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Monday, January 14, 2019

St. Matthew, Chapter 23, verses: 12a; The Lowly.

Our paragraph topic is:  (Hypocrisy of the Scribes and Pharisees) Part 10.  

The hypocrisy of the Scribes and the Pharisees presented an opportunity for Christ to teach the people and his disciples an important lesson.  He used the Scribes and the Pharisees as an example to show their pride and arrogance and to teach the people of their hidden nature.  They practiced piety on the surface but underneath they did not practice the laws that they enforced upon the people.  They were hypocrites.

Christ saw through their false piety and instructed the people to do the same.  They wanted all the praise and glory but did not do the work to obtain it.  They were not servants of the people but served their own purpose.  Christ told the people, the disciples, the Scribes and the Pharisees:   "Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled."

We live in a physical world where we see the individual exalted.  We are shown on a daily basis all the stars, singers, athletes, business moguls, millionaires and billionaires, that are paraded before us in the media.  Everywhere we turn someone is raised up, someone has just become a hero, a star, a person who has achieve something that we all want to become.  This is news, worthy of feeding to the people who will buy it so they can read how they did it.  Maybe they too can achieve the same success.

We wish, we desire, we dream of being the one.  We would do anything to reach a level of importance that we should be in the news, in the media, before the public eye.  We don't know the meaning of humility, we only know praise.  And most would do anything to achieve that goal.  

Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled.  We know nothing of ourselves or who we are as a person.  We know even less of where we fit in the cosmic scheme of things.  We search the heavens in a constant desire to know that we are not alone.  We live in our own self awareness of the world knowing nothing of that which is inside of ourselves.

Christ came that we could began to know who we are.  He came to teach us how to live in a physical world that fits within the realm of the spiritual world.  For there are powers and principalities far beyond our understanding, far greater than ourselves, that we know nothing of and have not understood.  Yet we proclaim ourselves masters and lords within the small realm of the world that we live.  How little do we know.

His love provides.  His love protects.  His love fulfills all desires, all passions, all wants.  He is forgiving, merciful, patient, all knowing, all seeing, ever living.  He is our Father, God.  

Read the sign of the times! Read the Highlighted New Testament Bible and lift the scales from your eyes that you may see, that you may know, that you may find the truth of who you are in Christ. Read it as though you would read a good book, from cover to cover, and see for yourself. Do not study it in parts reading one passage nd then skipping to another, but read it for understanding. Read it for knowledge. Read it for faith. Read it that your eyes may be opened, that your ears may hear, that your heart may be filled with the light of Christ .   The Holy Spirit awaits you. Christ seeks to know you. Open the door and let him in.   

Monday, January 7, 2019

St. Matthew, Chapter 23, verses: 11; The Greatest.

Our paragraph topic is:  (Hypocrisy of the Scribes and Pharisees) Part 9.  

Honor and prestige they sought.  Dominion they practiced over the people.  They were the law makers.  They were the enforcers.  They were the eyes and the ears of the law.  Everyone must obey or suffer the consequences of punishment.  Respect was what they needed and the Scribes and the Pharisees demanded it.

They were out in the public everyday watching the people to make sure that the rules were followed.  They had spies who reported to them the what and wherefore of the people.  It was a hard time for the people and they resented the rule of law.  But the Scribes and the Pharisees sought to be great among the people.  And Christ turned the tables upon them.  He told the people and the disciples:  "He who is greatest among you shall be your servant."   

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ndeed, he was the servant of the people; he came to serve mankind.  He was greatest among them.  They did not know.  They did not believe.  They did not see who he was.  Their minds could not comprehend the truth of the statement.  Even the evil that dwelled among them knew who he was and paid tribute to him.  But he would not have his identity known until it was his time.

The Scribes and the Pharisees hated him.  They wanted to get rid of him because he exposed them to the people.  He removed the masks so that the people could see who they really were.  Christ taught the people the truth.  He taught them who they were and how to live with one another in peace and love.

