He entered Jericho and was passing through. And there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was chief tax collector and was wealthy. And he tried to see who Jesus was, but because of the crowd, he couldn`t because he was small. So he kept running and climbed into a plane tree to see it, because he was about to pass that path. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, hurry up and down, for I must stay in your house today.” Many of us thought that Matthew 18:20 was talking about God`s presence when we prayed, what does that mean for our prayer life? Does God still hear us when we pray, or do we need a prayer partner? Does it matter even if we pray alone? There is no need to point fingers or break the dunce`s cap. This is a slight mistake if you are not familiar with the original context. The purpose of examining abused verses is to encourage us to take a closer look at the scriptures and learn the context of what we read. We are not the original audience of the Gospel of Matthew, so we will have to work a little harder to understand what the details mean.

What I mean by this is that we are not as familiar with the culture, history, writing style, and cross-references of the Old Testament as anyone who lived in Matthew`s day would have been. Resolving disputes within the Church is an important part of Jesus` ministry. His Church must be able to work together harmoniously, otherwise the Good News will be lost and we will not be able to share it with others. 10. Make sure you despise – stumble. not one of those little ones; for I tell you, in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father, who is in heaven: a difficult verse; but perhaps the following is more than an illustration: among men, those who care for and educate royal children, however modest they may be, have free entry with their cargo and a level of familiarity that even the highest ministers of state dare not accept. Probably our Lord thinks that angels, by virtue of their responsibility to His disciples (Hebrews 1:13, John 1:51) have races on the throne, are welcomed there, and a loving intimacy in the treatment of “His Father who is in heaven” that they could not accept in their own affairs. And if he really finds it, I tell you, he is happier than ninety-nine who have never gone astray. Then the Pharisees and scribes of Jerusalem came to Jesus and said, “Why are your disciples breaking the tradition of the elders? Because they don`t wash their hands when they eat. He replied, “And why are you breaking God`s commandment for your tradition? For God has commanded, “Honor your father and mother” and “He who denigrates the father or mother must certainly die.” But you say, “If someone says to his father or mother, `What you have gained from me, God will be given.`” It sounds good, but when you think about it, you start to hear discord.

If God is only with us, if 2 or more believers are gathered, what happens if I pray alone? We know that whenever the Church worships and worships Christ, He is there, and we know that whenever a believer prays in private, He is there. – Webster`s Bible I also solemnly tell you that if two of you here on earth agree on anything, whatever they ask, the blessing of my Father who is in heaven will come to them.- Weymouth BibleNuch, I tell you with certainty that if two of you on earth agree on anything, what they will ask, it will be done for them by my Father who is in heaven.- World English BibleEftsoone Y seie to you, that, if tweyne of you agree on the erthe, of your thing what your thei axen, il schal be don to hem of my fadir which is in heuenes.- Wycliffe Bible`Again, I tell you: that if two of you on earth agree on anything, whatever you ask, it will be done to them by my Father who is in heaven, – Young`s literal Bible Often it is not only Matthew 18:20 that is abused, but also the verse that comes before. And he said to his disciples: “The temptations to sin will surely come, but woe to the one through whom they come! Verses 15-20 If a professing Christian is wronged by another, he should not complain to others, for this often happens only on the ground, but go privately to the aggressor, present the case with kindness, and show him his behavior. This would usually have all the desired effects on a true Christian, and the parties would be reconciled. The principles of these rules can be practiced anywhere and in all circumstances, although they are too neglected by everyone. But how few try the method that Christ explicitly commanded all his disciples to use! In all our procedures, we must be guided in prayer; we cannot give enough importance to God`s promises. Wherever and whenever we meet in the name of Christ, we must consider Him as present in our midst. “I am the real vine, and my father is the winemaker. He removes in me all the branches that do not bear fruit, and he prunes each branch that bears fruit so that it can bear more fruit. You are already pure because of the word I have told you.

Abide in me and I in you. Since the branch cannot bear fruit by itself if it does not remain in the vineyard, you cannot do it if you do not remain in me. I am the vine; You are the branches. He who dwells in me and I in him is the one who bears much fruit, for without me you can do nothing. . But it has no root in itself, but persists for some time, and when tribulation or persecution arises because of the Word, it immediately disappears. What all this means is that Jesus is not only with you when you deal with the evildoer, but he also becomes a witness to your integrity and purity of heart. The difference, in this case from Matthew 18, is that Jesus is not talking about bringing the author before the leaders of the earthly church to plead the cause.


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