First of all what these verses are all about is the Rapture, when all believers since Pentecost until now are caught up to meet the Lord in the air.
 (I Thessalonians 4:13-18)  In Matthew 24 from the beginning of the chapter until these verses are beyond us in time.  After our being taken up to Heaven there are seven more years which we Christians call the great tribulation.  In the book of Revelation these seven years beginning with verse 1 of chapter six and ending with Christ coming back to rule in chapter 19:11-17 where Christ comes down fulfilling Psalm 110:1. The Father says sit at my right hand till I make your enemies your footstool. Then in chapters 19 & 20 after subduing enemies Christ reigns for 1000 years. He then in Revelation 19:16 is King of kings and Lord of lords.  Thankfully all Christians will reign with Him at that time.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
What does Jesus mean when He says that the Scribes and Pharisees sit in Moses seat?   It reminds me of Psalm 1 where the blessed man will not sit in the seat of the scornful.  However this is ultra-religious men not only keeping the Law of Moses, but as it were maintaining it as well as adding or subtracting from it.  The rest of our reading I think we are loaded with in some state which we have today in Christianity. I have another name for it called Christendom.  The Scribes and Pharisees were religious men under Judaism before the Christian era.  Now in this era we have no mention of men who resemble this characteristic of the religious men of that day.  I will leave it up to your thoughts as to who they are.  Notice the desire to be called Rabbi.  Then I will close with Jesus words to the disciples.  One is your Teacher Christ and you are all brethren.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
This is a parable and Jesus explains, “The kingdom of heaven is like a parable,” A parable is a story with an element of truth.  I do believe it is somehow about the ways of God the great king of the universe.  According to Zechariah 9:9 our former chapter speaks of a king riding into Jerusalem on a donkey.  Could this have something to do with this story?
The chief point of the story is who is invited and who really is willing to come.  The ones invited were the Jewish elites.  They were not interested.  Now what is this King to do?  All this food was prepared who will eat it? He gives the order. Go to the highways. These were the poor the undeserving even the ones into thievery, homeless etc.  There was a custom in that day that when they entered a garment was given to them to cover their street clothes. However one man must have decided not to use that garment.  He was cast out.  God’s way is best.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
I like finding interesting things in the Bible and this is most interesting.  These eleven verses are because there are two places in the Old Testament that speak of his time recorded here.  We sing the song, this is the Day, of course the song leader means today.  However it is recorded in Psalm 118:24-30 especially verse 26.  In verse 27 we find the bound sacrifice to the altar is Jesus on Calvary.  They cry Hosanna which is save now. Then verse 5 is recorded in Zechariah 9:9.  This day here is completely prophetic. This is the day the Lord has made.
Jesus knew where to get the donkey.  I am running out of space, but when they all came to Jerusalem there were those who didn’t like what was happening just as today. There is too much about Jesus instead of the foolishness of this world.  Some spread their clothes on the road as if even the donkey would step on it.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
Jesus starts this with the kingdom of Heaven is like. There are more parables in Matthew’s book than the other three.  Jesus speaks of a landowner who had a vineyard.  He goes out in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard.  They want to work but they need an agreement about their pay.  He puts them to work but needs more workers.  He finds them but they don’t ask about the pay.  The man says, “I will pay you what is right.”  He does the same at the sixth and ninth hour.  Then at the eleventh hour he finds some more who need work.  He hires them with the term, “What is right I will pay.”
At the end of the day he tells his steward now go and pay the workers. Give the last ones a day’s wage.  The first ones complained. The owner said, “You made an agreement with me for a denarius.  It is my vineyard and my money. I did you no wrong.” I preached 61 years and I would love to see eleventh hour workers.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
How often to forgive is the question.  Peter asks if it should be seven times.  Jesus then says seventy times seven, 490 times.  Jesus then gives a story.  I can imagine though I can’t prove it that Jesus knew something of every man that ever lived.  At the Great White Throne of Judgement He will know everything.  Reminds me to be careful what is on my mind and must I correct it before the Judgement Seat of Christ.
Now this king seemed to be very generous in his borrowing money. He wants to settle his accounts.  The servant has borrowed for more than he could ever repay.  He begs mercy and his master with compassion forgives him all of it.  This is hard for me like Peter to understand. I would like to end the story there but we need Peter’s lesson so this servant finds someone who owes him 100 Denarii. That is 100 days wages for a working man.  He throws him into prison.  The master finds out and delivered him to tormentors. This is a good lesson for us.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
Jesus now tells His disciples what was going to happen at Jerusalem.  That is the crucifixion. They were all sorrowful.  I wonder what was going on in the mind of Judas Iscariot.  I wonder if he made his mind up at that time. 
Now Peter is asked whether Jesus paid the temple tax.  Peter said yes.  Before this time I don’t know whether He did.  I don’t try to fill in what I don’t know.  Now Jesus anticipating Peters answer asks Peter whether kings get taxes from their own sons or strangers. Peter’s answer was strangers.  Jesus said, “Then the children are free.” This meant that it was His Father’s house so He had no responsibility to pay the temple tax.  Yet not to offend them He tells Peter to cast a hook into the sea.  The first fish would have a piece of money for Peter to pay the tax.  I am curious how Jesus knew it would be there.  How did it get there? It would have to be legal tender and Jewish not Roman.
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Jesus is a name known in this United States.  Now it is questioned who He really is. I have preached about Him for 61 years.  Do I really know who He is? Jesus asks, “Who do men say that I the Son of Man am?”  Their answer was John the Baptist, Elijah or one of the prophets.  Next question, “Who do you say I am?” I don’t know what the others would come up with, but Peter was the quickest to answer.  “You are the Christ the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered, “Blessed are you Simon Bar Jonah for flesh and blood has not revealed it to you but my Father.”  Then on this solid rock testimony Jesus said He would build His church and the gates of Hades would not prevail against it.
Now if Barna Research asks the same question how many good answers would we get? I wonder if I asked you before you read this would you have the right answer?  We ought to know.
​Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
When you ask Jesus a question you better be prepared for a very intelligent answer.  However their question was because of the ritual they had made.  But Jesus answered with a question from them.  They made a rule that wasn’t from Moses law, that they could keep dedicated money from the temple and not do anything for elderly parents. This was wrong according to the Law of Moses.
Next Jesus speaks about what goes into a person’s body but what comes out of words defiles a person. However some things we do drink and eat could change our way of thinking and affect what we say.
However we observe something Jesus said, “For out of the heart proceeds evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornication, thefts, false witness, and blasphemies.  These are the things which defile a man not with unwashed hands. 
Written by Pastor Curt Darling 

 
Although I feel that much that is in Matthew 13 is in the seven years after the so called rapture (catching away) there are some principles that could be used by us.  For one tare are people and its the devil that sows evil in the hearts and calls this truth.  The tares cannot be gathered because of an internal root system.  However, God has it altogether.  
The mustard seed should be a plant but becomes a tree meaning abnormal growth.  Birds of the air emissions of Satan resting in the branches.  Satan is the prince of the Power of the air.  Ephesians 2:2
Leaven is evil, the woman hiding it in three measures of meal (fine flour) represents the fine life of the Lord Jesus.  The woman is corrupt the leaven permeates the fine meal with false doctrine.  This situation too is in the world today.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling