|* Matthew 23
Matthew 23 is yet another very important Chapter in Father's Word; for, in this Chapter, our Lord and Saviour Jesus contends with, and puts in their place, two groups of people known as: the pharisees, and the scribes.
We have to learn, know and understand just who these people were, and why our Lord contended with them every time He encountered them. We also have to know and understand just who it was who was supposed to be in charge of the Priesthood, and I'll tell you up front that, it was not these pharisees, and scribes. When Father, through His servant Moses, brought our forefathers up out of Egypt, He told Moses that the only people who were allowed to be over the Israelite Priesthood were the Levites,—Father knew Moses was a descendant of Levi, along with his brother Aaron and sister Miriam—and as far as the High Priest, the High Priest had specifically to be a descendant of Aaron.
Were those who were in charge of the church during Jesus' day in fact from the Tribe of Levi? Let's listen in and learn from our Lord:
With that introduction being said, let's go to Father and ask Him for His Blessings on our Study of His Word: “Father, we come to you right now to thank you for inviting us to Your table in order that we might be able to partake of and receive Your Spiritual Meat, and Father, as we prepare to dine on the sustenance which sustains our inner man, we ask that You Oh LORD open our ears and eyes, that we might be able to hear and see your Truths, open our hearts and minds and prepare us in order that we may receive Your Truth. We Pray for Your Understanding of Your Word, we seek Your Knowledge in Your Word and most importantly Father, we Pray for and desire Your Wisdom from Your Word, in Jesus' Precious name we Pray, thank You Father, Amen.”
Matthew 21:1-26:35 THE KINGDOM.
REJECTED. THE FOURFOLD
MINISTRY OF THE LORD.
21:1-26:35 THE FOURTH PERIOD.
THE KINGDOM REJECTED.
(Repeated and Extended
21:23-25:46 In the temple and on
21:23-25:46 IN THE TEMPLE.
23:1-12 Teaching. Crowds and
23:1-12 TEACHING IN THE TEMPLE.
MULTITUDES AND DISCIPLES. (MORAL.) (Repeated
23:1 Self-exaltation. Scribes.
Matthew 23:1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, —> Here, Jesus is speaking with and teaching any and all who are within earshot; however, not everybody will grasp what He is about to teach, only those who have the ears to hear and the eyes to see will fully comprehend.
23:2 self-exaltation. Scribes.
Matthew 23:2 Saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: —> As I pointed out in my opening introduction, the only people who Father said were allowed to be the Priests and High Priest of Israel were the Levites and Aaronites. These scribes and pharisees are not either.
Scribes=Father Himself identified and called out this sect of people in I Chronicles 2:55, which reads: I Chronicles 2:55 And the families of the scribes which dwelt at Jabez (to grieve; sorrowful; or, sorrow) (yah-bates’) (Bethlehem) (Jabez=First from the Strong’s Concordance, we find that it is Hebrew word number: H3258, - יעבּץ, - ya‛bêts, pronounced - yah-bates', and means: From an unused root probably meaning to grieve; sorrowful; Jabets, the name of an Israelite, and also of a place in Palestine: - Jabez., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary: “Apparently a place at which the families of the scribes resided who belonged to the families of the Kenites I Chronicles 2:55..”); the Tirathites, the Shimeathites, and Suchathites. These are the Kenites that came of Hemath, the father of the house of Rechab. —> As I said, Father knew that they were not of the Tribe of Levi, descendants of Aaron, and for that matter, they were not Israelites, I did a very extensive Topical Study on these scribes.
Pharisees=First from the Strong’s Concordance, we find that it is Greek word number: G5330, - Φαρισαῖος, - Pharisaios, pronounced - far-is-ah'-yos, and means: Of Hebrew origin (compare [H6567]); a separatist, that is, exclusively religious; a Pharisaean, that is, Jewish sectary: - Pharisee., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary: “A religious party or school among the Jews (my note here, these “Jews” Dr. Bullinger mentions here, are those of Revelation 2:9 and Revelation 3:9 who Jesus tells us “...and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.” they only claim to be Jewish, when in fact they are the kenite nethinim) at the time of Christ, so called from perishin , the Aramaic form of the Hebrew word perushim, "separated." The chief sects among the Jews were the Pharisees, the Sadducees and the Essenes, who may be described respectively as the Formalists, the Freethinkers and the Puritans. A knowledge of the opinions and practices of the Pharisees at the time of Christ is of great importance for entering deeply into the genius of the Christian religion. A cursory perusal of the Gospels is sufficient to show that Christ's teaching was in some respects thoroughly antagonistic to theirs. He denounced them in the bitterest language; see Matthew 15:7, 8; 23:5, 13, 14, 15, 23; Mark 7:6; Luke 11:42-44 and compare with Mark 7:1-5; 11:29; 12:19,20; Luke 6:28,37-42. To understand the Pharisees is by contrast an aid toward understanding the spirit of uncorrupted Christianity. (1)The fundamental principle all of the of the Pharisees, common to them with all orthodox modern Jews, is that by the side of the written law regarded as a summary of the principles and general laws of the Hebrew people there was on oral law to complete and to explain the written law, given to Moses on Mount Sinai and transmitted by him by word of mouth. The first portion of the Talmud, called the Mishna or "second law," contains this oral law. It is a digest of the Jewish traditions and a compendium of the whole ritual law, and it came at length to be esteemed far above the sacred text. (2) While it was the aim of Jesus to call men to the law of God itself as the supreme guide of life, the Pharisees, upon the Pretense of maintaining it intact, multiplied minute precepts and distinctions to such an extent that the whole life of the Israelite was hemmed in and burdened on every side by instructions so numerous and trifling that the law was almost if not wholly lost sight of. These "traditions" as they were called, had long been gradually accumulating. Of the trifling character of these regulations innumerable instances are to be found in the Mishna. Such were their washings before they could eat bread, and the special minuteness with which the forms of this washing were prescribed; their bathing when they returned from the market; their washing of cups, pots, brazen vessels, etc.; their fastings twice in the week Luke 18:12, were their tithing Matthew 23:23; and such, finally, were those minute and vexatious extensions of the law of the Sabbath, which must have converted God's gracious ordinance of the Sabbath's rest into a burden and a pain Matthew 12:1-13; Mark 