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Jesus & the Kingdom

(Category 14 of 16)

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CHAPTER 11 References

1 aLuke 23:5
2 aLuke
7:18–35 bMatt.
4:12; 14:3 1NU
sent by his
3 aJohn 6:14
5 aIs. 29:18;
35:4–6 bPs.
22:26; Is. 61:1
6 a[Rom. 9:32] 7 aLuke 7:24
b[Eph. 4:14] 9 aLuke 1:76;
10 aMal. 3:1

John the Baptist Sends Messengers to Jesus


1 Now it came to pass, when Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples, that He departed from there to ateach and to preach in their cities.
2 aAnd when John had heard bin prison about the works of Christ, he 1sent two of his disciples
3 and said to Him, “Are You athe Coming One, or do we look for another?”
4 Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see:
5 a“The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and bthe poor have the gospel preached to them.
6 “And blessed is he who is not aoffended because of Me.”
7 aAs they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? bA reed shaken by the wind?
8 “But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses.
9 “But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, aand more than a prophet.
10 “For this is he of whom it is written: a‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.’
11 “Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not

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risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
12 a“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.
13 a“For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
14 “And if you are willing to receive it, he is aElijah who is to come.
15 a“He who has ears to hear, let him hear!
16 a“But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their companions,
17 “and saying:

‘We played the flute for you, And you did not dance; We mourned to you, And you did not 1lament.’

18 “For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’
19 “The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a 1winebibber, aa friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ bBut wisdom is justified by her 2children.”

Woe to the Impenitent Cities

20 aThen He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent:
21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago ain sackcloth and ashes.
22 “But I say to you, ait will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you.
23 “And you, Capernaum, awho1 are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
24 “But I say to you athat it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you.”

Jesus Gives True Rest

25 aAt that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that bYou have hidden these things from the wise and prudent cand have revealed them to babes.
26 “Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight.
27 a“All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. bNor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.

12 aLuke 16:16
13 aMal. 4:4–6
14 aLuke 1:17
15 aLuke 8:8
16 aLuke 7:31
17 1Lit. beat
your breast
19 aMatt. 9:10
bLuke 7:35
1wine drinker
2NU works
20 aLuke
10:13–15, 18
21 aJon. 3:6–8
22 aMatt.
10:15; 11:24
23 aIs. 14:13
1NU will you
be exalted to
heaven? No,
you will be
24 aMatt. 10:15
25 aLuke
10:21, 22 bPs.
8:2 cMatt.
27 aMatt. 28:18
bJohn 1:18;
6:46; 10:15
28 a[John
6:35–37] 29 a[Phil. 2:5] bZech. 9:9
cJer. 6:16
30 a[1 John

CHAPTER 12 References

1 aLuke 6:1–5
bDeut. 23:25
3 a1 Sam. 21:6
4 aLev. 24:5
bEx. 29:32
5 aNum. 28:9
6 a[Is. 66:1, 2] 7 a[Hos. 6:6] 8 1NU, M omit
9 aMark 3:1–6
10 aJohn 9:16
14 aMark 3:6
15 aMark 3:7
bMatt. 19:2
1NU brackets
multitudes as


28 “Come to aMe, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 “Take My yoke upon you aand learn from Me, for I am 1gentle and blowly in heart, cand you will find rest for your souls.
30 a“For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath


1 At that time aJesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. And His disciples were hungry, and began to bpluck heads of grain and to eat.
2 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to Him, “Look,Your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath!”
3 But He said to them, “Have you not read awhat David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him:
4 “how he entered the house of God and ate athe showbread which was not lawful for him to eat, nor for those who were with him, bbut only for the priests?
5 “Or have you not read in the alaw that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple 1profane the Sabbath, and are blameless?
6 “Yet I say to you that in this place there is aOne greater than the temple.
7 “But if you had known what this means, a‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless.
8 “For the Son of Man is Lord 1even of the Sabbath.”

Healing on the Sabbath

9 aNow when He had departed from there, He went into their synagogue.
10 And behold, there was a man who had a withered hand. And they asked Him, saying, a“Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”—that they might accuse Him.
11 Then He said to them, “What man is there among you who has one sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not lay hold of it and lift it out?
12 “Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep? Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”
13 Then He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and it was restore as whole as the other.
14 Then athe Pharisees went out and plotted against Him, how they might destroy Him.

Behold, My Servant

15 But when Jesus knew it, aHe withdrew from there. bAnd great 1multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all.

