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Matthew 15- Heart Issue

And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand:Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man. Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying? But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. Then answered Peter and said unto him, Declare unto us this parable. Matthew 15:10-15

Previously we read where Jesus said “They honor me with their lips but their hearts are far from me” (Matthew 15:8) Here again we see Jesus explaining more of what he means, that sin is a heart issue, your covenant with God is a heart issue, and you need a new and clean heart (Ezekiel 36:26) you need to become Born Again (John 3:3) sin is what defiles a person, not what they eat

This is also a display of the New Covenant, as the Jews were more concerned with Jesus keeping the Dietary (Kosher) Laws, rather than understanding the sin in their heart is what condemns them. Jesus said “Hear and understand, it’s not what goes in the mouth that defiles a person, its what comes out of your mouth, that defiles a person” Sin is a heart issue, as Christ went into further explanation in Matthew 5, if you lust after someone you have already committed adultery in your heart, if you hate someone, you have already committed murder in your heart, ect

The Pharisees were offended, of course, because they were all about religion and not a relationship with God. Many people today are still offended by the words of Christ, you can’t work your way into Heaven, you can’t earn your salvation, you need a New Heart and to be Born Again through Christ

And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding? Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man. Matthew 15:16-20

The religious leaders were more concerned about Christ washing his hands, then washing away their sins with repentance. Jesus said “Are you still without understanding?” Jesus is like C’mon people, how hard is this for you to understand? But the problem is not the logic but our hearts. People love their sin more than God, people actually love their religion more than they love God. As Jesus taught us evilness begins and comes from the heart, this is why we need to become Born Again

The world will tell you “Follow your heart”, this is the worst advice you could ever receive, as the Bible tells us “The heart is wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9) you need a New Heart, you need to become Born Again through Jesus Christ, Amen!

Matthew 15- Traditions of Men

Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. Matthew 15:1-6

False worship and false religion has been a problem since the beginning of time, here we see the religious leaders, who claim to be Holy accusing the disciples of being transgressors because they didn’t wash their hands when they ate. Jesus quickly pointed out their hypocrisy! Christ pointed out the religious leaders claim they are “Keeping The Law” yet they don’t honor their mother and father , as Jesus said “you have made the commandment of God to no effect by your tradition”

We see this in the Church today, many traditions of man have overtaken the Word of God. This is why the Bible needs to be our authority for the Church, not the traditions of man. This is why Liberal Christians and theologians today will discredit the Bible as not the Word of God, by doing this they can make up their own laws and interpretations of scripture

As Jesus told us, sin is a heart issue, these religious leaders don’t truly love God, they love their religion, they love their tradition, they have made a false god to whom they worship, they don’t worship the true Jesus of the Bible

Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Matthew 15:7-9

We see alot of Churches today claiming to be Christian, they claim to love Jesus and worship him, but they are hypocrites. They love him with their mouths but their hearts are hard and don’t love Christ. They claim to be doing many works in the name of Jesus, but Christ doesn’t even know them (Matthew 7) As Jesus said we need to worship God in Spirit and Truth (John 4:24)

Religion won’t save your soul , traditions wont save your soul, only Jesus Christ can save your soul, you must become Born Again, Amen!

Matthew 14- Touch of Faith

And when they were gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret. And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto him all that were diseased; And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole. Matthew 14:34-36

Today we see Jesus entering the town of Gennesaret, a small town off the Sea of Galilee, and this story will kind of remind you of the woman who touched the garment of Christ. We see basically the same scenario being played out here also, but in a bigger scale. As the scripture says “They begged him that they might have one touch of his garment” That’s all these people needed, was One touch of the Lord Jesus and there lives were made whole

Anytime we see a healing by Jesus , we typically notice the same pattern, and we see it here also. First , the people recognized who Jesus is. The people understood Jesus is the Son of God, The Messiah, The Lord and Savior, they believed this in their hearts, otherwise they would not have come to Christ. This is the first step, the drawing of the Holy Spirit to Christ. Those who don’t reject the calling will be saved

Secondly, they are seeking Christ. Since they understood Jesus is Lord, now they are seeking Christ, they are coming from all directions to hear the words of Jesus and to be saved. Jesus said “Come to me all who are weary and burden laden, and I’ll give you Rest” (Matthew 11:28) Jesus didn’t say , just sit there and do nothing, no Christ said “Seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened “ (Matthew 7:7) The people came to seek Christ

Third, by faith they came to Christ and touched his garment to be saved. The people of Gennesaret demonstrated their faith, by coming to Jesus and touching his garment. It’s not that The Lord’s garment was magical , it was the people demonstrating faith in Jesus as the Son of God. The bible says “Without faith, it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:16) You must have faith in Jesus Christ to be saved!

