The New Word According to Matthew Chapter 18-21

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Like a Little Child

    18[1-6] At this time the followers came to Yeshua, saying, “Who is the greatest in the realm of heaven?” And Yeshua called a little child to come, and set the child in the middle of them, and said, “The truth is, unless you’re changed and become like little children, you won’t get into heaven. So whoever becomes as undoubting as this little child, they’ll be the greatest in heaven. And whoever helps one such little child in My Name helps Me. But whoever hurts the faith of one of these little ones who believe in Me, it would better for that person to be dropped in the sea with a weight around their neck and be put to death.

The World is Full of Sorrow

     [7-14] The world is full of sorrow because of wrongdoing! Bad things will always happen; but the person who hurts someone’s faith will be very sorry! So if your hand or foot causes you to sin, don’t even use them, as if they were cut off, because it’s better for you to live disabled, instead of having two hands or two feet and be thrown into the everlasting hell fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, don’t use it, as if it had been put out, because it’s better for you to live with one eye, instead of two and be thrown into hell’s flames. Be sure that you don’t hate even one of these little ones, because I tell you that their angels always see the face of My God in heaven. I’ve come to save what was lost. So what do you think? If someone has a hundred animals in their herd, and one of them goes off somewhere, don’t they leave the ninety-nine, and go to look for the one that has gotten lost? And if they find it, the truth is; they’ll celebrate more because of that one animal, than of the ninety-nine which didn’t go off. In the same way, it isn’t the will of your God, who is in heaven, that even one of these little ones would be lost.

On Church Discipline

     [15-20] Besides this, if someone sins against you, go and tell them their fault between you and them alone: if they’ll hear you, you’ve gained them back. But if they won’t hear you, then take one or two more with you, that every word can be witnessed by two or three others. And if they won’t listen to them either, tell it to the church. If they won’t listen to the church, let them be as an ungodly person or a tax collector to you. The truth is, whatever you say on earth, whether to put a stop to something or to cause something to happen, that will be done in heaven, too. Again, I tell you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it’ll be done for them by My God, who is in heaven, because where two or three come together in My Name, I am there in Spirit with them, too.”

On Forgiveness

    [21] Then Peter asked, “Christ, how often can another Christian sin against me, and I still forgive them? Seven times?” But Yeshua answered, “Not just seven times: but, seventy times seven.

    [23-35] So heaven is like a certain owner, who kept a record of what all the workers owed. And when the owner had taken account, one worker was brought in, who owed the owner ten thousand dollars. But the worker had nothing to pay, so the owner told the other workers to sell everything that worker had, so the payment could be made. But the worker bowed down, and begged the owner to have patience, and it would all be paid back. So then, the owner of that worker had compassion, and released the worker from the debt that was owed. But then, that same worker went out, and finding another coworker, which owed the first worker a hundred dollars: and grabbed the other worker by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me everything that you owe me.’ And that coworker bowed down, and begged, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I’ll pay you everything.’ But the first worker wouldn’t listen and had the other thrown in jail, till the debt could be paid. So when their coworkers saw what had happened, they were very upset, and came and told their owner everything that had happened. Then the owner, called the first worker in saying, ‘You’ve done a very evil thing. I forgave you all your debt, because you wanted me to: Shouldn’t you also have had compassion on your coworker, just as I had mercy on you?’ And the owner was angry, and handed the worker over to be punished, till the dept was paid in full. So My God in heaven will do this to you, too, if you don’t forgive the sins of one another from your hearts.”

On Divorce

    19[1-2] And then, when Yeshua had finished telling these stories, they went from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judea beyond Jordan. Great crowds followed along; and were healed by the Christ there.