3:1-6; Luke 18:10-17. (3) It was a leading aim of the Redeemer to teach men that true piety consisted not in forms, but in substance, not in outward observances, but in an inward spirit. The whole system of Pharisaic piety led to exactly opposite conclusions. The lowliness of piety was, according to the teaching of Jesus, an inseparable concomitant of its reality; but the Pharisees sought mainly to attract the attention and to excite the admiration of men Matthew 6:2,6,16; 23:5,6; Luke 14:7. Indeed the whole spirit of their religion was summed up not in confession of sin and in humility, but in a proud self-righteousness at variance with any true conception of man's relation to either God or his fellow creatures. (4) With all their pretenses to piety they were in reality avaricious, sensual and dissolute Matthew 23:25; John 13:7. They looked with contempt upon every nation but their own Luke 10:29. Finally, instead of endeavoring to fulfill the great end of the dispensation whose truths they professed to teach, and thus bringing men to the Hope of Israel, they devoted their energies to making converts to their own narrow views, who with all the zeal of proselytes were more exclusive and more bitterly opposed to the truth than they were themselves Matthew 22:15. (5) The Pharisees at an early day secured the popular favor and thereby acquired considerable political influence. This influence was greatly increased by the extension of the Pharisees over the whole land and the majority which they obtained in the Sanhedrin. Their number reached more than six thousand under the Herods. Many of them must have suffered death for political agitation. In the time of Christ they were divided doctrinally into several schools, among which those of Hillel and Shammai were most noted. --McClintock and Strong. (6 One of the fundamental doctrines of the Pharisees was a belief in a future state. They appear to have believed in a resurrection of the dead, very much in the same sense: as the early Christians. They also believed in "a divine Providence acting side by side with the free will of man." --Schaff. (7) It is proper to add that it would be a great mistake to suppose that the Pharisees were wealthy and luxurious much more that they had degenerated into the vices which were imputed to some of the Roman popes and cardinals during the two hundred years preceding the Reformation. Josephus compared the Pharisees to the sect of the Stoics. He says that they lived frugally, in no respect giving in to luxury. We are not to suppose that there were not many individuals among them who were upright and pure, for there were such men as Nicodemus, Gamaliel, Joseph of Arimathea and Paul.,” and now from Dr. Bullinger in his Companion Bible Appendices 120: “The word PHARISEE is the Hebrew for one who was separated by special beliefs and practices, which were very strict as to tithing and eating, &c. (see Matt. 23:23. Luke 18:12). It was for this reason that the Lord was upbraided by the Pharisees (Matt. 9:9-11; 11:19. Mark 2:16. Luke 5:30; 7:34). Doctrinally, they held that the oral law was necessary to complete and explain the written law; hence, the strong denunciations of the Lord. Moreover, they held the natural immortality of man; and, JOSEPHUS says the transmigration of souls. — Neither of these sects (the pharisees, the sadducees, or the scribes for that matter) had any existence, as such, till the return from Babylon..”
Moses' seat=This is just a figure of speech as; Moses' didn't have an actual seat; however, he was the Law giver, and as such, he figuratively sat in the seat of judgment and presided over the problems our forefathers encountered until his death. But, what Jesus is saying is that, these kenite nethinim scribes and pharisees are exalting themselves to the status of Moses. Jesus is also saying that these supposed law givers have taken over the scribing of Father's Laws, and in doing so; they are purposely changing His Laws, in order to try to make them of no effect.
23:3 “Do not ye” what they bid.
Matthew 23:3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. —> Jesus is telling us to read and obey what is taught from Father’s written Word; and, only observe what these scribes and pharisees say, Why? Because even they don’t do what they say; nor do they do after Father’s commandments. These kenite nethinim scribes and pharisees live their lives in direct opposition of the teachings of the law; therefore, we don't follow those actions that they live. Sure, these hypocritical sons of satan look oh-so-religious; however, they don't follow their own instructions;therefore, why would we want to obey what they say?
Unfortunately we can relate this to many Christians of today, how and why? Because the word “Christian” issues froth from their mouths easily enough; but, they never do anything for Christ, such as truly digging into His Word to find His True Doctrine.
23:4 “Do not ye” what they bid.
Matthew 23:4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. —> For they bind=This is exactly what Jesus told us a moment ago in verse v23:3 when He said “...bid you observe...;” and it is further proof that “...observe and do...,” is not Jesus' command to carry out these many burdens which are “grievous to be borne.”
These kenite nethinim have loaded the people with impossible burdens; burdens which they themselves refuse to carry. They are just like many of the preachers today who are just too religious to get down in the trenches with the other Christians who are trying to fight the battle for Father. Sadly, they fall short because they have been taught wrong, and in their having been taught wrong, they in turn, continue to teach wrong; and sadly, their congregants are too lazy and unskilled in Father's Word, and the usage of the proper tools, to go behind their preacher to verify what that preacher is teaching them.
Many times they will set their goals with projects, and building or meeting needs which are outlandish, then they will come to you as if—said dripping with sarcasm—“God laid this on their heart,” and then expect you to pay for their wild hair-brained ideas. They work your emotions in order for you to dig deeper into your pocket for your money, all in the name of some object that is needed to do the task of their gimmick, or even in the name of some starving child, and by you giving your money to them, somehow you will be blessed by God for feeding their vanity, and this is the outcome.
There is not much difference between the pharisees and scribes of Jesus’ day, and the money hungry Christian pharisees and scribes of today. They have their money begging down to an science; but, yet, because of their own lack of truly understanding Father’s Word, there is not much teaching with understanding of Father's Word. This is why their messages and sermons are focused on only those scriptures which can be twisted and taken out of context for the sake of the offering plate.
