Truth: Tax Collectors and Prostitutes — Parable of the Two Sons

40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left.

Matthew 24:40

Matthew 21:28-32

Parable of the Two Sons

28 “But what do you think about this? A man with two sons told the older boy, ‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’ 29 The son answered, ‘No, I won’t go,’ but later he changed his mind and went anyway. 30 Then the father told the other son, ‘You go,’ and he said, ‘Yes, sir, I will.’ But he didn’t go.

31 “Which of the two obeyed his father?”

They replied, “The first.”[a]

31 Then Jesus explained his meaning: “I tell you the truth, corrupt tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the Kingdom of God before you do.

Matthew 21:31c

 32 For John the Baptist came and showed you the right way to live, but you didn’t believe him, while tax collectors and prostitutes did. And even when you saw this happening, you refused to believe him and repent of your sins.

30 But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.

Matthew 19:30

References & reflections

[1] http://catholiclivingtoday.blogspot.com/2011/09/tax-collectors-and-prostitutes-are.html

[2] https://paintingtheword.com/2008/02/08/prostitutes/

[3] https://pythiastheology.wordpress.com/2015/01/21/prostitutes-and-tax-collectors/

[4] https://www.girlsaskguys.com/religion-spirituality/a52975-why-the-prostitutes-tax-collectors-were-better-than-the-pharisees

[5] https://tvaraj2inspirations.wordpress.com/2012/02/24/jesus-and-the-tax-collector/

[6] http://www.godlywoman.co/2012/12/prostitutes-and-gods-forgiveness.html

[7] https://msy316.wordpress.com/2011/12/08/jesus-the-friend-of-tax-collectors-and-sinners/

[8] https://frankboulet.wordpress.com/2019/03/20/tax-collectors-prostitutes/

[9] https://www.prostitutesandtaxcollectors.com/home/prostitutes-tax-collectors

[10] https://www.gotquestions.org/first-last-last-first.html

[11] https://ssnet.org/blog/bible-truth-rapture/

[12] https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/bible-questions-and-answers/is-matthew-2441-talking-about-a-secret-rapture

Soul’s Benefit? Christ’ Name Sake, Save Your Life! — Count the Costs #1

Jesus Predicts His Death

Matthew 16

24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. 25 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.

26a And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?

Matthew 16:26a

Food Miracle #1 “Feeding of the 5,000” — Two Fish and Five Loaves

Feeding the Five Thousand

13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns.

14 When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick.

15 When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”

16 Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.”

17 They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.”

18 And he said, “Bring them here to me.”

19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.

20 And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full.

21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Matthew 14:13-21

REFERENCES & REFLECTIONS

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feeding_the_multitude
[2] https://www.missionariesofprayer.org/2016/05/multiplication-prayer-matthew-14-17-21-loaves-fishes/
[3] https://bibleaboutmoney.finance.blog/2020/01/22/kingdom-of-heaven-secret-seed-words-7/
[4] https://bibleaboutmoney.finance.blog/2020/01/22/kingdom-of-heaven-secret-seed-words-6/
[5] https://bibleaboutmoney.finance.blog/2020/01/22/kingdom-of-heaven-secret-seed-words-5/

Kingdom of Heaven: Mustard Seed Faith — Secret Seed Words #6

The Parables of the Mustard Seed

31 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field.

32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”

Matthew 13:31

Related Readings

  1. https://bibleaboutmoney.finance.blog/2020/01/20/hearts-treasury-seed-words-1/
  2. https://bibleaboutmoney.finance.blog/2020/01/21/hearts-treasury-teachings-secret-seed-words-2/
  3. https://bibleaboutmoney.finance.blog/2020/01/21/good-soul-soil-secret-seed-words-3/
  4. https://bibleaboutmoney.finance.blog/2020/01/21/wealths-deceits-hearts-treasury-teachings-secret-seed-words-4/
  5. https://bibleaboutmoney.finance.blog/2020/01/22/kingdom-of-heaven-secret-seed-words-5/

Questions About the Kingdom of Heaven?

References

Hidden Treasure: Kingdom of Heaven #1 Mt. 13

The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl

44The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

Matthew 13:44

Questions About the Kingdom of Heaven?

References

[1] http://steve-constable-ygkp.squarespace.com/sermon-lane/2017/6/23/the-wheat-and-the-weeds-questions-for-groups-and-personal-study

Kingdom of Heaven: Secret Seed Words #5

Are we wheat or weeds? Good or bad seeds?

The Parable of the Weeds

24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.

25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.

26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.

27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’

28 “ ‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’

29 “ ‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them.


30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’ ”

Matthew 13:24-30

We are all sown as seeds with the Word of Jesus. Christ is the good farmer in the parable, and the field represents the world.

The good seeds are the people of the Kingdom of Heaven. The weeds are people of the Evil One.

And angels are symbolized by the harvesters, just as Jesus explains exclusively as the crowds are exiting away, to his disciples, for those who and are receptive to His Word, who have ears to hear, listen, and understand:

The Parable of the Weeds Explained

36Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”

37He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man.


38The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one,


39and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.

40“As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age.


41The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.


42They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.


43Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.

Matthew 13:36-43

Related Readings

  1. https://bibleaboutmoney.finance.blog/2020/01/20/hearts-treasury-seed-words-1/
  2. https://bibleaboutmoney.finance.blog/2020/01/21/hearts-treasury-teachings-secret-seed-words-2/
  3. https://bibleaboutmoney.finance.blog/2020/01/21/good-soul-soil-secret-seed-words-3/
  4. https://bibleaboutmoney.finance.blog/2020/01/21/wealths-deceits-hearts-treasury-teachings-secret-seed-words-4/

Questions About the Kingdom of Heaven?

References

[1] http://steve-constable-ygkp.squarespace.com/sermon-lane/2017/6/23/the-wheat-and-the-weeds-questions-for-groups-and-personal-study
[2] https://tonyagnesi.com/2018/04/are-you-wheat-or-weed/

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