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Matthew 12 - NIRV

Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath Day

1 One Sabbath day Jesus walked through the grainfields. His disciples were hungry. So they began to break off some heads of grain and eat them. 2 The Pharisees saw this. They said to Jesus, "Look! It is against the Law to do this on the Sabbath. But your disciples are doing it anyway!"

3 Jesus answered, "Haven't you read about what David did? He and his men were hungry. 4 So he entered the house of God. He and his men ate the holy bread. Only priests were allowed to eat it. 5 Haven't you read the Law? It tells how every Sabbath day the priests in the temple have to do their work on that day. But they are not considered guilty.

6 "I tell you that one who is more important than the temple is here. 7 Scripture says, 'I want mercy and not sacrifice.'#1(Hosea 6:6)#2 You don't know what those words mean. If you did, you would not bring charges against those who are not guilty. 8 The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath day."

9 Going on from that place, Jesus went into their synagogue. 10 A man with a weak and twisted hand was there. The Pharisees were trying to find fault with Jesus. So they asked him, "Does the Law allow us to heal on the Sabbath day?"

11 He said to them, "What if one of your sheep falls into a pit on the Sabbath? Won't you take hold of it and lift it out? 12 People are worth more than sheep! So the Law allows us to do good on the Sabbath day."

13 Then Jesus said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." So he stretched it out. It was as good as new, just as good as the other hand. 14 But the Pharisees went out and planned how to kill Jesus.


God's Chosen Servant

15 Jesus knew all about the Pharisees' plans. So he left that place. Many followed him, and he healed all their sick people. 16 But he warned them not to tell who he was. 17 This was to make what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah come true. It says,

18 "Here is my servant. I have chosen him. He is the one I love. I am very pleased with him. I will put my Spirit on him. He will announce to the nations that everything will be made right.

19 He will not argue or cry out. No one will hear his voice in the streets.

20 He will not break a bent twig. He will not put out a dimly burning flame. He will make everything right. 21 The nations will put their hope in him."#1(Isaiah 42:1-4)#2


Jesus and Beelzebub

22 A man controlled by demons was brought to Jesus. The man was blind and could not speak. Jesus healed him. Then the man could speak and see. 23 All the people were amazed. They said, "Could this be the Son of David?"

24 The Pharisees heard this. So they said, "This fellow drives out demons by the power of Beelzebub, the prince of demons."

25 Jesus knew what they were thinking. So he said to them, "Every kingdom that fights against itself will be destroyed. Every city or family that is divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan drives out Satan, he fights against himself. Then how can his kingdom stand? 27 You say I drive out demons by the power of Beelzebub. Then by whose power do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 28 But suppose I drive out demons by the Spirit of God. Then God's kingdom has come to you.

29 "Or think about this. How can you enter a strong man's house and just take what the man owns? You must first tie him up. Then you can rob his house.

30 "Anyone who is not with me is against me. Anyone who does not gather sheep with me scatters them. 31 So here is what I tell you. Every sin and every evil word spoken against God will be forgiven. But speaking evil things against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven. But anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. A person like that won't be forgiven either now or in days to come.

33 "If you make a tree good, its fruit will be good. If you make a tree bad, its fruit will be bad. You can tell a tree by its fruit.

34 "You nest of poisonous snakes! How can you who are evil say anything good? Your mouths say everything that is in your hearts. 35 Good people say good things. These come from the good that is put away inside them. Evil people say evil things. These come from the evil that is put away inside them. 36 But here is what I tell you. On judgment day, people will have to account for every careless word they have spoken. 37 By your words you will be found guilty or not guilty."


The Miraculous Sign of Jonah

38 Some of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law came to Jesus. They said, "Teacher, we want to see a miraculous sign from you."

39 He answered, "Evil and unfaithful people ask for a miraculous sign! But none will be given except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 Jonah was in the stomach of a huge fish for three days and three nights. Something like that will happen to the Son of Man. He will spend three days and three nights in the grave.

41 "The people of Nineveh will stand up on judgment day with the people now living. And the Ninevites will prove that those people are guilty. The people of Nineveh turned away from their sins when Jonah preached to them. And now one who is more important than Jonah is here. 42 The Queen of the South will stand up on judgment day with the people now living. And she will prove that those people are guilty. She came from very far away to listen to Solomon's wisdom. And now one who is more important than Solomon is here.

