Contributed on Sep 23, 2017
A large crowd had got together to hear Christ preach. The scribes and Pharisees were there, but they were looking for something that they could accuse him of. But the people, who were not prejudice against Him and jealous, still admired him...
Judea Jesus Deals With Hypocrisy, Covetousness, Worry... (Micah 7:6) Luke 12:1-59 A large crowd had got together to hear Christ preach. The scribes and Pharisees were there, but they were looking for something that they could accuse him of. But the people, who were not prejudice against ...read more
Contributed on Sep 5, 2017
Jesus was a trainer of men. The Lord sent out seventy disciples who were to prepare the way for the ministry of Jesus. He gave these seventy men a burden for the souls of men. He told them that the harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few.
Probably Judea Lesson: The Service of the Seventy Luke 10:1-24 Luke recorded several events from Jesus’ life that are not included in the other Gospels. The commissioning of the seventy is one of those events unique to Luke’s Gospel. (Luke 10:1-2) After these things the Lord ...read more
Contributed on Sep 2, 2017
Our Lord comes through crisp and clear on how we are to deal with hurt and abuse. For one thing, our Lord specifically forbids retaliation. Our natural tendency is to want to get even, but that’s just the opposite of what Jesus taught.
Capernaum Lesson: Jesus’ New Directive for Forgiveness Matthew 18:21-35 Bible Reading: Matthew 18:21-35 21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times? 22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, until seven ...read more
Contributed on Sep 1, 2017
When Paul and John Mark had a falling out, the dispute was so sharp that each man took a new assistant and traveled in a different direction; Barnabas took Mark and sailed to Cyprus, and Paul chose Silas and departed for Cilicia.
Capernaum Lesson: Pattern for Conduct in the Church Matthew 18:15-20 In Matthew 18:15-20, Jesus gave His procedure for dealing with people problems that arise within a church. There is no perfect church, because there are no perfect people. I heard a man say one time, “I wouldn’t belong ...read more
Contributed on Aug 31, 2017
Here in this short passage there is the gracious plan of Christ concerning mankind; for the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
-AD 29- Capernaum Lesson: PARABLE OF THE LOST SHEEP Scripture: Matthew 18:11-14 I believe that if you were to ask Jesus to give one reason for why He came to earth, He would wrap it all up with this one statement: 11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. This ...read more
Contributed on Aug 19, 2017
They glorified Him as the God of Israel, a God in covenant with His people, who has sent the Messiah as promised, and this is He. The miracles were done by the power of the God of Israel, and no one else could do it.
-AD 29- Decapolis Lesson: Afflicted healed Matthew 15:29-31, Mark 7:31-37 -Matthew- 29 Jesus departed from there, skirted the Sea of Galilee, and went up on the mountain and sat down there. 30 Then great multitudes came to Him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many ...read more
Contributed on Aug 14, 2017
They saw Jesus walking to them; walking on the water. He had seen their desperate condition, and He was concerned for them, like a father for his children. He came to them, walking on the sea.
-Spring, AD 29- Sea of Galilee Lesson: Walks on the Water Matthew 14:22-33, Mark 6:45-52, John 6:15-21 -Matthew- 22 Immediately Jesus told his followers to get into the boat and go ahead of him across the lake. He stayed there to send the people home. 23 After he had sent them ...read more
Contributed on Aug 6, 2017
The disciples woke Jesus with their loud cries and repeated calls for help. They said to him, “Master, master! Save us, we perish!” They thought they were lost, because there was no foreseeable escape. So they appealed to Christ, believing that He...
Harmony of the Gospels -AD 28- Sea of Galilee Title: Sea Made Calm Matthew 8:23-27, Mark 4:35-41, Luke 8:22-25 -Matthew-(Matt 8:23-27; KJV) 23 And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. 24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ...read more
Contributed on Aug 5, 2017
The parables of Jesus are given in three of the Gospels; John is the only Gospel that doesn’t record any of His parables. Jesus used things that people were familiar with as the subject for the parables.
Harmony of the Gospels -AD 28- By Sea of Galilee (27) Famous Parables of Sower, Seed, Tares, Mustard Seed, Leaven, Treasure, Pearl, Net, Lamp (Joel 3:13) Matthew 13:1-52, Mark 4:1-34, Luke 8: 4-18 Introduction The parables of Jesus are given in three of the Gospels; John is the only ...read more
Contributed on Jul 30, 2017
Jesus was very approachable, by all classes of people, as we shall see in today’s scripture lesson. It is the story of the sinful woman who worshiped Him, at a dinner given in the home of a well-to-do Pharisee.
