Verse 2 A messenger goes along with every government official when he visits town. The messenger
gets the people of the town ready for the visit by telling them what to do, what not to do, etc.
Verse 5 "...all the land of Judea..." is an Oriental term meaning, "many, many, many, many people went."
Verse 6 "Camel's hair" is a rough garment worn by the sages, saints and monarchs of the Eastern
countries. It is a rough garment, in contrast to a soft garment. Locusts are not an insect, and wild honey
was eaten by John the Baptist to show he led a different kind of life.
John is called the bridegroom's friend.
1. Camel's hair = goat's hair = sackcloth made of either. It's rough.
2. Girdle—worn around waist—usually silk, worn by princes, monarchs. John's girdle of a skin
showed self-denial and humility.
3. Locusts—not insect—John was an Essene—a group of Jewish philosophers: (a.) Essene—don't
kill anything; don't eat flesh; adopted Brahmanic philosophy. (b.) Nazarenes; and (c.) Mandenes.
Essene—love your neighbor as yourself. As you love God or others you love yourself. Your
neighbor is yourself. We're all one Body. In India they say if you kill a chicken, you kill your brother
because a chicken has a soul also. John ate locust pods—beans. John ate corncakes baked in oil and
honey mixed. He didn't eat honey just by itself.
Latchet—not worthy to stoop down and unloose. When the master comes by, the menial servants
take the shoes. Shows John's humility and unworthiness.
Verse 7 The shoes are tied from the foot up to the knee, with several strings. He usually needs a servant
to take them off. Shoes are looked down upon by the East, therefore, they don't take the shoes inside.
The man who unlaces the shoes is the least of all.
Verse 12 The wilderness is just a place where people go for meditation.
Verse 14 The prisons of the olden days were very cruel. He was put in a secluded place with guarded soldiers.
Verses 16-18 To a fisherman in the East, a net is all he has. It also has sacramental value to him. He
insures his net, not himself, because his life is not as sacramental to him as his net is; not because it brings
money, but because it has special value to him. Forsaking a net means more to an Easterner than it does
if a Westerner forsakes all his money. Forsaking the net is a priceless sacrifice.
Verse 20 In the East, whoever leaves his father and mother shall be put to death. Some of the Oriental
people won't join the array until the father and mother are buried. There are three types of servants in the
East. The highest servants are hired from day to day. They are not blood relatives. Slave servants are the
lowest. They tie the shoes, etc. Blood servants that are born in the home are equal in every way, but they
do the work, they eat with the rest of the family.
Verse 22 He was a Galilean and the Jews did not like them. They were looked upon as the Hindus
looked upon the untouchables. Anyone can go to a Jewish synagogue and get up and say anything he
wants to after the meeting is over. Only a few people in the East can write and they are the scribes. He is
paid for what he writes, makes his living this way.
Verse 32 The people gather together to read their Bibles, and to teach and preach after the sun has set,
while it is still light and cool.
Verse 33 Not all the city, but many innumerable people. Usually the people don't go to see a holy man
inside the house. He just invites so many people if he does, and keeps the door open, so the people that
come and wait outside to hear him.
Verse 34 "And he healed many who were seriously sick with divers diseases, and he bestowed the many
who were insane: and did not allow the insane to speak, because some of them were his acquaintances."
Verse 35 "...rising up a great while before day..." means about 4 o'clock. It means a great while before
everyone began to pray. The Hindus get up at 3 o'clock and pray.
Verse 40 "...If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean," means if you wish, I believe you can make me
clean. I know you can, if you will. Lepers must not go near anybody.
Verse 41 Jesus touched the leper to show he could do the impossible, and it would not affect him.
Nobody touches lepers.
Verse 44 He shouldn't tell the people because that doesn't do any good, but tell the priest first. This also
might mean he was telling the people about him and Jesus said to go to the priest first. It doesn't mean
Jesus forbade him to tell other people.
Verses 1-5 Man, carried by four men, sick of the palsy. They wanted to go inside the house where Jesus
was. They went upstairs from outside the house. They went outside to the garden and up the staircase.
Anybody can go on anybody's upstairs in the East, without permission of the owner. They uncovered the
roof it says. A window-type thing, like a ventilator made of wood, that is covered with tin to safeguard
the house from rain. To uncover the roof is to just lift, without much damage to roof. Rest of roof is
cemented down. Jesus saw their believing that he would heal him. Works—they carried him. If they
hadn't believed, they would not have had works. Faith without works is dead. Many of us have faith, but
not works.
(Philippians 2:12) Salvation not by works. But after saved, must work out your own salvation.
Have salvation on inside, then you ought to demonstrate your salvation. Don't work for your salvation,
but work out your salvation once you're saved. Many people come for healing that are not saved at all,
but they want to be healed first. They want physical healing and not spiritual healing—salvation. Unless
sins are forgiven first, sins are a barrier toward healing. Your sin of unbelief and disobedience has made
you what you are. When your sins are forgiven, you're automatically set free.) (Book, The Unknown Life
of Jesus) Jesus called him "Son," that's for endearment and to solidify their relationship.
Verse 3ff Uncovered the roof. In the East, the roofs are flat. You go up from the outside, poor people's
houses especially. In the middle of room is a window, about 2' x 3' and in that there's ventilation made of
wood. When the rain comes, they cover the hole with tin which covers this ventilator. There was no
cement or brick in these walls.
These people didn't give up because of the crowd. They made up their minds and acted.
We should go after this ministry just the same. We should not give up. Our best is our all. Surrender
all to God.
Verse 4 The houses in the Orient have flat roofs and anybody can get on the top of a house. You go up
on the top of the house from all sides and not from the inside. In the middle of the roof is a window-like
thing with sticks across, and that is covered by a carpet so you cannot see in from outside. They removed
the carpet and busted the wood or sticks and then let the person down. They did not break the ceiling but
the few sticks across.
Man with palsy let down through the broken roof. If you cannot understand the Eastern way of life,
the Bible will remain a dead book. Religion is not part of life there. A man of the world will do anything
for a few dollars; a man of God won't do anything because he's afraid—reason why we're in a mess and
all mixed up. Believer should be separate—he is different. Walks, talks and looks different; thinks,
laughs, loves—everything is different because he is saved—a royal priesthood unto God. We don't live
that way because of fear, and some people think they are saved, but in reality are not. People who are not
saved look at us as Christians and don't see much in us—that's why they don't want it. Revival must
begin with believers who are prepared to sacrifice all and give selves to the Lord Jesus Christ. Nothing
will happen while believers sit tight.
Bishop exhorts people to read the Bible and loves for people to ask questions.
Verse 5 "...their faith..." means the faith of the people that let him in.
Verse 6 Scribes are very important people because they are learned men. They were the people who
were professional writers—made their living this way. Any learned man is very highly respected.
Verse 9 An Eastern bed is made up of a quilt, pillow and sheet. They are bundled up with leather
straps. Jesus said to arise and fold up his bed and put it over his arm. That is the bed for the poor, the
richer people also carry a mattress.
Verses 11 and 12 Take up thy bed. Not like our bed. In East consists of quilt, sheet, blanket, carpet
under it, strapped together to carry.
They don't believe in sleeping in other people's beds. This shows perfect, complete healing—a
witness to others rather than merely being healed—shows God's greatness.
Verse 14 Levi, the son of Alphaeus was a publican.
Verse 17 A physician in the Bible is not like our doctors. Any man who knows anything about germs
and who can prescribe something, he is not a doctor at all, but a man who is usually spiritual. They have
faith in the man because he is godly.
Verses 19 and 20 Marriage. For the friends and bridal party, all rituals, prayers and fastings are
suspended during time of ten-day marriage and everyone joins in.
"Children of bridechamber"—invited guests.
"Mourning" here means "fasting." Fasting is resumed after bride and groom leave. When the
bridegroom, Jesus Christ, was taken away, they returned to the daily routine in the world.
Verse 22 The word "bottles" refers to goat-skin bottles. They use new things for new things and old
things for old things, therefore, they do not put new wine with old.
Verse 23 Corn fields refers to grain fields. Anybody that is passing along on the road, can pluck any
amount of food as long as he eats it then. He may not put it in his pocket. The ears of corn in the East are
about the size of a pear. Plucking the corn is no offense. Shew bread is what they use at the tables that
are dedicated to the Lord. Only the priests are allowed to eat it.
See Deuteronomy 23:25
Verses 23 and 24 You can go into any man's field (no permission needed if you are hungry) and get
what you need, but you can't take any away with you. The disciples were accused of the sin of working
on the sabbath because they had to roll the corn to shuck it and that was work.
The Eastern tradition says that any traveler passing through an orchard or a cornfield may stop and
pick all the fruit he wants to eat. If he puts anything into his pocket, he is stealing. The disciples were not
being accused of stealing because they ate the corn. They were accused of working on the sabbath.
When they rubbed the corn to get the grain, they were working.
Verses 23-28 Deuteronomy 23:24,25—eating of neighbor's crops. It was law that if a person was
hungry, he could eat as much of neighbor's grapes or corn, etc., as it would take to fill him. But nothing
could be carried away. Could not go in with a sickle which is a reaping hook. Bishop said it is a basket
but it is not. If one ate his fill in the orchard, he was a guest, but if he carried anything away, he was a
thief. Fine hospitality in the East. Mark 2:23-28: No crime when Jesus and his disciples took corn. The
Pharisees thought they were unlawful in threshing the kernels off the corn on the Sabbath. Rubbing the
corn to get the kernels out was work.
Verse 5 "...hardness of their hearts" should be "... blindness of their hearts..."
Verse 10 "...plagues" are Oriental diseases. They get boils on one part of their body and have a high
fever. When the plague opens itself, the man is dead. There are quite a few plagues that have to do with
their eating and living conditions.
Verse 12 He told them they should not tell others much about him and what he did. Not to broadcast it
so the people would come.
Verse 19 "...such also betrayed him..." should be "...which was to betray him..."
Verse 21 "Beside himself" means insane.
Verse 27 Strong man's house—renewed mind. A robber cannot rob a man's house without first tying up
the man. "Strong man"—sense-knowledge mind, one who walks after the flesh. "Bind"—two ways to do
so: (1) refuse, "I do not believe it"; (2) speak with authority about what the Word says.
We must bind the senses mind and put on the spiritual mind of God. We walk after the spirit and not
after the flesh. Renewed mind on the Word puts the senses mind into subjection. Command all negatives
to leave.
"Spoil his goods"—destroy all negative thoughts, which are his goods.
Jesus Christ did not say, "I am come that they might have religion." There were plenty of religions
already. He said, "I am come that they might have LIFE..." Religion can give philosophy and morality,
but it cannot save a soul. It cannot give life.
Verse 34 ''Behold my mother and my brethren...." This is an Oriental saying too. You are all my
mothers and fathers. I am serving you. That means he is putting the others before his own mother. They
always say you are my father or my mother. Everybody is my sister.
Verse 1 They were by the sea because it was cool there and the crowd could sit on the sand.
Verse 4 In the East, they do not have fences. The wayside may be three or four feet wide between two
lands. This is for the people of both families to walk in.
Verse 8 The Bishop did not know what meaning the thirty, sixty and hundred have.
