WARNINGS AND WOE’S AGAINST ISRAEL’S RELIGIOUS HYPOCRITES #50



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ July 29th, 2014. Filed under: Bible Study.

WARNINGS AND WOE’S AGAINST ISRAEL’S RELIGIOUS HYPOCRITES #50

lion and lambMatthew 23:1-39

If anyone thought Jesus was effeminate or a coward, they have not read this chapter. Jesus is as bold as a lion in His attack on the religious leaders. Although, a multitude is present, He primarily speaks to His disciples about observing the Law, and not to be as the hypocrites, who say and fail to do.

There is no doubt that the four gospels are still in the dispensation of the Law. Jesus said, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:17-20.

Those who have the church beginning with John the Baptist, must strain ant a gnat in order to end the law at the coming of John. It will not work.

Jesus told His disciple to do whatsoever the religious leaders bid them do. Only, do not after their manner. The Pharisees taught the Law, but through tradition and deceit, they did not obey it. They say, but they did not do what they taught.

A hypocrite is an actor or performer. A mask was placed on the two ends of a stick. Each mask represented two different persons. One mask was held over the actors face as he played one person, then the other mask was placed over the face to represent someone else. The Pharisees were actors. The taught one thing and did another.

Not only were they hypocritical in their teaching, they were hypocritical in appearance and status. All they did, was for the praise and admiration of men.

  • Dake says, “A small square box containing a parchment or skin (about 1 1/2 x 18 inches) on which were written Ex. 13:1-10; Dt. 6:4-9; 11:13-21. Worn on the arm and forehead by men only. Common people wore them only during prayers, but they were worn continually by the Pharisees who sought to enlarge the boxes so as to attract attention. Jesus did not condemn the wearing of them but the show made of them in public. They became badges of vanity and hypocrisy and amulets to drive away evil spirits.”Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible.

They sought the chief seats, and greetings of “Rabbi, Rabbi” in public. The wickedness was not in the respect, but in the loving and seeking of religious titles. This rebuke is also applied to the Roman Catholic Church; including the Pope. The disciples are forbidden to seek titles, or to call any man father, in the religious sense. Any Catholic who does not understand this, or seeks to justify their religious titles, is blind or is a hypocrite, just as the Pharisees.

Now begins a series of eight woes or condemnations against these religious leaders. The first: The first and second deal with spiritual ambition. People who sought light from them about the Kingdom of Heaven were shut out by their false teaching and traditions. They were the blind, leading the blind. In addition, they took advantage of the grieving widows, and charged them for prayers and religious services. Thus, they are assured greater damnation.

The third woe: that of proselytism. This was not soul-winning, but soul-ruiners.  They sought to find men and women who would follow them and their teachings. The finished product was more a child of hell, then themselves.

The fourth woe: externalism. Not only were they blind, they were also stupid. Jesus gave a warning, in His sermon on the mountain, about swearing or making oaths. The religious leaders did not hold a person accountable who swore by the temple. However, if one swore by the gold in the temple, he was a debtor. The same was said of the altar and the sacrifice on the altar. The altar was nothing without the sacrifice, and the sacrifice was nothing without the altar. In every case, the two were inseparably connected.  They were blind fools, and could not see the connection between the two.

The fifth woe: the sins of omission. The tithe is a tenth. These hypocrites paid the tithe on the most minute and insignificant things. Mint was a sweet smelling plant. Amise was dill. Cummin was a plant for seasoning food. While they were meticulous about these, they omitted the most important matters of the Law. These were righteous judgment, mercy and faith. Thus, they were blind guides who strained out the gnats, and swallowed a camel.

So it is with many today. They are quick to condemn those whose sideburns are longer than their own. They condemn those who ware cowboy boots, wire rimmed glasses, or have facial hair. One pastor ask a missionary if his wife wore pajamas to bed at night. His reason was, pajamas have leg, and are a man’s attire. These fools, with their gnat straining standards, are fools, and would not think twice of running your reputation or ministry.

The sixth woe: empty formalism. Jesus was judged because He ate without washing His hands. (Luke 11:38). It is true today. Most people are far more concerned about external appearance, than godly character within. Some think manners and spirituality are the same. Who in his right mind would knowingly eat from a vessel that was spotless on the outside, and foul within? This was the condition of all empty formalism.

