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(Isaiah 2:3)

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Introduction to the Gospels (Good News of the Kingdom) and Acts
Mattityahu (Matthew)  •  Mordichai (Mark)  •  Lukas (Luke)  • Yochanan (John)
Crucifixion Week Chronology3-Year Harmony of the Gospels1-Year Harmony of the Gospels  
Hitgalut (Revelation)  •  P’yilut HaShliyakim (Acts of the Emissaries)  •  The Chosen (Video Series)

The Good News of the Kingdom
According to

Yeshua, the Righteous King

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12. Unjust Criticism (7:1-6; Luke 6:37-42)

1Don’t judge, so that you won’t be judged. 2For whatever standard you use to judge others will be used to judge you; and whatever measure you use to measure others will be used to measure to you. 3Why do you see the splinter in your brother’s eye, but don’t recognize the log that is in your own eye? 4How can you tell your brother, ‘Let me take that splinter out of your eye’ when the log is in your own eye? 5You hypocrite! First take the log out of your own eye; then you will be able to see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.

6Don’t give holy things to dogs, and don’t throw your pearls to the pigs. If you do they will just trample them under their feet, then turn and tear you to pieces.

13. Petitioning the King (7:7-11; Luke 11:2)

7Keep asking, and it will be given you. Keep seeking, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened for you. 8Everyone who keeps asking receives; the one who keeps seeking finds; to the one who keeps knocking the door will be opened.[8] 9Is there anyone among you who, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11If you then, who are bad, 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!

14. Interpersonal Relations; Torah Summarized (7:12; Luke 6:31; Eph. 4:32)

 12Always treat others the way you would like for them to treat you; that is the core of the Torah and the Prophets.[12]

15. The Two Paths and Two Gates (7:13-14)

13Enter in through the narrow gate; for the gate that leads to destruction is wide and the road is broad, and many go in that way. 14But the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life! Only a few find it.

16. False Teachers (7:15-20; Luke 6:43-45)

15Beware of false prophets![15a] They come to you wearing sheep’s clothing,[15b] but underneath they are ravenous wolves. 16You will be able to recognize them by their fruit. Do you pick grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? 17Even so, every good tree produces good fruit; but a corrupt tree produces diseased fruit. 18A good tree can’t produce diseased fruit, neither can a corrupt tree produce good fruit. 19Every tree that doesn’t grow good fruit is cut down, and thrown into the fire. 20So you will be able to recognize them by their fruits.

B. The Seriousness of the Constitution (7:21-27)

1. Verbal Assent Insufficient (7:21-23; Luke 6:46)

 21Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, only those who do what My Father in heaven wants.[21] 22On that Day,[22] many will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord! Didn’t we prophesy in Your name? Didn’t we cast out demons in Your name? Didn’t we perform many miracles in Your name?’ 23Then I will tell them, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who despise Torah!’[23]

2. Two Foundations (7:24-27; Luke 6:47-49)

24So everyone who hears My words and acts on them is like a wise man who built his house on bedrock. 25The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, but it didn’t collapse because its foundation was on bedrock. 26But everyone who hears my words but doesn’t act on them is like a stupid man who built his house on sand. 27The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it collapsed—and its fall was terrible.

C. Public Reaction to the Constitution (7:28-29)

28When Yeshua had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at how He taught, 29because He taught them with His own authority, not like the Torah Teachers did.[29]

Chapter 8


 8. “Asking,” “seeking,” and “knocking” are in the verb tense that indicates a continuously  ongoing action, not a one-time event. [RETURN]

12. Again note that He specifically says that His teaching is the core of the Torah. Yeshua could not possibly have made it any more clear that He was teaching Torah, not doing away with Torah! See Matt 5:17-20. [RETURN]

15a. A false prophet (Deut. 13:1-5, Deut. 18:20-23) is any self-proclaimed Bible teacher who offers any prediction of the future in the name of God and that prediction does not come true, or who speaks any word in the name of God that God did not direct him to speak, or who encourages people to follow after false gods, such as the “god” of health, wealth, and prosperity. God says that we are not to “be afraid” of them (Deut. 18:22). The Hebrew word for “be afraid” is rwg (guwr), which means to stand in awe. But it also means to sojourn or abide with or assemble with. Not only are we not to be in awe of (respect) what they say, we are to get away from them! God also says they must die, but I strongly recommend you leave that part to Him! [RETURN]

15b. Yeshua calls His followers His sheep, so a wolf in sheep’s clothing is a violent predator who looks like a Believer. Anyone who claims to be a Believer but who teaches a Gentile Jesus (another Yeshua) or a different gospel (1Cor. 11:4, Gal. 1:6-7) or the doctrine of demons (1Tim. 4:1) is a wolf in sheep’s clothing! [RETURN]

21. Walking the aisle, making “the confession,” and getting baptized will absolutely not get you into the Kingdom without true repentance. Repentance means turning away from sin and turning to God. Turning to God includes obeying His divine instruction (Torah). If Yeshua is not your Lord of all, he is not your Lord at all! The Torah is the Constitution of the Kingdom. If you are a citizen of the Kingdom you are subject to its Constitution! But it is critically important to understand that you cannot become a citizen by following the Constitution; you follow the Constitution after you become a citizen! [RETURN]

22. The Day of ADONAI, colloquially “Judgment Day,” when Messiah comes to judge the world (Joel 2:28-32; Acts 2:20; 1Cor. 5:5; 1Thess. 5:2; 2Thess. 2:2; 2Pet. 3:-10). [RETURN]

23. “… you who despise Torah.” (Quoting Psalm 6:8.) The CJB translates this phrase as “you workers of lawlessness” and the HCSB says “you lawbreakers!” The literal translation from the Greek is “you who work lawlessness.” The Greek word translated “lawlessness” is anomia (anomia), which means “without law.” Since “law” is one of the translations of “Torah,” then “lawlessness” means “without Torah.” Hence my rendering of this phrase. [RETURN]

29. The Torah Teachers, or Scribes (Sofrim), taught very much like the sages teach in the Talmud: “Rabbi Yochanan said in the name of Rabbi Shlomo, who said in the name of Rabbi Gamliel ...” But Yeshua taught on His own authority: “I know that you have been taught …, but I'm telling you that …” [RETURN]

Originally posted on Monday, 18 May 2020

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