BACKGROUND FOR THIS EPISODE
(In Order of Appearance)
NEW TESTAMENT OF THE BIBLE:
- Luke 9:10 – The apostles came back. They told Jesus what they had done on their trip. Then Jesus took them away to a town called Bethsaida where they could be all alone.
- Mark 6:35 – Since it was already getting late, Jesus’ followers came to him and said, “This is a remote place and it is already very late.
- Matthew 18:1 – At that time, the followers came to Jesus. They asked, “So, who is the most important one in the kingdom of heaven?”
- Matthew 20:21 –Jesus said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Promise me that these two sons of mine will sit on thrones in your kingdom, one at your right side and one at your left side!”
- Acts 1:6 – The apostles were all together. They asked Jesus, “Lord, is this the time for you to rebuild the kingdom for Israel?”
- John 6:4 – The time for the Jewish Passover Festival was near.
- Luke 1:39-80 – Mary got up at that time, and she went quickly to a town in the hill country of Judea. 40She went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the unborn baby kicked inside Elizabeth’s body. And, Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42Then Elizabeth said with a very loud voice, “Mary, you have been blessed more than any other woman! The baby to which you will give birth has also been blessed! 43You are the mother of my Lord, and you have come to me! How could something this good happen to me!? 44Listen, when I heard your voice, the baby inside me jumped for joy. 45You are blessed, because you believed that what the Lord God said to you would actually take place.”46Then Mary said, “My soul praises the Lord God. 47My heart is happy, because God is my Savior. 48Though I am not important, God has looked upon me, His servant girl. Listen! From now on, all generations will be happy for me, 49because the Powerful One has done great things for me. His Name is holy. 50God will always give His mercy to those who worship Him. 51His arm is strong. He scatters those who are proud and boastful. 52He pulls men down from their thrones, and He raises up the humble ones. 53He fills hungry people with good things, but He sends rich, selfish people away with nothing. 54He has always helped His people Israel who served Him.i He always gave them His mercy. 55It was just as God said to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his children forever.” 56Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months. Then Mary returned home. 57When it was time for Elizabeth to give birth, she had a son. 58Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord God had been very good to her. They rejoiced with her. 59Eight days later, they came to circumcisej the child. They wanted to name him Zechariah, because this was his father’s name. 60But his mother said, “No! He will be called John, instead.” 61The people said to Elizabeth, “But no one in your family is named John!” 62Then they began to make signs to his father, asking: “What would you like to name him?” 63Zechariah motioned for something to write on. Then he wrote, “His name is John!” All of the people were surprised. 64Instantly, Zechariah could talk again. He began to praise God. 65All of their neighbors became afraid. Throughout the hill country of Judea, people continued to talk about all these events. 66All of the people who heard about these things wondered about them. They thought, “What will this little child become when he grows up!?” The people could see that the Lord God’s hand was with this child. 67Then Zechariah, John’s father, was filled with the Holy Spirit. He told them what was going to take place: 68“Praise the Lord God of Israel. He watches over His people and He has given them freedom. 69He has given us a powerful Savior from the family of David, His special servant. 70God’s holy prophets who lived long ago said that He would do this. 71He will save us from our enemiesand from the power of all those who hate us.72God said that He would give mercy to our fathers and remember His holy covenant. 73God vowed to Abraham, our ancestor, 74that He would rescue us from the control of our enemies, so that we could serve Him without fear. 75We will be holy and righteous before God as long as we live. 76Now you, little boy, will be called a prophet of the Highest One. You will go ahead of the Lord to make His roads ready. 77You will cause His people to know that they can be saved, through the forgiveness of their sins.78With the loving mercy of our God, a new day from heaven will shine upon us. 79God will help those people who don’t understand, people who dread death. He will lead us in the way which goes toward peace.” 80And so, the little boy was growing up and becoming stronger in spirit. John lived in the desert, away from other people, until the time when he came out to proclaim to Israel.
