The Rewards Of The King

The Rewards Of The King

Text:

Matthew 19, 20

When Jesus departed from Galilee this time it would be His last time. The “Cross” was drawing nigh. From Galilee He traveled the route on the East of Jordan to Jerusalem. In Perea, known as “the land beyond” He told us some things about divorce.

The first thing we should keep in mind is, whenever Christ departs, we should always be with Him. That’s where the rewards are earned. We should always travel with Jesus Christ in our hearts.

Mal 4:2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
Mal 4:3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.

Jesus is continuing to teach about life between His rejection and His second coming. This is the time we live in today, the Church until the Rapture and Israel until the second coming of Christ Jesus. Natural relationships are not to be set aside or dissolved during this time. It is in the “Epistles” that God’s Word gives instructions to the Church of husbands and wives and children and always after “Salvation”. It is in the Word of God where we learn that the life of Christ is in love, patience, meekness, and forbearance and He makes known these things to us.

Our Text:

Mat 19:1 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these sayings, he departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judaea beyond Jordan;
Mat 19:2 And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there.
Mat 19:3 The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?
Mat 19:4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
Mat 19:5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
Mat 19:6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
Mat 19:7 They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?
Mat 19:8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.
Mat 19:9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.
Mat 19:10 His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry.
Mat 19:11 But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given.
Mat 19:12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.

We should realize that the Pharisees had tried to set another trap to ensnare the Lord Jesus Christ.

We should realize that at the time of Jesus these Pharisees were divided on two different opinions.

1.) The opinion of Head Pharisee Hillel:

This head Pharisee taught that for almost any reason an man could put away his wife by divorce.

Some of these rules are still followed by extremely orthodox Jews.

An example:

If the wife cooks her husbands food badly or by over salting that food or over roasting that food, these were grounds for divorce.

2.) The opinion of Head Pharisee Shammai:

No divorce was permitted except in the case of adultery.

When Jesus spoke, He ignored both stands and refers back to Genesis, which by the way authenticates creation as it is written in the Book of Genesis.

Gen 2:22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
Gen 2:23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
Gen 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Mat 19:6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

Jesus passed over all their scholastic teaching and He ignored their different opinions and He did not say a word about the “Law” as it was given to Moses.

Jesus simply says that marriage is a divinely instituted relationship, instituted by the Creator. This answer is an argument to all frivolous divorce and even polygamy.

The Bible teaches us how Our Lord feels about marriage:

Eph 5:28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
Eph 5:29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
Eph 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
Eph 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
Eph 5:32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
Eph 5:33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

The right to divorce was highly prized by the Jews. They considered divorce a gift from God and that God certainly denied this great gift to the Gentiles. These Pharisees knew if Jesus Christ denied the Jews the right to divorce he would alienate Himself from Israel.

We can see that these Pharisees already knew what the Bible taught and has suspected this answer from Christ. This they also knew He would alienate Herod just as the preaching of John the Baptist had done.

Just as we see in our life time, the Pharisees viewed marriage “as a social institution” governed by the laws of men.

Christ sees marriage “as divine in the eyes of God” and governed by the laws of God.

The Christian view of a marriage between one man and one woman will always be in conflict with the worldly view of relationships.

We absolutely cannot test drive relationships like we do automobiles. We have to take more time to find that certain one and make life long commitments.

The Bible states that two become one. A “One” cannot be divided. Christ then told these men that divorce had not originated from God but had come from Moses. That divorce became necessary because men had hardened their own hearts.

If we can remember the Pharaoh of the Book of Exodus, we can know that his heart was so hardened that it took the death of his own son to realize his foolishness and release the children of Israel and it still cost him his own life because he could not release his own remorse.

Christ startled every one that listened when He said these words:

Mat 19:9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, [except it be for fornication], and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.

Jesus Christ was referring to the Jewish customs of marriage. Marriage was begun by drawing up a legal contract between the father of a man and the father of the woman. The couple were pledged to each other. They were man and wife by this means of a marriage contract called a betrothal. The marriage itself was not complete until at least twelve months. The proof of this is seen when we read about Mary and Joseph.

The twelve month period was a time of fidelity. Even this time before the marriage could not be annulled without judicial approval. Unless there was infidelity mostly on the part of the woman. Christ Jesus was speaking of this when He mentioned fornication. Even this has to be dissolved by divorce.

This is why the disciples said it may be best not to marry. It seems that the disciples saw no possibility of obtaining a divorce, with divine approval after the marriage.

Jesus Christ gave these solutions:

1.) Some who were born eunuch.

Could feel it was unnecessary to marry.

2.) Some who for medical reasons were made eunuch.

These could feel it was unnecessary to marry.

3.) Some who were eunuch for the kingdom of heaven’s sake.

These also could feel it was unnecessary to marry.

Most men could not accept this and the thought of this verse is then they should choose their partner wisely.

Christ Jesus did not respond to the question of divorce.

We must remember that these Pharisees supposedly lived by the letter of the law of Moses and their traditions. To commit adultery was punishable by death. A divorce then would not be neccessary.

*****Our Text:

Mat 19:14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 19:15 And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence.

There is little doubt that the ones that brought these little children were the parents or maybe even the grandparents so He may touch them. To place your child into the arms of another required trust and acceptance.

Anger is a God-given part of our emotions and a response to injured love. Jesus Christ loved the little children and He responded to the faith these parents had in Him. Jesus was seeking this kind of faith from this nation and He demanded that the children be brought to Him.

Mar 10:15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.

*****Our Text:

Mat 19:16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
Mat 19:17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
Mat 19:18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
Mat 19:19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Mat 19:20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
Mat 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
Mat 19:22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
Mat 19:23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 19:24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
Mat 19:25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
Mat 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
We can observe the fact that we will never be able to follow the Lord Jesus Christ unless we are willing to pay the price. Jesus died for us! We have no right to dodge persecution!

What we see here is that a young man came to Jesus on his own accord. He at least was seeking answers to live by. It can be seen by this young man’s questions that he had been trained in the Law of Moses and his faith was based upon works.

It seems he was seeking for something more as a works based faith will always leave you with a feeling of incompleteness. You can never do enough work to feel righteous. You will always seem to be lacking.

Salvation is by the “Grace” of God. There is no other way!

Only God is good. If Jesus is just another religious leader and teacher then His words are no better than the others “But” if He is good, then He is God.

We need to listen to the word of this “GOOD” man.

Christ Jesus did not mention the law to show this young man how to be saved but to show him that he needed to be saved.

Rom 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Gal 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Gal 3:25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

The law is a mirror that reveals what we are!

Jas 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
Jas 1:23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
Jas 1:24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

We must not forget the teaching of God’s Word:

Jas 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
Jas 2:11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.

This young man may have been sincere about his obedience to the law of Moses but Jesus pointed out a flaw in this young man’s thinking.

Exo 20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.

This man coveted all his possessions and was not willing to part with any for any reason. He was just as guilty as the adulterer, the murderer, the thief, and the liar. He could not see his sin and therefore repent.

Salvation is as simple as the A B C’s:

1.) We must Admit we are sinners:

Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

2.) We must Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ:

Act 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

3.) We must Call on Jesus to save us:

Rom 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Jesus loved this young man and tried to help him see the light:

Mar 10:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.

WHO THEN CAN BE SAVED?

To the disciples it must have seemed that no one would ever make it to Heaven. What Jesus said was that it was impossible fro anyone to get into Heaven by trusting in their riches. We know that many today believe that their money can do miracles for them and take them anywhere even eternal life.

There are other interpretations of this needle but the Greek word used was “rhaphis”. This word indicates the surgeons’ suturing needle. We should take these words as literal as we should all the Bible.

