What was the scribes and Pharisees purpose in saying to their parents it is a gift by whatsoever you might be profited

The scribes and Pharisees would say this to their parents to avoid having to materially support them. They used the excuse that whatever material possessions they had was a gift dedicated to God and therefore not able to be used for their parent's benefit, even though their parents may have been in need. This was a gross deception of the scribes and Pharisees and Jesus rebuked them for it. It was not required by God but was a device of men to circumvent their duty to their parents. This...

What happened to all these bodies that came up out of their graves

These bodies were resurrected to establish the reality of the miracle of Christ's own resurrection, and nothing more is said about them in scripture (CP 1Cor 15 3-8). They doubtless died again to be included with all the other Old Testament saints who had died, whose spirits and souls Jesus took to heaven with Him when he ascended on high (CP Eph 4 8-10 He 2 14-15). The significance of the resurrection of those bodies is the prophetic indication that Christ's resurrection guarantees the...

Does Jesus forbid the use of titles by New Testament Christians here

Yes We cannot downplay what Jesus means here. He clearly forbids His disciples seeking after and receiving titles for themselves or referring to each other by title, as the religious leaders of His day did. Jesus teaches here that every ministry gift in the church is to be one of service - not with titular power, but servant power - and that there is always to be a brotherly relationship between Christians, regardless of their ministry gifts (CP V8, 11-12 with 20 26-27). Paul was a father in...

What does Jesus mean by a house divided against itself shall not stand

This teaching is also found in Mk 3 22-27 and Lu 11 14-22 (CP Lu 11 14-22). In all these passages Jesus shows the absurdity of the Pharisees' charge that He was casting out demons by the power of Satan. Firstly, Satan would not be a party to the destruction of His own kingdom, and secondly, only those who were stronger than Satan could enter his house and spoil his goods -cast demons out of people, etc. Jesus was able to enter Satan's house and spoil his goods because he was...

What is the significance of there being twelve baskets of food left over after more than five thousand were fed from

This is also recorded in Mk 6 32-44 Lu 9 12-17 and Jn 6 1-13. There is no significance in the actual number of basketsful of food left over, but in the fact that regardless of the thousands who ate there was still food to spare. This happened again in Mt 15 (CP 15 29-38). Here there were well in excess of four thousand people fed, yet again there was food to spare - this time seven basketsful. We learn from these two miracles that not only will God multiply what little we have into much if we...

What does Jesus mean by His closing statement here that many be called but few chosen KJV

This is Jesus' closing statement in His parable of the labourers in the vineyard (CP V1-16 KJV). It means simply that while the call to salvation goes out to all of humanity, only those who respond affirmatively to the call and conform strictly to the conditions Jesus has laid down for salvation are chosen to inherit the future eternal kingdom (see comments on Mt 19 30). It does not matter how long one has been a Christian, it is how we conform to the conditions Christ has laid down for...

What is meant by the stone which the builders rejected the same is become the head of the corner

This forms part of the parable of the householder. It is a quotation from Psa 118 which is a messianic Psalm - one which foretells the events surrounding the coming of Messiah in the New Testament - (CP Psa 118 22-23). Jesus quoted this passage to draw the religious leaders' attention to the fact that the son whom the husbandmen slew in the parable represents the chief corner stone in God's redemptive plan. The stone of course is Jesus Himself - The stone which the builders - the Jews -...

What do we learn from what Christ did here

We learn from this that it is only by being completely submitted to the authority of God's word as Jesus was, that we will be able to overcome the temptations encountered in our own Christian walk (CP Psa 119 9-16 2 Cor 10 3-5 Eph 6 10-18 with Jas 4 7 1Pe 5 8-9). We must strive to emulate Christ. Commit God's word to memory and speak it out over all circumstances of life (CP Rev 12 11). The word of their testimony here refers to the authority of God's word outworked in their lives - it was the...

What does Christs admonition Judge not that ye be not judged really mean

A great many believers interpret this scripture to be a stern warning to Christians that they are not to make any sort of judgement at all. But that is not what Jesus is teaching. Jesus is admonishing us here not to judge others self-righteously or hypocritically. Christians are not to find faults in others while blinded to their own (CP Lu 6 37 Jn 8 1-11 Ro 2 1-3). Both Jesus and Paul teach us here that being blinded to one's own faults results in an attitude of superiority and causes hardness...

