Matthew 21:12-46. Jesus cleansed the Temple and threw out the money changers. The spiritual leaders were offended that people sang “Hosanna in the highest” at the triumphal entry, even that little children sang it. As an object lesson Jesus cursed a fig tree, the symbol of Israel, and it withered. The spiritual leaders questioned Jesus authority. Instead of giving an answer Jesus gave two parables, the one about the two sons and the parable about the wicked tenants. Moving on, Jesus quoted scripture by saying :The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone” meaning that the kingdom of God will be inherited by another people.
In Deuteronomy 6 Moses laid out The Greatest Commandment, he recommended the Israelites to wear phylacteries to keep them always in remembrance of the LORD and cautioned against disobedience. It is surprising how many of New Testament references there are to the Old testament Law; some are listed here.
Today there are three chapters.
February 18: Matthew 23, Leviticus 21, Leviticus 22 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
In Matthew 23 Jesus warned the people about the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees. At that time they had formulated the Talmud, which regulated every aspect of Jewish life. He did it in the form of telling of seven woes. Read the chapter carefully and draw your own conclusions.
Leviticus 21 continues the regulations for priests, and
Leviticus 22 completes the regulations for the priests and lists acceptable and unacceptable offerings.
Deuteronomy 6, The Greatest Commandment, Caution Against Disobedience.
The route the Israelis took has always been contested. Here is one proposed route according to the latest observations (from 2008 A.D.) The wilderness of Etham begins at the edge of the desert east of Succoth.
In spite of this command of Jesus the Roman Catholic Priests are referred to as “Father”, and the Pope himself is referred to as “Papa”, and there are many are called “teacher”, including me, having been Sunday School teacher.
Three biblical herbs that make food delicious and healthier to eat.