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Gospel according to Matthew
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Die Offenbarung des Johannes

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A - A DISPUTE IN THE TEMPLE
(MATTHEW 21:1 - 22:46)

1. Jesus’ Entrance into Jerusalem
(Matthew 21:1-9)
1   And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,
2   Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.
3   And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.
4   All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,
5   Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.

The life of Jesus was based on Spirit-led insight, which resulted in the fulfillment of prophecy. He lived in full harmony with His Father, and He knew beforehand what was going to happen.
Before Jesus entered Jerusalem, He made a comment to his disciples that expressed His lowliness, “The Lord has need.” The Son of God, the Almighty, humbled Himself and put on the image of a weak man. He became needy and poor, having nothing, not even a donkey. Today, we have nice cars and luxury houses, but Jesus walked from place to place and had nowhere to lay his head.
The promise of a coming King in Zechariah 9:9 involved a donkey and her colt. These animals played a role in three wonderful prophetic truths: First, that the Son of God was not proud, but gentle and lowly, without political plans or violence. Second, that He was the spiritual King and the Messiah who had been promised long ago. Third, that He was worthy of great rejoicing and shouts of triumph.
In the time of Jesus, donkeys were used for travel a great deal; horses were owned only by great men and were usually used for war. Donkeys, on the other hand, were used in lowly services such as carrying loads. Although Christ, Immanuel (God with us), could have summoned a cherub to carry Him (Psalm 18:10), He embraced humility and rode upon a donkey.
Some people think Jesus was adhering to a certain custom in Israel for judges to ride upon white donkeys (Judges 5:10), and their sons to ride on donkey-colts (Judges 12:14). Christ would thus enter, not as a conqueror, but as the Judge of Israel, “who for judgment came into this world.”
The scribes in the Old Testament expressed two images of Christ’s coming; first on a donkey; and second, on a cloud of heaven. They explained this difference saying that He would come on an donkey if the people of the Old Testament did not keep all the commandments with faithfulness (like keeping the Sabbath holy), but that He would come on a cloud of heaven if the people were worthy. Those educated scribes did not comprehend that Christ would come on a donkey and that He would come again on a cloud of heaven.
In commanding the donkey and its foal into His service, Christ gives us an example of justice and honesty. He assured the donkeys’ owner that the animals were merely being borrowed. He told his disciples, “You shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately He will send them”, i.e. send them back to the owner as soon as he was finished with them.

 

Prayer:   Holy Father, we rejoice with a shout, for Your promise to the prophet, Zechariah commands us to rejoice when the King of Heaven comes to take possession of His spiritual government and establish His kingdom on the truth after his atonement. We thank You Father because Your meek Son came as One who was humble and needy so that He could feel with those that live in tribulation to bless them with the blessing of His Holy Spirit.

 

Question:

185. What can you understand from the prophecy of Zechariah?

 

 

Table of contents

PREFACE

PART 1
THE PRELIMINARY PERIOD IN THE MINISTRY OF CHRIST
(MATTHEW 1:1 - 4:25)

PART 2
CHRIST TEACHES AND MINISTERS IN GALILEE
(MATTHEW 5:1 - 11:1)

PART 3
THE UNBELIEVING JEWS AND THEIR ENMITY TO JESUS
(MATTHEW 11:2-18:35)

PART 4
JESUS’ MINISTRY IN THE JORDAN VALLEY DURING HIS JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM
(MATTHEW 19:1 - 20:34)

PART 5
JESUS’ LAST MINISTRIES IN JERUSALEM
(MATTHEW 21:1 - 25:46)

A - A DISPUTE IN THE TEMPLE
(MATTHEW 21:1 - 22:46)