Harmony of the Gospels -AD 28- Galilee (22) A Sinful Woman Anoits Jesus Luke 7:36-50, John 12:1-8 Jesus was very approachable, by all classes of people, as we shall see in today’s scripture lesson. It is the story of the sinful woman who worshiped Him, at a dinner given in the home of ...read more
Contributed on Jul 14, 2017
The clash between Jesus and the religious leaders was over the Sabbath. They never forgave Him for what He did on the Sabbath days, and then when He said, “…..The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath,” (Mark 2:27) they hated Him.
Harmony of the Gospels -AD 28- Jerusalem Title: Goes to Jerusalem for Second Passover; Heals Lame Man (Exodus 20:10) John 5:1-47 The healing of the impotent man by the pool of Bethesda is a very wonderful incident. But it is also a turning point in the ministry of Christ. You see, ...read more
Contributed on Jul 9, 2017
At this time, Jesus had a great deal of freedom. He moved freely through Galilee and He taught in the synagogues. The religious leaders would eventually plan to take Him and to put Him to death, however before that, they would bar Him from the synagogue
Harmony of the Gospels -AD 27- Galilee Title: First Teaching Tour of Galilee Matthew 4:23-25, Mark 1:35-39, Luke 4:42-44 -Matthew- And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner ...read more
Contributed on Jul 8, 2017
There are those who claim that Peter never married, but these verses prove that he did. Evidentially, he took Jesus home for dinner, but when they got there, his mother-in-law was sick with a fever. Jesus touched her and she was healed at that instant,
Harmony of the Gospels -AD 27- Capernaum Peter’s Mother in Law Healed, Plus Others (Isaiah 53:4) Matthew 8:14-17, Mark 1:24-34, Luke 4:38-41 Jesus' healing of Peter's mother-in-law is found in three of the gospels; only John omitted telling the story, but according to Mark 1:29 ...read more
Contributed on Jul 1, 2017
John’s disciples are jealous of Jesus and His disciples. -AND- Jesus goes to Galilee. This is the area where He grew up, because Nazareth is there. Also, Capernaum is by the Sea of Galilee, and He has made that city His home base.
Harmony of the Gospels (Two Lessons) Judea Co-Ministry with John John 3:22-30 After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized. And John also was baptizing in Aenen near to Salem, because there was much water ...read more
Contributed on Jun 30, 2017
Jesus did not need for anyone to tell Him what men were like, because He knew men. Who could know you better than the one who created you? Jesus would not accept this crowd, because their faith was false, but this man Nicodemus was different. Jesus....
Judea RECEIVED AT JERUSALEM John 2:23-25 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover, on the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. (John 2:23) No one ever challenged the miracles. Thousands were healed of disease and demon-possession. The Holy ...read more
Contributed on Jun 24, 2017
Water baptism does not save you, but every believer should be baptized, because Jesus, Himself, commanded it. He said, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Harmony of the Gospels -AD 27- Jordan River Title: Jesus Baptized (Psalms 2:7) Matthew 3:3-17, Mark 1:9-11, Luke 3:21-23, John 1:29-34 Water baptism does not save you, but every believer should be baptized, because Jesus, Himself, commanded it. He said, “Therefore go and make disciples ...read more
Contributed on Jun 22, 2017
Confessing sin is more than just speaking words; it may involve a broken heart. The mature Christian and those living close to God, recognize that their sin is degrading and offensive to a Holy God. Deep sorrow will flow from the heart when sin is confe
-AD 25-27- Judean Wilderness The Man and His Message (Isaiah 40:3) Matthew 3:2-12, Mark 1:2-8, Luke 3:3-14 All four Gospels quote Isaiah 40:3, and they assign it to John the Baptist, therefore I will accept their testimony. John the Baptist would fulfill this prophetic verse. A voice of ...read more
Contributed on Jun 20, 2017
Joseph was an Israelite and he kept the law, and Jesus did too. Therefore, Luke gives us this incident from the “silent years” of Jesus’ life.
Harmony of the Gospels -4 BC- Nazareth Childhood of Jesus Luke 2:40, 51 God has chosen not to tell us much about Jesus, until He begins His ministry at about thirty years of age. We are only given a couple of events from those early years, but I believe that they were important to Him. ...read more
Contributed on Jun 11, 2017
I cannot fathom the great love of God that was made known to us in His Son; that Jesus would give up His glory to come into the world as a lowly baby. Why would He suffer and die for any man?
Harmony of the Gospels -5-4BC- Near Bethlehem (8) Proclamation by the Angels (1 Timothy 3:16) Luke 2:8-14 (1 Timothy 3:16) I cannot fathom the great love of God that was made known to us in His Son; that Jesus would give up His glory to come into the world as a lowly baby. Why would ...read more
Contributed on Jun 6, 2017
An unbeliever can say that he does not believe in the virgin birth, and that is ok. I do not expect them to. But for a believer, especially a preacher, to say that he does not believe in the virgin birth is a disgrace, and I would have to say that he...
