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Matthew 22: 1-22 - Into Thy Word Ministries
The Parable of the Wedding Feast. This parable is about rejection, but it is also about acceptance! The image is of Christ as the bridegroom, whose guests have turned on Him. He then invites any and everyone, and the invitation is still open for us today! God rejects those who reject...

Matthew 21: 33-46 - Into Thy Word Ministries
The Parable of the Wicked Tenants. This parable is about rejection. The illustration of a landowner who uses his money, time, and resources to build a business of making wine is a parallel on how our Lord was received and treated. This business was necessary and essential in that time.

Matthew 21: 18-32 - Into Thy Word Ministries
Jesus’ Authority! This passage may seem strange; for, why would Jesus curse a fig tree? But, it was meant to illustrate a very important point. The fig tree refused to do as it was designed to do—to produce fruit. All it was doing was making leaves. The Jewish leadership was refusing...

Matthew 21: 1-17 - Into Thy Word Ministries
Hosanna in the Highest! And so it begins! This passage begins the narrative of Jesus’ last week on earth and the events leading up to His Passion and our redemption. Traditionally, the Triumphal Entry happened on a Sunday, with the Resurrection occurring the following Sunday.

Matthew 20: 20-34 - Into Thy Word Ministries
Real Greatness is in Serving and Following. This passage is about missing the point. After Jesus explains His path of suffering and the cross, the mother of James and John appeals to Jesus that her sons be given special favor to lead. Perhaps she became fixated on what Jesus taught in...

Matthew 20: 1-19 - Into Thy Word Ministries
The Parable of the Vineyard. Chapter 19 ends with the statement, “many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.” This statement primes this chapter. Many pastors, over the years, have used this passage to teach about salvation and how we are rewarded. However...

Matthew 19: 13-30 - Into Thy Word Ministries
Stripping Ourselves of What Holds Us. Jesus challenged people to care for children in a culture that mostly ignored them or considered them nuisances. The wealth of relationships and family supersede the world’s wealth, and who we are in Christ supersedes it all. We have to realize our

Matthew 19: 1-12 - Into Thy Word Ministries
Marriage and Divorce. Jesus challenges the religious establishment to move away from their presumptions and gives us a direct call to take marriage seriously! Jesus is the One who gives us marriage and is the One who can heal a marriage.

Matthew 18: 21-35 - Into Thy Word Ministries
The Problem of Unforgiveness. Peter is seeking a rule or a way to put a limit on forgiveness. He figures seven times was a lot—possibly more than Jesus would require—but Jesus responds with the call that forgiveness is not limited. It is actually the canceling of a debt.

Matthew 18:15-20 - Into Thy Word Ministries
The Call to Deal with Sin. While the disciples were acting like dumb sheep by arguing and inviting sin, Jesus continues His retort and switches the focus from warning about sin to dealing with it. After calling us to deal with personal sin in a decisive and firm way, He turns our...