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Heading Towards the Cross in Jerusalem (Part 6) – The Gospels Merged

June 5, 2012 by  
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New Section – The Parable of the Vineyard Workers

       (Mt. 19:30-20:16)

1 “But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first. For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workmen for his vineyard. After agreeing with the workmen to work for a denarius for the day, he sent them into his vineyard.
“Then he went out about the Tthird hour and saw others standing idle in the market place; and to them he said, “You go also into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.’ And so they went.
“He went out again about the Usixth and the Vninth hour, and did the same thing. And about the Weleventh hour he went out and found others standing around, and he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day long?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’
“He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard.’
“When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the workmen and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired, going up to the first ones.’
“When those hired about the Weleventh hour came, each one received a denarius. And when those hired first came, they thought that they would receive more –but each of them also received a denarius. When they received it, they grumbled at the landowner, saying, ‘These men who were hired last have worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the scorching heat of the day.’
“But he answered one of them, saying, ‘Friend, I am not being unfair to you. Did you not agree with me to work for a denarius? Take what belongs to you and go –but I want to give to this last man hired the same as I gave to you. Don’t I have the right to do what I choose with my own money? Or Bare you envious because I am generous?’
“So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

Section 110 – Jesus Predicts His Suffering and Death

       (Mt. 20:17-19; Mk. 10:32-34; Lk. 18:31-34)

2 Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking on ahead of them –and they were amazed; and those who followed were fearful. And again He took the twelve disciples aside 1 by themselves, and along the road He 2 began to tell them what was going to happen to Him, 3 and said to them, “Look, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. For 1 the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and law-teachers, and they will condemn Him to death, and will hand Him over to the Gentiles to mock and scourge and crucify Him. 3 And He will be mocked and mistreated and spit upon, and after they have scourged Him, they will kill Him 2 –but three days later He will rise again.” 3 –But the disciples did not understand any of these things, and the meaning of this statement was hidden from them, and they did not comprehend what He was saying.

Section 111 – A Request Brings Correction

       (Mt. 20:20-28; Mk. 10:35-45)

1 Then the mother of 2 James and John –the two sons of Zebedee– came up to Jesus with her sons, 1 bowing down and asking something of Him, 2 saying, “Teacher, we wish you would do for us whatever we ask of You.” And He said to them, “What do you for you?” 1 And she said to Him, “Command that these two sons of mine may sit, one on Your right and one on Your left, in Your kingdom.” 2 –And they said to Him, “Grant that we may sit, one on Your right and one on Your left, in your glory.”
1 But Jesus answered, 2 and said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. –Are you able to drink the cup 1 that I am about to drink? 2 –or to be baptized with with the baptism with which I am baptized?” –They said to Him, “We are able.” –And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you shall drink; and you shall be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized. –But to sit on My right or on My left, is not Mine to grant –but it is for those for whom it has been prepared 1 by My Father.”
1 And when the ten heard about this, they were indignant 2 with James and John. But Jesus called them to Himself, and said to them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their ‘great ones’ exercise authority over them. But it shall not be this way among you –instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant; and whoever wants to be first among you must be the bondslave of all, 1 –just as 2 even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”

Section 112 – A Blind Beggar Is Given Sight

       (Lk. 18:35-43)

3And it so happened that, as Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting beside the road begging; and when he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”
And he shouted, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Those who led the way rebuked him, telling him to be quiet; but he kept shouting all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Then Jesus stopped, and commanded that he be brought to Him. When he came near, He questioned him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” And he said, “Lord –let me see again!”
And Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” Instantly he regained his sight and began following Him, glorifying God –and when all the people saw it, they gave praise to God.

