Christ’s Teaches How to Pray
11 [1-4] And then, as the Christ was praying in a certain place, when they stopped, one of the followers said, “Christ, teach us to pray, as John also taught the followers.” And Yeshua answered, “When you pray, say, Yahweh, Our God in heaven, Your Name is Holy. May Your Eternal realm come soon. May what You want be done on earth, as it’s done in heaven. Give us our daily needs today. And forgive our sins as we also forgive everyone that has sinned against us. And help us not to sin when we’re tempted; but free us from all evil.”
Ask and It Will Be Given to You
[5-13] Then Yeshua said, “Who among you that has a friend, if you went to them at midnight, and asked, ‘Friend, let me borrow three loaves of bread; because a friend of mine has come to me on a trip, and I don’t have anything to give them?’ And the friend inside the house answers and says, ‘Don’t bother me: the door is already locked, and my children are asleep in bed with me and I can’t get up to give it to you.’ I tell you, even if the friend won’t get up and give it to you, because you’re their friend, still if you keep on knocking they’ll get up and give you whatever you need. So I tell you, ask, and it’ll be given to you; look for it, and you’ll find it; knock, and it’ll be opened to you. Because everyone that asks gets what they ask for; and whoever looks for something will find it; and to those who knock it’ll be opened to them. If a child asked for a piece of bread from any of you that is a parent, would you give them a stone? Or if they ask for a fish, would you give them a snake? Or if they asked for an egg, would you offer them a scorpion? If you then, being evil by nature, know how to give good gifts to your children: wouldn’t your God in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask even more than this?”
Christ Speaks on Evil Spirits
[14-26] And the Christ was putting out an evil spirit, and it was dumb. And then, when the evil spirit had gone out, the dumb person was able to speak; and the people were amazed. But some of them said, “This person puts out evil spirits by the power of the Devil, the leader of the evil spirits.” And others, trying to tempt the Christ, looked for a sign from heaven. But the Christ, knowing what they were thinking, said, “When the people of a country are divided against themselves the country will be destroyed; and when a family is divided against itself, that family won’t survive. If Satan fights against the evil spirits, how could that realm survive? You say that I put out evil spirits by the Devil. But if I put out evil spirits by the Devil, by whom do your children put them out? So they’ll be your judges. But if I put out evil spirits with the Spirit of God, the realm of God has come to you without a doubt. When a strong person who is armed watches over their house, whatever they own is safe: But when someone stronger than that comes and overpowers them, that person will take all the swords that the owners trusted to keep them safe, and take whatever they own. Whoever isn’t with Me is against Me: and whoever doesn’t gather souls with Me scatters them out. When the evil spirit has gone out of someone, it walks through dry places, looking for rest; but finding none, it says, ‘I’ll return to the house where I came from.’ And when it comes, it finds it swept and decorated. Then it goes, and brings along seven more spirits which are more evil than itself; which come in, and stay: and the last state of that person is worse than the first.”
The Eye is the Light of the Body
[27-36] And then, as the Christ spoke this, a certain woman out of the crowd lifted up her voice, saying, “Blessed is the womb that birthed you, and the breasts which you’ve sucked.” But the Christ said, “Yes, but more importantly, blessed are those who hear the Word of God, and do it.” And when the people were crowded together, the Christ began to say, “This is an evil people that look for a sign; but they won’t be given any sign, but the sign of Jonah, the great preacher. Just as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so I’ll be a sign to this people also. The queen of the south will stand up in the judgment with others of this people, and accuse them because she came from the farthest parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and someone greater than Solomon is here. The people of Nineveh will stand up in the judgment with this people, and will accuse them because they changed their ways at the preaching of Jonah; and someone greater than Jonah is here. No one, when they have lit a candle, puts it in a secret place, nor under a basket, but on a candle holder, so that those who come in can see the light. The eye is the light of the body: so when your eye is set on goodness, your whole body is full of light also; but when your eye is set on evil, your body is full of darkness also. So be sure that your spiritual light isn’t dimmed. If your whole body is full of light, having no dark purpose, the whole body will be full of light, as when a shining candle gives you light.”
Be Clean Inside and Out
[37-44] And as the Christ spoke, a certain religious leader begged Yeshua to dine with him: so the Christ went in, and sat down to eat. And when the religious leader saw it, he was surprised that Yeshua hadn’t washed before dinner. So Yeshua said, “Now you religious leaders wash the outside of the cup and plate; but your inside is full of evil and greediness. You’re so thoughtless, didn’t the One who made the outside also make the inside? You should give a part out of whatever you have; and you’ll be clean both inside and out. But you’ll be sorry, you religious leaders! You tithe even the smallest amounts of herbs, but you overlook fair judgment and God’s love: you should tithe, but not leave the others undone. You’ll be sorry, you religious leaders! You love the best seats in the places of worship, and love to be greeted in the shopping centers. You’ll be sorry, you religious leaders and those of you in the religious sects, you fakes! You’re like hidden graves that people walk over and don’t know they’re there.”
