THE LIFE OF CHRIST

Book of Matthew

 

Session Seven

Chapter 19 - Pg. 19-20 (continued)

Jesus Talks About Family

 

DAY ONE:

 

VERSE 17       Jesus said to enter eternal life we must do more than just believe he was the Son of God.  We also have to ___________________________ the _______________________________.

 

VERSE 18f      Jesus then repeated the six of the Ten Commandments of Moses which involve treatment of people toward other people.  They are: _____________________________________________________________________________

                        ________________________________________________________________________________

                        ________________________________________________________________________________

                        ________________________________________________________________________________

                        ________________________________________________________________________________

                        ________________________________________________________________________________

 

VERSE 21       Jesus was not against people having wealth.  Luke 8:2-3 (pg. 62) says wealthy women helped to support him while he traveled.  Also Matthew 27:57 (pg. 31) says a rich man named Joseph had become a _____________________.  Why do you think he told this young man to get rid of all his wealth?  __________________________

                        _______________________________________________________________________________________________

 

VERSE 22       Was Jesus just trying to give this young man a hard time?  Look at Mark 10:21.  How did Jesus feel about him?  _________________________________________________.  How do we tend to treat people we love?  _________

                        _______________________________________________________________________

 

VERSE 23       Jesus said it was _________ (but not impossible) for the ______________ to enter the ________________

                        of God.

 

VERSE 24       Jesus said it was easier for a ___________________ to go through the ______________ of a _________________

                        than for a _____________ man to enter the kingdom of God.

 

VERSE 25       Knowing everyone wants riches, his disciples said that made it impossible for everyone to be ___________________.

 

VERSE 26       Even though this is impossible, Jesus reassured them, it is not impossible with _______________.

 

VERSE 29f      In what way can we have more brothers and sisters than ever in the church in this life?  _________________________________________________________________________________

 

                        What other reward will we receive?  ________________________________

 

 

Chapter 20 - Page 20-21

Jesus' New Kingdom, the Church

 

DAY TWO:

 

VERSE 1         The kingdom/church is like men being hired ____________________ in the morning to work all ________ for a certain salary.

 

VERSE 3-6      Men were also hired at the ________ hour, the ____________ hour, the ______________ hour, and the ________

                        hour, all for the same pay.

 

VERSE 11-12  Those who had worked all day for their agreed-on-pay were angry because those hired to work only ________ hour were paid the ______________.

 

VERSE 13-16  How does this make the person feel who becomes a Christian late in life?  ________________________________

                        In God's eyes, was it a wasted life?  _____________

 

VERSE 17-19  Once more Jesus took his twelve disciples aside to warn them he will be condemned to _____, then __________________________ and ______________________, and finally ______________________.  But three days later he will be _____________________________ back to __________________.

 

VERSE 20       Zebedee's sons were James and John (remember Matthew 3:21, pg. 3?) and were among the first of the twelve apostles selected.  Their mother asked Jesus if they could be second and third in Jesus' coming _______________,

                        Do you think she thought he was getting ready to set up a physical kingdom on earth as soon as he got to

                        Jerusalem?  _________

 

VERSE 21-22  Jesus was upset because he knew to be great in the kingdom, one had to give the most.  When he asked them, "Can you drink the _____________________ I am going to drink," he was using an old Jewish custom of speaking of very bad times as drinking from a cup of wrath. 

 

 

DAY THREE:

 

VERSE 23       Who will be allowed to sit with Jesus on his throne (see Revelation 3:21, PG. 229)?  __________________________

 

VERSE 25-28  What does it take to be great in the kingdom/church?  ________________________________________________

 

VERSE 29       Now Jesus is in Jericho, a city near Jerusalem.  Two __________ men called him ____________________ and the _________________ of David.  Notice the word Son is in capitals.  They were recognizing him as the long-promised savior.

 

VERSE 32-34  Even though Jesus was headed doggedly toward his own torture and martyrdom, he took time to do what?

                        _____________________________________________________________________

 

 

CHAPTER 21 - Page 21-23

Triumphant Entry Into Jerusalem

 

VERSE 2         Jesus sent two of his disciples to Bethphage to find a __________________ and her ________________.

 

VERSE 3         He was so well known by then that all the disciples had to do to explain why they were taking these animals was to say, "The ___________________ needs them."

 

VERSE 5         This fulfilled the prophecy made five centuries earlier that he would arrive in Zion (Jerusalem) lowly because he was riding on the donkey's colt, not the donkey itself.

 

                        NOTE:  Riding a donkey was not lowly.  Riding a donkey was a sign of royalty.  All Jewish kings rode donkeys then.  In the Old Testament, a certain supreme judge over Israel had 30 sons who ruled 30 cities and each had a donkey to ride (Judges 10:3f).  About 1000 BC, the time of David, royalty began riding mules.  All King David's sons rode mules (2 Samuel 13:29).  When David made his son king, he had Solomon ride his own personal mule as proof (1 Kings 1:33, 38, 44). 

 

VERSE 7         Jesus had the donkey beside him (the executive limousine) while he rode the colt (a golf cart).  That is what made him a gentle king.

 

                        He did not even have a saddle, his Jesus' apostles spread their ______________________ on the colt.

 

 

DAY FOUR:

 

VERSE 8         As he neared Jerusalem, large crowds of people spread out the red carpet for him, placing their own _______________________ on the road for the donkeys to walk on.

 

                        They also cut ___________________________________ and spread those on the road for the donkeys to walk on.

 

                        NOTE:  This was a custom the Jews normally observed during the Feast of Harvest kept every October celebrating their original entry into the Promised Land 2500 centuries earlier.  The Jews believed that Jesus was going to take over their country and return it to them, getting rid of the foreign occupation government sent there by Caesar.