The seventh and eighth woe: false appearances, and murders of the prophets.  Years ago, our family took a vacation from Washing to Florida. On our return home, we stopped in New Orleans. It was All Saints Day, and for some reason we found ourselves near a cemetery. There was more activity there than at any circus. The tombs were above ground, and hundreds of people had stayed the night. They painted the tombs, burnt candles, and applied ashes to themselves. I spite of the attempted beatification of the tombs, each one was full of dead bones. Sadly, this was a Roman Catholic cemetery, and those who garnished the tombs were as dead inside as those in the tombs.

All the wealth, glitter and pomp in Rome, cannot hid the deceit, and corruption within that church. We have only seen the tip of the iceberg in the matter of corruption within her.

It is incredible and inconceivable that the nation of Israel, the apostate nation, should have been so blind and so far from God. Such is it today. There is no reason to believe that the religious leaders have improved. John, the apostle, called Jerusalem Sodom and Egypt. (Rev. 11:8).

The love and compassion for Jerusalem is demonstrated in His willingness to save and protect them. Another gospel tells us that He wept on the city. Oh, such compassion for sinners! But, every man is given a free will, and God will let him choose his own destruction if he is determined to go his own way.

Their city and nation was left desolate. As the glory departed in the days of Ezekiel the prophet, so the glory was departing again. They had Him for over three years. They tasted of the age to come, the Kingdom of Heaven. But, now they will be without God or the Messiah until the Tribulation, is which, they will pray for, and welcome His coming.

 

GREATER OPPOSITION TO THE KING AND THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN #49



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ July 26th, 2014. Filed under: Bible Study.

 

GREATER OPPOSITION TO THE KING AND THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN #49

lion and lambMatthew 22:1-46.

 This chapter continues to the opposition toward the Lord by the various leaders at Jerusalem. As was our Lord’s manner, He rebuked them by parables, and trapped them in their on craftiness.

 This parable extends from the time of Christ and His disciples to the end of the Tribulation. There had been a previous announcement to the guest that there was going to be a wedding for a certain king’s son. The time had arrived, and servants were sent to those who had been invited, but they would not come. This, we believe represents the ministry of Jesus and the Twelve.

The second attempt ended in ridicule, indifference and hostility. These servants were persecuted and slain. These represent the disciples in the Acts period. Their ministry was to Israel, and like their Lord, they too were rejected.

 It is significant that at verse seven there is an interruption in the parable. Dr. Dave Reese says in his commentary on Matthew, “The church age occurs after verse 7 and before verse 8 and is not mentioned anywhere in the four gospels” (Matthew P. 197).There is little doubt that this is a reference to the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus in 70 A. D. After that, the command by the king was to send his servants out and invites anyone who is willing to come. Thus, there is a gap between verse seven and verse eight of over two thousand years. There is nothing in the parable about the church of this dispensation. There are too many doctrinal difficulties to put the church, which was a mystery, in it.

 This last commission is given to those who will preach the gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven in the tribulation. If the last half of the parable is about the church, how did a man get into heaven wearing the wrong wedding garment? It won’t work, and must be forced into the parable to make others think the Lord is talking of the church.

 This event takes place on earth and this man without a proper garment represents those who will attempt to enter the Kingdom of Heaven without repentance, or submitting to the gospel for the Kingdom. In Revelation 19:7, 8; the wife had made herself ready, and was dressed in fine line, which is the righteousness of the saints. These are the ones who believed the gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven, and came out of the great tribulation. It was a works and faith gospel. There is no doubt that this man went to hell. The Lord says, “For many are called, but few are chosen.”

In the following, various leaders in Jerusalem come and attempt to create problems that would put Jesus in jeopardy. The first of these are the Herodians.

  • “International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. HERODIANS A party twice mentioned in the Gospels (Matthew 22:16 parallel Mark 12:13; Mark 3:6) as acting with the Pharisees in opposition to Jesus. They were not a religious sect, but, as the name implies, a court or political party, supporters of the dynasty of Herod. Nothing is known of them beyond what the Gospels state. Whatever their political aims, they early perceived that Christ’s pure and spiritual teaching on the kingdom of God was irreconcilable with these, and that Christ’s influence with the people was antagonistic to their interests. Hence, in Galilee, on the occasion of the healing of the man with the withered hand, they readily joined with the more powerful party of the Pharisees in plots to crush Jesus (Mark 3:6); and again, in Jerusalem, in the last week of Christ’s life, they renewed this alliance in the attempt to entrap Jesus on the question of the tribute money (Matthew 22:16). The warning of Jesus to His disciples to “beware of the leaven of Herod” (Mark 8:15) may have had reference to the insidious spirit of this party. James Orr”

 The hypocrisy of this group is too evident. If they really believed He taught the truth, why then did they attempt to trap Him? Why not accept Him? Such is deceit. It is usually preceded by flattery. Jesus knew them and caught them in their own craftiness, and silenced them. 

