The King Acts: Faith & Opposition

Matthew 13:54-17:27

1354Coming into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said,

PEOPLE IN NAZARETH

Where did this man get this wisdom, and these mighty works? 55Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother called Mary, and his brothers, James, Joses, Simon, and Judas?* 56Aren’t all of his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all of these things?

57They were offended by him.
But Jesus said to them,

JESUS

A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and in his own house.

58He didn’t do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
141At that time, Herod the tetrarch heard the report concerning Jesus, 2and said to his servants,

HEROD ANTIPAS

This is John the Baptizer. He is risen from the dead. That is why these powers work in him.

3For Herod had laid hold of John, and bound him, and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife. 4For John said to him,

JOHN THE BAPTIST

It is not lawful for you to have her.

5When he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet. 6But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced among them and pleased Herod. 7Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatever she should ask. 8She, being prompted by her mother, said,

HERODIAS THE YOUNGER

Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptizer.

9The king was grieved, but for the sake of his oaths, and of those who sat at the table with him, he commanded it to be given, 10and he sent and beheaded John in the prison. 11His head was brought on a platter, and given to the young lady: and she brought it to her mother. 12His disciples came, and took the body, and buried it; and they went and told Jesus. 13Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat, to a deserted place apart. When the multitudes heard it, they followed him on foot from the cities.
14Jesus went out, and he saw a great multitude. He had compassion on them, and healed their sick. 15When evening had come, his disciples came to him, saying,

THE DISCIPLES

This place is deserted, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves food.

16But Jesus said to them,

JESUS

They don’t need to go away. You give them something to eat.

17They told him,

THE DISCIPLES

We only have here five loaves and two fish.

18He said,

JESUS

Bring them here to me.

19He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass; and he took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, broke and gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples gave to the multitudes. 20They all ate, and were filled. They took up twelve baskets full of that which remained left over from the broken pieces. 21Those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
22Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat, and to go ahead of him to the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. 23After he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into the mountain by himself to pray. When evening had come, he was there alone. 24But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, distressed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. 25In the fourth watch of the night,* Jesus came to them, walking on the sea.* 26When the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying,

THE DISCIPLES

It’s a ghost!

and they cried out for fear. 27But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying

JESUS

Cheer up! It is I!* Don’t be afraid.

28Peter answered him and said,

SIMON PETER

Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the waters.

29He said,

JESUS

Come!

Peter stepped down from the boat, and walked on the waters to come to Jesus. 30But when he saw that the wind was strong, he was afraid, and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying,

SIMON PETER

Lord, save me!

31Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand, took hold of him, and said to him,

JESUS

You of little faith, why did you doubt?

32When they got up into the boat, the wind ceased. 33Those who were in the boat came and worshiped him, saying,

THE DISCIPLES

You are truly the Son of God!

34When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret. 35When the people of that place recognized him, they sent into all that surrounding region, and brought to him all who were sick, 36and they begged him that they might just touch the fringe* of his garment. As many as touched it were made whole.
151Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem, saying,

JEWISH LEADERS

2Why do your disciples disobey the tradition of the elders? For they don’t wash their hands when they eat bread.

3He answered them,

JESUS

Why do you also disobey the commandment of God because of your tradition? 4For God commanded, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’* and, ‘He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him be put to death.’* 5But you say, ‘Whoever may tell his father or his mother, “Whatever help you might otherwise have gotten from me is a gift devoted to God,” 6he shall not honor his father or mother.’ You have made the commandment of God void because of your tradition. 7You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying,
8‘These people draw near to me with their mouth,
and honor me with their lips;
but their heart is far from me.
9And in vain do they worship me,
teaching as doctrine rules made by men.’*

10He summoned the multitude, and said to them,

JESUS

Hear, and understand. 11That which enters into the mouth doesn’t defile the man; but that which proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man.

12Then the disciples came, and said to him,

THE DISCIPLES

Do you know that the Pharisees were offended, when they heard this saying?

13But he answered,

JESUS

Every plant which my heavenly Father didn’t plant will be uprooted. 14Leave them alone. They are blind guides of the blind. If the blind guide the blind, both will fall into a pit.

