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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

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        Don't cause believers to stumble

Don't cause believers to stumble      Jesus warns us not to cause others to stumble. He is concerned that he himself not cause others (such as John the Baptist) to stumble. Ultimately, he causes his disciples to stumble. Paul says the law of righteousness is the stumbling stone. Whereas Peter says that Jesus is the stumbling stone. God is the one who causes Israel to stumble. For it wouldn't learn from being treated nicely, thus it must learn from being treated meanly. Thus God is a teacher and Israel may come to understand. But it is better for Israel, then it is for Assyria, which is God's instrument of stumbling. Woe, likewise, to Satan and all instruments of stumbling. Whereas those who God makes stumble may yet learn. And those who believe are those who accept some injustice because they know that justice will come, that the cornerstone is being laid.1252

               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

               Get behind me, Satan! Jesus rebukes Peter      Matthew 16:21 From that time, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and the third day be raised up. 16:22 Peter took him aside, and began to rebuke him, saying, "Far be it from you, Lord! This will never be done to you." 16:23 But he turned, and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me, for you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of men." 16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 16:25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, and whoever will lose his life for my sake will find it. 16:26 For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his life? Or what will a man give in exchange for his life? 1325

          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

          Whoever causes others to stumble will be destroyed      18:7 "Woe to the world because of occasions of stumbling! For it must be that the occasions come, but woe to that person through whom the occasion comes! 18:8 If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off, and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life maimed or crippled, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into the eternal fire. 18:9 If your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out, and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into the Gehenna of fire.1344

        What you believe is what happens

What you believe is what happens      "What you believe is what happens" is the content of many of Jesus's parables, perhaps all of those that relate to the kingdom of heaven. Faith is the wish to understand, thus the irresistibility of coming to understand.1250

          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

          The greatest commandment      Matthew 22:35 One of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, testing him. 22:36 "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?" 22:37 Jesus said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' 22:38 This is the first and great commandment. 22:39 A second likewise is this, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' 22:40 The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments."1546

          What depends on what?      22:34 But the Pharisees, when they heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, gathered themselves together. 22:35 One of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, testing him. 22:36 "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?" 22:37 Jesus said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' 22:38 This is the first and great commandment. 22:39 A second likewise is this, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' 22:40 The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments."2019

          What is the way to life?      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. 1486

          Who can enter the Kingdom of Heaven      Luke 18:24 Jesus, seeing that he became very sad, said, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter into the Kingdom of God! 18:25 For it is easier for a camel to enter in through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God."2072

     Faith accepts God's love      2099

          Believe that God knows what you need even before you ask      Matthew 6:8 Therefore don't be like them, for your Father knows what things you need, before you ask him.1432

          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

     Faith commands from God's certainty      2103

          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

          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

     Faith is for those who wish for change      2102

          The Harvest, those who are attracted to his Good News      The Good News is relevant to those who want healing. Matthew 9:35 Jesus went about all the cities and the villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the Good News of the Kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness among the people. 9:36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion for them, because they were harassed and scattered, like sheep without a shepherd. 9:37 Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest indeed is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 9:38 Pray therefore that the Lord of the harvest will send out laborers into his harvest." 1732

          Who seeks a new outlook      Jesus represents a new outlook and it is meaningful for those who want to repent and life fresh, live new. Those who are already attached to an outlook, such as the Pharisees or the disciples of John, don't get excited and attached to the new outlook, for they long for the old. Thus these passages come just after those where Jesus says he has come for the sick, not for the healthy. Luke 5:33 They said to him, "Why do John's disciples often fast and pray, likewise also the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours eat and drink?" 5:34 He said to them, "Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast, while the bridegroom is with them? 5:35 But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them. Then they will fast in those days." 5:36 He also told a parable to them. "No one puts a piece from a new garment on an old garment, or else he will tear the new, and also the piece from the new will not match the old. 5:37 No one puts new wine into old wineskins, or else the new wine will burst the skins, and it will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. 5:38 But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved. 5:39 No man having drunk old wine immediately desires new, for he says, 'The old is better.'" See also: Matthew 9:14, Mark 2:181726

     Persistence of faith      2097

     Speak to their faith      2098

          Jesus allows belief to be fulfilled      Jesus' will allows for belief to be fulfilled. Matthew 8:13 Jesus said to the centurion, "Go your way. Let it be done for you as you have believed." His servant was healed in that hour. 1609

          Jesus believes in the fruitfulness of their belief      Matthew 9:27 As Jesus passed by from there, two blind men followed him, calling out and saying, "Have mercy on us, son of David!" 9:28 When he had come into the house, the blind men came to him. Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They told him, "Yes, Lord." 9:29 Then he touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith be it done to you." 9:30 Their eyes were opened. Jesus strictly commanded them, saying, "See that no one knows about this." 9:31 But they went out and spread abroad his fame in all that land. 1729

          Jesus believes in them, just as they believe in him      Jesus does as he is requested to do, and does not argue with them as to what to do, which shows that he believed in them. Matthew 9:18 While he told these things to them, behold, a ruler came and worshiped him, saying, "My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live." 9:19 Jesus got up and followed him, as did his disciples. ... 9:23 When Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the flute players, and the crowd in noisy disorder, 9:24 he said to them, "Make room, because the girl isn't dead, but sleeping." They were ridiculing him. 9:25 But when the crowd was put out, he entered in, took her by the hand, and the girl arose. 9:26 The report of this went out into all that land.1728

               Woman issuing blood      Matthew 9:20 Behold, a woman who had an issue of blood for twelve years came behind him, and touched the fringe of his garment; 9:21 for she said within herself, "If I just touch his garment, I will be made well." 9:22 But Jesus, turning around and seeing her, said, "Daughter, cheer up! Your faith has made you well." And the woman was made well from that hour. 1727

          Why was Jesus born      John 18:37 ... For this reason I have been born, and for this reason I have come into the world, that I should testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice."2100

     Their mindset traps them      2101

        Replying to Scripture with Scripture

Replying to Scripture with Scripture      The greater context makes exceptions legitimate.1329

          Analogy of us to others      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. 1481

          Appreciating the power of God      Mark 12:24 Jesus answered them, "Isn't this because you are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God? 12:25 For when they will rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.1406

          How much does Jesus demand of them?      Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart; and you will find rest for your souls. 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.1919

          Know Scripture      Mark 12:24 Jesus answered them, "Isn't this because you are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God? ... 12:26 But about the dead, that they are raised; haven't you read in the book of Moses, about the Bush, how God spoke to him, saying, "I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob" 12:27 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. 1401

          Ponder Scripture      Matthew 22:41 Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, 22:42 saying, "What do you think of the Christ? Whose son is he?" They said to him, "Of David." 22:43 He said to them, "How then does David in the Spirit call him Lord, saying, 22:44 'The Lord said to my Lord, sit on my right hand, until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet?' 22:45 "If then David calls him Lord, how is he his son?" 22:46 No one was able to answer him a word, neither did any man dare ask him any more questions from that day forth.1335