1. Jesus’ Entrance into Jerusalem
(Matthew 21:1-9)
21:1
A - A DISPUTE IN THE TEMPLE
(MATTHEW 21:1 - 22:46)

1. Jesus’ Entrance into Jerusalem
(Matthew 21:1-9) - continued
21:6
2. Jesus Cleanses the Temple
(Matthew 21:10-17)
21:10
2. Jesus Cleanses the Temple
(Matthew 21:10-17) - continued
21:14
3. The Unfruitful Fig Tree Cursed
(Matthew 21:18-22)
21:18
4. Jesus Questioned by the Elders of the Jews
(Matthew 21:23-27)
21:23
4. Jesus Questioned by the Elders of the Jews
(Matthew 21:23-27) - continued
21:24
5. Jesus Gives Four Parables
(Matthew 21:28 - 22:14)

a) The Parable of the Two Sons
(Matthew 21:28-32)
21:28
b) The Parable of the Wicked Vinedressers
(Matthew 21:33-41)
21:33
c) The Parable about the Stumbling Block
(Matthew 21:42-46)
21:42
d) The Parable of the Great Wedding Feast
(Matthew 22:1-14)
22:1
6. The Things that are Caesar’s, and Those that are God’s
(Matthew 22:15-22)
22:15
7. In the Resurrection they neither Marry nor are Given in Marriage
(Matthew 22:23-33)
22:23
8. The Great Commandment
(Matthew 22:34-40)
22:34
9. Christ is the Lord
(Matthew 22:41-46)
22:41
B - CHRIST REBUKES AND WARNS THE JEWISH SPIRITUAL LEADERS
(MATTHEW 23:1-39) (The Fifth Collection of the Words of Jesus)

1. Rebuke of the Scribes and Pharisees (Matthew 23:1-7)
23:1
2. The Humility of Faithful Teachers
(Matthew 23:8-12)
23:8
3. The First Woe to the Scribes and Pharisees
(Matthew 23:13)
23:13
4. The Second Woe
(Matthew 23:14)
23:14
5. The Third Woe
(Matthew 23:15)
23:15
6. The Fourth Woe
(Matthew 23:16-22)
23:16
7. The Fifth Woe
(Matthew 23:23-24)
23:23
8. The Sixth Woe
(Matthew 23:25-26)
23:25
9. The Seventh Woe
(Matthew 23:27-28)
23:27
10. The Eighth Woe
(Matthew 23:29-33)
23:29
11. Jesus’ Prophesy about Jerusalem
(Matthew 23:34-36)
23:34
12. The Hardheartedness of the People of Jerusalem in Front of Christ’s Mercy and Compassion
(Matthew 23:37-39)
23:37
C - CHRIST’S SERMON ON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES
(MATTHEW 24:1-25:46) (The Sixth Collection of Words of Jesus)

1. Christ Leaves the Temple (Matthew 24:1-2)
24:1
2. The Disciples’ Questions (Matthew 24:3) 24:3
3. Take Heed that no One Deceives You
(Matthew 24:4-5)
24:4
4. God’s Wrath Falling on Men
(Matthew 24:6-8)
24:6
5. They Will Deliver You up to Tribulation
(Matthew 24:9-14)
24:9
5. They Will Deliver You up to Tribulation
(Matthew 24:9-14) - continued
24:12
6. The Destruction of Jerusalem
(Matthew 24:15-22)
24:15
7. False Christs
(Matthew 24:23-26)
24:23
8. The Clear Signs of Christ’s Second Coming
(Matthew 24:27-31)
24:27
9. The End of the Worlds
(Matthew 24:32-36)
24:32
10. The Salvation of the Believers
(Matthew 24:37-41)
24:37
11. Watch!
(Matthew 24:42-51)
24:42
11. Watch!
(Matthew 24:42-51) - continued
24:45
12. The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins
(Matthew 25:1-13)
25:1
12. The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins
(Matthew 25:1-13) - continued
25:6
12. The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins
(Matthew 25:1-13) - continued
25:8
13. The Parable of the Talents
(Matthew 25:14-30)

a) Are You Talented?
(Matthew 25:14-18)
25:14
b) The Lord Rewards the Faithful
(Matthew 25:19-23)
25:19
c) The Lord Judges the Lazy Servant
(Matthew 25:24-30)
25:24
14. Christ is the Eternal Judge
(Matthew 25:31-33)
25:31
15. Christ’s Judgment on His Loving Followers
(Matthew 25:34-40)
25:34
16. The Judge’s Judgment on the Evil Ones
(Matthew 25:41-46)
25:41

PART 6
CHRIST’S SUFFEINGS AND DEATH
(MATTHEW 26:1-27:66)

PART 7
THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
(MATTHEW 28:1-20)

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