Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath
1At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them. 2When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.”
3He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 4He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread—which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests. 5Or haven’t you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent? 6I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. 7If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’12:7 Hosea 6:6 you would not have condemned the innocent. 8For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
9Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, 10and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus, they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”
11He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? 12How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”
13Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. 14But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.
God’s Chosen Servant
15Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. A large crowd followed him, and he healed all who were ill. 16He warned them not to tell others about him. 17This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
18“Here is my servant whom I have chosen,
the one I love, in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him,
and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
19He will not quarrel or cry out;
no one will hear his voice in the streets.
20A bruised reed he will not break,
and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out,
till he has brought justice through to victory.
21In his name the nations will put their hope.”12:21 Isaiah 42:1-4
Jesus and Beelzebul
22Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see. 23All the people were astonished and said, “Could this be the Son of David?”
24But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.”
25Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. 26If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? 27And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 28But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
29“Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house.
30“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 31And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
33“Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. 34You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. 35A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 37For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
The Sign of Jonah
38Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.”
39He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now something greater than Jonah is here. 42The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, and now something greater than Solomon is here.
43“When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. 44Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. 45Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.”
Jesus’ Mother and Brothers
46While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. 47Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.”
48He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” 49Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. 50For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
Bwana Wa Sabato
(Marko 2:23-28; Luka 6:1-5)
112:1 Kum 23:25Wakati huo Yesu alipitia kwenye mashamba ya nafaka siku ya Sabato. Wanafunzi wake walikuwa na njaa, nao wakaanza kuvunja masuke ya nafaka na kuyala. 212:2 Kut 20:10; Yn 9:6Lakini Mafarisayo walipoona jambo hili, wakamwambia, “Tazama! Wanafunzi wako wanafanya jambo lisilo halali kufanywa siku ya Sabato.”
312:3 1Sam 21:1-6Yesu akawajibu, “Je, hamjasoma alichofanya Daudi na wenzake walipokuwa na njaa? 412:4 Law 24:5-9Aliingia katika nyumba ya Mungu, akala mikate iliyowekwa wakfu, yeye na wenzake, jambo ambalo halikuwa halali kwao kufanya, isipokuwa makuhani peke yao. 512:5 Hes 28:9-10; Yn 7:22-23Au hamjasoma katika Sheria kwamba siku ya Sabato makuhani huvunja sheria ya Sabato Hekaluni lakini hawahesabiwi kuwa na hatia? 612:6 Mt 12:41-42Nawaambia wazi kwamba, yeye aliye mkuu kuliko Hekalu yupo hapa. 712:7 Hos 6:6; Mt 9:13Kama mngekuwa mmejua maana ya maneno haya, ‘Nataka rehema, wala si dhabihu,’ msingewalaumu watu wasio na hatia, 812:8 Mt 8:20kwa maana Mwana wa Adamu ndiye Bwana wa Sabato.”
Yesu Anamponya Mtu Aliyepooza Mkono
(Marko 3:1-6; Luka 6:6-11)
912:9 Mk 3:1; Lk 6:6Yesu akaondoka mahali hapo, akaingia ndani ya sinagogi lao, 1012:10 Lk 14:3; Yn 9:6na huko alikuwepo mtu aliyepooza mkono. Wakitafuta sababu ya kumshtaki Yesu, wakamuuliza, “Je, ni halali kuponya siku ya Sabato?”
1112:11 Lk 15:5Yesu akawaambia, “Ni nani miongoni mwenu, mwenye kondoo wake ambaye huyo kondoo akitumbukia shimoni siku ya Sabato hatamtoa? 1212:12 Mt 6:26; 10:31Mtu ana thamani kubwa kuliko kondoo. Kwa hiyo ni halali kutenda mema siku ya Sabato.”
13Ndipo akamwambia yule mtu, “Nyoosha mkono wako.” Akaunyoosha, nao ukaponywa ukawa mzima kama ule mwingine. 1412:14 Mwa 37:18; Yn 11:53Lakini Mafarisayo wakatoka nje, wakafanya shauri baya juu ya Yesu jinsi watakavyoweza kumuua.
