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Jesus likens His followers to a wise man who built his house on a rock.


The first book in the New Testament is the Gospel of Matthew. It's author was a tax collector until he was called by Jesus to be one of His 12 disciples.

Matthew's Gospel was written about 20-30 years after Jesus had ascended to heaven. During that time the good news had spread throughout the Roman Empire, but Christians were starting to be persecuted. The aim of Matthew's Gospel was to strengthen the faith of Jesus' followers during these hard times, and also to give them a tool to help them spread their faith to others.

All quotations from the Bible are taken from the Authorised King James Version.
After Jesus was arrested, the Roman governor Pilate wanted to release Him. The Jewish people though, wanted Jesus dead. So Pilate did as they asked. He did not take responsibility for Jesus' death, and to illustrate the point, what act did Pilate do?
He washed his hands
He bowed down before Jesus
He shook the dust from his shoes
He broke bread with Jesus
Pilate was symbolically washing Jesus' blood from his hands and passing the blame onto the Jews.

Matthew 27:24-26
"When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children. Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified"
When Jesus visited one specific town very few people believed in Him and he was mocked. Which town was this?
Jesus was brought up in Nazareth. The people there knew Him and did not believe that He could be the Messiah.

Matthew 13:54-58
"And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief"
Jesus likens His followers to a wise man who built his house on a rock, but those who do not follow Him are like a foolish man who built his house on what?
On peat
On sand
On gravel
On mud
Jesus says that the path to life is narrow, and few will find it.

Matthew 7:13-27
"Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it"
After Jesus' death and resurrection, He appeared to His disciples. What task did Jesus give to them?
Jesus told them to convert the Romans
Jesus told them to teach His word to all Jews
Jesus told them to write the Gospels
Jesus told them to teach His word to all nations
Matthew 28:16-20
"Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen."

Jesus' command to His disciples is known as the Great Commission. It is through this that the first Christian Churches were founded, and the word of God was spread throughout the world
Jesus cured blind and dumb men, casting out devils by His power. The Pharisees, strict followers of the Jewish faith, did not like this. What did they say gave Jesus His power over devils?
They said that Jesus got His power from Satan
They said that Jesus was a fraud
They said that Jesus got His power from false gods
They said that Jesus was a conjuror
The Pharisees followed the Laws of Moses to the letter. Because Jesus came to fulfil the Law, He was not popular with the Pharisees.

Matthew 9:27-34
"And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us. And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it. But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country.
As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil. And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel. But the Pharisees said, He casteth out devils through the prince of the devils"
The wise men tricked Herod, and would not tell him where Jesus was to be found. Angered by this, Herod ordered the killing of all children in and around Bethlehem who were under what age?
Under six months old
Under one year old
Under two years old
Under four years old
We do not know how many children were killed, but they are regarded as the very first Christian martyrs.

Matthew 2:16-18
"Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not"
Much of what we know about Jesus' nativity comes from Matthew's Gospel. Matthew's is the only one of the four Gospels which tells us about which event, associated with Jesus' birth?
The star of Bethlehem
The flight to Egypt
The visit of the magi
All of the above
Only two of the Gospels, Matthew and Luke, talk about Jesus' birth. Half of what we know comes from Matthew's account and the other half from Luke's. Matthew is the only one to mention the star of Bethlehem, the visit of the magi, the flight to Egypt, the slaughter of the innocents and the death of Herod. Here is Matthew's description of the coming of the magi.

Matthew 2:1-12
"Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judæa in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judæa: for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way"
Jesus speaks of the world's end, when angels will gather up the wicked and throw them into what?
Into a void
Into a furnace
Into a dragon's mouth
Into a lion's den
Matthew 13:47-50
"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. 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."

There is debate about the meaning of Jesus' words. Some believe that the furnace represents the eternal torment of Hell, whilst others say that the furnace represents the destruction of the wicked. Either way, the wicked will not see the Kingdom of God
Shortly before His arrest and execution, Jesus told His disciples about the time when He would return to earth. He spoke in parables and, in one of them, He compared Himself to which man, who 10 young women were waiting for?
A father
A husband
A brother
A bridegroom
In those days marriages were great feasts. The female guests would await the arrival of the bridegroom and his party, much like Jesus' followers await His return.

Matthew 25:1-13
"Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh"
Soon after Jesus' baptism by John the Baptist, He began to preach. During His famous Sermon on the Mount, which takes place early in His ministry, Jesus tells us how we should pray. Where does Jesus say we should go to pray?
To a private place
To a synagogue
To the temple
To a church
Jesus wants us to pray, not in public where everyone can see us, but in private. He also wants us to keep our prayers simple, and not full of repetitions. As an example of how we should pray, Jesus taught us the Lord's Prayer.

Matthew 6:5-14
"And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
After this manner therefore pray ye:

Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you"


Author:  Graeme Haw

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