyze the appearance of the earth and the sky –but why do you not know how to analyze this present time? Repent or Perish (Lk. 13:1-9) 3 Now there were some present at that same time who reported to Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. And Jesus said to them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! –but unless you repent, you too will all perish.
Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them –do you think they were worse offenders than all the other men living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! –but unless you repent, you too will all perish.”
Then He told this parable: “A certain man had a fig tree which had been planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it, but did not find any. So he said to the vineyard-keeper, “Look: For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it even use up the ground?’
“And he answered and said to him, ‘Sir –leave it alone for this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. Then maybe it will bear fruit from now on –but if not, then you can cut it down.’ ”

Section 91 – A Crippled Woman Healed on the Sabbath

       (Lk. 13:10-17)

3 Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And there was a woman who had been made sick by a demon for eighteen years. She was bent clear over, and was completely unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, He called her to Himself and said to her, “Dear woman, you are freed from your sickness.” Then He laid His hands on her –and immediately she straightened up, and she began praising God.
But the synagogue official, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the crowd, “There are six days on which work should be done –so come on those days and get healed, and not on the Sabbath day.”
But the Lord answered him and said, “You hypocrites! –does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it a drink? And this woman –being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound for eighteen years– should she not be freed from this bond on the Sabbath day?”
As He said this, all who opposed Him were humiliated; and the whole crowd was rejoicing over all the wonderful things being done by Him.

Section 92 – The Narrow Door

       (Lk. 13:22-30)

3 And Jesus traveled on through towns and villages, teaching as He went on His way to Jerusalem. And someone said to Him, “Lord, are there only be a few who will be saved?”
And He said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow door; because many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, and you outside begin to stand and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open up to us!’ then He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, or where you come from.’
“Then you will begin to say, “We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets’;
and He will say, “I tell you, I do not know you, or where you come from –get away from Me, all you evildoers!’
“There will be weeping and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God –but you yourselves being thrown out. And people will come from east and west and from north and south, and will recline at the table in the kingdom of God. And observe: some are last who will be first –and some are first who will be last.” “Herod Wants to Kill You” (Lk. 13:31-33) 3 Right at that time some Pharisees approached, saying to Him, “Leave and go somewhere else, because Herod wants to kill You.”
And He said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Look, I cast out demons and perform healings today and tomorrow –and on the third day I reach My goal.’ Nevertheless I must travel on today and tomorrow and the next day –for it cannot be that a prophet should perish outside of Jerusalem.


“No Contradictions:
Four Gospels Merged: A Harmony”

by R. Totten (c) 2003

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