          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

          Who declares that he is the Son of God      Jesus wants to act as man, not as God. Matthew 8:29 Behold, they cried out, saying, "What do we have to do with you, Jesus, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?" 1624

          Who is worthy of Jesus      We must love God beyond individuals in order to love God through an individual, Jesus. Matthew 10:37 He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me isn't worthy of me. 10:38 He who doesn't take his cross and follow after me, isn't worthy of me. 1813

     What makes exceptions legitimate      Jesus notes that in Scripture there are cases of exceptions. And those exceptions are made legitimate, for example, by the greater context, such as the temple, or even greater than that, the Son of Man. Matthew 12:1 At that time, Jesus went on the Sabbath day through the grain fields. His disciples were hungry and began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. 12:2 But the Pharisees, when they saw it, said to him, "Behold, your disciples do what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath." 12:3 But he said to them, "Haven't you read what David did, when he was hungry, and those who were with him; 12:4 how he entered into God's house, and ate the show bread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for those who were with him, but only for the priests? 12:5 Or have you not read in the law, that on the Sabbath day, the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are guiltless? 12:6 But I tell you that one greater than the temple is here. 1924

        Accepting God's justice

Accepting God's justice      We may have real reason to note that what God does in particular cases is unfair. Yet by accepting God's justice, even God's unfairness to us, we allow him more possibilities and we participate with him to create an outstanding justice in the big picture. We thus heal ourselves, and next we can heal others. Adding our slack, which is mercy.1347

          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

          Be thankful to God      Matthew 11:25 At that time, Jesus answered, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you hid these things from the wise and understanding, and revealed them to infants. 11:26 Yes, Father, for so it was well-pleasing in your sight. 1909

          God's justice rewards those who have not yet been rewarded      Matthew 6:1 "Be careful that you don't do your charitable giving before men, to be seen by them, or else you have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. 6:2 Therefore when you do merciful deeds, don't sound a trumpet before yourself, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may get glory from men. Most certainly I tell you, they have received their reward. 6:3 But when you do merciful deeds, don't let your left hand know what your right hand does, 6:4 so that your merciful deeds may be in secret, then your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. 1598

          Know the opposing culture, thus know what they are thinking      Jesus is familiar with a culture based on faith (the Kingdom of Heaven) and also with a culture that is not (the Kingdom of Man). If people don't show faith, then he knows they are of the opposing culture, he knows how they are interpreting things and he knows what they are thinking. 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." 9:3 Behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, "This man blasphemes." 9:4 Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts?1655

          The Son of Man is nowhere acceptable      Jesus is the Son of Man in that Man teaches him by making an example out of him. Thus the Son of Man is never acceptable. This is an injustice that Jesus bears for the sake of healing. Matthew 8:19 A scribe came, and said to him, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go." 8:20 Jesus said to him, "The foxes have holes, and the birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head." 1615

          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 does mercy require?      Matthew 9:11 When the Pharisees saw it, they said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" 9:12 When Jesus heard it, he said to them, "Those who are healthy have no need for a physician, but those who are sick do. 9:13 But you go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,' for I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." 1719

          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

          Who should come to Jesus      Matthew 11:28 "Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest. 1916

     What makes exceptions possible      The Sabbath is a day of exceptions, and the Son of Man is, by his slack, his mercy, the one who makes exceptions possible. Sacrifice is just a sign of slack. Thus there is no guilt for those who the Son of Man gives slack to. Matthew 12:7 But if you had known what this means, 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the guiltless. 12:8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath." 1925

        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

          Encourage others to pray for intercession      Matthew 9:37 Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest indeed is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 9:38 Pray therefore that the Lord of the harvest will send out laborers into his harvest." 1735

          The down-to-earth nature of the good      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.1362

          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

        Good heart: Saving those who stumble

Good heart: Saving those who stumble      The theology of grace, of saving the sinner. Here Jesus is the Son of God. This is the wide gate that leads to destruction. Jesus apparently has in mind a progression: great (master), greater (teacher), greatest (lord) which corresponds to the math ideas of extreme point, greatest lower bound and limit, and also brings to mind the ways to address Maslow's hierarchy of needs: self-esteem, opportunity, self-fulfillment. Darkness as opposed to light.1346

        What you find is what you love

What you find is what you love      "What you find is what you love" is the content of several of Jesus's parables, such as the coin that the widow lost but found, or the lost sheep that the shepherd went after, leaving ninety-nine behind. It is, I think, the most important message of his parables, even more important than "what you believe is what happens", for it gives God's point of view, as such.1251

          Jesus has compassion for those who suffer      Matthew 8:5 When he came into Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking him, 8:6 and saying, "Lord, my servant lies in the house paralyzed, grievously tormented." 8:7 Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal him." 1603

          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

          Invest in what is eternal, not temporary      Matthew 6:19 "Don't lay up treasures for yourselves on the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal; 6:20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consume, and where thieves don't break through and steal; 6:21 for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 1436

          Jesus took our infirmities      Jesus dealt with the human condition, including illness, whether or not his own. Matthew 8:16 When evening came, they brought to him many possessed with demons. He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick; 8:17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying: "He took our infirmities, and bore our diseases."1612

          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

          The relationship between what we let go and receive      What we are able to let go of is more than matched by what we are able to receive. Luke 18:28 Peter said, "Look, we have left everything, and followed you." 18:29 He said to them, "Most certainly I tell you, there is no one who has left house, or wife, or brothers, or parents, or children, for the Kingdom of God's sake, 18:30 who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the world to come, eternal life."2074

          Thinking while working       I think of two people working together, but one is thinking and the other is not. The one who thinks a few new thoughts each day will have thousands of thoughts in their mind, and the other will not. One is "taken away" and the other is not. Luke 17:35 There will be two grinding grain together. One will be taken, and the other will be left.1331

          We speak out of the abundance of our hearts      Luke 6:45 The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings out that which is good, and the evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings out that which is evil, for out of the abundance of the heart, his mouth speaks.1360

          What creates difficulty      Matthew 19:20 The young man said to him, "All these things I have observed from my youth. What do I still lack?" 19:21 Jesus said to him, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." 19:22 But when the young man heard the saying, he went away sad, for he was one who had great possessions. 19:23 Jesus said to his disciples, "Most certainly I say to you, a rich man will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven with difficulty. 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."2007

          What do they seek?      They devour widows' houses. Matthew 23:13 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows' houses, and as a pretense you make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation. 1559

          What is the right scope for anxiety?      Matthew 6:34 Therefore don't be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Each day's own evil is sufficient.1465

          What keeps us from thinking correctly?      Matthew 7:3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but don't consider the beam that is in your own eye? 7:4 Or how will you tell your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye;' and behold, the beam is in your own eye? 7:5 You hypocrite! First remove the beam out of your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother's eye. 1473

          What shall be in your heart      Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, Israel: Yahweh is our God; Yahweh is one: 6:5 and you shall love Yahweh your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. 6:6 These words, which I command you this day, shall be on your heart; 6:7 and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up. 2020