Verse 9 This is not an Oriental expression, but an ordinary one.
Verse 21 "...under bed..." is just an expression used in the question to show that you wouldn't put it
under the bed.
See Matthew 5:15,16
Verse 28 The corn is cut with a knife and gathered up later. Sickle is something you use to carry
anything in.
Verse 29 "But when the fruit is brought forth..." means when the fruit is ripe. A "sickle" is like a net
and is attached to a stick at the end. They put the fruit in it when they harvest it. The stick has a sharp
point on the end and when he touches the stem of the fruit, it falls into the sickle.
Verse 32 The mustard seed plant is really a shrub. Great branches means in proportion to the seed that
was planted.
Verse 34 He uses a parable in everything in order to convey what he means.
Verses 36 and 37 "Ships" should be little boats, according to what we call a ship.
Verses 37-39 Asleep on pillow. This is literal. The men were scared. It looked like a great crisis and
they got scared and cried to the master. When everybody was scared, the master was asleep on a pillow.
The lord was not scared. Why was one not scared and the others scared? One had confidence, the others
were wrestling in their minds. One had a renewed mind and was calm. They were all in the same ship.
The others thought they were sinking, so they began to sink—fear.
So when you're in a crisis, a trouble, an adversity, you'd better make up your mind. That is what
renewal of the mind is. "I made up my mind, so I won't get scared!'' I'll cast my burden on the lord.
Nothing can scare you or overcome you.
Renewed mind is the key of keys. This is how you can maintain calm, peace. You can't listen to
your senses. (To be able to calm your mind is greater than calming the seas.)
When you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil! Why? Thy rod and
thy staff, they comfort me. Renew your mind to that and the peace will be there. But most people keep
staring at their troubles—the storms and the winds, and then these blow you off.
Say, "Peace, be still!" to your mind, don't listen to your senses. John 14:12. If Christ did it, we can
do it. Transform your thinking so that you can live triumphantly. It works .
Keep your mind on God. Tell your mind it's Christ in me! I'm above any storm! I have peace above
all adversity.
Verse 38 He did not actually fall asleep but was prepared to fall asleep. He was settled down to sleep.
Verse 22 To fall at a person's feet means I surrender. I am nothing to you.
Verse 26 A physician is something like a holy man. It shouldn't be "garment" but "borders of his
garment." The borders of a garment are always embroidered blue. Blue symbolizes spirituality. The
garment is a robe. First he wears clothing like underclothing, on top of it he puts a pair of pants. Next a
shirt which goes inside the pants. The pants are narrow like breeches. On top of the shirt he puts a vest,
and on top of the vest he wears a robe that goes down to the ankles. It buttons all the way. On top of the
robe goes a coat. On their heads they put ropes. The rope is made of camel or sheep hair and is about as
thick as three fingers. When you put rope on, you can be sure the people have come to surrender and not
to fight you. The coat on the outside goes down to the knees. That is in Palestine, Egypt, Arabia and
Mesopotamia. If any man wants your coat, you can give it to him and still have something left. In some
parts they wear many shirts because they hide money in the third or fourth shirt. The Bible says don't
take more than one coat. This should be, "Don't take more than one shirt." Anybody who has a lot of
shirts, when the thieves come they'll examine all the shirts for the money that is inside. The shirts button
but have no collar. The vest is significant of authority and tradition. They wear it for an insignia. The
soldiers cast lots for Jesus' vest because his authority could not be divided. The rest of the garments were
divided. The shirts are mostly white, but some have colors in them. Most of the time they wear white but
sometimes in the evening, when they dress up, they wear black and other colors. Joseph's coat was not a
coat of many colors. He had a coat that is worn by the heads of family and the one who is heir to the
fortune of the family. His brothers were jealous because Joseph, the youngest, had the heir coat. His
brothers were jealous because that should go to the firstborn.
Verse 28 "Clothes" should be the hem of his robe.
Verse 33 "...fear and trembling" are the wrong words here. It should read "But the woman with great
respect and overjoyed..." The people in India do not fear a holy man, they just have respect for them.
Verse 34 The people in the Orient call each other by "daughter," "mother," "grandmother," etc. It is
their way of showing their love for one another.
Verse 37 He did that because the rest didn't have enough faith.
Verse 38 Those are the hired weepers.
Verse 40 "Damsel" could be young maiden.
Verse 43 The Bishop thinks he is telling them not to tell the people around there what he has done, but
to go somewhere else and tell it.
Verse 1 He came into Palestine.
Verse 3 They weren't "offended" at him. Displeased, or shocked would be a better word. Surprised.
Verse 4 This is an Oriental saying.
Verse 9 Coats should be shirts.
Verse 8 They always carry a staff. Symbol of authority for one thing, and with a staff they can defend.
A scrip is a place in their belt where they keep coins. A scrip is a money belt. A man may also have a
money purse separately. This is what a scrip is. They keep small money in their purse and bigger money
in their scrip. They carry the purse separately in their pocket. In the olden days, the purse was made with
a piece of cloth sewed up and tied with a string.
Verse 10 This is an Oriental saying. If you go to one house, everybody wants you to eat. They think
they are doing God service. If you accept every invitation, you will have no time to preach the gospel,
therefore, stay in one house.
Verse 11 You should shake off the dust so you will not carry any bitterness toward them, only love
when you go away.
Shake off the dust of your feet. Dust—symbolic for hatred, malice, spite, grudge, bitterness. Idiom—
leave behind the spite, hatred, resentment, anger, etc. Don't have any dust in your heart. Don't carry these
things with you. They are poison to your system. Shake them off. When you put these things off, you
gain your peace back. People saw they have "nerve problems" in America. Your mind controls your
nerves. So put positives in your mind and shake the dust (negatives) off. Speak only good of others—tell
your mind and it'll listen to you and be healed. "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is
stayed on thee."
Put the dust off—remove all jealousy and hatred and resentment—you'll live longer.
Verse 13 In the East, even today there are certain oils which are blessed, which are supposed to have
certain ingredients of holiness in them. The symbolism of oil is power for healing. In the old days when
they were anointed, they were anointed with the prisom or oil on the forehead. They were anointed in the
holy prisom, therefore, they are called Christians.
Verses 14-18 Their fear is that if they see someone do something wrong and do not tell them, their
blood will not heal. Therefore, they smack anybody's children in the street if they do wrong.
Verse 19 "Quarrel" should be envious.
Verse 22 They want to take pride in everybody's hearing and so ask, "What can I do for you?" When
they say they will do something, they keep their promise. That is where many an Oriental monarch was ruined.
Verse 23 "Sware" is not a good word here. The king's words are believed, and he would have not
needed to swear. He made a statement and was affirming it. "Avowed" is a good word.
Verse 25 A charger is a tray. Giving a head in a charger is the old Eastern way of reaping vengeance.
Verse 38 "Loaves" should be "pancakes."
Verse 48 The night is divided into four watches. Six to nine, nine to twelve, twelve to three, and three to six.
Verse 50 In the East they use the words "me" and "I" very commonly. If you come upon someone in
the night and say, "Who is it?" they will answer, "It is I." They never give their name. This applies to
friends only.
Verse 52 "...for they did not comprehend"—translation.
Verse 55 Bed should be cot. They have a quilt and a pillow. Two men get on each side and the man
inside is in something like a swing.
Verse 56 "Garment" should be "border of his robe instead." In the East, the priests have special people
that carry the border of their robes. The idea is that it must not touch the ground because it has virtue in it.
Verses 2-4 Hindus, Jews and all other Orientals wash their hands every time they have a meal. If they
go to the market and bring back something, they wash that, too. They won't bring anything into the house
unless it is washed. If they buy clothes, or bananas, they wash them before bringing them into the house.
They also wash themselves if they go to market. They not only wash their hands, but they also wash their
feet every time they come in. They eat with their hands. That is why they always wash their hands and
also cut their nails so short, so there won't be any dirt. Every time you pray, you must wash both your
hands and feet before you pray.
Verse 4 "And from the market, except they wash, they eat not." Everything they get, they wash. Every
person has a cow, called a sacred cow by Americans. One son will milk the cow after he has bathed and
prayed. He cannot touch the cow until he has bathed and only one member of the family. They bring the
cow from the shed, and wash the whole cow, then they milk. They don't worship the cows although
Americans think so. They wash whole cow so milk will be clean. Before sons go to work, they will
come and kiss the father's hand, showing submission to his authority. Then they kiss wife and mother.
Wives always called husband ''ay lord."
Verses 7-13 Parents (honor thy father and thy mother). Corban. Background: Christ speaking to the
Phari-sees, who complained that Jesus Christ's disciples did not wash their hands before eating. This is a
tradition opposite the law of God.
"Corban"—every son must stay around and serve mother and father until both are dead and buried.
Obligations fall in this order. (1.) Mother; (2.) Father; (3.) Wife. Somebody came along and said, "You
don't want to be tied down by Mommy and Daddy for the rest of your should lead your own life,
you must save all of your own money." This teaching was a foreign one, yet the Pharisees picked it up.
Corban is a gift (like $5, a chicken) dedicated to the Lord. This was an excuse, "I gave it to God, Mom."
This way, Mom will not ask for it. This way, they made God's Word of none effect. Our culture is
opposite to this program.
Verses 9-13 Honor thy father and mother. There was a controversy between the Pharisees and the lord.
The lord was standing for the Word of God.
Verse 10—the word "curseth" is better translated, "does not support,"
"...let him die the death," is better translated, "is as good as dead."
The children were trained in the East that they must take care of father and mother when they got
old. Sons must earn the money and support the parents.
"Honor" means "support." The priests of the Pharisees came along and turned this teaching upside
down. They told the children to support their own families, wife and Kids, rather than father and mother.
They asked how long they planned on supporting their parents. Then the priests instructed the son to
avoid this support by saying, "corban." This means a gift for God. If the son had saved up $50 for
himself and the father comes and tells his son to give it to him for a doctor's fee, the son answers: "I'd
like to give it to you, but it is a gift to be given to God—corban." This was a lie taught by a priest. This
corban answer freed the son from his responsibility. Jesus said, "You taught people your tradition,
making the Word of God of none effect. It says, 'Honor thy father and thy mother.' You have instructed
them to lie (if they said, 'Corban'—that it was a gift of God, the father wouldn't ask for it because he
loves God)." They with full knowledge rejected the command-ment of God, (verse 9) to keep their own
tradition. Never let dad and mom be without; give to them and God will give back to you, Christ told the
Pharisees! They were telling the sons, just be religious—religiousness will take you to heaven. This is a lie.
Verse 10: "Curseth"—does not support, which should be the translation.
Verse 11: "Corban"—means that the child has dedicated his money to God and cannot give it to the
parents. Taught by Jewish priests (wrongly taught), to say "corban" when parents asked support. That
way the temple got the money and not the parents. The Pharisees, Sadducees and priests taught the
commandments of men as the commandments of God.
Verse 10 Curseth father and mother—Corban. Curseth—does not support. Die the death—be treated as
good as dead.
In the East, every son has to support their father and mother; their duty, their birthright. Honor thy
father and mother means support your father and mother every day. Not just on Father's Day.
