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Jesus & the Kingdom

(Category 14 of 16)


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A Man with Dropsy Healed on the Sabbath


1 Now it happened, as He went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath, that they watched Him closely.
2 And behold, there was a certain man before Him who had dropsy.
3 And Jesus, answering, spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, a“Is it lawful to heal on the 1Sabbath?”
4 But they kept silent. And He took him and healed him, and let him go.
5 Then He answered them, saying, a“Which of you, having a 1donkey or an ox that has fallen into a pit, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?”
6 And they could not answer Him regarding these things.

Take the Lowly Place

7 So He told a parable to those who were invited, when He noted how they chose the best places, saying to them:
8 “When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him;
9 “and he who invited you and him come and say to you, ‘Give place to this man,’ and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place.
10 a“But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, go up higher.’ Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you.
11 a“For whoever exalts himself will be 1humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
12 Then He also said to him who invited Him, “When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid.
13 “But when you give a feast, invite athe poor, the 1maimed, the lame, the blind.
14 “And you will be ablessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”

The Parable of the Great Supper

15 Now when one of those who sat at the table with Him heard these things, he said to Him, a“Blessed is he who shall eat 1bread in the kingdom of God!”
16 aThen He said to him, “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many,
17 “and asent his servant at supper

CHAPTER 14 References

3 aMatt. 12:10
1NU adds or
5 a[Ex. 23:5;
Deut. 22:4];
Luke 13:15
1NU, M son
10 aProv.
25:6, 7
11 aJob 22:29;
Ps. 18:27;
Prov. 29:23;
Matt. 23:12;
Luke 18:14;
James 4:6;
[1 Pet. 5:5] 1put down
13 aNeh. 8:10,
12 1crippled
14 a[Matt.
25:34–40] 15 aRev. 19:9
1M dinner
16 aMatt.
17 aProv. 9:2, 5
21 1crippled
24 a[Matt.
21:43; 22:8;
Acts 13:46] 26 aDeut. 13:6;
33:9; Matt.
10:37 bRom.
9:13 cRev.
27 aMatt.
16:24; Mark
8:34; Luke
9:23; [2 Tim.
3:12] 28 aProv. 24:27
33 aMatt. 19:27
34 aMatt. 5:13;
[Mark 9:50]

time to say to those who were invited, ‘Come, for all things are now ready.’
18 “But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.’
19 “And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.’
20 “Still another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’
21 “So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the 1maimed and the lame and the blind.’
22 “And the servant said, ‘Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.’
23 “Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
24 ‘For I say to you athat none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.’

Leaving All to Follow Christ

25 Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them,
26 a“If anyone comes to Me band does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, cyes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.
27 “And awhoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.
28 “For awhich of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it—
29 lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him,
30 “saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’?
31 “Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?
32 “Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace.
33 “So likewise, whoever of you adoes not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.

Tasteless Salt Is Worthless

34 a“Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned?
35 “It is neither fit for the land nor

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LUKE 15:1

for the 1dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

The Parable of the Lost Sheep


1 Then aall the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him.
2 And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, “This Man 1receives sinners aand eats with them.”
3 So He spoke this parable to them, saying:
4 a“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?
5 “And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
6 “And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, a‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep bwhich was lost!’
7 “I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents athan over ninety-nine 1just persons who bneed no repentance.

The Parable of the Lost Coin

8 “Or what woman, having ten silver 1coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it?
9 “And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!’
10 “Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

The Parable of the Lost Son

11 Then He said: “A certain man had two sons.
12 “And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them ahis livelihood.
13 “And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with 1prodigal living.
14 “But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want.
15 “Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
16 “And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the 1pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.
17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough

35 1rubbish

CHAPTER 15 References

1 a[Matt.
9:10–13] 2 aActs 11:3;
Gal. 2:12 1welcomes
4 aMatt.
1 Pet. 2:25
6 a[Rom.
12:15] b[Luke
19:10; 1 Pet.
2:10, 25] 7 a[Luke 5:32] b[Mark 2:17] 1upright
8 1Gr.
drachma, a
valuable coin
often worn in
a ten-piece
garland by
12 aMark
13 1wasteful
16 1carob pods
18 aEx. 9:27;
10:16; Num.
22:34; Josh.
7:20; 1 Sam.
15:24, 30;
26:21; 2 Sam.
12:13; 24:10,
17; Ps. 51:4;
Matt. 27:4
20 a[Jer. 3:12];
Matt. 9:36;
[Acts 2:39;
Eph. 2:13, 17] 21 aPs. 51:4
22 1NU
Quickly bring
24 aMatt. 8:22;
Luke 9:60;
15:32; Rom.
11:15; [Eph.
2:1, 5; 5:14;
Col. 2:13;
1 Tim. 5:6] 32 aLuke 15:24

CHAPTER 16 References

1 1squandering
2 a[Rom.
14:12; 2 Cor.
5:10; 1 Pet.
4:5, 6]

and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
18 ‘I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, aI have sinned against heaven and before you,
19 “and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.” ’
20 “And he arose and came to his father. But awhen he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.
21 “And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven aand in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 “But the father said to his servants, 1‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.
23 ‘And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry;
24 a‘for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.
25 “Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing.
26 “So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant.
27 “And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’
28 “But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him.
29 “So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends.
30 ‘But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’
31 “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.
32 ‘It was right that we should make merry and be glad, afor your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’ ”

