Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Matthew 9:14-17 Fasting, New & Old Wineskins - Steve Gregg

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Matthew 9:14-17


New King James Version (NKJV)

Jesus Is Questioned About Fasting


14 Then the disciples of John came to Him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often,[a] but Your disciples do not fast?”

15 And Jesus said to them, “Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast. 16 No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch pulls away from the garment, and the tear is made worse. 17 Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”


  1. Matthew 9:14 NU-Text brackets often as disputed.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Matthew 9:9-13 Jesus Did Not Come for the Righteous, but Sinners - Steve Gregg

The religious leaders of Jesus day thought that it was despicable for Jesus to associate with tax collectors, considered some of the worst sinners and most hated people in all of Israel. But his disciple Matthew had been a tax collector and Jesus ate with the worst of sinners.

Matthew 9:9-13


New King James Version (NKJV)

Matthew the Tax Collector


As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” So he arose and followed Him.

10 Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

12 When Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’[a] For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”[b]


  1. Matthew 9:13 Hosea 6:6
  2. Matthew 9:13 NU-Text omits to repentance.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Matthew 9:1-8 Jesus Forgives Paralytic Because of his Faith Alone, Proves He is God - Steve Gregg

 Jesus forgives a man merely because of his faith. But forgiving a man's sins is something only God can do. Jesus proves his deity by healing the paralyzed man.

Matthew 9:1-8


New King James Version (NKJV)

Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralytic


So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city. Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.”

And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!”

But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” And he arose and departed to his house.

Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled[a] and glorified God, who had given such power to men.


  1. Matthew 9:8 NU-Text reads were afraid.

New King James Version (NKJV) The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Matthew 8:28-34 Jesus Heals 2 Demon Possessed Men & is Rejected - Steve Gregg

Steve Gregg talks through the amazing account of Jesus freeing 2 men from a legion of demons, then having everyone in the area reject him.

Matthew 8:28-34


New King James Version (NKJV)

Two Demon-Possessed Men Healed


28 When He had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes,[a] there met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way. 29 And suddenly they cried out, saying, “What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?”
30 Now a good way off from them there was a herd of many swine feeding. 31 So the demons begged Him, saying, “If You cast us out, permit us to go away[b] into the herd of swine.”

32 And He said to them, “Go.” So when they had come out, they went into the herd of swine. And suddenly the whole herd of swine ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and perished in the water.

33 Then those who kept them fled; and they went away into the city and told everything, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. 34 And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus. And when they saw Him, they begged Him to depart from their region.


  1. Matthew 8:28 NU-Text reads Gadarenes.
  2. Matthew 8:31 NU-Text reads send us.

New King James Version (NKJV) The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Matthew 8:23-27 Wind and Wave Obey Jesus - Steve Gregg

What is the relevance of Jesus calming the storm?

Matthew 8:23-27


New King James Version (NKJV)

Wind and Wave Obey Jesus


23 Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. 24 And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. 25 Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”

26 But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”

New King James Version (NKJV) The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Matthew 8:18-22 Let the Dead Bury Their Own Dead - Steve Gregg

 Why did Jesus say "let the dead bury their own dead" ?

Matthew 8:18-22


New King James Version (NKJV)

The Cost of Discipleship


18 And when Jesus saw great multitudes about Him, He gave a command to depart to the other side.   19 Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.”

20 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head."

21 Then another of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”

22 But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

New King James Version (NKJV) The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.