The New Word According to Matthew Chapter 15-17

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Human Way of life

    15[1-9] Then the religious leaders and the ministers from religious sects, who were from Jerusalem, came to Yeshua saying, “Why do your followers not keep the way of life of the elders? They don’t wash their hands when they eat.” But Yeshua answered them, “Why do you also not keep the Word of God by your way of life? God said, ‘Honor your parents: And whoever curses their parents, let them die in their punishment.’ But you say, whoever says to their parents, ‘What I might have given to you I’ve given as a gift to the church’; And doesn’t honor their parents, they’ll be excused. So you’ve made the Words of God to have no effect by your way of life. You fakes, Isaiah said well of you, saying, ‘This people comes near Me with their mouth, and honors Me with their words; but their hearts are far from Me. But their worship of Me is empty, teaching human standards for the principles of God’s word.’”

    [10-20] And Yeshua called the crowd, saying to them, “Now, listen and understand: It isn’t what goes into the mouth that makes someone sick; but it’s what comes out of the mouth that makes someone sick.” Then the followers came, saying, “Don’t you know that the religious leaders were offended when they heard this?” But the Christ answered, “Every plant, which My God in heaven hasn’t planted, will be uprooted. Stay away from them: they’re blind leaders of the blind. And if those who are blind lead those who are blind, both will fall in the ditch.” Then Peter said, “What does this story mean?” So Yeshua said, “Do you, too, still not understand? Don’t you understand that whatever comes into the mouth goes into the belly, and then out in the waste? But the things which go out of the mouth come from the heart; and that is what makes the person sick, because out of the heart go evil thoughts, murders, sexual unfaithfulness, other sexual sins, thefts, lies, and disrespect for God: These are the things which make someone sick: but to eat with unwashed hands doesn’t really make someone sick.”

The Canaanite Woman

    [21-28] Then Yeshua left there, and went into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And a woman of Canaan came out of the coasts, and called out, saying, “Have mercy on me, Christ, Heir of David; my daughter is completely overcome with an evil spirit.” But Yeshua didn’t say a word to her. Then the followers came and begged, saying; “Send her away, she won’t stop hollering out to us.” So the Christ answered her saying, “I am only sent to the lost Ones of the house of Israel.” Then she came and begged, saying, “Christ, help me.” But the Christ answered, “It isn’t right to take the children’s bread, and give it to the dogs.” But she said, “That’s true, Christ, but still, the little dogs eat the scraps from their owners’ table.” Then Yeshua answered to her, “Woman, your faith is great: so you’ll get what you’ve asked for.” And her daughter was healed at that very time.

Feeding the Four Thousand

     [29-31] And Yeshua left there, coming near the Sea of Galilee; and went up on a mountain, and sat down there. And great crowds came there, having with them those that were crippled, blind, dumb, hurt, and many others, and put them down at Yeshua’ feet; who healed them all: So much so, that the crowds were amazed when they saw those who were dumb speak; those who were hurt get well; those who were unable to stand walk; and those who were blind see: and they praised the God of Israel.

    [32-38] Then Yeshua called the followers over, saying, “I am concerned about the crowd, because they have stayed with Me three days now, and haven’t had anything to eat: and I won’t send them away, while they willingly going without food, in case they faint on the way.” And the followers asked Yeshua, “Where would we get enough bread in the countryside, to give to all these people?” So Yeshua asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” And they said, “Seven, and a few little fish.” And Yeshua told the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then the Christ took the seven loaves and the fish, giving thanks, and breaking them up, and gave it to the followers, who then gave it to the crowd. Everyone in the crowd ate, and was full. Then the followers picked up seven baskets full of the scraps that were left over. And those who ate were four thousand people, beside the women and children. Then Yeshua sent away the crowd, and went to the ship, coming into the coasts of Magdala.

The Sign of Jonah

     16[1-5] Then the ministers from the religious sects came also, trying to tempt Yeshua, and wanted to see a sign from heaven. So Yeshua answered them, “When it’s evening, you say, ‘It’ll be fair weather because the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘It’ll be bad weather today because the sky is red and lowering.’ You fakes! You understand the signs of the sky; but you can’t understand the signs of the times! An evil and unfaithful people look for a sign; but the only the sign you’ll get is that of the great preacher Jonah.” And Yeshua left them and went to another place. And when the followers had come to the other side, they saw that they had forgotten to take bread.

The Leaven of the Religious Sects

    [6-12] Then Yeshua answered, “Be cautious of the leaven of these religious sects.” And they argued among themselves, asking, “Is it because we forgot the bread?” On hearing it, Yeshua answered, “You people have such little faith. Why do you question among yourselves, because you forgot the bread? Don’t you understand, nor remember the five loaves of the five thousand and how many baskets of leftovers you took up? Nor the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets you took up? How can you still not understand that I didn’t speak to you about bread, but that you should be cautious of the leaven of the ministers from the religious sects?” Then they understood that Yeshua wanted them not to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teachings of the ministers from the religious sects.

