The Followers of John Question Yeshua
11[1-6] And then, when Yeshua had finished teaching the twelve followers, the Christ left there to teach and preach in their cities. Now when John, who was in the prison, had heard about the things Christ did, he sent two followers to ask, “Are you the One who is to come, or do we look for another?” Yeshua answered, “Go and tell John again the things you hear and see: Those who are blind see, and those who are paralyzed walk, those with leprosy are healed, and those who couldn’t hear can hear again, the dead are given life, and those who are poor have the New Word preached to them. Whoever isn’t offended by Me is blessed.”
[7-15] And as they went, Yeshua began to say to the crowds about John, “What did you go out into the countryside to see? A reed shaken in the wind? But what did you go out to see? A person clothed in soft furs? Those who wear soft furs are in rulers’ palaces. But what did you go out to see? A great preacher? Yes, I tell you, and more than just a great preacher, because this is the one, of whom the Word says, I send My messenger before You, who will clear Your way for You. The truth is, among all those who are born of women, there hasn’t been one greater than John the Baptist: but in the same way, whoever is least important in the realm of heaven is greater than John is. And from the days of John the Baptist until now, heaven is at war, and the evil ones are trying to take it by force. Because all the great preachers and God’s word preached until John. And if you’ll accept it, this is Elijah, who was to come. If anyone will accept this, let them accept it.
[16-19] But what should I say this people is like? They are like children sitting in the shopping centers, and calling to their friends, saying, ‘We’ve played to you, and you didn’t dance; we’ve cried to you, and You haven’t cried for us’; because John didn’t come eating or drinking, and they say, ‘He’s got an evil spirit.’ Then I came, both eating and drinking, and they say, look, a pig, and a drunk, a friend of tax collectors and sinners. But children are made right by their own thinking.
[20-24] Then Yeshua began to call out curses against the cities in which most of the amazing things had happened, because they didn’t change their evil ways: You’ll be sorry, Chorazin! You’ll be sorry, Bethsaida! If the amazing things, which had happened in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have changed their ways long ago, crying in mourning clothes and putting ashes on their heads. But I tell you, it’ll be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. And you, Capernaum, which is praised even to heaven, will be brought down to hell because if the amazing things, which have been done in you, had been done in Sodom, it would have been here until today. But I tell you that it’ll be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for you.”
God’s Plan Revealed to the Undoubting
[25-27] At that time Yeshua said, “I thank You, God, Ruler of heaven and earth, because you’ve hidden this from the wise and the cautious, and have revealed it to undoubting children. In the same way, God, because it seemed good in Your sight, all things are given to Me by God: and no one knows Me, but God; nor does anyone know God, but Me, and those to whom I reveal God to.
Rest in God’s Work
[28-30] Come to Me, all you that work hard and carry heavy loads, and I’ll give you rest. Take responsibility for My work, and learn about Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart: and you’ll find rest for your souls. Because my work is easy, and my load is light.”
The Seventh Day Teachings Challenged
12[1-8] At that time Yeshua went through the corn on a Day of Worship; and the followers were hungry, so they began to take the ears of corn to eat. But when the religious leaders saw it, they said, “Your followers are doing what isn’t right to do on a Day of Worship.” But the Christ answered, “Haven’t you read what David did, when he and his followers were hungry? How they went in the house of God, and ate the bread, which wasn’t right for any of them to eat, but only for the priests? Or haven’t you read in the Word of God, how that on Days of Worship, the priests in the place of worship don’t keep its rules, and are without fault? But I tell you that there’s One greater than the place of worship in this place. But if you had known what this means, I want mercy, and not sacrifice, you wouldn’t have accused the guiltless. Because I am the Ruler of even a Day of Worship.”
Doing Good on the Seventh Day
[9-13] And when they left there, the Christ went into their worship service, and there was someone whose hand was paralyzed. And they asked Yeshua in order to make an accusation, “Is it right to heal on Days of Worship?” So the Christ answered, “Who is there among you, who has an animal, which falls into a hole on a Day of Worship, won’t take hold of it, and pull it out? How much more then is a human being better than an animal? So it’s right to do what is good on Days of Worship.” Then Yeshua said to the person, “Give Me your hand.” And the person did; so it was given back well, just like the other one.
