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65 Matthew 12:22-50 A Tree and its fruit

65 Matthew 12:22-50 A Tree and its fruit

Each one of us must decide what to do with Jesus.  Sitting on the fence is not an option. The stumbling block is not lack of evidence.  The stumbling block is the stubbornness of our hearts.  In the end, we do not believe, because we do not want to believe.

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63 Matthew 12:1-14 Two Sabbath stories

63 Matthew 12:1-14 Two Sabbath stories

The Sabbath played a big role in the worsening relationship between Jesus and the Pharisees. Matthew gives us only these two stories. By the end of the second story, we learn that Pharisees are planning to kill Jesus partly because of his views on the Sabbath.

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62 Matthew 11:25-30 Take my yoke

62 Matthew 11:25-30 Take my yoke

For people who are self-satisfied and indifferent to God, miracles change nothing. They believe they already have wisdom and they reject Jesus. But those who are know they are needy and weary understand the miracles and embrace the wisdom of Jesus teaching. To them Jesus promises rest.

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61 Matthew 11:16-24 Woe to unrepentant cities

61 Matthew 11:16-24 Woe to unrepentant cities

What Malachi predicted is finally happening.  This generation finally stands in the presence of the herald and the Messiah.  How does this generation receive that message?  Jesus explains with an analogy: Jesus and John are like children sitting in the marketplace playing the flute and calling to their friends to dance, but their friends refuse

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57 Matthew 10:34-39 Not peace, a sword

57 Matthew 10:34-39 Not peace, a sword

Ultimately Jesus’ role is to bring peace and restoration to the earth, but not yet.  Now he came to bring a sword because his message requires a choice and that choice divides even families. To follow Jesus, you must be willing to live with that rejection and hostility, even if it means losing your closest family members or your very life.

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