2-25-24: Pure in Heart? Impossible!

“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8 The audience at the Sermon on the Mount is learning very quickly that the life Jesus is talking about in the kingdom of God is not possible. They know their hearts and they know they do not meet these standards. That is… Continue reading 2-25-24: Pure in Heart? Impossible!

2-24-24: The Beatitude Shift

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us.” Titus 3:5 The Lord is only five verses into the Sermon on the Mount and already his audience knows this is not the Judaism the Pharisees are teaching. In verses 3-5, the Lord focuses on emptying one’s heart… Continue reading 2-24-24: The Beatitude Shift

2-23-24: The End Of The Unmerciful

Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, “Youwicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?” And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should… Continue reading 2-23-24: The End Of The Unmerciful

2-22-24: “Be Sure Your sin Will Find You Out”

“When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they weregreatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place.” Matthew 18:32 The Lord gives us an example of a servant who is shown greatmercy but who does not show mercy to his fellow servants. Heis the opposite of one… Continue reading 2-22-24: “Be Sure Your sin Will Find You Out”

2–24: Unbelievable Cruelty

But that servant went out and found one  of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, “Pay me what you owe!” So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.” And he would… Continue reading 2–24: Unbelievable Cruelty

2-20-24: Unbelievable Mercy

But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made. The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, “Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.” Then the master of that servant… Continue reading 2-20-24: Unbelievable Mercy

2-19-24: The Unmerciful Servant

“Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wantedto settle accounts with his servants. And when he had begun to settleaccounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.” Matthew 18:23-24 As the Lord often did, he tells a parable to teach us a timeless truth. This particular story… Continue reading 2-19-24: The Unmerciful Servant

2-18-24: How Merciful Do I Need To Be?

Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” Matthew 18:21-22 Peter asked the Lord a question about mercy that… Continue reading 2-18-24: How Merciful Do I Need To Be?

2-17-24: Obtaining God’s Mercy

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” Matthew 5:7 All the beatitudes end with a promise from God. If the audience were to gasp any where in the beatitudes, it might be here. The Lord tells them (and us) that God extends his mercy to the merciful. The clear implication is that those… Continue reading 2-17-24: Obtaining God’s Mercy