Jesus was not teaching that it was “difficult” for some one who trusted in his riches but he was teaching that it was “impossible” for some one who trusted in their own riches to get into the Kingdom of Heaven.

The disciples were still not clear on this teaching so Christ added these words:

” With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible”

*****Our Text:

Mat 19:27 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?
Mat 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Mat 19:29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
Mat 19:30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.
The Rewards Of The King

THE THEME OF OUR LESSON

Peter was immediate to note that he and the other disciples had indeed given up all to follow the Lord. [The Lord then teaches the principle of rewards in glory].

What ever a disciple or a follower of the Lord Jesus has done or suffered for His sake will not be forgotten!

This does not mean we can earn a place in glory because it is by the “grace” of God and “grace” alone which will get us there.

Service and self denial of the believer are a results of “Grace”. The rewards then are by the mercies of God!

We can know that God even remembers that cup of water given in His name.

Mar 9:41 For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.

Perhaps more important than the rewards Jesus says there is a time of “regeneration” coming. He speaks of the fact that He will rise from the dead, His Resurrection” and a day when all things will be made over.

A day when His creation is delivered and the reign of Satan ends.

This regeneration cannot come until King Jesus sits on the throne of His Kingdom.

Every thing will be done in the order of God!

1Co 14:40 Let all things be done decently and in order.

The judging of Israel in the Kingdom will be done by the disciples who will sit on twelve thrones. This is not the Church.

The Church will judge the World.

Rev 2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
Rev 2:27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

Then comes the warning:

Mat 19:30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

Many who have expected to be admitted will be rejected and many who have felt unworthy will be accepted.

*****Our Text:

Mat 20:1 For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.
Mat 20:2 And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
Mat 20:3 And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,
Mat 20:4 And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way.
Mat 20:5 Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.
Mat 20:6 And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?
Mat 20:7 They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive.

Though there be many interpretations of this scripture we must keep in mind, this scripture is not about “salvation”!

If it were true that the penny, which all did receive alike means salvation, then salvation would have to be worked for and earned by man as a laborer.

This eliminates the need for “Grace” and the God’s Work, that He did on the Cross.

With out “grace” there would be no salvation!

Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

To believe that all rewards will be the same is also wrong! This parable is also not about rewards! This is in opposition to the scriptures.

A parable is fable, a story representing of something real in life or nature from which we can draw a moral conclusion.

The penny has no spiritual meaning in this story as it simply stands for something that is received.

We must also pass over the details of the hiring times.

This parable is connected to chapter 19.

The rich young man was rich in himself and did not know his true condition. He was rich in earthly possessions which he coveted and had to walk away from the Lord.

The Lord had stated that salvation was impossible with men but all things are possible with the Lord God.

Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Rom 3:24 [Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus]:

Then we had the Apostle Peter speak as though he was self righteous because he had given up all things for Christ.

The Lord had answered this saying, He surely would not forget the service, the self denial and the sacrifice of those that love Him.

Though there will be rewards as stated by our Lord, it is dangerous if we do not separate this from the the meaning of “Grace”. As a believer we can forget we are in debt to the “Grace” of God and “Grace” only.

We must not become so preoccupied with our service that we forget it is by the “Grace” of God we have all things!

God does not want us to get our hearts away from His riches in “Grace” by Jesus Christ.

We need only to read the letters to the seven Churches in the Book of revelation to see this truth.

Rev 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

God will give rewards in His own sovereignty, as it seems best to Him and never out of harmony with His justice!

Gen 18:25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: [Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?]

God will do as he pleases without the influence of man!

*****Our text:

Mat 20:8 So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first.
Mat 20:9 And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.
Mat 20:10 But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.
Mat 20:11 And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house,
Mat 20:12 Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.
Mat 20:13 But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny?
Mat 20:14 Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee.
Mat 20:15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?
Mat 20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

While we labor for the Lord we miss the point if we do so for the rewards that are promised. If we accept that we are slaves, bought and paid for by the blood of Jesus.

Act 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, [which he hath purchased with his own blood].

Then we can see the rewards come as he has adopted us into His Family.

Eph 3:13 Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.
Eph 3:14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Eph 3:15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
Eph 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
Eph 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
Eph 3:18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
Eph 3:19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

There is no greater riches than to know Christ Jesus and Him dwell within us!

Is it not lawful for God to do as he pleases?

Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Joh 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.
Joh 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Joh 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

There is no life without Him, what greater reward is there than that of eternal life in His presence.

If we cannot trust that Our Lord will reward us according to His own riches, then how can we trust in Him for our “Salvation”.

We can see in the end we will fail if we serve Him for the rewards that we may think we deserve!

“Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?”

Jesus says many will be called but few will be chosen!

The Lord will lift up only those that have trusted in His “Grace”!

“Grace Grace God’s Grace”

*****Our text:

Mat 20:17 And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them,
Mat 20:18 Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death,
Mat 20:19 And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again.
Mat 20:20 Then came to him the mother of Zebedee’s children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.
Mat 20:21 And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.
Mat 20:22 But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.
Mat 20:23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.
Mat 20:24 And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren.
Mat 20:25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.
Mat 20:26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
Mat 20:27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:
Mat 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

As Jesus began His final journey to Jerusalem at that time before the cross, He again announces once more, His coming passion, His death, and His resurrection.

You know we talk a lot about the cross and the suffering of Christ Jesus but as He was in the flesh we can also think about the times Jesus had traveled to Jerusalem and had passed by the place where He would one day be raised on that cross. As he was in the flesh He had to have some dread of that day, yet at this time He went willingly to Jerusalem to suffer His fate.

This was the bitter cup that He was to drink.

Joh 18:11 Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: [the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?]

The Lord Jesus marched to that cross with no fear! He had come to do one thing:

1Pe 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
1Pe 2:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
1Pe 2:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
1Pe 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
1Pe 2:25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

As we read and study this scripture, we already know what happened to these disciples, The Apostles of the Lord, so the question we should ask ourselves is “are we going to follow in the example that Christ Jesus has shown us”.

Christ knew everything that would happen to Him:

1Pe 1:10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
1Pe 1:11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

This is the path of every believer who trust in Christ Jesus:

Luk 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
Luk 9:24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

Did this mother and these two sons realize what they ask?

Mar 10:32 And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should happen unto him,

The Bible says they were afraid!

They did not understand!

Luk 18:33 And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again.
Luk 18:34 And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.

Only Jesus knew the meaning of all that was about to happen to Him!

Jesus had come into this world to “Die”.

Jesus Christ would not change His direction for He knew the cost of our sin!

Isa 50:5 The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.
Isa 50:6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
Isa 50:7 For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.

Christ Jesus was not ashamed to take my sin and hang it on that cross with Him. We should not listen to those that teach different.

When this Mother stepped forward with her question she truly had no idea what she was asking.

While these were seeking rewards, Jesus was fulfilling the “will of God”.

To follow Christ Jesus is to indeed drink of His cup.

All the Apostles except John were martyred for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Jesus was not harsh in His answer, but responded in tenderness and “grace”.

The cup of agony was to be the cup of “salvation” to all that believe!

Until we know the Lord Jesus as our personal Savior we can know nothing of this “cup”!

The Apostle Paul tells us:

Col 1:22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:
Col 1:23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;
Col 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:

And

Col 1:22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:
Col 1:23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;
Col 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:

And again:

Php 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
Php 3:11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
Php 3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
Php 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
Php 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Jesus Christ came to this earth to do the will of God, the “will” of Him who sent Him:

Joh 6:38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

Jesus declared to all that it was not for Him to give any places to His disciples but only to those that followed in the will of God just as He had.