- Mark 6:33-36, 44 – but many people saw them leaving and recognized them. From all the towns together they ran ahead on land to where Jesus and his followers were going. 34When Jesus got out of the boat, he saw a large crowd; he felt sorry for them because they were like sheep that didn’t have a shepherd. So, he began to teach them many things.35Since it was already getting late, Jesus’ followers came to him and said, “This is a remote place and it is already very late. 36Tell the people to go away. They need to buy something to eat for themselves in the fields and villages around here.”…44(There were 5,000 men who were eating.)
- Luke 9:6,10 – So, the apostles went out, traveling through each village. They preached the Good News and healed people everywhere…10The apostles came back. They told Jesus what they had done on their trip. Then Jesus took them away to a town called Bethsaida where they could be all alone.
- Matthew 14:12-13 – John’s followers came and carried the body away and buried it. Then they went to tell Jesus about it. 13When Jesus heard this, he left there in a small boat to be all alone. He went to a place where no one lived. However, the crowds found out where Jesus had gone and, on foot, they followed him from the towns.
- John 1:1,14 – In the beginning was the Word,a and the Word was with God, and the Word was deity.b …14The Word became human and lived among us for a while. We saw his glory, the kind of glory like that of the Father’s one and onlyc Son—full of gracious love and truth.
- John 10:3 – The man who guards the gate opens the gate for him. The sheep know the shepherd’s voice. The shepherd calls the name of each one of his sheep and leads them out.
- John 7:37-38 – If I am not performing miracles from my Father, then don’t believe in me. 38But, if I am doing them, even though you may not believe in me, believe in the evidence of the miracles. You must know, and continue to know, that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.”
- John 8:12, 31-37, 52, 58 – Jesus spoke to the people again. He said, “I am the Light for the people of the world. The person who follows me will never walk in the darkness. Instead, he will have the living Light.”…31Jesus was talking with the Jews who had believed in him, saying, “If you stay with my teaching, then you are truly my followers. 32You will find out the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants. We have never been slaves. How can you say, ‘You will be free.’?” 34Jesus answered them, “I am telling you the truth: Every person who continues to sin is a slave of sin. 35A slave does not live in the house forever, but a son will always live there. 36If the Son sets you free, you are truly free. 37I know that you are descendants of Abraham, but you are trying to kill me because you cannot find room in your hearts for my teaching… 52Then the Jewish leaders said to Jesus, “Now we know that you have a demon! Abraham and the prophets died. Yet you say, ‘If anyone obeys my teaching, he will never die!’…58Jesus said to them, “I am telling you the truth: I was alive before Abraham was born!”
- Luke 9:13 – Late in the afternoon, the twelve apostles came to Jesus and said, “No one lives in this place. Send the crowd away. They need to find food and places to sleep in the fields and villages around here.” 13But Jesus said to them, “You give them something to eat.” They said, “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish. Do you want us to go buy some food for all these people!?”
- John 7:5-7 – (Even Jesus’ brothers did not believe in him.) 6Then Jesus said to them, “It is not yet the right time for me. There is always a good time for you. 7The people of the world cannot hate you. They hate me because I tell the truth about them—their lives are evil!
- John 6:8-9 – One of Jesus’ followers, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Jesus, 9“Here is a little boy who has five small loaves of barley bread and two fish, but how long would that last among so many people? Not very long!”
- Mark 6:39 – Jesus ordered the people to sit down on the green grass in groups.
- Hebrews 1:14 – All angels are serving spirits sent to help those who are on the verge of receiving salvation.
- John 6:11-16 – Then Jesus took the loaves of bread and gave thanks to God for them. He divided them among those who were sitting down. He did the same thing with the fish. They ate as much as they wanted. 12When they were full, Jesus said to his followers, “Gather up the leftovers, so that nothing will be wasted.” 13So, they gathered them up and filled twelve large baskets with the leftover pieces from the five small barley loaves. 14The people saw this miracle that Jesus performed. They began saying, “Surely this is the Prophet we were expecting to come into the world!” 15Jesus knew they were about to come and take him, so that they could make him a king. So, he left again for the mountain to be alone...16When it was evening, Jesus’ followers went down to the lake.
- Mark 3:21-22 – When Jesus’ family heard this, they went out to get Jesus. They were saying, “He’s crazy!” 22The teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “Jesus has Beelzebul.d Jesus uses the prince of demons to throw out demons!”