When the son earns his money after he's married, he still brings his money to his mother. They all
live together. The mother is the boss over all her daughters-in-law. If the husband dies, the woman is not
left in the larch. She's supported by the family still. The women are respected and have rights in their
family. The son stays with the father and mother until they're dead and buried. If the son doesn't stay and
support them, the community looks at him as though he's dead. That means let him die the death.
"Corban"—some boys will cheat their family, cop out, say they dedicated their money to God—it's
consecrated to the Lord. Then their father won't ask for their money. This is the way they evade
supporting the father.
Verses 10 and 11 "...and, whoso curseth father or mother...." Cursing does not mean swearing, but it
does mean "does not support." Mother—corban is the Eastern word. Translation: "...and, whoso does not
support his father and mother, let him die the death." Even if the father has a million dollars, the son has
to support the father, "...let him die the death"— they actually kill him. They bring him up before the
elders and advise him, etc. The Bishop has never seen one Oriental person who has not supported his
father and mother according to the law. "Corban" means "that which is dedicated to God." It is
expressive of deep affection and reverence. The person addressed is clean, worthy of a sacrifice to God
and sincere. It also has another translation. If a father wants $10 from his son for some item and the son
has the $10 but doesn't want to give it to his father, he may say, "It is corban," which means, "It is
dedicated to the Lord," or, "It is a gift."
The Hindus always wash in flowing water. They don't fill the basin. The host brings the towel and
water to you, and you don't have to go after it. II Kings 3:11 would make a good ordination sermon.
(Deuteronomy 26:13 and 14) Tithing and offering. Deuteronomy 26:13,14: He didn't use the lord's
money for anything else. It is brought to the storehouse and the pastor takes care of it and does what he
wants with it. Things that belong to God can't be used for anything else. They believe you can use any
money for the dead. Everybody contributes to bury the dead, but you can't use the money you've
promised to God, even if it's a good .cause.
In the time of Christ, the children had to support their parents as they got older. But sometimes they
would dodge the issue by saying, "Father, I know you need this, but I've dedicated it to the Lord." That's
what "it is corban" means (Mark 7:10,11). The father is trained that he'd rather die than use that money.
If a man has a coconut tree, he takes the Lord's share first and gives it to the priest. The priest
doesn't know about him, but he just takes it and uses it for the temple. People never use the lord's share
for themselves no matter how poor they might be.
Verse 14 "All" is not all inclusive. It means there were many people there.
Verse 22 "Evil eve" means to look at something with the intention of doing wrong.
Verse 26 "Greek" should be Gentiles.
Verse 27 Gentiles or outsiders are called dogs. Anyone who doesn't belong to your own cast they call
dogs. It is not meant in a derogatory sense.
Verse 28 "Dogs" should be pups. The children play with pups in the East, but they are served in a
different room then the dining room.
Verse 32 "Hand upon him..." signified power. They believe that the right hand of a holy man has power
in it. "Hand upon him" means bless him. Through the right hand they impart blessing from the holy man.
They come by faith and believe something is going to happen.
Verses 32 and 33 "Spittle." Took him aside from the multitude because of the people's unbelief. They
were critical, ridiculed the man. He would not have had strong believing then. Jesus did three things in
ministering to the man: 1) put his fingers into his ears; 2) and he spit; 3) and touched his tongue. Jesus,
in healing people, followed much the Oriental method. Touching the ears was for a point of contact with
the dumbness. The spit of a holy man had healing chemicals the people in the East believe. The spittle
has no power in itself. According to thy believing it shall be done unto you. This was their thought.
People also believe there is healing power in the potsherd when they scrape themselves. As Job, for
Verse 33 John 9:6. Spittle. Easterners believe in healing power of spittle of holy man. It is also a test
of a man's belief in the integrity of the holy man. He will not get angry if he trusts the holy man.
Receiving the spittle shows submission and obedience to the will of God.
Verses 33 and 34 "...and he spit, ...saith unto him, Ephphatha." In the East, spitting is a very great crime
or insult. Holy men are the only ones allowed to do it. If you say, "I'll kick you or spit at you," or call
someone a pig, that is a very great insult. There is no such word as Ephphatha. The real word is
Ethpathakh." It means to be opened or let it be so. If you would go to India and say Ethpathakh they
would know what you were saying. The word is used frequently over in the East. They also use it for
commanding. They will put an egg in a basket and say Ethpathakh and then take the basket and find a
chicken there instead of an egg. The school boys do a lot of miracles in India by saying words.
Verse 36 "...tell no man..." doesn't mean you have to keep it absolutely a secret, but you are just not
supposed to tell it around very much.
Verse 3 "...divers..." means many.
Verse 14 A loaf in the East is not like one in the West. A loaf of bread in the East is like a pancake.
Eastern bread is a pancake as big as a plate. They always give three loaves of bread to a guest.
Verse 15 "Charged" means told them. One school of thought about "leaven" is that it is the gospel of
spirits throughout the world. In the East, leaven is some flour and water mixed until it's about as thin as
water. Then they put it in a pot and tie the mouth of the pot with clean linen and put it in the sun from the
morning until the evening. In the night, they take it into the kitchen. Ten days it is put in the sun.
Whenever the women make bread, they put salt in it and then put some leaven in the middle of it. Their
leaven does not raise the bread. It creates the taste in the bread. In the Orient, it is spoken of as evil
because it is to add to what God has already given them.
Verses 22 and 23 Bethsaida. Why did Jesus take the man outside of Bethsaida? Bethsaida was a town
Christ had been many times before and did many miracles there, but they would not believe him.
Verses 22 and 24 Blind, healing. Only case recorded where a blind man was presented to Jesus in
Bethsaida and he did not heal him there. Jesus took him outside of the city. Then he told the healed man
not to tell anyone about it, whereas on other occasions he told people to tell everyone. Bethsaida was a
city under condemnation. Jesus did many miracles there before, but the people would not believe and
accept him. So he pronounced woes on that city along with the city of Chorazin (Matthew 11:21). That is
why Jesus would not perform another miracle there. The city was doomed just to wait for the judgment.
But Jesus would not reject this man in need.
Verse 24: Easterners do not feed hay or dry grass to animals. Believed that green grass makes rich
milk in cows, so they grew green grass all the time. Every evening laborers cut this 4'-5' long grass,
bundled it up and carried it on their heads. It fell down around them. They looked like trees. When Jesus
touched him again and made him look up and at a distance, he saw other men and things, too. What he
saw at first was also correct. Because of the condemnation of Bethsaida, Jesus told the man not to tell
anyone what had happened.
Verses 22-25 He was the only man ever taken out of town by Christ. Bethsaida was cursed. That is the
reason for Christ's action. The men looked like trees to him because in the East every evening they carry
a green bundle of grass to the cows so they will give clean milk. They look like walking trees because
they know the way and don't have to watch where they are going. The blind man saw them first. He
didn't care if he told anyone in another town, but not in Bethsaida because their doom was sealed.
Verse 23 (Mark 7:33; John 9:6) Spittle. Easterners believe in healing power of spittle of holy man. It
is also a test of a man's belief in the integrity of the holy man. He will not get angry if he trusts the holy
man. Receiving the spittle shows submission and obedience to the will of God.
Verse 24 See Psalms 129:5
"...I see men as trees walking." Grass is said to wither in the evening because that is when Easterners
gather it to feed their livestock. They bundle it in huge bundles that are so big that they almost cover the
men who carry them on their backs. Only the legs can be seen. He can hardly see the road.
"...I see men as trees walking." They were men but they looked like trees because of the bundle on
their heads.
Verse 28 Elias means Elijah.
Verse 37 "Exchange" is barter in India. Even today that is the way they buy. They don't deal with
money. There is nothing you can exchange for the soul.
Verse 38 "Ashamed" should be translated timidity. Should be translated, "Whosoever should be timid
of me and not testify of me..."
Places of refuge for religious men are the mountains and the desert.
Verse 3 Before soap was discovered, the Eastern people washed the clothes from a kind of earth which
is saltish. It is much better than soap. It washes whiter than soap we use today.
Verse 12 " set at nought" means to be set aside.
Verse 13 "...listed..." should be "whatever they wanted to do."
Verse 16 The scribes are the people who write letters, who are learned men. They are very respected
people and trustworthy. Some people who come to them can't write their name, so they put their thumb
imprint. They make money just by writing. They take part in all the important meetings and also hold
political power.
Verses 14-29 The reason the disciples could not heal the child was because the father did not have faith.
Verses 20-29 Matthew 6:16-18. Fasting. The purpose of fasting is that you may be able to pray better.
Fasting is a means to an end—prayer. Less trouble with flesh when fasting. God honors prayer—not fast.
(Mark 9:20-29)
1. Fasting = going without food for a day or two—this is man's idea of fasting. Scientifically,
without food in stomach I can concentrate better, mind lighter.
2. Fasting = Isaiah 58—God's idea of fasting; to deliver the poor, to set the oppressed free, to clothe
the naked, to receive a stranger within your home. To do God's will is the truth of God's fast.
Verse 29 Fasting and prayer. People hate thinking—they would rather just react. Fasting alone has no
power, but praying does. Prayer is fundamental; fasting is incidental to it. Fasting enables a person to pray
better because the mind is not distracted so easily, and it enables one to pray longer.
Two kinds of fasting: (1.) Manmade—abstaining from food for certain period of time. (2.) God
ordained—Isaiah 58:5-8—doing the will of God. Then we can tell the devil to flee. There is no power in
going without food. Going without food for several days in order to pray better is man's invention. If we
keep quiet about God's Word and do not act on it in everyday life, we are dead. But if we act on God's
Word and do His will, then power is demonstrated and by that power we can beat the pick and cast out
Prayer and fasting. Fasting is incidental to prayer. Jesus fasted for 40 days, but when he was
tempted he did not claim any virtue in fasting, rather he claimed the Word.
Verses 33-37 The place of honor is to the right of the host and to the left is the least place of honor.
Jesus was telling them they had to earn the honor of sitting on the right.
Verse 41 Eastern people carry food and bedding when they travel and they come to eat and sleep in the
village common area where townspeople may come and find a guest for dinner. They will not eat until
they find a guest. Seek kingdom of God first by feeding guest first. They ask for the privilege of serving
someone. They think when they help someone they help God.
Cup of water. The law is: what you give you receive. You receive rewards according to your
Verse 42 A "millstone" is a grinding stone. It is 13" in diameter, and 4" in thickness. Two stones are
used. In the middle is a hole about 3" in diameter, and there is a stick or peg holding the two stones
together. On one side of the upper millstone is another peg long enough for two women to hold in their
hands. The millstone is put on a clean white linen and someone puts a measure of wheat in the center of
it while the women keep on turning. Every home has a millstone to grind flour. Every millstone in the
Bible is for grinding wheat.
Offend a little one, millstone. When you offend a little one, it is as if you offended Christ, hurting
Christ. The punishment is as murder. If you offend your brother, it is as good as murdering him.
Therefore, you're attempting to murder Christ. Punishment— hang a millstone around his neck and cast
him into the sea. This used to be practiced in the East, thousands of years ago for capital punishment.
