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John:

What is the correct translation for Matthew 28:19?

Bro Wendell

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Here is what I have, tentatively, for that section of Matthew’s last chapter.  It is not in its final form yet.

18.   But Jesus, drawing near, spoke to them, saying, “All power in heaven and on earth is given to me.

19.   Go teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit,

20.   teaching them to keep all that I’ve commanded you; and behold, I am with you all the time, to the end of the world. Amen.”

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Matthew 27:44

John,

What does”cast the same in his teeth” mean in Matthew 27:44?

Bro. Wendell

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It means he said the same thing.  Apparently, both thieves started out ridiculing Jesus, but at some point Jesus’ humble attitude and meek spirit convicted one of them and caused him to repent while they all hung on the cross together.

jdc

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Money Changers in the Temple

John:

In Matthew 21:13, Jesus used the phrase, “den of thieves” in reference to what men had turned the temple of God in Jerusalem into. Is there any way in the Greek to tell if he meant robbed from the blessings (not keeping ordinances) or were the exchangers being unjust in their transactions?

Bro Wendell

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“Den of thieves” does not refer to a place for thieves more than a place for murderers, swindlers, prostitutes, and whatever other wicked spirit that wanted a place to hide. Jesus’ meaning was that the leaders of God’s people had transformed His holy place into “a dwelling-place of demons, and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean bird, and a prison of every unclean and hated beast.” It was a precursor of spiritual Babylon (Rev. 18:2).

jdc

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Hi Pastor John,

When I read this I thought how those with His spirit are His temple, so we must keep it clean, and not let it become a dwelling place of all those things mentioned. I think I’ve read a similar thing before, but I guess it’s good to go over these things.

I hope you are well. I’ve been enjoying my time off work. I’ve been listening to a lot of old CD’s actually, which has been good… I will get into more tomorrow.

Jenny

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That’s a good thought, Jenny.  God help us do that.

Pastor John

 

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