Today's Christian thought: Friday January 30th, 2004
At the beginning of the year, I told you that I was going to do the thought in such a manner that you could use them as a Bible study that night and even for the next few nights with your family. Seems I have not made it all that easy for many of you, so let me try something different for this weekend and you let me know which way you prefer.
Not which way is easier for you, but which way makes it a more in-depth bible study for you and your family. Keep in mind, I can not do it both ways, I simply do not have the time each morning.
Today's study is: Matthew Chapter Eleven
1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding His twelve disciples, He departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities. In yesterdays Scripture we saw Jesus sending His twelve Apostles out to evangelize. While they were gone, the Lord just didn't sit around watching a ball game or something, no He was busy preaching and teaching, and as we will see doing all kinds of healing.
2 Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, 3 And said unto Him, "Art Thou He that should come, or do we look for another?" Now some would have you believe that these two verses indicate that John didn't know who Jesus was. Others, like myself, believe that what had happened was that John just got tired of telling his disciples that Jesus was the one to follow not him. To help you with this, read Luke chapter one.
4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew(tell) John again those things which ye do hear and see: how 5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. 6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in Me. 7 And as they departed. These few verses are perfect examples of how gentle the Lord is when teaching those who truly want to know. He could have snapped at them, but instead He gave them time to see the miracles He was performing and them sent them on their way, not telling them to go and think, but instead saying to them, Go and tell John all the things you have seen. Knowing that, as they walked they would discuss among themselves all they had seen in an effort to make sure they could tell John all. What better way for them to come to understand that Jesus was indeed the Messiah, than for them to come to that conclusion on their own by simply realizing it through discussions amongst themselves. Which is one of the primary reasons that Bible studies such a wonder evangelical tool.
Jesus began to say unto the multitudes, concerning John,
What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?
8 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.
9 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. 10 For this is he (John), of whom it is written, BEHOLD, I SEND MY MESSENGER BEFORE THY FACE, WHICH SHALL PREPARE THY WAY BEFORE THEE (Malachi 3:1). 11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. Imagine the surprise on peoples faces as Jesus told them that John the Baptist was the very one that had been prophesied so many years before, the one to announce that He, Jesus, is the Christ.
12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. 13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. 14 And if ye will receive it, this is Elias (Isaiah), which was for to come. 15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. Now, read 12-15 again, then read it again, then discuss it to see if you and your family can start to understand it. Then you will understand what I am about to say. If the Lord were to come to me in the dead of night, and say to me "Bob, I have a few minutes, are there any verses in the Bible I can explain to you?" I would say, "Yes, Lord, Matthew 11 verses 12-15." Now there are certainly other verses in the Bible I do not understand, but these four have me totally baffled. So, if you and your family come up with something, I would love for you to let me know what it is.
16 But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, 17 And saying, 'We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.' 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, "He hath a devil". 19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, "Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners." But wisdom is justified of her children. In verses 16 & 17, Jesus is referring to a game kids played back the, it was a silly game where they impersonated celebrators and mourners and the kids did just the opposite of what they were suppose to do. In other words, in this game where they were suppose to celebrate, they cried and where they were suppose to mourn, they laughed and had fun. In verse 18-19 Jesus is telling them that some are just a foolish when it comes to understanding Him and John.
20 Then began He to upbraid the cities wherein most of His mighty works were done, because they repented not: 21 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. 23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24 But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee. Tyre and Sidon were the cities where the wicked queen Jezebel came from. In these verses Jesus is making it very clear that once you know who He is and you do not accept Him as your Lord and Master, it will go easier on the worst of the heathens that had never heard of Him than it will on you at the time of Judgement. For He knows what the worst of the heathens would have done had they had the advantage of knowing who He is and had been given a chance to repent and give their life to Him. In today's time the Lord would be saying, Woe unto you members of the Roman Catholic church, the Episcopalian church, the liberal small c Christian churches, and the Synagogues, for had the men of Sodom known what you know they would have turned from their sin and been saved, so in the time of judgement, it will be better for them than for you.
25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank Thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. 26 Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in Thy sight. 27 All things are delivered unto Me of My Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal Him. Why must you pray and ask the Lord to help you understand Scripture? Jesus thanks God the Father for putting all things under His control and for letting Jesus decided who to reveal Scripture to.
28 Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light. Think back to how gentle Jesus was with John the Baptist disciples, isn't that the type of Master you want? Is there any in your household that have not made a decision yet? Isn't it time to gently nudge them?
Blessed are those who do the work of the Lord, blessed are those who have accepted His yoke upon their shoulders, blessed are you for taking the time to study His word with your family. I ask God to bless you ten fold for your love and desire to bring your family to Him and to eternal glory. Amen.
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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