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               My diagram of Jesus' mind      Here is my sketch of Jesus's mind based on the ways that he figured things out. See also the diagram above. He was very concerned not to cause others to stumble, and hoped he didn't cause John the Baptist to stumble, but ultimately, he caused his disciples to stumble. He spoke of two gates, the narrow to life and the wide to destruction. He urged people to repent and enter the Kingdom of Heaven, and he spoke to their belief, and some people did believe, and some were ready to die for him. He hoped that the Kingdom of Heaven could be thus established. Yet he accepted God's will to save all of the world, not just some, and so he accepted death and resurrection. So some people accepted him as he was, alive, and others dead, as they wished him, yet resurrected. And so the two branches are made one. Martha gave a great example of the practical work of the courts where the judge ignored the law to do what was right, where the judge gave a woman the right to parent a deaf child because she and her daughters had learned sign language and engaged him whereas his biological father had not. And so if there is nobody to dispute a ruling, then there is healing, there is justice in the most important sense. But if there is somebody to dispute it, then it can go up the system, and the laws can be worked out. Or as in the case of Solomon and the baby, it can become clear, through the process, what was not clear before it, such as who was the real mother. So the law supports a culture but ultimately it must be an internally based culture, and that is the "way", the truth and the life, the branch that Jesus offers, the "gate", the "light".1594

               Keep forgiving so they do not stumble      Luke 17:1 He said to the disciples, "It is impossible that no occasions of stumbling should come, but woe to him through whom they come! 17:2 It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, rather than that he should cause one of these little ones to stumble. 17:3 Be careful. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him. If he repents, forgive him. 17:4 If he sins against you seven times in the day, and seven times returns, saying, 'I repent,' you shall forgive him."1258

          Get behind me, Satan!       Matthew 4:8 Again, the devil took him to an exceedingly high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and their glory. 4:9 He said to him, "I will give you all of these things, if you will fall down and worship me." 4:10 Then Jesus said to him, "Get behind me, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God, and you shall serve him only.'"1324

          Jesus' prophesies can keep the disciples from stumbling       John 16:1 These things have I spoken to you, so that you wouldn't be caused to stumble.1374

          Assurance in his own path      Matthew 8:22 But Jesus said to him, "Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead." 1618

          Note the relation between call and response      Matthew 7:7 "Ask, and it will be given you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and it will be opened for you. 7:8 For everyone who asks receives. He who seeks finds. To him who knocks it will be opened. 1477

          People are saved by their faith      Luke 7:47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little." 7:48 He said to her, "Your sins are forgiven." 7:49 Those who sat at the table with him began to say to themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?" 7:50 He said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you. Go in peace."1366

          Specific case follows from general principle      Matthew 7:7 "Ask, and it will be given you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and it will be opened for you. 7:8 For everyone who asks receives. He who seeks finds. To him who knocks it will be opened. 1478

          Replying to Scripture with Scripture      In Matthew, the devil cites the Scripture in tempting Jesus, and Jesus responds with Scripture, and only Scripture, except for "Get behind me Satan!" with his last reply. Jesus seems to accord to Scripture greater assurance than anything he could say with his own mind.1319

          What is the law and the prophets?      Matthew 7:12 Therefore whatever you desire for men to do to you, you shall also do to them; for this is the law and the prophets. 1482

          Add his faith where faith is lacking      Matthew 8:23 When he got into a boat, his disciples followed him. 8:24 Behold, a violent storm came up on the sea, so much that the boat was covered with the waves, but he was asleep. 8:25 They came to him, and woke him up, saying, "Save us, Lord! We are dying!" 8:26 He said to them, "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" Then he got up, rebuked the wind and the sea, and there was a great calm.1620

          What does it take for people to repent?      People may repent if they wrong the righteous. Matthew 23:33 You serpents, you offspring of vipers, how will you escape the judgment of Gehenna? 23:34 Therefore behold, I send to you prophets, wise men, and scribes. Some of them you will kill and crucify; and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city; 23:35 that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zachariah son of Barachiah, whom you killed between the sanctuary and the altar. 1576

          What will Jesus give to those who are burdened      Matthew 11:28 "Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest. 1917

        Healing

Healing      Jesus heals many people and they are made whole and do not stumble because of him. Yet others are upset that he heals on the Sabbath and thus stumble because of him. Jesus keeps believers from stumbling. God gives the reward, and the reward is Jesus. The good does not receive the reward, because they had the good from the beginning, for the reward is sharing in all things, and so Jesus appreciates the logic, for Jesus had appreciated the wealth of God from the beginning, and received it likewise, and so could have no reward, except through those who were given to him by God.1364