- Luke 4:16, 29 – Jesus came to Nazareth, the town where he grew up. On the sabbath day, he went into the synagogue. That is what Jesus always did. He stood up to read. 17The Book of Isaiah the prophet was given to him. Jesus opened the scroll, and he found the place where this was written…29Their town was built on top of a hill. They got up and forced Jesus out of town, bringing Jesus to the edge of the cliff. They wanted to throw him over,
- Mark 6:17, 27 – Herod had arrested John, tied him up, and put him in jail. He did this because of Herodias. Herod had married her, even though she was the wife of Philip, Herod’s brother.c …27Immediately, the king sent a special guard away with orders to bring John’s head. He left. He cut off John’s head in the prison.
- Matthew 5:3 – “The people who are broken in spirit are happy, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.
- Luke 11:20 – However, if it is true that I use the finger of God to throw out demons, then God’s kingdom has come upon you!
- Luke 12:32 – “Don’t be afraid, little flock, your heavenly Father wants to give you the kingdom.
- Luke 17:21 – People will not say, ‘Look, God’s kingdom is here!’ or, ‘There it is!’ No, God’s kingdom is inside you.”
- John 6:33-35, 42, 66-67 – God’s food comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34Then they said to Jesus, “Sir, always give us this food!” 35Jesus said to them, “I am the food which gives life. The person who comes to me will never be hungry. The one who commits himself to me will never be thirsty…They said, “This is Jesus, Joseph’s son. We know his father and mother. Why is he now saying, ‘I have come down from heaven?’ ”…66From this point on, many of Jesus’ followers turned back. They were not walking with him anymore. 67Jesus said to the twelve apostles, “You don’t want to go away, too, do you?” 68Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, who else is there to go to? You have the words of eternal life! 69We have believed and know that you are God’s Holy One!”
- Matthew 15:29-31 – Jesus went away from there and came to Lake Galilee. He went up on a mountain and sat down there. 30Many, many people came to him. They had their sick people with them: the lame, the blind, the crippled, the deaf, and many others. They laid them at Jesus’ feet, and he healed them all. 31The crowd was amazed when they saw the deaf people talking, the crippled people healthy, the lame ones walking, and the blind people seeing. They praised the God of Israel.
- Mark 2:17 – When Jesus heard about this, he said to them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor, but sick people do. I didn’t come to invite ‘good’ people, but sinners!”
- Mark 4:24 – Jesus said to them, “Be careful what you hear. You will be measured by the measure you use to measure others—even more carefully!
- Mark 10:15 – I am telling you the truth: You must accept God’s kingdom as a little child accepts things, or you will never enter it!”
- Mark 12:29-31 – Jesus answered, “That is the most important one: ‘Listen, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord. 30You must love the Lord your God from all your heart, from all your soul, from all your mind, and from all your strength.’ (Deuteronomy 6:4-5) 31The second most important command is this: ‘You must love other people the same way you love yourself.’ (Leviticus 19:18) There are no commands more important than these two.”
- Luke 6:9, 27, 40-43 – Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, which is right on the sabbath day—to do good or to do evil? Is it right to save a life or to destroy one?” …27“However, I say to you people who are listening to me, love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you…40A student is not higher than his teacher. However, when the student has learned well, he will be like his teacher. 41“Why do you see the speck of dust which is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the wooden pole which is in your own eye!? 42How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take that speck out of your eye!’ while you still have that pole in your own eye!? Can’t you see it!? You hypocrite!d First, take the pole out of your own eye. Then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”43 “A good tree does not produce rotten fruit. Neither does a rotten tree produce good fruit.
- Matthew 7:13 – “Go through the tight door which leads to eternal life. The door is wide and the road is broad which leads to destruction. Many people are entering through it.
- Matthew 10:32 – So, don’t be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.”
- Matthew 12:30 – “If a person is not with me, he is against me. The person who does not gather with me scatters.
- Matthew 11:28 – “You are tired and have heavy loads. If all of you will come to me, then I will give you rest.
- Matthew 15:39 – Jesus sent the crowds away. Then he climbed into the small boat and he came to the Magadan area.
