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Matthew 21:1-11 And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Emmanuel two disciples, Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you and straightway you shall find an ass.(Barnes New Testament Notes: In Judea there were few horses and those were chiefly used in war. The ass {resembled and closely related to the horse but having a smaller build and longer ears and including the domesticated donkey}; the mule and the camel, are still most used in eastern countries).tied and a colt.(the young of an ass).with her. Loose them.(didn't want to separate the colt from its mother).and bring them unto me. And if any man say ought unto you, you shall say, The Lord has need of them and straightway he will send them. All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet.(Zechariah 9:9), saying, Tell you the daughter of Sion, Behold, your King comes unto you, meek and sitting upon an ass and.(with).a colt the foal of an ass. And the disciples went and did as Emmanuel commanded them, And brought the ass and the colt and put on them their clothes and they set him thereon. And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way. Others cut down branches from the trees and strawed them in the way. And the multitudes that went before and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David. Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. And when he was come into Jerusalem all the city was moved, saying Who is this? And the multitude said, This is Emmanuel the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.

Matthew 21:12 And Emmanuel went into the temple of God and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of them that sold doves,

Matthew 21:13 And said unto them, It is written.(in Isaiah 56:7), My house shall be called the house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves. 

Matthew 21:14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple and he healed them.

Matthew 21:15 And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did and the children crying in the temple and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David, they were sore displeased,

The low consciousness mind cannot see value in higher consciousness principles, instead holding onto greed and control over others for selfish reasons.

Matthew 21:16 And said unto him, Hear you what these say? And Emmanuel said unto them, Yea, have you never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings you have perfected praise.?

Matthew 21:16 And said unto him, Hear you what these say? And Emmanuel said unto them, Yea, have you never read.(He said this to the religious leaders who were teachers of the knowledge of the Old Testament, but teachers in name only as they had no idea of what the Old Testament they professed to know was all about: Psalms 36:3; Romans 1:22), Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings you have perfected praise.(from Psalms 8:2)?

Matthew 21:17 And he left them and went out of the city into Bethany and he lodged there.

Matthew 21:18 Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered.

Matthew 21:19 And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it and found nothing thereon, but leaves only and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on you henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away..(Mark's account adds information)

Matthew 21:20 And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!

Matthew 21:21 Emmanuel answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If you have faith and doubt not, you shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree but also if you shall say unto this mountain, Be removed and be cast into the sea it shall be done.

Matthew 21:21.Emmanuel answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If you have faith and doubt.(original means 'to not separate' {*}; that is, continue to realize that the universe is all one).not, you shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree but also if you shall say unto this mountain Be removed and be cast into the sea it shall be done..(in other words nothing is impossible to those of higher consciousness of love, Bruno and Grabovoi being just two examples and we too can learn about just how to believe similarly)

Matthew 21:22 And all things, whatsoever you ask in prayer, believing.(believing that they come), you receive..(when?)

Matthew 21:23 And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching and said, By what authority do you these things? and who gave you this authority?

They considered not what He said, but rather tried various approaches to debunk anything He said, in effect saying 'We are the ones who watch over what the people hear and we gave no authority to you to say these things'; they were against Him right from the start.

Matthew 21:24-27 And Emmanuel answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if you tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things. The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven, he will say unto us, Why did you not then believe him? But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people, for all hold John as a prophet. And they answered Emmanuel and said, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.

Matthew 21:28 But what do you think? A certain man had two sons and he came to the first and said, Son go work today in my vineyard.

Matthew 21:29 He answered and said I will not, but afterward he repented.(changed).and went.

Matthew 21:30 And he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said I go sir and went not.

Matthew 21:31 Which of these two did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Emmanuel said unto them, Verily I say unto you That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.