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16 Yet He awarned them not to make Him known,
17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:

18 “Behold!a My Servant whom I have chosen, My Beloved bin whom My soul is well pleased! I will put My Spirit upon Him, And He will declare justice to the Gentiles.
19 He will not quarrel nor cry out, Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets.
20 A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench, Till He sends forth justice to victory;
21 And in His name Gentiles will trust.” A House Divided Cannot Stand

22 aThen one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the 1blind and mute man both spoke and saw.
23 And all the multitudes were amazed and said, “Could this be the aSon of David?”
24 aNow when the Pharisees heard it they said, “This fellow does not cast out demons except by 1Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.”
25 But Jesus aknew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.
26 “If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand?
27 “And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges.
28 “But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, asurely the kingdom of God has come upon you.
29 a“Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house.
30 “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.

The Unpardonable Sin

31 “Therefore I say to you, aevery sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, bbut the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men.
32 “Anyone who aspeaks a word against the Son of Man, bit will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.

16 aMatt. 8:4;
9:30; 17:9
18 aIs. 42:1–4;
49:3 bMatt.
3:17; 17:5
22 aLuke
11:14, 15 1NU
omits blind
23 aMatt. 9:27;
24 aMatt. 9:34
1NU, M
Beelzebul, a
Philistine deity
25 aMatt. 9:4
28 a[Dan. 2:44;
7:14] 29 aIs. 49:24
31 aMark
3:28–30 bActs
32 aJohn 7:12,
52 b1 Tim.
33 aMatt.
34 aMatt. 3:7;
23:33 bLuke
6:45 1Offspring
35 1NU, M
omit of his
38 aMark 8:11
39 aMatt. 16:4
40 aJon. 1:17
41 aLuke 11:32
bJer. 3:11
cJon. 3:5
42 a1 Kin.
43 aLuke
b[1 Pet. 5:8] 45 a[2 Pet.
2:20–22] 46 aLuke

A Tree Known by Its Fruit

33 “Either make the tree good and aits fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit.
34 aBrood1 of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? bFor out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
35 “A good man out of the good treasure 1of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.
36 “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.
37 “For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

The Scribes and Pharisees Ask for a Sign

38 aThen some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.”
39 But He answered and said to them, “An evil and aadulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.
40 a“For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
41 a“The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and bcondemn it, cbecause they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here.
42 a“The queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a greater than Solomon is here.

An Unclean Spirit Returns

43 a“When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, bhe goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none.
44 “Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order.
45 “Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; aand the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.”

Jesus’ Mother and Brothers Send for Him

46 While He was still talking to the multitudes, abehold, His mother and

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bbrothers stood outside, seeking to speak with Him.
47 Then one said to Him, “Look, aYour mother and Your brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak with You.”
48 But He answered and said to the one who told Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?”
49 And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, “Here are My mother and My abrothers!
50 “For awhoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.”

46 bJohn 2:12;
7:3, 5
47 aMatt.
13:55, 56
49 aJohn 20:17
50 aJohn 15:14

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Prayer for Mercy, with Meditation on the Excellencies of the LORD

A Prayer of David.

1 BOW down Your ear, O LORD, hear me; For I am poor and needy.
2 Preserve my 1life, for I am holy; You are my God; Save Your servant who trusts in You!
3 Be merciful to me, O Lord, For I cry to You all day long.
4 1Rejoice the soul of Your servant, aFor to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
5 For aYou, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.
6 Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; And attend to the voice of my supplications.
7 In the day of my trouble I will call upon You, For You will answer me.

8 aAmong the gods there is none like You, O Lord; Nor are there any works like Your works.
9 All nations whom You have made Shall come and worship before You, O Lord, And shall glorify Your name.

PSALM 86 References

2 1Lit. soul
4 aPs. 25:1;
143:8 1Make
5 aPs. 130:7;
145:9; [Joel
2:13] 8 a[Ex. 15:11];
2 Sam. 7:22;
1 Kin. 8:23;
Ps. 89:6; Jer.
10 a[Ex. 15:11] bDeut. 6:4; Is.
37:16; Mark
12:29; 1 Cor.
11 aPs. 27:11;
143:8 1Give
me singleness
of heart
13 1The abode
of the dead
15 aEx. 34:6;
[Ps. 86:5]

10 For You are great, and ado wondrous things; bYou alone are God.
11 aTeach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; 1Unite my heart to fear Your name.
12 I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, And I will glorify Your name forevermore.
13 For great is Your mercy toward me, And You have delivered my soul from the depths of 1Sheol.

14 O God, the proud have risen against me, And a mob of violent men have sought my life, And have not set You before them.
15 But aYou, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, Longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth.

16 Oh, turn to me, and have mercy on me! Give Your strength to Your servant, And save the son of Your maidservant.
17 Show me a sign for good, That those who hate me may see it and be ashamed, Because You, LORD, have helped me and comforted me.



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