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VII    Teachings

Travelling as a group with his twelve disciples he taught with
parables and stories, to help the people relate his teaching in their everyday life. Such as the story of the Good Samaritan, which tells how it is good to be a friend to all people. At a Passover celebration Jesus is appalled by the vulgar transformation of a temple into a market place. Overturning the tables of the tax collectors and merchants he tells them that "his father’s house shall only be a place of worship". Jesus meets tax collectors, and other "wrong doers" of society, befriends them and kindly talks with them about leading a more generous, or pious lifestyle.

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1. "How blessed are those who know their need of God; the kingdom of Heaven is theirs. How blessed are the sorrowful; they shall find consolation. How blessed are those of gentle spirit; they shall have the earth for their possession. How blessed are those who hunger and thirst to see the right prevail; they shall be satisfied. How blessed are those who show mercy; mercy shall be shown to them. How blessed are those whose hearts are pure; they shall see God. How blessed are the peacemakers; God shall call them his sons. How blessed are those who have suffered persecution for the cause of right; the kingdom of Heaven is theirs." Matthew 5:3-10

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MAES, Nicolaes
Christ Blessing the Children
National Gallery, London