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The Final Week Before The Cross (Part 2) – The Gospels Merged

June 8, 2012 by  
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Section 119 – The Withered Fig Tree

      (Mt.21:20-22; Mk.11:20-26)

2 Now as they were passing by early in the morning, they saw the fig tree which had withered from the roots up. And when he remembered, Peter said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has dried up!” 1 –Seeing this, the disciples marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?!”
Jesus answered and said to them, 2 “Have faith in God. 1 I tell you the truth: If you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even 2 if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Be picked up, and be thrown into the sea,’ –and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted to him 1 –it will happen. 2 Therefore, I say to you: 1 All things whatever you ask for in prayer 2 –believe that you have received them, and they will be granted to you.
And whenever you stand praying –forgive, if you have anything against anyone –so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your offenses. — [But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your offenses.]”

Section 120 – The Authority of Jesus is Questioned

      (Mt.21:23-27; Mk.11:27-33; Lk. 20:1-8)

2 So they came again to Jerusalem, 3 and it so happened that 2 as He was walking in the temple, 3 He was teaching the people and proclaiming the gospel, 2 the chief priests and the law-teachers and the elders 1 of the people 3 came up to confront Him –and they spoke, saying to Him, “Tell us by what authority You are doing these things —or Who is the one that gave you this authority 2 to do these things?”
1 And in answer Jesus said to them, 3 “I will also ask you a question, 1 which if you tell Me, I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. —The baptism of John: Was it from heaven or from men? 2 –Answer Me.” So they discussed among themselves, saying, “If we say ‘From heaven,’ He will say to us, ‘Then why did you not believe him?’ –but if we say, ‘From men,’ we fear the crowd 3 –all the people will stone us to death, because they are convinced that John was a prophet.”
1 In answer to Jesus, they said, “We do not know 3 where it came from.” 2 –So Jesus 1 also said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

Section 121 – The Parable of the Two Sons

      (Mt.21:28-32; Mk.12:1a; Lk. 19:47-48)

2 Then He began to speak to them in parables: 1 “What do you think? –There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’
“He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went.
“Then he went to the second son and said the same thing; and he answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go.
“Which of the two did the will of his father?” “The first,” they answered.
Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth: The tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you walking in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him –but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. But even after you saw it, you did not repent and believe him.”
3 And He was teaching in the temple every day. The chief priests and the law-teachers and the leading men among the people were looking for a way to destroy Him, but they could not find what to do, because all the people hung on to every word He said.

Section 122 – The Parable of the Tenants

      (Mt.21:33-46; Mk.12:1b-12; Lk. 20:9-19)

3 And He went on to tell the people: 1 “Listen to another parable. –There was a man who was a landowner, who planted a vineyard, and put a wall around it, and dug a wine press in it and built a watchtower. Then he leased it out to some vine-farmers and went away on a journey 3 for a long time. 1 When the season of the harvest approached, 2 he sent a servant to the tenant-farmers, 3 so that they would give him some of the produce of the vineyard. But the vine-farmers 2 seized him, and beat him and sent him away empty-handed.
“And again he sent still another servant to them, 3 and they beat him also and 1 stoned [him, and] they wounded him in the head, 3 and insulted him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. —And he sent yet a third —but this one also they wounded and threw him out. 2 Then he sent still another –and that one they killed. 1 Again he sent other servants 2 –many 1 more than the first ones– and they did the same thing to them: beating some, and killing others.
1 “But afterward, 3 the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do?’ 2 —He still had one more to send: a dearly-loved son. He sent him last of all to them, saying, 3 ‘I will send my dearly-loved son —perhaps this is the one they will respect 2 –my son.’
3 But when 2 those vine-farmers 1 saw the son, 3 they reasoned with one another, saying, 2 ‘This is the heir! –Come, let us kill him –and the inheritance will be ours.’ –So, taking him, 3 they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.
1 Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vine-farmers?” –They said to Him, “He will destroy those wretches with a horrible death –and he will lease out the vineyard to other vine-farmers who will give him the proceeds at the proper seasons.”
Jesus said to them, 2 “He will come and destroy the vine-farmers, and will give the vineyard to others.” 3 –When they heard this, they said, “May this never be!” But He looked directly at them and said, “What then is this that is written 2 –have you not even read this scripture:

F ‘The stone which the builders rejected,
has become the capstone of the corner;
The Lord has done this,
and it is marvelous in our eyes.’ ?

1 “And 3 everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; but if it falls on anyone, it will grind him to dust.1 —Therefore I tell you: The kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce the fruit of it.”
When 3 the law-teachers and the chief priests 1 and the Pharisees heard His parables, they perceived that He was speaking about them; and 3 they tried to get their hands on Him that very hour 2 to arrest Him –but they were afraid of 1 the crowds, because they considered Him to be a prophet 2 –and so they left Him and went away.


“No Contradictions:
Four Gospels Merged: A Harmony”

by R. Totten (c) 2003

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