          Where to have one's treasure      Luke 18:21 He said, "I have observed all these things from my youth up." 18:22 When Jesus heard these things, he said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have, and distribute it to the poor. You will have treasure in heaven. Come, follow me." 18:23 But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was very rich.2070

     Behavior depends on emotion      Matthew 9:14 Then John's disciples came to him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples don't fast?" 9:15 Jesus said to them, "Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.1724

          A disciple is not above his teacher      Luke 6:39 ... "Can the blind guide the blind? Won't they both fall into a pit? 6:40 A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.1357

          Are you doing bad? and even worse?      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. 1566

          Are you making any converts?      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. 1567

          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

          Distinguish between individuals and multitudes      Matthew 8:18 Now when Jesus saw great multitudes around him, he gave the order to depart to the other side. 1614

          Give authority over unclean spirits      Matthew 10:1 He called to himself his twelve disciples, and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every sickness. 1737

          How people think in their hearts      Matthew 5:22 But Jesus, perceiving their thoughts, answered them, "Why are you reasoning so in your hearts?1321

          Hypocrisy as cause for greater condemnation      The condemnation is greater because of the pretense. Matthew 23:13 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows' houses, and as a pretense you make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation. 1558

          Listening to teachers and asking them questions      Luke 2:46 It happened after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them, and asking them questions. 2:47 All who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.1323

          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

          What is Jesus' name to believe in?      "Jesus' name" by which to believe is the "one and only Son of God". It seems to be enough to believe in his name (his ideal, his possibility) rather than the historical Jesus. John 3:17 For God didn't send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through him. 3:18 He who believes in him is not judged. He who doesn't believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God. 3:19 This is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their works were evil. 3:20 For everyone who does evil hates the light, and doesn't come to the light, lest his works would be exposed. 3:21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his works may be revealed, that they have been done in God."2077

          What should we be anxious about?      Matthew 6:34 Therefore don't be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Each day's own evil is sufficient.1462

          Whether people are aware of what they are asking      Matthew 20:20 Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, kneeling and asking a certain thing of him. 20:21 He said to her, "What do you want?" She said to him, "Command that these, my two sons, may sit, one on your right hand, and one on your left hand, in your Kingdom." 20:22 But Jesus answered, "You don't know what you are asking. 2013

          Who is judged or not      John 3:17 For God didn't send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through him. 3:18 He who believes in him is not judged. He who doesn't believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God. 3:19 This is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their works were evil. 3:20 For everyone who does evil hates the light, and doesn't come to the light, lest his works would be exposed. 3:21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his works may be revealed, that they have been done in God."2078

          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

          Why should they learn from Jesus      Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart; and you will find rest for your souls. 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.1918

          Will this be relevant to people?      Matthew 23:36 Most certainly I tell you, all these things will come upon this generation. 1577

          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

          Cast out with a word      Matthew 8:16 When evening came, they brought to him many possessed with demons. He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick; 8:17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying: "He took our infirmities, and bore our diseases."1613

          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.' 1492

          How can judgment be escaped?      Matthew 23:33 You serpents, you offspring of vipers, how will you escape the judgment of Gehenna?1575

          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

          What sanctifies what?      23:16 "Woe to you, you blind guides, who say, 'Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple, he is obligated.' 23:17 You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifies the gold? 23:18 'Whoever swears by the altar, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gift that is on it, he is obligated?' 23:19 You blind fools! For which is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifies the gift? 23:20 He therefore who swears by the altar, swears by it, and by everything on it. 23:21 He who swears by the temple, swears by it, and by him who was living in it. 23:22 He who swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God, and by him who sits on it. 1572

          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

          What does Jesus offer, as Lord?      The Sabbath is a day of exceptions, and the Son of Man is, by his slack, his mercy, the one who makes exceptions possible. Sacrifice is just a sign of slack. Thus there is no guilt for those who the Son of Man gives slack to. Matthew 12:7 But if you had known what this means, 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the guiltless. 12:8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath." 1927

               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

          What is easier?      It is hard to forgive somebody, harder than to tell somebody, get up and walk!Yet it is easier to forgive somebody than to let somebody walk who is unable. Jesus plays on this ambiguity so they could believe or not, as they choose. Matthew 9:5 For which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven;' or to say, 'Get up, and walk?' 9:6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins..." (then he said to the paralytic), "Get up, and take up your mat, and go up to your house." 1657

          Stay with those who are 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.1784

          The sender experiments by sending      Matthew 10:16 "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. 1788

               Inspecting a fig tree      Mark 11:13 Seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came to see if perhaps he might find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.1393

          Cultures experiment with each other      Matthew 10:17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to councils, and in their synagogues they will scourge you. 1790

          Don't judge and you won't be judged      If you don't judge, then you are perfect, as God is perfect, and you do as God, and so Jesus won't judge you, for God does not judge, but Jesus judges, yet he does not and need not judge those who do as God does. 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.1353

          How we should treat Jesus      Jesus treats us as equals, as we treat him. Matthew 10:32 Everyone therefore who confesses me before men, him I will also confess before my Father who is in heaven. 10:33 But whoever denies me before men, him I will also deny before my Father who is in heaven. 1811

          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

          If you forgive, then God forgives you, and if you don't, then God won't forgive you      Matthew 6:14 "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 6:15 But if you don't forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. 1433

          Let a social experiment be stark      Matthew 10:16 "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. 1789

          Relative comparison      "Twice as much" 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. 1570

          Remove the beam from your own eye      Luke 6:41 Why do you see the speck of chaff that is in your brother's eye, but don't consider the beam that is in your own eye? 6:42 Or how can you tell your brother, 'Brother, let me remove the speck of chaff that is in your eye,' when you yourself don't see the beam that is in your own eye? You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck of chaff that is in your brother's eye. 1358

          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

          Who is the greatest among us?      Matthew 23:11 But he who is greatest among you will be your servant.1556

          How can I show my authority?      Jesus' miracles manifest his authority: Judge the tree by the fruit. Matthew 9:5 For which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven;' or to say, 'Get up, and walk?' 9:6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins..." (then he said to the paralytic), "Get up, and take up your mat, and go up to your house." 1659

               Judge the tree by the fruit      Mark 11:14 Jesus told it, "May no one ever eat fruit from you again!" and his disciples heard it.1395

          Acknowledging faith      Matthew 15:25 But she came and worshiped him, saying, "Lord, help me." 15:26 But he answered, "It is not appropriate to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs." 15:27 But she said, "Yes, Lord, but even the dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters' table." 15:28 Then Jesus answered her, "Woman, great is your faith! Be it done to you even as you desire." And her daughter was healed from that hour.1992

          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

          Childhood can't be presumed, but must be demonstrated      Jesus distinguishes between the ethnic children and the spiritual children of the Jewish patriarchs. Spiritual childhood is perhaps the point of being "born again". Thus all people are inherently equal. 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.1608

          Could it be better not to be born?      Matthew 26:24 The Son of Man goes, even as it is written of him, but woe to that man through whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would be better for that man if he had not been born.1350