          Am I causing others to stumble?      Jesus doesn't want others to stumble because of him, yet it may happen, and yet he suggests that there are those who he doesn't cause to stumble, and thus more fundamentally, people need not stumble. Luke 7:19 John, calling to himself two of his disciples, sent them to Jesus, saying, "Are you the one who is coming, or should we look for another?" ... Go and tell John the things which you have seen and heard: that the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. 7:23 Blessed is he who finds no occasion for stumbling in me.1363

          What are the consequences of believing?      Matthew 7:24 "Everyone therefore who hears these words of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, who built his house on a rock. 7:25 The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it didn't fall, for it was founded on the rock.1496

          What is more relevant?      Spiritual health is more relevant than physical health. Jesus naturally is alert to a person's spiritual well being and focuses on that rather on their physical well-being. Thus he takes liberty to interpret the person's sadness or happiness as regarding his sins, not his illness. Matthew 9:2 Behold, they brought to him a man who was paralyzed, lying on a bed. Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the paralytic, "Son, cheer up! Your sins are forgiven you." 1653

          Somebody suggests to Jesus what Jesus might want      Matthew 8:2 Behold, a leper came to him and worshiped him, saying, "Lord, if you want to, you can make me clean." 8:3 Jesus stretched out his hand, and touched him, saying, "I want to. Be made clean." Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 8:4 Jesus said to him, "See that you tell nobody, but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them." 1601

          What is the way to destruction?      The gate of "belief" leads to life; the gate of "caring" leads to destruction. We can distinguish the gates by seeing who goes through them. Matthew 7:13 "Enter in by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter in by it. 7:14 How narrow is the gate, and restricted is the way that leads to life! Few are those who find it. 1487

          Distinguish direct and indirect importance      Matthew 6:25 Therefore I tell you, don't be anxious for your life: what you will eat, or what you will drink; nor yet for your body, what you will wear. Isn't life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 6:26 See the birds of the sky, that they don't sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns. Your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren't you of much more value than they? 1450

          Relative comparison      Mark 12:43 ... "Most certainly I tell you, this poor widow gave more than all those who are giving into the treasury, 12:44 for they all gave out of their abundance, but she, out of her poverty, gave all that she had to live on."1410

          Are you making people better?      Matthew 23:15 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel around by sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much of a son of Gehenna as yourselves. 1568

          Looking for exceptions      Matthew 7:9 Or who is there among you, who, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 7:10 Or if he asks for a fish, who will give him a serpent? 1479

          Who is the teacher?      Matthew 23:8 But don't you be called 'Rabbi,' for one is your teacher, the Christ, and all of you are brothers. 1551

          Wisdom is expressed through many styles      Wisdom caters to all styles, yet those who wish will reject each style. Luke 7:31 ... To what then will I liken the people of this generation? What are they like? 7:32 They are like children who sit in the marketplace, and call one to another, saying, 'We piped to you, and you didn't dance. We mourned, and you didn't weep.' 7:33 For John the Baptizer came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, 'He has a demon.' 7:34 The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, 'Behold, a gluttonous man, and a drunkard; a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' 7:35 Wisdom is justified by all her children.1365

          What happens to the bad tree?      Matthew 7:19 Every tree that doesn't grow good fruit is cut down, and thrown into the fire.1490

          What is possible for man and God      God can change one's heart. Luke 18:26 Those who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?" 18:27 But he said, "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God."2073

          What is the ultimate outcome?      Matthew 24:1 Jesus went out from the temple, and was going on his way. His disciples came to him to show him the buildings of the temple. 24:2 But he answered them, "You see all of these things, don't you? Most certainly I tell you, there will not be left here one stone on another, that will not be thrown down." 1560

          Who is our Father?      Matthew 23:9 Call no man on the earth your father, for one is your Father, he who is in heaven.1554

               Millstone in Matthew      Matthew 18:1 In that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who then is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?" 18:2 Jesus called a little child to himself, and set him in their midst, 18:3 and said, "Most certainly I tell you, unless you turn, and become as little children, you will in no way enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. 18:4 Whoever therefore humbles himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. 18:5 Whoever receives one such little child in my name receives me, 18:6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it would be better for him that a huge millstone should be hung around his neck, and that he should be sunk in the depths of the sea.1254

          How will you be judged?      Matthew 7:1 "Don't judge, so that you won't be judged. 7:2 For with whatever judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with whatever measure you measure, it will be measured to you. 1467

