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Jesus & the Kingdom

(Category 14 of 16)


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Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath


1 Now ait happened 1on the second Sabbath after the first that He went through the grainfields. And His disciples plucked the heads of grain and ate them, rubbing them in their hands.
2 And some of the Pharisees said to them, “Why are you doing awhat is not lawful to do on the Sabbath?”
3 But Jesus answering them said, “Have you not even read this, awhat David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him:
4 “how he went into the house of God, took and ate the showbread, and also gave some to those with him, awhich is not lawful for any but the priests to eat?”
5 And He said to them, “The Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.”

CHAPTER 6 References

1 aMatt.
12:1–8 1NU on
a Sabbath
that He went
2 aEx. 20:10
3 a1 Sam. 21:6
4 aLev. 24:9
6 aMark 3:1–6
7 aLuke 13:14;
14:1–6 bLuke
8 aMatt. 9:4
9 aJohn 7:23
1M to kill
10 1NU, M him
2NU omits as
whole as the
12 aMark 1:35
13 aJohn 6:70
bMatt. 10:1
14 aJohn 1:42
16 aJude 1
bLuke 22:3–6
17 aMark
3:7, 8
19 aMatt. 9:21;
14:36 bMark
5:27, 28 cLuke
20 aMatt.
5:3–12; [11:5]

Healing on the Sabbath

6 aNow it happened on another Sabbath, also, that He entered the synagogue and taught. And a man was there whose right hand was withered.
7 So the scribes and Pharisees watched Him closely, whether He would aheal on the Sabbath, that they might find an baccusation against Him.
8 But He aknew their thoughts, and said to the man who had the withered hand, “Arise and stand here.” And he arose and stood.
9 Then Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one thing: aIs it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or 1to destroy?”
10 And when He had looked around at them all, He said to 1the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he did so, and his hand was restored 2as whole as the other.
11 But they were filled with rage, and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus.

The Twelve Apostles

12 Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in aprayer to God.
13 And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; aand from them He chose btwelve whom He also named apostles:
14 Simon, awhom He also named Peter, and Andrew his brother; James and John; Philip and Bartholomew;
15 Matthew and Thomas; James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called the Zealot;
16 Judas athe son of James, and bJudas Iscariot who also became a traitor.

Jesus Heals a Great Multitude

17 And He came down with them and stood on a level place with a crowd of His disciples aand a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and from the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases,
18 as well as those who were tormented with unclean spirits. And they were healed.
19 And the whole multitude asought to btouch Him, for cpower went out from Him and healed them all.

The Beatitudes

20 Then He lifted up His eyes toward His disciples, and said:

a“Blessed are you poor, For yours is the kingdom of God.

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21 aBlessed are you who hunger now, For you shall be bfilled.1 cBlessed are you who weep now, For you shall dlaugh.
22 aBlessed are you when men hate you, And when they bexclude you, And revile you, and cast out your name as evil, For the Son of Man’s sake.
23 aRejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven, For bin like manner their fathers did to the prophets.

Jesus Pronounces Woes

24 “Buta woe to you bwho are rich, For cyou have received your consolation.
25 aWoe to you who are full, For you shall hunger. bWoe to you who laugh now, For you shall mourn and cweep.
26 aWoe 1to you when 2all men speak well of you, For so did their fathers to the false prophets.

Love Your Enemies

27 a“But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
28 a“bless those who curse you, and bpray for those who spitefully use you.
29 a“To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. bAnd from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either.
30 a“Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back.
31 a“And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.
32 a“But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.
33 “And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.
34 a“And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back.
35 “But alove your enemies, bdo good, and clend, 1hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and dyou will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.
36 a“Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.