          Distinguish between those he torments and those he heals      Matthew 8:28 When he came to the other side, into the country of the Gergesenes, two people possessed by demons met him there, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that nobody could pass that way. 8:29 Behold, they cried out, saying, "What do we have to do with you, Jesus, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?"1623

          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

          Does one take up their cross and follow Jesus      Matthew 10:38 He who doesn't take his cross and follow after me, isn't worthy of me. 1815

          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

          Whether to prepare what to say      Matthew 10:19 But when they deliver you up, don't be anxious how or what you will say, for it will be given you in that hour what you will say.1792

          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

          Who speaks through whom      Matthew 10:19 But when they deliver you up, don't be anxious how or what you will say, for it will be given you in that hour what you will say. 10:20 For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you. 1793

          Whose judgment brings out whose testimony      Matthew 10:18 Yes, and you will be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony to them and to the nations. 1791

        Linking heaven to earth

Linking heaven to earth      God fights by retreating. Thus the Kingdom of Heaven is taken violently by those who want to enter into it by killing Jesus. Jesus connects earth and heaven, light and darkness, identity and perfection, metaphysically. He is the light of the world. He is the substitute for each of us, by whom we can substitute for each of us. The last day, when there is no more night, thus no distinction between night and day, the two branches.1348

     Jesus's expectations      I did a study of the Gospel of Mark of Jesus's emotional responses to see what he was responding to, what his expectations were. His expectations were that we are all one.1241

          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

          Asking them to make evident their belief      Jesus has them say if they are believers or not so that he can know how to speak to them. Mark 11:29 Jesus said to them, "I will ask you one question. Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. 11:30 The baptism of John - was it from heaven, or from men? Answer me."1399

          Call his disciples      Matthew 10:1 He called to himself his twelve disciples, and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every sickness. 1738

          Eightfold structure of Lord's prayer      Matthew 6:9 Pray like this: 'Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. 6:10 Let your Kingdom come. Let your will be done, as in heaven, so on earth. 6:11 Give us today our daily bread. 6:12 Forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors. 6:13 Bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen.' 1434

          How is good related to God      Matthew 19:16 Behold, one came to him and said, "Good teacher, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?" 19:17 He said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but one, that is, God. 2003

          Identify Peter as the Stone      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."1326

          Is a name or word appropriate?      Matthew 23:8 But don't you be called 'Rabbi,' for one is your teacher, the Christ, and all of you are brothers. 23:9 Call no man on the earth your father, for one is your Father, he who is in heaven. 23:10 Neither be called masters, for one is your master, the Christ.1553

          Jesus knows himself ("most certainly")      Matthew 8:8 The centurion answered, "Lord, I'm not worthy for you to come under my roof. Just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8:9 For I am also a man under authority, having under myself soldiers. I tell this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and tell another, 'Come,' and he comes; and tell my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it." 8:10 When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to those who followed, "Most certainly I tell you, I haven't found so great a faith, not even in Israel.1605

          Love God      "Love God" is the positive commandment that unites four of the commandments. It is what unites us as people with God through love for him.2025

          Naming      Matthew 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.1327

          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

          Seeking the greatest commandment      Mark 12:28 One of the scribes came, and heard them questioning together. Knowing that he had answered them well, asked him, "Which commandment is the greatest of all?" 12:29 Jesus answered, "The greatest is, "Hear, Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one: 12:30 you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength." This is the first commandment. 12:31 The second is like this, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." There is no other commandment greater than these."1405

          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

          To whom will I give the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven       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."1999

          What does God deliver to Jesus      God the Father (understanding) delivers all things to God the Son (who is coming to understand) for that is how all things are understood. Matthew 11:27 All things have been delivered to me by my Father.1915

          What is done for the sake of his name      Matthew 19:27 Then Peter answered, "Behold, we have left everything, and followed you. What then will we have?" 19:28 Jesus said to them, "Most certainly I tell you that you who have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on the throne of his glory, you also will sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 19:29 Everyone who has left houses, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, will receive one hundred times, and will inherit eternal life. 19:30 But many will be last who are first; and first who are last.2010

          What is good      Jesus thinks that what is good, what is important, is that people open up to spiritual life, embrace the Kingdom of Heaven as possible, and thus live a faith in eternal life. I think that he felt this should be in tandem, physically and spiritually. Matthew 11:2 Now when John heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples 11:3 and said to him, "Are you he who comes, or should we look for another?" 11:4 Jesus answered them, "Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: 11:5 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. 11:6 Blessed is he who finds no occasion for stumbling in me." 1825

          Where is Jesus from      John 3:13 No one has ascended into heaven, but he who descended out of heaven, the Son of Man, who is in heaven.2081

          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

          Whether their faith will fail      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."2076

          Whether they think he is of God or not      Matthew 19:16 Behold, one came to him and said, "Good teacher, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?" 19:17 He said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but one, that is, God. 2005

          Who can know the Son of God      Only God the Father (understanding) knows the Son of God, for God is of beyond this world and only so can be apart from it and understand, be distinct, from one who is firmly in it. Matthew 11:27 All things have been delivered to me by my Father. No one knows the Son, except the Father; neither does anyone know the Father, except the Son, and he to whom the Son desires to reveal him. 1914

          Who is a substitute for Jesus      A child is a substitute for Jesus. 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.1958

          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

        The prophets

The prophets      Jesus speaks of "the prophets and the law".1978

        Feel moved

Feel moved      Emotions are the most intense way that we are attached to the world and engaged in it. They are our and Jesus' complete engagement. Especially compassion for others and their plight in this world.1338

          How are Jesus' disciples different from him      Jesus' disciples may speak plainly what he spoke in parables. As disciples, they add freedom to what Jesus says, for they took freely what he offered, and so they can give freely. Unlike the Son, who was taught by the Father? Matthew 10:26 Therefore don't be afraid of them, for there is nothing covered that will not be revealed; and hidden that will not be known. 10:27 What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in the ear, proclaim on the housetops.1803

          What can be contained or not      Matthew 10:26 Therefore don't be afraid of them, for there is nothing covered that will not be revealed; and hidden that will not be known. 10:27 What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in the ear, proclaim on the housetops.1804

          What is hidden      Matthew 13:34 Jesus spoke all these things in parables to the multitudes; and without a parable, he didn't speak to them, 13:35 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophet, saying, "I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things hidden from the foundation of the world." Psalm 78:2 78:1 Hear my teaching, my people. Turn your ears to the words of my mouth. 78:2 I will open my mouth in a parable. I will utter dark sayings of old, 78:3 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. 78:4 We will not hide them from their children, telling to the generation to come the praises of Yahweh, his strength, and his wondrous works that he has done.1983

     Jesus felt moved      2026

          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

          Note their feelings      Luke 24:36 As they said these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, "Peace be to you." 24:37 But they were terrified and filled with fear, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. 24:38 He said to them, "Why are you troubled? Why do doubts arise in your hearts? 2086

