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Animal Parables

Animal Stories From The Bible

Snakes! Sons of vipers! Hypocrites!
You cross land and see to make one convert, and then turn them into twice the son of hell as yourself.

Jesus loves everyone and was quick to forgive any sinner who approached him in faith. However, when it came to the religious leaders of his time, he pulled no punches. The Pharisees and Sadducees were the teachers, the political leaders, and should have been the spiritual role models for the nation of Israel. Instead, they had become corrupt, ignoring the most important commandment to love God and show mercy to His people. Jesus came to spread the Good News that God loves His people, and specifically to announce the arrival of the Kingdom of Heaven to the nation of Israel. Instead of welcoming their King, the religious leaders persecuted Jesus, leading to his crucifixion for calling God his Father, among other “horrible” things like healing folks on the Sabbath. Israel rejected the Kingdom and their King, postponing its arrival until Jesus returns again. It was the religious leaders who were most instrumental in Jesus’ rejection, and the unfortunate delay in the restoration of Israel’s divine position among the nations.

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Open the mouth of the first fish you catch, and you will find a coin.
Take the coin and pay the tax for both of us.

Matthew 17 begins with Peter, James, and John sharing a spiritual vision with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration. They witnessed Jesus in a glorified state, talking with Elijah and Moses. The significance of this encounter is beyond the scope of this lesson. I encourage Believers to meditate on this event when time allows. Peter offered to build a tabernacle for Jesus and his two visitors, but while he was still speaking, a cloud covered them. And then God spoke, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” The impetuous acts of man and the religious are often counter to God’s plan. There was no need for a shelter to be built for Jesus, Moses, or Elijah. Peter, and every Believer, must listen and obey God’s Word. When you seek God’s Wisdom, He will guide you through life. Remember this event as we look closer at Peter’s strange fishing trip. (Proverbs 3:5-7, Matthew 17:1-8, Mark 9:1-9, Luke 9:28-36, Romans 8:14)

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He is righteous and victorious, yet humble, riding on a donkey.

Five centuries before the birth of Jesus, the prophet Zechariah spoke of the coming Messiah, giving the Jewish people a clue so they would recognize their king. (Zechariah 9:9) This prophecy was fulfilled on the Friday before, and referenced again by events on what Christians now call Palm Sunday. Jesus rode into Jerusalem proclaiming the long awaited Kingdom. But many would not recognize their Savior. (Matthew 21:1-9, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, John 12:12-19)

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When the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said, “This man must be a murderer! He escaped the sea, but Justice will not let him live.”
The Lord delivers me from every evil attack.

Acts is a book that needs to be read by Believers to fully appreciate its message. At the end of his Gospel, John writes that the signs and miracles he recorded were written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. (John 20:30-31) Acts reveals that the ministry of Jesus continues, now working through anointed Believers. Ordinary men and women doing extraordinary things through faith in Jesus. It proves that God will confirm His Word with signs and miracles. And even in the face of threats, or persecution, nothing can stop the spread of the Good News. With this in mind, take fresh a look back at Paul’s shipwreck on Malta. (Mark 16:19-20, Acts 4:29-33, 6:7, 19:19-20)

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Good News Of A Great Joy

Posted by Harrison on November 16, 2013
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There were shepherds in the field watching over their flock by night.
“I bring you good news of a great joy!”

Luke, an outstanding historian, provides the most complete overview of the events surrounding Jesus’ birth. Its very likely that he interviewed Mary, and some of the shepherds who had witnessed the event, in order to provide such vivid detail of the angel’s words, and the reaction of all the participants.

Everything started with Mary and Joseph receiving the revelation of the coming Messiah. It was exciting news, but there was a problem, they lived in Nazareth. God, speaking through the prophet Micah, had promised that Bethlehem Ephrathah would be the birthplace of His King (Micah 5:2). God had to get Joseph and Mary from Nazareth to Bethlehem, almost 70 miles away, and about three days by foot under the best conditions – maybe several more days for someone traveling pregnant. This was not a journey one would make, especially late in a pregnancy, unless forced to by circumstances beyond their control.

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Let Down Your Nets

Posted by Harrison on October 17, 2013
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Let down your nets and you will catch many fish.

Jesus was teaching near the Sea of Galilee and the crowds were overwhelming him. He saw some fishermen cleaning their nets and asked one of them named Peter to push out from the shore so he could address the crowd. After teaching, Jesus told Peter to head back out and cast your nets for a massive catch.

Peter was an experienced fisherman. He knew that catching fish in the daytime was virtually impossible in the clear waters of the Galilee. But he agreed to go back out. He threw out his net and immediately was overwhelmed with the number of fish that had filled it. He called to his partners who came out in their boat and they filled both boats with fish. Immediately, Peter fell to his feet and worshiped Jesus. (Luke 5:1-11)

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“Don’t you understand this parable?
How then will you understand any of the parables?”

One of the most important parables given by Jesus is the Parable of the Sower. This teaching forms the foundation for understanding how the Kingdom of God works. And since Jesus explains the meaning, there is no excuse for not understanding the parable, and acting on it.  (Matthew 13:1-23, Mark 4:1-20, Luke 8:4-15)

The sower goes out to sow some seed. The seed is the Word of God. The same seed is sown in four different soils, but each results in a different outcome.

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