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Matthew 5:3-12

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3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Mark 10:17-22
The Rich and the Kingdom of God

17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’[a]” 20 “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.” 21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.

Luke 10: 25-28
The Parable of the Good Samaritan

25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]” 28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

‘Rejoice with me. he straightened up and said to them. this woman was caught in the act of adultery. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says. where all the people gathered around him. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 “No one. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” He knows she is a sinner like everyone else. those who heard began to go away one at a time. our time. Unlike many other passages in the Gospel where Jesus is reported as having either negated or reinterpreted a law in the Mosaic Code. “Teacher. the powers that be routinely bring lesbian. it is also. 2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts. and he sat down to teach them. controversial in its point. “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her. until only Jesus was left. John 8:1-11 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people before Jesus. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap. The Mosaic Code required that she and her lover be stoned to death. Just as this story of the woman taken in adultery is controversial as Scripture because it does not appear in the earliest manuscripts. the religious leaders were themselves breaking the Mosaic Law by bringing the woman without the man with whom she committed . 7 When they kept on questioning him.” she said. sir. gay. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it. none could start the execution process. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her. Jesus was not a judge in that society. he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home.Luke 15:4-7 4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. especially not of capital cases. the older ones first. perhaps. Secondly. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery.’ 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. he simply asks that the first stone be cast by one who is without sin. “Woman. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus. Therefore Jesus had no authority to render judgment on the case. claiming to have caught them in sin. “Sin no more. including her accusers. Jesus’ response is still the challenge: Let the one without sin punish them first place. none of the accusers was without sin. 9 At this.” Jesus declared. Of course. “Then neither do I condemn you. That was left to the Sanhedrin.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. I have found my lost sheep. the ruling counsel of the Jews. Jesus sends her forth exclaiming. no evidence given that she committed the sin she is accused of.” messages of not being quick to condemn when one is not blameless and tempering justice with mercy This is the story of the woman who was found committing adultery. with the woman still standing there. in order to have a basis for accusing him.

Jesus knew that this was a trap.7).” Since Jesus was not a witness. then the Jews would have persecuted him for elevating Roman law over Mosaic Law Jesus got out of the trap by convicting the people’s consciences. 17:6. “Neither do I condemn you. Yet he knew she was in trouble because of her wayward lifestyle. and not “justice” in any sense of the word. Go now and leave your life of sin. and so he warned her to leave her sinful life. However. 6) Jews had indeed formed a clever trap. According to Mosaic Law. reasons. he. the witnesses have to cast the first stone (Deut. One by one the crowd left until there were no accusers left. there had to be eyewitnesses if someone were to be executed.adultery. could not condemn the woman. if Jesus said not to stone her because the Romans forbade it. In fact. which in this case was made easier by the fact that the people knew in their hearts that they were willing to take this woman’s life just to trap Jesus. and Scripture clearly declares this (v. . the Jews would have had Jesus arrested for breaking Roman law. a setup. so if Jesus said to stone the woman. Christ finished with the woman by saying. The Romans had forbidden them to execute people (John 18:31). by law.