Matthew 21:31 Which of these two did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first.(because he had a mind open to change; the other had a deceitful {ego ruled} mind, never intending to go in the first place). Emmanuel said unto them, Verily I say unto you That the publicans and the harlots.(prostitutes).go into the kingdom of God before you..(He didn't say they were going to hell; Matthew 20:16; He said they were also going to be in the kingdom of God, just not at the same time, why?:.Jeremiah 6:10 "...the word of the LORD is unto them a reproach. They have no delight in it"; and what positions will these publicans and harlots be in then?)

Matthew 21:32 For John came unto you in the way of righteousness and you believed him not, but the publicans and the harlots believed him. And you, when you had seen it, repented not afterward, that you might believe him.

Matthew 21:32 For John.(not the apostle John, but John the baptist).came unto you in the way of righteousness.(or as Clarke's Commentary, Weymouth Translation and Rotherham Translation has it 'For John came to you who are in the way of righteousness...' {that is, in the way of their own righteousness:.verse 23} with observance of all sorts of ritual...'}).and you believed him not.(saying, that for the righteous people you think you are, you're pretty much.closed-minded), but the publicans and the harlots.(prostitutes) believed.(what does 'believing' mean?).him. And you, when you had seen it, repented not afterward, that you might believe him.(John 3:12).

Note here.that wanting to change, desiring to change (the meaning of the word 'repentance' is 'change', which is a renewing of one's mind:.Romans 12:2) is necessary in order to believe.and awaken to alter the result of the automatic.functioning of a universal law that may be affecting a person negatively. So, how to get this universal law working on the positive side for you? Note too that this thing called repentance is an unnecessary religious work that Paul told those in the New Testement era to move on from (Hebrews 6:1,2) and this because your works, my works and the works of others count for naught, because all works are fulfilled and finished in Christ. Why do churches emphasize religious works instead of focusing on Christ's finished works and their effects in the lives of the people of God?

Another such law is reaping what may have been sown; however, changing is not a prerequisite for being saved. The gift of believing follows one's willingness to change, a willingness that comes from God's goodnesss, from God's good guidance:.Romans 2:4..Into it a bit deeper as it's important to comprehend.this key of belief which comes as a result of repentance, which again, simply means 'to change', to change from what and to what and why? The Creator is calling all today to change, but never overrides anyone. Creator-God is kind, gentle and patient, always open to one's sincere and heartfelt feelings, open in a way that God is always willing to take over and deal with any negatives afflicting one's life, if they want God to. How is belief different from faith?

Matthew 21:33-41 Hear another parable: There was a certain householder which planted a vineyard and hedged it round about and digged a winepress in it and built a tower and let it out to husbandmen and went into a far country. And when the time of the fruit drew near he sent his servants to the husbandmen that they might receive the fruits of it. And the husbandmen took his servants and beat one and killed another and stoned another. Again he sent other servants more than the first. And they did unto them likewise. But last of all he sent unto them his son saying They will reverence my son. But when the husbandmen saw the son they said among themselves This is the heir, come, let us kill him and let us seize on his inheritance. And they caught him and cast him out of the vineyard and slew him. When the lord therefore of the vineyard comes what will he do unto those husbandmen? They say unto him He will miserably destroy those wicked men and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.

Matthew 21:42 Emmanuel said unto them, Did you ever read in the scriptures the stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner? This is the Lord's doing and is marvelous in our eyes?

This passage is found in Palmss 118:22,23; comprised with Barnes Notes re word marvelous. Marvelous here is 'wonderful' in the sight of his people, something good. It was an object of gratitude and admiration that the Creator should select His only Son and that His son should stoop so low, be despised, rejected and put to death (*) and that God should raise him up and build a church on this foundation, embracing the Gentile as well as the Jew and spreading through all the world. This a subject of wonder and praise to all the redeemed.

Matthew 21:43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God.(where is the kingdom of God?) shall be taken from you and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof..(what fruits, what nation and when?)

Matthew 21:44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken but on whomsoever it shall fall it will grind him to powder.

