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Scripture memory passage for the week of February 18, 2018


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The Pharisaical Religion

Matthew 23:1–23:12
This was our Lord’s last public message which was directed especially to the Pharisees. It is said that there were about 6,000 Pharisees in that day and most of them were middle class businessmen. The name Pharisee came from a word that means “to separate” and the Phari … Read more

The Greatest Commandment

Matthew 22:34–22:46
When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees they asked Him an ethical question about the Law (vv. 34-35). He said, “Master which is the great commandment in the law” (v. 36)? This was not a new question for the scribes as they had been debating … Read more

Is There Marriage in Heaven?

Matthew 22:23–22:33
A little later the same day a group of Sadducees came to ask Jesus a doctrinal question about the resurrection (v. 23). These Sadducees were the “religious liberals” of that day. They said there is no resurrection or angels, but they were firm adherents to the law of Mo … Read more

Bombarded With Tricky Questions

Matthew 22:15–22:22
The crowd was very deceptive. The day was still Tuesday. The scene was still the temple. The Lord’s enemies were smarting from the series of parables Jesus had given. They decided to try to trap Him through a series of “loaded” questions (v. 15). They hoped to trap Him … Read more

The Banquet Invitation

Matthew 22:1–22:14
This parable is not to be confused with the parable of the great supper (Luke 14:16-24). The period described here must be after Jesus’ resurrection and ascension and the coming of the Holy Spirit. The Father is still inviting the people of Israel to come, in spite of what … Read more

The Cruel Vineyard Tenants

Matthew 21:33–21:46
Perhaps the rulers of the Jews thought they had heard enough, but Jesus continued to give them warning in another parable. He told about a landowner (God) who planted a vineyard (Israel). Finally he leased the vineyard to vine growers (Rulers of Israel) and he went into a f … Read more

The Parable of the Two Sons

Matthew 21:23–21:32
Jesus returned to the temple for the third time this week (v. 23). At the end of one of His teaching sessions the chief priests and elders challenged Jesus by what authority He was doing these things; which probably was in reference to His triumphal entry into the city. The … Read more

The Fuitless Fig Tree

Matthew 21:18–21:22
On the Monday morning following Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem He was hungry (v. 18). He saw a fig tree by the side of the road and noticed that it was covered by leaves. As he drew closer to the tree He discovered that there was no fruit on it. Figs normally came before the leaves, … Read more

Jesus’ Public Demonstration

Matthew 21:1–21:17
Since it was Passover, there were probably about 2 million people in and around Jerusalem. This crowd was composed of Jews who lived in Jerusalem and those from Galilee and the surrounding countryside. Jesus and the disciples were approaching Jerusalem from the east as they came … Read more

The Two Blind Men

Matthew 20:29–20:34
As Jesus and His disciples crossed the Jordan and traveled toward Jerusalem, they passed through Jericho. As they traveled along a huge crowd of Passover pilgrims joined them (v. 29). As they were leaving Jericho two blind men, who had heard that Jesus was passing by, appealed to … Read more

Be a Servant

Matthew 20:17–20:28
Jesus certainly did all He could to prepare His disciples for His death (vv. 17-19). For the fourth time we find Him telling them that He is going to die (12:30; 16:21; 12:22-23; and 20:17-19). He also tells them in this passage how He is going to die on the cross. However the di … Read more

A Right Attitude in Service

Matthew 20:1–20:16
Jesus told a parable in which a landowner, during the period of grape harvest, had need of extra laborers, so he kept going out and hiring additional workers during the course of the day (vv. 1-7). Early in the morning he hired workers who insisted on a contract and agreed … Read more

The Rich Young Ruler

Matthew 19:16–19:30
Jesus encountered a rich, young ruler. Possibly the ruler of a synagogue. He asked Jesus what “good thing” he must do to get eternal life (v. 16)? It implies that he wanted to perform some work that might gain him salvation. Jesus replied, “there is onl … Read more

Divorce and Adultery

Matthew 19:9–19:15
Jesus says that “whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another , commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery"(v. 9). The traditional and most popular interpretation of the exception clause is that Jesus … Read more

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