        Do not take away their freedom

Do not take away their freedom      Jesus does not speak plainly to those who don't believe so as not to take away their freedom to not believe. Others accept Jesus' word and testify to it and so can declare it to others for they believe of their own. Whereas perhaps Jesus believes because he was sent by the Father and he obeyed the Father. Jesus believes the Father because he has seen the Father; blessed are those who believe without having seen.1343

          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

     Distinguish what they say and do      2030

          Distinguish between what people say and do      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.1547

          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

          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

          People are free to not believe      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?"2061

          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

     Jesus thinks by analogy      2028

          Analogy and ambiguity of physical and spiritual health      I think that Jesus' miracles of healing allowed him to refer ambiguously to physical and spiritual health, as with "seeing" and "hearing", "walking" and "raising of the dead", which can be taken physically or spiritually. Matthew 11:2 Now when John heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples 11:3 and said to him, "Are you he who comes, or should we look for another?" 11:4 Jesus answered them, "Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: 11:5 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. 11:6 Blessed is he who finds no occasion for stumbling in me." 1824

          Analogy from human nature      Mark 12:9 What therefore will the lord of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the farmers, and will give the vineyard to others.1396

          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

          Analogy with the law      Matthew 12:1 At that time, Jesus went on the Sabbath day through the grain fields. His disciples were hungry and began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. 12:2 But the Pharisees, when they saw it, said to him, "Behold, your disciples do what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath." 12:3 But he said to them, "Haven't you read what David did, when he was hungry, and those who were with him; 12:4 how he entered into God's house, and ate the show bread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for those who were with him, but only for the priests? 12:5 Or have you not read in the law, that on the Sabbath day, the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are guiltless? 12:6 But I tell you that one greater than the temple is here.1928

          Analogy with the natural world      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? 1451

          Looking for comparisons      Matthew 11:16 "But to what shall I compare this generation? 1861

          Social rules as models for general rules      Matthew 9:14 Then John's disciples came to him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples don't fast?" 9:15 Jesus said to them, "Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.1722

     Miracles allow for belief and unbelief      2033

          How they figure things out      The sayings seem arbitrary as the same word is used for red with different results. Matthew 16:1 The Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing him, asked him to show them a sign from heaven. 16:2 But he answered them, "When it is evening, you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.' 16:3 In the morning, 'It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.' Hypocrites! You know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but you can't discern the signs of the times! 16:4 An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and there will be no sign given to it, except the sign of the prophet Jonah."1995

          Miracles      It seems that Jesus did miracles so that people would be able to not understand his goodness, would be attracted to hear him but need not understand him. I and others might think, "I would do miracles, too, if I had such powers," and not appreciate that if we had such powers, then we might do very nasty things, or selfish things, or not apply ourselves. We don't appreciate the care with which Jesus did his miracles, that his goodness was not what he did, but how and why he did it.1356

     What distinguishes the cultures      2032

          Distinguish foretelling and establishing      Jesus came to establish, to put into place, to fate, not to foretell or warn or heighten free will. Matthew 11:13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.1857

          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 they want their works to be seen by men or by God?      Matthew 23:5 But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad, enlarge the fringes of their garments, 23:6 and love the place of honor at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, 23:7 the salutations in the marketplaces, and to be called 'Rabbi, Rabbi' by men. 1550

          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

          How to receive the Kingdom of God      Children and fools don't live by experience. Luke 18:15 They were also bringing their babies to him, that he might touch them. But when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 18:16 Jesus summoned them, saying, "Allow the little children to come to me, and don't hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 18:17 Most certainly, I tell you, whoever doesn't receive the Kingdom of God like a little child, he will in no way enter into it."2064

          Identifying himself as born of spirit, not born of woman      Jesus is important as a person born of spirit, not of woman. John the Baptizer is more impressive than Jesus as a person born of woman. 11:11 Most certainly I tell you, among those who are born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptizer; yet he who is least in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he.1858

          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 happens to those who listen to Jesus?      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. 7:26 Everyone who hears these words of mine, and doesn't do them will be like a foolish man, who built his house on the sand. 7:27 The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it fell—and great was its fall." 1495

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

          Who do disciples say that I am?      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. 1997

          Who do people say that I am?      Matthew 16:13 Now when Jesus came into the parts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, "Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?" 16:14 They said, "Some say John the Baptizer, some, Elijah, and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets."1996

     How God cares and judges      2036

               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

          Children by heredity and by spirit will be distinguished      Jesus distinguishes between the ethnic children and the spiritual children of the Jewish patriarchs. Spiritual childhood is perhaps the point of being "born again". 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.1607

          Consequence of general principle      If we can serve only one master, and that master is God, then God will provide for us, and we need not be anxious. Matthew 6:24 "No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You can't serve both God and Mammon. 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? 1449

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

          Who is convinced of their own righteousness      What is the difference between faith in oneself and being convinced of one's own righteousness? What is the difference between praying to oneself and praying to God? Luke 18:9 He spoke also this parable to certain people who were convinced of their own righteousness, and who despised all others. 18:10 "Two men went up into the temple to pray; one was a Pharisee, and the other was a tax collector. 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed to himself like this: 'God, I thank you, that I am not like the rest of men, extortioners, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 18:12 I fast twice a week. I give tithes of all that I get.' 18:13 But the tax collector, standing far away, wouldn't even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!' 18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted."2063

          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

     How will God reward      2035

          Distinguishing those who will lose and those who will gain      In the passage below from Luke, which can be compared to the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew, Jesus refers to the "poor" rather than the "poor-in-spirit", and the "Kingdom of God" rather than the "kingdom of heaven". It reminds me of "the last will be first and the first will be list" as with pop-up automata or climbing into and out of a bus. Luke 6:20 ... Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the Kingdom of God. 6:21 Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. 6:22 Blessed are you when men shall hate you, and when they shall exclude and mock you, and throw out your name as evil, for the Son of Man's sake. 6:23 Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven, for their fathers did the same thing to the prophets. 6:24 "But woe to you who are rich! For you have received your consolation. 6:25 Woe to you, you who are full now, for you will be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep. 6:26 Woe, when men speak well of you, for their fathers did the same thing to the false prophets.1342

          Jesus wants to be rewarded by God      Jesus often forbids his works from being known. I imagine it is because he wants to be rewarded by God, not by this world. Matthew 9:30 ... Jesus strictly commanded them, saying, "See that no one knows about this." 9:31 But they went out and spread abroad his fame in all that land. 1731

          Reward is from the one who sees      Matthew 6:17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head, and wash your face; 6:18 so that you are not seen by men to be fasting, but by your Father who is in secret, and your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.1430

          Reward is that what is secret is made open      Matthew 6:5 "When you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites, for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Most certainly, I tell you, they have received their reward. 6:6 But you, when you pray, enter into your inner room, and having shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. 1429