Again we see the teaching patience of Christ Jesus.

The Kingdom, (The Millennial Kingdom) will not resemble the kingdom of the nations that existed at that time nor anytime for the return of Christ.

The greatest in God’s Kingdom will be those who are servants. We have to do away with pride and accept God’s wisdom for in it we have eternalife:

Pro 13:10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.

Only a servant can be given “Grace”:

Jas 4:5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
Jas 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
Jas 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Jas 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

We can only imagine the thoughts of the mother of James and John as she stood at the cross and only saw two thieves on the left and right side of Jesus.

*****Our Text:

Mat 20:29 And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him.
Mat 20:30 And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David.
Mat 20:31 And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David.
Mat 20:32 And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you?
Mat 20:33 They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened.
Mat 20:34 So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.

This closing event of this chapter shows us that even on the way to the cross, Jesus became a servant ot two blind beggars. He shows us all his compassion for His people right up to the end.

What have we learned?

1.) If we love the things of this world we cannot love God.

2.) If we do not yield to His will, we will not obey Him.

3.) If we seek glory in ourselves, we will not glorify Him.

4.) We cannot acknowledge Jesus as our Savior unless we love Him supremely, glorify Him completely, and obey Him without reservations.

5.) To do these things means we can share His life and Joy and one day reign with Him.

What “reward” is greater than this?

Let’s pray!

The King’s Instructions

The Instructions Of The King

Our Text: Matthew 18

It is fair to say the biggest hindrance to the Church has been the Church itself. When Christian people bicker and fight amongst themselves then the Church does not set much of an example to that lost soul looking in. When the Church sides with the immorality of the world it has not followed the truth of the Word of God and to that lost soul that is looking in he sees no difference from that of his own life.

The Church needs to be busy about the Masters work and leave off the ways of the world that have been seeping into God’s House for a long time now. We need to be ashamed and humble our selves before God.

I am a Christian who attends a Baptist church, not because it is Baptist but because I believe the doctrine is the closest thing to the New Testament church as taught by the Apostles.

Like Oliver Green said, when someone comes along with a doctrine that follows the doctrine of the New Testament church in the time of the Apostles in a better way then, I may go to a different church.

The main thing is to be in a Bible believing Church and that means the entire Word of God. I find the most accurate version to be the King James Bible.

The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy these words:

1Ti 3:15  But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know [how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth].

In this chapter we will continue to see what Jesus taught His disciples about principles and relationships, especially involving the kingdom of Heaven. We must remember that this is not the church but these lessons are needed by today’s believers as well.

What we will see is that after the transfiguration of chapter 17 is that these disciples showed more concern for their own status in that soon coming Millennial Kingdom than in the actual building of it.

*****Our Text:

Mat 18:1  At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
Mat 18:2  And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
Mat 18:3  And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 18:4  Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 18:5  And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
Mat 18:6  But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
Mat 18:7  Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!
Mat 18:8  Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.
Mat 18:9  And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.
Mat 18:10  Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.

This very first verse connects these events with the events of chapter seventeen:
 
Luk 9:37  And it came to pass, that on the next day, when they were come down from the hill, much people met him.
Luk 9:38  And, behold, a man of the company cried out, saying, Master, I beseech thee, look upon my son: for he is mine only child.
Luk 9:39  And, lo, a spirit taketh him, and he suddenly crieth out; and it teareth him that he foameth again, and bruising him hardly departeth from him.
Luk 9:40  And I besought thy disciples to cast him out; and they could not.
Luk 9:41  And Jesus answering said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and suffer you? Bring thy son hither.
Luk 9:42  And as he was yet a coming, the devil threw him down, and tare him. And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and delivered him again to his father.
Luk 9:43  And they were all amazed at the mighty power of God. But while they wondered every one at all things which Jesus did, he said unto his disciples,
Luk 9:44  Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men.
Luk 9:45  But they understood not this saying, and it was hid from them, that they perceived it not: and they feared to ask him of that saying.
Luk 9:46  [Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest].

The questions of the kingdom stayed so much in the mind of the disciples that they were loosing track of their purpose.

As the church, we also have a place reserved in Heaven but if God did not have a purpose for us here while we yet live, then He would have taken us on to Heaven when he saved us.

There is not single child of God that has more influence with Him than another. We all have a job in the army of God and it is that one thing that we will be judged at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

1Co 12:4  Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
1Co 12:5  And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
1Co 12:6  And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
1Co 12:7  But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

1Co 12:11  But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
1Co 12:12  For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
1Co 12:13  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
1Co 12:14  For the body is not one member, but many.

We receive the Holy Spirit upon being washed in the blood of Jesus. It is that very Spirit that will then give us a gift with a meaning and a purpose in the body of Christ.

Excluding Judas (the betrayer) and adding Matthias those 12 disciples will judge the nation of Israel during the Millennial Kingdom as it written, all on the same standing.

To emphasize Jesus Christ sat a small child in the midst of them. With this child in plain site Jesus began to teach some valuable lessons.

1.) A child at that time was dependant totally upon it’s father. A child knows nothing of itself but must be taught by it’s father. A child must depend on it’s father.

a.) In order to enter into the kingdom of heaven then that person must have a childlike dependence on the "One"(God) who offers up the kingdom.

2.) A child had no rights at home, all rights belonged to the parent. The child could not exert his will against his father but was subject to his father’s will.

a.) The position in the kingdom of heaven depends on taking that position as a child.

3.) Only those that subject themselves to the will of the Father who is in Heaven can enter into that Heaven.

4.) To receive the Father one has to also receive His Children.

Mar 9:35  And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire [to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all].

Nothing like this had ever been taught in the history of the world.

This brings to the importance of these words:

Php 2:5  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

We must humble our selves before God as a child. True humility means knowing yourself, accepting yourself, and being yourself, to the Glory of God.

There are two extremes we have to avoid:

1.) Thinking less of ourselves than we ought to:

As Moses:

Exo 3:11  And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?

We know Moses as one of the great men of the Bible and probably one of the two witnesses in the Book of the Revelation of Christ.

2.) We can also think too much of ourselves:

Rom 12:3  For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
Rom 12:4  For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
Rom 12:5  So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

3.) The servant of God will not deny the gifts God has given to them but will use them to the Glory of God.

An unspoiled child of God will:

1.) Trust in Him for everything.

2.) Depend on Him for all things.

3.) Desire to make others happy through knowledge of Jesus Christ.

4.) There will not be a selfish desire to be greater than others.

5.) He will not boast of his accomplishments.

None of us want to be servants but God requires us to have the mind of a servant.

Jesus points out four attitudes about children:

1.) "become as little children"

2.) "humble himself as this little child"

3.) "receive one such little child"

4.) "despise not one of these little ones"

We must be careful that we do not become a stumblingblock to any child of God.

Like the good Shepherd, God seeks the lost and God saves them. As His servants WE MUST NOT CAUSE THEM TO PERISH.

We would be foolish to also think that these things did not apply to the way we raise our own children. I’m sure child neglect is a serious matter to Our Father in Heaven.

Humility is a much desired trait of the redeemed of the Lord:

1Pe 5:6  Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
1Pe 5:7  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Jesus was not telling us to maim our own bodies but He was telling us instructing us to perform "spiritual surgery" on ourselves, removing anything that could cause us or others to stumble.