[45-54] Then one of the religious leaders, said, “Christ, what you say accuses us also.” And the Christ said, “You’ll be sorry also, you religious leaders! because you give others rules that are hard to keep, and you yourselves don’t even try to keep them. You’ll be sorry! Because you build the memorial tombs of the great preachers, and your own ancestors killed them. The truth is, you’re witnesses of the fact that you accept the actions of your ancestors because they in fact killed them, and you build their memorials. So the wisdom of God said, I’ll send them great preachers and followers, and they’ll kill and mistreat some of them: So that the blood of all the great preachers, which was shed from the beginning of the world, can be required of this people; From the blood of Abel to the blood of Zachariah, who was killed between the altar and the place of worship: The truth is, it’ll be required of this people. You’ll be sorry, you religious leaders! for you’ve hidden away the key of knowledge: you didn’t come in yourselves, and those who were trying to come in you stopped.” And as the Christ said this to them, the religious leaders and the religious sects began to question Yeshua, to try to get the Christ to speak of many things, waiting to catch something they could blame the Christ with.
12 [1-12] In the mean time, when there was an innumerable crowd of people gathered together, so that they trampled on one another, the Christ began to say to the followers first of all, “Beware of the untruthful leaven of the religious ones, because there isn’t anything covered, that won’t become known; nor hid, that won’t be found out. So whatever you’ve spoken in darkness will be heard in the light; and what you’ve whispered in private will be hollered out on the rooftops. And I tell you My friends, don’t be afraid of those who can kill the body, and after that can do no more. But I tell you whom you should fear: Fear the One, who has power to put your soul in hell when you’re dead; yes, I tell you, Honor and respect Yahweh God. Aren’t five sparrows sold for two small coins, and not one of them is forgotten by God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid: you’re worth more than many sparrows. Also I tell you, whoever admits that they know Me to others, I’ll admit that I know them in the presence of the angels of God: But whoever denies me to others will be denied in the presence of the angels of God. And whoever speaks a word against Me, can be forgiven: but those who show disrespect to the Holy Spirit won’t be forgiven. And when they bring you to the religious ones, and to the courts, and to rulers, don’t think about what you will answer, or what you might say: Because the Holy Spirit will show you what to say at that very time.”
[13-21] And one out of the crowd said, “Christ, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” And the Christ said, “Who made me a judge or an overseer over you?” And the Christ answered, “Be careful and beware of greed because a person’s life isn’t made up of what they have.” And the Christ spoke a story to them, saying, “The land of a certain rich person produced a great crop: And that person thought to himself, saying, ‘What can I do, because there’s no room to store my crops?’ So he thought, ‘I’ll do this: I’ll tear down my barns, and build bigger ones; and then I’ll have room for all my crops and stuff. And I’ll say to myself, I’ve got enough stored up for many years to come; eat, drink, rest, and have fun.’ But God said, ‘You idiot, tonight your soul will be taken from you: then who will get everything you saved up?’ This is the way it’ll be for whoever saves up wealth for themselves, and aren’t rich in God.”
[22-30] And the Christ said to the followers, “So I tell you, don’t worry about your life, what you’ll eat; nor for the body, what you’ll put on. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. Think about the ravens, which neither plant nor reap; nor store anything up; and God takes care of them: how much better you are than the birds! And who by worrying can add one inch to their height? If you then aren’t able to do this least little thing, why do you worry about all the rest? Consider the lilies that grow: they don’t work, they don’t sew; and still I tell you, that all Solomon’s riches didn’t make him as beautiful as one of these. So then, if God clothes the grasses this way, which is in the field today, and wilts away in the heat by tomorrow; how much more will God clothe you, who have such little faith? And don’t worry about what you’ll eat, or what you’ll drink, nor doubt in your mind. Because everyone in the world does this: but your God in heaven knows that you need these things.
[31-40] But instead put your mind on the realm of God; and all this will be given to you, too. Don’t be afraid, little flock because it’s your God’s good will to give you the realm of God. Sell whatever you have, and give your gifts to God and others; work for the wealth that never gets old, a wealth in the heavens that never runs out, where no thief comes near, nor any moth harms because your heart is wherever your wealth is. Always be ready to go, night or day; And you yourselves, like those that wait till their owner returns from the wedding; who comes and knocks, so that they can quickly open the door. Blessed are those who are watching when I come: The truth is, that even I will get ready, and make them sit down to eat, and will come out and serve them. And if I come late at night or early in the morning, and find them waiting, they’ll be blessed. And know this, if the owners of the house had known when the thief would come, they would have watched, and not have let their house to be broken into. So you be ready also because I’ll come at a time when you won’t be expecting Me.
[41-48] Then Peter said, “Christ, are you speaking this story just to us, or to everyone?” And Christ said, “Who is that faithful and wise caretaker, whom the owner will put over the household, to give them what they need at the right time? Blessed is that worker, whom when the owner comes back, finds working hard. The truth is, I tell you, that the owner will make them ruler over everything. But if that worker says in their heart, ‘My owner puts off coming;’ and begins to abuse the workers and working girls, and to eat and drink, and gets drunk; The owner of that worker will come in a day when the worker isn’t watching, and at a time when the worker won’t know it, and will punish the worker with death in the judgment of the unbelievers. And that worker, which knew the owner’s will, and didn’t get ready, nor do what the owner wanted, will be badly punished. But whoever didn’t know what the owner wanted, and did things worthy of punishment, will only be punished a little, because much will be expected of whoever is given a big job: and to whoever has been trusted with much, more will be expected of them.
[49-53] I have come to send fire on the earth and long for it to be lit already! But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and am troubled till it’s over! Do you think that I’ve come to bring peace on earth? I tell you, no; but instead, I’ll cause disagreements: because from now on there will be five in a house divided, three against two, and two against three. Father against son and son against father; mother against daughter, and daughter against mother; mother-in-law against daughter-in-law, and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”
[54-59] And then Yeshua said to the people, “When you see a cloud come up out of the west, quickly you say that a rain shower is coming; and so it does. And when you see the south wind blow, you say that it’s going to be hot; and it’s hot. You fakes, you can understand the face of the sky and of the earth; but why don’t you understand this time? Yes, and why don’t you yourselves judge what’s right? When you’re on the way to go to court with your enemy, try your best to settle your argument; in case they take you to the judge, and the judge hands you over to the officer, and the officer puts you in jail. I tell you, you won’t leave there, till you’ve paid the very last cent of your fine.”
13 [1-5] At that time, some came and told Yeshua of the Galilaeans, who Pilate had killed while they were making sacrifices, mixing their own blood with that of the sacrifices. Then Yeshua said, “Do you think that these people were greater sinners than anyone else, because they suffered like this? I tell you, no: but, unless you change your evil ways, you’ll all be destroyed like this. Or those eighteen, on whom the tower in Siloam fell, and killed them, do you think that they were greater sinners than anyone else that lived in Jerusalem? I tell you, no: but, unless you change your evil ways, you’ll all be destroyed like this.”
[6-10] Then the Christ told them this story, too; “Someone had a fig tree planted in their garden; and they came and looked for some fruit on it, but didn’t find any. Then the owner said to the gardener, ‘I’ve looked for fruit on this fig tree for three years now, and haven’t found any: cut it down; why should it take up space?’ And the gardener answered, ‘Leave it alone again this year, till I’ll dig around it, and fertilize it: And if it makes fruit, good: but if not, then after that I’ll cut it down as you say.’ And the Christ was teaching in one of the places of worship on the Seventh Day.
[11-17] And there was a woman who had a problem for eighteen years, and was humped over, and couldn’t lift herself up by any means. And when the Christ saw her, Yeshua called her, saying to her, “Woman, you’re freed from your problem.” And when the Christ laid hands on her, she was suddenly able to straighten up, and praised God. But because Yeshua had healed on a Seventh Day, the leader of the place of worship said to the people with resentment, “There are six days in the week to work, so come and be healed on those days, and not on a Day of Worship.” So Christ said then, “You fake, doesn’t each one of you let their animals out of their stalls, and lead them to water on the Seventh Day? And shouldn’t I help this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has made to suffer these eighteen years, be freed from this condition on a Day of Worship?” And when the Christ had said this, all the enemies of Yeshua were ashamed. So all the people celebrated for the amazing things that had happened because of the Christ.
[18-30] Then the Christ said, “What is the realm of God like? And to what can I compare it to? It’s like a grain of mustard seed, which someone took and planted in their garden; It grew, and became a great tree; so much that even the birds of the air could live in its branches.” And again the Christ said, “What is the realm of God like? It’s like yeast, which a woman mixed in three cups of flour, till it was all leavened.” And then the Christ went through all the cities and towns, teaching, and going toward Jerusalem. Then someone said, “Christ, are there only a few that will be saved?” And the Christ answered, “Work hard to come in the right way at the gate, which is narrow, because many, I tell you, will want to come in, but won’t be able to. When the owner of the house has gotten up, and shut the door, and you begin to gather outside, knocking at the door, saying, ‘Christ, Christ, open the door to us;’ then the owner will answer saying to you, ‘I don’t even you know who you are.’ Then will you begin to say, ‘We’ve celebrated in your presence, and you’ve taught in our streets.’ But the owner will say, ‘I tell you, I don’t even you know who you are; go away, you sinful people.’ And there will be crying and clenched teeth, when you see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the great preachers, in the realm of God, and you yourselves put out. And they’ll come from east, west, north, and south, and will sit down in the realm of God. And some of those who were last will be first then, and some of those who were first will be last then.’
[31-35] This same day some of the religious leaders came, saying to the Christ, “Get out, and leave here because Herod will kill you.” And the Christ answered, “Go, and tell that sly one, I’ll put out evil spirits and heal today and tomorrow, and the third day I’ll be finished. And in the same way, I must walk today, tomorrow, and the next day because a great preacher can’t be killed outside of Jerusalem. Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the great preachers, and stone those who are sent to you; how often I would have gathered your children together, as a mother hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you wouldn’t come! Your house is left to you empty, and the truth is, you won’t see Me, until the time comes when you’ll say, ‘Blessed is the One who comes in the Name of Yahweh God.’”