    [3-9] Then the religious leaders came also, trying to tempt Yeshua and asked, “Is it right for someone to divorce their spouse for any reason?” And the Christ answered them, “Haven’t you read, that in the beginning, God, who made humanity, made them male and female, and said, because of this, a person will leave their parents, and will stay faithful to their spouse: and the two of them will be as one body? So they’re not just two people, but one body. So what God has joined together, let no one separate.” So they asked Yeshua, “Then why did Moses tell us to give a writ of divorcement, and allow divorce?” Then Yeshua answered, “Moses let you divorce your spouses because of your unforgiving hearts: but from the beginning, it wasn’t this way. And I tell you, whoever divorces their spouse, unless it’s for their spouse’s sexual sin, and marries another, takes part in sexual sin themselves: and whoever marries someone who is divorced takes part in sexual sin, too.”

Only Some are Able to Remain Sexually Pure

    [10-12] The followers said to Yeshua, “If that’s the case of the person who marries, then it isn’t good to marry.” But Yeshua answered, “Some people can’t accept this, but only those to whom it’s given. Because there are some people who are not able to be sexual, who were born that way from their mother’s womb: and there are some who are not able to be sexual, who were made that way by others: and there are some, who have kept themselves sexually pure for heaven’s sake. Whoever can accept this, let them accept it.”

Let the Little Children Come to Me

    [13-15] Then some little children were brought to the Christ, who laid hands on them to bless them, and to pray for them. But the followers scolded those who brought them, so Yeshua said, “Let the little children come to Me, and don’t forbid them, because the realm of heaven is full of little ones like them.” So the Christ laid hands on them, and left there.

The Wealthy Young Person

     [16-22] And someone came asking, “Good Teacher, what good thing may I do, that I may have everlasting life?” And the Christ answered, “Why are you asking Me about what’s good? There’s only One who tells us what’s good, and that is God: so if you want everlasting life, do the Words of God.” So the young person asked, “What words?” So Yeshua said, “Don’t murder, don’t take part in sexual sin, don’t steal, don’t tell lies about someone, honor your parents, and love your neighbor as yourself.” So the young person said, “I’ve done all this from my youth up: so what do I still lack?” Then Yeshua answered, “If you want to be complete, go and sell whatever you have, and give to those who are poor, and then you’ll have wealth in heaven. Then, come and follow Me.” But the young person went away very sorrowful when he heard that, because he was very wealthy.

It’s Very Hard for a Rich Person to Get into Heaven

    [23-26] Then Yeshua said to the followers, “The truth is, it’ll be very hard for a rich person to go to heaven. And I tell you again, it’s easier for a camel to be completely unloaded and squeeze through the smallest gate, than for a rich person to come into the realm of God.” When the followers heard that, they were amazed, saying, “Then who can be saved?” But Yeshua looked at them, saying, “Anything that’s impossible for human beings alone; is possible with God’s help.”

You will be Rewarded for Whatever You Give Up

     [27-30] Then Peter said, “You know that we’ve given up everything, and followed you; so what will we get?” And Yeshua answered, “The truth is, that you who have followed Me, when I sit on the throne of My victory in the new life, you’ll also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve family groups of Israel. And everyone that has given up homes, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or spouse, or children, or lands, because of My Name, will get a hundred times that much, and will have everlasting life, as well. But many of those who are first now will be last then; and those who are last now will be first then.

The Owner of the Garden

     20[1-16] Heaven is like someone who is an owner of a garden, who went out early in the morning to hire workers. And when the owner had agreed with the workers for a day’s pay, they went to the garden. Then the owner went out about nine o’clock, and saw others in the shopping center who weren’t working, and said, ‘Go to the garden also, and whatever is right I’ll give you.’ So they went, also. Then again, the owner went out about twelve o’clock noon and three o’clock in the afternoon, and did the same. And about five o’clock, the owner went out, and found others not working, saying to them, ‘Why haven’t you been working all day?’ So they answered, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ So the owner said, ‘Go to the garden also; and whatever is right I’ll give you.’ So when evening came, the owner of the garden said to the manager, ‘Call the workers, and give them their pay, starting from the last ones hired to the first ones hired.’ And when those who were hired at five o’clock came, they all got a full day’s pay. But when the first to be hired came, they expected to have gotten more; but they all got the same amount. And when they had gotten it, they grumbled to the owner of the house, saying, ‘These last ones hired have only worked one hour, and you’ve made them equal to us, who have worked through the heat of the day.’ But the owner said to one of them, ‘Friend, I’ve done you no wrong: didn’t you agree with me for that amount? Take what’s yours and leave: I’ll give to these last ones hired just as I gave to you. Isn’t it right for me to do what I want with my own money? Are you angry, because I am good?’ So those who are last will be first and those who are first will be last, because many will be called, but few are chosen.”