A truly humble person lives for Jesus first and others next. In fact a good rule of thumb still is the word JOY:

Jesus

Others

Yourself

*****Our text:

Mat 18:11  For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
Mat 18:12  How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?
Mat 18:13  And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.
Mat 18:14  Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

The goals of Jesus should be the goals of every Christian. We should want what God wants! God wants every living breathing human being to be saved. It’s up to God if that takes place. It is in the hands of God and not in our hands but we should have the attitude that all are in need of salvation and be open witnesses to all that will hear God’s message. He does the calling and He does the saving.

OUR JOB IS TO BE THE WITNESS. Not only in theWord of God but in our daily lives. There are always those that are looking at those who claim to be Christian.

There is no greater words about the shepherd than that in John 10:

Joh 10:6  This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.
Joh 10:7  Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
Joh 10:8  All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
Joh 10:9  I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
Joh 10:10  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Joh 10:11  I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
Joh 10:12  But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.
Joh 10:13  The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.
Joh 10:14  I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
Joh 10:15  As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
Joh 10:16  And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

*****Our Text:

Mat 18:15  Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
Mat 18:16  But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
Mat 18:17  And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.

Christ Jesus has already announced His intention to build His Church. We also know that the building of the Church is still future, after the cross. He has said that no Church exists at this time of His life on this Earth.

And so the words He spoke now to the disciples are in anticipation to the gathering out of the assembly of God. (The Church)

The "Church" is not the same thing as the "Synagogue"!

Jesus had already answered their question about who will be the greatest. He had said that true believers must be as little children and Born of God.

Jesus had spoke of His "mission" to save all that are lost.

Jesus spoke of His "grace" in seeking those that stray.

Now His teaching falls on those that have sinned. He speaks directly of the brother who has sinned!

Jesus will now address how a brother who is in sin is to be treated:

If a brother is in sin, whether it be intentional or unintentional another brother is to go to that brother and point out that sin to him.

The object is to restore and regain this brother. This should only be done after earnest prayer, in meekness and only after self judgment.

God gave these words to the Church:

Gal 6:1  Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
Gal 6:2  Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
Gal 6:3  For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
Gal 6:4  But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
Gal 6:5  For every man shall bear his own burden.
Gal 6:6  Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.
Gal 6:7  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Gal 6:8  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
Gal 6:9  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Gal 6:10  As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.Gal 6:1  Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
Gal 6:2  Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
Gal 6:3  For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
Gal 6:4  But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
Gal 6:5  For every man shall bear his own burden.
Gal 6:6  Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.
Gal 6:7  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Gal 6:8  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
Gal 6:9  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Gal 6:10  As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

1.) We can see that the first step is to treat our brother in a personal manner and not over expose the committed sin to others.

2.) If he will not listen as it would be your understanding against his own understanding then another witness or two should be taken both having the same manner of preparation. (Prayer, in meekness, and self judgment)

3.) After this fails then it should be presented to the entire Body of Christ all in the same manner, in prayer, in meekness, and self examination. And if everyone in one accord and there is no repentance then step four will be taken.

4.) Let him be as a heathen and a publican:

Heathen means today:

In modern usage the word denotes all nations that are strangers to the revealed Word Of God.

Publican means:

The class designated by this word, in the New Testament, were employed as collectors of the Roman revenue. A collector of toll or tribute. Among the Romans, a publican was a farmer of the taxes and public revenues,and the inferior officers of this class were deemed oppressive.

Both were hated by the Jews!

We must also understand that this is the function of the Church to the brothers in Christ. These same rules are not to be used on the "lost". We may judge our brother to a degree but we are witnesses only to the lost of this world. It is God and His Word that will judge the "Lost"!

*****Our text:

Mat 18:18  Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Mat 18:19  Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 18:20  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

*****VERILY: In truth, in fact, certainly.

What we see is that the Lord has given authority not to the Apostles but to the assembly, The Church to act on Earth for Himself. The authority of the Church is absolute. The Apostles are to teach but this cannot take place till after the death, burial, resurrection and ascension of Christ. It will begin at Pentecost. The proof being in the first sermon of the Apostle Peter.

It is the Church that has executive power! The Church is to act according to the rules laid down by Jesus in harmony with His Word.

It is necessary to maintain unity among believers because this has been required by the Lord for answered prayer. Corporate prayer is simply not effective unless it is done in unity and in agreement.

God said that where two or three that gather together in agreement with Him that He also would be there with them to pray.

We must stay focused on the goal, which is to save this brother.

Church discipline is not the Church acting as policemen but exercising the authority of God through a local Body of Christ to restore and erring child of God.

*****Our Text:

Mat 18:21  Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
Mat 18:22  Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

Unless the lessons of the Word of God result in forgiveness, relationships cannot be mended and strengthened. Peter recognized this but, we cannot just assume that it is our brother that will sin against us. We then have exalted ourselves above our brother and lack humility. We all make mistakes!

When Christ died on that cross he unleashed limitless forgiveness. Where there is "agape" love, there can be no limits in forgiveness.

Eph 3:17  That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
Eph 3:18  May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
Eph 3:19  And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
Eph 3:20  Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
Eph 3:21  Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Again Christ teach teaches the Church:

Col 3:12  Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
Col 3:13  Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
Col 3:14  And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
Col 3:15  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

*****Our Text:

Mat 18:23  Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
Mat 18:24  And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
Mat 18:25  But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
Mat 18:26  The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
Mat 18:27  Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
Mat 18:28  But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
Mat 18:29  And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
Mat 18:30  And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
Mat 18:31  So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
Mat 18:32  Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
Mat 18:33  Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
Mat 18:34  And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
Mat 18:35  So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.Mat 18:23  Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
Mat 18:24  And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
Mat 18:25  But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
Mat 18:26  The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
Mat 18:27  Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
Mat 18:28  But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
Mat 18:29  And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
Mat 18:30  And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
Mat 18:31  So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
Mat 18:32  Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
Mat 18:33  Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
Mat 18:34  And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
Mat 18:35  So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

In order to teach the principle of forgiveness Jesus uses a parable.

Let’s put this in perspective. At the time of Jesus the entire levy of taxes for all of Palestine was only about 800 talents a year. This man was stealing funds from the king and actually thought he could get out of debt.

800 talents in our day would be about 10 million dollars. This man owed 10 thousand talents. This man owed about 125 million dollars to this king. This man could never repay this debt.

That sounds a whole lot like my debt I owed when the Lord paid my debt. I had a debt I could not pay.

This man’s belongings and all his family would never be enough to pay this debt. We can see the "typology" in these statements. You cannot accumulate enough in this world to get you into Heaven. Only with God’s mercy and His Grace can we obtain eternal life!

This servant did just as we all have to do. We have to humble ourselves before a righteous God.

The Master was moved with this man’s plea and forgave him.

Oh what a Savior!

Act 20:28  Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

Heb 9:12  Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.  

Heb 13:12  Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.

Rev 1:5  And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

Why because I had a debt I could not pay. My blood would have meant my life.

What is propitiation?

The act of appeasing wrath and conciliating the favor of an offended person; the act of making propitious.

In theology, the atonement or atoning sacrifice offered to God to assuage his wrath and render him propitious to sinners. Christ is the propitiation for the sins of men.

He is all that is needed for propitiation in behalf of our sins, the propitiatory sacrifice provided by the Father’s love removing the estrangement, appearing God’s righteous wrath against the sinner. A father may be offended with a son, yet all the while love him.

Rom 3:25  Whom God hath set forth to be [a propitiation] through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

1Jn 2:2  And he is [the propitiation] for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

1Jn 4:10  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be [the propitiation] for our sins.

Now the true test of the forgiven ones:

This servant did not deserve this forgiveness but did it change him?

Let’s not forget what a parable is all about:

A fable or allegorical relation or representation of something real in life or nature, from which a moral is drawn for instruction.

A parable is the  placing side by side or comparing earthly truths, expressed, with heavenly truths to be understood.

This servant left the presence of this king. You if we are truly saved we will never want to leave from the presence of our King, Our Lord, Our God.

When he did he found a servant that had owed him some money. Now a pence at the time of Jesus was a day’s wages. This man owed 100 pence which could have been paid with 100 days of labor.

This unjust servant, who had left the presence of the Lord, had no forgiveness in his heart.

Now we could see this in two different ways but we must be careful. We could say that in "typology" that this man was saved and then lost his salvation and we would be in great error.

What we really should realize is this parable relates to the kingdom heaven, which is not the Church though a great principle can be observed here.

The truth is that he had not ask for forgiveness with a open heart. He had not truly invited the Lord Jesus into his heart.

James says:

Jas 2:8  If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do well:

Jas 2:17  Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
Jas 2:18  Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
Jas 2:19  Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

This servant who had had the opportunity to avoid prison was now placed into prison. The king had these words:

Mat 18:33  Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
Mat 18:34  And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
Mat 18:35  So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

In other words:

If you want to live by the justice of this world rather than the justice of God, then you can have it your way.

It was the actions of this servant that sent him to hell rather than the freedom offered by this king.

The world’s worst prison is the prison of an unforgiving heart. When we refuse to forgive others we are imprisoning our selves in our own torment.

Let’s Pray!

Christ Transfigured

THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE KING

Text: Matthew 17

The word “transfigured” is a very interesting word. The Greek word is “metamorpho” and it means to transform, literally or figuratively to metamorphose, or to change. The word is a verb that means to change into another form. It also means to change the outside to match the inside. The prefix “meta” means to change and the “morphe” means form. In the case of the transfiguration of Jesus Christ it means to match the outside with the reality of the inside. To change the outward so that it matches the inward reality. Jesus’ divine nature was “veiled” in human form and the transfiguration was a glimpse of that glory.

The Bible says:

Heb 10:20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, [through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;]

Therefore, the transfiguration of Jesus Christ displayed the Shekinah glory of God incarnate in the Son. The voice of God attesting to the truth of Jesus’ Sonship was the second time God’s voice was heard. The first time was at Jesus’ baptism into His public ministry by John the Baptist.

The Bible says:

Mat 3:17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

Mar 1:11 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

Luk 3:22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.

Therefore, the transfiguration of Jesus Christ was a unique display of His divine character and a glimpse of the glory, which Jesus had before He came to earth in human form. This truth is emphasized for us in a passage in the Apostle Paul’s letter to Philippi:

Php 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Php 2:6 [Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Php 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
Php 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.]
Php 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Php 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Php 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

The Son of God came to earth in the form of a man to be the true servant of God and to give mankind the greatest gift ever given, eternal life. The transfiguration of Jesus Christ was a visible sign [in the presence of reliable witnesses] of the reality of the power of God and the glory, which is Christ Jesus.

The transfiguration of Christ Jesus was one of the greatest records in the New Testament of His earthly ministry. God laid His “Glory” aside and put on human flesh in order to redeem the entire human race. We get a Biblical glimpse of the “glorified body” of Christ that He will return in.

This transfiguration was a fulfillment of what Jesus had told the disciples just a week earlier:

Mat 16:28 Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.

That kingdom, the kingdom of God is then Christ in All His Glory:

Luk 9:27 But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, [till they see the kingdom of God.]

Rev 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
Rev 19:12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
Rev 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

*****Our Text:

Mat 17:1 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,
Mat 17:2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
Mat 17:3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.

This chapter begins with the “Glory of the Lord” and ends with a gold bearing fish.

Jesus had separated Himself and the disciples from the multitudes in order to teach and to pray. These two things must go together!

Luk 9:28 And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and [went up into a mountain to pray].

The transfiguration took place while Jesus was praying and the Apostle Peter would never forget this day:

2Pe 1:16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, [but were eyewitnesses of his majesty].
2Pe 1:17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
2Pe 1:18 [And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount].

1.) His clothing was changed:

Mat 17:2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and [his raiment was white as the light].

a.) His clothes were like lightening:

Luk 9:29 And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering.

glistering: to flash out like lightning, to shine, be radiant

b.) His clothes were whiter than anyone could make them:

Mar 9:3 And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them.

2.) His appearance was changed:

Luk 9:29 And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered,

Jesus looked strange to those that saw Him.

The Apostle John wrote:

Joh 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

This was the “glory of God” in the Tabernacle:

Exo 40:34 Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.
Exo 40:35 And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.
Exo 40:36 And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys:
Exo 40:37 But if the cloud were not taken up, then they journeyed not till the day that it was taken up.
Exo 40:38 For the cloud of the LORD was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.

In the Temple:

1Ki 8:10 And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD,
1Ki 8:11 So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of the LORD.

This was the “Glory” that had departed from the Temple because of the apostasy of Israel:

Eze 10:18 Then the glory of the LORD departed from off the threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubims.

Eze 11:22 Then did the cherubims lift up their wings, and the wheels beside them; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above.
Eze 11:23 And the glory of the LORD went up from the midst of the city, and stood upon the mountain which is on the east side of the city.

This Glorious Savior was at this time on Earth in His glory form and His name was Jesus.

He would later reveal Himself to Stephen:

Act 7:55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,
Act 7:56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.

To the Apostle Paul:

Act 9:3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and [suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven]:
Act 9:4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
Act 9:5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

Act 22:6 And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damascus about noon, [suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me].

Act 22:11 [And when I could not see for the glory of that light], being led by the hand of them that were with me, I came into Damascus.

Act 26:13 At midday, O king, [I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me] and them which journeyed with me.

And to the Apostle John on Patmos:

Rev 1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: [and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength].

Christ Jesus will reveal His “Glory” to the World again but the World will tremble:

Mat 24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

Mat 25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
Mat 25:32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
Mat 25:33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

The redeemed, those written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, will walk in that light for ever and ever in that City of New Jerusalem:

Rev 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

Jesus Christ was not transfigured by any external means! His light was and is the “Glory of God”!

Joh 17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
Joh 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

The Glory of God had to be veiled so He could come to this Earth because what God said to Moses is still true:

Exo 33:20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

Christ’s “glory” was not surrendered at His birth but it was through the “virgin birth” that he was veiled by the flesh.

John the Apostle had these words:

Joh 1:6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
Joh 1:7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
Joh 1:8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
Joh 1:9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

God had always placed a vail between Him and His children to protect them from His “glory”. The vail of the Tabernacle and of the Temple served also this purpose, not to separate God from His people but to protect them so He could be present with them. That vail was a show of God’s “grace”.

Jesus Christ is that new and living way to get close to God!

Heb 10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
Heb 10:20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

We can also find that the original word used for “transfigured” is used only twice more in the New Testament:

Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye [transformed] by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

2Co 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are [changed] into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

God’s “Grace” transforms us now and in the “Rapture”, WE WILL BE CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF HIS SON.

John wrote again:

1Jn 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
1Jn 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

*****Christ Jesus was now joined by Moses and Elijah. This was significant because Moses represented the Law and Elijah represented the Prophets.

All the Law and all the Prophets point to Christ and are fulfilled in Christ:

Luk 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

Heb 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
Heb 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

Not one Word of the Bible will go unfulfilled!

*****Our Text:

Mat 17:4 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
Mat 17:5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
Mat 17:6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.
Mat 17:7 And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid.
Mat 17:8 And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.
Mat 17:9 And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead.

There is no doubt that these two great men of the Bible had come from the presence of God for they also had glorified bodies and what did they talk to Jesus about:

Luk 9:30 And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias:
Luk 9:31 [Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem].

