Matthew 13 - 18


Preparing the Disciples
And the Transfiguration

Mat - 13. Parables, teaching his desciples, Kingdom of God
Mat - 14. miracles, feeding multitudes and walking on water
Mat - 15. Witnessing against the Pharisees, helping the gentile
Mat - 16. Signs, declaration of Peter and keys to the Kingdom
Mat - 17. The transfiguration, payment of tribute
Mat - 18 Teaching the disciples, Kingdom lessons and parables


MAT - 13

Jesus sat in a ship and taught those on the shore, saying, "Behold, a sower went forth to sow. And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up. Some fell upon stony places where they had not much earth, and forthwith they sprung up because they had no deepness of earth. And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprung up and choked them. But other fell into good ground and brought forth fruit; some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

"Who hath ears to hear, let him hear."

To the disciples, who asked why He spoke in parables, Jesus said, "Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given and he shall have more abundance; but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.

"Therefore speak I to them in parables, because they seeing see not, and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esais, which saith, 'By hearing he shall hear and shall not understand, and ye shall see, and shall not perceive.' For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted and I should heal them.

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"But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you that many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

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"Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.

"When any one heareth the word of the Kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

"But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it. Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while; for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

"He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

"But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty."

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And Jesus also taught, "The Kingdom of Heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field. But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

"So the servants of the householder came and said unto him 'Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? From whence then hath it tares?'

"He said unto them, 'An enemy hath done this.' The servants said unto him, 'Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?'

"But he said, 'Nay, lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest; and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them; but gather the wheat into my barn.'

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"The Kingdom of Heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till the whole was leavened."

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And when the multitude had gone, Jesus taught the disciples, "He that soweth the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the Kingdom, but the tares are the children of the wicked one, the enemy that sowed them is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the world, and the reapers are the angels.

"As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of Man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his Kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; and shall cast them into a furnace of fire. There shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. "Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father.

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"Who hath ears to hear, let him hear."

"Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field, the which when a man hath found, he hideth and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath and buyeth that field.

"Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls; who when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

"Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind; which when it was full, they drew to shore and sat down and gathered the good into vessels but cast the bad away.

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"So shall it be at the end of the world. The angels shall come forth and sever the wicked from among the just; and shall cast them into the furnace of fire. There shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth."

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And Jesus asked them, "Have ye understood all these things," and they said they had.

Then He said to them, "Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the Kingdom of Heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old."

    About the Kingdom

In his own country, they were offended in Jesus, and He said to them "A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country, and in his own house."

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MAT - 14

When the multitudes had been with Jesus in the wilderness, and his disciples urged Him to let them go and find food for themselves, He told his disciples, "They need not depart: give ye them to eat." They told Him that they had only five loaves and two fishes, but He told them, "Bring them hither to Me." He blessed them, broke them, and all were fed. And there remained twelve baskets of fragments left over.

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The disciples were without Jesus on the sea, and Jesus was seen walking on the water and they were troubled thinking it to be a spirit. Jesus said, "Be of good cheer; it is I, be not afraid." Peter asked Jesus to call him if it was truly Him, and Jesus said, "Come." Peter stepped out on the water and walked until he feared the sea, and began to sink. Jesus reached to him saying, "O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt," and Peter was safe.

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MAT - 15

The Pharisees challenged Jesus because his disciples ate without washing hands; but Jesus answered them, "Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

"For God commanded, saying, "Honor thy father and mother and he that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.' But ye say 'Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother it is a gift by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me,' and honor not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.

"Ye hypocrites, well did Esias prophesy of you, saying, 'This people draweth nigh unto Me with their mouth, and honoureth Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me. But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.'"

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And Jesus told the others who were there, "Hear and understand: Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man."

The disciples told Jesus that He had offended the Pharisees with this, but He replied, "Every plant which my heavenly Father hath not planted shall be rooted up. Let them alone; they be blind leaders of the blind: and if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch."

To Peter, who asked what this meant, Jesus responded, "Are ye also yet without understanding? Do not ye yet understand that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught. But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies; these are the things which defile a man. But to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man."

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    Changes to written law

In Canaan, a gentile woman cried to Jesus to have mercy on her sick daughter, and Jesus told his disciples, "I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the House of Israel." When she persisted, He told her, "It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs."

When she replied that the dogs got the crumbs which came from the table, He answered her, "O woman, great is thy faith; be it unto thee even as thou wilt," and the daughter was healed.