21 aIs. 55:1;
65:13 b[Rev.
7:16] c[Is.
61:3] dPs.
22 a1 Pet. 2:19;
3:14; 4:14
b[John 16:2] 23 aJames 1:2
bActs 7:51
24 aJames
5:1–6 bLuke
12:21 cLuke
25 a[Is. 65:13] b[Prov. 14:13] cJames 4:9
26 a[John
15:19] 1NU, M
omit to you
2M omits all
27 aRom. 12:20
28 aRom. 12:14
bActs 7:60
29 aMatt.
b[1 Cor. 6:7] 30 aDeut.
15:7, 8
31 aMatt. 7:12
32 aMatt. 5:46
34 aMatt. 5:42
35 a[Rom.
13:10] bHeb.
13:16 cPs.
37:26 dMatt.
5:46 1expecting
36 aMatt. 5:48
37 aMatt. 7:1–5
38 a[Prov.
19:17; 28:27] bPs. 79:12
cJames 2:13
39 aMatt.
15:14; 23:16
40 a[John
13:16; 15:20] 41 aMatt. 7:3
43 aMatt.
7:16–18, 20
44 aMatt. 12:33
45 aMatt. 12:35
bMatt. 12:34
1NU omits
treasure of
his heart
46 aMal. 1:6
47 aJames
48 1NU well
49 1NU collapsed

CHAPTER 7 References

1 aMatt.

LUKE 7:2

Do Not Judge

37 a“Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. bForgive, and you will be forgiven.
38 a“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bbosom. For cwith the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
39 And He spoke a parable to them: a“Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch?
40 a“A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.
41 a“And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the plank in your own eye?
42 “Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye.

A Tree Is Known by Its Fruit

43 a“For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.
44 “For aevery tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush.
45 a“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil 1treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out bof the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Build on the Rock

46 a“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?
47 a“Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like:
48 “He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was 1founded on the rock.
49 “But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it 1fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”

Jesus Heals a Centurion’s Servant


1 Now when He concluded all His sayings in the hearing of the people, He aentered Capernaum.
2 And a certain centurion’s

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LUKE 7:3

servant, who was dear to him, was sick and ready to die.
3 So when he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to Him, pleading with Him to come and heal his servant.
4 And when they came to Jesus, they begged Him earnestly, saying that the one for whom He should do this was deserving,
5 “for he loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue.”
6 Then Jesus went with them.And when He was already not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying to Him, “Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof.
7 “Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But asay the word, and my servant will be healed.
8 “For I also am a man placed under aauthority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
9 When Jesus heard these things, He marveled at him, and turned around and said to the crowd that followed Him, “I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!”
10 And those who were sent, returning to the house, found the servant well 1who had been sick.

Jesus Raises the Son of the Widow of Nain

11 Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large crowd.
12 And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her.
13 When the Lord saw her, He had acompassion on her and said to her, b“Do not weep.”
14 Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, aarise.”
15 So he who was dead asat up and began to speak. And He bpresented him to his mother.
16 aThen fear 1came upon all, and they bglorified God, saying, c“A great prophet has risen up among us”; and, d“God has visited His people.”
17 And this report about Him went throughout all Judea and all the surrounding region.

John the Baptist Sends Messengers to Jesus

18 aThen the disciples of John reported to him concerning all these things.

7 aPs. 33:9;
8 a[Mark
13:34] 10 1NU omits
who had been
13 aLam. 3:32;
John 11:35;
[Heb. 4:15] bLuke 8:52
14 aMark 5:41;
Luke 8:54;
John 11:43;
Acts 9:40;
[Rom. 4:17] 15 aMatt. 11:5;
Luke 8:55;
John 11:44
b1 Kin. 17:23;
2 Kin. 4:36
16 aLuke 1:65
bLuke 5:26
cLuke 24:19;
John 4:19;
6:14; 9:17
dLuke 1:68
1seized them
18 aMatt.
19 a[Mic. 5:2;
Zech. 9:9;
Mal. 3:1–3] 1NU the Lord
2should we
21 1illnesses
22 aMatt. 11:4
bIs. 35:5 cJohn
9:7 dMatt.
15:31 eLuke
fMark 7:37
g[Is. 61:1–3;
Luke 4:18] 23 1caused to
24 aMatt. 11:7
27 aIs. 40:3;
Mal. 3:1; Matt.
11:10; Mark
28 a[Luke 1:15] 1NU none
greater than
29 aMatt. 3:5;
Luke 3:12
1declared the
30 aActs 20:27
1the experts
in the law
31 aMatt. 11:16
1NU, M omit
And the Lord
33 aMatt. 3:1
b[Matt. 3:4];
Luke 1:15
34 aLuke 15:2
1An excessive

19 And John, calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to 1Jesus, saying, “Are You athe Coming One, or 2do we look for another?”
20 When the men had come to Him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to You, saying, ‘Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?’ ”
21 And that very hour He cured many of 1infirmities, afflictions, and evil spirits; and to many blind He gave sight.
22 aJesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: bthat the blind csee, the lame dwalk, the lepers are ecleansed, the deaf fhear, the dead are raised, gthe poor have the gospel preached to them.
23 “And blessed is he who is not 1offended because of Me.”
24 aWhen the messengers of John had departed, He began to speak to the multitudes concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?
25 “But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed those who are gorgeously appareled and live in luxury are in kings’ courts.
26 “But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet.
27 “This is he of whom it is written:

a‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.’