Mtumishi Aliyechaguliwa Na Mungu
1512:15 Mt 4:23Lakini Yesu alipoyatambua mawazo yao, akaondoka mahali hapo. Watu wengi wakamfuata, naye akawaponya wagonjwa wao wote, 1612:16 Mt 8:4akiwakataza wasiseme yeye ni nani. 1712:17 Isa 42:1-4; 41:9Hii ilikuwa ili litimie lile neno lililonenwa kwa kinywa cha nabii Isaya kusema:
1812:18 Mt 3:7; Isa 42:1-4; 41:9“Tazama mtumishi wangu niliyemchagua,
mpendwa wangu, ninayependezwa naye.
Nitaweka Roho wangu juu yake,
naye atatangaza haki kwa mataifa.
19Hatagombana wala hatapiga kelele,
wala hakuna atakayesikia sauti yake njiani.
20Mwanzi uliopondeka hatauvunja,
na utambi unaofuka moshi hatauzima,
mpaka atakapoifanya haki ishinde.
2112:21 Isa 42:1-4Katika Jina lake mataifa
wataweka tumaini lao.”
Yesu Na Beelzebuli
(Marko 3:20-30; Luka 11:14-23)
2212:22 Mt 4:24; 9:32-33Kisha wakamletea mtu aliyekuwa amepagawa na pepo mchafu, na alikuwa kipofu na bubu. Yesu akamponya, hata akaweza kusema na kuona. 2312:23 Mt 9:27Watu wote wakashangaa na kusema, “Je, yawezekana huyu ndiye Mwana wa Daudi?”
2412:24 Mk 3:22; Mt 9:34Lakini Mafarisayo waliposikia jambo hili wakasema, “Mtu huyu anatoa pepo wachafu kwa uwezo wa Beelzebuli,12:24 Beelzebuli au Beelzebubu; pia 12:27. mkuu wa pepo wachafu.”
2512:25 Mt 9:4Yesu alijua walichokuwa wakiwaza, hivyo akawaambia, “Kila ufalme ukigawanyika dhidi yake wenyewe huangamia. Hali kadhalika kila mji au watu wa nyumba moja waliogawanyika dhidi yao wenyewe hawawezi kusimama. 2612:26 Mt 4:10Kama Shetani akimtoa Shetani, atakuwa amegawanyika yeye mwenyewe. Basi ufalme wake utawezaje kusimama? 2712:27 Mdo 19:13Nami kama natoa pepo wachafu kwa nguvu za Beelzebuli, watu wenu je, wao hutoa pepo wachafu kwa uwezo wa nani? Hivyo basi, wao ndio watakaowahukumu. 2812:28 1Yn 3:8; Mt 3:2Lakini kama mimi ninatoa pepo wachafu kwa Roho wa Mungu, basi Ufalme wa Mungu umekuja juu yenu.
2912:29 Isa 49:24-25; Lk 11:21-22“Au tena, mtu awezaje kuingia katika nyumba ya mtu mwenye nguvu na kuteka nyara mali zake asipomfunga kwanza yule mwenye nguvu? Akishamfunga, ndipo hakika anaweza kuteka nyara mali zake.
3012:30 Mk 9:40; Yn 11:52; Lk 11:23“Mtu asiyekuwa pamoja nami yu kinyume nami, na mtu ambaye hakusanyi pamoja nami, hutawanya. 3112:31 Mk 3:28-29; Lk 12:10Kwa hiyo nawaambia, kila dhambi na kufuru watu watasamehewa, lakini mtu atakayemkufuru Roho Mtakatifu hatasamehewa. 3212:32 Tit 2:12; Efe 1:21; Ebr 6:5Mtu yeyote atakayesema neno dhidi ya Mwana wa Adamu atasamehewa, lakini yeyote anenaye neno dhidi ya Roho Mtakatifu hatasamehewa, iwe katika ulimwengu huu au katika ulimwengu ujao.