 

                        Leviticus 23:39f (part of the Law of Moses directed toward the Levite tribe), explains:  "On the first day you are to take choice fruit from the trees, and palm fronds, leafy branches and poplars, and rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days."

 

VERSE 9         Then crowds began shouting, __________________________ (meaning Savior) to the __________ (notice the capital letter) of David!"

 

                        NOTE:  They were quoting from Psalm 118 which people normally sang at the Feast of Harvest.  Notice especially verses 22-27: 

 

The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone;

The Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.

 

This is the day the Lord has made;

Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

O Lord, save us!  O Lord, grant us success.

 

BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD.

From the house of the Lord we bless you.

The Lord is God, and he has made his light shine upon us.

 

WITH BOUGHS IN HAND, JOIN IN THE FESTAL PROCESSION

up to the horns of the altar (in the Temple).

 

VERSE 10       How much of the city of Jerusalem was stirred by the parade?  _________________ 

 

                        NOTE:  Josephus said there were normally nearly three million people there during the Feast of Passover.

             

VERSE 12       Jesus went to the ________________ area (courtyard) where they were buying and selling things.  He overturned the tables of the _________________________ _______________________ (who turned foreign currency into local currency, charging a hefty fee which they pocketed), and the benches of those _____________

                        _________________________________ (making a profit from their sacrifices, rather than let them buy off the street).

 

VERSE 13       If we go overboard in buying and selling in our church buildings, can they reach a point of no longer being a house of prayer?  _______________

 

VERSE 14       Jesus is now a just a few days away from his betrayal, torture, and execution, but he still takes time to do what?  __________________________________________________________

 

VERSE 15       Even the children were caught up in the excitement.  Even after the adults were through singing their Hosannah on the street, the children still ___________ in the _____________________.

 

                        Were the priests and teachers of the religious law good examples to the children (see Mark 12:38-40, pg. 47)?  ____

                        Are things like this happening today in religion?  ____________

 

                        Were the priests and teachers of the religious law happy (see Luke 19:47-48, pg. 78)?  ___________________  Why (see John 12:19, pg. 100)?  __________________________________________________

 

 

DAY FIVE:

 

VERSE 18-20  Did Jesus punish the fig tree for not having fruit on it for their breakfast, or did he merely take advantage of another seemingly insignificant event to teach a lesson (see also John 15:1-2, pg. 103)?  ___________________________

 

VERSE 21-22  Since Jesus nor anyone else ever willed a mountain into the sea, do you think Jesus was promising help from God for material things or spiritual things?  Hint:  Look at Hebrews 12:22-24a.  _________________________

 

VERSE 23       No longer is it religious leaders, but the religious hierarchy that now approaches Jesus, the ___________________

                        priests and _______________________.  Indignantly he demand to know by what _________________________ he turned those tables over out in the Temple lobby.

 

VERSE 24-27  Jesus answered their question with a question of his own.  Did they reply that baptism wasn't necessary in order to get out of answering him?  ________  Did they answer his question at all?  ___________  Why?

                        _____________________________  Why do you think Jesus did not enter into a debate with them?

                        _________________________________________

 

VERSE 28-31  Then Jesus asked them a question in parable form.  One son agreed to work, but did _______.  The other said he wouldn't, but then _____________.  Ultimately, which one was obedient?  _________________________________

 

                        Jesus inferred that they, who claimed to do what God the Father told them to were not doing it; but tax

                        _________________________ and ______________________________ were the ones who followed John's teachings.

 

                        The religious leaders believed they had nothing to repent of.

 

VERSE 33-39  Now that Jesus has the attention of the religious hierarchy, and he has taught his followers all they need to know, he is prepared to force their hand into showing openly how much they hate true LOVE. 

 

                        In this parable, a _____________________________ left some farmers in charge of his vineyard.  But whenever he sent someone to collect the harvest, what would they do to him?  ____________________.  Finally, they even killed his _________________________.

VERSE 42       Jesus then quotes from a verse in Psalm that the crowd probably shouted on his Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem:  "The ___________________ the builders ________________________ has become the ___________________."

 

VERSE 43-44  Then Jesus boldly told them outright:  "The kingdom of ________ will be ________________________________

                        _________________________."

 

VERSE 45-46  So the chief priests and Pharisees looked harder for a way to ___________________ Jesus.

 

 

Chapter 22 - Page 23-24

Jesus' Showdown With Religious Hierarchy

 

DAY SIX:

 

VERSE 1-2      Still pushing them to show their true colours, Jesus told them the kingdom of heaven is like a wedding banquet for God's _______________.  Remember from Ephesians 5:25-32 (pg. 183) who the wife of Christ is?  ___________

 

VERSE 3         The first ones God invited _______________ to come.  (The Jews were the first ones invited.  Later the Gentiles would be invited.)

 

VERSE 4         So the father of the groom sent people to beg them to come to the ______________ banquet, the marriage of his son to the church.

 

VERSE 7         Would God be a good God to allow people to destroy the chances of everyone else to become part of his church?  _______________

 

VERSE 10       What kind of people came to the wedding?  ____________ and ____________

 

VERSE 11-12  God was angry when someone tried to come to the wedding of the church to Jesus without __________________

                        ___________________________. 

 

                        Note:  In those days, wedding clothes were offered at the door to everyone.  Only someone refusing them and sneaking in would not be wearing them.  What do the wedding clothes represent (see Revelation 1:5-6, pg. 227; and 7:14, pg. 232)? ____________________________________________________________________________________

                        _______________________________________________________________________________________________

 

VERSE 13       So why would the person who sneaked into the church be thrown out?  _____________________

 

VERSE 14       How many does God invite to be at the church's wedding?  ___________  How many accept?  ____________