          Who decides what is fair      Matthew 19:29 Everyone who has left houses, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, will receive one hundred times, and will inherit eternal life. 19:30 But many will be last who are first; and first who are last. 20:1 "For the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who was the master of a household, who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 20:2 When he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 20:3 He went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace. 20:4 To them he said, 'You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.' So they went their way. 20:5 Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise. 20:6 About the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle. He said to them, 'Why do you stand here all day idle?' 20:7 "They said to him, 'Because no one has hired us.' "He said to them, 'You also go into the vineyard, and you will receive whatever is right.' 20:8 When evening had come, the lord of the vineyard said to his manager, 'Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning from the last to the first.' 20:9 "When those who were hired at about the eleventh hour came, they each received a denarius. 20:10 When the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise each received a denarius. 20:11 When they received it, they murmured against the master of the household, 20:12 saying, 'These last have spent one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat!' 20:13 "But he answered one of them, 'Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Didn't you agree with me for a denarius? 20:14 Take that which is yours, and go your way. It is my desire to give to this last just as much as to you. 20:15 Isn't it lawful for me to do what I want to with what I own? Or is your eye evil, because I am good?' 20:16 So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few are chosen."2011

          Who do people seek a reward from?      Matthew 6:16 "Moreover when you fast, don't be like the hypocrites, with sad faces. For they disfigure their faces, that they may be seen by men to be fasting. Most certainly I tell you, they have received their reward. 1595

     What is first from which the rest follows      2034

          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

          What should be dealt with first      Matthew 23:25 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and unrighteousness. 23:26 You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the platter, that its outside may become clean also. 1562

          Who is first among others?      Matthew 20:24 When the ten heard it, they were indignant with the two brothers. 20:25 But Jesus summoned them, and said, "You know that the rulers of the nations lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 20:26 It shall not be so among you, but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. 20:27 Whoever desires to be first among you shall be your bondservant, 20:28 even as the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."2015

     What sanctifies      2037

          The circumstances are greater than what is in them      Heaven is greater than God, for heaven sanctifies God. God is Godly because of his throne, because of heaven. 23:16 "Woe to you, you blind guides, who say, 'Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple, he is obligated.' 23:17 You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifies the gold? 23:18 'Whoever swears by the altar, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gift that is on it, he is obligated?' 23:19 You blind fools! For which is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifies the gift? 23:20 He therefore who swears by the altar, swears by it, and by everything on it. 23:21 He who swears by the temple, swears by it, and by him who was living in it. 23:22 He who swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God, and by him who sits on it. 1571

          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

        See oneself in Scripture

See oneself in Scripture      Jesus distinguishes between four levels of receiving the word. By receiving each other, as we receive Jesus, we are receiving the word. Thus we can take the word to heart, not just other people.1339

          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

          Contemplating Scripture      Mark 12:35 Jesus responded, as he taught in the temple, "How is it that the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David? 12:36 For David himself said in the Holy Spirit, "The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies the footstool of your feet."" 12:37 Therefore David himself calls him Lord, so how can he be his son?"1402

          Finding confirmation in Scripture      Mark 12:10 Haven't you even read this Scripture: "The stone which the builders rejected, the same was made the head of the corner. 12:11 This was from the Lord, it is marvelous in our eyes"1403

          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

          Foretelling based on Scripture      Jesus foretells several events, and of these, some seem to be based on his interpreting Scripture. Matthew 26:21 As they were eating, he said, "Most certainly I tell you that one of you will betray me." 26:22 They were exceedingly sorrowful, and each began to ask him, "It isn't me, is it, Lord?" 26:23 He answered, "He who dipped his hand with me in the dish, the same will betray me. 26:24 The Son of Man goes, even as it is written of him, but woe to that man through whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would be better for that man if he had not been born." 1247

          Foursome: The parable of the sower      Luke 8:5 "The farmer went out to sow his seed. As he sowed, some fell along the road, and it was trampled under foot, and the birds of the sky devoured it. 8:6 Other seed fell on the rock, and as soon as it grew, it withered away, because it had no moisture. 8:7 Other fell amid the thorns, and the thorns grew with it, and choked it. 8:8 Other fell into the good ground, and grew, and brought forth fruit one hundred times." ... 8:11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 8:12 Those along the road are those who hear, then the devil comes, and takes away the word from their heart, that they may not believe and be saved. 8:13 Those on the rock are they who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; but these have no root, who believe for a while, then fall away in time of temptation. 8:14 That which fell among the thorns, these are those who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. 8:15 That in the good ground, these are such as in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, hold it tightly, and bring forth fruit with patience.1371

          Fulfilling Scripture      Jesus enters Jerusalem with great fanfare on Palm Sunday, takes a look around the temple, and simply leaves. Mark 11:11 Jesus entered into the temple in Jerusalem. When he had looked around at everything, it being now evening, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.1404

          How he chose to speak to the multitudes      Matthew 13:34 Jesus spoke all these things in parables to the multitudes; and without a parable, he didn't speak to them, 13:35 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophet, saying, "I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things hidden from the foundation of the world." Psalm 78:2 78:1 Hear my teaching, my people. Turn your ears to the words of my mouth. 78:2 I will open my mouth in a parable. I will utter dark sayings of old, 78:3 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. 78:4 We will not hide them from their children, telling to the generation to come the praises of Yahweh, his strength, and his wondrous works that he has done.1982

          Interpreting Scripture metaphorically      Jesus sees himself as the bridegroom, and the apostles as his friends. I presume this is an image that he has taken from Scripture. Matthew 9:15 Jesus said to them, "Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.1721

          Knowing from Scripture      Matthew 20:17 As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside, and on the way he said to them, 20:18 "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death, 20:19 and will hand him over to the Gentiles to mock, to scourge, and to crucify; and the third day he will be raised up."2012

          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

          Representations of the foursome      Matthew and Luke describe three ways that Satan tempts Jesus. They bring to mind for me the levels of the foursome: Whether, What, How, Why. Satan places Jesus at the pinnacle of the temple and encourages him to jump down on the rocks below, on their sensory image, What. Satan leads him up to a high mountain and shows him the kingdoms of the world, all that he will give him; he's using the rock as a How. Satan tempts him to turn the stone into food, which plays with Why and Whether it is a stone. After these temptations, Jesus calls forth his disciples, and he tells Simon that he will be called Peter, which is rock or stone on which he will build his church. One reading is that turning the stone into food was Why, whereas Peter is stone as Whether. Satan tempts Jesus with idealism that favors Why, How, What over Whether, but Jesus rejects it as empty unless it is grounded in Whether. The kingdom-of-heaven is down-to-earth (the salt of the earth) and Peter is, too. When Peter later gets caught up in Jesus as king, then Jesus rebukes him, "Get behind me, Satan!" just as he did to Satan in the desert.1320

          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

          Role as a Shepherd      Matthew 9:36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion for them, because they were harassed and scattered, like sheep without a shepherd.1734

          Speak and hear by way of the foursome      The foursome is how Jesus speaks to several audiences, and how the word reaches people, and their hearts: the level at which the words is received: Whether, what, how or why. Also, the word is what they "find", and these are the four levels of the "finding" in the House of Knowledge. Mark 4:13 He said to them, "Don't you understand this parable? How will you understand all of the parables? 4:14 The farmer sows the word. 4:15 The ones by the road are the ones where the word is sown; and when they have heard, immediately Satan comes, and takes away the word which has been sown in them. 4:16 These in the same way are those who are sown on the rocky places, who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with joy. 4:17 They have no root in themselves, but are short-lived. When oppression or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they stumble. 4:18 Others are those who are sown among the thorns. These are those who have heard the word, 4:19 and the cares of this age, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 4:20 Those which were sown on the good ground are those who hear the word, and accept it, and bear fruit, some thirty times, some sixty times, and some one hundred times."1662