Mti Na Matunda Yake
3312:33 Mt 7:16-17; Lk 6:43-44“Ufanye mti kuwa mzuri, nayo matunda yake yatakuwa mazuri. Au ufanye mti kuwa mbaya, na matunda yake yatakuwa mabaya. Kwa maana mti hutambulika kwa matunda yake. 3412:34 Mt 3:7; 23:33; 15:18; Yn 8:43Enyi uzao wa nyoka! Mnawezaje kunena mambo mema, wakati ninyi ni waovu? Kwa maana kinywa cha mtu huyanena yale yaliyoujaza moyo wake. 3512:35 Lk 6:45Mtu mwema hutoa yaliyo mema kutoka hazina ya mambo mema yaliyohifadhiwa ndani yake, naye mtu mwovu hutoa yaliyo maovu kutoka hazina ya mambo maovu yaliyohifadhiwa ndani yake. 36Lakini nawaambia, katika siku ya hukumu watu watatoa hesabu kuhusu kila neno lisilo maana walilonena. 37Kwa maana kwa maneno yako utahesabiwa haki, na kwa maneno yako utahukumiwa.”
Ishara Ya Yona
(Marko 8:11-12; Luka 11:29-32)
3812:38 Yn 6:30; 1Kor 1:22Kisha baadhi ya Mafarisayo na walimu wa sheria wakamwambia, “Mwalimu, tunataka kuona ishara kutoka kwako.”
3912:39 Yn 1:7; Mt 8:20; 16:21Lakini yeye akawajibu, “Kizazi kiovu na cha uzinzi kinaomba ishara! Lakini hakitapewa ishara yoyote isipokuwa ile ishara ya nabii Yona. 4012:40 Yn 2:1, 2; 1:17; Mt 8:20; 16:21Kwa maana kama vile Yona alivyokuwa ndani ya tumbo la nyangumi12:40 Nyangumi ni samaki mkubwa sana. kwa siku tatu, usiku na mchana, vivyo hivyo Mwana wa Adamu atakuwa katika moyo wa nchi siku tatu, usiku na mchana. 4112:41 Yn 1:2; 3:15Siku ya hukumu watu wa Ninawi watasimama pamoja na kizazi hiki na kukihukumu; kwa maana wao walitubu waliposikia mahubiri ya Yona. Na tazama, hapa yupo yeye aliye mkuu kuliko Yona. 4212:42 1Fal 10:2; 2Nya 9:1Malkia wa Kusini atasimama wakati wa hukumu na kukihukumu kizazi hiki. Kwa kuwa yeye alikuja kutoka miisho ya dunia ili kuisikiliza hekima ya Solomoni. Na hapa yupo aliye mkuu kuliko Solomoni.”
Mafundisho Kuhusu Pepo Mchafu
43“Pepo mchafu amtokapo mtu, hutangatanga katika sehemu zisizo na maji akitafuta mahali pa kupumzika, lakini hapati. 44Ndipo husema, ‘Nitarudi kwenye nyumba yangu nilikotoka.’ Naye arudipo huikuta ile nyumba ikiwa tupu, imefagiliwa na kupangwa vizuri. 4512:45 2Pet 2:20Kisha huenda na kuwaleta pepo wachafu wengine saba wabaya kuliko yeye mwenyewe, nao huingia na kukaa humo. Nayo hali ya mwisho ya yule mtu huwa ni mbaya kuliko ile ya kwanza. Ndivyo itakavyokuwa kwa kizazi hiki kiovu.”
Mama Na Ndugu Zake Yesu
(Marko 3:31-35; Luka 8:19-21)
4612:46 Lk 11:24; Ay 1:7; 1Pet 5:8Wakati alikuwa angali anazungumza na makutano, mama yake na ndugu zake wakasimama nje wakitaka kuongea naye. 47Ndipo mtu mmoja akamwambia, “Tazama, mama yako na ndugu zako wamesimama nje, wanataka kuongea na wewe.”
4812:48 Lk 2:49Lakini yeye akamjibu na kumwambia yule mtu, “Mama yangu ni nani, nao ndugu zangu ni nani?” 49Akawanyooshea mkono wanafunzi wake, akasema, “Hawa hapa ndio mama yangu na ndugu zangu! 5012:50 Mt 6:10; Yn 15:14Kwa maana yeyote afanyaye mapenzi ya Baba yangu wa mbinguni, huyo ndiye ndugu yangu, na dada yangu na mama yangu.”