12 Aug
12Aug

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. For the gate is narrow and the way is constricted that leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew  7;13-14

Let me ask you a question?

How many of the 2-3 millions Jews who witnessed;

The supernatural signs and wonders and miracles of their deliverance from Egypt!

The miracle crossing of the Red Sea!

The miracle of water from the Rock@Horeb!

The miracle of Bread!

The miracle of Quail! 

How many of those 2-3 millions Jews crossed the Jordan and entered the promise land? 

Total; 2- Caleb, Joshua.


Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? Psalms 24:3

This powerful passage in Psalms has captured my attention all day today!

In a very unique way I believe the Holy Spirit is connecting Psalms 24:3-6 to Matthew 18:2-3 

He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven

I highlighted the word "change" 4762 stréphō 

Properly turn and transition

To convert by changing (switching) direction

Go the other way (do an "about-face")

Take an divergent course

Graphically illustrating dynamic transformation

Lets add the meaning of the Greek word to the text!

 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you Properly turn (transition)To convert by changing (switching) direction go the other way (do an "about-face")Take an divergent course, graphically illustrating dynamic change (transitioning) and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven

Matthew 18 Begins when  the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

The disciples were often concerned about the question of greatness. 

They seem to ask this question thinking that Jesus has already chosen one of them as the greatest, or as if they wanted Jesus to decide among them.

 We can imagine the disciples arguing amongst themselves about which one was the greatest (as they did in Luke 9:46 and other places), and then saying, “Let’s let Jesus settle this.

Who Is greatest in the kingdom of heaven: The disciples wanted to know who would hold the highest position in the administration Jesus would soon establish.

They doubtless fancied a temporal kingdom of the Messiah, in which places would be bestowed.”  “They dreamt of a distribution of honours and offices, a worldly monarchy, like the kingdoms of the earth.”

Jesus  just finished in Matthew 17;22 speaking of his own suffering and abasement, the disciples  followed up arguing about their own advancements!

It may be impossible for modern readers to understand how truly shocking Jesus' response was to His disciples! 

Little children had absolutely no social position, no standing, no status, and no position in the culture of the Jewish, Greek, and Roman worlds of that day.

I am reminded of Yeshua words  in Mark 10:25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”  

Rich in strongs concordance #4145 ploúsios!

Here in America a appropriate application of  "plousios" In 2022 would include  anyone who has been baptized in American culture. 

Apostle Paul warning to American culture is palpable!

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,  2 Corinthians 6:17 

Apostle Johns warning to American culture is equally palpable!

 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1 John 2;15

Finally I think it would demonstrate great wisdom on our part to hear Jesus words even to His own church about Americas #4145 ploúsios! riches.

Because thou sayest, I am rich-4145("plousios") and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:  Rev 3:17

So, who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? Psalms 24:3

And He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you Properly turn (transition)To convert by changing (switching) direction go the other way (do an "about-face")Take an divergent course, graphically illustrating dynamic change (transitioning) and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven

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