Each one of us (believers) has Christ in us—if we offend each other, it's as if we offend Christ. It is
better to drown in the sea than to do it. You make your mind up before you hurt any child of God, by
word of mouth or deed, that you'd rather be drowned in the sea with a millstone around your neck. It's a
degree of determination in our case, based on a practice of ancient times.
See also Matthew 18:8 and Luke 17:1,2 (No reference)
Verses 42ff (Mark 9:42ff not stated.) Jesus Christ said cut off right hand. It means don't steal. Based
on practice of cutting off hands of thief, but it doesn't mean cut it off. In contrast to that practice, it means
don't steal. Pluck out eye means don't be envious.
Verse 43 If eye offend thee, cut it off. In the East, many centuries ago, if a man was found stealing, his
hand was cut off that he should be an example to those around him. (No prison.) "I would rather cut my
hand off than do such and such," is a statement of determination. It was not literal.
"If thy hand offend thee." In remote places even today, if a man robbed anything, his hand would be
cut off.
Verses 43-47 (Deuteronomy 19:21) Punishment (eye for eye). This was punishment by the law. Then
when Jesus said, "If thy right hand offend thee, cut if off," he did not mean literally, but he was
expressing the degree of determination that should be had in renewing the mind, that you'd rather cut
hand off than do this thing. He was saying, "Don't steal," because old law was to cut off hand of one
caught stealing. When he said to pluck out the eye if it offends, he was saying, "Don't covet or envy."
Mark 9:43-47: We lose joy when we try to avenge wrong done to us. The grace of God is sufficient for
us so we can bless those who persecute us. We have a great law of love, therefore Jesus Christ says don't
do this hand-for-hand stuff.
"If thy hand offend thee;" "Where their worm dieth not." In the East, if a man was caught stealing,
his hand was cut off. Verse 43 is simply saying, "Don't steal." It is not saying to cut the hand off
literally. Verse 47: "don't be envious." Verses 44,46 and 48 are exactly alike: "Where their worm dieth
not, and the fire is not quenched." In India alone there are 750,000 villages. If you do not know the
villages, you do not know the country. In the village, all the rubbish is gathered and put in a dung hill
outside of the city wall. It is set on fire when the first rubbish is brought to start the dung hill and as
garbage is added daily, the dung hill burns for years and years. The poor go there to find food sometimes.
(Not stated or quoted but they apply: I Samuel 2:8; Psalm 113:7; and Lamentations 4:5.) (The Word
says, "Thou hast lifted the poor from the dung hill.) There are worms (fireworms) that live in the dirt of
the burning dung hill and do not die from the fire. These three identical verses relate hell to the dung hill.
Cut off hand. If man is caught stealing, cut off his hand. Amputate or maim other parts of body
according to offense. Jesus' application: not that we should maim ourselves for offenses, but we should
have that degree of determination to quit committing offenses. We should rather cut off our hand than sin.
Verses 43-48 "If thy hand offend thee." There is a custom of cutting off a person's hand if he is caught
stealing. This is an idiom referring to the degree of determination, "I would rather cut ray hand off than
to do this thing."
Verses 44,46 and 43: "worm dieth not"—in Eastern countries there are mostly villages. In India
there are 750,000 villages. In cities and towns the customs are different. Outside of large cities there is a
trash pile where the junk is burned in a heap. This is a dung hill. The fire is set to it maybe 300 years ago
and it keeps on burning, it is never quenched, more junk is added everyday.
(Psalm 113:7—dung hill; Philippians 3:8; I Samuel 2:8) The poorer people go to the dung hill and
pick up any scraps that they can find. There are fire worms in the dung hill which are red in color which
live in the fire and love the dirt. They eat the dirt but the fire never kills them. This dung hill is called
Gehenna in the Eastern custom. Worms are born in the dung hill. Jesus used the picture of the dung hill
to convey the meaning of the hill.
Verses 43-49 Worm dieth not—the fire is not quenched. ("If thy hand offend thee," means don't steal,
etc., not teaching this here.) This doesn't mean to cut it off literally. They used to do so in the East
actually. But, you make up your mind not to do evil with your band. "I had rather cut off my hand than
to do evil to you." Quit stealing—doing evil. Renew your mind on it.
Worm dieth not. He's connecting worm to hell. 44,46,48: you'd rather live with one foot rather than
with two feet in hell where the worm dieth not. Talking about hell.
In the East, in small villages they put rummage cans. The collector of the city comes and picks up
the cans and drives them away and then they push them in a big incinerator and burn them up in big cities.
It is only in small villages that they don't burn them up. They take them outside of the walls of the city.
They make a dung hill and they set fire to it. The dung hill is burning and more is added to it everyday.
It is endlessly burning and endlessly added to. Inside is a little fire worm as it is called. It lives in the
midst of the fire and doesn't die. It lives in the dirt. God made them so they won't die—their makeup is
so that this is possible. So shall hell be, Jesus tells them. The Lake of Fire is never quenched. And, those
that are thrown in the Lake of Fire are symbolic of those worms in the dung hill.
Verses 43-50 Covenant of salt. II Chronicles 13:5. Abijah was talking to Jeroboam (Kings of Judah
and of Israel) before the war actually began. Abijah says that the kingdom which Jeroboam came to fight
was given by God to his father, David, and his seed forever. Therefore, anything given by the covenant
of salt can never be broken or conquered. Once God has Himself made this covenant with the people, His
promise is absolutely unbreakable.
Verse 44 In the East, outside the city walls they gather up all the trash and rubbish into what they call
the "dung hill." They set it on fire and it burns continually. It is being added to all the time. In the fire
there are certain worms which are red in color. In spite of the heat and fire, they keep on living.
Worm dieth not. The fire is not quenched. "Where" in hell. In small villages, the rubbish is taken
out to a huge hill outside the villages and burned (material abundance is not necessarily a sign of God's
blessing). This is referred to as the "dung hill."
All the rubbish in an Eastern city is put together outside of the wall and is then burned. It is like a
huge hill and it burns all the time because there is so much rubbish which is added. There are certain
insects called fire worms which never die. They are used to the fire and dirt.
Verse 45 Cut off the foot, let not the fire be quenched, fireworms. It is a literal truth, "if thy foot offend
thee, cut it off." This is the way the Eastern law is. The point Christ makes here is that we should take the
desire for the stealing away. "Cut it off." Change your mind.
"The fire is not quenched." Outside of Jerusalem and other Eastern cities, rubbish boxes are gathered
and are put in incinerator at large and in small areas, the rubbish is burned outside of the city wall. It
becomes a huge hill because of all the rubbish, having been burned so frequently there. The fire therefore
never ceases. It burns all the time, but never burns the junk up because so much is added. There are
insects, "fire worms," which never die. They are accustomed to the fire, dirt, muck and mud (this is
referred to as "the dung hill). Verse 49: Salted with fire? Sacrifices are made and incense is burning
there all the time. So a little drop of salt is added to the incense.
How do you lose saltiness? Salt is kept in big stove jars in the kitchens. Inside of it is 50-100
pounds of salt and it is covered with a flab of stone. A woman takes so much out each day with a spoon.
By the time all of the salt is finished, the remaining two inches of salt has lost its savor. It has been
pressed down, unused. (When you don't use your gifts, when it has been pressed down, it is salt
nominally, but has lost its saltiness. When they want to empty out the old salt and get new, they put it
into a tray and take it, not to rubbish bin, but in the passage used to get to the temple where they worship
God. They prefer walking barefoot on the salt, rather than elsewhere?
If you are not living the life you profess to be living, you are losing respect: "Trodden down by the
foot of man" and losing the saltiness of the salt...if Christianity, I don't want it.
Verse 49 "Salted with fire." When a sacrifice is made, they have incense burning all the time. A drop
of salt is put in with the incense and that is why every sacrifice shall be salted.
Salt. Everything dedicated to God must be salted. Without salt there is no sacrifice. Fire represents
power and zeal. When we are salted, we should have zeal of commitment to perform. Zeal backed by
power of God to do what I promised to do. Salt represents loyalty and fidelity.
Verses 49 and 50 In the East, the children are salted when they are born, as a sign of their being
dedicated to God. They are washed in water with salt in it. You can't dedicate to God anything which is
not salted. They keep salt in stone vessels or barrels covered with a slab of stone. The bottom 10 inches
are never used. Being pressed down by the salt on top all the time, it looses its saltiness. When it has lost
(notes end here).
Verse 30 See Ephesians 6:2
"Have salt in yourselves"
"Have salt in yourselves." You must mean what you say to God. You must do whatever it may cost
you. "Salt has lost its saltiness." Salt is kept in a big jar in the kitchen, maybe 50-100 pounds is kept in
these stone jars. The salt at the bottom has been pressed down and not used and will lose its savor. This
salt is placed in a tray and taken to a passageway where the people go to worship God so that when the
people go without shoes, they will walk on the salt.
"Have salt in yourselves." If you are salted you will say what you mean and always do what you
say. (Colossians 4:6, let your speech be seasoned with salt.) Every person makes money by the grace of
God. When we eat salt at the table, we are eating God's salt. By eating salted food, all of which is
provided by God, we are salted to God.
Bishop worked a lot in Baptist churches in Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina. There are
more liars and thieves in the church than in the world. The man in the street lies to his fellowman and
robs a bank. The man in church lies to God and robs God. You are responsible for everything that comes
out of your mouth. It is the privilege of the believer to give more than the tithe.
Verse 7 All the sons bring their wives to their own home. One son lives in one apartment and another
in another apartment, but all in the same house. If the women quarrel then the mother-in-law comes to
settle the quarrel. At night when the son comes home, if the woman who was found to be at fault does
not think she was given a fair chance, she tells her husband. But the son says whatever his mother says is
right and if she cannot abide by the rules, he will have to send her home until she can. That is what is
meant by "for this cause...." Jesus said that instead of the man siding with the mother and sending his
wife away, he should side with his wife and go with her.
Verse 13 "Rebuked" is not a good word here. The mothers with the children come first. The Bishop
thinks the disciples meant, "Do not be in such a rush. The master is tired and he shall get to you in time."
Verse 17 "...Good Master" should be "O wonderful teacher."
Verses 17-21 This man (the rich young ruler) was trained to sell everything and give it to the temple,
but Jesus said, "Give to the poor." In the East, their properties are all in cattle. It takes all their time to
look after them. That is why Jesus said, "Sell all your things." Sell all these things that take all your time.
They don't like to give to the poor because they will never see it again, but if they give it to the temple,
they will have it in heaven.
Verse 21 Begging; treasure in heaven. It is common in the East for a man to sell all his possessions to
take up a begging bowl. They believe that if they travel around and drop dead in a holy city, that they
will go to heaven. There are more mystics and mendicants in India than anywhere else. They get tired of
materialism and set out with begging bowl. It is not uncommon to the culture. They have been taught
that to find freedom of the soul, one must cut himself free of the bondage of materialism. Jesus told this
man to sell all he had and follow him (Jesus). Easterners believed that if they gave to the poor, they
would never see it again, but if they gave to the temple, they were laying up a treasure in heaven for
themselves. If Jesus had told this man to sell all he had and give it to the temple, he probably would have
done so. But Jesus told him to give all to the poor. The Bible says that he that giveth to the poor, lendeth
to the Lord.
