Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Matthew 22:35-36
The religious leaders decided they wanted to challenge Jesus on The Law. Now the first question is what do they mean by The Law? To answer this question we must first understand the Old Testament, God gave Moses the Ten Commandments on Mt Sinai
Now if we study The Law in more depth, we will realize there are over 600 Laws in the Old Covenant. But the 10 Commandments are the foundation of Gods essence. These are not just rules to live by, this is a reflection of Gods nature and a mirror for our sinful nature
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Matthew 22:37-40
Jesus made this for simple for us, he broke down the 10 commandments into 2. Love God and Love Your Neighbor! If you cant remember the 10 commandments remember these two principles, because everything is summed up in these commandments
If we look at the first four commandments:
- Don’t worship other gods
- Don’t make graven images or idols
- Don’t take Gods name in vein
- Keep the Sabbath
These 4 commandments are all about loving God, so if you truly Love God, you keep these commandments without issue
- Honor your father and mother
- Don’t Kill
- Don’t commit Adultery
- Don’t steal
- Don’t lie or gossip about your neighbor
- Don’t want or envy what your neighbor has
These 5 commandments obviously reflect Loving your Neighbor, so if you Love and Love your Neighbor , you are fulfilling The Law, as Jesus said the entire Law and Prophets hang on Love God and Love your Neighbor
For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. John 1:17
Now I know what your thinking, I fail at the Law. Yes we have all fallen short and are sinners, this is why we need Jesus! The Law was handed down to Moses but Grace came through Christ! Jesus also gave us further revelation and explanation of The Law, just study The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5)
And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. Matthew 21:12-13
One of the great foreshadowing events of Christ was the cleansing of The Temple. Now you might say what is prophetic about this moment? Many things, first we must understand The Temple and its function. At this point the only place God resided on Earth was in the Temple. To make atonement for your sin, you must go to the Temple
However the Temple became corrupted by man. Instead of a gateway to God it became as Jesus said a “Den of Thieves” , they made God a business, does this sound familiar today? But Jesus cleared them out, he cleansed The Temple!
And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them. And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased, Matthew 21:14-15
Now while Jesus may have offended many with his actions, the blind and lame came to him for healing! While there are those who are offended by Jesus, those who answer his call shall be healed! And the people continued to praise him “Hosanna to the Son of David”!
This offended and upset the religious leaders, they wanted to be praised but the people praised the Son of God!
And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise? Matthew 21:16
These people didn’t have degrees in theology or years of training with the religious leaders. They had faith in Christ that he is the Messiah, the Son of God! As the famous expression comes from the scripture “From the mouth of babes”
Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. John 2:19
So where are the foreshadows you might ask?
- Jesus foretold of the destruction of the Temple
- Jesus foretold of his resurrection as his body is the new temple
- This is foreshadow of our bodies being the Temple of God (1 Corinthians) and we must cleanse it from sin
And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him. And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David. Matthew 20:29-30
Picture this, a great crowd is now following Jesus, imagine being at a large parade and they are all their to see Jesus. There is two blind beggars sitting on the side of the street, screaming at the top of their lungs, Have Mercy On Us, Lord Son of David!
Do you think Jesus would even be able to hear these men, or see them? Do these men think they wont even be noticed in a large multitude? They didn’t care, they cried out to Jesus in faith and desperation
And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David. Matthew 20:31
The crowd was telling them to shut up already, but the blind men instead of keeping quiet they started shouting even louder! Notice the title they are giving Jesus, Son of David, what does that mean? That means these mean knew Jesus is the Messiah!
And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you? They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. Matthew 20:32-33
Notice even though the large crowd, Jesus heard them and acknowledged them! Also notice Jesus asked them specifically what they wanted and they told him! When were talking with God, remember to be specific and bring your requests and praises to him!
They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. Matthew 20:34
I like the translation of the KJV the best, because their awakening is not just a physical one but a spiritual also! When your Born Again, Jesus will open your eyes!
So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him. Matthew 20:35
Jesus had compassion on them! Jesus didn’t tell them to leave him alone or get lost, we showed his mercy on them. And immediately they received sight! Didn’t happen over years of theological training, it happened immediately! When you become saved, you start to look at the entire world differently
Lastly it says, they followed Jesus. When Jesus calls you and opens your eyes, there is no turning back! Amen!
Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away. And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away! Matthew 21:17-20
What is the symbolism of the fig tree? Well I think to properly understand this we need to look back at Jesus teachings in Matthew 7. Jesus said “Any tree that doesn’t bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown in the fire” (Matthew 7:19) Notice Jesus came to this fig tree looking for some fruit and found none, what was his response? He cursed the fig tree
Jesus also demonstrated his Deity and power over all things. We all know that when we plant a tree it takes a long time for it to grow or die. However instantly with the words spoken by Jesus the tree withered and died. This should be a sharp warning for all of us, as Jesus said those who don’t bear good fruit will be cut down
Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. Matthew 21:21
Just as we might feel Jesus crushed us with his revelation of the Fig Tree He empowers us with the revelation of our faith. Jesus said if we have true faith we can whither that fig tree also or we can move mountains!
Its amazing to think and realize, the same power that rose Jesus from the dead is living inside of us! (Romans 8:11) What we learn from this teaching of Jesus:
- Be fruitful with good fruit! (Matthew 7)
- True faith you can move mountains
And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. Matthew 17:1-2
The transfiguration is one of the amazing events in the Bible not many people talk about. First lets notice the location of the transfiguration, throughout the Bible anytime there was a great event with God it usually happened on a mountain. And notice the company Jesus took with him. He didn’t bring just anyone, he brought a few from his inner circle who truly believed in Him
Jesus face shined like the Sun and his clothes were as very bright light, exactly the way he appears in Revelation. Jesus is revealing his true glory and deity even before his resurrection.
And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Matthew 17:3
Notice who appears with Jesus, Moses and Elijah. Now if there is no afterlife, if we don’t have a living soul, how are these guys standing with Jesus at this moment? Many false doctrines of Soul Sleep destroyed in a moment.
But what do these prophets represent? We know Moses represents The Law and Elijah represents The Prophets. Jesus is revealing the fulfillment of the Law and Prophets through Him (Matthew 5:17)
While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. Matthew 17:5
The our Heavenly Father is heard announcing Jesus is the Son of God! His command was very clear “Listen To Him”! Anyone who rejects the Son is rejecting the Father!
And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. Matthew 17:6-7
What was the reaction of the disciples? They fell on their faces in fear! But Jesus told them “Get Up and Don’t be Afraid”! Because of Christ redeeming us for our sins, we can come in the presence of the Father without Fear.
And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only. And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead Matthew 17:8-9
When the disciples finally had the courage to life their heads, who did they see? Only Jesus! Keep your eyes fixed on our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Notice this was a prophetic revelation Jesus was sharing with these men.
Not only was Jesus revealing his Deity but also prophesying about his resurrection! This is the Beloved Son of God, Listen To Him! Amen!