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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 ChronologyPassover and the Last Supper
3-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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14. The Transfiguration: the Kingdom Revealed (17:1-13; Mark 9:2-3; Luke 9:28-36)

1Six days[1a] later Yeshua took PeterKefa, JamesYa'akov, and his brother JohnYochanan with Him, and led them up into a high mountain[1b] by themselves. 2He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothing became as white as its light. 3And suddenly MosesMoshe and ElijahEliyahu appeared to them, talking with Him.[3]

4Kefa said to Yeshua, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If You want, let’s make three sukkottemporary shelters here:[4] one for you, one for Moshe, and one for Eliyahu.”

5While He was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with Whom I am well pleased. Listen to Him.[5]

6When the disciplestalmidim heard it, they fell on their faces, and were terrified. 7Yeshua came, touched them, and said, “Get up, and don’t be afraid.8When they looked up, they saw nobody except Yeshua. 9As they were coming down from the mountain, Yeshua commanded them, “Don’t tell anyone what you saw, until the Son of Man has risen from the dead.

10His talmidim asked Him, “Then why do the Scribes, Torah teachersSofrim say that ElijahEliyahu must come first?”

11Yeshua answered, “Eliyahu does come first, and he will restore all things, 12but I’m telling you that Eliyahu has come already, and people didn’t recognize him, but did to him whatever they wanted to. In the same way, the Son of Man is about to suffer at their hands.13Then the talmidim understood that he was talking about Yochanan the Immerser.

15. An Object Lesson on Faith (17:14-21; Mark 9:14-29; Luke 9:37-43)

14As they approached the crowd, a man came up to him, knelt down before Him, and said, 15“Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is epileptic, and has such serious seizures that he often falls into the fire or into the water. 16I brought him to your talmidim, but they couldn’t cure him.”

17Yeshua answered, “You unbelieving and perverted generation! How long will I be with you? How long will I put up with you? Bring him here to me.[17] 18Yeshua rebuked him, the demon came out of him, and the boy was immediately cured.

19Then the talmidim came to Yeshua privately, and asked, “Why weren’t we able to cast it out?”

20He said to them, “Because of your little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith only the size of mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; nothing will be impossible for you. 21But this kind [of demon] doesn’t go out except though prayer and fasting.

16. The King Again Foretells His Death and Resurrection (17:22-23; Mark 9:30-32; Luke 9:45-45)

22While they were together in the Galil, Yeshua said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be betrayed to men 23who will kill Him, but on the third day He will be raised up.” They were extremely sad.

17. The Miracle of the Temple Tax (17:24-27; Mark 12:13-17)

24When they had come to CapernaumK'far-Nachum, the didrachma[24] collectors came to Kefa and asked him, “Doesn’t your rabbi pay the didrachma?” 25He said, “Yes.”

When he came into the house, Yeshua anticipated him, saying, “What do you think, Shim`on? From whom do the kings of the earth receive toll or tribute? From their sons, or from strangers?

26Kefa said to him, “From strangers.”

Yeshua said to him, “So then, the sons are exempt. 27But, just so we don’t cause offense,[27a] go down to the lake and cast a hook. Take the first fish that comes up. When you have opened its mouth, you’ll find a stater[27b]. Take that, and give it to them for you and Me.

Chapter 18


1a. Mark says “six days,” but Luke says “some eight days.” This is not a “discrepancy” as some have supposed, but only a different method of reconing time. Both are correct, as Luke counts the days of both events, while Matthew and Mark count only the intervening days. [RETURN]

1b. Mount Tabor, a little over 10 miles southwest from Capernaum. [RETURN]

  3. Yeshua frequently said that the Torah and the Prophets testified or spoke of Him. There are three divisions of the Tanakh, or Hebrew Bible: the Torah (the five books of Moses), the Prophets, and the Writings. Here we see the literal fulfillment of Yeshua’s statement, with Moses representing the Torah and Elijah, considered the chief of the prophets, representing the Prophets. I believe is appropriate that these two men of God will be the two witnesses mentioned in Revelation 11:1-14, though I am most certainly not inclined to make it an issue of any sort. [RETURN]

  4. Some have supposed that because Kefa offered to construct three sukkot that this event occurred during the Feast of Sukkot. However, had this been the Feast of Sukkot they would have been in Jerusalem as required by Torah. However, prophetically speaking, Sukkot is a type of the Mellennial Kingdom Period during which time Messiah Yeshua will once again live among us, reigning in His full glory as Sovereign over a united Earth. So it is very appropriate for Kefa to have made this offer which, as it turns out, was itself an act of prophecy. [RETURN]

  5. Whereas most English Bibles display only the words of Yeshua in red, I have elected to display all the words of Deity in red as Yeshua and the Father are echad (one). [RETURN]

17. I can’t help but wonder if He does not still become frustrated with those who only see Him as their private “fairy godmother,” only coming to him when they want something, but unwilling to try to obey His Torah as He has commanded. [RETURN]

24. The half-shekel Temple tax, called simply the didrachma because of the coin usually to pay it. A didrachma, or double-drachma, is a Greek silver coin worth two drachmas, about as much as two Roman denarii, or about two days’ wages. It was commonly used to pay the half-shekel Temple tax, because two drachmas were worth one-half shekel of silver. [RETURN]

27a. Sometimes is it appropriate to set aside our personal liberties for the sake of avoiding offense. [RETURN]

27b. A stater is a silver coin equivalent to four Attic or two Alexandrian drachmas, or a Jewish shekel: just exactly enough to cover the half-shekel temple tax for two people. [RETURN]

Originally posted on Friday, 22 May 2020

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