In their doing so, they then become the stumbling block to the person who truly does want to learn Father’s True Word, rather than the kurch’s customs, denominational doctrines, dogmas and traditions.
23:5-7 Self-exaltation. Scribes.
Matthew 23:5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, —> phylacteries=Check this word out in your Strong’s Concordance brethren, you’ll find that it is Greek word number: G5440, - φυλακτήριον, - phulaktērion, pronounced - foo-lak-tay'-ree-on, and means: Neuter of a derivative of G5442; a guard case, that is, “phylactery” for wearing slips of Scripture texts: - phylactery., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary we find: “(Exodus 13:16; 6:8; 11:18; Matthew 23:5) These "frontlets" or "phylacteries" were strips of parchment, on which were written four passages of Scripture Exodus 13:2-10,11-17; 6:4-9,13-23, in an ink prepared for the purpose. They were then rolled up in a case of black calfskin, which was attached to a stiffer piece of leather, having a thong one finger broad and one and a half cubits long. They were placed at the bend of the left arm. Those worn on the forehead were written on four strips of parchment, and put into four little cells within a square case on which the letter was written. The square had two thongs, on which Hebrew letters were inscribed. That phylacteries were used as amulets is certain, and was very natural. The expression "they make broad their phylacteries" Matthew 23:5, refers not so much to the phylactery itself, which seems to have been of a prescribed breadth, as to the case in which the parchment was kept, which the Pharisees, among their other pretentious customs Mark 7:3,4; Luke 5:33, etc., made as conspicuous as they could. It is said that the Pharisees wore them always, whereas the common people only used them at prayers..”
Here, Jesus is telling us that these kenite nethinim scribes and pharisees love to be seen by men performing their “oh-so-religious” shenanigans, and that is all they are shenanigans; as, they don't do after Father's Word.
Matthew 23:6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, —> They parade around in their fancy robes and dress in order to be seen of men, so, that, they get invited to all the important functions, and not, invited; but, they want the best seat in the house where again, they can be seen by everybody to let them know that they were important enough to be invited.
Matthew 23:7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. —> Everywhere they go, they're sure to wear their robes because, they love it when they are out in public, and everyone immediately recognizes them because of their robes, and call them by their title: master, master. You see, they want to be known as the masters and authority in the minds of others; but, not Father's Word, but, their own ego and pride. They love it being called, “Reverend,” “Doctor So-n-so,” “the right Honorable [you put the name in];” think of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson and you’ll get the picture. All they are, are pot stirrers, stirring up trouble and getting away with it because, they have their title before their name. These people have no intention of just being in the background, and letting Father get all the glory. They want the spotlight and the recognition. Their sermons have many quotes from “well known” Godless men, which are used to humble the listener, and give a respect to the empty words of their non-scriptural sermons and\or “messages.”
23:8-11 “Be not ye” Like them.
Matthew 23:8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. —> Here, Jesus is telling us to not be like them; rather, be a humble servant for Father. Let His Word and Him shine in all we do, don't take the glory unto yourself; as, in reality, it wasn't you anyway, it Was Father through His Holy Spirit Who opened you ears and eyes to the Truth in His Word. It was Father Who ordained His Elect to be teachers of His Word as He told Jeremiah in the Book named for him, Jeremiah 1: Jeremiah 1:4 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, —> Whenever we see this phrase or saying, Father is beginning a new subject. The subject for Jeremiah in this instance is, Father is giving him his commission. Pay attention for me brethren because, this next verse is a very important verse. [1:5] “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” —> Did you catch that? Father told Jeremiah that before He formed Jeremiah in his mother's womb, He knew him. How can this be? Because brethren, before this Age of flesh man, there was an Age when we were all with Father in our Spiritual Bodies, we were the “sons of God” mentioned in Genesis 6; Job 1:6 and Job 2:6 and we walked with and talked with Father every day. [1:6] Then said I, “Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.” —> Lord GOD=In the Hebrew, this is Adonai YHVH. I cannot speak=Here, Father's Prophet Jeremiah, acts just like Father's Servant Moses did when Father told Moses He was sending him to Egypt to deliver our forefathers out of pharaoh's hand as read in Exodus 4:12, where Moses told Father that, he couldn't speak (see Dr. Bullinger's Companion Bible Ap. 92.) This was\is true of all of Father's Prophets. For I am a child=Jeremiah was probably about the same age as king Josiah was when he ruled Judah, merely a youth, about 21, and as such, he is most likely referring to his inefficiency, or inability, than he is to his age, again, think of Moses in Exodus 4:12. [1:7] But the LORD said unto me, “Say not, ‘I am a child:’ for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. —> Father is telling His Prophet that he shouldn't speak of himself concerning what he feels is his inability to speak because, it will be He—Father—Who sends His Prophet; and, it'll be He Who gives unto His Prophet that which he shall speak, just as it was He Who send and led Balaam back in Numbers 22:20. Brethren, this should put you in mind of a future time when He will do this, the time when satan is here in role of the pretend-to-be-jesus: antichrist and Father will cause His Elect to be delivered up to satan and his councils as can be read in Mark 13:9 and Luke 12: Luke 12:8 Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: —> Accept Jesus as God in the flesh and He will confess and profess your name before that angels as acceptable to Him to have eternal life with Him. However: [12:9] But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God. —> If you chose to deny Him and refuse His outstretched arms of Salvation; then, He likewise will forsake you, and you will nothave eternal life with Him. It'll be into the Lake of Fire where your soul will be consumed and blotted out for all eternity. [12:10] And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven. —> Here, Jesus is telling us that while we walk in the flesh, should those who have free-will chose to deny Him in their heart, if they change their minds later, that CAN be Forgiven. They will pay a penalty for it; but, it can be forgiven, however; His Elect have another purpose all together in this flesh life: [12:11] And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: —> Father's Elect are going to be delivered to satan and his councils. Why? [12:12] For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say. —> They will be delivered up in order to allow Father's Holy Spirit to speak though their mouths. What will the Holy Spirit be saying? The answer to that can be found in Joel 2. [1:8] Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.” —> Father is telling His Prophet that he has nothing to fear as; it is He—Father—Who is sending him where He wants him to go; therefore, He'll be with him every step of the way, and He'll watch-over and protect His Prophet until he finishes what Father has planned for him to do. [1:9] Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, “Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. —> The knowledge of Father and His Word had already been placed in Jeremiah’s mind during his schooling, and when Father Himself touched that clay vessel of Jeremiah's body, Father also touched him with His Spirit; then, the very chapters and words which were stored in Jeremiah's memory would come together. Those thoughts of clarity, and the entire Scripture would be clear and easily understood to Jeremiah, to be the common sense of our Heavenly Father. Our Father is natural, and His words are naturally understood, because He created that which is natural. So Father touched Jeremiah early in his age, and made him the clay that was pliable, or in other words, He ensured that Jeremiah was not set in man’s customs or traditions, nor in the dogma of even the Priesthood; in order that Father could mold him whereby he would serve the One and Only True Living God. We can compare what Father told Jeremiah here, with what He told Moses in Deuteronomy 18:18: Deuteronomy 18:18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.. [1:10] See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.” —> Set thee=Father not only appointed Jeremiah; but, He installed him and gave him his commission. Father appointed Jeremiah as the tool whom He would use over the nations to even destroy them at the right time. Remember brethren, Father chooses those whom He will, to really be in charge, not only kings and presidents; but, His servants who He places out in front to lead the way. Anytime Father uses you, you and He make up a majority. It isn't man who controls; but, our Heavenly Father is in control of all things. He controls everything and all happenings, both on this planet, and in His created universe.
