Today's Christian thought: Tuesday January 20th, 2004
Today's study is Matthew Chapter Eight. Before we go to Matthew Eight, let's think about the Lord and His life here on earth. Let's think back to all we know about how the Lord lived while He, God, walked the earth in the form of a man named Jesus. Did He have mansion? Did He have servants to wash His feet? Did He have air conditioning, central heat, a microwave oven, and a two car garage? How about color TV's? One in each room perhaps?
Now, let's read Matthew Chapter Eight
1 When He(Jesus) was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. 2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped Him, saying, "Lord, if Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean." 3 And Jesus put forth His hand, and touched Him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 4 And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
5 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto Him a centurion, beseeching Him, 6 And saying, "Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented." 7 And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. 8 The centurion answered and said, "Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. 9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, 'Go', and he goeth; and to another, 'Come', and he cometh; and to my servant, 'Do this', and he doeth it." 10 When Jesus heard it, He marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.
14 And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, He saw his (Peter's) wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever. 15 And He (Jesus) touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.
16 When the even was come, they brought unto Him many that were possessed with devils: and He cast out the spirits with His word, and healed all that were sick: 17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, HIMSELF TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES, AND BARE OUR SICKNESSES (Isaiah 53:4).
18 Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about Him, He gave commandment to depart unto the other side. 19 And a certain scribe came, and said unto Him, "Master, I will follow Thee whithersoever Thou goest." 20 And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay His head.
21 And another of His disciples said unto Him, "Lord, suffer(allow) me first to go and bury my father." 22 But Jesus said unto him, Follow Me; and let the dead bury their dead.
23 And when He was entered into a ship, His disciples followed Him. 24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but He was asleep. 25 And His disciples came to Him, and awoke Him, saying, "Lord, save us: we perish." 26 And He saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then He arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. 27 But the men marveled, saying, "What manner of Man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him!"
28 And when He was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. 29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, "What have we to do with Thee, Jesus, Thou Son of God? art Thou come hither to torment us before the time?" 30 And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding. 31 So the devils besought Him, saying, "If Thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine." 32 And He said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.
33 And they that kept them(the swine) fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing, and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils. 34 And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw Him, they besought Him that He would depart out of their coasts. (Matthew 8:1-34 ACP/KJV)
As you read Matthew Eight, did you notice the Centurion? Did you make note of his faith? A bit further down, did you happen to catch the conversation between God and the scribe? How about the chat between God and the man who wanted to take time from following the Lord to go to a funeral? Did you notice the answers to the questions at the beginning of the thought?
Concerning all the cares of the world and all the things that you put ahead of funding the work of God, let us look at what the Lord says in Matthew Eight.
"The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay His head. Follow Me; and let the dead bury their dead. Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Go."
Do you know that if you sold one of those televisions, you cold buy five KJV Bibles? Did it ever occur to you that if you put off turning on the air conditioner till it got really hot, you could use the savings to buy even more Bibles? Look at your life, who are you living for, you or Christ? How many bedrooms in your house? How many bathrooms? How many cars in your garage? When was the last time you donated money to a pro-life candidate? When was the last time you bought a bum on the street lunch and gave him a Bible?
The scribe said: "Master, I will follow Thee whithersoever Thou goest." Jesus replied: "The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay His head" Jesus had no home here on earth to invite the scribe into, He had no home to offer to the bum on the street. He had no air conditioned kitchen and dining room in which to feed the poor. Jesus never lived as good as you do while He was here on earth, He was too busy shedding His Blood so that you wouldn't have to rot in the lake of fire. Aren't you ashamed? Isn't there something more you can do?
Pray for my friend Mac, pray for Rush and Michael Savage. While the Lord does not need the platforms and audiences that Rush and Michael have, they, Rush, Michael and their audiences need the Lord.
Pray for the President, pray for Attorney General John Ashcroft, pray for me, pray for all those who open their mouths or take pen in hand in an effort to sway public opinion.
The Lord God of the Universe, Messiah Y'shua be with you all, amen.
It is better to be a horse fly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell.
All Scripture quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
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