Lastly, I like the wording of the KJV here “As many as touched were made perfectly whole” (v36) Most translations say they are healed, but this is more than just about a physical healing, this is about saving their souls. You can be in perfect health and still be headed to Hell, the healing should not be the focus here, its the salvation we received from Jesus Christ through faith, Amen!

Matthew 14- Walk of Faith

And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. Matthew 14:22-27

The “Walking on Water” again is another demonstration of Christs deity and proclamation that the New Covenant is a Better Covenant than the Old Covenant (Hebrews 8) As we looked previously Jesus feeding the 5,000 in the wilderness was superior to Moses taking care of the Israelites in the Wilderness, as Moses prophesied “God will raise a prophet like me, listen to him” (Deuteronomy 18:15)

We remember when God parted the Red Sea and Moses led the Israelites through the waters, (Exodus 14) however now we see Jesus Christ , not parting the waters, but walking on the water. A task that only could be accomplished supernaturally by God, demonstrating Christ deity and his superior nature to Moses. Jesus is not just a man, but he is God in the flesh (John 1:14)

The disciples in the boat were in fear, they believed they were going to die, but Jesus told them “Be of good cheer or take courage, do not be afraid” How many Christians live in fear on a daily basis? Focus on the Savior and not your problems, focus on Christ walking on the water, and not on the storms!

And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God. Matthew 14:28-33

Peter temporarily demonstrated some faith, and Jesus said “Come”, and by his faith in Christ, Peter was able to walk on water, however once he allowed his fears and doubts to creep in, he immediately sank. This is a good analogy of how faith works, when you trust in Jesus with all your heart, God will does his work, however when you allow your doubt and fears to creep in, your faith becomes broken

Notice immediately Peter cried out to Jesus “Lord Save Me” and Christ immediately pulled him out of the water, this should also be our response in times of trouble, Lord Save Me! When Jesus finally entered the boat, what was the disciples’ response? They worshiped Christ and declared Jesus is the Son of God, Amen!

Matthew 14- Feeding the Multitude

When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities. And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals. But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. Matthew 14:13-17

The feeding of the 5,000 is a story that is documented in all four of the gospels, this story really demonstrates how Jesus is the Christ and the New Covenant is a Better Covenant (Hebrews 8) Notice the location of this event, it’s in the wilderness. Now thinking back to the Old (Mosaic) Covenant what happened in the wilderness? Well Moses led the Israelites through the Wilderness, and God provided the Bread from Heaven and the Living Water

Well as Moses prophesied, there will be One greater than Moses, (Deuteronomy 18:15) Moses was prophesying about Jesus, and Christ was demonstrating how He is greater than Moses, Christ is greater than all, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. While Moses relied upon God to provide for the Israelites, Jesus provided for the 5,000 in the Wilderness, Christ was revealing his deity as God in the flesh (John 1:14)

He said, Bring them hither to me. And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children. Matthew 14:18-21

 Christ blessed the bread, broke the bread , and distributed it among the multitude, does this sound familiar? Jesus was revealing that He is the Bread from Heaven (John 6) , Christ is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29), this was a revelation of Communion, the breaking of bread is a reminder of Christ sacrifice

But also it is important to understand Jesus is the Bread from Heaven, Christ is the Manna that came down from Heaven, to give us eternal life. Without the sacrifice of Christ , there is no atonement for our sins. Jesus paid it all for us on the cross, on the 3rd day, he rose from the dead defeating sin and death forever!

Are you hungry for righteousness? Are you thirsty for salvation? Come to Jesus Christ and you shall be saved Amen!