Let's return now to Matthew 23, picking it up in verse v23:9.
Matthew 23:9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for One is your Father, Which is in heaven. —> Jesus is not chastising us and saying that we cannot call our earthly fathers, father, what He is saying is that our Father is, our Creator: ELOHIM.
Notice where our true Father is, “He is in heaven,”—Dr. Bullinger notes in his Companion Bible the following: Heaven=“here it is singular because, it is in contrast with the earth. Had it been singular like as in Matthew 6:9, it would have implied that our Father was in heaven but not on earth.”—and we speak and talk to Him via prayer, looked at another way, Prayer is: speaking and talking with Him, and when we repent of our sins, we go to Him in Jesus name. Though we have physical fleshly fathers, we have but one Father, the Creator of our souls; for, it was ELOHIM who Created our souls. There is only one Creator of souls, and He is in heaven,—and heaven is wherever He is—and only Father ELOHIM should be called Father. By deception of man and man’s tradition, many men here on earth are called “father,” and in their minds have assumed the role of the Father, and Jesus is warning us to beware of them. They expect you to come to them for confession, and they think that they can grant you forgiveness; however, there is a much more critical time coming just ahead, at the coming of satan, in his role of the pretend-to-be-christ: the instead of Christ: antichrist, when the whole world will call him father.
Matthew 23:10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. —> Again, Jesus is telling us that,—like as in verse v23:8 above—we are not to call any man master or rabbi as; only One is our True Teacher, and that is Father, all others are to be humble servants of His; because, it is He Who gives us the ears to hear and the eyes to see the Truth in His Word; likewise also, it is He Who dulls the senses which prevents us from gaining His Truth when we listen to man and not Him.
Matthew 23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. —> The greatest among you=Jesus was the Greatest Who ever walked among man because; He was Father in the flesh; however, as you may have noticed, all the letters in this verse are lower case, and as such, Jesus was talking to and about His disciples; therefore, in a true ministry of Christ, this is as it is: The person in the highest position, bears the most responsibility of being the servant, why? Answer: Because his time is to be dedicated to the feeding of Fathers children, and trying to give them understanding from His Word. Therefore, rather than being a person in a high place, He is simply a servant in his Masters service, serving Christ, the True Teacher, and we’ll see this in the next verse.
23:12 Self-exaltation. Scribes.
Matthew 23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. —> This was and is satan's problem, and it is also man's problem, EGO, Pride, some men—no gender involved—just love to show how important they are—in their own minds—and how superior they are to everyone else. But, what did Jesus just tell us here? That those who do exalt themselves—like satan, these scribes and pharisees, and everybody else who thinks they are superior to everybody else—shall be humbled; and those who humble themselves before man, shall be exalted by Father in His Kingdom.
23:13-39 SCRIBES AND PHARISEES.
23:13-33 Denunciation. The eight
23:13-33 DENUNCIATION. THE EIGHT
23:13-39 Scribes and Pharisees.
23:13-15 Their treatment of the
23:13-15 THEIR TREATMENT OF
THE LIVING. (Introversion.)
23:13 Proselytes. The honest
Matthew 23:13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. —> Hypocrites=Check out this word in your Strong’s Concordance brethren, you’ll find that it is Greek word number: G5273, - ὑποκριτής, - hupokritēs, pronounced - hoop-ok-ree-tace', and means: From G5271; an actor under an assumed character (stage player), that is, (figuratively) a dissembler (“hypocrite”): - hypocrite., so, we see that Jesus correctly identified them; for, that is exactly what they are: play actors, playing or acting as the priests of the House of Judah; as, they for sure were NOT of the Tribe of Judah, nor were they of the Tribe of Levi for that matter; and if they weren't of the Tribe of Levi, they had no business being anywhere near the priesthood.
So, not only did Jesus correctly identify them; but, He also told them and us that, by their customs, dogma, and traditions, instead of leading Father’s Children to Him and His Kingdom, they put the stumbling block before the People; it was this stumbling block which shut heaven to the people and prevented them from entering in.
Matthew 23:14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. —> Here, Jesus is telling them that they cloak their evilness of ripping off the people, including widows, by making themselves sound so holy and righteous by their use of long babbling prayers, and because of their doing so, they will not enter into heaven; but, will be condemned to the Lake of Fire.
