Super Gospel - Ministry 4 - 7/15 (Spoken Voice) Passion Week


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WHICH COMMANDMENT IS THE GREATEST? (Matt 22:34 40; Mark 12:28 34)
The Temple, Jerusalem And a lawyer from the scribes came to them
and listened to their debate. And seeing how well Jesus had answered them, he put this
question to him: "Teacher, which is the most fundamental command--the greatest in the Law?"
And Jesus answered him, "The foremost is ‘Hearken, oh Israel! Our Lord and God reigns alone;
and your love for the Lord your God will be from your whole heart, soul and mind--even
from the fullness of your strength.’ This is the great and overriding commandment. And
the second, which is similar to it, is this: ‘You must love your neighbor as you do yourself.’
Of all the commandments, not a single one surpasses these. The fullness of the law and
the prophets flows from these two teachings." "Well put, teacher," the scribe confessed,
"In saying that He is One, and that no other exists besides Him, you have spoken truly.
For to love Him completely, in the fullness of your strength, and to love a neighbor even
as yourself outshines all burnt offerings and sacrifices." And Jesus, seeing how wisely
the scribe had answered, said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." And
no one there dared to question him further. "DAVID CALLS HIM ‘LORD’"
(Matt 22:41 46; Mark 12:35 37; Luke 20:41 44)
The Temple, Jerusalem As Jesus was teaching in the temple, he posed
to them, "How can it be as the scribes assert--that the Messiah will be a son of David? In the
book of Psalms, David proclaims through Divine Inspiration, ‘The Lord has said unto my
Lord, ‘Sit here to my right until I make your enemies a stool for your feet.’ Now
if none other than David identifies him as ‘Lord,’ where do they get that he’s
his son?" And when the Pharisees had assembled there, Jesus asked them this question: "What
do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he supposed to be?" And they answered,
"David’s." So he asked them, "How is it that in Spirit David calls him ‘Lord,’
saying, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit here to my right until I place your enemies
beneath your feet."’ So if David himself calls him ‘Lord,’ how then can he be his
son?" And the great crowd took enormous pleasure in hearing him. None could respond with even
a word, nor did anyone risk questioning him from that day forward.
EXPOSING THE SCRIBES AND THE PHARISEES (Matt 23:1 39; Mark 12:38 40; Luke 20:45 47;
GTh 39, 89,102,103/39 POxy 655; Justin, Dialogue With Trypho 116:2;
Hippolytus, Philosophumena 5.3) The Temple, Jerusalem
And even as he lectured them, the entire crowd listened with rapt attention. Jesus began
cautioning his disciples and the people: "Watch out for (and) beware of the scribes and the
Pharisees! They have placed themselves on the seat of Moses, so keep to and carry out
whatever they should tell you to; but do not imitate their ways. For they say one thing
and do another. You see, they tie up heavy and unmanageable loads, and place them on
the backs of men. Even so they will not so much as lift a finger to budge them. Every
single one of their deeds is designed to be seen by men; for they make their phylacteries
really wide, (and) they love to walk in flowing robes, flaunting their elongated tassels,
delighting in the salutations they receive in the marketplaces, and cherishing the foremost
seats in the synagogues. They love the places of distinction at feasts, and to be referred
to as ‘Rabbi’ by men. They consume the homes of widows and then go on to pray at
length. When these are sentenced, they will be severely punished.
"But you must not be called ‘Rabbi,’ since you have but one Master, and all of you are
brothers. Moreover, do not refer to anyone upon this earth as your ‘father,’ for
only One is your Father--the One in heaven. Neither let yourselves be called ‘Teachers,’
for Christ will be your only guide. And the greatest among you is to be your servant,
since whoever honors himself is abased, and whoever abases himself is honored.
"Curse the scribes and Pharisees! For they are even as a dog that lies atop a cattle
trough; he neither eats, nor does he let the cattle eat. The Pharisees and the scribes
have taken and hidden the keys of knowledge. These have failed to make it in, and have
stood in the way of those who were trying. You, on the other hand, become as slippery
as snakes, and as simple as doves. If you keep my word, you will recognize the eternal
kingdom in advance. How lucky is the man who knows where the thieves are going to enter,
since he will be able to arise and prepare from the very start that which pertains to
the kingdom before they manage to break into it.
