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Jesus & the Kingdom

(Category 14 of 16)

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The Triumphal Entry


1 Now awhen they drew near Jerusalem, and came to

CHAPTER 21 References

1 aLuke
b[Zech. 14:4] 1M Bethsphage
4 1NU omits
5 aIs. 62:11;
Zech. 9:9
6 aMark 11:4
7 a2 Kin. 9:13
1NU and He
8 aLev. 23:40
9 aPs. 118:26;
Matt. 23:39
10 aJohn 2:13,
11 aJohn 6:14;
7:40; 9:17
12 aMark
bDeut. 14:25
1NU omits of
13 aIs. 56:7
bJer. 7:11
15 aJohn 7:42
16 aPs. 8:2


1Bethphage, at bthe Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,
2 saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me.
3 “And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.”
4 1All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:

5 “Tella the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ”

6 aSo the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them.
7 They brought the donkey and the colt, alaid their clothes on them, 1and set Him on them.
8 And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; aothers cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:

“Hosanna to the Son of David! a‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Hosanna in the highest!”

10 aAnd when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?”
11 So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, athe prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”

Jesus Cleanses the Temple

12 aThen Jesus went into the temple 1of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the bmoney changers and the seats of those who sold doves.
13 And He said to them, “It is written, a‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a bden of thieves.’ ”
14 Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them.
15 But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the aSon of David!” they were 1indignant
16 and said to Him, “Do You hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read,

a‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise’?”

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17 Then He left them and awent out of the city to Bethany, and He lodged there.

The Fig Tree Withered

18 aNow in the morning, as He returned to the city, He was hungry.
19 aAnd seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away.

The Lesson of the Withered Fig Tree

20 aAnd when the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither away so soon?”
21 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, aif you have faith and bdo not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, cbut also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.
22 “And awhatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

Jesus’Authority Questioned

23 aNow when He came into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people confronted Him as He was teaching, and bsaid, “By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority?”
24 But Jesus answered and said to them, “I also will ask you one thing, which if you tell Me, I likewise will tell you by what authority I do these things:
25 “The abaptism of bJohn—where was it from? From heaven or from men?” And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’
26 “But if we say, ‘From men,’ we afear the multitude, bfor all count John as a prophet.”
27 So they answered Jesus and said, “We do not know.” And He said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.

The Parable of the Two Sons

28 “But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go, work today in my avineyard.’
29 “He answered and said, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he regretted it and went.
30 “Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, ‘I go, sir,’ but he did not go.
31 “Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said to Him, “The first.” Jesus said to them, a“Assuredly, I say to you that tax collec-

17 aJohn 11:1,
18; 12:1
18 aMark
19 aMark
20 aMark
21 aMatt. 17:20
bJames 1:6
c1 Cor. 13:2
22 aMatt.
23 aLuke
20:1–8 bEx.
25 a[John
1:29–34] bJohn 1:15–28
26 aMatt. 14:5;
21:46 bMark
28 aMatt. 20:1;
31 aLuke 7:29,
32 aLuke
3:1–12; 7:29
bLuke 3:12, 13
1regret it
33 aLuke
20:9–19 bMatt.
35 a[1 Thess.
2:15] 37 a[John 3:16] 38 a[Heb. 1:2] bJohn 11:53
39 a[Acts 2:23] 41 aLuke 20:16
b[Luke 21:24] c[Acts 13:46] 1give
42 aPs. 118:22,
23; Is. 28:16;
Acts 4:11;
[Rom. 9:33];
Eph. 2:20;
[1 Pet. 2:6, 7] 43 a[Matt.
8:12] 44 aIs. 8:14, 15;
[Rom. 9:33];
1 Pet. 2:6–8
bIs. 60:12;
[Dan. 2:44] 45 1knew
46 aMatt. 21:26
bMatt. 21:11

tors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you.
32 “For aJohn came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him; bbut tax collectors and harlots believed him; and when you saw it, you did not afterward 1relent and believe him.

The Parable of the Wicked Vinedressers

33 “Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner awho planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and bwent into a far country.
34 “Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit.
35 a“And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another.
36 “Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them.
37 “Then last of all he sent his ason to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’
38 “But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, a‘This is the heir. bCome, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.’
39 a“So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him.
40 “Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers?”
41 aThey said to Him, b“He will destroy those wicked men miserably, cand lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will 1render to him the fruits in their seasons.”
42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:

a‘The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing, And it is marvelous in our eyes’ ?

43 “Therefore I say to you, athe kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it.
44 “And awhoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, bit will grind him to powder.”
45 Now when the chief priests and Pharisees heard His parables, they 1perceived that He was speaking of them.
46 But when they sought to lay hands on Him, they afeared the multitudes, because bthey took Him for a prophet.

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The Parable of the Wedding Feast


1 And Jesus answered aand spoke to them again by parables and said:
2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son,
3 “and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come.
4 “Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner; amy oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.”
5 “But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business.
6 “And the rest seized his servants, treated them 1spitefully, and killed them.
7 “But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out ahis armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
8 “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not aworthy.
9 ‘Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’
10 “So those servants went out into the highways and agathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.
11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there awho did not have on a wedding garment.
12 “So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was aspeechless.
13 “Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, 1take him away, and cast him ainto outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
14 a“For many are called, but few are chosen.”

The Pharisees: Is It Lawful to Pay Taxes to Caesar?