Give to the poor. In India many people sell their properties and take up a begging bowl in their hand
and go place to place begging food and sleeping under the trees in search for God. They cut themselves
off from everything that'll keep them in bondage After they sell it, they give that to the temple. To them it
is laying up treasure in heaven.
Christ told them to give to the poor, not the temple for them to squander. This was against their
custom. If Christ had told him to give to the temple, he would have done it. The man thought if you give
to the temple, you'll see it in heaven. But, if you give to the poor, you'll never see it again. Christ knew
the priests in the temple were squandering the money. He knew it would be doing greater blessings if he
gave to the poor. The Word says, "He that giveth to the poor lendeth unto the Lord"—Proverbs 19:17.
Verse 25 Example: Matthew 19:24; Mark 10:25. Camel to go through eye of needle. Camel right
translation according co the language; wrong according to usage. Camel should be rope (usage). They
(Greeks) say there is a small gate in Jerusalem in which the camels go—hold up first mistake by another one.
Camel through needle's eye. There is a little narrow gate in Jerusalem through which camels
struggle after being unloaded. The Western idea is that this narrow gate is the needle's eye and just as the
camel must be unloaded to pass through, so must the rich man be unloaded to pass through the gate of
The true Eastern meaning is as follows: "It is easier for a rope to go through the eye of a needle...."
The word used for "rope" here is gamla (Aramaic) and has four meanings: (1.) rope; (2.) beam; (3.)
camel; and (4.) something larger than object spoken of. Any time one is confronted with an idiom, one
must go back to the natives of the country where it originated to find its true meaning. (See the file to
find a complete coverage of this orientalism.)
Camel through an eye of a needle—opens by talking about city gate. Every evening they shut the
gate of the city and nobody can go out. Open the gate in the morning. If someone leaves the city and gets
back too late, the gatekeeper will be there inside the city and won't open the doors for you. But, there is a
little window in the door and that window he'll open for you. The doors are two leave gates, it's called in
the Bible (or wings). Eye of the needle is that small window.
Bishop cites no scripture here—he is merely talking about this custom. References where this is
used are: Matthew 19:24; Mark 10:25. The temples have the same gates.
Verse 29 In the East when you follow Christ, they take your picture and clothes and bury it in the
cemetery. That means you are spiritually, legally, physically and culturally dead.
Verse 46 In the East, beggars who sit on the highways and at the temple gates, at the holy rivers,
although they are in the attitude of begging, they are not real beggars at all. The incurables sit at the river
side in the hopes that when God sends down an angel they can slide in the water and be cured. They sit at
the roadside in the hope that some holy man who passes by may cure them. If they were real beggars,
they would be in the small lanes and at the backdoors, asking bread.
Bartimaeus by highway side. The holy men walk by the highway side, the common man will not.
The holy men walk with their heads down, with long beards, counting their beads. They never look up
but whenever they need food or money, they will look up and smile at someone. (Luke 10:4, "Salute no
man.") This smiling is saluting someone. When a holy man smiles at someone, that means he wants
help. This saluting means solicitation.
The turban is a sign that the person is a Hindu, not an Indian, but a Hindu. The robe signifies that the
man is a rich, well-educated, cultured person, who is there for healing and not money. The people will
wear the turban or robe while begging so that they will have the respect of their position.
(In verse 50, the word for garment is "himation" in the Greek which is also translated as "robe" in
John 19:2 and John 19:5, where it is the purple robe placed on Jesus.)
When Jesus called Bartimaeus, he wanted to put away his pride, status, self-righteousness by casting
away his robe. He wanted to humble himself. He gave up all his dirty feathers before he came to Christ.
Verses 46-52 (Stated and taught.) Blind Bartimaeus. Verse 50: "garment" should be robe. As people
travel in the East, they see hundreds of beggars. There are not very many real beggars for food (who go
to kitchen door). Those sitting at: (1.) temple gate; (2.) holy rivers; and (3.) highway side. These three
are not really in need of money. They are there demonstrating humility so that they may be healed when
a holy man comes along. Some of these are sons of rich people. They all expect healing. Some sit for
thirty years.
Blind Bartimaeus, beggar. Verse 50: "Garment" should be "robe." Bartimaeus persisted in calling
Jesus even though many told him to be quiet. Jesus heard him and responded by saying his faith
(believing) had made him whole. In the lands of the East, anywhere you stop your car in the cities,
maybe 100 beggars will surround the car asking for money. Three places where beggars are very
prevalent: highway side, temple gate; and bodies of water, such as holy rivers. Many of them are not
beggars need, need no money, but are asking for something else actually. True beggars who are in want
of food come to the backdoor and ask for food. Very few of these beggars. However, hundreds of
thousands of beggars are seen in the three places mentioned. Many are blind and maimed. When nothing
else can be done for these people, they are turned over to God for His help. They believe in humbling
one's self even to point of begging. God will move a holy man to heal you. Only foreigners would give
money to these people, but then they usually turn it over to real beggars at end of day.
Many sold their possessions and forsook wealth. (Expounds on Buddha who was wealthy and
forsook it to beg and teach. Explains a little of Buddhist philosophy and reincarnation. Buddhism is
revival of Brahmanism.) Holy men (who are beggars) are highly respected even by the government.
Some beggars sit at bank of holy waters because they believe an angel will trouble the water and if
they are first to jump in, they will be healed. Jesus helped dispel a lot of these traditional beliefs by just
walking in and healing—"Take up thy bed and walk." Jesus did not talk about past failures or troubles
but just asked, "Wilt thou be made whole". There are thousands of temples in the East. So one is invited
to go but thousands flock there to a god who cannot save them.
Many beggars line both sides of highway. Can distinguish class of people by the way they dress and
talk. Can tell if they need money or if they are just begging so they will receive sympathy from God. In
Acts, Peter and John knew that the man at the temple gate did not need money, but healing. If you look at
a problem too long, it grows. Peter and John said. "Look on us," to change attitude and center of
thinking of the lame man.
Sometimes a person would go to a holy man to report a sickness of someone far away. The holy
man would tear his mantle in two and say, "He is healed, go thy way." Many miracles are performed in
India. How about us Christians? Easterners have little trouble believing in the power to perform
miracles. That's why they are not particularly impressed with miracles of Jesus. Even their "hillbillies"
can do it. Just because they do miracles, does not mean they are God's people.
Prosperity is not always a sign of God's blessing. Prosperity lies in giving. Even pagans do so and
prosper. The peace of God makes a nation great.
Bartimaeus was sitting at highway side. He was wearing a robe which distinguished him as a
wealthy man ("garment" here is "robe"—verse 50). When he cast his robe away, he showed he was
casting away his status and self-righteousness. He became humble to claim a gift from God. His
believing made him whole and he received his sight and followed Jesus.
We should follow Jesus after we are saved. We have something to say and can revolutionize the
world by continuing to follow Christ and do God's will. We must throw away our robes of selfrighteousness.
Miracles will happen for us and God will be magnified and glorified.
Last part of teaching on being an effectual witness to spouse and children. Chastise children and
admonish them to follow the Lord. In America, we have religious freedom but not spiritual freedom.
Must be born again to be spiritually freed. We must know what we have in the new birth. True freedom
begins in the Word of God.
Blind Bartimaeus. There are millions of beggars in the East. Why? Man (about 750 out of 1,000)
are not real beggars. A beggar for food or money, starving. These 750 are blind, lame or halt, etc.
They're told by their doctors and philosophers, "Doctors have done all they can for you. Someday,
somehow God will send a holy man and heal you. Wait upon the Lord. In order to become humble
enough to receive such a favor from God, you must become humble enough to become a beggar. You
can't stoop lower than that. God, seeing your humility will send someone to heal you. This is the
philosophy of the East.
If I had a blind son and I'd done all I could, next I'd take him to one of three places: (1.) highway
side, public thoroughfare; (2.) temple gate; and (3.) holy rivers—Ganges (troubled waters), angel stirs the
waters. The first man jumps in is healed.
If you stop your car in the East, these people will flock you, "Buckshe, give me something." Seeking alms.
The way they dress and look will show you difference between the beggars. They're there to
demonstrate their humility in order to get healing. Peter and John in Acts 3:3-8; they understood. This
was at the temple gate. Jesus did the same to man at the holy river. John 5:7. Highway-blind
Bartimeaus—not a true beggar, he was waiting for healing.
Verse 50: Garment-robe. If he's a Hindu boy, he'll have a turban on his head. People will respect
him because he's wearing it even though he's blind. Bartimaeus was a Jew—he wore a robe which
signified the same thing that the turban does. People would respect him, not insult him because of the
robe. When Christ called him, he threw the robe away. "What good is this self-imposed dignity going to
bring me from Christ. I must empty myself of all my self-respect, self righteousness, dignity, what the
robe signifies. The robe is a respecter of persons. He emptied himself of all self-righteousness so that
Christ would have sympathy on him, which he did. Our self-righteousness blocks the way. We must
come as we are.
Begging. Verse 50: "Garment" means a part of clothing. It should be "robe." Robe is an addition to
the ordinary clothing worn in the Orient. Verse 46, Bartimaeus sat begging and believed only Jesus could
help him. When he was told Jesus was there, he cried aloud. The disciples tried to quiet him. So one
told Bartimaeus to cast away his robe; not Jesus or the disciples, all they said was, "rise, he calleth thee."
In the East, there are many beggars; more than here. This is because their begging is linked up with
religion. Thousands of people who have no children; plenty of money, sell all they have and give their
possessions away and take a long robe and begging bowl. They walk around, sleep under a tree, and say
very little. Yet at mealtime, somebody will always put something in their bowls. They eat that, drink
water, use a stone as a pillow—they have no bed, no change of clothes, nothing. These men are highly
honored in the East. Everybody looks at him as an equal to God, everybody respects him for this. They
are not in such a terribly negative situation. They had money and gave it away. They had helpless
diseases and doctors said that it would take a god to heal them. These people's relatives would then get
these people to the three following places: 1) high place, highway side, public thoroughfare; 2) temple
gates; and 3) holy rivers, banks of the holy rivers.
The people begging in these places are not actual beggars; they are only acting as beggars, because
religion tells them that God is their hope for healing and they must humble themselves to the extent of
becoming a beggar. This is the belief of the East. The relatives dress up the person, and put the turban on
the person's head (head dress determines the class to which one belongs). The high caste is the one
already made with gold laces. The needy person is taken to one of the three areas. He sits there with his
begging bowl shouting, "Boxes, boxes." Needy people line up to almost a mile.
People still await miracles at the temple gates. The money goes to squandering. The man is there
because he needs legs (Acts 3:1-9). At the pool of Bethesda (John 5:2), a holy water where an angel
would come, stir the water, and any man who can get into the water would be healed. There are people
who have been waiting for years to be healed. There are other men there to lower the maimed into the
water for healing. Jesus needs no explanations (as this man does), just answer the question.
