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The Final Week Before The Cross (Part 3) – The Gospels Merged

June 9, 2012 by  
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Section 123 – The Parable of the Wedding Banquet


1 Then Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. And he sent out his servants to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, but they refused to come.
“Again he sent out other servants saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited, “Look, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fattened livestock have been butchered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding feast.” ‘
“But they paid no attention and went their way –one to his own farm, another to his business; and the rest seized his servants, and mistreated and killed them.
“So the king became furious, and he sent his armies and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.
“Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. So go to the street corners, and invite everyone you find there to the wedding feast.’ So those servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they found –both evil and good– and the wedding hall was filled with guests.
“But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw a man there who was not wearing a wedding garment, and he said to him, ‘Friend –how did you get in here without a proper wedding garment?’ And the man was speechless.
“Then the king said to the servants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him into the darkness outside, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.’
“For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

Section 124 – Paying Taxes to Caesar

      (Mt.22:15-22; Mk. 12:13-17; Lk. 20:20-26)

1 Then the Pharisees went and plotted together as to how they might trap Him in what He said. 3 So they watched Him, and sent spies who pretended to be honest –that they might catch Him in some statement, so as to hand Him over to the power and authority of the governor.
2 So they sent some of the Pharisees’ 1 disciples to Him, along with the Herodians, 2 in order to trap Him in His words. They came and 3 questioned Him, saying, “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach what is right 2 –that You are truthful and defer to no one; because You are not partial to any, but teach the way of God in truth. 1 Tell us, therefore, what do you think: 3 Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? 2 Should we pay –or shouldn’t we?
1 But Jesus perceived their malice and 3 trickery. 2 He, saw through their hypocrisy, and said to them, 1 “Why are you testing me, you hypocrites? Show Me the coin used for the tax 2 –bring Me a denarius to look at.” 1 So they brought Him a denarius, and He said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription 3 does it have?” 2 And they said to Him, “Caesar’s.”
2 So Jesus said to them, 3 “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s —and to God the things that are God’s.” 1 When they heard this, they were amazed 2 at Him; 3 and they were unable to catch Him in what He said there in public. But marveling at His answer, they became silent. 1 Then leaving Him, they went away.

Section 125 – Marriage at the Resurrection

      (Mt.22:23-33; Mk. 12:18-27; Lk. 20:27-40)

1 That same day, 3 some of the Saducees 1 (who say there is no resurrection) approached Him, and they questioned Him, saying, 2 “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves behind a wife but leaves no child, his brother should marry the wife and raise up children for his brother. 1 Now there were seven brother with us; 2 and the first took a wife and when he died he left no children; and the second took her, and died, leaving no children; 3 and the third one took her 2 similarly; 3 and in the same way all seven died, leaving no children. Finally the woman died also. Therefore, 2 at the resurrection, [when they rise again], which one’s wife will she be? 1 –For all 2 seven had her as a wife.”
1 But in reply Jesus said to them, “You are wrong. 2 Isn’t this the reason you are mistaken: 1 Because you do not know the Scriptures nor the power of God? 3 The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage; but those who are considered worthy to take part in that age and in the resurrection 2 –when they rise from the dead– 3 they will neither marry nor be given in marriage, for they cannot even die any more, because they are 2 like angels in heaven. 3 They are sons of God –being sons of the resurrection.
1 But regarding the resurrection of the dead 2 –the fact that the dead rise again– have you not read in the book of Moses 1 what was spoken to you by God 2 in the passage about the burning bush 3 (where he names the Lord), –how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I AM the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? 3 –Now He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. –for to Him all are alive. 2 –You are very wrong!”
1 When the crowds heard this, they were astonished at His teaching; 3 and in response, some of the law-teachers said, “Teacher –well said!” –From then on, they did not dare to question Him about anything.

Section 126 – The Greatest Commandment

      (Mt.22:34-40; Mk. 12:28-34)

1 Now when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered themselves together. One of them, a lawyer, 2 –one of the law-teachers– had come up and heard them debating; and recognizing that Jesus had answered them well, 1 he asked Him a question to test Him, saying, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law? 2 –What commandment is the foremost of all?”
“The foremost one,” Jesus answered, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord you God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 1 –This is the first and greatest commandment.–The second is like it; 2 the second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 1 –The entire Law and the prophets depend on these two commandments; 2 there is no other commandment greater than these.”
And the law-teacher said to Him, “Correct, Teacher; You have stated truly that He is One, and there is no one else besides Him; –and that to love Him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as himself, is much more than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, He said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” –And after that, none of them dared to ask Him any more questions.