- Mark 8:1-4 – During that time, there was another large crowd. They didn’t have anything to eat. Jesus called his followers and said to them, 2“I feel sorry for the people. They have stayed with me for three days without eating anything. 3I don’t want to send them away hungry; they might faint on the road. Some of them have come from a long way off.” 4Jesus’ followers asked him, “Where could we get enough to satisfy these people in this far away place?”
- Matthew 15:34-36, 38-39 – Jesus said to them, “How many loaves of bread do you have?” They answered, “Seven . . . and a few little fish.” 35Jesus ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. 36He took the seven loaves of bread and the fish. After he thanked God, he divided the food and began giving it to his followers, who then distributed it to the crowd…38(There were 4,000 men who ate, not including the women and children.) 39Jesus sent the crowds away. Then he climbed into the small boat and he came to the Magadan area
- Mark 8:6-7 – Jesus ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. He took the seven loaves of bread and thanked God. He divided it and began giving it to his followers, so that they could distribute it. The followers did so. 7They had a few fish, too. Jesus blessed the fish and told the followers to distribute them.
- Matthew 16:1, 13-19 – The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus. They were trying to make Jesus prove to them that he came from heaven…13When Jesus came to the area of Caesarea Philippi, he began to ask his followers, “Who do people say Ib am?” 14They answered, “Some people say you are John (the one who immerses people). Other people say you are Elijah. And, some people say you are Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15Jesus asked them, “But who do you say I am?” 16Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God!” 17-18“Upon this rock foundation,”c Jesus answered him, “I will gather my family—those called out by God’s Word. Deathd will not overpower them. Blessed are you, Simon, son of John. My Father in heaven, not man, showed that to you. You are Peter.e 19I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth will have already been bound in heaven. And, whatever you loosen on earth will have already been loosened in heaven
- Matthew 18:1, 18 – At that time, the followers came to Jesus. They asked, “So, who is the most important one in the kingdom of heaven?”… 18“I am telling you the truth: Whatever you bind on earth will have already been bound in heaven. Whatever you loosen on earth will have already been loosened in heaven.
- Luke 9:22-23, 27 – Then Jesus said, “Ib must suffer many things. I will be rejected by the Jewish elders, the most important priests, and the teachers of the law. I will be killed. However, after three days, I will be raised from death.” 23Jesus kept saying to all of them, “If anyone wants to follow me, then he must carry his crossc every day. He must say no to himself and follow me…27I am telling you the truth: There are some people standing here who will definitely see the kingdom of God before they die!”
- Colossians 1:13, 18 – He rescued us from the power of darknessb and moved us into the kingdom of His dear Son… 18Christ is the Head of the body, the people called out by God. Christ is the Beginning, the Source—the first one to rise from death so that he could be first in everything.
- Revelation 1:5-9 – Gracious love and peace from Jesus Christ, too. He is the Faithful Witness, the first one to rise from death, and the Ruler of the kings of the earth. May glory and power be his forever and ever. Amen! Jesus loves us. He bled, setting us free from our sins. He formed us into a kingdom. We are priests to God, his Father. 7“Look! He is coming with the clouds.” (Daniel 7:13) “Every eye will see him; even those who wounded him.” (Zechariah 12:10,12,14) Because of him, all people on earth will cry. Yes, amen! 8“I am the A and the Z”b says the Lord God. He is the One who is, who was, and who will be. He is all-powerful. 9I am John, your brother. In Jesus I share with you the trouble, the endurance, and the kingdom. I was on an island called Patmos. They put me there, because I proclaimed the message of God and the evidence about Jesus.
OTHER JESUS QUOTES IN THIS EPISODE
THAYER’S GREEK LEXICON
- Matthew 18:18 was mistranslated. It should be “Whatever you bind on earth shall have already been bound in heaven. Whatever you loose on earth shall have already been loosed in heaven.”
SPECIAL CHARACTERS APPEARING IN OTHER EPISODES
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Season 3, Folk Hero, “Catch the Wind and Water “
Season 7, Come Fly With Me, “Thunder Struck “
Season 4, Flood Gates, “Eye of the Storm “