"Taking up thy bed" is easy in the East. It is not mattresses, etc., it is only like a sleeping bag, i.e.,
quilt and a pillow. Bartimaeus was at the highway side. All holy men walk on the highway side, looking
down at the ground. If he looks up and smiles, it is an indication that he wants food or help. (This is
"saluting a man in the way.") Luke 10:4. Jesus said this in essence: "Don't smile in the way like the
pagan priests do in order to get help. You don't have to do that. You keep going and preach. I will be
with you." Why was Bartimaeus not a poor beggar? (Mark 10:46ff). The key is not the sitting down; he
cast away his robe. The robe, like the Hindu turban, is symbolic of the caste or position in society. This
man was rich, cultured, educated, he was no pauper. He's not there for the money. He is there for
healing. This Bartimaeus believed in his heart chat he could not receive anything from Jesus unless he
had gotten rid of his robe, his self-righteousness, his pride, his status in society. He emptied himself. We
preach this, but never see it happen.
Verses 46-56 Begging; Bartimaeus. Most holy men were wealthy at one time. They gave their
properties away to God, put on robes of holy man, and took vow of poverty. Real beggars are few—they
actually go to the back door of homes, begging for food. There are three places where beggars
congregate: holy rivers on bank, highway side and temple gate. These are not real beggars, but are in
attitude of begging for their religious purposes, mostly the incurables acted as beggars in those places.
They were taught that no person could help them and that they must wait on God who will help them,
perhaps through a holy man. Many of these "beggars" were from wealthy families. They felt that they
must knock all of their pride out and beg in order to get sympathy from God. People who understand the
case do not give money because they know that healing is what the people want. When Peter and John
saw the man begging from them at the temple gate, they said to him, "Look on us." (Away from self and
problem.) Then they ministered healing to the man. At the pool of Bethesda lay a lame man waiting for
the water to be troubled so he could get in first and be healed. Jesus healed him.
In Mark now, blind Bartimaeus was on the highway side in the attitude of begging while waiting for
healing. His name meant "son of Timaeus." No real beggar would give his father's name like that. He
heard that Jesus was coming and believed that Jesus could heal him. He cried out for Jesus and others
told him to be quiet. Most people would rather go to someone else than Christ, even though he said for
people to come to him and he would in no wise cast them out. Bartimaeus cast his robe off when Jesus
called him. (Hindus wear turbans, Jews wear robes.) These beggars wear the robe and turban of their
class to show that they are begging not for money, but for healing. The word "garment" here should be
"robe." It was a robe of culture, class, distinction, dignity. When Christ called, Bartimaeus would not go
to him with his own self-made dignity, status and righteousness. He cast away his robe, casting away all
his pride so that he could obtain wholeness, salvation.
We must cast off our robes which are self-made righteousness. They are filthy rags. Jesus
understood what Bartimaeus was doing: "Thy faith hath made thee whole." "Garment" could be any
article of clothing. "Robe" was a distinctive thing.
Verse 48 This man Bartimaeus was a Jew. They never insult the servants that come to work in their
homes because they are their own blood. Bartimaeus was claiming this true heritage when he called,
"Thou son of David." "And many charged him...." They told him not to shout too much because he will come.
Verse 50 "Garment" means any article of clothing. Here it should be robe. The Jews in the East wear a
robe signifying that that man, although he is in the art of begging, he is not begging. They give respect by
the clothing they wear. He wouldn't go to Jesus with his robe on because he knew he must make himself
clean if he was going to put on the robe of righteousness. When he threw his robe away, it was a sign of faith.
"Casting away his garment." The word "garment" should be "robe." Garment means a part of
clothing. Robe is in addition to the clothing.
Many people think that there are a lot of beggars in the East. This is true, but there are reasons for
this which must be understood. It does not mean that people in the East are poorer than people in the
West. Here in America people need a license to beg and they must sell pencils or something. In the East,
begging is linked up with religion. Some people may feel led to give up everything that they have and
take up a beggar's bowl and spend the rest of their lives begging. Buddha was a prince, and he gave up
everything to start begging. These beggars sleep under the trees and keep walking from place to place.
At the time to eat, someone will place some food in their bowl and they don't have to ask anyone for it.
Here we call such a man a bum. Over in the East, he is considered as equal to God, and he is respected by
everyone. This is why there are so many holy men in India in the begging attitude. They have helpless
incurable diseases and the doctors gave up saying "Only God can heal you." The parents or relatives of
these diseased people will take them to one of three places: (1.) highway side, public thoroughfare; (2.)
temple gates; and (3.) holy rivers.
The people in these places are not beggars in reality, they are only acting as beggars because their
religion tells them that their only hope to have God heal them, is to humble themselves by becoming beggars.
Suppose my son is a blind man and doctors have given up all hope for him. In the morning, I will
dress him up. Among the Hindus there are different kinds of head dress. Only certain class of people
wear turban which is wrapped up from yards of material. High class will wear a turban which is wrapped
already and has gold trim or lace. I will put the turban on my son and take him to one of the healing
places where there may be hundreds of people waiting for healing. My son will sit down with a begging
bowl and cry out. "Boxes, boxes," which means, "Give me charity." People sit in rows as long as 3/4
mile on either side of the passageway to the temple. Some of these people may sit for years. Most of the
temples in the East are built on mountains. St. Thomas went to India and built a temple on St. Thomas
mountain which is near Madras.
Whenever there is chaos or crisis, the person will go to mountain with a temple and beat their breasts
and cry, "Lord, what have I done to deserve this?" The pagans thought that God was only in the temple
on the mountain.
Verses 1-3 Colt which Jesus rode. The criticism in the Western world is that Jesus was teaching his
disciples bad manners and that they should have asked permission first to take the colt. In the East,
everyone gives the firstborn of their animals to the temple. These animals are tied around the temple and
are cared for by servants. Most of the time, the temple was at the entrance to the village. The colt did not
have a private owner—it belonged to the Lord. The disciples were not breaking any rule of etiquette.
Verse 2: "Whereon never a man sat." It does not mean that the colt was too rude to be sat on. No
one had a right to sit on it because it belonged to God. Anyone who claimed the animals for the service
of God could take them. In the afternoon, the animals could take a walk in the streets. Sometimes they
would lie in the streets and eat fruit in the market. Must let them do as they please.
Verses 1-6 Colt, temple, firstfruits. Jesus Christ took a colt without anyone's permission. How did he
just go take the colt? The colt was tied at the entrance of the village. It also had no owner. Also the
firstborn, the firstfruits of animals, should be given to the Lord, handed over to the priest. They are tied to
the big temple (like a cathedral) which is right on the edge of town. These animals are cared for by the
servants at the temple. They are waiting to be used in the Lord's service. They belong to God. This is
why Jesus needed no one's permission. God was the owner. If these animals go and do something at a
shop (when let loose), people cannot beat them because they are the Lord's. Any beasts in the streets are
let loose for a walk and then they are gathered to be put under shelter. They do this for instance: animals
are taken through the town to go grazing and it is early in the morning. Later in the evening, as the cattle
and men return to the temple, they travel through the town. So Jesus said to get a colt. The men who
carried this out were Oriental and understood what Jesus wanted. The reason verse 2 says no man had sat
on the colt was because it was a temple animal and not used for riding.
Verses 1-8 Garments (scripture not given).
Rent your clothes is rend your garments. This shows anger in sorrow. This is submission to the
king. Many spread their garments in the way. Others spread branches of the coconut and pomegranate,
plankton, date palms in the way. This is in honor of the king. Here this signifies that the people
recognized Jesus as their king, just as when the shepherds brought him gifts at birth. Herod didn't like it,
but they did it anyway.
Verse 2 In the East, the firstborn of all the animals are given to the temple. They are always tied up
near the temple because they belong to God. They are always at the entrance of every city where the
temple is. "Whereon never a man sat," means nobody had sat on it because it belonged to God. No
permission was needed to get this colt because he was waiting to be used by the Lord. He said, "The Lord
had need of him" because that would be all right; but if they said, "Jesus needed him," that would be a
crime because Jesus is a common name.
Colt on which Jesus road. According to Levitical law, first colt or calf, etc., was dedicated to the
temple use because firstfruits always go to God. These animals are cared for by the temple servants and
are allowed to go for a walk during the day. They are allowed to eat anything they want to from the
market. No one will hit them. No one would disturb these animals for any reason. Jesus did not ask
anyone for permission because it belonged to God. No one would refuse use for the Lord.
"Whereon never a man sat," does not mean it was wild. It was sat upon because it was dedicated to
the Lord.
Verse 7 They cast their garments on him because the colt did not have a saddle on him. The word
"garments" should be "cloaks." They used their cloaks and not rugs because using their cloaks means
they surrender themselves to the Lord. The idea is here, these are our coats, you ride upon us.
Cast garment on colt. They were recognizing Christ as the king. They were signifying that we can
surrender ourselves to him. We surrender body, heart, soul, mind to him so that he can rule us.
Verses 7 and 8 (Song of Solomon 2:1-4)
Verse 4: The banner should be a canopy about six yards long and two yards wide made with white
cloth held by sticks, two in front and two in back. If a man is saved from an avenger of blood, he puts a
canopy over the man in whose name he was saved. The man who was saved walks in front of the canopy
telling everybody to come and see what I am, because of the man under the canopy.
In the East, during the ten-day marriage ceremony, they eat all the meals in the bride's home at the
expense of the bridegroom. When the marriage is over on the tenth day, there is a final reception at a big
hall (like a city hall) that can hold everybody. The bride and groom walk under the canopy from the
bride's house to the hall on a red carpet, or their good friends put their coats down for them to walk on,
just like Mark 11:7,8, to show affection. The bride and groom walk hand in hand under the canopy for
the only time in their marriage. After that the woman walks behind the man. Our way of walking arm in
arm would make a Hindu say, "The poor woman, she has no liberty at all, the fellow can't trust her so he
hangs onto her." Spiritualization: the canopy was love. Bishop goes into Jesus being our bridegroom
walking hand in hand.
Verse 8 The branches of palm leaves stand for praise.
Verses 12-14 (Micah 4:4; John 1:48) Vine represents spiritual security—peace, joy, love, faith, etc. Fig
tree represents material security. Symbolic of prosperity. You can't destroy fig—it represents house of
God. They are taught if you kill one, you will bleed in nose and die. That's why Peter marvelled in Mark
11:12-14; 20-24 with the cursing of a fig tree. In Eastern culture should bring death. Jesus said, "Have
faith of God. Don't think according to culture." We have absolute security as children of God (teaching
and preaching). In East, if woman has to work for a living and has young children, you can't keep them
inside the huts. They bring them and keep them under a fig tree nearby to where they work (John 1:48).
Means I knew you since you were a child. People sitting under fig tree have nothing to fear. He also
could have heard about him from others and used this idiom.
Verses 12-14, 20 and 21 It was the time of figs, but not of the fruit. In their translation they call them
raw figs and ripe figs. When Jesus came, there were no raw figs. That meant that tree was never going to
bear fruit, because if it was going to bear fruit, it would have raw figs on it. "The time of figs was not
yet," means "the time of ripened figs was not yet."
Verses 12-24 "Fig tree." When visiting temples in East, some are built on hilltops, night and day. You
will see several wild bananas planted which are "sweeter than honey" (1 to 1½" long). Also
pomegranates, figs and apples are nearby. Nobody has to pay to eat these, they are freely available.