          Who is more valuable      Matthew 6:25 Therefore I tell you, don't be anxious for your life: what you will eat, or what you will drink; nor yet for your body, what you will wear. Isn't life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 6:26 See the birds of the sky, that they don't sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns. Your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren't you of much more value than they? 1452

          Are works truly good?      Matthew 7:22 Many will tell me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, didn't we prophesy in your name, in your name cast out demons, and in your name do many mighty works?' 7:23 Then I will tell them, 'I never knew you. Depart from me, you who work iniquity.' 1494

          Do they make life easier or harder?      Matthew 23:4 For they bind heavy burdens that are grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not lift a finger to help them. 1549

          No good tree brings forth rotten fruit      Luke 6:43 For there is no good tree that brings forth rotten fruit; nor again a rotten tree that brings forth good fruit. 6:44 For each tree is known by its own fruit. For people don't gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. 1359

          The tree is known by the fruit.      Matthew 7:15 "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves. 7:16 By their fruits you will know them. Do you gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? 7:17 Even so, every good tree produces good fruit; but the corrupt tree produces evil fruit. 7:18 A good tree can't produce evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree produce good fruit. 7:19 Every tree that doesn't grow good fruit is cut down, and thrown into the fire. 7:20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.1489

          Whether they succeed      Matthew 17:19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately, and said, "Why weren't we able to cast it out?" 17:20 He said to them, "Because of your unbelief. For most certainly I tell you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. 17:21 But this kind doesn't go out except by prayer and fasting."2045

          Who is worthy?      Matthew 10:11 Into whatever city or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy; and stay there until you go on.1783

          Analogy of God to us as parent to children      Matthew 7:11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!1480

          Are we the same or different?      Matthew 23:8 But don't you be called 'Rabbi,' for one is your teacher, the Christ, and all of you are brothers. 1552

          Planning      Matthew 16:18 I also tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my assembly, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. 16:19 I will give to you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven; and whatever you release on earth will have been released in heaven."1328

          The Jewish prophets are the Kingdom of Heaven      Jesus calls the Jewish people "the children of the Kingdom of Heaven" and says that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob will be in the Kingdom of Heaven. But this means that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are already in the Kingdom of Heaven and even define the Kingdom of Heaven. Therefore the "children" ethnically are not necessarily the children spiritually. Jesus is, it seems, discovering this distinction. Note also that Isaac is the child of Abraham, and Jacob is the child of Isaac. Matthew 8:11 I tell you that many will come from the east and the west, and will sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the Kingdom of Heaven, 8:12 but the children of the Kingdom will be thrown out into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.1606

          Whether Jesus or Satan has them      Jesus prayed that Peter's faith not fail. Luke 22:31 The Lord said, "Simon, Simon, behold, Satan asked to have you, that he might sift you as wheat, 22:32 but I prayed for you, that your faith wouldn't fail. You, when once you have turned again, establish your brothers."2075

          Who revealed this      Matthew 16:15 He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" 16:16 Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." 16:17 Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 16:18 I also tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my assembly, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. 16:19 I will give to you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven; and whatever you release on earth will have been released in heaven."1998

          Compassion for what they may suffer      Matthew 15:32 Jesus summoned his disciples and said, "I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days and have nothing to eat. I don't want to send them away fasting, or they might faint on the way."1993

          Analogy with society      Luke 18:1 He also spoke a parable to them that they must always pray, and not give up, 18:2 saying, "There was a judge in a certain city who didn't fear God, and didn't respect man. 18:3 A widow was in that city, and she often came to him, saying, 'Defend me from my adversary!' 18:4 He wouldn't for a while, but afterward he said to himself, 'Though I neither fear God, nor respect man, 18:5 yet because this widow bothers me, I will defend her, or else she will wear me out by her continual coming.'" 18:6 The Lord said, "Listen to what the unrighteous judge says. 18:7 Won't God avenge his chosen ones, who are crying out to him day and night, and yet he exercises patience with them? 18:8 I tell you that he will avenge them quickly. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?"2058

          Does the outside match the inside?      Matthew 7:15 "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves.1488

          How things appear on the inside and the outside      Matthew 23:27 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitened tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but inwardly are full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. 23:28 Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. 1561

          Telling only his disciples      Matthew 16:20 Then he commanded the disciples that they should tell no one that he was Jesus the Christ. 1330

          Whose seat they sat on?      What does it mean, to sit in Moses' seat? Matthew 23:1 Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to his disciples, 23:2 saying, "The scribes and the Pharisees sat on Moses' seat. 23:3 All things therefore whatever they tell you to observe, observe and do, but don't do their works; for they say, and don't do.1548

