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Who is the Greatest?


And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way? (Mark:9:33)


But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest. (Mark:9:34)


And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all. (Mark:9:35)


And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them, (Mark:9:36)


Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me. (Mark:9:37)


Matthew


At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? (Matthew:18:1)


The phrase, “Kingdom of Heaven” is not found in the Gospel of Mark.


The phrase, “Kingdom of Heaven” is used once in the Gospel of Luke.


The phrase, “Kingdom of Heaven” is found thirty-two times in the Gospel of Matthew.


The “Kingdom of Heaven” is only found in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.


Any phrase, verse, story, sentence, place or name found only in the Gospel of Matthew or only found in the Gospel of Luke or only found in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, more than likely:


1. Wasn’t said.

2. Isn’t true.

3. Doesn’t exist.

4. Never happened.


And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, (Matthew:18:2)


Child - a childling (of either sex) that is (properly) an infant or (by extension) a half-grown boy or girl; figuratively an immature Christian: - (little young) child damsel.


And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew:18:3)


The author of the Gospel of Matthew, using the same, “Child in the mist of them verse,” seems to be taking the audience is a completely different direction from the author of the Gospel of Mark.


Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew:18:4)


The “Kingdom of Heaven,” according to the “Research,” only exists in the “Fertile Imagination” of the author of the Gospel of Matthew’s mind!


In the Gospel of Mark, the answer to the disputed question: Who should be the greatest was, “If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.”


The answer was not, “Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.


The author must be speaking, “Figuratively,” because that’s the only way to be converted, and become as little children.


And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. (Matthew:18:5)


In the Gospel of Mark:


Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me. (Mark:9:37)


Curious….


Luke


Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest. (Luke:9:46)


And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child, and set him by him, (Luke:9:47)


Only in the Gospel of Luke does the character Jesus, “Perceive the thought of their heart.”


And said unto them, Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great. (Luke:9:48)


The author, “Authors” or “Authorities” or whoever, “Fabricated” this account, didn’t completely agree with either the author of the Gospel of Mark or the author of the Gospel of Matthew.


They “Positioned” their response, “Precisely in the Middle which is consistent with the pattern:


Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me. (Mark:9:37)


And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. (Matthew:18:5)


In the Gospel of Mark, the inference is that the character Jesus is the child; whosoever shall receive the child in the character Jesus’ name, receives, “God.”


In the Gospel of Matthew, the inference is that the character Jesus is the child; whosoever shall receive the child receives the character Jesus.


In the Gospel of Luke, the inference is that the character Jesus is the child; whosoever shall receive the child receives the character Jesus, who is “God.”


The above three, “Inferences” sum up the “Agendas” of the authors of the “Synoptic Gospels!”


“He that has ears to hear, let him hear.”


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