Why Did Israel Lose The Kingdom Of God Part 2

The Pharisees Reject Jesus and the Kingdom of God

Today we continue our look at “Why Israel lost the Kingdom of God”  as we see the Pharisees reject the signs of Jesus’s Messianic miracles And how the crowds wanted proof leading closer to their rejection in the Kingdom.

kingdom of godWe see in Matthews account the reaction by the Pharisees after Jesus heals the mute man. Remember, the Pharisees were the religious leaders of that day determined to undermine Jesus’s credibility. They were desperate to diminish Jesus in the minds of the people and to explain away anything Jesus did that seemed to support His claims. So when Jesus performs a miracle unique to the Messiah, they are forced to explain it away somehow. This is not new for them, earlier in Matthew we see a similar experience. Continue reading

Why Did Israel Lose The Kingdom Of God – Part 1

Israel loses the Kingdom of God

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Luke 11:14-20 New King James Version (NKJV) **

A House Divided Cannot Stand

14 And He was casting out a demon, and it was mute. So it was, when the demon had gone out, that the mute spoke; and the multitudes marveled. 15 But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.”

16 Others, testing Him, sought from Him a sign from heaven. 17 But He, knowing their thoughts, said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house divided against a house falls. 18 If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? Because you say I cast out demons by Beelzebub. 19 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. 20 But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. Continue reading

The Baptism of Jesus – Part 3

The Baptism of Jesus – Conclusion

baptism of jesusJohn’s baptism of Jesus brought John’s ministry to an end and it began Jesus’ ministry… but it served one more purpose. It established a model for Jesus’ followers to repeat so we can identify with our Lord. Just as Jesus received water baptism to fulfill all righteousness, so are His followers called to do the same. As Jesus commanded at the end of Matthew, in a passage commonly called the Great Commission… Continue reading