The Foretelling of the Death and Rising to Life Again

    [17-19] And Yeshua, going up to Jerusalem, took the twelve followers aside on the way, saying to them, “We’re going up to Jerusalem now; and I’ll be handed over to the leading priests and to the religious leaders, and they’ll accuse Me and sentence Me to death, and will deliver Me to the Romans, who will mock Me, and beat Me, and put Me to death. But on the third day, I will come to life again.”

Whoever Wants to be Great, Must Minister to the Needs of Others

    [20-29] Then the mother of Zebedee’s children came with her children, bowing, and wanting something of Yeshua. And the Christ said to her, “What do you want?” So she said, “Let my two children sit, one on your right side, and the other on the left, when You come into power.” But Yeshua said to them, “You don’t know what you’re asking. Are you able to accept the cup of responsibility that I have to drink, and to be baptized with the suffering that I have to suffer?” And they answered, “We are.” Then Yeshua said, “You certainly will drink it with Me, and you’ll be baptized as I am: but to sit beside Me, and on My left, isn’t Mine to give, but it’ll be given to those it’s prepared for by My God.” And when the other ten heard it, they were resentful of them. But Yeshua called them over, saying, “You know that the rulers of the other peoples control them, and those who are great have power over them, also. But it won’t be this way among you. Whoever wants to be great among you, must minister to others needs; And whoever wants to be a leader among you, they must work the hardest for you: Just as I didn’t come to be ministered to, but to minister to others, and to give My life as the payment for the debts of others’ sins.” And as they went from Jericho, a great crowd followed along.

Two Blind Beggars Healed

   [30-33] And two blind beggars sitting by the roadside, when they heard that Yeshua passed by, hollered out, saying, “Have mercy on us, Christ, Heir of David.” And the crowd scolded them, because they wanted them to be quiet, but they hollered out all the more, saying, “Have mercy on us, Christ, Heir of David.” And Yeshua stood still, and called them, saying, “What do you want Me to do for you?” So they said, “Christ, we want You to make our eyes able to see.” So Yeshua had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and suddenly their eyes could see, and they followed along.

Yeshua’s Entry into Jerusalem

     21[1-11] When they came near Jerusalem, and had come to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Yeshua sent two of the followers, saying to them, “Go into the town near by, and soon you’ll find a donkey tied up, and a foal with her: untie them, and bring them to Me. And if anyone says anything to you, say, the Christ has need of them; and they’ll send them right away.” And it all happened this way, so that everything would happen which was spoken by the great preacher, saying, “Tell the daughter of Zion, your Ruler comes to you,  gentle, and sitting on a young donkey, yes, the foal of a donkey.” And the followers went, doing as Yeshua told them, and brought the donkey, and the foal, and laid their clothes across its back, and they put Yeshua on it. And a very great crowd spread their clothes down on the road; others cut down branches from the palm trees, and placed them down on the road. And the crowds that went along, and that followed, hollered out, saying, “Save us, now, Heir of David!: Blessed is the One who comes in the Name of Yahweh God; Save us, now! O Highest One!” And when they came into Jerusalem, all the city was excited, saying, “Who is this?” And the crowd said, “This is Yeshua, the great preacher from Nazareth of Galilee.”