43 "What happens when an evil spirit comes out of someone? It goes through dry areas looking for a place to rest. But it doesn't find it. 44 Then it says, 'I will return to the house I left.' When it arrives there, it finds the house empty. The house has been swept clean and put in order. 45 Then the evil spirit goes and takes with it seven other spirits more evil than itself. They go in and live there. That person is worse off than before. That is how it will be with the evil people of today."


Jesus' Mother and Brothers

46 While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside. They wanted to speak to him. 47 Someone told him, "Your mother and brothers are standing outside. They want to speak to you."

48 Jesus replied to him, "Who is my mother? And who are my brothers?" 49 Jesus pointed to his disciples. He said, "Here is my mother! Here are my brothers! 50 Anyone who does what my Father in heaven wants is my brother or sister or mother."

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2. Jesus greater than Jacob, the Temple, Jonah, and Solomon!
Shared by: Christopher Holdsworth on Dec, 2016
Summary: The man at Jacob's well, and in the Temple: the sign of Jonah, and the testimony of the Queen of Sheba.
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Wrapped - Pt. 3 - In Hope
Shared by: Steve Ely on Dec, 2016
Summary: No one pays that much attention to the wrapping. It’s what is inside that counts . . . right? Maybe this Christmas we should stop and consider how the gift was wrapped.
Series: Wrapped
Scripture: Matthew 12:14-21
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 5
David Owens avatar
Heart Talk - The Tongue Reveals the Heart
Shared by: David Owens on Dec, 2016
Summary: This is the final sermon in the SPEAK LIFE series. Transforming our speech begins by transforming our hearts. Our speech problems are really a heart problem.
Doug Fannon avatar
How to Spot a Transformed Christian
Shared by: Doug Fannon on Oct, 2016
Summary: Outward signs of the inner reality
Scripture: Matthew 12:33-37
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 142
Curtis E. Nester avatar
You Can't Take It With You
Shared by: Curtis E. Nester on Aug, 2016
Summary: Jesus teaches a lesson about covetousness and then illustrates it with the parable of the Rich Fool. How to avoid the destructive effects of covetousness and lay up treasures in Heaven
William R. Nabaza avatar
Generation of vipers
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on May, 2016
Summary: To show that GOD meant to show us as believers what evil generation this is, and it starts from their mouth.
Coz von avatar
Suicide, - No mercy, or is there hope? thats the the burning question
Shared by: Coz von on Apr, 2016
Summary: Reason with me: Being haunted by multiple personalities, a schizophrenic can lose the ability to reason, How can God, who is just, condemn someone who is incapable of reasoning - Think about it, which one of the personalities would Be condemned.
Allan Quak avatar
Not Just Sticks and Stones
Shared by: Allan Quak on Mar, 2016
Summary: Jesus continues the teaching of the Third Commandment by demonstrating that God's name and integrity is to be upheld, and we are to take the issue of swearing and blasphemy seriously by controlling our language.
Scripture: Matthew 12:22-32
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 347
David Radcliff avatar
Shared by: David Radcliff on Mar, 2016
Summary: Last week we took a closer look at Christ and how we need to view Him and his sacrifice for us.
Scripture: Matthew 12:24
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 101
Christopher Holdsworth avatar
1. Manifesto of the Servant
Shared by: Christopher Holdsworth on Feb, 2016
Summary: His mission, to bring Justice to the nations, will not fail.
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Views: 880
Kelly Durant avatar
Worlds Matter: They lift Up or Knock Down!
Shared by: Kelly Durant on Nov, 2015
Summary: Words are real things! They have the ability to lift up, or to knock down, to inspire, to encourage, or to discourage!
Rodney Johnson avatar
That Is Why You Fail Part 1
Shared by: Rodney Johnson on Nov, 2015
Summary: Part one of this series focuses on how our words let others know what is within our hearts because we speak what we believe within.