28 “For I say to you, among those born of women there is 1not a agreater prophet than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”
29 And when all the people heard Him, even the tax collectors 1justified God, ahaving been baptized with the baptism of John.
30 But the Pharisees and 1lawyers rejected athe will of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him.
31 1And the Lord said, a“To what then shall I liken the men of this generation, and what are they like?
32 “They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another, saying:

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

33 “For aJohn the Baptist came bneither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’
34 “The Son of Man has come aeating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a glutton and a 1winebibber,

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a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’
35 a“But wisdom is justified by all her children.”

A Sinful Woman Forgiven

36 aThen one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat.
37 And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil,
38 and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil.
39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, a“This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.”
40 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” So he said, “Teacher, say it.”
41 “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred adenarii, and the other fifty.
42 “And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?”
43 Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.”
44 Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no awater for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head.
45 “You gave Me no akiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in.
46 a“You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil.
47 a“Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”
48 Then He said to her, a“Your sins are forgiven.”
49 And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, a“Who is this who even forgives sins?”
50 Then He said to the woman, a“Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”

35 aMatt. 11:19
36 aMatt. 26:6;
Mark 14:3;
John 11:2
39 aLuke 15:2
41 aMatt.
18:28; Mark
44 aGen. 18:4;
19:2; 43:24;
Judg. 19:21;
1 Tim. 5:10
45 aRom. 16:16
46 a2 Sam.
12:20; Ps.
23:5; Eccl. 9:8;
Dan. 10:3
47 a[1 Tim.
1:14] 48 aMatt. 9:2;
Mark 2:5
49 aMatt. 9:3;
[Mark 2:7];
Luke 5:21
50 aMatt. 9:22;
Mark 5:34;
10:52; Luke
8:48; 18:42

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The Futility of Idols and the Trustworthiness of God

1 NOT aunto us, O LORD, not unto us, But to Your name give glory, Because of Your mercy, Because of Your truth.
2 Why should the 1Gentiles say, a“So where is their God?”

3 aBut our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases.
4 aTheir idols are silver and gold, The work of men’s hands.
5 They have mouths, but they do not speak; Eyes they have, but they do not see;
6 They have ears, but they do not hear; Noses they have, but they do not smell;
7 They have hands, but they do not handle; Feet they have, but they do not walk; Nor do they mutter through their throat.
8 aThose who make them are like them; So is everyone who trusts in them.

9 aO Israel, trust in the LORD; bHe is their help and their shield.

PSALM 115 References

1 a[Is. 48:11];
Ezek. 36:32
2 aPs. 42:3, 10
3 a[1 Chr.
16:26] 4 aDeut. 4:28;
2 Kin. 19:18;
Is. 37:19;
44:10, 20; Jer.
8 aPs. 135:18;
Is. 44:9–11
9 aPs. 118:2, 3
bPs. 33:20
12 1has remembered
13 aPs. 128:1, 4
15 a[Gen.
14:19] bGen.
1:1; Acts
14:15; Rev.
17 aPs. 6:5;
88:10–12; [Is.
38:18] 18 aPs. 113:2;
Dan. 2:20

10 O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield.
11 You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield.

12 The LORD 1has been mindful of us; He will bless us; He will bless the house of Israel; He will bless the house of Aaron.
13 aHe will bless those who fear the LORD, Both small and great.

14 May the LORD give you increase more and more, You and your children.
15 May you be ablessed by the LORD, bWho made heaven and earth.
16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’s; But the earth He has given to the children of men.
17 aThe dead do not praise the LORD, Nor any who go down into silence.
18 aBut we will bless the LORD From this time forth and forevermore.

Praise the LORD!



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