-7 or 6 B.C.- Nazareth (2) Announcement of the Birth of Jesus to a Virgin Scriptures (Is. 7:14) Luke 1:26-38 Luke 1:26-38 26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the ...read more
Contributed on Jun 2, 2017
We must be confident that all those things that are spoken of in the Bible are true. That is the starting point for any study of scripture. If any part of it can be shown to be false, then all of the Word of God is suspect. The truth is very import....
Scriptures (Acts 1:1) Luke 1:1-4 Luke wrote both Acts, and of course, the Gospel that bears his name. Here is what he had to say by way of introduction. Inasmuch as many have taken in hand to set in order a narrative of those things which have been fulfilled among us, just as those who ...read more
Contributed on Jun 3, 2017
Who was Jesus, and where was He before He came to earth? Who was He before He took on our flesh? The Bible has the answers.
Pre-fleshly State of Christ Scriptures: (Hebrews 1:1-14) John 1:1-1 John 1:1-18 (NKJV) 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that ...read more
Contributed on Jun 4, 2017
I have read the Bible several times, but to be honest I must admit that I sometimes skip the genealogies. But it occurs to me that since the Spirit of God used so much ink to give them to us that there must be something in there that we need to know.
Genealogy of Jesus Christ Scriptures (Ruth 4:18-22; 1 Chr. 1:1-14) Matthew 1:1-17, Luke 3:23-38 (Focal Passage), Luke 3:23-38 (Focal Passage) 23 Now Jesus Himself began His ministry at about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, the son of Heli, 24 the son of ...read more
Contributed on Jun 5, 2017
This was a dark period for the nation of Israel. The people had not heard a prophetic word from God in over 400 years, not since Malachi had announced the coming of Elijah (Mal. 4:5-6). The spiritual leaders were shackled by tradition, and in some....
-7 BC- Jerusalem (1) The Birth of John the Baptist is Announced at the Temple in Jerusalem Scriptures (Num. 6:3) Luke 1:5-25 Luke 1:5-25 (NKJV) 5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the ...read more
Contributed on Jun 7, 2017
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed; “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!....
Harmony of the Gospels -5 BC- Hill Country of Judea (3 & 4) Song of Elizabeth to Mary and Mary’s Song of Praise (Psalms 3:17) Luke 1:39-56 Luke 1:39-45 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted ...read more
Contributed on Jun 8, 2017
Zechariah has been dumb for almost nine months, but now he can speak and his first words are a song of praise. Everyone recognized that John was going to be an exceptional child. It is clear that Zechariah understands that his son will be the for-runner
Harmony of the Gospels -3 BC- Judea (Birth, Infancy and Future Purpose of John the Baptist (Malachi 3:11) Luke 1:57-80 One of the most interesting prophesies concerning John the Baptist is Malachi 3:11, “See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the ...read more
Contributed on Jun 9, 2017
I believe that the angel appeared to Joseph to prevent a very tragic situation and to make it clear to Joseph what was happening.
-3BC- Judea (6) Announcement of Jesus’ Birth to Joseph (Isaiah 9:6-9) Matthew 1:18-25 There is a wonderful prophesy of the coming of the Messiah in Isaiah 7:14, and there are many more. Matthew describes the birth of Jesus as follows; This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came ...read more
Contributed on Jun 10, 2017
Jesus was born at the time that God had set before the world was created. Many things had to come together in anticipation of this great event. In Ephesians 4:4, it says of this time, “But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a wo....
Harmony of the Gospels -5-4 BC- Bethlehem (7) Birth of Jesus Christ (Isaiah 7:14) Matthew 1:24-25, Luke 2:1-7 Jesus was born at the time that God had set before the world was created. Many things had to come together in anticipation of this great event. In Ephesians 4:4, it says of ...read more
Contributed on Jun 12, 2017
The shepherds hurried to Bethlehem and when they got there they found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. They must have been one of the first to see the baby. At least, we know they arrived before the wise men, because when the wise....
Harmony of the Gospels -3-4 BC- Bethleham (9) Visit of Homage by Shepherds Luke 2:15-20 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see the thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried ...read more
Contributed on Jun 13, 2017
Sin has an internal character, because we are sinners by birth, not because we have come into contact with anything. There is a connection between motherhood and the transmission of sin by inheritance. At birth, we inherit a sinful, fallen nature.
-5-4 BC- In Bethlehem Jesus’ Circumcision and First Temple Visit with Acknowledgements by Simeon and Anna Jesus’ Circumcision (Leviticus 12:3) Luke 2:21 Circumcision was the sign that God gave to His covenant people, Israel. Every male child was to be circumcised when they were ...read more