 The Sadducees were the liberals of Jesus’s day. They did not believe in the resurrection, angels or the Scriptures. Yet, they used the Scriptures to create a dilemma for Christ. The Law allowed Levirate marriage. (Deut. 25:5-10). A levirate marriage was a marriage of a widow capable of bearing children to a brother-in-law if her husband died childless. Its purpose was to continue a man’s family line. The Sadducees give a supposed case where a woman had seven such marriages. All her husbands died, and eventually she died also. Their question was, in the resurrection, whose wife is she. 

 Jesus countered with a condemnation of their ignorance of Scripture, and the power of God. In the resurrection, none will be husbands or wives, as the Mormons falsely teach, nor will there be marriages in heaven. Although angels are all male, there are no marriages between them. They have appeared as men and had intercourse with women. (Gen. 6).

 Concerning the resurrection, God has power to resurrect all. Nor have those who died in faith ceased to exist. They are with God in heaven, as is Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.

 These ambassadors of Satan now join forces to temp and entrap Jesus. Again, as at the beginning, the Devil used the question method to confuse and deceive Eve. A lawyer ask Jesus which is the greatest commandment in the Law. Jesus tells him that the two greatest commandments are to love God with all ones heart, and to love his neighbor as himself. It is obvious that on these two all the Law and Prophets hung. The nation did neither. They did not love God, and they hated their Gentile neighbors.

 While they were still gathered together, Jesus ask them whose son the Messiah would be. They said he would be the son of David. Jesus ask how he could be David’s son since David called him his Lord. The only possible way was for him to be Deity, to be David’s son and his Lord. They could not answer Him, and refrained from asking anymore questions.

THE TRIUMPHAL ENTRY #48



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ July 23rd, 2014. Filed under: Bible Study.

THE TRIUMPHAL ENTRY #48

 lion and lamb

Matthew 21:1-46

 

Some have designated this even as “The Triumphal Entry.” Jesus has been presented to Israel by John the Baptist, the Twelve, The seventy, and by Himself. This was done through preaching, miracles, parables, and fulfilled prophecy. Now, the Lord presents Himself officially as Israel’s King. This he does in fulfillment of the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9. “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.”

No doubt, the Seventy, who went before the Lord, had arranged for the colt to be available. The owner was willing to let Jesus us it. It is noteworthy that the Lord entered in meekness and humility. It was not the day of vengeance yet.

Not only did they spread their clothes on the colt, the multitude spread their garments and palm branches in the way. Some of the multitude went before, and others followed crying “Hosanna to the Son of David…” Vine’s Expository Dictionary says, “in the Hebrew, means “save, we pray.” The word seems to have become an utterance of praise rather than of prayer, though originally, probably, a cry for help. The people’s cry at the Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Matt. 21:9, 15; Mark 11:9, 10; John 12:13) was taken from Psa. 118, which was recited at the Feast of Tabernacles in the great Hallel (Psalms 113 to 118) in responses with the priest, accompanied by the waving of palm and willow branches. “The last day of the feast” was called “the great Hosanna;” the boughs also were called “hosannas.”

 When Jesus arrived at the temple in Jerusalem, He entered it and began to drive the money changers and the animals out. John says He made a whip to drive them out. These money changers were wicked and extorted money when changing it to that which was acceptable to be used in the temple. Jesus accuse them of making the temple a “den of thieves.” It was to be a house of prayer. “Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.” Isaiah 56:7

When the chief priests and scribes saw the people praising Him, they were displeased. Why? Because they were protecting their position and income. They envied the attention He was receiving from the common people and the children. He said to them, “…have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?”

The fig tree was a type of Israel. They had the self-righteous of leaves, but no fruit of righteousness. The cursing and death of the tree was a picture of Israel’s future judgment. He also gave the Twelve a lesson on prayer.

Jesus exposed the hypocrisy of the priests and the elders, when they ask Him where His authority came from. He responded saying, that if they would answer His question He would answer theirs. “The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men?” Their deceit is exposed in their reasoning. “…If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him? But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet.”