Yeshua Heals the Crowds
[14-21] Then the religious leaders went out, and held a court against Yeshua, discussing how to get rid of the Christ. But when the Christ knew it, Yeshua left there and healed all of the great crowds following along; And told them they shouldn’t tell it: So that it would happen which was spoken by Isaiah the great preacher, saying, “I’ll give My Spirit to My Helper, whom I’ve chosen; My Loved One, in whom My soul is very pleased: Who will show mercy to the other peoples. Who won’t struggle, nor cry out; nor whose voice will anyone hear in the streets. Who won’t break someone who is already bruised, and won’t smother a person who still has a spark of hope, till victory comes in the judgment. And the other peoples will trust in the Name of My Christ.”
Christ Speaks on Evil Spirits
[22-30] Then someone who was overcome by an evil spirit, who was blind, and dumb: was brought to the Christ, who healed them, so that the one who was blind and dumb both spoke and saw. And all the people were amazed, saying, “Isn’t this the Heir of David?” But when the religious leaders heard it, they said, “This person doesn’t put out evil spirits by anything but the devil’s own power, the ruler of the evil spirits.” And Yeshua knowing what they were thinking, answered, “When the people of a country are divided that country will be destroyed; and every city or family that is divided can’t survive. So if Satan puts out Satan, and the devil is divided against the devil; then how can the devil’s realm stand? And if I, by the devil put out evil spirits, by whom do your children put them out? So they’ll be your judges. But if I put out evil spirits by the Spirit of God, then the realm of God has come to you now. Or else how can someone come into a strong person’s house, and take what they own, unless that person, first, tie up the strong person? and then the other will take what they own. Whoever isn’t with Me is against Me; and whoever doesn’t gather souls with Me scatters them out.
The Unforgivable Sin
[31-37] I tell you, all kind of sin and disrespect of God will be forgiven humanity: but the disrespect and rejection of the Holy Spirit won’t be forgiven them. And whoever speaks a word against Me, it’ll be forgiven them: but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it won’t be forgiven them, not in this world, nor in the world to come. Either say that the tree is good, and its fruit’s good; or else say the tree is bad, and its fruit’s bad because the tree is known by its fruit. You snakes, how can you, being naturally evil, speak good things? The mouth speaks from what is in the heart. A good person out of the good things of their heart speaks good things: and an evil person out of the evil things in their heart speaks evil things. But I tell you, that people will give account for every casual word that they speak in the day of judgment. By your words you’ll be made right, and by your words you’ll be accused.”
The Sign of Jonah
[38-45] Then some of the religious leaders and those of the religious sects answered, saying, “Teacher, we would like to see a sign from you.” But the Christ answered them, “An evil and unfaithful people looks for a sign; but no sign will be given to it, but the sign of the great preacher Jonah: because as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a whale; so will I be three days and three nights in Hell, which is in the heart of the earth. Those of Nineveh will rise up in judgment of this people, and will accuse it: because they changed their ways at the preaching of Jonah; And One greater than Jonah is here. The ruler of the south will stand up in the judgment of this people, and will accuse it because she came from the distant parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; And One greater than Solomon is here. When an evil spirit has gone out of someone, it walks through dry places, looking for rest, and not finding it. Then it says, ‘I’ll return to the place I came from’; and when it comes back, it finds that house empty, cleaned, and decorated. Then it goes, and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they come and stay there: and the last state of that person is worse than the first. It’ll be like this for this people also.”
Who is My Family?
[46-50] While still talking to the people, Yeshua’s mother and family stood outside, hoping to speak with the Christ. Then someone said, “Your mother and family stand outside, hoping to speak with you.” But the Christ said to the one who said it, “Who is My mother? And who is My family?” And the Christ reached out toward the followers, saying, “This is My family! Because whoever does the will of My God, who is in heaven, is My family.”
The Story of the Seeds
13[1-9] That same day Yeshua went out of the house, and sat on the seashore. And great crowds were gathered around, so the Christ went and sat in a ship; and the whole crowd stood on the shore. And the Christ spoke many things to them in stories, saying, “A farmer went out to plant; And when the farmer sowed, some seeds fell beside the rows, and the birds came and ate them. Some fell on stony places, where they didn’t have much earth: and they came up quickly, because they weren’t deep enough. But when the sun was up, they were scorched and wilted away, because the roots were too shallow. And some fell in thorny places; and the thorns came up, and choked them out. But others fell into the good ground, and made fruit, some a hundred times as much, some sixty times as much, and some thirty times as much. Whoever will accept this, let them accept it.”