The Greek word used for departure is “exodus”. They spoke to Jesus of the cross, His death, His burial, His resurrection and His ascension back to Heaven.

In the Old Testament, God was the liberator of His people Israel and in the New Testament God had come to liberate all His people of the World.

All that is required is to believe, “Faith”. For the believer death is an “exodus” from the bondage of this life into the glorious liberty of life in Heaven, eternally.

Oh, What a Savior!

Because Jesus died and paid the price, we have been redeemed, purchased and set free!

It’s a good time to point out that Moses and Elijah were easily recognized. I believe we can see from this that every saint of God will recognize each other and be recognized by all others when we become glorified.

The Bible says:

1Co 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; [but then shall I know even as also I am known].

We can even see another “type” here. Moses is a “type” of all saints that sleep in Jesus and whom the Lord will bring with Him when He comes.

1Th 4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
1Th 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

Elijah is a “type”, because he did not see death, who will be caught up from Earth.

1Th 4:15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
1Th 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
1Th 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

When Peter suggested the three tabernacles, he had in mind the Feast of the Tabernacles. Tabernacles speaks of the day when the Son of God will tabernacle among men, wipe away every tear, and bring in the “golden age” which men have dreamed of since time began.

This feast speaks of Christ’s Millennial Kingdom. This feast speaks of a new beginning without the ravages of the curse of sin. In that day, the earth will give her full bounty, all animals will be docile:

Amo 9:13 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.
Amo 9:14 And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.
Amo 9:15 And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.

Isa 65:25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.

This feast celebrates the fact that armies will no longer march, every man will sit under his own fig tree and righteousness will become a reality in the earth:

Mic 4:4 But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it.

But this day can only come under the conditions God had laid down to Moses:

Deu 30:1 And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee,
Deu 30:2 [And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee] this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul;
Deu 30:3 That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, [and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee].

At this time of Jesus, He was being rejected by His own people:

Joh 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

Peter had looked forward to the coming of the Messiah and this transfiguration
had confirmed his belief but it was not time. He had not listened to the Words of
Christ. The cross could not be bypassed:

Joh 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

It was impossible for Israel to experience the fulfillment of the Feast of the Ingathering(Tabernacles) until the nation turned it’s faith to the Messiah.

This transfiguration was a picture in “type” of the second coming of Jesus to redeem His people Israel:

Rom 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
Rom 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
Rom 11:27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
Rom 11:28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.

But not until after the Rapture of the Church.

It was as Peter had all this in mind when a cloud enveloped all that were upon that mountain and it literally terrified them.

Mar 9:7 And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.

Luk 9:35 And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.

Paul wrote to us all:

Heb 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
Heb 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

God the Father will not permit His beloved Son to be put on the same level as Moses and Elijah.

Jesus only is God’s pattern. Jesus only is our means of salvation:

Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Joh 14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

The world today also rejects the Lord Jesus Christ and there will not be another cross.

*****Our Text:

Mat 17:10 And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?
Mat 17:11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.
Mat 17:12 But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.
Mat 17:13 Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.

All these things had somewhat bewildered these Apostles so they asked a question of Jesus:

“Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?”

The Bible says:

Mal 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:

Their question was, since Jesus was the Messiah who had already come and they had witnessed the glorified body of Elijah, why then do the scribes teach that Elijah would still come?

Jesus told them that the prophesy “would be fulfilled”. The prophesy states that this will not happen until before the “dreadful” day of the Lord.

Peter had a more clear understanding of this when he preached his first sermon to the beginning Church:

Act 2:19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
Act 2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:
Act 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

John notes this day in the Book of Revelation:

Rev 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

This day will not happen until the fulness of the Gentiles has been complete.

Jesus goes on to say that in spirit, Elijah had already come and he was also rejected by his own people.

The disciples knew this then was John the Baptist.

Remember Elijah brought judgment on the children of Israel and when he comes back he will have another ministry:

“And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers”

This has not happened yet.

John the Baptist preached repentance and neither of them had seen much results.

Christ Jesus said that the Word of God will stand and the teachers of the Law were not in error with this scripture.

In the Book of Mark it is written of this same incident:

“how it is written of the Son of man, that he must suffer many things, and be set at nought”

In other words, why did not the scribes not teach the truth about the Messiah. These things were also written in God’s Word.

Since Jesus had been proven to be the Messiah and therefore their King, why would the kingdom not accept Him?

The Old Testament had seen not only the Messiah but also a Messiah that would suffer and die to provide salvation for sinners. This they had rejected and therefore could not accept their King.

The “death” of Christ had to precede the “reign” of Jesus Christ!

This was not clearly understood by the Old Testament prophets:

1Pe 1:10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
1Pe 1:11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

*****Our Text:

Mat 17:14 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,
Mat 17:15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.
Mat 17:16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.
Mat 17:17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.
Mat 17:18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
Mat 17:19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
Mat 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
Mat 17:21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

This son was really a sick young man:

Matthew says he was an epileptic, (lunatic),suicidal and very ill.

Mark says he was also mute(deaf), falling to the ground, foaming at the mouth.

Luke a doctor said this was an only son and would scream went he went into convulsions.

We can see that this boy was at least demon possessed.

If we look at this spiritually we can see in “type” that we have the Lord returning from the mountain and He finds Satan exercising his destroying power. Remember there will multitudes waiting on the Lords return and Satan will be dominate on this Earth during the tribulation period.

The returning Lord will find misery, suffering, and a world filled with unbelief.

We know the disciples had been given to cast out demons but they were helpless because of unbelief.

We must realize that this is not a reflection of the Church. These disciples represent the Jewish remnant of that time after the Rapture of the Church and in the tribulation period.

Rom 9:27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:

This remnant of Jewish believers will be in existance after the Church is complete and in the presence of the Lord. This the remnant that will preach the coming Kingdom to all. They are known as the 144,000.

Rev 7:4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

They will not be able to cast out the demon world, only the coming of the Lord can do that.

Luk 18:7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
Luk 18:8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

What we should concentrate on as the Church in these scriptures is that we see a company of believers whom God has placed certain powers and yet are unable to use that power. God has given certain powers to the Church!

We are believers in the midst of an evil world. Our world is not going to get any less evil.

2Ti 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
2Ti 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

The Christian believer has been given victory over this evil world:

1Co 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Then we should ask ourselves why we are just as powerless as these disciples at the foot of this mountain.

It is because of our unbelief! It is unbelief that gives Satan his power in this world!

Faith can and does remove mountains and all other obstacles.

We must start here:

Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

If the Lord is forever in our hearts and in our sight, our faith will be noticeable. The Lord Jesus gives all his disciples the remedy for this failure:

Mat 17:21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

1.) Prayer means communion with the Lord and total dependence upon Him.

2.) Fasting is losing sight of self; self denial. God must be first in our lives.

*****Our Text:

Mat 17:22 And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men:
Mat 17:23 And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again. And they were exceeding sorry.

Again Christ instructs these men about His death and yet they still did not understand.

Mar 9:31 For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day.
Mar 9:32 But they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask him.

They were still confused about the Old Testament teachings. We have already seen that there were parts of the Old Testament that were not taught about the Messiah and many other things. This is another reason every God called preacher should preach the entire Bible. This is the only way to hold down confusion and every believer should themselves study the entire written word of God.

2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2Ti 2:16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

Christ was telling these disciples that all hope of glory and the kingdom could only be realized by His death and His resurrection.

Heb 2:8 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.
Heb 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

This instruction produced two results because of a lack of “faith”.

1.) They were still much confused but were afraid to ask Him about it.