Matthew 21:45 And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables they perceived that he spake of them.

Matthew 22:1-9 And Emmanuel answered and spake unto them again by parables and said, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding and they would not come. Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner. My oxen and my fatlings are killed and all things are ready. Come unto the marriage. But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise. And the remnant took his servants and entreated them spitefully and slew them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth. And he sent forth his armies and destroyed those murderers and burned up their city. Then said he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go you therefore into the highways and as many as you shall find, bid to the marriage.

Matthew 22:10 So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good. And the wedding was furnished with guests.

Matthew 22:11-13 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment. And he saith unto him, Friend, how came you in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot and take him away and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

Daily prompts come to many, but few heed them, why?.Mark 4:18,19. We were one of those chosen to be called with the prompts coming daily to mind and depending upon our response towards our calling, we can become one of those known as brethren in the family of God.."The man whose sins will not be forgiven is precisely the man who will never seek to have them forgiven. He might be pardoned, but he will not seek to be pardoned."....Ryle Gospels)

Matthew 22:15 Then went the Pharisees and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk.

Matthew 22:16 And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that you are true and teach the way of God in truth, neither do you care for any man, for you regard not the person of men.

Matthew 22:16 And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that you are true and teach the way of God in truth, neither do you care for any man.(hold one or some as more important spiritually than others:.Acts 10:34), for you regard not the person of men.

What people are is important and not what selfish advantage a person may think they may be good for:.James 2:3.

Matthew 22:17-22 Tell us what you think. Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? But Emmanuel perceived their wickedness and said, Why are you tempting me.(Luke 20:19-26), you hypocrites? Show me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. And he said unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They said unto him, Caesar's. Then said he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's and unto God the things that are God's. When they had heard these words, they marveled and left him and went their way.

Matthew 22:23 The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection.(*).and asked him,

Matthew 22:24-28 Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife and raise up seed unto his brother. Now there were with us seven brethren and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased and having no issue.(no kids), left his wife unto his brother. Likewise the second also and the third, unto the seventh. And last of all the woman died also. Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her.

Matthew 22:29 Emmanuel answered and said unto them, You do err, not knowing the scriptures.(they claimed they knew them, but their understanding of them fell short), nor the power of God.

The Sadducees just didn't understand about life after death:.Acts 23:7,8. So, in this discourse, Emmanuel adds to their understanding. Comprised from.Abbott's Illustrated New Testament: They were off track by imagining the future life to be similar in its circumstances and relations to the present. Comprised from.Barnes Notes: These Sadducees had taken a wrong view of the doctrine of the resurrection as shown in Matthew 22:24-28. It was not taught that men would marry there once having passed on. The Scriptures here mean the books of the Old Testament. By referring to these Scriptures, Emmanuel showed that the doctrine of the future state was in them. The Sadducees should have believed it as it was and not have added the absurd doctrine to it that men must live there as they do here. They attempted to make a doctrine of the Bible ridiculous by adding to it and then calling it absurd. Emmanuel produced a passage from the books of Moses (verse 32 below), because the Sadducees had referred to the writings in these books of Moses (Matthew 22:24-28 above).

Other places of the Old Testament asserted it more clearly, such as in Daniel 12:2 and Isaiah 26:19, but he wished to meet them on their own ground, that is, if they didn't believe the least, they wouldn't the rest either. None of those Scriptures asserted that men would live there as they do here and therefore the reasoning of the Sadducees was false. Comprised from.Eclectic Notes: The question of the resurrection from the dead is not one to be solved by citing a passage from somewhere in the Bible; it demands that we recognize God's power. Comprised from.Spurgeon's Commentary on Matthew: These Sadducees thought that they had found a difficulty in the Scriptures, but their error arose from their."not knowing the Scriptures". The root of almost all error is ignorance of the Inspired Word of God. Turn your eyes (*) toward those things which can benefit you and away from those things having a history of hurt to you.