     Jesus speaks so they are free to understand or not      2029

          Jesus wanted people to understand him of their own      Matthew 11:15 He who has ears to hear, let him hear. Luke 8:8 As he said these things, he called out, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"1370

          Speaking in parables      Jesus spoke in parables so that people would be free to understand him or not, as they themselves chose. He does not force them to understand, and thus to believe, which would be the case if he spoke clearly. Thus he speaks plainly to those who already believe. Matthew 13:10 The disciples came, and said to him, "Why do you speak to them in parables?" 13:11 He answered them, "To you it is given to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, but it is not given to them. 13:12 For whoever has, to him will be given, and he will have abundance, but whoever doesn't have, from him will be taken away even that which he has. 13:13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they don't see, and hearing, they don't hear, neither do they understand. 13:14 In them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says, 'By hearing you will hear, and will in no way understand; Seeing you will see, and will in no way perceive: 13:15 for this people's heart has grown callous, their ears are dull of hearing, they have closed their eyes; or else perhaps they might perceive with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their heart, and should turn again; and I would heal them.' 13:16 "But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear. 13:17 For most certainly I tell you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see the things which you see, and didn't see them; and to hear the things which you hear, and didn't hear them.1237

          Who to give peace to      Peace is invasive, apparently. It shouldn't be forced upon others. Matthew 10:13 If the household is worthy, let your peace come on it, but if it isn't worthy, let your peace return to you.1785

     Miracles allow for belief and unbelief      2033

     What distinguishes the cultures      2032

          Do people and Jesus truly know each other?      Matthew 7:22 Many will tell me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, didn't we prophesy in your name, in your name cast out demons, and in your name do many mighty works?' 7:23 Then I will tell them, 'I never knew you. Depart from me, you who work iniquity.' 1493

          Do what I say and you are unshakeable      Luke 6:46 "Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and don't do the things which I say? 6:47 Everyone who comes to me, and hears my words, and does them, I will show you who he is like. 6:48 He is like a man building a house, who dug and went deep, and laid a foundation on the rock. When a flood arose, the stream broke against that house, and could not shake it, because it was founded on the rock. 6:49 But he who hears, and doesn't do, is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream broke, and immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great."1361

          What distinguishes the ways to life and to destruction?      The gate of "belief" leads to life; the gate of "caring" leads to destruction. We can distinguish the gates by seeing who goes through them. Matthew 7:13 "Enter in by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter in by it. 7:14 How narrow is the gate, and restricted is the way that leads to life! Few are those who find it. 1485

          What is the difference between cultures?      Matthew 10:16 "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. 1787

               The land of Galilee shall be exalted      Isaiah 9:1 But there shall be no more gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time, he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali; but in the latter time he has made it glorious, by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. 9:2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Those who lived in the land of the shadow of death, on them the light has shined. 9:3 You have multiplied the nation. You have increased their joy.1956

          Correction of our self-conception      Matthew 23:12 Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. 1557

          What follows from what?      Matthew 6:31 "Therefore don't be anxious, saying, 'What will we eat?', 'What will we drink?' or, 'With what will we be clothed?' 6:32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 6:33 But seek first God's Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well. 1461

          Why are you anxious?      Matthew 6:28 Why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They don't toil, neither do they spin, 6:29 yet I tell you that even Solomon in all his glory was not dressed like one of these. 6:30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today exists, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, won't he much more clothe you, you of little faith? 1454

     What sanctifies      2037

          Who regards what is holy or valuable?      Matthew 7:6 "Don't give that which is holy to the dogs, neither throw your pearls before the pigs, lest perhaps they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces. 1476

          An action that others will understand later      12:14 Jesus, having found a young donkey, sat on it. As it is written, 12:15 "Don't be afraid, daughter of Zion. Behold, your King comes, sitting on a donkey's colt." 12:16 His disciples didn't understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about him, and that they had done these things to him. Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, daughter of Zion! Shout, daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King comes to you! He is righteous, and having salvation; lowly, and riding on a donkey, even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.1966

          Foretelling      Jesus foretells several events that came to pass, and several that may still come to pass. How did he know? Did he gather that from the Scripture? Or his knowledge of God?1246

          Led by the Spirit into temptation by the devil      Matthew 4:1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.1317

          Remind of what he said beforehand      Luke 24:44 He said to them, "This is what I told you, while I was still with you, that all things which are written in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms, concerning me must be fulfilled." 24:45 Then he opened their minds, that they might understand the Scriptures. 24:46 He said to them, "Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, 24:47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 24:48 You are witnesses of these things. 2088

