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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Bible Study - verse by verse # 60

Matthew 21:37 In trying to reach out to us with His love, God finally sent His own Son, Jesus' perfect life, His words of truth, and His sacrifice of love are meant to cause us to listen to Him and to follow Him as Lord. If we ignore God's gracious gift of His Son, we reject God Himself.

Matthew 21:42 Jesus refers to Himself as "the stone which the builders rejected." Although Jesus was rejected by many of His people, He will become the capstone, or cornerstone, of His new building, the Church.

Matthew 21:44 Jesus used this metaphor to show that one stone can affect people in different ways, depending on how they relate to it. Ideally they will build on it; many, however, will trip over it. And at the last judgment God's enemies will be crushed by it. In the end, Christ, the "building block," will become the "crushing stone." He offers mercy and forgiveness now and promises judgment later. We should choose Him now!

Matthew 22:1-14 In this culture, two invitations were expected when wedding dinners were given. The first asked the guests to attend; the second announced that all was ready. In this story the king invited his guests three times - and each time they rejected his invitation. God wants us to join Him at His table, which will last for eternity. That's why He sends us invitations again and again. Have you accepted His invitation?

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