The following parables show their hypocrisy. They professed righteousness, but would not repent of their own sins. The next reveals their wickedness. They killed the prophets sent by God, and they finally killed His Son in order to maintain control of the kingdom and the people.

Jesus ask what the lord of the vineyard would do. “They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.” They had no idea how accurate their answer was. We must not interpret the other husbandmen as a representation of the church in this dispensation. The other husbandmen are those who knew they were sinners, and received Jesus as Israel’s Messiah, and King. This will take place when the Kingdom of Heaven is established on earth. Finally, He exposed their blindness. They were rejecting the Stone that will become the King, who will rule with a rod of iron. (Psa. 2).

Thus, the rulers of Israel have officially, and knowingly, rejected the Son of David, the rightful King of Israel. It only remained for Jesus to instruct His Disciple of future events, prior to his coming, and for the betrayal and crucifixion.  

 

MANY ARE CALLED, BUT FEW ARE CHOSEN #47



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ July 19th, 2014. Filed under: Bible Study.

MANY ARE CALLED, BUT FEW ARE CHOSEN #47

lion and lambMatthew 20:1-34

This parable is about the Kingdom of Heaven, and the application is similar, in some respects, to the previous chapter. Jesus said the fields are ripe for harvest, but the labors are few. Here, we see men standing idle. The lord went out at daybreak and hired them to work in his vineyard. They agreed on the wage which was a penny, about 65¢ per day. The time frame is 6:00 a.m.; 3rd hour, 9:00 a.m.; 6th hour, 12:00 noon; 9th hour, 3:00 p.m.; and 11th hour, 5:00 p.m.

He never set a wage with those who were hired after the first ones. He only promised them that which is right.

At the end of the day, He called all the labors and gave each person the same amount; a day’s wage. However, those hired first, and had labored all day, complained when the other receive the same amount as themselves. Dr. B. R. Lakin said, “No one cares what you have or know, as long as it is not more than they know or have.” Such is human nature.   

Jesus told those who were first, that He did them no wrong. They were receiving as they agreed. The purpose of the parable is to show that those who were the first to labor in the Kingdom of Heaven ministry, will not necessarily receive greater rewards than those who come the last hour. Seniority does not count in God’s service. The only thing that will be acknowledged is faithfulness. Not all who serve the Lord have the same abilities, opportunities, or calling, but all can equally be faithful. Those who seek to be first, will not be chosen to be first. The Lord has a right to reward each man as He will.   
Again, the Lord tell His disciples how He would be treated at Jerusalem. “And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death, And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again.” Again, we see that they cannot hear what He is telling them. The reason for their deafness was their preconceived belief of what His ministry must be. Like many today, they cannot hear when one attempts to teach them right divisions of Scripture. They are locked into tradition, and a belief that things must be as they have always believed.   

There is nothing like a mother’s love for her children. She was sincere in her worship, and desire for her sons. She knew He was the Messiah, and that He would establish His kingdom in Jerusalem. She wanted her sons to be first, and sit on His right and left hand. Jesus informed her that her that His Father was the one who would make that judgment. Also, it will be given to those who are worthy.

The baptism and the cup speak of our Lord upcoming suffering. “But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!” Luke 12:50. “He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.” Matthew 26:42. Jesus assured them that they too, would suffer for His sake.

This request upset the other disciples, and they let it be known. They were insulted by the mother’s request. No doubt, they put their mother up to it. They were seeking first place in the Kingdom of Heaven, ahead of the other disciples.

Jesus calmed them, and instructed them that none should seek a superior position or authority. This was the behavior of Gentiles. They were called to serve and sacrifice themselves for others. They would then be like the Son of man, who came to minister and give His life a ransom for many.

As they departed Jericho, two blind men began to cry out, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David.” They too, acknowledged that He was the Messiah, the King of Israel. Their request was that He restore their sight. Some try to find a contradiction in the accounts of the healings of the blind. Dake’s notes help us understand the contrive apparent conflicts.