23:15 Proselytes. Those made, made
Matthew 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. —> Proselyte =Proselyte as used here, is in the Strong’s Concordance, Hebrew word number: G4339, - προσήλυτος, - prosēlutos, pronounced - pros-ah'-loo-tos, and means: From the alternate of G4334; an arriver from a foreign region, that is, (specifically) an accede (convert) to Judaism (“proselyte”): - proselyte., Dr. Bullinger notes in his Companion Bible the following: “The Greek is Transliterated, and means a comer over to. Used of a Gentile who came over to the “Jews” religion..”
Brethren, listen to our Lord here as He chastises these phariseesand scribes, telling them that they search the world over, looking on both land and sea for any whom they might convert to their brand of Judaism; however, because of their customs, false doctrine, dogma, and traditions which they get their converts to accept and believe in, they condemn their new converts to damnation.
This is much as it is today in many of the kurch houses around the world, as they teach their denominational doctrines of the rapture; babbling in unintelligent, or unintelligible tongues, which is contrary to the True Cloven Tongue of Acts 2; accepting homosexuals and telling them that they needn't change their lifestyle, that it's all acceptable to Father; heck, for that matter, they now allow practicing homosexuals to be the pastors of the kurch houses.
These are all things which can be disproved when you teach Father's Word Verse–by–Verse, Chapter–by–Chapter, and Book–by–Book.
Child of hell=A son of Gehenna, which was a Hebraism, meaning: Gehenna’s people. We have to dig to fully comprehend this brethren. The word “hell” as used here, is in the Strong’s Concordance Hebrew word number: G1067, - γέεννα, - geenna, pronounced - gheh'-en-nah, and means: Of Hebrew origin ([H1516] and [H2011]); valley of (the son of) Hinnom; gehenna (or Ge-Hinnom), a valley of Jerusalem, used (figuratively) as a name for the place (or state) of everlasting punishment: - hell., now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, we find: “In the Old Testament this is the word generally and unfortunately used by our translators to render the Hebrew Sheol. It really means the place of the dead, the unseen world, without deciding whether it be the place of misery or of happiness. It is clear that in many passages of the Old Testament Sheol can only mean "the grave," and is rendered in the Authorized Version; see, for example Genesis 37:35’ 42:38; I Samuel 2:6; Job 14:13. In other passages, however, it seems to Involve a notion of punishment, and is therefore rendered in the Authorized Version by the word "hell." But in many cases this translation misleads the reader. In the New Testament "hell" is the translation of two words, Hades and Gehenna . The word Hades, like Sheol sometimes means merely "the grave" Acts 2:31; I Corinthians 15:55; Revelation 20:13, or in general "the unseen world." It is in this sense that the creeds say of our Lord, "He went down into hell," meaning the state of the dead in general, without any restriction of happiness or misery. Elsewhere in the New Testament Hades is used of a place of torment Mathew 11:23; Luke 16:23; II Peter 2:4, etc.; consequently it has been the prevalent, almost the universal, notion that Hades is an intermediate state between death and resurrection, divided into two parts one the abode of the blest and the other of the lost. It is used eleven times in the New Testament, and only once translated "grave" I Corinthians 15:55. The word most frequently used (occurring twelve times) in the New Testament for the place of future punishment is Gehenna or Gehenna of fire. This was originally the valley of Hinnom, south of Jerusalem, where the filth and dead animals of the city were cast out and burned; a fit symbol of the wicked and their destruction. [See HINNOM],” and now from Dr. Bullinger, he states the following and clears up any misunderstanding: “The Gehenna fire, from the Hebrew Gĕy Hinnom which means the ‘valley of Hinnom,’ profaned by the fires of molech worship II Chronicles 33:6, and defiled by Hezekiah. Also called “Tophet,” Isaiah 30:33. Here the refuse of Jerusalem was continually being burnt up by the perpetual fires Isaiah 66:24; Jeremiah 7:31-33; II Kings 23:10; Mark 9:48.,” Dr. Bullinger further notes in Appendix 131 of his Companion Bible, the following: “Gehenna. Gr. geenna. This is the transliteration of the Heb. Gai' Hinnom, i.e. the Valley of Hinnom or "the Valley" of [the sons of] Hinnom, where were the fires through which children were passed in the worship of Moloch. In the O.T. Tophet was the Heb. word used, because it was a place in this valley. In our Lord's day the idolatry had ceased, but the fires were still continually burning there for the destruction of the refuse of Jerusalem. Hence, geenna was used for the fires of destruction associated with the judgment of God. Sometimes, "geenna of fire". See 2Kings 23:10. Isa. 30:33. Jer. 7:31,32; 19:11-14..” So, we see that hell, otherwise known as Gĕy Hinnom was where our forefathers committed the abdominal practice of molechism, i.e., sacrificing their children in the fire to the false god molech, and this assists in identifying the “why” of why we have such a negative connotation of hell.
23:16-22 False swearing.
Matthew 23:16 Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! —> Temple=Here is another word for us to research brethren, and we find that in the Strong’s Concordance, it is Greek word number: G3485, - ναός, - naos, pronounced - nah-os', and means: From a primary word ναίω naiō (to dwell); a fane, shrine, temple: - shrine, temple. Compare G2411., yes, let’s compare this with G2411, for when we do, we find: G2411, - ἱερόν, - hieron, pronounced - hee-er-on', and means: Neuter of G2413; a sacred place, that is, the entire precincts (whereas G3485 denotes the central sanctuary itself) of the Temple (at Jerusalem or elsewhere): - temple., see the difference? “Temple” as used here in Matthew 23 is “naos,” i.e., the Sanctuary, or Temple building, which consists of the Holy Place and the Holiest of Holies, therefore, I spell it with a Capital “T;” whereas, in many other places in the New Testament it is “hieron,” which denotes the whole of the temple courts; therefore, I spell that with a Lower Case “t.”