Section 113 – Zacchaeus the Tax Collector

       (Mk. 10:46a; Lk. 19:1-10)

2 Then they came to Jericho; 3 and having entered it, He was passing through Jericho. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. Zaccheus was trying to see who Jesus was, but being a short man, he was unable because of the crowd. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree in order to see Him, for He was about to pass along that way.
When Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, “Zaccheus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” So he hurried and came down and welcomed Him joyfully.
When the people saw it, they all began to grumble, saying, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinful man.”
But Zaccheus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord –I now give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anyone of anything, I will give back four times as much.”
And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”

Section 114 – The Parable of the Ten Servants

       (Lk. 19:11-28)

3 As the people were listening to these things, Jesus went on to tell a parable, because He was near Jerusalem, and they thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear immediately.
So He said, “A certain man of noble birth went to a distant country to receive a kingdom for himself, and then to return. So he called ten of his servants, and gave them ten Cminas and said to them, “Do business with these until I come back.’
“But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, “We do not want this man to reign over us.’
“When he returned, having received the kingly power, he ordered that these servants, to whom he had given the money, be called to him so that he might find out what they had gained in doing business.
“The first one came, saying, ‘Master, your mina has made ten minas more.’
“And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant, because you have been faithful in a small matter, you will have authority over ten cities.’
“And the second came, saying, ‘Your mina, master, has made five minas.’ And he also said to him, ‘And you will be over five cities.’
“Then another came, saying, “Master, here is your mina, which I kept put away in a handkerchief; for I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man; you take out what you did not deposit and reap what you did not sow.’
“He said to him, ‘I will judge you out of your own mouth, you worthless servant! You knew, did you, that I am a severe man, taking out what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow? So why didn’t you put my money in the bank, so that on my return I could have collected it with interest?’
“Then he said to those standing nearby, ‘Take the mina away from him and give it to the one who has the ten minas.’
“And they said to him, ‘Master, he has ten minas already!’
“He answered, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who does not have, even what he does have will be taken away. But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them –bring them here and slay them in front of me.’ ”
After He had said these things, He went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.

Section 115 – Two Men (Including Bartimaeus) Receive Their Sight

       (Mt. 20:29-34; Mk. 10:46b-52)

1 Now as 2 Jesus was leaving Jericho with His disciples, 1 a large crowd followed Him. And look: Two blind men 2 –one, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus– 1 were sitting by the roadside. And hearing that 2 it was Jesus the Nazarene 1 passing by, they cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” 2 —“Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
1 But the crowd scolded them, telling them to be quiet —but they 2 kept 1 crying out all the more, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us! 2 —have mercy on me!” So Jesus stopped and said, “Call him here.” So they called the blind man 1 –called them both– 2 saying to him, “Take courage; get up! He is calling for you.” So, throwing aiside his cloak, he jumped up and came to Jesus.
And in response to him 1 –to them– 2 Jesus said, “What do you want me to do for you 1 –for both of you?” They said to Him, “Lord –that our eyes may be opened! 2 My Master, I want to regain my sight!” 1 And Jesus –filled with compassion– touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight. 2 And Jesus said to him, “Go, your faith has healed you.” 1 And they followed Him 2 on the road.

Notes: Sec.71- AHeb.= “Messiah,” or “Christ” in Gk. –both terms meaning “Anointed One”; BGk.= “Petros” (masculine), a piece of rock; CGk.= “Petra” (feminine), a massive bedrock; Sec.77- DDeut. 19:15; EOr “bind”; FOr “will be,” “will have been”; GOr “loose”; HOne talent was worth more than 16 years’ wages of a laborer –so, 10,000 talents was 160,000 years of wages; I A denarius was one day’s wages; Sec.79- JSome manuscripts read “seventy”; KLit. “well-wish” or “greet”; Sec.80- LDeut. 6:5; MLev. 19:18; Sec.83- NGk.= “unclean”; Sec.89- OMic. 7:6; Sec.97- PEquals about 900 gallons or 3400 liters; QEquals about 900 bushels or 35 kiloliters; Sec.101- ROr “among”; Sec.106- SGk.= “fifteen stadia” (about two miles); AHeb.= “Messiah,” or “Christ” in Gk. –both terms meaning “Anointed One”; Sec.109- T9 a.m.; UNoon; V3 p.m.; W5 p.m.; BLit.: “Is your eye evil because I am good?”; CA Mina was worth about 100 days’ wages;


“No Contradictions:
Four Gospels Merged: A Harmony”

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