Matthew 14- Death of John The Baptist

At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus, And said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him. For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias’ sake, his brother Philip’s wife. For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her. And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet. Matthew 14:1-5

So you want to be a prophet? Many people today and throughout time claimed to be a prophet of God, but be careful what you wish for. Throughout history it’s been well documented the true prophets of God faced intense persecution and usually death. This was the same fate for John the Baptist, as Jesus called him “The greatest of all prophets” (Matthew 11:11)

So why was John the Baptist imprisoned and killed? Because he was preaching the true gospel of Jesus Christ, everyone needs to Repent and become Born Again. Herod didn’t like this message of repentance, when John called out his immoral and invalid marriage he had with his brother’s wife. Most people don’t like to be called out on their sin, this is why Jesus and the Apostles and Prophets received heavy persecution and death.

It’s interesting that Herod believed Jesus was John the Baptist risen from the dead, which makes us understand Herod knew John was a Holy Man from God, but Herod loved his sin more than He loved God, so he killed the messenger of God. This is the same evil spirit and mentality most people have today. People love their sin more than they love God

But when Herod’s birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod. Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask. And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist’s head in a charger. And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath’s sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her. And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison. And his head was brought in a charger, and given to the damsel: and she brought it to her mother. And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus. Matthew 14:6-12

Now to show you how depraved Herod was , we see this bizarre birthday celebration where the “daughter of Herodias” who is also Herod’s step daughter, dances for him and pleases him to the point he will give her whatever she wants. Now we don’t have to go into detail that this is an immoral and depraved event. Now the girls mother, Herodias, uses this situation as a “power grab” to eliminate John the Baptist, because he has been calling her out on her sin and her conscience is probably pricked. The show Desperate Housewives has nothing on the Bible!

So Herod, knowing John the Baptist is a prophet of God, goes ahead and orders his execution anyway because Herod loves his sin and wants to please people more than fearing God. Many of John’s disciples or students must have witnesses all of these events and then went back and told Jesus what had happened

What can we learn from this story? The love of sin is greater than the love of God in most people. If you want to know why Jesus said we must be Born Again to enter the Kingdom of Heaven (John 3:3) just look at the depravity of the human heart and understand why we need to be reborn

Matthew 13- Hometown Hero?

And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence. And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. Matthew 13:53-57

As the Bible says “The Word (Jesus) became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14) Jesus is God in human form, the incarnation of Christ is a revelation that is sometimes difficult for our human minds to comprehend. However, imagine if Jesus Christ grew up in your hometown, and you knew him from a child. This was the response from the people of Nazareth, they rejected Jesus as the Christ because they already knew who he was

Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is this not the son of Mary? It’s amazing how our human minds can reason with any little doubt we can grasp. We still see this today, many people reject Jesus as the Son of God, because they can’t comprehend the incarnation of Christ, they can’t comprehend the resurrection of Christ, they can’t comprehend how Jesus can be fully God and fully man (Philippians 2) Even if our human minds can’t comprehend these things, we can’t deny the truth that Jesus is the Son of God

But as Jesus said “ A prophet has no honor in their hometown” this really shouldn’t be a surprise to us, knowing the history of God’s prophets being persecuted and killed, why would we think it would be any different when the Messiah came? They killed the Messiah just as they killed their prophets and apostles, the heart of man is wicked beyond belief and needs to be Born Again

And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief. Matthew 13:58

Notice Jesus didn’t perform many miracles in Nazareth because of their lack of faith, their lack of belief in who Jesus truly is. Anything is possible with God, but nothing will be possible without faith. Without faith we can’t please God (Hebrews 11:16) Faith in Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation, Amen!

Matthew 13- Judgement Day

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord. Matthew 13:47-51

Here we see Jesus describing “Judgement Day” with a parable of casting a giant net into the sea and separating the good and the bad. As we talked about the Wheat and the Tares, so it’s the same concept here, the saved and unsaved will be gathered together and then separated to their eternal destinies.

Jesus said “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a Net cast into the Sea and gather all kinds” again Christ is using the analogy of fishing, but notice not everyone will be saved for the Kingdom, the bad will be “cast away”. As Christ said “so shall it be at the End of the World “ this is the judgment day of Christ. The angels will come forth and separate the wicked from the just, the saved from the unsaved, the Born Again from the spiritually dead

Notice again here Christ describes Hell fire, “They shall be cast into the furnace of fire”, “there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” Again this is not “Soul sleep” this is not Annihilationism, this is eternal conscious torment in the furnace of fire. This is why we need to tell people about Jesus, their eternal souls rely upon it, this is not forcing your beliefs upon someone, this is about a war on souls, this is about pulling people out of the fire