Jesus healed many, and the crowds abided with Him. Jesus said to the disciples, "I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with Me now three days, and have nothing to eat. And I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.

When the disciples said that they did not have the bread in the wilderness to feed these many, Jesus asked "how many loaves have ye?" They said seven, and a few little fishes. Jesus blessed and broke the bread, and all were fed and there were seven baskets left over.

    Other disciple demonstrations


MAT - 16

The Pharisees and Sadducees that came to Jesus desiring that He give them a sign. He told them, "When it is evening, ye say it will be fair weather for the sky is red. And in the morning, it will be foul weather to day for the sky is red and lowring.

"O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky, but can ye not discern the signs of the times? A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign, and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas."

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Later, Jesus told his disciples, "Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees." When they questioned among themselves if Jesus had spoken of the leaven of bread, He told them, "O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves because ye have brought no bread? Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up; neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?"

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Later, Jesus asked the disciples, "Whom do men say that I the Son of Man am?" When they began to tell how men thought He was one of the prophets, Jesus asked again, "But whom say ye that I am?" When Peter answered that He was the Christ, the Son of the living God, Jesus told him, "Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona, for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in Heaven. And I say also unto thee that thou are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

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    About churches, synagogs and The Temple
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"And I will give unto thee the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt bind on Earth shall be bound in Heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on Earth shall be loosed in Heaven."

    About the Kingdom

When Jesus began to tell them how He must suffer and die, Peter was offended and rebuked Him. Jesus told him, "Get thee behind Me Satan; thou art an offence unto Me, for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

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    Jesus attacks or Defends

"If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul; or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then He shall reward every man according to his works. Verily I say unto you, there be some standing here which shall not taste of death till they see the son of Man coming in his Kingdom."

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MAT - 17

On a high mountain Jesus was transfigured before Peter, James and John, and a voice from a bright cloud said "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased, hear ye Him." They were afraid and fell on their faces, but Jesus came and touched them and said, "Arise, and be not afraid. Tell the vision to no man until the Son of Man be risen again from the dead."

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When the disciples asked Jesus about what the scribes taught of Elias, He answered, "Elias truly shall first come and restore all things. But I say unto you that Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed.

"Likewise shall also the Son of Man suffer of them."

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    Other Prophesy

A man who the disciples could not cure was brought to Jesus, who said, "O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer you? Bring him hither to Me," and Jesus healed him.

The disciples asked why they could not heal him, and Jesus answered, "Because of your unbelief. For verily I say unto you; if ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, remove hence to yonder place, and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

"Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting." When they were back in Galilee, Jesus said to the disciples, "The Son of Man shall be betrayed into the hands of men; and they shall kill Him, and the third day He shall be raised again."

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In Capurnaum, after Peter told those who collected tribute that his Master did pay tribute, Jesus told him, "What thinkest thou, Simon; of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute, of their own children or of strangers?" Peter responded, "Of strangers," and Jesus told him, "Then are the children free.

"Notwithstanding; lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea and cast an hook and take up the fish that first cometh up. And when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money; that take, and give unto them for Me and thee."

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MAT - 18

Jesus answered his disciples, when they asked which of them would be greater in the Kingdom, "Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name, receiveth Me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in Me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

    About the Kingdom
    Jesus teaches Disciples

"Woe unto the world because of offenses, for it must needs be that offenses come; but woe to that man by whom the offence commeth. Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee. It is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.

"And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out and cast it from thee; it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.

"Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you that in Heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in Heaven. For the Son of Man is come to save that which was lost.

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    Christ's purpose

"How think ye. If a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine and goeth into the mountains and seeketh that which is gone astray? And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you he rejoiceth more of that sheep than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in Heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

"Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone. If he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church; but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. Verily I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall bind on Earth shall be bound in Heaven, and whatsoever ye shall loose on Earth shall be loosed in Heaven.

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"Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on Earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in Heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."

When Peter asked Jesus how many times he should forgive his brother, He answered, "I say not unto thee until seven times but until seventy times seven.

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"Therefore is the Kingdom of Heaven likened unto a certain king which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made.

"The servant therefore fell down and worshipped him, saying, Lord have patience with me and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him and forgave him the debt.

"But the same servant went out and found one of his fellow servants which owed him an hundred pence; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat saying, pay me that thou owest. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him saying, have patience with me and I will pay thee all. And he would not, but went and cast him into prison till he should pay the debt.

"So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt because thou desiredst me; shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth and delivered him to the tormentors till he should pay all that was due unto him.

"So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses."

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