23 BSF Matthew Week 23, Day 5

Today’s Scriptures

My Daily Journal:

I think it is important to understand that the woes in Matthew 23 are not curses, they are warnings, very serious warnings with very serious consequences, but not a sentence to be served. (see Isaiah 6:4-7, Woe reversed power of God)

None of this was new.  For example, at the center of the woes, in verse 23, the warning addresses tithing on spices but not giving justice, mercy and faithfulness.  Turn back to Micah 6:8,  “What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Jesus began this warning with the parable of the tenants and the wedding banquet.  Flip back to Matt 21:45, “When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard Jesus’ parables, they knew he was talking about them.”  Matt 21:43, “the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.”

The wedding feast is starting.  Christ is being married to His church, the body of believers and the religious leaders will not see Him again until He returns as the righteous husband returning to redeem His bride. On that day every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.  (Philippians 2:8-11)

My Answers:

13. shut the door to the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces – open
14. devour widow’s houses and make lengthy prayers for show – care for widow’s pray quietly
15 travel over land and sea to win convert, then make them 2x more child of hell – be missionaries, but feed and nourish them in the scriptures
16 value gold over temple, altar, God – value God above all else, Don’t swear
23 tithe spices, but don’t give justice, mercy and faithfulness, strain out a gnat, swallow camel – Put Jesus First, love with all heart, soul, mind, strength
25 clean outside of cup but inside full of greed and self-indulgence – repent and ask for a clean heart and for God to renew a right spirit within
27 place selves above ancestors – not killed prophets – go ahead, finish what your ancestors started – Accept the prophets and the one they prophesied

Jewish leaders = vipers, Sending = disciples, apostles

They rejected the prophets, the scriptures and Jesus – His blood will be on their heads

We are given free choice.  If we choose to reject Jesus, He honors that decision, even though it means separation from Him until judgment day and then for eternity

There will come a day when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess.  God has kept the door open until the final measure of believers has come to Christ



2 thoughts on “23 BSF Matthew Week 23, Day 5”

  1. Hi,

    I am wandering if you are sending me the notes for week 24 as I haven’t receive this week.

    Thank you.

    Mary Toon

    Sent from Windows Mail

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