[10-17] And the followers came, and asked, “Why do you speak to them in stories?” So Yeshua answered them, “Because you’re able to know the secrets of heaven, but they aren’t able to. Whoever has the truth, more will be given, and they’ll be richly blessed: but whoever doesn’t have the truth, even what they have will be taken away. So I speak to them in stories: because seeing they don’t see; and hearing they don’t hear, nor do they understand it. And the Word, which was given ahead of time of Isaiah comes true by them, which said, ‘By hearing you’ll hear, and won’t understand; and seeing you’ll see, and won’t realize it: because this people’s heart has grown hard, and their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they’ve closed; in case at some time they would see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and be changed, and I heal them’ But your eyes are blessed, because they see: and your ears, because they hear. The truth is, that many great preachers and other good people have wanted to see what you see, and haven’t seen them; and to hear what you hear, and haven’t heard them.
[18-23] So understand the story of the farmer. When anyone hears the Word of the realm of God, and doesn’t understand it, then the evil one comes, and takes away what was sown in their heart. These are the ones that the seed fell beside the rows. But those who get the seed that fell into stony places, are those who hear the Word, and accept it with joy; Yet they have no root, only lasting for a while, because when troubles or discrimination comes up because of the Word, they’re offended by it. Also those who get the seed that fell in the thorns are those who hear the Word; but the cares of this world, and the false hope of riches, choke out the Word, and they become unfruitful. But whoever gets the seed that fell in the good ground are those who hear the Word, and understand it; who also make fruit, and produce, some a hundred times, some sixty, some thirty.”
The Good Seed and the Bad Seed
[24-30] And Yeshua told them another story, saying, “Heaven is like the One who sowed good seed in the fields: But while the farmhands slept, the enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. But when the blade came up, and made fruit, then the weeds came up also. So the farmhands came saying to the farmer, ‘Didn’t you plant good seed in your field? Where did the weeds come from then?’ So the farmer answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The farmhands said, ‘Do you want us to go and gather them up?’ But the farmer said, ‘No; in case when you gather up the weeds, you uproot the wheat with it. Let both grow together until the harvest: and at harvest time I’ll say to the reapers, Gather together the weeds first, and put them in bundles to burn: then gather the wheat into my barn.’”
[31-32] And Yeshua told them another story, saying, “Heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which someone took, and sowed in the field, which is certainly among the smallest of all seeds: but when it grows, it’s the greatest among herbs, and becomes a small tree, so that even the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”
[33-42] And Yeshua told them another story; “Heaven is also like the yeast, which a woman mixed in three cups of meal, till the whole dough was leavened.” All this Yeshua spoke in stories; and never spoke to the crowds without a story: so that it would happen which was spoken by the great preacher, saying, “I’ll speak in stories; telling things which have been kept secret from the beginning of the world.” Then Yeshua sent the crowd away, and went into the house: and the followers came, saying, “Tell us the meaning of the story of the weeds in the field.” So Yeshua answered, “I am the One who sows the good seed; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the realm of God; but the weeds are the children of the evil one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As the weeds are gathered and burned in the fire; so it’ll be in the end of this world. Then I’ll send out my angels, and they’ll gather out of this world everything that causes sin, and all those who keep on sinning; And will put them into a great fire: where they’ll be crying and clenching their teeth in pain. Then those who do good will shine as the sun in the realm of their God. Whoever will accept this, let them accept it.
Hidden Treasure and the Pearl of Great Price
[44-46] Again, heaven is like a treasure hid in a field; which when someone has found it, they hide it again, and for joy they go and sell everything they have to buy that field. Again, heaven is like a salesperson that was looking for good pearls: Who, when they had found one pearl that was worth more than all the others, went and sold all the others and bought it.