Who is this woman who anointed Jesus here and when did this anointing take place

There is some confusion in the contemporary church over who the women were who anointed Jesus, and how many times He was anointed. There are three distinct and separate anointings of Jesus by women in scripture, and this is the third. The first took place in Simon the Pharisee's house in Nain early in Christ's earthly ministry (CP Lu 7 11, 36-39). This woman anointed Jesus' feet. Many in the church believe that this was Mary Magdalene, and or that she was a prostitute, but there is nothing in...

What does this story of a man going on a journey and giving to his servants various talents teach

This is called the parable of the talents. There are many profound truths to be gleaned from this parable and we need to study it carefully to fully understand them. What this parable teaches has a double application - present and future. In V29 Jesus reveals a very important principle with regard to the believer's reward and state in the future eternal kingdom. What he receives then will depend on what he possesses of the kingdom now. His position and inheritance of the future kingdom will be...

What does Jesus mean when He says that not everyone who calls Him Lord Lord will enter into the kingdom of heaven

Jesus is passing sentence here upon those who do not bear fruit for God's eternal kingdom (CP V20-27). Jesus makes it quite clear here that no one merely professing to be a Christian will be saved - only those who hear God's word and do it will enter into the kingdom of heaven (CP Psa 119 9 Pr 4 4 Ro 2 13 Jas 1 22-25 Rev 1 3). These scriptures all teach the same thing the only way to heaven is by doing the work of God's word - no one can be saved by merely believing in Jesus (CP Jas 2 14-26)....

What does Jesus mean by But many that are first shall be last and the last shall be first

Jesus uses this phrase on four different occasions in the gospels twice in Matthew - here and in Ch 20 - and once each in Mark and Luke, to teach Christians that no one should suppose that they will be placed first in the future eternal kingdom before others (CP V23-30). In answer to Peter's question in V27 as to what exactly could the disciples expect seeing that they had left all to follow Him, Jesus assured them that the blessings He gives will far outweigh any material loss or persecutions...

Was Judas Iscariot ever saved or was he always of the devil as some teach

To say that Judas was never saved, always of the devil, and never in grace as some teach, is to ignore the plain facts of scripture. Judas was given by God to Jesus and Jesus had once given him eternal life (CP Jn 17 1-12). Jesus trusted Judas - He called him mine own familiar friend, which means that Judas was a confidant of Jesus, a trusted friend (CP Psa 41 9 55 12-14 Jn 13 18). Would Jesus have referred to Judas like He did in Psa 41 and 55 if he was always of the devil (While Psa 55 12-14...

Considering that Jesus knew that His purpose on earth was to die why was He so distressed here

Scriptures teach that Jesus had looked ahead to this hour (CP Jn 2 4 7 30 8 20 12 23,27 13 1). But now, as the time drew near Jesus dreaded it (CP Mk 14 3236 Lu 22 41 -44). Jesus' anguish had nothing to do with the fear of man or the physical torments of the cross, for He had resolutely set Himself to die (CP Isa 50 6-7 Mt 20 28 Mk 10 32-34, 45 Lu 9 51 Jn 12 24,27). Our Lord was sorrowful because within hours the full cup of divine fury against sin would be His to drink He would bear the...

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What is the kingdom of heaven

The kingdom of heaven refers to the realm of God's rule both present and future. When John proclaimed that the kingdom of heaven was at hand he was announcing that divine judgement as a reality had come that God's rule over the earth had drawn near and was about to be instituted through Jesus, for whom John was preparing the way (CP V4-12 11 7-10). Jesus ushered the kingdom in when He began His earthly ministry (CP 4 13-17 10 1-8 12 25-28 Lu 17 20-21). Kingdom of Heaven and Kingdom of God mean...

Why did John the Baptist who knew who Jesus was send his disciples to ask Jesus if He really was the Messiah

The general consensus among Bible scholars is that John could not understand that if Jesus could raise the dead and do so many other miracles, why he (John) had to languish in prison (CP 4 12 14 1-4). In the light of his circumstances, John's faith that Jesus was the Messiah began to wane and he needed Jesus to reassure him that He was indeed the one sent from God. This happens to many Christians when they are being persecuted for their faith - their faith wanes too. But Jesus was able to...

Who are the violent that take the kingdom of heaven by force

This enables us to better understand Mt 11 12. In both these passages Jesus is referring to those who, in spite of violent opposition, press in with ardent zeal and intense exertion to secure their place in God's eternal kingdom. It expresses the earnestness believers must have in getting rid of sin and walking in complete obedience to God's word (CP Lu 13 23-24). Strive means to contend for to compete for a prize to labour fervently to take pains to wrestle as in an award...

