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THE GOOD MESSAGE OF
JESUS THE CHRIST
Harmony
75

Mark 12:38-40
Luke 20:45-47
Matthew 23:1-39
Mark 12:41-44
Luke 21:1-4

And in his teaching he said, "Watch out for the scholars
wanting to walk in robes
and have greetings in the marketplaces
and the best seats in the synagogues
and the places of honor at the dinners;
the ones devouring the houses of widows
and in pretense making long prayers,
these will receive greater condemnation."
Mark 12:38-40

And as all the people were listening,
he said to the disciples, "Beware of the scholars
wanting to walk in robes
and loving greetings in the marketplaces
and the best seats in the synagogues
and the places of honor at the dinners,
the ones who devour the houses of widows
and in pretense make long prayers;
these will receive greater condemnation."
Luke 20:45-47

Then Jesus spoke to the crowd and to his disciples saying,
"On the seat of Moses sit the scholars and the Pharisees.
Therefore do and keep whatever they tell you,
but do not do according to their actions;
for they talk and do not do.
And they tie up heavy burdens
and put them on people's shoulders,
but they themselves are not willing
to move them with their finger.

"But all their actions they do to be seen by people;
for they broaden their phylacteries and lengthen the tassels,
and they love the place of honor at the dinners
and the best seats in the synagogues
and the greetings in the marketplaces
and to be called by people, 'Rabbi.'

"But you are not to be called, 'Rabbi;'
for one is your teacher, and you are all brothers.
And call no one your father on earth;
for one is your heavenly Father.
Nor be called leaders, because your leader is one, the Christ.

"And the greatest of you will be your servant.
And whoever will exalt oneself will be humbled,
and whoever will humble oneself will be exalted.

"But woe to you, scholars and Pharisees, hypocrites,
because you go around the sea and the dry land
to make one convert, and when he becomes one,
you make him twice the son of hell you are.

"Woe to you, blind guides who say,
'Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing;
but whoever swears by the gold of the temple, he is obligated.'
Fools and blind ones, for which is greater,
the gold or the temple sanctifying the gold?

"Also: 'Whoever swears by the altar, it is nothing;
but whoever swears by the gift upon it, he is obligated.'
Blind ones, for which is greater,
the gift or the altar sanctifying the gift?

"Therefore whoever swears by the altar
swears by it and everything on it;
and whoever swears by the temple
swears by it and the one dwelling in it;
and whoever swears by heaven
swears by the throne of God and the one sitting on it.

"Woe to you, scholars and Pharisees, hypocrites,
because you tithe mint and dill and cumin,
and have left the weightier part of the law,
justice and mercy and faith;
but these are necessary to do,
and those are not to be left either.
Blind guides, who strain out the gnat, but swallow the camel.

"Woe to you, scholars and Pharisees, hypocrites,
because you clean the outside of the cup and the dish,
but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.
Blind Pharisee, clean first the inside of the cup
so that the outside of it may also be clean.

"Woe to you, scholars and Pharisees, hypocrites,
because you resemble whitewashed tombs,
which outwardly appear pleasant,
but inside they are full of the dead's bones
and everything unclean.
So also you outwardly appear to be just people,
but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

"Woe to you, scholars and Pharisees, hypocrites,
because you build the tombs of the prophets
and adorn the monuments of the just,
and say, 'If we had been in the days of our fathers,
we would not have participated with them
in the blood of the prophets.'
So you testify against yourselves
that you are sons of those killing the prophets.
And you fulfill the measure of your fathers.
Snakes, products of vipers!
How are you to escape from the judgment of hell?

"For this reason, look, I send to you prophets
and the wise and scholars;
some of them you will kill and crucify,
and some of them you will whip in your synagogues
and persecute from town to town;
so comes upon you all the just blood shed on earth
from the blood of the just Abel
up to the blood of Zacharias son of Barachiah,
whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar.

"Amen, I tell you, all these will come upon this generation.
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets
and stones those sent to her,
how often have I wished to gather your children,
the way a bird gathers her young under her wings,
and you were not willing.
Look, your house is left to you.
For I tell you, you will not see me from now until you say,
'Praised be the one coming in the name of the Lord.'"
Matthew 23:1-39

And sitting opposite the contribution box
he saw how the crowd was putting money into the box;
and many rich people put in large amounts;
and one poor widow coming
put in two copper coins, which is a penny.

And calling his disciples
he said to them, "Amen, I tell you that
this poor widow has put in more than all those contributing;
for they all put in out of their abundance,
but she out of her need
put in everything she had, her whole living."
Mark 12:41-44

Looking up he saw the rich
putting their gifts into the contribution box.
And he saw a needy widow putting there two copper coins,
and he said, "Truly I tell you
that this poor widow put more than all;
for all these put gifts out of their abundance,
but she out of her need put all the living which she had."
Luke 21:1-4


75. Hypocrisy of the Scholars and Pharisees Synthesis 75 * Interpretation 75
76. Prophecies of the End of the Age Harmony 76 * Synthesis 76 * Interpretation 76