2.) They were also filled with grief at the thoughts of His death.

*****Our Text:

Mat 17:24 And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute?
Mat 17:25 He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?
Mat 17:26 Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free.
Mat 17:27 Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.

In the beginning God had given Adam dominion over nature and this would have included the fish of the sea.

Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Psa 8:6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:
Psa 8:7 All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;
Psa 8:8 The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

Man lost this dominion because of sin!

Jesus exercised dominion over all His creation:

The animals.

Mat 21:1 And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,
Mat 21:2 Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.
Mat 21:3 And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.
Mat 21:4 All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,
Mat 21:5 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.
Mat 21:6 And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,
Mat 21:7 And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon.

The birds:

Mat 26:34 Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.

Jesus had what Adam had lost:

Today believers do not have dominion over nature but we do have the power to be good stewards of the things God has provided for us. That includes all that nature provides. God cares for His own and makes sure that all of nature is working.

This is the only miracle in the Bible where a miracle was done to provide a need for Christ. Jesus did not use this power selfishly. He did not want people to be offended because He as a Jew and did not support the Temple and it’s ministries.

Rom 13:6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.
Rom 13:7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
Rom 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

Jesus did not hesitate to break the traditions of the Pharisees but He obeyed every Law of God.

Moses had written:

Exo 30:11 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Exo 30:12 When thou takest the sum of the children of Israel after their number, then shall they give every man a ransom for his soul unto the LORD, when thou numberest them; that there be no plague among them, when thou numberest them.
Exo 30:13 This they shall give, every one that passeth among them that are numbered, half a shekel after the shekel of the sanctuary: (a shekel is twenty gerahs:) an half shekel shall be the offering of the LORD.
Exo 30:14 Every one that passeth among them that are numbered, from twenty years old and above, shall give an offering unto the LORD.

The original tax was used to gather money to make the silver sockets for the Tabernacle. After this the money was used to support the ministry of the Tabernacle and then the Temple.

This money was a reminder to the Jews that they had been redeemed from Egypt.

We as believers know that we have been redeemed by the precious Blood of the Lamb of God.

1Pe 1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
1Pe 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
1Pe 1:20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
1Pe 1:21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

This is not the only miracle in the Bible regarding fish:

Luk 5:4 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.
Luk 5:5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.
Luk 5:6 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.

Jesus only needed one fish and one lost coin and another time he used Peter.

1.) Someone had to lose a coin of the exact amount, a half shekel or about 60 cents. This was the yearly tax for two people.

2.) This fish had to locate this coin in a specific body of water and wait till Peter had arrived and had to recognize Peter from any other fisherman.

3.) Peter had to go the exact place and cast his line for a fish to take the hook with a mouthful of coin.

Christ had performed other miracles in and around Peter:

1.) Jesus had healed Peter’s mother-n-law.

2.) Jesus had helped Peter to catch fish.

3.) Jesus had helped Peter to walk on water.

4.) Jesus had healed the ear of Malchus that Peter had sliced off.

5.) Through Jesus Peter was delivered from prison.

Peter later wrote in the scriptures:

1Pe 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

If we trust in the saving work of Jesus Christ and believe the whole Word of God, He will meet all our needs.

Let’s Pray!

The Identity Of The King

THE IDENTITY OF THE KING

Text: Book Of Matthew 16

Sunday School Focus: Matthew 16: 13-19, 21-27

What we will see in this chapter is a marked turning point in the ministry of Christ Jesus. The twelve disciples will openly identify Jesus as the Christ, God’s Messiah. Jesus will speak of the Church. Jesus will declare His intention to die and be resurrected. The world will see Her Savior.

Last week in our study we saw the enemies of Our Lord. We should notice in the scriptures for today we see another group mentioned. We saw them earlier but let’s look again.

1.) Who really are the Pharisees?

The Pharisees were the strictest religious sect among the Jew. It could be said that they were the religious upper class. They not only kept the letter of the law (Moses Laws) but they enforced the keeping of the Oral laws past down from generation to generation. Placing more emphasis on the Oral law if conflict developed as we have seen. Christ Jesus uncovered the wickedness in their hearts, they were hypocrites and let’s not be confused, hypocrites are lost as Job’s turkey.

2.) Who are the scribes?

The scribes had the care of the written law and studied it. We already know as Christians unless you are guided by the Holy Spirit, the Bible will not make a lot of sense to the lost world. They will see the words of salvation and then they will have to believe to go further. The scribes made the manuscripts, taught the law, explained the difficulties, kept the records and were sometimes referred to as lawyers.

3.) Who were these Sadducees?

First we can readily see they did not know Jesus, that’s why they were so "Sad You See"!

The Sadducees were the very opposite from the Pharisees and the scribes. The Pharisees hated the Sadducees and the Sadducees were the sworn enemies of the Pharisees.

The sect called the Sadducees were actually a reform movement against the sect of Pharisees. They denied the supernatural, in fact they denied almost everything the Pharisees taught.

With these things in mind we will now see as these groups are joined together, even traveling to the land of the gentiles, to confront the Lord Jesus Christ. They both now have a common cause, "opposing the Lord Jesus Christ, His Enemies.

They all had the same satanic hatred for Our Savior. We can see as the remnants of all these sects are alive and well in our day. We call Sadducees the modern day humanist (the liberal movement) and those of the Pharisees, those that place man’s word above God’s Word (the traditionalists). As we speak they seek to form a union a world wide brotherhood of men against Christianity and the Lord Jesus Christ.

*****Our Text:

Mat 16:1  The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven.
Mat 16:2  He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.
Mat 16:3  And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?
Mat 16:4  A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.

Let’s look at a lack of faith. This group that hated Christ Jesus so much came together to ask Jesus for some special sign from Heaven.

The word "sign" as it is used here means more than a miracle or a demonstration of power as they had already seen in the miracles that Jesus had done and were not denied. The word "sign" as they requested meant much more. They wanted to see a "wonder" in the heavens just for themselves. This the fourth time they had asked for a sign.

Mat 12:38  Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.
Mat 12:39  But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:
Mat 12:40  For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Joh 2:18  Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?
Joh 2:19  Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.

Joh 6:30  They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?
Joh 6:31  Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.
Joh 6:32  Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
Joh 6:33  For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.

We have already seen and will continue to see that miracles do not convict people of their sin nor give sinful people a desire to seek salvation. The purpose of these miracles was to show the glory and the mercy of God, to fulfill scripture and to prove that the Messiah was among His people.

Thank God for His "Grace" without which there could be no salvation for we are certainly undeserving of it!

Our Lord mentioned the weather simply to show that there was plenty of evidence of the existance of God without any other signs:

Rom 1:19  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
Rom 1:20  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Rom 1:21  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

These Pharisees and Sadducees did not lack evidence they lacked faith from the from the heart.

Jesus told them they had spiritual adultery:

Jas 4:4  Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

These men were worshipping a false God, a God that they had made up in their own minds, a God that did not exist! Had they been worshipping the true God they would have easily seen the Messiah that stood before them.

They would now see the sign of the "death", "burial", and the "resurrection". This was the true sign to Israel that Jesus was the Christ, the Messiah come down from God.

This was the same sign that Peter preached on the day of Pentecost and over 3000 were saved.

*****Our Text:

Mat 16:5  And when his disciples were come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread.
Mat 16:6  Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
Mat 16:7  And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread.
Mat 16:8  Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread?
Mat 16:9  Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?
Mat 16:10  Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?
Mat 16:11  How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?
Mat 16:12  Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

We have seen the ones that had no faith so lets look at those that should have abounded in faith.

A lesson we all can learn here is that those that do not believe nor have faith in God cannot be instructors of God’s Word.