However, no one is to take a knife along. If these trees are touched which belong to God, you will bleed
in your nose and die. When Jesus cursed the fig tree, Peter was astonished with wonderment. Peter never
got as wondered when the lepers were healed, or the blind healed, or Lazarus raised from the dead. Why
for a small fig tree? Because this was contrary to the custom. They expected Jesus to bleed in his nose
and die. Jesus knew what they thought. He said, "Have faith in God."
Verse 13 "Fig tree." Leaves and figs come together. You can't see figs without leaves or leaves without
figs. They come together. When Jesus saw leaves, he expected to see the green figs also. (Not the ripe
figs as of yet, but the green figs.) The figs take time to ripen as does other fruit. These figs aren't as
sweet as the ripe figs, but they're edible.
"Jesus came, if haply..." why if haply? Somebody else might have eaten them before him. A fig tree
on the roadside, anybody can eat from—it's public property.
When he came to it, he only found leaves—no figs. If time of figs not yet, how dare Christ look for
figs? He looked for figs because there were leaves.
"The time of figs was not yet..." It was the fig season, but not the fruit season as of yet. The time of
ripe figs was not as yet. But, it was fig season because there were green leaves. "He is suspicious (or
doubtful) if there is anything on it at all," Sanskrit, "because it is not a fruit season."
Verses 13 and 14 The figs and leaves come together. Jesus saw leaves and went over to tree to gather
figs, little green figs. When leaves are present, there are figs. The translation is poor here. It should
read, "for the time of RIPE figs was not yet." When Jesus went over having seen the leaves, he found no
figs at all. This tree never did bear anything. It only had the outward appearance of being fruitful. It is
symbolic of many Christians.
"The time of (ripe) figs" — ripe should be added. Jesus looked for the green figs and they were not
there. Why did he look for the figs? He wanted a green fig.
Fig tree. The criticism or contradiction from the church's point of view is this: if the time of figs is
not yet, how dare you look for figs? When he found no figs on the tree—how unlawful Christ was!
Unjust! This is the cultivated fig tree, not the sycamore tree. When the leaves come, the figs must also
come with them. Figs and leaves together. Can't have one without another. These figs that come with
the leaves are little green figs. Takes time for them to ripen. The green figs are edible, but they're not as
sweet as they are when they are ripe.
"If haply" = if perhaps. Why does Jesus say this? If there were leaves, there had to be figs. Answer:
The tree was on the roadside and people may have eaten them up. Although there were leaves, the figs
may have been eaten by those that went before him. Every person has a right to eat the fruit of anybody's
tree on the roadside. People usually have something for the next guy to eat—don't eat everything
generally. He found nothing but leaves-means he found no sign of figs. If the figs had been plucked from
the tree, you could have noticed where it had been plucked from. There was no such evidence that figs
had ever been on the leaves in the first place. "For the time of (RIPE fruit) figs is not yet." It was the fig
season, that's why there were leaves, not fruit season as of yet. This tree never had any buds on the leaves
to start with.
Spiritual application: When one appears to be saved by outward appearance, but no fruit, that's the
picture here. We impress people, but have no salvation.
Verse 14 The fig tree is symbolic of the household of God, it was death for anyone to kill one of these
trees. This was the custom and yet Jesus didn't die when he cursed the fig tree. People were taught that if
they killed a fig tree, they would bleed at the nose and die. This is why Peter was astonished. We are to
live like Mt. Zion which cannot be removed.
Verse 15 (Matthew 21:12) Jesus drove people out of temple not because they were exploiting the
people, but because they tried to find an entrance into heaven by doing works. They tried to earn
salvation. Christ said he was the way—not works. (Could be Matthew 21:12; Mark 11:15—not given.)
Good works don't get you saved—self-righteousness is a filthy rag. You can't go to God with rags on.
Verse 17 Many people think that he drove them out because they were making a stack of money. They
were not making money at all. He drove them out because they were buying and selling in order to have
eternal life through their good works. This still goes on in India. Any way which is not the Jesus way is a
way of thieves and robbers.
Verse 21 The word "cursedst" should be "denounced or command."
Verse 23 See I Samuel 12:17
Whosoever—that's why they can do it. As we exercise God's law, it shall come to pass.
Mountain plucked up. Believe that things that you said, not prayed for, shall come to pass. Words
have great power, because backed up by God within you. Believe in that authority. Trouble is actually
don't believe—don't act. Don't appropriate authority. Why? Don't believe because don't act, for every
man who believes acts. See if you believe by acting. Why we should believe—because God said so. It is
a law of God, not because we deserve it. No matter what or who the person is, whosoever. We as sons of
God are more covered than whosoever! Rejoice, appropriate, assimilate it and act on it, a million times.
More than any "Tom, Dick or Harry," because sons and joint-heirs. What you say happens to you no
matter who or where you are. Example: Friend of Bishop's, and holy man, does not know Christ, yet
uses this law.
Devil does not do wonderful things, can only block and fool you, deceive, cheat, cause fear, tricks.
Always looking for fears—we've been brought up that way. Spoon-feed on negativism and doubt, believe
that way. Yield rather than take the authority of the king and say, "Thus saith the Lord!" Jesus and
sycamine tree is saying don't keep counting the problems, the troubles or they will then grow. Keep your
eyes on Christ, exercise authority; speak words. Don't pray it—say it with authority. Say I can because
we're God's children, a royal priesthood, born for glory. SAY IT! In rut because have been in it for a
long time.
Verse 24 "...believe that ye have received them..." (Translation)
(No orientalisms, teaching on believing.) When you pray, believe. When you believe and give
thanks in your heart, you must be assured by thanking that you have received it. If you are sure on the
inside that God heard your prayer, it will automatically expose or present itself outwardly, physically.
First be sure spiritually, inside. Make sure you know what God says He will do. Once you are sure of
what God will do, that is believing. Then it will appear in the physical realm. Then expect to receive it!
If you are not sure inside, you cannot be confident externally.
Verses 1-3 When you lease a vineyard in the East, you must give the owner of the vineyard so much a
year, or so much a crop, that is in money. If the man sends a servant and says go get some grapes, the
owner may tell him that he agreed to give him so much a crop and didn't agree to give him the grapes.
That is why they beat him. There are a lot of quarrels like that in the East.
"...built a tower...." The tower is referring to the wine press. To take the place of a wine press, they
build a tower.
Verse 10 In the East when they build the houses, they gather all the material first and then they send for
the builder or contractor. The one who is having the building built argues with the contractor over the
stones which the contractor rejects. The owner says they cost him money and time to bring them here,
because he thought it was a good stone. After much argument, the builder says he wants the stone there -
to throw it in the corner.
Verse 14 The Jews were objecting to paying the head tax. They were paying taxes on property and
income and didn't object to that. There was a head tax on the cattle, but they didn't want a head tax on
themselves. The head tax on themselves should be paid to the temple and not to a foreign ruler. "...Is it
lawful to give tribute to Caesar..." should be "...Is it lawful to pay a head tax...." They pay the political
taxes in Roman money and the money to temple was Jewish.
Verse 39 The chief seats are nearer the pulpit. "Upper-most room" should be "uppermost seats." They
are seats of honor. Men do all the business. In the East, if a woman's husband dies, she goes to the
temple to pick a trustee, a man whom she thinks is capable to handle all her business affairs in connection
with her home. She spends all day at the temple listening to the prayers of many of the men and the one
who prays the longest, she considers him as the one worthy of her choosing.
Verses 41-43 In the Eastern temples they don't pass collection plates. In the center of the church or
temple they have a huge vessel of goatskin which hangs from the ceiling, just low enough to be able to
reach and put money in. Nobody knows who is putting how much in, but Jesus knew.
Verses 41-44 Treasury in the temple. How did Jesus know who put in more and who put in less? In the
temple, a big brass vessel is tied from the roof and hangs down. It is huge and is at a height so that only
the edge can be reached. It is impossible for anyone to know how much anyone else is putting in. It's a
huge vessel made of five metals and suspended from four chains. Jesus must have known by revelation.
Verse 42 Widow's mite. There are four farthings to one penny. Pie—penny in India. 12 pies—one
anna in India. 10 annas—one rupee in India. In the temples, they don't have a plate as we do for the
collection. There is a big brass vessel tied up to the ceiling with chains. This huge brass vessel is made
of five metals. You can only reach it enough to put money in, it's too deep to put your hand in. The five
metals represent the five senses. Nobody knows how much you put in but you. Here everybody knows.
Jesus knew how much she put in by revelation.
Verse 6 There are so many Negroes, so many Hindus, so many Americans, that say they are Christ.
They say, I don't have to look for any Christ, I am Christ. They are false Christ's.
Verse 14 When a city or a town is besieged by the enemy, they barricade their houses and flee to the
temples in the East. The enemy will not attack the temples. In the old days, they had a principle that
whenever people were hiding in the temple, they would not attack it. While they are in the temple, the
rubbish piles up in the streets and everything gets filthy because the people cannot clean it up. That is
why they call it abomination of desolation.
Verse 15 Their housetops are all close together and they can walk from housetop to housetop all down
the street. They don't go upstairs from inside. They go to the garden wall and from the wall you go
upstairs. That's why Jesus said not to go down in the house. Because if you go downstairs and get
something, and then go out in the street, you will be caught. Verses 14 to 27 are still future prophecy.
Verses 17 and 18 Tribulation period. Be prepared (not much explanation).
Verse 27 "Four winds..." should be four corners. "Winds" in the Bible are corners.
Verse 30 The generations when these things start to happen shall not pass away till all the things be done.
Verse 32 We know the signs but not the day and hour when these things happen.
Verse 37 If the master of the house in the East goes away, some of the servants sleep and the rest stay
awake and keep the light burning. That is the way they are trained. But sometimes they fall asleep and
then they get fired. Jesus means we should not sleep spiritually.
Verses 1 and 2 Usually on the feast days in the Orient they try to get rid of all the criminals, those that
have been dodging the police. No matter how bad they are, they are honest enough to come back to their
hometown on the feast day. The policemen all watch for them and kill them or take them prisoner or
whatever the law may be.
Verse 3 Simon the leper was not a leper then. He was already healed. They just called him Simon the
leper to distinguish him. An "alabaster box of ointment" is a very precious box of perfumes. India is the
leading country for perfumes. In the olden days they used to trade their perfumes with Rome. Very
seldom do they take perfumes to the king. The ordinary people do not take perfumes to the king. No
Easterner will go to a servant of God with empty hands. Their law is you must not go to the priest or a
servant of God with empty hands. You take some sort of present to show love and respect for their position.
A minister, a woman with no family, an expectant mother and a sick woman—they cannot go to see
them with empty hands. They take presents to those people also. Kings in the East are also priests. That
has been a tradition right through. If you are a priest and a king both, you will demonstrate loving
kindness in your ruler ship. "...poured it on his head..." should be sprinkled it on his head.
Verse 5 "Murmured" because of jealousy.
Verses 12 and 13 Man bearing pitcher of water. Men don't carry a pitcher of water. The pitcher is
made of clay and they carry it on their head without holding it with their hands. Men carry water in
goatskin bottles. Bottles made with skins. They carry these on their back. Women never carry them on
their backs. They use their heads and pitchers. This man was carrying a pitcher. This was for a sign.