Jesus asked his disciples, “Do you understand all these things”? They answered him Yes, but I doubt the modern day Church understands these things , otherwise we would see Christians preaching on every street corner. The fact we see virtually no evangelism from the Church today, shows they really have no understanding of what is at stake in eternity. Souls could be lost forever, as the Bible says “How will they hear without a preacher” (Romans 10:14)

Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old. Matthew 13:52

Jesus ends this teaching with an interesting statement, what I believe Christ is saying is that the entire Bible (Old and New Testament) is a complete revelation of the Kingdom of God and Christ himself. As Jesus said “ Everything must be fulfilled, that is written about Me (Christ) in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms” (Luke 24:44) Jesus was affirming the entire Bible is about him and Gods Kingdom

The Net will be cast soon, Christ is returning again, are you Born Again or are you one of the wicked that will be cast into Hell Fire? 

Matthew 13- Kingdom of God

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it. Matthew 13:44-46

Again we see Jesus using more parables to try and describe the Kingdom of God, he relates it to someone finding treasure in a field, and then buying that entire field because they were so overjoyed with what they discovered. This begs to question today, do people really value eternal life? When you talk to most people, they have no interest in spiritual things, all they care about are the worldly things of this present life.

This is the point I think Jesus is trying to make, why did you become saved? Why do you want to be a Christian? I don’t think the majority of people, including Christians, understand the ramifications of their salvation. In today’s Christianity, we have watered down the concept of Hell so much that in many people’s view it doesn’t even exist. Why would people fear death when there are no consequences for their sin? 

Liberal theology is leading millions to Hell , if people understood the true consequences of their sin, then they would be rejoicing when they understand Jesus saved their soul. They would be like the man who found treasure and was “all in” because he understood the value of his salvation. Jesus never said your going take a peaceful nap when you die, no Christ said there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth for the unsaved

Again the next example is of a man who found a pearl that was so valuable , he sold everything he had to keep it. This is talking about the value of your salvation, do you genuinely care about your eternal soul? Most people these days don’t even believe in the concept of a soul, they don’t believe in an afterlife, many don’t even believe in God, this is why the majority of the world is totally deceived and headed for Hell

The Apostle Paul said “The natural man doesn’t understand things from the Spirit of God” (1 Corinthians 2:14) This is why people need to become Born Again to enter the Kingdom of Heaven (John 3:3) Without Christ the world is lost , with no hope and no discernment, but they can be saved and they Repent and Obey Christ, Amen!

Matthew 13- The Parable of The Tares Explained

Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. Matthew 13:36-43

Here Jesus actually explains his own commentary on the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares, the disciples had no idea what Christ was talking about. Jesus begins identifying himself (Son of Man) as the sower. The field is the world, the good seed are those who are Born Again in Christ, the tares (weeds) are the unsaved (Children of Satan), the enemy is Satan and the harvest is the end of the world or judgment day, and the reapers are the angels of God

Now that Jesus had made this teaching very clear, there are only two paths in life, Children of God or Children of Satan. Again as I talked about previously, you can only be a Child of God if you become Born Again through Jesus Christ. Everybody is not automatically a Child of God, we are all made in the image of God, but unless you are Born Again you are dead in your sin, and your father is Satan

The world is a battlefield, there is a war for your soul, Christ is spreading the seed (The Gospel) to lead people to Christ, but the Enemy (Satan) is fighting hard to deceive people, to discredit the Word of God, to take away the Word of God from the hearts of people. Jesus came to bring eternal life, while Satan is prowling like a roaring lion looking to devour people (1 Peter 5:8) 

The harvest is the end of the world, judgment day, when Christ returns time is up! The Son of Man will send forth his angels and gather all the tares (weeds) the unsaved, from the world and cast them into Hell (Furnace of Fire). Those who say the Bible doesn’t teach about Hell would have a hard time explaining this teaching by Christ. Jesus said “And they shall be cast in the a furnace of fire, there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth” This isn’t describing “Soul Sleep” or “Annihilationism” this is describing eternal Hell Fire

Jesus said “The righteous shine forth as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father” These are the wheat, these are those Born Again through Jesus Christ. Time is running out, whose side will you be on? Victory is already ours through Jesus Christ, because Christ has already overcome the world (John 16:33)

The harvest is coming! Are you ready? Are you a Child of God or a Child of Satan? Those who have spiritual discernment let them hear! Amen!