Bible Pathways - October 9, 2005
Read Matthew 21 -- 22
Jesus' triumphal entry;
On the Monday preceding His crucifixion, and just one day after His triumphant entry into
The chief priests were outraged at Jesus' actions. They dispatched a delegation to interrupt Jesus as He was teaching, and said, By what authority doest Thou these things? (Matthew 21:23). They were referring to His accepting all the praise that the multitude had given Him, especially the greeting for Messiah. For these reasons they conspired to kill Him (26:4).
After pronouncing His judgment upon the corrupt Temple activities, Jesus . . . spake unto them again by parables, and said, The Kingdom of Heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son . . . The wedding is ready. . . . Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. . . . And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment. . . . Then said the king to the servants . . . cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 22:1-13).
Because eternal separation from God is so final and so terrifying, Jesus said more about the horrifying eternal torments of hell as a lake of fire (Revelation 20:10-15) than all the writers of the New Testament combined. In this parable, Jesus exposes all who assume that in themselves they are good enough for heaven. The Apostle Paul said: There are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers. . . . They profess that they know God; but in works they deny Him, being . . . disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate (Titus 1:10,16).
21:2 over against you = facing you; 21:8 strawed = scattered, spread; 21:33 husbandmen = tenant farmers; 21:42 The Stone . . . is become the Head of the corner = Christ (Psalm 118:22-23) who is the Chief Cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20; I Peter 2:6)..
For Matthew 21:5: See Isaiah 62:11; Zechariah 9:9. Matthew 21:9: See Psalm 118:26. Matthew 21:13: See Isaiah 56:7; Jeremiah 7:11. Matthew 21:16: See Psalm 8:2. Matthew 21:33: See Psalm 80:8; Isaiah 5:1-2. Matthew 21:42: See Psalm 118:22-23. Matthew 22:24: See Deuteronomy 25:5. Matthew 22:32: See Exodus 3:6. Matthew 22:37: See Deuteronomy 6:5. Matthew 22:39: See Leviticus 19:18. Matthew 22:44: See Psalm 110:1.
Pray for Government Officials: Rep. Artur Davis (AL) and Sen.
Memory Verse for the Week: Hebrews 3:12