15 aThen the Pharisees went and plotted how they might entangle Him in His talk.
16 And they sent to Him their disciples with the aHerodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that You are true, and teach the way of God in truth; nor do You care about anyone, for You do not 1regard the person of men.
17 “Tell us, therefore, what do You think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?”
18 But Jesus 1perceived their wickedness, and said, “Why do you test Me, you hypocrites?

CHAPTER 22 References

1 aLuke 14:16;
[Rev. 19:7–9] 4 aProv. 9:2
6 1insolently
7 a[Dan. 9:26] 8 aMatt. 10:11
10 aMatt.
13:38, 47, 48;
[Acts 28:28] 11 a[2 Cor. 5:3;
Eph. 4:24;
Col. 3:10, 12;
Rev. 3:4;
16:15; 19:8] 12 a[Rom.
3:19] 13 aMatt. 8:12;
25:30; Luke
13:28 1NU
omits take
him away,
14 aMatt. 20:16
15 aMark
Luke 20:20–26
16 aMark 3:6;
8:15; 12:13
1Lit. look at
the face of
18 1knew
21 aMatt. 17:25
b[Rom. 13:1–7;
1 Pet. 2:13–15] c[1 Cor. 3:23;
6:19, 20;
12:27] 1Pay
23 aMark
Luke 20:27–40
bActs 23:8
24 aDeut. 25:5
29 aJohn 20:9
30 a[1 John
3:2] 1NU
omits of God
32 aGen. 17:7;
26:24; 28:21;
Ex. 3:6, 15;
Mark 12:26;
Luke 20:37;
Acts 7:32;
[Heb. 11:16] 33 aMatt. 7:28
34 aMark
Luke 10:25–37
35 aLuke 7:30;
10:25; 11:45,
46, 52; 14:3;
Titus 3:13
37 aDeut. 6:5;
10:12; 30:6
39 aLev. 19:18;
Matt. 19:19;
Mark 12:31;
Luke 10:27;
[Rom. 13:9;
Gal. 5:14;
James 2:8] 40 a[Matt. 7:12;
Rom. 13:10;
1 Tim. 1:5]


19 “Show Me the tax money.” So they brought Him a denarius.
20 And He said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?”
21 They said to Him, “Caesar’s.” And He said to them, aRender1 therefore to Caesar the things that are bCaesar’s, and to God the things that are cGod’s.”
22 When they had heard these words, they marveled, and left Him and went their way.

The Sadducees: What About the Resurrection?

23 aThe same day the Sadducees, bwho say there is no resurrection, came to Him and asked Him,
24 saying: “Teacher, aMoses said that if a man dies, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife and raise up offspring for his brother.
25 “Now there were with us seven brothers. The first died after he had married, and having no offspring, left his wife to his brother.
26 “Likewise the second also, and the third, even to the seventh.
27 “Last of all the woman died also.
28 “Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife of the seven will she be? For they all had her.”
29 Jesus answered and said to them, “You are 1mistaken, anot knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.
30 “For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but aare like angels 1of God in heaven.
31 “But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, saying,
32 a‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’ ? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”
33 And when the multitudes heard this, athey were astonished at His teaching.

The Scribes: Which Is the First Commandment of All?

34 aBut when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together.
35 Then one of them, aa lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying,
36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”
37 Jesus said to him, a“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’
38 “This is the first and great commandment.
39 “And the second is like it: a‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
40 a“On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

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Jesus: How Can David Call His Descendant Lord?

41 aWhile the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,
42 saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?” They said to Him, “The aSon of David.”
43 He said to them, “How then does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying:

44 ‘Thea LORD said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool” ’ ?

45 “If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his Son?”
46 aAnd no one was able to answer Him a word, bnor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore.

41 aLuke
42 aMatt. 1:1;
44 aPs. 110:1;
Acts 2:32–35;
Eph. 1:19–23
46 aLuke 14:6
bMark 12:34

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Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God

1 HE awho dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide bunder the shadow of the Almighty.
2 aI will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”
3 Surely aHe shall deliver you from the snare of the 1fowler And from the perilous pestilence.
4 aHe shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and 1buckler.
5 aYou shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.

PSALM 91 References

1 aPs. 27:5;
31:20; 32:7
bPs. 17:8; Is.
25:4; 32:2
2 aPs. 142:5
3 aPs. 124:7;
Prov. 6:5 1One
who catches
birds in a trap
or snare
4 aPs. 17:8 1A
small shield
5 a[Job 5:19;
Ps. 112:7; Is.
43:2] 8 aPs. 37:34;
Mal. 1:5
9 aPs. 91:2 bPs.
10 a[Prov.
12:21] 11 aPs. 34:7;
Matt. 4:6;
Luke 4:10;
[Heb. 1:14] 12 aMatt. 4:6;
Luke 4:11 1lift
14 a[Ps. 9:10] 1exalt him
15 aJob 12:4;
Ps. 50:15 bIs.
16 1Lit. length
of days

8 Only awith your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked.

9 Because you have made the LORD, who is amy refuge, Even the Most High, byour dwelling place,
10 aNo evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11 aFor He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways.
12 In their hands they shall 1bear you up, aLest you 2dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will 1set him on high, because he has aknown My name.
15 He shall acall upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be bwith him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With 1long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.”




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