15Peter answered him,

SIMON PETER

Explain the parable to us.

16So Jesus said,

JESUS

Do you also still not understand? 17Don’t you understand that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the belly, and then out of the body? 18But the things which proceed out of the mouth come out of the heart, and they defile the man. 19For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual sins, thefts, false testimony, and blasphemies. 20These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands doesn’t defile the man.

21Jesus went out from there, and withdrew into the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22Behold, a Canaanite woman came out from those borders, and cried, saying,

SYRO-PHOENICIAN WOMAN

Have mercy on me, Lord, you son of David! My daughter is severely possessed by a demon!

23But he answered her not a word.
His disciples came and begged him, saying,

THE DISCIPLES

Send her away; for she cries after us.

24But he answered,

JESUS

I wasn’t sent to anyone but the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

25But she came and worshiped him, saying,

SIRO-PHOENICIAN WOMAN

Lord, help me.

26But he answered,

JESUS

It is not appropriate to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.

27But she said,

SYRO-PHOENICIAN WOMAN

Yes, Lord, but even the dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.

28Then Jesus answered her,

JESUS

Woman, great is your faith! Be it done to you even as you desire.

And her daughter was healed from that hour.
29Jesus departed there, and came near to the sea of Galilee; and he went up into the mountain, and sat there. 30Great multitudes came to him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others, and they put them down at his feet. He healed them, 31so that the multitude wondered when they saw the mute speaking, injured whole, lame walking, and blind seeing—and they glorified the God of Israel.
32Jesus summoned his disciples and said,

JESUS

I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days and have nothing to eat. I don’t want to send them away fasting, or they might faint on the way.

33The disciples said to him,

THE DISCIPLES

Where should we get so many loaves in a deserted place as to satisfy so great a multitude?

34Jesus said to them,

JESUS

How many loaves do you have?

They said,

THE DISCIPLES

Seven, and a few small fish.

35He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground; 36and he took the seven loaves and the fish. He gave thanks and broke them, and gave to the disciples, and the disciples to the multitudes. 37They all ate, and were filled. They took up seven baskets full of the broken pieces that were left over. 38Those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children. 39Then he sent away the multitudes, got into the boat, and came into the borders of Magdala.
161The Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing him, asked him to show them a sign from heaven. 2But he answered them,

JESUS

When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ 3In the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but you can’t discern the signs of the times! 4An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and there will be no sign given to it, except the sign of the prophet Jonah.

He left them, and departed. 5The disciples came to the other side and had forgotten to take bread. 6Jesus said to them,

JESUS

Take heed and beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

7They reasoned among themselves, saying,

THE DISCIPLES

We brought no bread.

8Jesus, perceiving it, said,

JESUS

Why do you reason among yourselves, you of little faith, ‘because you have brought no bread?’ 9Don’t you yet perceive, neither remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many baskets you took up? 10Nor the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many baskets you took up? 11How is it that you don’t perceive that I didn’t speak to you concerning bread? But beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

12Then they understood that he didn’t tell them to beware of the yeast of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees. 13Now when Jesus came into the parts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying,

JESUS

Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?

14They said,

THE DISCIPLES

Some say John the Baptizer, some, Elijah, and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.

15He said to them,

JESUS

But who do you say that I am?

16Simon Peter answered,

SIMON PETER

You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.

17Jesus answered him,

JESUS

Blessed are you, Simon Bar Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18I also tell you that you are Peter,* and on this rock* I will build my assembly, and the gates of Hades* will not prevail against it. 19I will give to you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven; and whatever you release on earth will have been released in heaven.

20Then he commanded the disciples that they should tell no one that he was Jesus the Christ. 21From that time, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and the third day be raised up.
22Peter took him aside, and began to rebuke him, saying,

SIMON PETER

Far be it from you, Lord! This will never be done to you.

23But he turned, and said to Peter,

JESUS

Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me, for you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of men.

