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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 23

Carefully Think Read Matthew 23:1-36 What is the major critique Jesus is leveling at the Pharisees and scribes? How might verses 6-12 apply to the modern church? Was Jesus criticizing the attempts at piety by the Pharisees or their attitudes which drove them? Prayerfully Meditate Pray that you might avoid the pitfalls that the religious leaders of Jesus' day fe...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 22:41-46

Carefully Think Read Matthew 22:41-46. How is this encounter between Jesus and the religious leaders different than the previous scenes recorded in this chapter? Who or what might the Pharisees have thought of when Jesus referred to "the Christ"? Read Psalm 110, from which Jesus quotes.  Based on this Psalm, what were some things the Jews were expecting the Lord...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 22:34-40

Carefully Think Read Matthew 22:34-40. What silenced the Sadducees? Read Matthew 22:29-33. Why were the Pharisees gathering after the Sadducees were silenced? (22:15) Is the lawyer similar to what we find today? (22:35)? How does he address Jesus and why was he asking this question? How does Jesus respond? What is his reason for his answer? (22:40) What is meant by...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 22:23-33

Carefully Think Read Matthew 22:23-33. How is this question similar and different in content and intention from the previous question asked of Jesus (22:15-22)? What are the Pharisees implying about Jesus by their question about resurrection and marriage? Read Deuteronomy 25:5-7 to see what Moses said about this issue in marriage. What does Jesus state is the error ...

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