In the last thread in this series I only covered 8 sayings in Thomas... for this part I will be skipping many of the sayings that don't really relate
to what is said in the gospels... Of course the goal of these discussions is to examine which sayings do relate to the gospels in the bible.
I will cover the rest as much as I can in the next part of this series
So we continue on...
9 Jesus said, "Now the sower went out, took a handful (of seeds), and scattered them. Some fell on the road; the birds came and gathered them up.
Others fell on the rock, did not take rood in the soil, and did not produce ears. And others fell on thorns; they choked the seed(s) and worms ate
them. And others fell on the good soil and produced good fruit: it bore sixty per measure and a hundred and twenty per measure."
this saying can be found in all three of the synoptics Matthew 13, Mark 4, and Luke 8...
10 Jesus said, "I have cast fire upon the world, and see, I am guarding it until it blazes."
I came to cast fire upon the earth; and would that it were already kindled!
14 is a complicated saying involving parts of the gospels combined into one....
Jesus said to them, "If you fast, you will give rise to sin for yourselves; and if you pray, you will be condemned; and if you give alms, you will
d6o harm to your spirits.
(Relating to the condition of the heart... reference Matthew 6)
When you go into any land and walk about in the districts, if they receive you, eat what they will set before you, and heal the sick among them.
Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you; 10.9 heal the sick in it and say to them, 'The kingdom of God has come
near to you.
For what goes into your mouth will not defile you, but that which issues from your mouth - it is that which will defile you."
16 Jesus said, "Men think, perhaps, that it is peace which I have come to cast upon the world. They do not know that it is dissension which I have
come to cast upon the earth: fire, sword, and war. For there will be five in a house: three will be against two, and two against three, the father
against the son, and the son against the father. And they will stand solitary."
Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 10.35 For I have come to set a man against his
father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; 10.36 and a man's foes will be those of his own
Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division; 12.52 for henceforth in one house there will be five
divided, three against two and two against three; 12.53 they will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and
daughter against her mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law."
20 The disciples said to Jesus, "Tell us what the Kingdom of Heaven is like." He said to them, "It is like a mustard seed, the smallest of all
seeds. But when it falls on tilled soil, it produces a great plant and becomes a shelter for birds of the sky."
Reference the parable of the mustard seed covered in all three of the synoptic gospels...
24 His disciples said to Him, "Show us the place where You are, since it is necessary for us to seek it." He said to them, "Whoever has ears, let
him hear. There is light within a man of light, and he (or "it") lights up the whole world. If he (or "it") does not shine, he (or "it") is
Your eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is sound, your whole body is full of light; but when it is not sound, your body is full of darkness.
25 Jesus said, "Love your brother like your soul, guard him like the pupil of your eye."
Love your neighbour like your self?
26 Jesus said, "You see the mote in your brothers eye, but you do not see the beam in your own eye. When you cast the beam out of your own eye, then
you will see clearly to cast the mote from your brother's eye."
Matthew 7... Judge not
Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 6.42 Or how can you say to your brother,
'Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,' when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take
the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother's eye.
30 Jesus said, "Where there are three gods, they are gods. Where there are two or one, I am with him
Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 18.20 For where two or
three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them."
31 Jesus said, "No prophet is accepted in his own village; no physician heals those who know him."
Found in all four of the biblical gospels...
32 Jesus said, "A city being built on a high mountain and fortified cannot fall, nor can it be hidden."
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
33 Jesus said, "Preach from your housetops that which you will hear in your ear [(and) in the other ear]. For no one lights a lamp and puts it
under a bushel, nor does he put it in a hidden place, but rather he sets it on a lampstand so that everyone who enters and leaves will see its
Found in all four of the biblical gospels, and reiterated more then once in Matthew
34 Jesus said, "If a blind man leads a blind man, they will both fall into a pit."
One of my favorite verses... Found in both Matthew and Luke
35 Jesus said, "It is not possible for anyone to enter the house of a strong man and take it by force unless he binds his hands; then he will (be
able to) ransack his house."
Or how can one enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house.
But no one can enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man; then indeed he may plunder his house.
When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace; 11.22 but when one stronger than he assails him and overcomes him, he
takes away his armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoil.
36 Jesus said, "Do not be concerned from morning until evening and from evening until morning about what you will wear."
Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is
not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat, nor about your body, what you shall put on. 12.23 For life is more than
food, and the body more than clothing.
More to come in the Part III
In all honesty who can deny the connection between Jesus and these sayings?
The parallels are uncanny!