  • “Note the different circumstances, the occasions, and other points of difference in three cases of healing the four blind men at Jericho on this visit: 1. “As He was come nigh unto Jericho” (Lk. 18:35-43). 2. “As He went out of Jericho” (Mk. 10:46-52). 3. “As they departed from Jericho” (Mt. 20:29-34). This case had “two blind men” while in the others there was only one. What was said by the men and by Christ in each case is different, as well as the other facts, proving them to be three different cases and not one. Jericho was a city of 100,000 so three cases of blindness and healing is not unreasonable. Blindness and eye diseases are very common in the East today. The percentage is said to be about one in five. When we have variances in gospel accounts it is always wise to consider them as different cases instead of forcing them to be the same and blaming the writers for not being inspired. If the cases are the same and details vary, then let us realize that the writers are giving details which the Holy Spirit wants them to give for a specific purpose, that taken together they make a more complete story and that they supplement each other, not contradict each other. Even then no doubt many details are not given in any one case. All are not necessary (cp. Jn. 21:25). Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible.

It is noteworthy, that the blind could see that He was Israel’s King, while the national leaders, who thought they could see, were blind. So it is today. The self-righteous cannot see their need for Him. Those who know they are blind sinners, willingly accept Him.

MATTERS CONCERNING OFFENCES, JUDGMENTS, AND FORGIVENESS #46



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ July 16th, 2014. Filed under: Bible Study.

lion and lambMATTERS CONCERNING OFFENCES, JUDGMENTS, AND FORGIVENESS 

Matthew 18:7-35.

 

This chapter begins with the question by the disciples, who would be greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. As we have demonstrated repeatedly, the four Gospels are not about the church of this dispensation, but are about the Kingdom of Heaven Church. This would be clear to all, where it not for centuries of tradition, and the lack of right division of the Scriptures.  

 

The Lord warns all who stand in the way, or become a stumbling block to little children who would enter the Kingdom. If the foot, the hand, or the eye is a means by which a child is hindered from entering the Kingdom, it would be better to remove these, than to have one’s self cast into hell. Since angels are “ministering Spirits” to all would enter the Kingdom of Heaven, (Heb. 1:14) offences will not go unnoticed. These little ones are God’s sheep. His purpose for coming to Israel, was to save them.

 

We have discussed the need to settle disputes before they end up before the judges. Thus, in the Kingdom of Heaven, one should seek personal reconciliation.  If that fails, then the final recourse is to take it before the disciples who will be judges in the Kingdom Church. There is more than one “church” in Scripture. There was a church in the wilderness. That church, though in apostasy, existed in the time of Jesus and the disciples. There is the church today, which was a mystery. There will also be the Tribulation church, which will become the Kingdom of Heaven church.

 

The Twelve will be judges and whatever their request or decision is, will be approved by the Father. Those rejecting the judgment of these Judges, are to be shunned as a Gentile sinner. The “binding” and “loosening” is the decisions made by the Judges. Any two or three of the disciples who agree on a judgment, will be sufficient. If they need added wisdom, the Lord promises to promises to grant whatever they request. They are assured of His answer, and His presence.

 

The binding and loosening is taken as a prayer promise by the charismatics. Thus, you hear such silly commands from them that they are “binding” Satan. Again, this context, and the text has nothing to do with the church today, which was a mystery. The church can’t bind or loosen anything.
Our Lord’s teaching, prompted Peter to ask the following question. “…Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?” Although, the Lord said, until seventy times seven, it implies unlimited forgiveness to those who repent and ask for it. Then He used a parable to illustrate the necessity of forgiving others. They were required to forgive in order to be forgiven. The believer in Christ today, ought to forgive because he has been forgiven. One can see that this is a works based salvation to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

 

We are well aware how strange all this is to most Christians. The fault lies in several false assumptions. The greatest of these is the failure to rightly divide the Word of God. This leads to the belief that Jesus came to establish a Gentile church. Another fault lies in reading the Church epistles, Romans through Philemon, back into the Kingdom of Heaven gospels. Although, there are many applications of Scripture, there is only one correct doctrinal, and dispensational interpretation.  “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

2 Timothy 2:15.

 

TWO REQUIREMENTS NECESSARY TO ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN #45



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ July 11th, 2014. Filed under: Bible Study.

TWO REQUIREMENTS NECESSARY TO ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN #45

 lion and lamb

“At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” Matthew 18:1-6

 

One must not lose sight of the purpose of Matthew’s gospel. He presents Jesus as the son of Abraham, and the son of David. The Kingdom of Heaven has been offered to Israel by Jesus and His disciples, and it was rejected by the nation. In the last half of Matthew, (The Abraham section) Jesus prepares the disciples for suffering, and His own death. However, they were oblivious to both teachings.  Their concern was who would be the greatest in the Kingdom. The question was not about the local church, or heaven.