Scripture: Matthew 12:33-37
Views: 1,221
Daniel Cruz avatar
Understanding the Spiritual Impact of a Spoken Vow
Shared by: Daniel Cruz on Oct, 2015
Summary: Through out the entire bible we see the impact that vows have on the lives of believers whether positive or negative
Pat Damiani avatar
The Blasphemy Against the Spirit Will Not Be Forgiven
Shared by: Pat Damiani on Aug, 2015
Summary: The “unforgiveable sin” is: • a deliberate rejection • of the deity of Jesus • when you know it is true
Scripture: Matthew 12:31
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 606
John Gaston avatar
The Holy Spirit in the Gospels
Shared by: John Gaston on Jul, 2015
Summary: He filled a fetus, conceived Christ, fulfilled Messianic expectation, descended like a Dove, led to be tested, helps us worship, makes us born from above, teaches & reminds us, and fills us with power to witness & validate the Gospel.
Perry Greene avatar
The Jonah Connection
Shared by: Perry Greene on Jun, 2015
Summary: Jesus makes a connection to Jonah and his "sign" to the people. The connection appears when he and the disciples cross the Sea of Galilee and face the storm before he cast out the Legion of demons from the possessed man.
Dr. William D.  Poovey avatar
The Spirit of Baal
Shared by: Dr. William D. Poovey on Apr, 2015
Summary: Baal is identified as the ruler of the demons. (Beelzebub is another name for Baal)
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Scripture: Matthew 12:24
Denomination: Foursquare
Views: 3,155
Dr. William D.  Poovey avatar
Bruised but not Broken
Shared by: Dr. William D. Poovey on Apr, 2015
Summary: A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench...
Scripture: Matthew 12:20
Denomination: Foursquare
Views: 1,564
Dr. William D.  Poovey avatar
Mother’s Day History
Shared by: Dr. William D. Poovey on Apr, 2015
Summary: Mother’s Day History.....This is just a short study, fact or fiction, you decide...
Scripture: Matthew 12:48
Denomination: Foursquare
Views: 650
John Lowe avatar
It Will Not be Forgiven!
Shared by: John Lowe on Apr, 2015
Mark Mitchell avatar
Hope for the World
Shared by: Mark Mitchell on Mar, 2015
Summary: Christ is the Hope for the world without hope
Scripture: Matthew 12:15-21
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 318
Terry Laughlin avatar
Every Word
Shared by: Terry Laughlin on Feb, 2015
Summary: Here is a short teaching on guarding our speech.
Charlie Roberts avatar
Choose...to "ACCENTUATE" The Positive
Shared by: Charlie Roberts on Dec, 2014
Summary: he chose to dwell on the positive no matter what was going on in his life… And God rewarded The diligence and trust of his faith....and turned every situation he faced around miraculously for the good.
Jim Kilson avatar
The Holy Spirit –The Unpardonable Sin
Shared by: Jim Kilson on Nov, 2014
Summary: Part 4 of 4 in an introductory series on the Holy Spirit, looking at who He is and how He works in our lives.
Ron Tuit avatar
Jesus and the Sabbath
Shared by: Ron Tuit on Sep, 2014
Summary: Jesus did not celebrate the seventh day Sabbath according to the traditions of men but according to the "Spirit of the Law" and to fulfill the Mosaic Covenant.
T.J. Conwell avatar
Tenants, Taxes, and Eternity
Shared by: T.J. Conwell on Sep, 2014
Summary: Man will only (ever) think of himself and what he can get out of God. It's important to realize that what our government asks for is different than what God requires of us. He requires us to obey Him, in EVERYTHING we do.
Series: Mark
Michael Stark avatar
Careless Words
Shared by: Michael Stark on Sep, 2014
Summary: Speech betrays the heart. Thus, Jesus cautions those who will follow Him to review their words.
Scripture: Matthew 12:36-37
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 824
Jason Smith avatar
Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit
Shared by: Jason Smith on Sep, 2014
Summary: What exactly is this sin? Can this sin be committed today? Is there really no hope of forgiveness for the one who commits this sin? Why can blaspheming Jesus be forgiven but not blaspheming the Spirit?
Rick Boyne avatar
Unforgivable Sin
Shared by: Rick Boyne on Aug, 2014
Summary: Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is the only unforgivable sin.