It Always Gets Personal

Matthew 25:33 “He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.” Observation: Jesus was telling us why some are blessed. They had fed the hungry, invited strangers in, clothed the naked, visited prisoners…all generous things that were viewed by Christ as...

Grading on a Curve

Matthew 20:8 “’Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last group to the first.’” Observation: The workday was at an end, and it was time for the vineyard foreman to settle up. The owner had hired men at intervals throughout the day, promising...

Look, Grandpa!

Matthew 17:4 “Peter said to Jesus, ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, I will make three tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’” Observation: Jesus was mentoring His disciples by letting them watch what He was doing. He...

A God Named Sue

Matthew 15:9 “But in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.” Observation: Jesus had rebuked the Pharisees for exalting their own traditions above the clear teachings of God. In bringing these charges He quotes Isaiah 29:13, “This people...

Star Pegs and Round Holes

Matthew 11:6 “Blessed is he who does not take offense at Me.” Observation: The evil king Herod, who was in an illegitimate relationship with his wife, Herodias, had imprisoned John the Baptist. John had called them on it.  Even though Herod was intrigued by John...