The Fish Net
[47-52] Again, heaven is like a net that was let down into the sea, and caught all kinds of fish: Which, when it was full, they drew it to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into containers, but threw the bad ones away. So it’ll be at the end of the world: the angels will come, and divide the the good from the bad, and will put them into the great fire: where they’ll be crying and clenching their teeth in pain.” Then Yeshua asked, “Do you understand all this?” They said, “Yes, Christ.” Then Yeshua said, “So all those who are taught of the heavenly realm are like those who are homeowners, which bring both new and old things to use out of the wealth of things they own.”
A Great Preacher Without Honor
[53-58] And then, when Yeshua had finished these stories, they all left there together. And when they came to Yeshua’s own hometown, the Christ taught them in their worship services, so that the people were amazed, saying, “Where does Yeshua get this wisdom, and do these amazing things? Isn’t this the carpenter’s child? Isn’t Mary Yeshua’s mother? and James, Joses, Simon, and Judas, the brothers of Yeshua? And aren’t Yeshua’s sisters all with us, too? Where has this person gotten all this?” And they were greatly offended by the Christ. But Yeshua answered, “A great preacher isn’t without honor, except in their own town, and their own home.” And the Christ couldn’t do many miracles there because of their unbelief.
Herod Kills John the Baptist
14[1-14] At that time Herod, the ruler, heard of Yeshua, who was now famous. And said to those working for him, “This must be John the Baptist; who has come back to life to do all these amazing things!” because he had taken John, and put him in prison for Herodias’ sake, who had been married to Philip, his brother; because John had said, “It isn’t right for you to be married to her.” And when he wanted to put John to death, he wouldn’t, being afraid of the people, because they saw him as a great preacher. But on the celebration of Herod’s birthday, the daughter of Herodias danced for him, greatly pleasing him. Upon which he promised, swearing to give her whatever she would ask. And she, being told by her mother, said, “Give me John the Baptist’s head on a plate, right here.” And the ruler was sorry: but, because he had sworn it, and because of those who were there, he ordered it to be given to her. And they sent, and beheaded John in the prison. And John’s head was brought on a plate, and given to the girl: and she brought it to her mother. And the followers came, and picked up the body, and buried it, and went and told Yeshua. So when Yeshua heard it, the Christ left there alone by ship into a deserted place: and when the people had heard it, they followed along on foot out of the cities. And Yeshua came out of the ship and seeing a great crowd, had compassion for them, and healed their sick.
Yeshua Feeds the Five Thousand
[15-21] Then when it was evening, the followers came saying, “This is a deserted place, and it’s late; send the crowd away, so that they can go into the towns, and buy food.” But Yeshua answered, “They don’t need to leave; you give them something to eat.” And they said to Yeshua, “We only have five small loaves, and two fish here.” So the Christ said, “Bring them here to Me.” And the Christ told the crowd to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, blessed, and broke it, and gave the loaves to the followers, and the followers gave it to the crowd. And they all ate, and were full: and the followers took up twelve baskets full of the scraps that were left over. And there were about five thousand people who had eaten, besides the women and children.
Walking on the Water
[22-33] And suddenly the Christ told the followers to get into a ship, and go to the other side, but Yeshua stayed behind to send the crowds away. And when the crowds had gone away, Yeshua went up on a mountain alone to pray. When the evening came, the Christ was alone there. But the ship was now in the middle of the sea, being tossed by the waves because the wind was blowing hard against it. And late that night Yeshua went out to them, walking on the sea. And when the followers saw the Christ walking on the sea, they were afraid, saying, “It’s a ghost;” and they screamed in fear. But suddenly, Yeshua spoke to them, saying, “It’s okay; it’s only Me; Don’t be afraid.” And Peter answered, “Christ, if it’s really You, call me to come to You on the water.” So Yeshua said, “Come on.” And when Peter got down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Yeshua. But when he saw how strong the wind was, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he screamed, saying, “Christ, save me.” And suddenly Yeshua gave him a hand and caught him, saying, “Don’t you have any faith? Why did you doubt?” And when they got into the ship, the wind stopped. Then those who were in the ship came and worshipped the Christ, saying, “It’s true! You’re the Child of God.”
[34-35] And when they had crossed over, they came into the land of Gennesaret. And when the people of that place knew of them, they sent word into the whole countryside all around, and brought all that were diseased to Yeshua; begging just to touch the hem of the Christ’s clothing: and all those who touched it were made completely well.