          Statements       In the gospel of John, Jesus makes eight statements of the form "I am...", namely: I am the good shepherd; I am the light of the world; I am the way, the truth and the life; I am the gate for the sheep; I am the bread of life; I am the true vine; I am the resurrection and the life; I am. Thank you to Adrian Hunter for alerting me to these statements. I have related them to the lines of the Beatitudes, Maslow's hierarchy of need, and operating principles to address those needs. The "I am..." statements apply the operating principles more broadly to transcend each of the needs. How did the "I am..." statements arise in Jesus' mind? Perhaps as he read Scripture he kept thinking, What is that? What does it mean? and sometimes he would answer, I am that! This refers to me.1316

          Telling them what they may understand later      Luke 18:31 He took the twelve aside, and said to them, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all the things that are written through the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be completed. 18:32 For he will be delivered up to the Gentiles, will be mocked, treated shamefully, and spit on. 18:33 They will scourge and kill him. On the third day, he will rise again." 18:34 They understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they didn't understand the things that were said.2065

          Tempted by conditionals      Barbara Pecker noticed that in Matthew, the devil's temptations of Jesus are all based on conditionals ("If..."): "If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread." "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, 'He will put his angels in charge of you.' and, 'On their hands they will bear you up, so that you don't dash your foot against a stone.'" 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."1318

          What is Jesus lord of?      The Sabbath is a day of exceptions, and the Son of Man is, by his slack, his mercy, the one who makes exceptions possible. Sacrifice is just a sign of slack. Thus there is no guilt for those who the Son of Man gives slack to. Matthew 12:7 But if you had known what this means, 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the guiltless. 12:8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath." 1926

          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

          Why Jesus came      Matthew 9:12 When Jesus heard it, he said to them, "Those who are healthy have no need for a physician, but those who are sick do. 9:13 But you go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,' for I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." 1717

     Concepts from Scripture      2041

          Instruments of stumbling will be destroyed      Instruments of stumbling (such as Assyria) will be destroyed, not simply punished2042

          Those who are punished are not destroyed      Psalm 118:17 I will not die, but live, and declare Yah's works. Jesus cites this Psalm. There is a distinction between being punished and being destroyed. We are punished by those who will ultimately be destroyed. The stone they reject will become the head of the corner. 118:18 Yah has punished me severely, but he has not given me over to death. 118:19 Open to me the gates of righteousness. I will enter into them. I will give thanks to Yah. 118:20 This is the gate of Yahweh; the righteous will enter into it. 118:21 I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me, and have become my salvation. 118:22 The stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner. 118:23 This is Yahweh's doing. It is marvelous in our eyes. 118:24 This is the day that Yahweh has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it! 118:25 Save us now, we beg you, Yahweh! Yahweh, we beg you, send prosperity now. 118:26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of Yahweh! We have blessed you out of the house of Yahweh. 118:27 Yahweh is God, and he has given us light. Bind the sacrifice with cords, even to the horns of the altar.1962

     Identify in Scripture others who you personally know      Matthew 11:9 But why did you go out? To see a prophet? Yes, I tell you, and much more than a prophet. 11:10 For this is he, of whom it is written, 'Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.'1852

     Led by the Spirit      2040

          Fast and be hungry      Matthew 4:1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 4:2 When he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was hungry afterward.1333

          Go to the wilderness      Matthew 4:1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 4:2 When he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was hungry afterward.1334

          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

        The Law: You have heard it said..., but I say to you...

The Law: You have heard it said..., but I say to you...      The relationship between life and eternal life is that of "believing" and "not having doubt". The positive commandments are ways that we believe, and the negative commandments, as expressed by the counterquestions, are ways of overcoming doubt, thus having certainty. Life (in this world) is the positive commandments and eternal life (beyond this world) is the negative commandments and so they are connected. These are ways of receiving the word, just as we receive others or Jesus or our reward. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus speaks six antitheses regarding God's commandments from the Old Testament. They match up with six counterquestions that I have found for addressing doubts. I expect he counters the truths of the world with the truths of the heart, the narrower perspective with the broader perspective. These are six of the commandments, and along with the four other commandments, this may be thought of as "the prophets and the law". The six are pairs that express the gap between the ways that evil grows clear, the world as opposed to the heart (continuously, feeling, as the little, so the big; distinguishing inside and outside, as the work, so the worker; distinguishing the first and the last, staying within our domain, as others, so us) and the ways of fixing bad relationships, setting the heart right (with ourselves, with others, with God). The gap means that we can fix bad relationships before they are bad, and thus, we can foster good relationships, even without any bad, by being obedient proactively. It also means that we must be ever adaptive to what it means to be good, ever alert to our doubts and ever responsive to change and grow. It is the way in which God creates, but making room, allowing for a gap, giving slack, being flexible, alive, sensitive, responsive.1239

               Jesus's antitheses      I'm trying to understand the structure of Jesus's antitheses, "You have heard it said... but I say unto you..."1716

               Ten Commandments      I think that the ten commandments give the 6+4 rooms of the House of Knowledge and that Jesus expressed this connection. But I'm not sure exactly what it is. I don't remember, where did I come up with the structure: engage, wait, believe, rely, love, suffer? The will of God is expressed as the commandments, and Jesus' interest not to force understanding, but rather to encourage it.

  • covet people - discard what causes you to stumble - do not let yourself stumble; let God punish
  • murder - reconcile, fix before you are judged - let yourself be saved; let God punish
  • covet things - be rewarded by God for your unrewarded love - let yourself be saved; let God reward
  • lie - do not set yourself or others up to stumble by your words - do not cause others to stumble; let God determine
  • steal - do not cause others to stumble by resisting them - do not cause others to stumble; let God reward
  • adultery - do not cause others to stumble by righteousness - do not cause others to stumble; let God punish
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          Receiving      Ways of uniting the two branches. One branch is receiving, unity with God, and the other branch is not receiving, difference from God and others.1977

        We sin in our hearts

We sin in our hearts      Matthew 5:27 "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery;' 5:28 but I tell you that everyone who gazes at a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart. 5:29 If your right eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and throw it away from you. For it is more profitable for you that one of your members should perish, than for your whole body to be cast into Gehenna. 5:30 If your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off, and throw it away from you. For it is more profitable for you that one of your members should perish, than for your whole body to be cast into Gehenna. 1261

          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

          The glory of God: the resurrection and the life      The resurrection and the life - DIFFERENCE/UNITY IN HEARING - the transcendence of death through belief in, acceptance of God's perspective through us - all will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who believe in him will not be judged, but will live and never die; but judgment is given to the Son of Man; and those who do evil will be judged1969