          Requesting of Father, if it is possible      Jesus sees the distinction between his desires and God's desires. Matthew 26:39 He went forward a little, fell on his face, and prayed, saying, "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from me; nevertheless, not what I desire, but what you desire."1245

          What is written in the prophets      There will be a culture of the righteous. Isaiah 54:13 All your children shall be taught of Yahweh; and great shall be the peace of your children. 54:14 In righteousness you shall be established: you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not be afraid; and from terror, for it shall not come near you. John 6:45 It is written in the prophets, 'They will all be taught by God.' Therefore everyone who hears from the Father, and has learned, comes to me. 6:46 Not that anyone has seen the Father, except he who is from God. He has seen the Father. 1964

          Empathize with the fearful      Matthew 8:25 They came to him, and woke him up, saying, "Save us, Lord! We are dying!" 8:26 He said to them, "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?"1619

        Be perfect.

Be perfect.       Matthew 5:43 "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.' 5:44 But I tell you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you, 5:45 that you may be children of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust. 5:46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Don't even the tax collectors do the same? 5:47 If you only greet your friends, what more do you do than others? Don't even the tax collectors do the same? 5:48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. 1262

          Be merciful as your Father is merciful      Luke 6:36 Therefore be merciful, even as your Father is also merciful. 6:37 Don't judge, and you won't be judged. Don't condemn, and you won't be condemned. Set free, and you will be set free.1352

          Distinguish the living and the dead based on their priorities      Matthew 8:21 Another of his disciples said to him, "Lord, allow me first to go and bury my father." 8:22 But Jesus said to him, "Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead." 1617

          What distinguishes the Gentiles and God?      Matthew 6:31 "Therefore don't be anxious, saying, 'What will we eat?', 'What will we drink?' or, 'With what will we be clothed?' 6:32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.1459

        Let your 'Yes' be Yes and your 'No' be No

Let your 'Yes' be Yes and your 'No' be No      What is more than 'yes' and 'no' are conditionals 'if', counterfactuals, as by which Satan tempted Jesus. Matthew 5:33 "Again you have heard that it was said to them of old time, 'You shall not make false vows, but shall perform to the Lord your vows,' 5:34 but I tell you, don't swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is the throne of God; 5:35 nor by the earth, for it is the footstool of his feet; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 5:36 Neither shall you swear by your head, for you can't make one hair white or black. 5:37 But let your 'Yes' be 'Yes' and your 'No' be 'No.' Whatever is more than these is of the evil one. 1264

          Allowing demons to do as they wish      Matthew 8:31 The demons begged him, saying, "If you cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of pigs." 8:32 He said to them, "Go!" They came out, and went into the herd of pigs: and behold, the whole herd of pigs rushed down the cliff into the sea, and died in the water. 1625

          Offspring of vipers      Is the viper a reference to the serpent of Genesis who tempted Adam and Eve? Matthew 23:33 You serpents, you offspring of vipers, how will you escape the judgment of Gehenna?1574

          Who was responsible for the commandments?      Matthew 19:7 They asked him, "Why then did Moses command us to give her a bill of divorce, and divorce her?" 19:8 He said to them, "Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it has not been so. 1267

          Fulfill all righteousness      Matthew 3:13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. 3:14 But John would have hindered him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and you come to me?" 3:15 But Jesus, answering, said to him, "Allow it now, for this is the fitting way for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he allowed him. 1210

          Heaven confirms      Matthew 3:16 Jesus, when he was baptized, went up directly from the water: and behold, the heavens were opened to him. He saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming on him. 3:17 Behold, a voice out of the heavens said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased."1211

          How people of good will act so that others not reject them      Jesus and John choose their ways so that people might not reject them, although they do, even so. Matthew 11:16 "But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces, who call to their companions 11:17 and say, 'We played the flute for you, and you didn't dance. We mourned for you, and you didn't lament.' 11:18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon.' 11:19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' But wisdom is justified by her children." 1863

          Love your neighbor as yourself      Leviticus 19:18 "'You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people; but you shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am Yahweh. ... Leviticus 19:33 "'If a stranger lives as a foreigner with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. 19:34 The stranger who lives as a foreigner with you shall be to you as the native-born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you lived as foreigners in the land of Egypt. I am Yahweh your God.2021

          What makes things possible      Matthew 19:24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God." 19:25 When the disciples heard it, they were exceedingly astonished, saying, "Who then can be saved?" 19:26 Looking at them, Jesus said, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."2008

     What is the nature of good?      I did a study of the Gospel of Matthew to see how Jesus variously uses the concept "good". He talks of: good heart, good God, good gift, good quality, good person, good deed, good word, good news.1240