Matthew 22:30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven..(but they can still enjoy physical things).(?)

Matthew 22:31 But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have you not read.(read from where?.Exodus 3:6,15).that which was spoken unto you by God, saying,

Matthew 22:32 I am the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living..(so, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob must be still living and this gives hope for our immortality.too); learn about the dead)

Matthew 22:33 And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine.

Matthew 22:34 But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.

Matthew 22:35 Then one of them which was a lawyer asked him a question tempting him and saying,

Matthew 22:36 Master, which is the great commandment.(or closer to the original 'the greatest instruction God wants mankind to follow').in the law.(here talking of the greatest law in the universe, which is love:.1Corinthians 13:13)?

The Mosaic Law of the Old Testament was done away in Christ (or, by Christ), so what law is being talked of here? When this man was asking Emmanuel this, he was meaning the Old Testament law. Emmanuel took it a step higher; see verses below and here. This law Emmanuel was speaking of here is akin to these in the ancient ten commmandments:.Exodus 20:3-7.

Matthew 22:37 Emmanuel said unto him Thou shalt love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.

Matthew 22:37 Emmanuel said unto him Thou shalt.(words 'thou shalt' not in original).love the Lord.(what's the Lord? and how other than by being good; the verse bespeaks a relationship with the Infinite One).your God.(what's God?).with all your heart.(what about the heart?).and with all your soul.(what's your soul?).and with all your mind.(what's the mind?).

Matthew 22:38 This is the first and great commandment.

Matthew 22:39 And the second is like unto it, You shall love your neighbour as yourself.

Matthew 22:39 And the second is like unto it.(James 2:8; Philippians 2:3; and there is an important third:.John 12:50), You shall.(words 'thou/you shalt/shall' not in original).love your neighbour.(who is your neighbour?).as yourself. 

This second is akin to these other ancient ten commmandments (Exodus 20:8-17), not all applicable today, except in spirit of the heart; in other words, the ones that apply are those that are of the heart, those falling within the framework of love as exemplified by these two great ones Emmanuel is here talking about

The famous 'golden rule' has both a positive and a negative side;.do unto others as you would have them do unto you, is the positive one and.don't do unto others those things you would not want them to do unto you, is the negative side of this famous rule, which, if it was followed by everyone, we could get rid of all the courts where so many things may be legal but are unlawful (many examples on YouTube; type into Google and/or YouTube 'judicial corruption' and in a separate search 'government corruption' and another, 'corporate corruption'). Corruption that is corrupt according to the golden rule and also unlawful according to many natural Creator given principles:.Romans 13:10. Or, another way of putting it, feel about others as you would like them to feel about you and in all you do, do for the good of all (more.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11). What does this mean for the 'good' of all?

Doing such high consciousness things will turn the nation around from the way other nations are looking at us, that of being decrepit:.Deuteronomy 4:6-9. But this is virtually impossible to do from the ego level of existence, why?.Proverbs 14:12. The other side of the 'do unto others' edict is others will do unto you what it is that you expect them to do, even if out of fear, because all in each of our lives is a reflection of what it is that we presently all together are and you see and experience of them what you expect. If you see only love in them, that's best, because love heals others and it heals others because love places you into the high consciousness realm, the unified field, where we are all one,.example.

"Love your neighbor as you love yourself!.(be sure to love yourself).Don't be nasty or false. Don't do anything bad to anyone. You should all be good to each other! You should know that you belong together, whether rich or poor. Never be envious!"....Bruno Gröning.

Matthew 22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

These two rules are spiritual guidelines for living and encompass what the entire Bible is all about.

Matthew 22:41-46 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Emmanuel asked them, Saying, What think you of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The Son of David. He said unto them, How then did David in spirit call him Lord, saying, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? If David then call him Lord, how is he his son? And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.

So steeped were they in the physicalness of their religion, they couldn't comprehend the spiritual realm Emmanuel was talking about
 


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