Verse 13 Pitchers are earthen vessels which only women carry on their heads. Men carry water in
goatskin bottles on their backs. No woman will carry a goatskin bottle on her back like a man, and no
man will carry a pitcher on his head like a woman does. If a man has to use a pitcher, he carries it on his
shoulder, never on his head. The Bishop has seldom seen it. They don't have to carry water to the
temple, because there is already water in the temple.
(Psalm 119:83) Bottle in the smoke. Bottle—made of goatskin tanned inside. Cut of leg skin at
knees and sewed up knees. Pour water in at neck and tie it up with piece of rope. Men carry this on back.
Women carry water in clay pitcher on head. Never interchange. Mark 14:13, if Jesus had said they
would meet a woman bearing a pitcher of water, they might have met 100 of them. But this was a man
with the goatskin bottle, a very clear-cut sign.
See John 4:7-26
Luke 22:10. "Man bearing a pitcher of water." Christ will always tell us just exactly what we are to
do in every situation so we are not confused—only one man with pitcher of water. This would be easily
noticed by the man, because it was so unusual. Only very, very poor people have to buy water. Live in
mud huts 10'x20'. Bring water home and tie it to the ceiling. Wife cooks with thorns and thistles which
crackle and smoke (no chimney), and the smoke goes, to the ceiling and the skin bottle gets all burnt and
scarred just hanging there with nothing to say about it. They also kept their animals tied up inside.
Spiritual application: If a man is in a helpless situation, going through crisis or cares, can't defend
himself, he's boiling, burning, suffering pain and agony, a disaster, then that man is a "bottle in the
smoke." But he should never forget God's statutes. That will be his only solution. Seek the Lord and He
will deliver you.
Christ told his disciples in preparation for Passover to go to town and meet a man carrying a pitcher
of water. Men don't carry water that way...then why does it say it?
(Bishop says that: Christ so ordained him that this man should be carrying a pitcher of water—just
for greeting these disciples. So when we need guidance in any given matter, go to Christ and he'll tell us
the way and walk ye in it. When He says so, there will be no confusion whatsoever. Why a man carrying
water and not woman—only one man. Wonderful Jesus gives wonderful counsel in all our difficulties
when lean hard on him and look to him for guidance. He will say this or that is so. He is our lord and
When water is scarce, poorer people have to buy water for drinking purposes, and for family use.
Wealthy people have own wells in their gardens. There is a town well, but if water is scarce, poor have to
buy their water while rich have their own wells. Sell in market in the skins. Man goes and buys
according to his need, fills his bottle of skin, takes it home and ties up to "so called" ceiling. Houses—
mud huts with roof of coconut or palm leaves—not much beams or rafters. Like a boot rather than a
house. Low—have to bow down to get in. Man lives there with wife, children, cows, goats, sheep,
chicken. All sleep together!! No door on the huts.
In America, don't know about such things. God is not gracious because you are wonderful, but that
you may turn into being wonderful. Not because you deserve it, only by grace we are what we are, by
grace alone. People so poor they have no change of clothing. Live and die in it. Rich will not let them
bathe in their pools and they have none of their own. Hang bottle from pole in ceiling, looks like goat
hanging down. Wife cooks food there in same place. Oven made of stone and mud, pot put on top of
stone, and she can't afford good fuel like wood or anything, therefore, she brings the grass of the field.
Jesus said grass of the field would grow and be burned up. Thorns and thistles don't give off much heat
and is used up soon. All the heat and smoke all go to this bottle which is hanging there—no chimneys, no
windows. In course of time, bottle becomes cracked and begins to leak and is of no use. Bottle cannot
speak back, cannot defend himself; cannot help himself—tied helplessly, hopelessly, no one to help.
That's the picture David had in his mind. Smoke and heat go up to bottle. Bottle is in helpless
condition—time of crisis. He (David) was in the midst of crisis from which he couldn't get out and no
one could help him. When in this condition, idiom is used for expression.
A man bearing a pitcher of water. Men never carry pitchers of water. Women carry pitchers of
water on their heads. Men carry bottles of water on their backs. A pitcher is a mud pot. If God had said
that they would meet a woman with a pitcher of water, they would have probably met 15 to 100 different
women that day. However, a man with a pitcher of water is very unusual and would be easier for these
two to recognize.
Verse 14 Guestchamber. One room in many Eastern homes is reserved as a "guestchamber" for any
visiting holy man. It is upstairs, set apart.
Verses 18-20 Dippeth in the dish, sop, covenant of salt. On important occasions, all of the food is put in
a big, large, wide bowl of brass. All wash their hands and pick their food from this one bowl; usually
done in a covenant situation. Men sit around in a circle and determine to do something for the lord
together. Eating in this manner food that is salted, means they will stand and stick together to carry out
that which they promise to do. Here in verses 18-20, the Passover was being eaten. In this meal, with salt
being eaten, Judas Iscariot was planning to betray the lord for 30 pieces of silver. Jesus Christ was aware
of this. No one in the East does any harm to a man whose salt he ate.
People in East would talk out all business, then eat. When they ate, they ratified that to which they
had agreed. In the East, people ate with their fingers.
Verse 20 Sometimes the Eastern people eat in several dishes. If they want to impress people with their
trustworthiness, they dip from hand to hand. After you eat in the same dish with someone, you are never
to do them any harm.
Verse 36 "Abba" is another word for father. They give the same name to an only child. Abba is a very
loving term for father.
Verse 44 Kissing is a token or confirmation of discipleship. All the disciples kiss their master whenever
they go or come in. This was a kiss of treachery by Judas.
Verse 47 This sword is not really a sword. It is a dagger. They carry a knife for the fruits and things
they eat, not to kill anybody with.
Verses 51 and 52 The young man referred to here is John Mark. This upper room was probably in his home.
Verse 63 Clothes should be mantle. Whenever you say clothes it means mantle. A mantle is a cloth 3
or 4 yards long and 18" wide. That is what the poor people have to sleep in. But it is used by the other
people too. They fold it so many times and then they have it hanging down to the knee. In the Western
church it is called a stole, a mantle of authority. Throwing the mantle implies that you are called to the
ministry and if you submit, you are protected. If he was walking on the street and someone came up to
him and said his mother had died, he would quickly rent the mantle and throw it away. Renting a mantle
is an outward sign of anger or sorrow. In this case, the high priests rent their mantles because they were
angry at Jesus. A boy receives his mantle or stole when he is 12 years old. The holy man whispers
something into his ear. This is when he is considered being born for the second time or born again.
Verse 65 They covered his face and started to pinch him and cried out for him to say who was pinching
him. If the women in the East want to smack their children, they use their fingers and not the palm. They
are very careful not to use the palm. Once you strike a man with palm, you are not only showing your
vengeance toward him, but you are pronouncing bad things for him.
Verse 70 "...speech agreeth thereto." Means that he spoke with the accent of a Galilean.
Verse 72 About four o'clock, the cock crows and all the people get up. Again at six o'clock when it is
light, the cock crows. They wait until the cock crows before they get up. They also look at the stars to
see if the cock was on time.
Verse 2 "...Thou sayest it..." does not mean you said it. It means, " are saying I am a political
king, but I'm not."
Verse 6 It is a custom to release prisoners on special feast days. Kings have power to release whom they will.
Verse 15 Scourging him is beating him. That is a bad Oriental practice. If a man is caught committing
a crime, the people beat him on the way to the police station. They do it to get a quick confession from
the criminal and also to appease the people. That is why Pilate did it.
Verse 19 A reed is symbolic of weakness. In this case symbolic of despising.
Verse 21 See John 19:17
Simon of Cyrene. When an Easterner is compelled to go a mile, he will go two miles.
Verse 23 "Myrrh" was wine with myrrh in it. They used it to ease pain. He did not receive it.
Verse 34 "My God, my God for this purpose you have preserved me." (Translation)
Verse 35 "Elias" means God. Eli in Arabic is God. Elijah in Hebrew is God.
Verse 36 "And one ran and filled a sponge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed,....'' This refers to when
Jesus said, "I thirst." Instead of giving them water, they give them vinegar. The enemy always gives gall,
which is not water. Another act of triumph was when Jesus refused the wine with myrrh. This was
always given when people met this kind of death. A "reed" always showed "weakness" in the Bible.
The Nazarenes put up with the least amount they can get away with. The Hindus believe they are
gods. Each person is a god. Aseeism is the highest of Buddhism. Avikism is the highest philosophy of
The children of Japanese, Hindus, Assyrians and Mesopotamians all grow straight hair. The children
of Japan progressed first. One part of the children of Japan went westward and called themselves
Europeans, and the rest went eastward. All the people with broad faces, small eyes and a short nose are
Mongolians. The Chinese, Japanese and American Indians come under Mongolian culture.
The Easterners are dark because they have been in the hot, warm climate for hundreds and thousands
of years. Kashmir people are just as bright as any white person. God did not make a yellow man or
brown man, but he did make a black man. In the East all children are born white. The Vide Council is
whiter than any of us. Negro is dark because he travels so much, but his sister is white. Most Hindus can
pass for Frenchmen. Southerners are darker than northerners because they live nearer the Equator. You
can't change the features of any face, but you can change the color. You can't change the color of the
black. Arabs are not black. Nobody is black in the world except in India. Moses married a black
woman. Everyone in the East thinks we don't like black people. Bishop thinks it is a lie. The Bishop
says we do not like the Negroes not because of their color, but because of their cultural background. The
people of India act toward the untouchables like we do toward our Negroes. It will take another billion
years for the untouchables to get on their feet. The Bishop claims the English are Caucasians. The
English people are a mixture of French, German, Norwegian, etc. The true British in England are the
Welsh. They speak their own language.
Verse 43 Joseph of Arimathea was a southerner or a Jew. Jesus was hated by the Jews because he was a
Galilean. The Jews were spiteful against the Galileans as a whole and not especially against Jesus. In the
East, no matter how much they despised him when he was alive, when he dies all the people take part in
the burying of him. Cast, color, prejudice, etc., doesn't matter.
Verse 1 When the body is laid in the tomb by the Jewish people, it is not covered by earth. From the
first day they can go and pour spices on the body. That is anointing. All the relatives can do that.
Verse 12 The phrase "appeared in another form," should be "unrecognizable."
Verse 18 "They shall take up serpents..." doesn't mean they have to actually go and pick one up. If they
should accidentally be bitten by one, it shall not hurt them. In the East, there are a lot more serpents than
in the West. That is why they carry lamps when they travel at night. That way they stay out of the way of
the snakes. "If they drink any deadly thing," means should they be poisoned, they will not be hurt.
Should their drink be poisoned, it shall not hurt them. In the East, many people are poisoned when they
become Christians.
Another truth about snakes. Once the type of snakes we have in the East are disturbed and attacked,
they never forget the person or lose track of them. They will follow you continuously until the day they
die. They will bite you when you are sleeping, eating, etc. They will never leave you alone.
Verse 19 To sit on the right hand is the right hand of power, glory and majesty. The right hand means
power, authority, dominion, majesty and glory, all given to the Son, Jesus Christ, who accomplished that.