A Harmony of The Gospels

{Someone mentioned that the Harmony from Wiki might not be reasonable resource; thus I have updated the Excel Workbook to include two additional resources.  If you would like a copy, let me know, I’d be glad to send you a link.  God Bless! }

 

Harmonies are not that common I am finding out.  I did find a few online, but not as many as I would of thought.  I also thought I could find them in a table like structure such as Microsoft Excel, but none were to be found.

I don’t know how many Bibles have one in them like mine, a NIV Life Application Bible, but I still had to look up the verses.  Below is a Harmony I gathered from Wikipedia.

It is searchable, and one can sort on any of the columns.  The one reason I like this version is because in the cell associated with the Gospel the verse can be found, they don’t just list the book and verse, but the Book as well, this make for copy and pasting into a Bible application more efficient.

In the last column, I have “Occurrences” , this just tells me how many of the Gospels have the same story in it.  Personally, I was most interested in the stories which were in all the Gospels.  Secondly, the stories that were just in the Synoptic Gospels.  I don’t have a search for that, but I am sure you can figure it out 🙂

If you want a copy, I’d be glad to provide you with a link, just ask in the comments.

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Prayers – all kinds . . .

One of the first prayers in the Bible is from the servant of Abraham, he prays that he will find a good wife for Abraham.  I am surprised by how detailed he is about the request, down to where and what she will say.

Genesis 24:12–14 (ESV)

12 And he said, “O Lord, God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham. 13 Behold, I am standing by the spring of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water. 14 Let the young woman to whom I shall say, ‘Please let down your jar that I may drink,’ and who shall say, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels’—let her be the one whom you have appointed for your servant Isaac. By this I shall know that you have shown steadfast love to my master.”

I love Jacob’s prayer here.  He is returning to his homeland and must face Esau for the first time after taking his birthright and prayer from him.

Genesis 32:9–12 (ESV)

And Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O Lord who said to me, ‘Return to your country and to your kindred, that I may do you good,’ 10 I am not worthy of the least of all the deeds of steadfast love and all the faithfulness that you have shown to your servant, for with only my staff I crossed this Jordan, and now I have become two camps. 11 Please deliver me from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau, for I fear him, that he may come and attack me, the mothers with the children. 12 But you said, ‘I will surely do you good, and make your offspring as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.’ ”

The New Jerusalem

Revelation 21:9–21 (ESV)

The New Jerusalem

Then came one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues and spoke to me, saying, “Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. 12 It had a great, high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and on the gates the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel were inscribed— 13 on the east three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. 14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

15 And the one who spoke with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city and its gates and walls. 16 The city lies foursquare, its length the same as its width. And he measured the city with his rod, 12,000 stadia. Its length and width and height are equal. 17 He also measured its wall, 144 cubits by human measurement, which is also an angel’s measurement. 18 The wall was built of jasper, while the city was pure gold, like clear glass. 19 The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every kind of jewel. The first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst. 21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made of a single pearl, and the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.

Verses 9–21
God has various employments for his holy angels. Sometimes they sound the trumpet of Divine Providence, and warn a careless world; sometimes they discover things of a heavenly nature of the heirs of salvation. Those who would have clear views of heaven, must get as near to heaven as they can, on the mount of meditation and faith. The subject of the vision is the church of God in a perfect, triumphant state, shining in its lustre; glorious in relation to Christ; which shows that the happiness of heaven consists in intercourse with God, and in conformity to him. The change of emblems from a bride to a city, shows that we are only to take general ideas from this description. The wall is for security. Heaven is a safe state; those who are there, are separated and secured from all evils and enemies. This city is vast; here is room for all the people of God. The foundation of the wall; the promise and power of God, and the purchase of Christ, are the strong foundations of the safety and happiness of the church. These foundations are set forth by twelve sorts of precious stones, denoting the variety and excellence of the doctrines of the gospel, or of the graces of the Holy Spirit, or the personal excellences of the Lord Jesus Christ. Heaven has gates; there is a free admission to all that are sanctified; they shall not find themselves shut out. These gates were all of pearls. Christ is the Pearl of great price, and he is our Way to God. The street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass. The saints in heaven tread gold under foot. The saints are there at rest, yet it is not a state of sleep and idleness; they have communion, not only with God, but with one another. All these glories but faintly represent heaven.  Henry, M. & Scott, T., 1997. Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary, Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems.

Colossians 3:14 NASB Beyond all these things put on love . . .

Colossians 3:12-14 NASB

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; [13] bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. [14] Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.

It’s NoOne Else . . .

Revelation 19:11–21 (ESV)

The Rider on a White Horse

11 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. 13 He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. 14 And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.

17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and with a loud voice he called to all the birds that fly directly overhead, “Come, gather for the great supper of God, 18 to eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all men, both free and slave, both small and great.” 19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against him who was sitting on the horse and against his army. 20 And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had done the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. 21 And the rest were slain by the sword that came from the mouth of him who was sitting on the horse, and all the birds were gorged with their flesh.

Verses 11–21
Christ, the glorious Head of the church, is described as on a white horse, the emblem of justice and holiness. He has many crowns, for he is King of kings, and Lord of lords. He is arrayed in a vesture dipped in his own blood, by which he purchased his power as Mediator; and in the blood of his enemies, over whom he always prevails. His name is “The Word of God;” a name none fully knows but himself; only this we know, that this Word was God manifest in the flesh; but his perfections cannot be fully understood by any creature. Angels and saints follow, and are like Christ in their armour of purity and righteousness. The threatenings of the written word he is going to execute on his enemies. The ensigns of his authority are his name; asserting his authority and power, warning the most powerful princes to submit, or they must fall before him. The powers of earth and hell make their utmost effort. These verses declare important events, foretold by the prophets. These persons were not excused because they did what their leaders bade them. How vain will be the plea of many sinners at the great day! We followed our guides; we did as we saw others do! God has given a rule to walk by, in his word; neither the example of the most, nor of the chief, must influence us contrary thereto: if we do as the most do, we must go where the most go, even into the burning lake.    Henry, M. & Scott, T., 1997. Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary, Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems.

