September 4th

Matthew 23-24

  • 23:2-3 – we should listen even to hypocrites, we just shouldn’t do what they do
  • 23:5 – Phylactery – small box filled with Scripture men tie to their foreheads while they pray
  • 23:5 – Fringes – Orthodox Jewish men wear a garment with 8 fringes and 5 knots that represent the 613 laws of Moses to help them remember to follow them
  • 23:12 – The 2nd time recently to remind us that when we exalt ourselves we’re humbled but when we humble ourselves we’re exalted
  • 23:13-36 – The scribes and Pharisees are criticized for following the laws and forcing others to but forgetting the things God really valued – justice, mercy, and faithfulness.
  • 23:25-26 – There are many references throughout the New Testament that remind us that a clean heart is better than clean hands.
  • 23:37-39 – Prophets had been sent to Jerusalem and ousted by the religious leaders. Jesus suffered the same fate.
  • 24:1-7 – Many people try to predict the end of the world based on various Scriptures and what they perceive to be the fulfillment, but Scripture says no one knows the timing.
  • 24:27 – We don’t need to believe folks like David Koresh who come and say they are the Messiah. Scripture says we’ll all know when Jesus is back.
  • 24:34 – This tends to be problematic for people because clearly all the people in that generation have since died. Some people interpret it to mean that the Jews will still be in existence until the second coming. Others believe that fulfillment simply requires the beginning of the age and not the full second coming. Of course, no one knows for sure.
  • 24:40-42 – verses like these are where ideas for things like the “Left Behind” series come from
  • 24:44 – Jesus’ warning is for those of us who know the truths of Jesus. He warns us not to neglect those truths but be faithful even as we wait and don’t know how long we’ll be waiting.

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