Called, Prepared, and Sent Out

1 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother;

Matthew 10:1-2 (KJV)

Disciples/Apostles – Have you ever been sent out by God to enact His will somewhere in the world? Perhaps it was to deliver a message, or to live as an example to others. If you have, then you’re an Apostle. Continue reading “Called, Prepared, and Sent Out”

Revolutionary Teachings

16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

Matthew 19:16-21 (KJV)

The teachings of Yeshua seem so revolutionary, right? This man wants eternal life and goes to the Son of God to find out how this happens. What’s Yeshua’s answer? Continue reading “Revolutionary Teachings”

Treasuring Treasures of Heaven

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

Matthew 6:20 (KJV)

Treasures – Have you ever thought about what these treasures are that Yeshua is referring to? I never quite understood this one, especially from a Hebraic perspective. You see, Hebrews were never really concerned about heaven because that was God’s realm, not man’s. Man was never meant to live there, or ever go there. Man’s realm is on earth.  Continue reading “Treasuring Treasures of Heaven”

Fudging the Numbers

So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.

Matthew 1:17 (KJV)

Fourteen generations – I know Matthew, chapter 1, is a pretty boring chapter. It details the genealogy of Yeshua and lists a bunch of names. Some of them we might recognize, and others we don’t. We just skim through hoping to get to something interesting.  Continue reading “Fudging the Numbers”

The Proof is in the Confusion

And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Matthew 27:46 (KJV)

Eli – Do you want to know why your translation of the Bible is not completely reliable? Compare this verse with Mark 15:34. Continue reading “The Proof is in the Confusion”

It’s Not About Salvation

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.

Matthew 5:19 (KJV)

Least commandments – I assume you know which commandments are the two greatest – love God, and love your neighbor. But do you know which ones are the least? If not, it might surprise you that Yeshua places an importance on the keeping even the least of them. Continue reading “It’s Not About Salvation”

The Right Cheek

But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Matthew 5:39 (KJV)

Right – Why does Yeshua indicate the right cheek? Why not the left? Or why even specify one cheek over the other? This verse from Yeshua’s Sermon on the Mount paved the way for non-violent resistance, but to what level? Does this restrict self-defense, or limit our ability to protect loved ones from harm? Continue reading “The Right Cheek”

A Tempting Question

The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?

Matthew 19:3 (KJV)

Tempting – Since when did asking a question become tempting someone? How was Yeshua tempted in this scenario? Well without any study into the context of the situation and times, we might jump to the conclusion that they were Pharisees, and the Pharisees were always tempting Him, so I’m sure they were trying to ensnare Yeshua with their question. Continue reading “A Tempting Question”

The Nazarene

And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

Matthew 2:23 (KJV)

Nazareth – So Yeshua fulfilled a prophecy that He would be called a Nazarene by moving to the city of Nazareth. Makes sense, right? Pretty straightforward. But there’s just one problem. There’s no such prophecy that the Messiah would come from Nazareth. Continue reading “The Nazarene”