Today we can take a lesson from his teachings.  Serve the people.  Humble thyself.  Live a peaceful life, not one filled with self seeking love, competing to be the best, the greatest.  Be your self.  We all have God given gifts and talents that can be used in service of others.  It is those gifts that allow us to become fruitful.  It is those talents that allow us to multiply the kingdom of heaven.  It is those gifts that will help us to spread God's love to all our brothers and sisters that they too may know the truth of who they are in Christ.  Love one another.  Keep the faith.  God's will be done.

Read the sign of the times! Read the Highlighted New Testament Bible and lift the scales from your eyes that you may see, that you may know, that you may find the truth of who you are in Christ. Read it as though you would read a good book, from cover to cover, and see for yourself. Do not study it in parts reading one passage nd then skipping to another, but read it for understanding. Read it for knowledge. Read it for faith. Read it that your eyes may be opened, that your ears may hear, that your heart may be filled with the light of Christ .   The Holy Spirit awaits you. Christ seeks to know you. Open the door and let him in.  

Monday, December 31, 2018

St. Matthew, Chapter 23, verses: 10; One Master.

Our paragraph topic is:  (Hypocrisy of the Scribes and Pharisees) Part 8.  
This was a time of extremes when evil walked the land and inhabited men to do their work.  Christ warned the people and the disciples of what they had not seen or heard before.  He knew and could see the presence of evil.  He knew and could see within.  He knew and understood the workings of those that inhabited the souls of men.

The Scribes and the Pharisees were the rulers of the day.  It was their responsibility to keep the people in their place and to keep them subjugated to the Law, while they did not adhere to the Law.  They made sure that the people followed the Law but they themselves did not.  They were called Rabbi, took first seats in the synagogues, first places at supper, did everything to enforce their perceived places of honor and prestige.  


This was accepted by the people, Christ however, wanted the people to see the truth of who they were.  He wanted to remove the blinders from the eyes of the people so they could see the real souls of the Scribes and the Pharisees.  For there was evil and hypocrisy lurking within.  He told the people:  "Neither be called masters; for ONE only is your Master, the Christ."

Master, Father, and other titles were used to address those in authority.  Evil was within and to give honor and praise to evil was against the commandments.  There is only ONE living God worthy of the title Father.  There is only one Lord and Master deserving of the title Master.  Yet the people unknowingly called the Scribes and the Pharisees by these names giving praise to the evil that influenced them from within, an abomination.

We see not with our eyes.  We know not with our minds.  We are not who we appear to be but what we fail to see within.  For we were created in his image.  We are the children of his love.  He is our Father, our protector, and our provider.  Christ is our Lord and savior.  He it is who came down from heaven, walked among us, took on our shape and form that he might show us who how to live.  For we knew not.  We believed not.  We saw not and did not understand.  Yet we have been given the knowledge and the wisdom to see, to know, to believe, and to understand that which we are.  

The heart knows what it knows.  The heart sees what it sees.  The heart feels what it desires to feel that it can be fulfilled.  It is all written for those who seek.  It is ordered for those who want order.  It is given for those who want to give their lives to more than the ordinary day to day life of this world.  The Lord calls.  His voice can be heard if you listen.  Find it.  Seek it.  Cry for it.  Know that it is there for you to hear.  Others have heard and so will you.  The heart will know it's calling.


Read the sign of the times! Read the Highlighted New Testament Bible and lift the scales from your eyes that you may see, that you may know, that you may find the truth of who you are in Christ. Read it as though you would read a good book, from cover to cover, and see for yourself. Do not study it in parts reading one passage nd then skipping to another, but read it for understanding. Read it for knowledge. Read it for faith. Read it that your eyes may be opened, that your ears may hear, that your heart may be filled with the light of Christ .   The Holy Spirit awaits you. Christ seeks to know you. Open the door and let him in.