What is the “Temple” in this final generation? It is the body of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. This verse is directed to those who say, if you swear by the body of Christ, the Almighty, that is nothing; but, should you just swear by the gold of the temple, then Father will answer your prayers. Does this sound familiar brethren? How many of the kurch house preachers and TV evangelists plead for you to Send in your tithe, or send a gift and God will bless you if you do, when in the process they have taught you nothing but the hope of Salvation.
The Temple is the many membered body of Christ, which Christ calls the church today. We are to be debtors to Christ, and our Heavenly Father, and these modern day pharisees make you a debtor to them when they plead with you, in order for you to make vows to them, for what rightly belongs to Father YHVH. Then when you do as they say, the obligation is not to Father; but, to that man, and what he has created. The debtor is bound by the oath that he takes, and this creates in your mind the guilt. Thus instead of the giving freely to Father, as the tithe should be given, it is given under a penalty of requirement. When this happens, the giver is robbed of the blessings of the tithe.
Matthew 23:17 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold? —> Jesus is asking,—while at the same time pointing out their error—why they think the tithe is more holy, important and or worthy than the Temple.
Many kurches, preachers, and Christians today place this same significance on the tithe; falsely thinking (1) Father needs their money; (2) they can buy their way into heaven; and (3) the people must forsake everything to ensure they continue to give the kurch their tithe, see Mark 7:1-13, especially verse v7:11 which reads: Mark 7:11 But ye say, ‘If a man shall say to his father or mother, ‘It is Corban, (that is to say, a gift), by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;’ he shall be free.’. The kurch and preachers almost bring back the false Catholic Tradition of “indulgences;” whereby, the sinner could buy absolution of sin, or remission of the severe penances.
Matthew 23:18 And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty. —> To fully understand this, we have to go back to verse v23:16 above, where we read of this same principle, which was the act of swearing the oath to the alter; thereby placing the guilt, or obligation in your mind; so that, when the gift is given, it is by the force of the oath, and not of the freedom of the heart.
Matthew 23:19 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift? —> This isn't hard to figure brethren as; Father's Altar is a wonderful thing.
Sadly, this practice started way back in Ezra and Nehemiah's day, when the satan’s offspring: the kenite nethinim scribes, took over from the Levitical priesthood, and then started to twist teachings in order to merchandise the temple. It has grown to the point today where, the modern day ministry spends most of its focus on the gift, and not the altar, or Father’s Word.
To most people in today’s modern kurch, they falsely believe that the Blessings come from the gift that was given, when in fact, that gift had nothing to do whatsoever with the Blessing you received. Father ELYON—from Dr. Bullinger’s Companion Bible we read the following: “Elyon is the Dispenser of God's blessings in the earth; the blessings proceeding from a Priest Who is a King upon His throne (cp. Gen. 14:18-22 with Zech. 6:13; 14:9).”—gives the Blessing, and every Blessing you have, came from Father, including the planet we have to live on and the very air that you breathe.
What it all boils down to is this: our Lord Jesus is telling you that, you are a fool if you place any hope in your gift.
Matthew 23:20 Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon. —> Brethren, it is better that we do not swear, or make a promise, oath, or vow to do something, especially for Father—as in, “Father, I'll do this..., if you'll...”—as; then it is truly binding, and we become debtors, and Father doesn't look lightly upon those who promise Him something and then do not fulfill that vow.
Matthew 23:21 And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by Him That dwelleth therein. —> Again brethren, Jesus is telling us that if we promise, take or swear an oath, on Temple, we are actually swearing in Father's name, and we are about to commit a gross error. He continues right on into the next verse with the same train of thought.
Matthew 23:22 And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by Him That sitteth thereon. —> It is just better to not swear or make any promises to Father unless you fully intend to keep them.
Rather than swearing, Pray to Father and make a request of Him, asking and seeking Him. The other thing to be careful of is swearing something to the church; as, sadly, most churches with their teaching of false doctrines and dogmas are not really of Father; therefore, when you swear by or to them you're binding yourself to their falsity.
Matthew 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. —> Jesus is telling these play actors and us that, they concern themselves more with their paying their tithes of spices than they do of following Father's Commandment, Judgments, Laws, Ordinances, and Statutes, they also leave out Faith, and Father's Grace and Mercy.
The scribes and pharisees of all generations, including today, pay more attention to the actual money which comes in to their coffers, and to the details of earthly matters and human affairs. They have overlooked the matters which count in Father’s eyes; those of tending to the matters of Father’s Word, and meeting the Spiritual needs of the People, what should matter, is the spiritual growth of each member of the church.
23:24 Blind guides.
Matthew 23:24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. —> These pretenders worried themselves over a tiny little gnat which landed in the wine; but, yet, they Spiritually ate a camel, meaning: though both are unclean for eating purposes; a camel was much larger and worse; for, what did Jesus tell us several Chapters ago in Matthew 15? Let’s turn there and read it for ourselves: Matthew 15:11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man. —> Though Jesus uses the word mouth here, He is just using it as an analogy; for what he truly means is the ear, and what He is saying is, not what goes into your ear defiles you; for, if you are strong in Father's Word, you can listen to whatever you desire and you'll know whether you're hearing the Truth or not; however, if you turn around and propagate those false teachings to other people who are not as knowledgeable in Father's Word, it'll be that which defiles and condemns you. Skip with me down to verse v15:17 [15:17] Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? —> Here He is saying that those false teachings you heard didn't do you any harm as; you knew and understood that they were just that: false teachings; therefore you kept them to yourself and didn't harm any of Father's little lambs. [15:18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. —> Father's little lambs looked up to you as knowing His Word; therefore, they had expected that what you were teaching them was the Truth; when in reality you propagated the false teachings, and as such, you harmed them because they didn't know any better and they trusted you; therefore, you are defiled.
23:25-28 False cleansing.
Matthew 23:25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. —> Here, Jesus is saying to them that yeah, they clean themselves with their great fanfare ritualistic cleansings prior to eating, they also perform their oh-so-holy baptisms on Father's little lambs; however, at the same time, they are filled on the inside with false customs, doctrines and teachings.