Warning Against Worldliness

James 4:1–7 (ESV)

Warning Against Worldliness

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

 

Verses 1–10
Since all wars and fightings come from the corruptions of our own hearts, it is right to mortify those lusts that war in the members. Wordly and fleshly lusts are distempers, which will not allow content or satisfaction. Sinful desires and affections stop prayer, and the working of our desires toward God. And let us beware that we do not abuse or misuse the mercies received, by the disposition of the heart when prayers are granted When men ask of God prosperity, they often ask with wrong aims and intentions. If we thus seek the things of this world, it is just in God to deny them. Unbelieving and cold desires beg denials; and we may be sure that when prayers are rather the language of lusts than of graces, they will return empty. Here is a decided warning to avoid all criminal friendships with this world. Worldly-mindedness is enmity to God. An enemy may be reconciled, but “enmity” never can be reconciled. A man may have a large portion in things of this life, and yet be kept in the love of God; but he who sets his heart upon the world, who will conform to it rather than lose its friendship, is an enemy to God. So that any one who resolves at all events to be upon friendly terms with the world, must be the enemy of God. Did then the Jews, or the loose professors of Christianity, think the Scripture spake in vain against this worldly-mindedness? or does the Holy Spirit who dwells in all Christians, or the new nature which he creates, produce such fruit? Natural corruption shows itself by envying. The spirit of the world teaches us to lay up, or lay out for ourselves, according to our own fancies; God the Holy Spirit teaches us to be willing to do good to all about us, as we are able. The grace of God will correct and cure the spirit by nature in us; and where he gives grace, he gives another spirit than that of the world. The proud resist God: in their understanding they resist the truths of God; in their will they resist the laws of God; in their passions they resist the providence of God; therefore, no wonder that God resists the proud. How wretched the state of those who make God their enemy! God will give more grace to the humble, because they see their need of it, pray for it are thankful for it, and such shall have it. Submit to God, ver. (7). Submit your understanding to the truth of God; submit your wills to the will of his precept, the will of his providence. Submit yourselves to God, for he is ready to do you good. If we yield to temptations, the devil will continually follow us; but if we put on the whole armour of God, and stand out against him, he will leave us. Let sinners then submit to God, and seek his grace and favour; resisting the devil. All sin must be wept over; here, in godly sorrow, or, hereafter, in eternal misery. And the Lord will not refuse to comfort one who really mourns for sin, or to exalt one who humbles himself before him.

 

Henry, M. & Scott, T., 1997. Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary, Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems.

Give them a book . . .

If people did not wonder, I would not know the things about the universe, about my own world, let alone my own city that I know now.  Wondering, knowing, and doing things are all a part of education, learning new things, applying knowledge in different and new ways.

It is easy to have the blinders on and not realize the state that I am in.  Meaning, do I have it good, easy, hard difficult.  I may believe I have a challenging life depending on how hungry I am each day.  Maybe I might know how challenging my life is by my surroundings.  Nevertheless, maybe – if I grew up this way, I may just believe this is how life is.

However, I have a good idea of how my world compares to other worlds of other people.  I do have an idea if my world, life is difficult compared to others.  I believe I know what seems to be reasonable and is not.

I say all of this because in my world, the United States, I am amazed of how our world relates and compares to other nations.  What about the people, how do they survive as compared to me?

I see the news, the advertisements about how people in other nations live, survive, die, their culture.  But even closer than that, I am aware of how others, many others in my own city, nearby cities, state and country are surviving compared to others.

All of this to get to this point.  It amazes me how lucky so many people are in the world to be able to even have the desire to accomplish “great things” in their lives.  Meaning, they are able to pick something they are good at, other than just surviving and work on it until they are the best at it.

I have this vision of going to a place where having food and water for that day was an accomplishment and hand them a book of:  Positive Thinking, How to Set Goals, Dress for Success, I don’t know, give them one of the thousands of “self-help” books published here in the United States each year.  I just wonder if these books will help them.

I have to be amazed when I compare and contrast what we, in the United States, are able to choose to “survive”.  The key words is chooseIn many places, the word choose, I do not believe is even a part of their vocabulary.  What if you went up to a young person in one of these places where finding food each day was not a guarantee, and told them that there are people in the United States who can earn their living by running from one spot to another as fast as they could.  What if I told them they could earn their living by jumping over a bar as high as they could, could earn a living or driving a car really fast, or singing a song, or playing an instrument or just talking? These same people also earn so much money, they have multiple houses, cars, frigerators full of food, parties that cost more than they can dream of earning in their life.

I feel that we, especially in the United States, forget how lucky we are, that we can choose a way to survive.  We don’t have to wake up each morning and wonder, will I even get a bite to eat today, will I get fresh water, when will I shower?

How lucky we are to just live where we do.  The poorest in the United States makes them appear rich to the poorest in other nations.  I have to admit, my life has not gone by the book I wrote some time ago; but I do not think there is a day that I EVER thought I would starve, not have shelter or even got to the point where my clothes and self-stunk like – well stunk.  This is where we count our blessings instead of complaining on the ones we have not gotten.  It’s hard for me to do, but when I stop and think about my life and the struggles so many others have, I get down on my knees and thank God, thank you God!!