In answer to their question, He called a little child unto Him. As an object lesson, the child was used to show a truth and a requirement for all who will be citizens in the Kingdom of Heaven. One must have “childlike faith.” A little child has unwavering faith in what his father or mother tells it. He or she, doesn’t doubt or question what it is told. It does not have a thought about how great it is, or will be. Its humility of faith in the father or mother is evident. This is a requirement for Israel to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. We say Israel because there will be those who are invited in, and they had no idea of what they had done to deserve entrance into it. (Matthew 25:31-46).

The second requirement is that of conversion. This is not the same as what we call “born again.” Conversion is a returning to the Lord. The Lord said to Peter, who had been a disciple for, at least, three years, “But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” Luke 22:32. A Christian gets saved once, but he may be converted many times. Peter preaches that if Israel will return to the Lord, or “be converted” that their sins would be blotted out at the return of Christ to establish His Kingdom on earth. (Acts. 3:19).

Thus, instead of answering the Disciples question, Jesus told them the two requirements to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. 1. Childlike faith. 2. Conversion.

 

JESUS PAID ALL REQUIRED TAXES #44



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ July 8th, 2014. Filed under: Bible Study.

JESUS PAID ALL REQUIRED TAXES #44

And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith untolion and lamb him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.  Matthew 17:24-27.

As we consider the subject of taxes, it is important to understand that two different tax systems are discussed in the gospels. One was a temple tax, the other was a tax to the Roman government.

 

On their way from the Mount of Transfiguration, someone approached Peter and ask if Jesus paid the temple tax. Peter’s response was that He did. A tax was required by Old Testament Law to care for the temple. “And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, When thou takest the sum of the children of Israel after their number, then shall they give every man a ransom for his soul unto the LORD, when thou numberest them; that there be no plague among them, when thou numberest them. This they shall give, every one that passeth among them that are numbered, half a shekel after the shekel of the sanctuary: (a shekel is twenty gerahs:) an half shekel shall be the offering of the LORD. Every one that passeth among them that are numbered, from twenty years old and above, shall give an offering unto the LORD. The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less than half a shekel, when they give an offering unto the LORD, to make an atonement for your souls. And thou shalt take the atonement money of the children of Israel, and shalt appoint it for the service of the tabernacle of the congregation; that it may be a memorial unto the children of Israel before the LORD, to make an atonement for your souls.” Exodus 30:11-16.

When they came to Peter’s house, the lord ask Peter a question before any other subject could come up. The word “prevented,” means that Jesus spoke before Peter could say anything. The question and its solution reveals many wonderful truths. It meant that the Old Testament Law was still very much in force. Jesus would pay the temple tax, not because He had to, but to fulfill all righteousness, and set an example to others. The kings of the earth did not collect taxes from their own children. They collected taxes from their subjects, or strangers. Since God was the Father of Jesus, He was a son, and not required to pay the temple tax. Nevertheless, He paid them.

Because He valued the Law, the temple, and the purpose for which it served, He voluntary paid the tax.  The ministry of the temple required large sums of money. Among many were the expenses for the Priest themselves. It should be noted that, although much of the temple service was corrupt, Jesus still paid His tax.

In the command to catch a fish that would have a coin in its mouth, with which to pay the tax, we see the omniscience of the Lord Jesus Christ. Peter would never forget that miracle, and it would strengthen his faith for the turn of events that were soon to happen, that is, the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus. Two lessons were learned. One, the importance of setting a good example to others, and that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God.

 

 

JESUS CONTINUES TO REVEAL TO HIS DISCIPLES HIS DEATH, BURIAL, AND RESURRECTION #43



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ July 5th, 2014. Filed under: Bible Study.

JESUS CONTINUES TO REVEAL TO HIS DISCIPLES HIS DEATH, BURIAL, AND RESURRECTION 

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“And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men:  And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again. And they were exceeding sorry.” Matthew 17:22-23.

 The Kingdom of Heaven had been rejected as offered by John the Baptist, the Twelve, and Jesus. In this second section of Matthew, Jesus begins to prepare His disciples for his personal rejection and crucifixion. This is the second time He mentions it in this new section. The first is in 16:21. “From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.” Matthew 16:21.