Section 127 – David Calls the Messiah “Lord”

      (Mt.22:41-46; Mk. 12:35-37; Lk. 20:41-44)

1 Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question 2 as He taught in the temple; 3 He said to them, 1 “What do you think about the Messiah: Whose son is He?”
“The son of David,” they replied to Him.
3 But He said to them, 2 “How can the law-teachers say that the Messiah is the son of David? 1 How is it then that David –speaking by the Spirit– calls him ‘Lord’? 3 For David himself says 2 –in the Holy Spirit– 3 in the book of Psalms,

‘The Lord said to my Lord:
“Sit at My right hand,
until I make your enemies
a footstool 2 beneath Your feet.” ‘

3 Therefore, David 2 himself 3calls Him ‘Lord,’ so how 2–in what sense– 3 is He his son?”
1 And no one was able to answer Him a word, –nor did anyone from that day on dare to ask Him any more questions. 2 And the large crowd listened to Him gladly.

Section 128 – The Seven Woes

      (Mt.23:1-7; Mk. 12:38-40; Lk. 20:45-47)

1 Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to His disciples; 2 in His teaching, 3 –while all the people were listening– 2 He was saying, 3 “Beware of the law-teachers, who like to walk around in long robes; 1 who love the 2 places of honor at banquets, 1 and the chief seats in the synagogues; 2 who devour widows’ houses, and offer long prayers for appearance’s sake. Such men will receive greater condemnation.
1 “The law-teachers and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat of authority; therefore, you must practice and observe whatever they tell you –but do not do the things they do, because they do not practice what they preach.
“For they tie together heavy loads and put them on men’s shoulders –but they themselves are not willing to even lift a finger to move them. But they do all their deeds in order to be seen by men –for they make their phylacteries wide –and the tassels of their garments long; 3 and they love receiving greetings of reverence in the market places 1 –and having men call them ‘Rabbi.’

(Mt. 23:8-36)

1 “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for only One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for only One is your Father –He Who is in heaven. Nor are you to be called ‘Masters,’ for only One is your Master –the Messiah. But the greatest among you will be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
“But woe to you, law-teachers and Pharisees –hypocrites! because you slam shut the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces; for you do not enter in yourselves –nor do you allow those about to enter to go in.
[” Woe to you, law-teachers and Pharisees –hypocrites! because you devour widows’ houses, and for a show you make long prayers; therefore you will receive greater condemnation.]
“Woe to you, law-teachers and Pharisees, –hypocrites! because you travel over sea and land to make a single proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.
“Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing –but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is obligated.’ You blind fools! For which is greater: the gold or the temple that sanctifies the gold? And you say, ‘If anyone swears by the altar, it means nothing –but if anyone swears by the gift upon it, he is obligated.’ You blind men, which is greater: the gift or the altar that sanctifies the gift? So whoever swears by the altar, swears both by the altar and by everything on it. And whoever swears by the temple, swears by it and by Him who dwells within it. And whoever swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God and by Him who sits upon it.
“Woe to you, law-teachers and Pharisees –you hypocrites! for you tithe mint and dill and cummin, but have neglected the more important provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. But you should have done these things without neglecting the others. You blind guides! –who strain out a gnat but swallow a camel!
“Woe to you, law-teachers and Pharisees –you hypocrites! for you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. You blind Pharisee! first clean the inside of the cup and dish, so that the outside of it may also become clean.
“Woe to you, law-teachers and Pharisees –you hypocrites! for you are like whitewashed tombs which look beautiful on the outside, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear righteous to men, but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
“Woe to you, law-teachers and Pharisees –you hypocrites! for you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the monuments of the righteous, and you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our forefathers, we would not have been partners with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ Thus you testify against yourselves, that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. So fill up the measure of your fathers’ sins.
“You snakes! You offspring of vipers! how will you escape being sentenced to hell? Therefore, take note: I am sending you prophets and wise men and law-teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from town to town, so that upon you may come the guilt of all the righteous blood shed on earth –from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah the son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. I tell you the truth, all these things will come upon this generation.


(Mt. 23:37-39; Lk. 13:34-35)

1 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem! –killing the prophets and stoning those who are sent to you! –How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were unwilling. –Now look, your house is being left to you, empty [and desolate]. 3 And I tell you: 1 You will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ”

Section 129 – The Poor Widow’s Offering

      (Mk. 12:41-44; Lk. 21:1-4)

2 And He sat down across from the treasury for offerings, and He observed how the crowds of people were putting money into the treasury –and 3 looking up, He saw 2 many rich people were putting in large 3 gifts into the treasury. But He also saw a poor widow put in two tiny copper coins 2 –worth less than a penny.
2 Then calling His disciples to Himself, He said to them, “I tell you the truth: This poor widow has put in more that all those who are contributing to the treasury; 3 for they all gave part of their surplus into the offering –but this woman, out of her poverty, has put in all she owned –all she had to live on.”


“No Contradictions:
Four Gospels Merged: A Harmony”

by R. Totten (c) 2003

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