Jesus and the rich young man, part 5 — Matthew 20:8–16

The Kings Instructions Advent 2021 This is the second part of a parable and also a continuation of Jesus talking about money following a meeting with a rich young man. I'd like to think that this parable, before it was written in Greek, was a poem of Jesus. Grape harvestPicture by Larry Koester on Flickr …

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Jesus and the rich young man, part 1 — Matthew 19:16-22

The King's instructions Advent 2021 This part of Matthew's Gospel is the last part of a teaching sandwich: Jesus accepted children who were brought to him, but this is between passages about Pharisees who had already rejected Jesus before they came to him and this passage about a rich young man. The three passages ought …

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Jesus, marriage and divorce, part 3 — Matthew 19:10–12

The Kings Instructions Advent 2021 When it comes to working out what someone means the first thing to look at the meaning of the words. but logic is not the only concern. Context is everything, words change meaning over time and the context of who is speaking and being spoken to can change the meaning …

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Jesus, marriage and divorce, part 1 — Matthew 19:3-6

The Kings Instructions Advent 2021 There are ways that a person's prejudices are exposed, that they twist things around to make them fit their agenda. They even do this with the words of Jesus. The Progress Flag 3 And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one's wife for any …

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