Daily reading

Today’s reading is: Mt. 22:23-23:36; Mk. 12:18-44; Lk. 20:27-21:3


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Matthew Chapter Twenty-Two

(Outline continues from yesterday)

  1. The Sadducees also felt they could leave Him without answer, but found themselves silenced (Matt. 22:23-34).
  2. A Pharisee lawyer then took a shot at testing Jesus’ knowledge of the Law (Matt. 22:35-40).
  3. The Lord turned the tables on the Pharisees with a question from Ps. 110 that they could not answer (Matt. 22:41-46).

Matthew Chapter Twenty-Three

  1. Jesus’ final public sermon was another great discourse—pronouncing seven woes upon the scribe & Pharisee hypocrites.
  2. The scribes and Pharisees of Jesus’ day had seated themselves in authority over Israel (Matt. 23:2).
    1. The disciples were admonished to listen to their words (as the authority of the Law was not based upon the Pharisees).
    2. The disciples were warned to not imitate their actions (as their conduct was different from their words).
  3. The general description of the Pharisees is one of pride and ambition.  The general description of appropriate behavior for the disciples is one of humility and service (Matt. 23:5-12).
  4. Seven woes are given (Matt. 23:13,15-31).  (Verse 14 would make an eighth woe, but does not belong in the text of Matthew.  It was inserted in later manuscripts as a harmonization corruption).
    1. Rabbinic Judaism under Pharisee control was an obstructive institution to the Jews acceptance of Christ in His 1st Advent (Matt. 23:13).
    2. Rabbinic Judaism under Pharisee control was a legalistic institution that only grew worse with each passing generation (Matt. 23:15).
    3. Rabbinic Judaism under Pharisee control was an ignorant (blind) institution that insisted itself to be the authoritative institution regarding the Law (Matt. 23:16-23).
    4. Rabbinic Judaism under Pharisee control was a misguided institution with Satanically modified priorities (Matt. 23:23-24).
    5. Rabbinic Judaism under Pharisee control was a superficial institution intent on external purity without any internal purity (Matt. 23:25-26).
    6. Rabbinic Judaism under Pharisee control was a vain institution motivated by human esteem rather than internal righteousness for Divine approbation (Matt. 23:27-28).
    7. Rabbinic Judaism under Pharisee control was a Satanic institution of pride, deceit, and murder (Matt. 23:29-33).

(Chapter Twenty-Three continues on Day 300)

Mark Chapter Twelve

(Outline continues from yesterday)

  1. The Sadducees likewise tried to entrap Jesus with a question He could not answer (Mk. 12:18-27).
  2. Mark’s account of the Lawyer’s great commandment question is fuller than Matthew’s version (Mk. 12:28-34).  This man was close to being saved, and the Lord’s patient answers were designed to get him there.
  3. Jesus had a question of His own for the Pharisees—one that left them speechless, and consequently delighted the crowds (Mk. 12:35-40).
  4. It is also on this busy Wednesday that Jesus observed the poor widow and her spiritual prosperity (Mk. 12:41-44; Lk. 21:1-4).

Luke Chapter Twenty

(Outline continues from yesterday with points 1., 1a., and 1b. repeated)

  1. The Adversary certainly couldn’t stand for any serious teaching, or the true gospel message to be proclaimed.  Opposition to the Lord then came:
    1. From the chief priests, scribes, & elders (Lk. 20:1-19).
    2. Their spies posing as disciples (Lk. 20:20-26).
    3. The Sadducees (Lk. 20:27-40).
  2. The Lord turned the tables and posed a question that His critics could not answer (Lk. 20:41-44).
  3. The Lord used His present conflict to warn His disciples of future conflict (Lk. 20:45-47).  [Chapters 20, 21, and 22:16 all take place on Wednesday, April 1st, 33AD.]

Luke Chapter Twenty-One

  1. The Lord observed many wealthy people bringing their gifts to the treasury, and one poor widow doing even more (Lk. 21:1-4).

(Chapter Twenty continues tomorrow)