What is the yoke Jesus refers to here

The yoke referred to here is metaphorical. It signifies entering into a personal relationship with Jesus, being submitted to His authority, and becoming His disciple. In contrast to the yoke of the Mosaic law which kept men under it in bondage, Christ's yoke is easy - His precepts are easy to follow. The call to take Christ's yoke goes out to every living soul - it is a universal call to salvation. No one is excluded from accepting the invitation, but sadly, most who hear the call will reject...

Who prophesied that Jesus would come riding a donkey and how many donkeys were involved

Zechariah, the Old Testament prophet, referring to Messiah's first advent prophesied that He would come riding a donkey (CP Zech 9 9). The word and, both here and Mt 21 5 in the KJV, indicates that there are two donkeys involved in Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, yet both Mark and Luke only mention one (CP Mk 11 1-7 Lu 19 28-35). According to Kenneth Wuest's Expanded Translation of the Greek New Testament and most modern versions of the Bible and should have been translated even in both...

When Jesus acknowledged the obligation of the Jews to tithe here does that mean it is also obligatory for New Testament

Many Christians believe that by acknowledging the obligation of the Jews to tithe here Jesus is teaching that tithing is also obligatory for New Testament Christians. It should be noted though that Jesus is not talking to New Testament Christians here, but to the scribes and Pharisees, who were subject to the Old Testament law. A great many Christians believe that tithing is purely an Old Testament concept and does not translate to New Testament giving. They believe that under the new covenant...

What does this story of the ten virgins teach

This is called the parable of the ten virgins. It is only recorded here and is a continuation of Jesus' discourse in Mt 24 about the events that will take place on earth during the time of the Great Tribulation just prior to His second coming. We need to read at least part of that discourse to better understand what Christ is teaching here because this parable has been used down through the ages to teach many different things in the contemporary church (CP Mt 24 27-51). There are three parables...

What does this parable of a householder teach

This is also known as the parable of the landowner and is recorded as well in Mk 12 1-12 and Lu 20 9-19. Here Jesus demonstrates the response to His ministry by the nation of Israel. The householder, or landowner, symbolizes God the husbandmen are the Jewish religious leaders the servants are the Old Testament prophets, and the son is Christ Himself. What happened to the servants in the parable is what happened to the Old Testament prophets (CP 1Ki 22 7-9, 13-14, 19-28 2Chr 24 20-22 36 15-16...

What does it mean that whoever wants to follow Jesus must deny themselves and take up their cross

These are the conditions of discipleship Jesus has laid down and no one can come to Him any other way. This teaching is also found in Mark's and Luke's gospels (CP Mk 8 34 Lu 9 23). Taking up our cross means being self-sacrificially committed to the service of God, and taking it up daily as directed in Luke 9 23 means that we must continue willing to self-sacrificially serve God daily to the end of our life, not only when it suits us, or when it is convenient or popular, but...

Who does brother refer to and what exactly is Jesus telling Christians here

Brother here refers to one of the same nature fellow man, whether biologically related or not, or whether in Christ or not. It denotes another member of the human race (CP Mt 7 3 Lu 10 25-37 Ac 17 26). Jesus is telling Christians here that before they can commit any sacrificial gift to God they must first make good anything outstanding against them by anyone else. This is God's law on restitution. God does not want Christians' gifts until they have resolved all matters that are outstanding...

See comments on Lu 11510 624 To what does the word mammon refer

Mammon refers to earthly riches - material possessions and wealth (CP V19-34). Jesus teaches us here that Christians cannot allow the acquisition of material possessions and wealth to become their life-goal because it will eventually estrange them from God. Christians must ever be alert to the danger of being seduced from their allegiance to God by the allurements of riches and material possessions. We must guard against any preoccupation at all with material things lest they become more...

What judgement is Jesus talking of here

This judgement takes place after the tribulation and Jesus defeats Antichrist at the battle of Armageddon. It is generally called the judgement of the nations, although in fact it will be individual people who will be judged because Jesus separates them from each other into sheep and goats (CP V32-33). The sheep represent those individuals who will go into the eternal kingdom (CP Joel 3 2, 12 Zech 14 16). The goats represent those who will be cast down to hell (CP Rev 14 9-11). All nations who...