He is about to nail them in the next verse where He tells them they better clean up their act.
Matthew 23:26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. —> You cannot be completely clean unless you are just that: completely clean, that means both inside and out. Get rid of the false dogmas and doctrines you've taken into yourself, you do that by Studying Father's Word showing Him you desire to learn His Truth, and He will in turn open the Scriptures for you, then you'll be cleansed from false teachings and doctrines, and from then on you'll only be planting the seeds of the Truth in His Word.
Matthew 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. —> These scribe and pharisees—this applies to many of the kurch houses and Christians today also—love to look or appear oh-so-religious; however, they are just putting on for appearance sake as; in reality, they still cling to their false doctrines and teachings, and for the Christian today, inspect their actions and you'll notice that that is all they're really doing, i.e., putting on appearances, as you can watch as they habitually eat unclean animals, and if you watch them as they drive down the road, you'll see them breaking the speed limit, it's funny watching them do this on their way to kurch, all dressed up looking good, but, yet, disobeying the law on their way into see the kurch brethren. Then, once kurch is over, they're back in the world—falsely believing they're safe as: Father doesn't see what they do while they're out in the world—until next Sunday.
Matthew 23:28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. —> These scribes and Pharisees took pride in showing themselves to be righteous and proper in outward appearance, yet inwardly they were like their father, Cain, full of hypocrisy and all sorts of evil.
23:29-33 Their treatment of the
Matthew 23:29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, —> Here, Jesus is pointing out to them and us something extremely important, something they know, and something only those who truly Study Father's Word know, it was these forefathers of these offspring of satan who murdered Father's Prophets, namely: Zechariah whom they slew between the porch and the altar—and even St. James—and they love to make a big showing of placing flowers on the burial sites of these two Prophets in order to try and continue to hide who it was that really murdered them.
This had a current for the day application as; they built the tombs of the people, because they never teach them the Truth in Father’s Word, as they were too busy teaching their traditions. It even has a modern day application as; today they will place flowers before the altar of the church house, and make sure everything is prim and proper, and they even garnish their traditions with all sorts of oh-so-religious forms: setting aside days of the week to worship, and developing the heathen customs of their doctrines to where the people simply don't know what to believe. Brethren, this has nothing to do with those churches which are truly servants of the Living God. What Jesus is talking about here, are those play actors who love “playing church,” while they try to out-do and impress each other, playing their one-upmanship.
Matthew 23:30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. —> Did you note the way they stated that? They stated it as if it was an actual fact, in other words, they're saying to Jesus, God in the Flesh that, “if we had been living during the time of those who murdered Father's Prophets, we wouldn't have been partakers of the murder with them,” what a load of crap as; again, it was their fathers who did the murdering, and they're covering for their fathers as if Jesus doesn't know it was they. The only ones they're fooling is themselves as, Jesus already knows who they are and what they did and continue to do.
Matthew 23:31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. —> He is hammering them with the truth; you could almost say He is figuratively nailing them to the cross, which they will literally do to them in the not too distant future. Again, brethren, He knows exactly who their forefathers are, they were murderers and so are these He is contending with.
Matthew 23:32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. —> Jesus is telling these Pharisees that they are no different than their fathers, just a bunch of hypocrites and murderers who have not changed one iota.
Sharpen up for me brethren as, the rubber is about to meet the road. He is about to call them out for exactly who they are.
Matthew 23:33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? —> Serpents=Check this word out in your Strong’s Concordance brethren and you’ll find that it is Greek word number: G3789, - ὄφις, - ophis, pronounced - of'-is, and means: Probably from G3700 (through the idea of sharpness of vision); a snake, figuratively (as a type of sly cunning) an artful malicious person, especially Satan: - serpent., BAM, this is the why as in why satan is called a serpent, because he is a slick talker, think of slick willy clinton. Think back to the Garden of Eden and what he did to\with Eve, he used his slick, sly, cunning, artful and malicious tongue to seduce Eve and lay with her—and she became pregnant; this child would be Cain—in order to try and interrupt the seedline through which Father would become flesh as His only begotten Son Jesus Christ; however, Father knew what he did, and He had Adam lay with his wife Eve, and Father ensured she became pregnant also—this child would be Abel—with another son, they would be twins who would always be at enmity with each other until Cain slays Abel. Remember, the serpent told Eve in Genesis 3:5 that, should she partake of the fruit of the tree—the tree of the knowledge of good and evil: him—that her eyes would be opened?
Generation=Now check out this word in your Strong’s brethren and you’ll find that it is Greek word number: G1081, - γέννημα, - gennēma, pronounced - ghen'-nay-mah, and means: From G1080; offspring; by analogy produce (literally or figuratively): - fruit, generation., “fruit?” What did Father command Adam and Eve? To not partake of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. But, we see the word “generation” means offspring, and as I previously stated, Jesus just identified these kenite nethinim scribes and pharisees as satan’s offspring, and He wasn’t just saying they were evil, He was meaning that they were truly his progeny, He explained this to His disciples and us in Matthew 13:36-43, He points them out again in John 8:42-47.
So, can you answer Jesus' question as to how they can escape their damnation of hell? You should be able to, there is only one way, and that would be to forsake their father satan and all his evil ways, and turn to Father ELOHIM and walk His path of righteousness.
23:34-39 PROPHESY. (Extended
23:34 Prophets. Future sending.
Matthew 23:34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: —> Listen as Jesus tells them that He had already sent to their fathers, Prophets whom they slew: namely Zechariah the son of Berechiyah,—He'll point this out in the next, upcoming verse—and is in the future going to send to them more Prophets and wise men, and real teachers of Father’s Word to teach them; but, like their fathers before them, they will kill them as well, and throw them from the synagogues, and harass them where ever they go: think of Paul, Peter, John and Jesus’ brother James. Jesus is even projecting this to our end time, as He tells them that He will continue to send His prophets, and you will still persecute them from city to city, and even right in your churches.
