Jesus and the Pharisees: from Matthew 12:13-14; 22-26

Stephen Nielsen

This is our fifth study on this topic. Please click HERE for an intro to this study.

Matthew 12:13-14; 22-25

13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. 14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.

22 Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see. 23 All the people were astonished and said, “Could this be the Son of David?”

24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “It is only by Beelzebub, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.”

25 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself…

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Jesus and the Pharisees—and Trump: Study #3

Stephen Nielsen

This is our third study on this topic. Please click HERE for an into to this study.
We will begin our study for this post in Matthew 9:32-34

Matt 9:32-34

As they were going out, “a mute, demon-possessed man was brought to Him. 33 And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”

34 But the Pharisees said, “It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons.”

Observations

What happened to the man was clear and undeniable. Jesus drove a demon out of the man and he was healed. He could speak. And the crowd was amazed at what happened.

But what was puzzling is the response by the “righteous” Pharisees. They said that the reason he was able to cast out demons was because he called…

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February Sunshine

Stephen Nielsen

We just had a few inches of snow, but a few days ago when I touch these pictures the sun was shining bright.

Here the path is quite dry and walkable, but going through the trees in the shade it is icy and slippery.

A lot of people were out enjoying the good weather and the sunshine.

I took this outside my west window.

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Jesus and the Pharisees: Study #2

Stephen Nielsen

This is our second study on this topic. Please click HERE for an into to this study.
We will begin our study for this post in Matthew 9:10-13.

Matthew 9:10-13

10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and “sinners” came and ate with him and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?”

12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Observations

The Pharisees apparently thought that a righteous person should not mingle with or be seen with sinners. That would ruin a person’s reputation. A righteous person, to them, should only be seen with the upper…

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Jesus and the Pharisees : Study #1

Stephen Nielsen

To begin our study, I think we should say a little bit about who the Pharisees are. An article I found by Jack Zavada, I think is good. I will give you just the first part of it.

Who Were the Pharisees in the Bible?

The Pharisees in the Bible were members of a religious group or party that frequently clashed with Jesus Christ over his interpretation of the Law.

The Pharisees formed the largest and most influential religious-political party in New Testament times. They are consistently depicted in the Gospels as antagonists or opponents of Jesus Christ and the early Christians.

The name “Pharisee” means “separated one.” The Pharisees separated themselves from society to study and teach the law, but they also separated themselves from the common people because they considered them religiously unclean.

Besides this article—and there is a lot more to it if you care to…

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Covid-19 Vaccinations are Setting Us Up for a Future World Dictator

Stephen Nielsen

It seems to me that the vaccinations are setting us up—preparing us—to be controlled by a future world dictator. Never before has the world been in a position where we are saying we need to be controlled.  And the governments of the world are telling us that it is for our own good. And they are using fear to control us and to convince us to be vaccinated—or die!

The bible tells us that there will come a world leader who will control us by giving us a mark on our right hand or our forehead, and we won’t be able to buy or sell anything without this mark. He is the Antichrist and is controlled by Satan.

He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy…

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Angelic Quotes about Jesus – from Revelation

Stephen Nielsen

I have just started reading through Revelation, and I keep noticing the many quotes about Jesus, which have been given to us through the apostle John, by “His angel” (Jesus angel, Rev. 1:1; 22:16). The angels are such good witnesses to Jesus; we ought to pay attention to what they say. Here are the quotes I ran across so far, up to Revelation 3:14.

[He is] the faithful witness, the first-born of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. [He] loves us, and released us from our sins by His blood, and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father (Rev 1:5-6).

I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades (Rev 1:17-18).

[He is] the first and…

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How to Live the Christian Life in This World – From Matthew 6:19-20

Stephen Nielsen

We have been studying Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, and following D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones teaching from his Studies in the Sermon on the Mount. We have now come to the section following the Disciples Prayer outline, verses 19 -20, where Jesus tells us,

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal.

So here, we come to the problem of living the Christian life in the world and therefore how to overcome to world while living in it. Jesus gives us two points to follow: 1) we are not to store up for ourselves treasures upon earth, but 2) we are to store up treasures in heaven.

We Are Not to Store Up…

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Mars Photos

Stephen Nielsen

This looks like Death Valley desert. I see rover tracks.

Landscape on the planet Mars. View on planet earth in the distance.

Very cool!

One of our Mars rovers.

Blue rocks. I would love to collect some of those.

Where did all these rocks come from?

Overall, I would sure like to visit and look around, but not for long.

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Rush Limbaugh, Dead At 70: Many Will Miss Him

Stephen Nielsen

I was surprised to hear this morning on Fox News that Rush Limbaugh had pass away. I have pasted in a Fox News article about him below.

I am retired now, have been for a few years. But when I was working steady, I always had the radio on and it was usually tuned in to Rush from 11am to 2pm. He was always the best conservative commentator. I know, he acted boastful and overly confident in the truth of what he was saying, but that was part of his charm and the way he would make you believe in what he was saying. Toward the end of his life he was still as confident as ever, but his compassion for his audience and for America really came out. I will miss him.

Rush Limbaugh, conservative talk radio pioneer, dead at 70

Rush Limbaugh, the monumentally influential media icon who transformed…

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