24Then Jesus said to his disciples,

JESUS

If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 25For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, and whoever will lose his life for my sake will find it. 26For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his life? Or what will a man give in exchange for his life? 27For the Son of Man will come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then he will render to everyone according to his deeds. 28Most certainly I tell you, there are some standing here who will in no way taste of death, until they see the Son of Man coming in his Kingdom.

171After six days, Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John his brother, and brought them up into a high mountain by themselves. 2He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his garments became as white as the light. 3Behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them talking with him.
4Peter answered, and said to Jesus,

SIMON PETER

Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you want, let’s make three tents here: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.

5While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them. Behold, a voice came out of the cloud, saying,

GOD

This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Listen to him.

6When the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces, and were very afraid. 7Jesus came and touched them and said,

JESUS

Get up, and don’t be afraid.

8Lifting up their eyes, they saw no one, except Jesus alone. 9As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying,

JESUS

Don’t tell anyone what you saw, until the Son of Man has risen from the dead.

10His disciples asked him, saying,

THE DISCIPLES

Then why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?

11Jesus answered them,

JESUS

Elijah indeed comes first, and will restore all things, 12but I tell you that Elijah has come already, and they didn’t recognize him, but did to him whatever they wanted to. Even so the Son of Man will also suffer by them.

13Then the disciples understood that he spoke to them of John the Baptizer.
14When they came to the multitude, a man came to him, kneeling down to him, saying,

AN EPILEPTIC’S FATHER

15Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is epileptic, and suffers grievously; for he often falls into the fire, and often into the water. 16So I brought him to your disciples, and they could not cure him.

17Jesus answered,

JESUS

Faithless and perverse generation! How long will I be with you? How long will I bear with you? Bring him here to me.

18Jesus rebuked him, the demon went out of him, and the boy was cured from that hour.
19Then the disciples came to Jesus privately, and said,

THE DISCIPLES

Why weren’t we able to cast it out?

20He said to them,

JESUS

Because of your unbelief. For most certainly I tell you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. 21But this kind doesn’t go out except by prayer and fasting.

22While they were staying in Galilee, Jesus said to them,

JESUS

The Son of Man is about to be delivered up into the hands of men, 23and they will kill him, and the third day he will be raised up.

They were exceedingly sorry. 24When they had come to Capernaum, those who collected the didrachma coins* came to Peter, and said,

THE TAX COLLECTORS

Doesn’t your teacher pay the didrachma?

25He said,

SIMON PETER

Yes.

When he came into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying,

JESUS

What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth receive toll or tribute? From their children, or from strangers?

26Peter said to him,

SIMON PETER

From strangers.

Jesus said to him,

JESUS

Therefore the children are exempt. 27But, lest we cause them to stumble, go to the sea, cast a hook, and take up the first fish that comes up. When you have opened its mouth, you will find a stater coin.* Take that, and give it to them for me and you.

*Matthew 13:55 or, Judah
*Matthew 14:25 The night was equally divided into four watches, so the fourth watch is approximately 3:00 A. M. to sunrise.
*Matthew 14:25 see Job 9:8
*Matthew 14:27 or, I AM!
*Matthew 14:36 or, tassel
*Matthew 15:4 Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 5:16
*Matthew 15:4 Exodus 21:17; Leviticus 20:9
*Matthew 15:9 Isaiah 29:13
*Matthew 16:18 Peter’s name, Petros in Greek, is the word for a specific rock or stone.
*Matthew 16:18 Greek, petra, a rock mass or bedrock.
*Matthew 16:18 or, Hell
*Matthew 17:24 A didrachma is a Greek silver coin worth 2 drachmas, about as much as 2 Roman denarii, or about 2 days’ wages. It was commonly used to pay the half-shekel temple tax, because 2 drachmas were worth one half shekel of silver. A shekel is about 10 grams or about 0.35 ounces.
*Matthew 17:27 A stater is a silver coin equivalent to four Attic or two Alexandrian drachmas, or a Jewish shekel: just exactly enough to cover the half-shekel temple tax for two people. A shekel is about 10 grams or about 0.35 ounces, usually in the form of a silver coin.

QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS

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