The Angry Christ

    [12-16] And Yeshua went into the House of God, and put out all those who bought and sold in the place of worship, and turned over the bankers’ tables, and the seats of those who sold doves, and said, “It’s written, My House will be called the House of prayer; but you’ve made it a place of thieves.” And those who were blind and unable to walk came to Yeshua in the place of worship; and the Christ healed them. But when the leading priests and religious leaders saw the amazing things that the Christ did, and the children hollering out in the place of worship, and saying, “Save us, now, Heir of David;” they were very displeased, and asked, “Don’t you hear what they’re saying?” And Yeshua answered, “Yes; haven’t you ever read, ‘You’ve put praises in the mouths of little ones and nursing babies? ‘”

The Fig Tree

    [17-22] And the Christ left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and stayed there. Now in the morning, Yeshua, who was coming back into the city, was hungry. And seeing a fig tree on the way, the Christ came up to it, and finding nothing but leaves on it, said, “Let no fruit grow on it from now on.” And the fig tree died right then. And when the followers saw it, they were amazed, saying, “Look how suddenly the fig tree died!” And Yeshua said to them, “The truth is, if you have faith, and don’t doubt, you won’t just do things like what happened to the fig tree, but if you say to this mountain, ‘move, and go into the sea;’ it’ll happen, as well. And you’ll get whatever you ask for in prayer, if you truly believe it.”

Who Gave You this Power?

    [23-27] And when they came into the place of worship, the leading priests and the elders of the people came in as the Christ was teaching, and asked, “By what right do you do this? And who gave you this power?” And Yeshua answered them, “I will ask you something, too, which if you can tell me, I will also tell you by what power I do this. Where did the baptism of John come from? Was it from heaven, or did it come from human ideas?” And they argued among themselves, saying, “If we say, from heaven; then Yeshua will say to us, Why didn’t you believe him then? But if we say, from human ideas; we fear the people because they all believe John was a great preacher.” So they said to Yeshua, “We don’t know.” And the Christ answered, “Then neither will I tell you by what power I do this.”

The Two Rebellious Children

    [28-32] So what do you think? Someone had two children; and came to the first one, saying, ‘Go work today in my garden.’ And the child answered, ‘I won’t go’: but later thought differently, and went to work anyway. And then the person came to the second child, saying the same. And that child answered, saying, ‘I’ll go’, but didn’t. Which of the two did what was wanted of them?” So they answered Yeshua, “The first.” Then Yeshua said, “The truth is, that the tax collectors and the whores will go into the realm of God before you, because John came to you with the way of goodness, and you wouldn’t believe it: but the tax collectors and the whores believed it: and you, even when you saw it, didn’t change your mind, later, and believe.

The Land Owner and the Farmers

     [33-46] Listen to another story: There was a certain landowner, who planted a garden, and built a wall all around it, and dug a winepress in it, and built a guard tower. The landowner rented it out to farmers, then went into a far country. When time for the fruit came near, the owner sent some workers to the farmers to get the grapes. But the farmers took the workers, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. Then again, the owner sent other workers besides the first ones: and the farmers did the same to them. So last of all, the landowner’s own child was sent to them, the owner thinking, ‘They’ll respect my own child.’ But when the farmers saw the owner’s child, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let’s kill the heir, and we’ll take the inheritance.’ And they brought the heir out of the garden, who they killed. So when the owner of the garden comes, what do you think will happen to those farmers?” And they said to Yeshua, “The owner will miserably kill those evil farmers, and will rent out the garden to other farmers, who will give the grapes when they’re in season.” So Yeshua answered, “Didn’t you ever read in the Words, ‘The stone which the builders rejected will become the head cornerstone: this is Yahweh’s doing, and we’re so amazed? So I say to you, the realm of God will be taken from you, and given to a nation who will produce the fruit. And whoever falls on this stone will be broken: but whoever the stone falls on, will be crushed to pieces.” And when the leading priests and religious leaders heard those stories, they realized that Yeshua was speaking of them. But when they tried to take Yeshua, they were afraid of the crowd, because the people believed the Christ was a great preacher.

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