Peter’s Confession

    [13-20] When the Christ came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, Yeshua asked the followers, “Who do people say that I am?” And they answered, “Some say that you’re John the Baptist: some, Elijah; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the other great preachers.” Then Yeshua asked, “But who do you say that I am?” And Simon Peter answered, “You’re the Christ, the Child of the Living God.” And Yeshua answered, “You’re blessed, Simon Barjona, because nothing human has revealed this to you, but the One I am from, who is in heaven. And I say also to you, that you’re Peter, a little rock, and on this rock, I’ll build the church of My people and the gates of hell won’t overcome it. And I’ll give to you the power of the realm of heaven: and whatever you put a stop to on earth will be stopped in heaven: and whatever you free on earth will be freed in heaven.” Then Yeshua told the followers, “Tell no one that I am the Christ.”

The Foretelling of the Death and Rising Again of the Christ

    [21-23] From then on, Yeshua began to tell the followers, how that the Christ must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things because of the elders and leading priests and religious leaders, and be killed, and come back to life again the third day. Then Peter took hold of Yeshua, and began to argue, saying, “Put this out of your mind, Christ: this won’t happen to you.” But Yeshua turned; saying to Peter, “Get away from Me, Satan: you offend Me because you don’t want the things that God wants, but what you, as a human being, wants.”

Disown Yourself and Follow Christ

    [24-28] Then Yeshua said to the followers, “If anyone wants to follow Me, let them disown themselves, and pick up their crosses, and follow Me, because whoever wants to save their life will lose it: and whoever gives up their life for My sake will find it. What profit is there to someone, if they gain the whole world, and lose their own soul? Or what would someone give up to save their soul? I’ll come in the glory of My God with My angels; and then I’ll judge everyone for what they’ve done. The truth is, there are some right here, who won’t see death, till they see Me coming in My Reign.”

Yeshua with Moses and Elijah

    17[1-13] And after six days Yeshua took Peter, James and John, the brothers, and brought them up to a high mountain alone, and the Christ was changed in front of them: whose face shined as the sun, and whose clothing was as white as the light. And Moses and Elijah appeared to them and were talking with Yeshua. Then Peter said to Yeshua, “Christ, it’s good for us to be here: if you want, let’s make three memorials here; One for You, One for Moses, and One for Elijah.” But while he was speaking, a bright light in the midst of a cloud moved over them: and a voice came from the cloud, which said, “This is My Child, who I love and am so pleased with; Listen to Yeshua.” And when the followers heard it, they dropped to the ground, and were very afraid. But Yeshua came and touched them, saying, “Get up, and don’t be afraid.” And when they raised their eyes, they saw no one but Yeshua. And as they came down from the mountain, Yeshua told them, “Don’t tell anyone what you saw until I’ve come back to life again from the dead.” And the followers asked, “So why do the religious leaders say that Elijah must come back first?” And Yeshua answered, “The truth is, Elijah will come first, and turn everyone back to the truth. But I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they didn’t know it, but have done to him what they wanted to. And I’ll also suffer like this by them.” Then the followers understood that Yeshua spoke to them of John the Baptist.

An Only Child Healed from Seizures

    [14-21] And when they had come back to the crowd, someone came to them, kneeling down, and saying, “Christ, have mercy on my child because the child has seizures, and suffers greatly and often falls into the fire, or into the water. I brought the child to your followers, but they couldn’t help.” Then Yeshua answered, “You faithless and evil people, how long will I be here and have to put up with you? Bring the child here to Me.” And Yeshua ordered the evil spirit to come out of the child; and it went out: and the child was healed at that very time. Then the followers came to Yeshua alone, and asked, “Why couldn’t we make it go out?” And Yeshua answered, “Because of your unbelief. The truth is, if you have faith, even as small as a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, move from this place to that place; and it’ll move; and nothing will be impossible for you. But, this kind will only go out by prayer and willingly going without food.

Peter Goes Fishing

    [22] And while they stayed in Galilee, Yeshua said, “I’ll soon be handed over into the other people’s hands and they’ll kill me, and the third day I’ll come back to life again.” And the followers were very sad.

    [24-27] Afterwards, when they had come to Capernaum, tax collectors came to Peter, asking, “Doesn’t your leader pay taxes?” So Peter said, “Yes.” And when they came into the house Yeshua knew what he was about to say, and asked, “What do you think, Simon? Who do the rulers of the earth take taxes from? From their own people, or from foreigners?” And Peter answered, “From foreigners.” So Yeshua said, “Then the children are free. But in the same way, in case we should offend them, go to the water, and go fishing, taking up the first fish that you catch; and when you open its mouth, you’ll find a piece of money: take it, and give it to them for us.”

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