What is meant by Let the dead bury their dead

This teaching is also found in Luke's gospel where it expands upon V22 and includes a third candidate for salvation in addition to the two men recorded here (CP Lu 9 57-62). Jesus is testing those who would follow Him in these passages. There are three seemingly sincere candidates for salvation here, but all failed to measure up to the standards Jesus has set for His followers. Jesus is teaching us that anything less than total commitment to God eliminates one from the future eternal kingdom....

What was Isaiahs prophecy that Jesus fulfilled here

This is Isaiah's prophecy that Mt 8 16-17 speaks of. It teaches us that there is healing for our bodies in Christ's atoning death as well as salvation for our souls. Griefs and sorrows in V4 (KJV) mean sicknesses and pains. Jesus bore our sicknesses and our pains so that we could be healed of them the same as He became a sin offering that we could be forgiven our sins. This teaching is reinforced as we study the scriptures in detail. In Mt 8 17 the griefs and sorrows of Isaiah...

What was the point of Jesus question which is easier to say thy sins are forgiven thee or arise take up thy bed and walk

Jesus asked this question when He perceived that the scribes were reasoning in themselves what authority He had to forgive sins, which only God could do, so to prove that He was empowered to grant both forgiveness of the man's sins and heal his body, Jesus healed him. The man's healing authenticated Jesus' right to forgive His sins. But there is another teaching here as well, and that is that bodily healing and forgiveness of sins go hand in hand - they are...

Are Christians to interpret what Jesus says here about eating His body and drinking His blood literally or symbolically

There have been three major interpretations placed upon the meaning of Christ's reference to His body and blood when He instituted the Lord's supper and we need to know what they are in order to distinguish between them. The first is the Roman Catholic Doctrine of Transubstantiation. The second is the Lutheran Doctrine of Consubstantiation and the third is the non-Lutheran Protestant Doctrine of Symbolic Commemoration. Non-Lutheran Protestants include Pentecostals. The Doctrine of...

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What is the meaning of this prophecy

When the wise men did not return to King Herod to report the baby Jesus' whereabouts as arranged in V 7-8, Herod had all male children under two years old in Bethlehem and surrounding areas killed. He was afraid this new-born King - Jesus - would eventually take his throne (CP V 1-3, 7-8, 11-13, 16). The death of these children fulfilled Jeremiah's prophecy in the Old Testament (CP Jer 31 15). Rachel was the second wife of Jacob, the mother of Joseph and Benjamin. She died giving birth to...

How can one find his life by losing it

(CP also 16 25-27 Mk 8 35-38 Lu 9 24-26). These passages enable us to better understand what Jesus is saying in Mt 10 39 what Jesus says here has a twofold application for Christians. One is that whoever lives a life of self-gratification will lose it whoever puts to death the sinful deeds of the body will gain it (CP Mk 8 34 Lu 9 23 Ro 8 12-13 1Cor 6 9-11 Col 3 5-10). Deny himself in Mk 8 34 and Lu 9 23 means to put the interests of God's kingdom above all else and renounce all self-interests...

Who is the bridegroom Jesus refers to here

This passage of scripture refers to any bridegroom (CP Also Mk 2 18-20 Lu 5 3335). Jesus simply used the analogy of a wedding party to answer John's disciples' questions as to why Jesus' disciples did not fast as they and the Pharisees' disciples did. Jesus' point was that as long as He was with the disciples, like the bridegroom with his friends, there was too much joy for fasting. Fasting in the Old Testament was always associated with mourning or times of great spiritual need. This did not...

What is Jesus illustrating here in this story about a mans two sons

This is called the parable of the two sons. In it Jesus illustrates for the Jewish religious leaders that the responsibility for propagating the Kingdom of God would be taken from them and be given to the gentiles (CP V43-46). The religious leaders were like the second son in the parable who said he would go but did not. They were self-righteous hypocrites who not only would not enter into the kingdom themselves, but held others out who wanted to enter in. They had promised to do everything for...

What does the Bible teach about divorce and remarriage between Christians

Here we see that the only ground for divorce between Christians sanctioned by Jesus is fornication. Fornication refers to any kind of sexual immorality. It includes adultery, incest, homosexuality, prostitution, etc. The only other ground for divorce sanctioned in scripture is desertion by an unbelieving spouse (CP 1Cor 7 12-15). This did not arise as a ground for divorce during Jesus' ministry, so He did not have to address it. It was left to Paul to do so because it only became evident as the...