This truth is more significant than most think. In fact, few notice it, and those who do fail to understand the momentous truth because tradition has blinded them to it. First, this means that the gospel that had been preached by John, Jesus, and His disciples could not have been the same gospel we preach today. They had no clue that He was to die, and when He began to make it known, they really did not hear what He was saying. Secondly, John’s baptism had no connection or relationship to His death. His baptism had an interlay different meaning than the baptism of believers today. John’s baptism was the baptism of repentance, and its purpose was to make the Messiah known to Israel.

There was not one word in the gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven, by anyone, concerning His death, burial, and resurrection. Scripture is abundant on this fact. Luke makes it so clear that a third grader could understand it. Luke 18:31-34.“Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again. And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.”  Most Christians, and pastors are as blind to this truth, as the Disciples. We will forgo the mountain of evidence on this subject, except for one text by the Apostle John. “For as yet they knew not the scripture that he must rise again from the dead.”  John 20:9.

There is nothing in Matthew’s gospel that remotely suggest a Baptist church, or a Gentile church of any kind. All in the first half is about the King and the Kingdom of Heaven being offered The last half is about the rejection and suffering of the King.  The church, which was a mystery, and unknown until revealed to Paul, finds no place in the Kingdom of Heaven earthly ministry of Christ.

WHY THE WOMEN IN MY CHURCH DON’T WEAR PANTS



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ July 3rd, 2014. Filed under: TOPICAL.

WHY THE WOMEN IN MY CHURCH DON’T WEAR PANTS

 

  1. MOST OF MY PASTOR FRIENDS HAVE THIS STANDARD, AND I DON’T WANT TO LOOSE THEIR FRIENDSHIP.

 

  1. I NEEDED A BIBLE VERSE TO JUSTIFY THIS STANDARD, SO I PULLED ONE OUT OF THE OLD TESTAMENT. (“The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.” Deuteronomy 22:5. We hope no one sees “Thou shalt not wear a garment of divers sorts, as of woollen and linen together.” Deuteronomy 22:11. We would look like hypocrites, and we could not explain why we don’t obey it.)  

 

  1. THUS, OUR WOMEN WEAR DRESSES, EVEN THOUGH THE CLEAVAGE IS TO THE BELLY BUTTON, THE LENGTH IS UP TO THE THIGH, AND IT IS SO TIGHT THEY HAD TO USE VASELINE TO SLIP ONTO IT. THANK GOD, AT LEAST THEY AREN’T WEARING PANTS!

 

  1. I’VE BEEN TOLD THAT WOMEN WHO WEAR PANTS ARE “HUSSIES, WORLDLY, IMMODEST, AND VIOLATING SCRIPTURE.” WE DON’T WANT ANY OF THOSE WOMEN IN OUR CHURCH. THEY WILL CORRUPT THE GOOD GODLY WOMEN.

 

  1. CHURCHES MUST SET STANDARDS ON HOW PEOPLE DRESS.

THE MAN WHO WAS A LUNATIC #42



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ June 28th, 2014. Filed under: Bible Study, Uncategorized.

THE MAN WHO WAS A LUNATIC

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“And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, Mt 15  Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. Mt 16  And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. Mt 17  Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. Mt 18  And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. Mt 19  Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? Mt 20  And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Mt 21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.”Matthew 17:14-21.

 

We have moved into a new section of Matthew’s gospel. The two outstanding figures in the genealogy of Christ  are Abraham and David. In the first section He is presented as the Son of David, and the Kingdom of Heaven was preached. “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 4:17. In the second section He is presented as the suffering son of Abraham, as seen in Isaac. “From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.  Matthew 16:21. He will travel from the mount of transfiguration to Mount Calvary.

Things had not change below the mountain. A young man is designated as a “lunatic.” He would respond as an epileptic. Some believed that the symptoms were greatest when there was a full moon. In reality, a devil took full control of him at those times to make the people believe it was the moon.

Under the Kingdom ministry personal faith will have a like effect on the sick, and the possessed. This was true in the gospels and early acts, and will be so again in the Tribulation and the Kingdom. The unbelief of the nine rendered them helpless in this special case. However, Jesus had told them, after His departing, they would do greater miracles than these.  Nevertheless, verse 20 and many similar passages in the Kingdom gospels speak of spectacular miracles by those with spectacular faith. For example, (Mt. 21:22; Mk. 9:23; 11:22-24; Jn. 14:12-15; 15:7,16; Heb. 11:6; Jas. 1:5-8). Nothing like this is promised in the church epistles. Thus, these are Kingdom ministry promises, in some cases are a hyperbole.