        Reconcile quickly

Reconcile quickly      Matthew 5:21 "You have heard that it was said to the ancient ones, 'You shall not murder;' and 'Whoever shall murder shall be in danger of the judgment.' 5:22 But I tell you, that everyone who is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment; and whoever shall say to his brother, 'Raca!' shall be in danger of the council; and whoever shall say, 'You fool!' shall be in danger of the fire of Gehenna. 5:23 "If therefore you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has anything against you, 5:24 leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 5:25 Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are with him in the way; lest perhaps the prosecutor deliver you to the judge, and the judge deliver you to the officer, and you be cast into prison. 5:26 Most certainly I tell you, you shall by no means get out of there, until you have paid the last penny. 1260

          Distinguish between what they say and what they do      Matthew 23:2 ... "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.1337

          God's intent: The gate for the sheep      The gate for the sheep - DIFFERENCE/UNITY IN LISTENING - Jesus is the entry to the culture of those who live in belief, by which they can go in and out of their culture1971

          What should you do first?      Matthew 7:3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but don't consider the beam that is in your own eye? 7:4 Or how will you tell your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye;' and behold, the beam is in your own eye? 7:5 You hypocrite! First remove the beam out of your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother's eye. 1474

        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

          God is kind toward the unthankful and evil      Luke 6:27 "But I tell you who hear: love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 6:28 bless those who curse you, and pray for those who mistreat you. 6:29 To him who strikes you on the cheek, offer also the other; and from him who takes away your cloak, don't withhold your coat also. 6:30 Give to everyone who asks you, and don't ask him who takes away your goods to give them back again. 6:31 "As you would like people to do to you, do exactly so to them. 6:32 If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 6:33 If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 6:34 If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive back as much. 6:35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing back; and your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind toward the unthankful and evil.1351

          God's example: the way, the truth and the life      The way, the truth and the life -- DIFFERENCE/UNITY IN DOING -- Jesus is the way that links the life (heaven to earth) and the truth (from earth to heaven), thus people know the Father by knowing the Son, and do their works (of life) by asking the Son and keeping his commandments, and see and know and receive as counselor the Spirit of Truth, which the world doesn't see or know or receive1972

          How to be perfect      Matthew 19:20 The young man said to him, "All these things I have observed from my youth. What do I still lack?" 19:21 Jesus said to him, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." 19:22 But when the young man heard the saying, he went away sad, for he was one who had great possessions. 19:23 Jesus said to his disciples, "Most certainly I say to you, a rich man will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven with difficulty. 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."2006

          Should you judge?      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. 1466

          Touch and feel      Luke 24:38 He said to them, "Why are you troubled? Why do doubts arise in your hearts? 24:39 See my hands and my feet, that it is truly me. Touch me and see, for a spirit doesn't have flesh and bones, as you see that I have." 24:40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 24:41 While they still didn't believe for joy, and wondered, he said to them, "Do you have anything here to eat?" 24:42 They gave him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. 24:43 He took them, and ate in front of them.2087

          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

          What is your reward?      Matthew 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. 1265

          Which is the way that leads to life?      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. 1484

          Who will find it more tolerable      Matthew 11:20 Then he began to denounce the cities in which most of his mighty works had been done, because they didn't repent. 11:21 "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon which were done in you, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 11:22 But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. 11:23 You, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, you will go down to Hades. For if the mighty works had been done in Sodom which were done in you, it would have remained until this day. 11:24 But I tell you that it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom, on the day of judgment, than for you." 1906

          Why should we be anxious or not?      Matthew 6:34 Therefore don't be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Each day's own evil is sufficient.1463

        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

          Do I have authority?      Jesus is the Son of Man in that Man ever teaches him by making an example out of him. So Jesus suffers much abuse. And, like any abused person, Jesus has the authority to forgive his abusers. To the extent that I and others of us maintain and justify this abusive culture, I abuse Jesus, too. And he can thus forgive me and forgive all as the person upon whom all of our sins and all of the abusive culture ultimately bear down. Matthew 9:5 For which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven;' or to say, 'Get up, and walk?' 9:6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins..." (then he said to the paralytic), "Get up, and take up your mat, and go up to your house." 1656

          God's love: the good shepherd      The good shepherd - DIFFERENCE/UNITY IN RECOGNIZING - Jesus lays down his life for his sheep, thus they know each other, just as he and God know each other, and he will bring in another flock, and unify them1973

          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

          Do as people wish him to      Matthew 8:33 Those who fed them fled, and went away into the city, and told everything, including what happened to those who were possessed with demons. 8:34 Behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus. When they saw him, they begged that he would depart from their borders. 1626

          What questions are productive?      Matthew 6:31 "Therefore don't be anxious, saying, 'What will we eat?', 'What will we drink?' or, 'With what will we be clothed?' 1458

          Why don't people believe?      To believe is to accept a way of figuring things out. 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? 1457

          God will not delay justice      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?"2062

          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

          What is appropriate      Matthew 15:25 But she came and worshiped him, saying, "Lord, help me." 15:26 But he answered, "It is not appropriate to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs."1991

          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

          Why are the commandments the ways they are?      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. 1269

          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

          How to enter into life      Matthew 19:17 ... But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments." 19:18 He said to him, "Which ones?" Jesus said, "'You shall not murder.' 'You shall not commit adultery.' 'You shall not steal.' 'You shall not offer false testimony.' 19:19 'Honor your father and mother.'* And, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'"2004

          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

          Love your neighbor as yourself      Luke 10:25 Behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested him, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" 10:26 He said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you read it?" 10:27 He answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind;* and your neighbor as yourself." 10:28 He said to him, "You have answered correctly. Do this, and you will live."2022

          Love your neighbor as yourself      "Love your neighbor as yourself" is the negative commandment that unites six of the commandments. It shows the freedom that God opens up for us. Thus it is how God is one with us.2024

          The lost child should go where his parents will look for him      Luke 2:48 When they saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us this way? Behold, your father and I were anxiously looking for you." 2:49 He said to them, "Why were you looking for me? Didn't you know that I must be in my Father's house?" 2:50 They didn't understand the saying which he spoke to them.1322

          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 to do to inherit eternal life      To inherit is to be a child, a son of the Father. Luke 18:18 A certain ruler asked him, saying, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" 18:19 Jesus asked him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good, except one—God. 18:20 You know the commandments: 'Don't commit adultery,' 'Don't murder,' 'Don't steal,' 'Don't give false testimony,' 'Honor your father and your mother.'"2068

          Who will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven?      Matthew 7:21 Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 1491

        More ways Jesus figured things out

More ways Jesus figured things out      1238

     Structures      Jesus thought in terms of a variety of structures including the division into four (the parable of the sower, the tempations by the devil), the eightfold way (the Beatitudes, the Lord's prayer), the threesome (the donkey's millstone around your neck). He drew (pictures? diagrams?) in the sand.1243

     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

     Content of Jesus's sayings      I considered Jesus's parables in Luke in terms of their content. I think he had eight different things to say.1249