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1 1-17 What significance is to be drawn from the genealogy of Jesus here This proves that Jesus is Messiah - King of Israel, fulfilling God's covenant with David that his kingdom would be everlasting (CP 2Sam 7 8-16, 1819, 25-29 with Psa 89 3-4, 34-37). Not all Christ's generations are listed in Matthew, but those that are will suffice for the purpose of this study. His genealogy from David is the royal line through King Solomon to Joseph, reckoned by law to be Jesus' father (CP Mt 1 16). In...

What is the real significance of water baptism and who is authorized to do it

Jesus gave three distinct and separate commands here, and He stipulated baptism second to salvation in order of importance. That means that as soon as repentant sinners acknowledge their need of salvation they are to be baptized, and then, after they have been baptized we are to teach them the way of God and how necessary it is to conform to His way. These commands are directed to the entire New Testament church, not only those in public ministry (CP Mk 16 1516). Every Christian has been...

What will be the sign of Christs second coming and the end of this present age

Before we proceed with this question let us first find the answer to the other question the disciples asked in V3 concerning the destruction of the temple, which Jesus prophesied in V1-2 (CP Mk 13 1-4). The disciples' question as to when this would happen is not answered in either Matthew or Mark, but in Luke (CP Lu 21 5-7, 12-24). Jesus' response to the disciples' question here merges with what He also has to say in this discourse about the signs prefacing His second coming and the end of this...

What does if thy right eye offend thee pluck it out and cast if from thee mean

Opinions are divided among Christians as to whether Jesus is speaking literally or figuratively here, but nothing is to be gained by changing the literal meaning. It would be more profitable to do this literally and enter into eternal life with one eye if our eyes caused us to sin, than to be cast down to hell as a result of that sin, with two eyes. And to further emphasize the seriousness of sin Jesus went on in V30 to include the right hand, and in chapter 18 and Mark 9, He also included the...

Is Jesus teaching here that it is impossible for rich people to get saved without Gods help

Yes Jesus illustrates here the impossibility of a rich person entering into heaven with the figure of a camel being unable to go through the eye of a needle it is not merely difficult, but impossible for a camel to go through the eye of a needle. So it is equally not merely difficult, but also impossible for a rich person to be saved. But God can do it - He can even save rich people. But even so, their hearts must be changed by having their attachment to material riches replaced by attachment...

Is this a command to the church or a commission as so many believe

It is the responsibility of every believer in the New Testament church to win souls to Christ. That is the Christian calling. It is not an option for believers, but a command that has to be obeyed Christ has commanded it (CP Mt 28 18-20 Mk 16 15-16 Ac 1 6-8 10 42-43 1Cor 9 16-17). Christ's directive to His followers in Mt 28 and Mk 16 has been termed the Great Commission in the contemporary church, but that term is a misnomer. Christ's directive is more than a commission - it is a command as Ac...

What does the word Hosanna mean

Hosanna means save now, help now, or save, we pray thee CP Psa 118 25-27 . Save now in V25 is from the Hebrew word hoshiana, which translates to hosanna in the Greek New Testament where it is an exclamation of adoration, an acclamation of praise CP Mk 11 9-10 Lu 19 37-38 Jn 12 12-13 . The whole multitude of disciples who followed Jesus here acknowledged Him as Messiah -the one sent from God to save them. They acclaimed Him as King and were shouting His praises at the top of their voice. The...

What does the leaven in the parable of the leaven symbolize

Leaven is a fermenting agent used in bread-making to make the dough rise. It requires time to fulfill the process, but once introduced to the dough it permeates the whole mass, and the process is irreversible. Because of its pervasive nature leaven signifies a corrupting influence among God's people, and throughout scripture it is used to symbolize evil. The common bread in the Old Testament was made with leaven and was acceptable as wave offerings to the priests, and as loaves to accompany the...

What did Jesus mean when He said Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel till the Son of Man comes

This saying is only found in Matthew's gospel. It comes at the end of Jesus' empowering of the twelve disciples to go and preach the gospel and heal the sick, etc CP V1-22 . The general consensus among Bible scholars is that Jesus means that the evangelization of the whole of Israel will not be completed before His second coming, at the end of this present church age. All the cities of Israel were not evangelized by the first century church because of the persecution of early Christians and the...

