Matthew

The yeast of the Pharisees – Jesus warns the disciples to be wary of Pharisees’ teachings (Matthew 16:5 – 16:12).

When Jesus and the disciples went across the Sea of Galilee, they forgot to take bread with them. Jesus told them, “Be careful. Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” The disciples discussed this among themselves. They assumed Jesus told them this because they had…
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Matthew

Pharisees ask for a sign – Jesus gives them a weather lesson because they are unable to interpret the signs of the times (Matthew 16:1 – 16:4).

The Pharisees and Sadducees (prominent religious leaders in ancient Israel) came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven. Jesus sighed and said, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather for the sky is red’. When morning arrives you say,…
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Revelation

Revelation Epilogue – and invitation and a warning to all (Revelation 22:12 – 22:21).

In the conclusion to John’s vision, Jesus says: “I am coming soon! My reward is with me and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Blessed are those…
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Matthew

Jesus feeds the four thousand – seven loaves and a few fish feed thousands of people (Matthew 15:29 – 15:39).

Jesus left the area of Tyre and Sidon and travelled along the Sea of Galilee. He went up a mountainside and sat down. Great crowds had followed him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, and many others, and laid them at his feet and he healed them. The people…
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Revelation

The angel explains to John what he is to do with his revelation (Revelation 22:6 – 22:11).

The angel told John, “These words are trustworthy and true. God sent his angel to show his servants what things must soon take place and tell them, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll.” John confirmed in his…
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Revelation

The Garden of Eden is restored, life begins anew, and Man will once again be allowed to walk with God (Revelation 22:1 – 22:5).

The angel showed John the river of the water of life. It was clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and the Lamb, down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of…
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Matthew

Jesus veers from his primary task in order to free a pagan Canaanite from demon possession (Matthew 15:21 – 15:28).

Jesus left Gennesaret, withdrew from the Pharisees, and travelled to Tyre and Sidon. A local Canaanite woman came to Jesus crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.” Jesus did not say a word. The disciples urged Jesus to dismiss the…
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Matthew

Come to me, all who are weary and burdened – how God’s message is revealed through Jesus (Matthew 11:25 – 11:30)

After denouncing the cities in the area for not heeding his message, Jesus praised God and said, “You have hidden these things from the wise and revealed them to the little children. All things have been committed to me by my father. No one knows the son except the father,…
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Matthew

Jesus chastises Jewish cities for refusing to repent – it’s not the sin that matters, but the repentance (Matthew 11:20 – 11:24)

Jesus chastised the towns in which he had performed miracles, but they still refused to repent. “Woe to you, Chorazin! Pity on you, Bethsaida! If the miracles that were performed in your cities had been performed in Tyre or Sidon, they would have repented along ago in sackcloth and ashes.…
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Revelation

A new heaven and earth are created after the defeat of Satan and the judgement of sinners (Revelation 21:1 – 21:27).

John saw “a new heaven and a new earth”. The first heaven and earth had passed away and there was no longer any sea. He saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, come down from heaven prepared like a beautifully dressed bride. He heard a loud voice from the throne…
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