"Curse you, scribes and Pharisees, you phonies! You shut the empire of the skies in the face
of all mankind. You do not go in yourselves, and you block off those who are trying to
get in. Curse you, scribes and Pharisees, you phonies! You devour the homes of widows
and then pray long and pretentious prayers to conceal it. You will therefore receive
a stiffer sentence. Curse you scribes and Pharisees! You travel across sea and land
to gain a single proselyte; and when you’ve turned him into one, you cause him to be twice
the child of Gehenna that you are. Curse you, you blind leaders! You say, ‘Should anyone
declare an oath upon this sanctuary, it means nothing; but should anyone swear by the gold
of the temple, his debt remains.’ You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the
temple that sanctifies it? What is more, you declare, ‘If anyone should swear by the
altar, it means nothing; but if anyone should swear by the offering on it, his oath is binding.
You blind men! Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that sanctifies it? So then,
whoever swears by the altar swears by both it and what’s on it. And whoever swears
by the temple swears by it and the One Who dwells therein. And anyone swearing by heaven
is swearing by the throne of God--(even) the One Who is seated thereon. Curse you, scribes
and Pharisees, you phonies! You have tithed of your mint, dill and cumin, but have neglected
the weightier matters of the law; justice, mercy and faith. You ought to have kept to
the latter, without being negligent of the former. You blind guides! You strain out the
gnat, but swallow the camel. Curse you, scribes and Pharisees, you phonies! You clean the
outer portion of the dish and cup, but on the inside you are filled with greed and self-indulgence.
Why is it that you wash the outside? Is it because you fail to recognize that the One
Who created the inside is also the One Who created the outside? You blind Pharisee! Start
by scrubbing the inside of the dish and cup. That way their outsides will also be cleansed.
Curse you scribes and Pharisees, you phonies! You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear
beautiful on the surface, but in your core you are filled with skeletons of dead men
and all manner of filth, for the enlivened man is not in you. That is how it goes with
you. On the surface, you appear as righteous before the people, but deep inside, you are
full of hypocrisy and vice. "Curse you, scribes and Pharisees, you phonies!
You build sepulchers for the prophets and adorn the graves of the upright. Then you
profess, ‘Had we been around in the days of our fathers, we would never have had a
part in the shedding of their blood.’ You are in effect commending yourselves for being
the seed of those who slew the prophets. So then, bring to completion the sins of your
fathers. You serpents! You brood of vipers! How ever will you escape the judgment of Gehenna?
For this reason I am going to send prophets to you; wise men and teachers, too. Some you
will kill and crucify, others you will beat in your synagogues, hounding them from town
to town. That way every drop of righteous blood that has been shed upon this earth will
find its way straight back to you, from the blood of the righteous Abel all the way down
to that of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.
I say to you most assuredly, every bit of this will fall upon this generation.
"Oh Jerusalem! Jerusalem! Slayer of the prophets and stoner of those who are sent to her! How
many times have I longed to gather your children together as a hen gathers her nestlings under
her wings--but you would not have it. Look, your house is being left to you in desolation.
For I am here to say to you, from this very day until such time as you proclaim, ‘Blessed
is he who comes in the name of the Lord,’ you will never see me again."
THE WIDOW’S MITE (Mark 12:41 44; Luke 21:1 4)
The Temple, Jerusalem And he sat down opposite the treasury, looked
up and started watching the crowds as they dropped coins into the depository. He saw
the rich proffering their gifts, and many of the wealthier ones were donating rather
large sums. Then he noticed a certain poor (and) needy widow, who came and placed two
lepta, which amount to a quadrans, therein. And calling his disciples to himself, he said,
"Truly do I say to you that this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the
rest. You see, these others offered up out of what remained to them. This widow, on the
other hand, has given completely, all that she had of her livelihood, out of her poverty
(and) want--even to the very last."