What lesson do we learn from Jesus cursing the fig tree and causing it to die

This is the parallel passage to Mt 21 17-22. The fig tree in these passages is not to be confused with the fig tree in Lu 13 CP Lu 13 6-9 . This is called the parable of the barren fig tree. This fig tree symbolizes the fruitlessness of Israel see comment on Lu 13 6-9 . The teaching here is different altogether to what we learn from the fig tree Jesus cursed and caused to die in Mt 21 and Mk 11. What we learn in Mt 21 17-22 and Mk 11 12-14, 20-24 is a divine object...

What does Jesus mean by no man putteth a new cloth into an old garmentnor new wine in old bottles

This is called the parable of old and new cloth, and wineskins. The bottles Jesus refers to are wineskins. This parable is also found in Mk 2 21 -22 and Lu 5 36-39. Jesus told the parable in response to questioning by John the Baptist's disciples as to why Jesus' disciples did not follow the accepted religious practice of fasting CP Mt 9 14-15 . The old worn-out garment and wineskin represents the Old Testament Judaistic religious system which kept people under its law in bondage to sin CP Ro 7...

What does Peters failed attempt to walk on water teach

Here we learn how important it is to remain focused on Jesus and His word rather than on our circumstances in life. When Jesus bade Peter to walk to Him on the water Peter's faith initially was sufficient for Him to step out of the boat and commence the walk, but when his faith was challenged by his circumstances - he saw how high the wind whipped the waves up around him - he became focused on his circumstances and allowed them to overpower his faith in Jesus to perform His word, and he...

What does the pearl of great price symbolize in this parable

This is yet another parable which has many different meanings ascribed to it, but it is generally agreed among Bible scholars that this and the parable of the hidden treasure form a pair that they both teach the same truth, namely, that the object of the man's desire is of such great value that he sells all to purchase it. The man in both parables is Jesus and the object of His desire is the church. In the parable of the hidden treasure we saw the incomparable worth of the church -represented...

Are Jesus brethren here other children of Mary and Joseph Jesus halfbrothers or cousins and kinsfolk as some teach

CP also Mk 3 31-32 Lu 8 19-20 Jn 2 12 7 3-10 Ac 1 13-14 1Cor 9 5 . Brethren in all these scriptures are Jesus' half-brothers. Brethren is from the Greek word adelphos, which in the context of those scriptures refers to male children of the same mother - from the same womb. Jesus was Mary's firstborn child as scriptures clearly teach, not her only child as many erroneously believe CP Mt 1 24-25 Lu 2 7 . Firstborn is prototokos in the Greek, which means first begotten, not only begotten. Jesus...

Why did Jesus allow the demons to go into the pigs causing them to drown

To better understand why Jesus allowed the demons to go into the pigs, causing them to drown, we need first to study Mark's and Luke's account of this incident. In Matthew's account there are two demoniacs mentioned, whereas both Mark and Luke only mention one. That is not to say that there were not two demoniacs involved, but that only the most prominent one was mentioned CP Mk 5 1-20 Lu 8 26-39 . Jesus' purpose was to save the man. His wellbeing is the issue here, not the pigs. What happened...

Did Jonah die in the belly of the whale

Jonah, being in the belly of the whale for three days and three nights and then being vomited up on the shore in the Old Testament, was a type of Christ's death, burial, and resurrection in the New Testament. A type is someone or something that God has preordained in the Old Testament to represent someone or something in the New Testament. Jesus said that what happened to Jonah in the belly of the whale was the sign of what was to happen to Him - He was going to die, be...

Why did Jesus liken the Pharisees to children in the market place

This is called the parable of the children in the market place. It is also found in Lu 7 CP Lu 7 30-35 . Jesus confronts His and John the Baptist's critics in this parable and exposes their inconsistency. The Pharisees criticized John, saying that he was demon-possessed because he did not socialize, while at the same time they criticized Jesus, calling Him a glutton and a wine-bibber, because He did socialize. Jesus compared them to a group of children in the market place who obstinately...

What did Jesus mean when He said The maid is not dead but sleeping

This event is also recorded in Mk 5 21-24, 35-43 and Lu 8 40-42, 49-56. Jesus was not denying that the girl was actually dead. He was simply comparing her dead condition to sleep, because her death, like sleep, as far as Jesus was concerned, was only temporary. He would raise her up from it CP V25 . Jesus also said Lazarus was only sleeping too before He raised him up from the dead CP Jn 11 1-4, 11-15, 20-26, 32-44 . In both these instances Jesus proved that He had power over...