LESSON NOTES

Genesis 8:1-22 – The Ark

Imagine the feelings and emotions of Noah and his family, being caught in the heaviest torrential rain to ever strike the earth, a rain so heavy falling for forty days and forty nights upon the earth. Imagine being caught in the middle of quake after quake—quakes so...

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Genesis 7:1-24 The Ark

Genesis 7:1-3 - 100 years earlier God gave instructions concerning the building of the ark. As far as we know there was no other word from God until now. Yet Noah persisted in his faith, and his proclamation to his unbelieving neighbors concerning the impending...

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Leviticus 23:23-24 – Rosh Hashanah

In Rabbinical literature Rosh Hashanah is considered the second most solemn day of the year. The most important is the Day of Atonement. The famous Rabbi Akibah wrote, "On New Year's Day all men are judged; and the decree is sealed on the Day of Atonement; Rosh...

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Matthew 24:1-51

Matthew 24:1- This section is known as the Olivet discourse because it was given to His disciples on the Mt. of Olives. It describes the sign of the Messiah’s coming and the discourse was precipitated by Jesus’ remarks concerning the destruction of Herod’s Temple. The...

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Matthew 22:1-42

Matthew 22:1-6 - This is still another parable, with four aspects to it. He introduces this parable by saying that the parable had to do with the kingdom of heaven. The first part is the rejection of the invitation. Wedding feasts were huge affairs that lasted about a...

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Matthew 20:1-34

Matthew 20:1-16 - The last verse of Matthew 19 really belongs with Matthew 20 as we shall see. One of the sins that Israel was indicted for when she was brought into captivity was calling God unfair and unjust. Ezekiel deals with this issue in Matthew 18:2-4; 25; 29....

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Matthew 19:1-29

Matthew 19:1-2 These first two verses of chapter 19 mark a significant transition in Jesus’ ministry. The focal point of ministry moves from the Galilee to Judea in the south. This begins the final stage of his ministry leading to his crucifixion. This is what he...

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Matthew 18:1-35

Matthew 18:1-4 The disciples ask Jesus who would be the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. The question by the disciples was motivated by their selfish ambitions. We know this from Mark 9:33-37. They ask the question to settle the argument among themselves about who...

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Matthew 17:1-9

Matthew 17:1-2. In Matthew 16:28 Jesus tells His disciples that some who were among them at that time would not die before seeing the Son of Man in His Kingdom. Peter made his confession of faith that Jesus was the Son of God in the region of Caesarea Philipi. Six...

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Matthew 16:1-28

Matthew 16:1-12 - The arrogance that God is seeking to break is evident in this encounter with the Pharisees and Sadducees. Here we see two groups that were traditionally at odds with each other united in their opposition to Jesus. The Sadducees were the aristocrats,...

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