The Parable of the Unjust Steward


1 He also said to His disciples: “There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and an accusation was brought to him that this man was 1wasting his goods.
2 “So he called him and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an aaccount of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.’
3 “Then the steward said within

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himself, ‘What shall I do? For my master is taking the stewardship away from me. I cannot dig; I am ashamed to beg.
4 ‘I have resolved what to do, that when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.’
5 “So he called every one of his master’s debtors to him, and said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’
6 “And he said, ‘A hundred 1measures of oil.’ So he said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’
7 “Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ So he said, ‘A hundred 1measures of wheat.’ And he said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’
8 “So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than athe sons of light.
9 “And I say to you, amake friends for yourselves by unrighteous 1mammon, that when 2you fail, they may receive you into an everlasting home.
10 a“He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.
11 “Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
12 “And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your aown?
13 a“No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”

The Law, the Prophets, and the Kingdom

14 Now the Pharisees, awho were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they 1derided Him.
15 And He said to them, “You are those who ajustify yourselves bbefore men, but cGod knows your hearts. For dwhat is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.
16 a“The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it.
17 a“And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one 1tittle of the law to fail.
18 a“Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced from her husband commits adultery.

6 1Gr. batos,
same as Heb.
bath; 8 or 9
gallons each
7 1Gr. koros,
same as Heb.
kor; 10 or 12
bushels each
8 a[Eph. 5:8] 9 aDan. 4:27
1Lit., in
Aram., wealth
2NU it fails
10 aMatt. 25:21
12 a[1 Pet.
1:3, 4] 13 aMatt. 6:24
14 aMatt. 23:14
1Lit. turned
up their nose
15 aLuke 10:29
b[Matt. 6:2, 5,
16] cPs. 7:9
d1 Sam. 16:7
16 aMatt.
3:1–12; 4:17;
11:12, 13
17 aIs. 40:8;
51:6 1The
stroke in a
Heb. letter
18 a1 Cor.
7:10, 11
19 1lived in
21 1NU what
22 aMatt. 8:11
24 aZech.
14:12 b[Mark
9:42–48] 25 aLuke 6:24
29 aActs 15:21;
31 a[John 5:46] bJohn 12:10,

The Rich Man and Lazarus

19 “There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and 1fared sumptuously every day.
20 “But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate,
21 “desiring to be fed with 1the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 “So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to aAbraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried.
23 “And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
24 “Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and acool my tongue; for I bam tormented in this flame.’
25 “But Abraham said, ‘Son, aremember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented.
26 ‘And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’
27 “Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house,
28 ‘for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’
29 “Abraham said to him, a‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’
30 “And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’
31 “But he said to him, a‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, bneither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’ ”

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PSALM 119 vv. 1 – 32

Meditations on the Excellencies of the Word of God


1 BLESSED are the 1undefiled in the way, aWho walk in the law of the LORD!
2 Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the awhole heart!
3 aThey also do no iniquity; They walk in His ways.
4 You have commanded us To keep Your precepts diligently.
5 Oh, that my ways were directed To keep Your statutes!
6 aThen I would not be ashamed, When I look into all Your commandments.
7 I will praise You with uprightness of heart, When I learn Your righteous judgments.
8 I will keep Your statutes; Oh, do not forsake me utterly!


9 How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.
10 With my whole heart I have asought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!
11 aYour word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.
12 Blessed are You, O LORD! Teach me Your statutes.
13 With my lips I have adeclared All the judgments of Your mouth.
14 I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, As much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate on Your precepts, And 1contemplate Your ways.
16 I will adelight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.

PSALM 119 vv. 1 – 32 References

10 a2 Chr.
11 aPs. 37:31;
Luke 2:19
13 aPs. 34:11
15 1look into
16 aPs. 1:2
17 aPs. 116:7
19 aGen. 47:9;
Lev. 25:23;
1 Chr. 29:15;
Ps. 39:12;
Heb. 11:13
20 aPs. 42:1, 2;
63:1; 84:2 1is
22 aPs. 39:8
25 aPs. 44:25
bPs. 143:11
26 aPs. 25:4;
27:11; 86:11
27 aPs. 145:5, 6
28 aPs. 107:26
1Lit. drops
32 a1 Kin. 4:29;
Is. 60:5; 2 Cor.
6:11, 13


17 aDeal bountifully with Your servant, That I may live and keep Your word.
18 Open my eyes, that I may see Wondrous things from Your law.
19 aI am a stranger in the earth; Do not hide Your commandments from me.
20 aMy soul 1breaks with longing For Your judgments at all times.
21 You rebuke the proud—the cursed, Who stray from Your commandments.
22 aRemove from me reproach and contempt, For I have kept Your testimonies.
23 Princes also sit and speak against me, But Your servant meditates on Your statutes.
24 Your testimonies also are my delight And my counselors.


25 aMy soul clings to the dust; bRevive me according to Your word.
26 I have declared my ways, and You answered me; aTeach me Your statutes.
27 Make me understand the way of Your precepts; So ashall I meditate on Your wonderful works.
28 aMy soul 1melts from 2heaviness; Strengthen me according to Your word.
29 Remove from me the way of lying, And grant me Your law graciously.
30 I have chosen the way of truth; Your judgments I have laid before me.
31 I cling to Your testimonies; O LORD, do not put me to shame!
32 I will run the course of Your commandments, For You shall aenlarge my heart.



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