Matthew 23:35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. —> Remember, it was satan's son with Eve: Cain, who slew Abel in Genesis 4, and we can read of satan’s offspring murdering Zechariah not in Father's Word; but, in historical accounts as; Father's Word doesn’t actually record his murder, Jesus just speaks of it here. I like what Dr. Bullinger records in his Companion Bible: “‘Zechariah son of Barachiah’ Not the son of Jehoiada (2 Chronicles 24:20,21,) but Zecharian the prophet (Zechariah 1:1,7), who, we here learn (by figure Hysterēsis, AP. 6) was killed in the same way. And why not? Are there not many examples of historical coincidences? Why should the LORD single out “Zacharias the son of Jehoiada” then nearly 800 years before, instead of the later Zacharias (the prophet) some 400 years before? And why may it not be prophetic of another “Zechariah, the son of Baruch” who was martyred some thirty-six years after? See Josephus (Wars, iv.5.4).”
23:36 “I say unto you.”
Matthew 23:36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation. —> Generation=Now, check out this word “generation” in your Strong’s brethren and, you’ll find that the use of the word as used here in this verse, is different from the word used in verse v23:33 above, there it was Greek word number G1080, while here it is Greek word number G1074, - γενεά, - genea, pronounced - ghen-eh-ah', and means: From (a presumed derivative of) G1085; a generation; by implication an age (the period or the persons): - age, generation, nation, time., here it means a period of time, not progeny; therefore, here, Jesus is telling these kenite nethinim scribes and pharisees that, the blood they shed of Father’s Prophets will be brought back upon their own heads by Father Himself. Jesus’ use of the word “generation” is a significant expression as; it is used sixteen times in the Gospels: 11:16; 12:41,42; 23:36; 24:34; Mark 8:12,13; 13:30; Luke 7:31; 11:30,31,32.50.51; 17:25; 21:32. Characterized by other epithets “evil” and “adulterous” 12:39,45; 16:4; Mark 8:38; Luke 11:29; “faithless and perverse” 17:17; Mark 9:19; Luke 9:41; “untoward” Acts 2:40. All this because it was a particular generation which rejected Jesus as the Messiah.
23:37 Prophets. Past sending.
Matthew 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! —> O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets=Listen as He calls out and identifies just who it was that killed Father's Prophets. Obviously a city cannot do this; however, its inhabitants can, and which inhabitants in Jerusalem did indeed kill Father's Prophets? Father's—and our—adversary: satan and his offspring, the kenite nethinim scribes and pharisees, you know, the ones who Jesus warns us about in Revelation 2:9 and Revelation 3:9 where He said “Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie;....” When and how did this happen? It all began shortly after Moses died and Joshua had taken over for him as the leader of Israel,—as can be read in Joshua 9— the Hivites had come to he and the elders of Israel lying and saying that they had traveled from a faraway country and come to Israel in order to join with them because, they had heard about Father's greatness, and they wanted to serve and worship Him; no, the only thing they wanted, was to not be killed as Father had commanded Joshua and the Israelites to do.
As a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings=When you watch a mother hen looking after her baby chicks, and see the care and attention she gives to them. When one gets out of line she’ll chase after and fuss at that little chick kicking up dust and dirt to bring it back in line, and then she feeds them all and cares for each little one. If danger comes, her wings fly out, and that mother hen will chase after the enemy, even at the risk of her own life.
So, Jesus is telling us that this is the care and attention He Himself would have liked to give his people in Jerusalem; only they would not allow it. He was Father in the flesh and He knew what was going to happen to Him. Jesus loved His people, and He followed through with what He had said must come to pass, and He did indeed give His life for His people; yet, Jerusalem rejected Him. They would not accept them as the Messiah.
What stopped the people from accepting Jesus as the Christ? It was those who had taken over the religious community: i.e., the chief priest who was appointed by the romans, the priests, scribes and pharisees who were the kenites who forced themselves into the seat of Moses, as we read in verse v23:2 above. It wasn't the sinners who walked the street, for they followed Him and loved Him for the healing and teaching that He gave. Like it or not, it was the religious community, and those who wore the robes of the priests.
Sadly, the same thing is going on to this day and you better be careful of anyone who wears the robe and teaches anything but Father’s Word, all of it: Verse–by–Verse, Chapter–by–Chapter, and Book–by–Book as; that generation, or offspring of the serpents are still with us today. Whenever you hear a preacher give his “message” instead of reading and teaching Father's Word, he can make it fit his agenda, or whatever he desires it to read, and if you're unskilled in Father's Word, he can fool or deceive you into believing what he wants you to believe: i.e., the false rapture teachings, the mumbo-jumbo false speaking in tongues, and\or any other such non-sense.
Matthew 23:38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. —> You...your=Very emphatic! At the beginning of Jesus' Ministry, it was “My Father's House” as read in John 2:16; however, at the end, after His rejection, it was “your house.”
House=I.e., the Temple, where He is speaking out against these scribes and pharisees. And again, as always, He was nailing them, and speaking a Truth as; every “house” is left “desolate” whenever Christ is not there, and if it is a House of God and it is left desolate, then it is an abomination because, it then becomes the “abomination of desolation” Jesus teaches us about in the next Chapter: Matthew 24:15 where, He refers to, and validates Daniel 12:11.
23:39 “I say unto you.”
Matthew 23:39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, ‘Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.’ ” —> Till ye shall say=With an implying uncertainty. See, the not seeing was certain: it was their saying it at the time which was uncertain.
Blessed=Here, Jesus quotes Psalms 118 and He is speaking of His second advent, which is at the sounding of the seventh and last trumpet. This will follow the great tribulation: that time when satan comes in his role of pretend-to-be-jesus: anti-christ and he will deceive many for; sadly for them, they will wrongly believe that he is jesus. Brethren, it is time to wake up, for we are living in the times when our current events are what Father’s Scriptures are identifying as the signs of the end Times.
Jesus is now going to tell us, through His instructions to His disciples, the events that will come upon us in these end times. Pay close attention to the next chapter.
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