Because of all this opposition Jesus left for Bethsaida.

Mar 8:22  And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him.

This was the home of Peter and Andrew. When Christ Jesus warned them of the leaven of these Pharisees, He was warning them of the spirit of hypocrisy, the teaching of these people. Christ reminded these disciples that He did not depend on them to provide bread for their own needs. This He could do at any time.

"Little Faith" was a phrase Christ used often with these disciples and how well it applies to all that know the name of the Lord. "Little Faith" is better than no faith at all. All God’s disciples have many lessons to learn to graduate to the phrase "Great Faith". It’s best to learn these lessons quickly.

*****Our Text:

Mat 16:13  When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
Mat 16:14  And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
Mat 16:15  He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
Mat 16:16  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Mat 16:17  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 16:18  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Mat 16:19  And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Mat 16:20  Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.

Jesus took His disciples into Gentile territory again. This was near the home of Peter and Andrew. This would have been about 120 miles from Jerusalem. This region was full of false religion.

There was:

1.) Baal worship
2.) There were the shrines to the Greek God Pan
3.) Herod had built a temple to worship Augustus Caesar

This is the setting in which Jesus ask, not just Peter but all His disciples:

"Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? "

To those of us that know and love the true Church, this is an important part of the Bible. Jesus Christ announced that he would not yet establish His Kingdom but HE WOULD BUILD HIS CHURCH!

The most important thing we need to know in our lives is "Who Is Jesus Christ"?

Heb 11:6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

This and only this information will lead us to salvation:

Rom 10:9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Rom 10:10  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

1Jn 2:18  Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
1Jn 2:19  They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
1Jn 2:20  But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
1Jn 2:21  I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
1Jn 2:22  Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
1Jn 2:23  Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.

1Jn 4:1  Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
1Jn 4:2  Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
1Jn 4:3  And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

His work and His person go together and cannot be separated.

It is still amazing to see how confused the public is about Jesus Christ the Savior to all mankind.

1.) Jesus was not John the Baptist raised from the dead!

2.) Jesus was not the fulfillment of the prophesy of Elijah!

3.) Jesus was a man of sorrows but He was not a resurrected Jeremiah!

4.) Jesus Christ was not just any other prophet, Jesus was the Messiah:

Isa 7:14  Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

We must never allow this world to influence us in knowing Jesus Christ. If we have a copy of His true and living Word we must decide from the facts presented to us from His Word.

It is Peter who has the right answer!

"Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God"

Peter said without a doubt that Jesus was the Messiah. "Christ" is not the last name of Jesus, "Christ" is Greek for Messiah, The Anointed One sent of God.

God will reveal in us the important things if we open up our heart to Him:

Mat 11:25  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.
Mat 11:26  Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.
Mat 11:27  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.

It’s called trusting in the Lord. It is the grace of God. This thing had been hidden from the Pharisee, the scribes and the Sadducees, given to the disciples. This the truth of the Gospel. God will reveal to us things in His Word that is not revealed by the false teaching and preaching in our churches.

This was not the first time that this was said of Jesus:

Joh 1:49  Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.

Mat 14:33  Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.

Joh 6:68  Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.
Joh 6:69  And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.

Peter was told this by his brother on the first day he met Jesus:

Joh 1:41  He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. 

Why was this time different?

This was not an emotional response from someone that had just witnessed a miracle but it was a decision reached after observing all the facts from a man that was taught of God.

*****Our Text

Mat 16:18  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Mat 16:19  And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Mat 16:20  Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.

*****The Rock:

Jesus the Christ, now tells His disciples how He will build something new called His Church. The word "church" has not been seen in the Bible up until this time. Matthew is the only Gospel that has the word "church".

The Old Testament taught that the word "Rock" was a symbol for God. These disciples knew this.

Deu 32:4  He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

Psa 18:2  The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

Psa 18:31  For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?

Matthew wrote:

"That thou art Peter, and upon this rock"

The Greek word for Peter is "petros" which means "a stone".

Jesus said upon this "petra", a large rock, He would build His church. Jesus had given Simon a new name. In Aramaic form the name was Cephas.

Joh 1:42  And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.

Everyone that confesses Jesus as the Christ, The Messiah, The Son of God is then a living stone:

1Pe 2:5  Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

We must not get confused as some have, Jesus Christ is the foundational "Rock" on which the true church is built.

Psa 118:22  The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.

Isa 28:16  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.

Jesus Christ Himself said the same thing:

Mat 21:42  Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
Mat 21:43  Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

The Apostles, including Peter, also said that the foundation for the church, is Jesus Christ:

Act 4:10  Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.
Act 4:11  This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
Act 4:12  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

The Apostle Paul wrote the same thing:

1Co 3:11  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

This was the sermon preached by all the Apostles:

1Co 2:1  And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.
1Co 2:2  For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

Eph 2:18  For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
Eph 2:19  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
Eph 2:20  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
Eph 2:21  In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
Eph 2:22  In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

We can see that the Bible states clearly that the Church, God’s temple is built on Jesus Christ and not on Peter.

God could never build His Church on the failures of any Man.

That "rock" is clarified in Peter’s statement:

"Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God"

Heb 11:6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

*****The Church

The word "Church" comes from the Greek word "ekklesia". We get our English word "ecclesiastical" from this word, which refers to the things of the Church. Christ was not going to build a local assembly. He would be building a Church for "whosoever" would call on His name no matter where they lived or whatever nation they came from.

The word "Church" means a called out people:

2Co 6:17  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
2Co 6:18  And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

2Co 6:17  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
2Co 6:18  And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

When Jesus Christ talked about "My Church", He was talking about something entirely new and different. Jesus Christ would unite believers, Jews and Gentiles to form a new temple, a new body:

Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Eph 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Eph 2:11  Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
Eph 2:12  That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
Eph 2:13  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

There would be no distinctions of peoples:

Gal 3:26  For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:27  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Gal 3:28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:29  And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

There is one and only One builder of the Church, who is also the Head of the Church:

Eph 1:22  And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
Eph 1:23  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Col 1:18  And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

Col 1:18  And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

All believers have one walk in the Church:

Eph 4:1  I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
Eph 4:2  With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
Eph 4:3  Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Eph 4:4  There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
Eph 4:5  One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
Eph 4:6  One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
Eph 4:7  But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

This why we have some "One" in Heaven praying for the success of His Church:

Joh 17:20  Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
Joh 17:21  That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
Joh 17:22  And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
Joh 17:23  I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
Joh 17:24  Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
Joh 17:25  O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.
Joh 17:26  And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

*****The Gates of Hell:

Hell is the place where all non-believers will spend their time after death of the flesh.

Luk 16:19  There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
Luk 16:20  And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
Luk 16:21  And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
Luk 16:22  And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
Luk 16:23  And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

There are so many that reject God’s Word that God has enlarged Hell which He originally designed for Satan and the angels that followed him.

Isa 5:13  Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.
Isa 5:14  [Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.
Isa 5:15  And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled:

It is the Lord Jesus Christ that has the keys to this place and Him only.

Rev 1:18  I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

The believer will never spend one minute in Hell:

2Co 5:6  Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:
2Co 5:7  (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
2Co 5:8  We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

Paul wrote:

Php 1:21  For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Php 1:22  But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not.
Php 1:23  For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:

That word "Gates" represents power and authority. To the Jew the city gate was like our city hall. Most all business took place at the city gates.

Deu 16:18  Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, throughout thy tribes: and they shall judge the people with just judgment.

The gates of hell would be the place where Satan had held authority and power.

Christ Jesus conquered Satan’s power of death at the cross.

1Co 15:55  O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
1Co 15:56  The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
1Co 15:57  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Heb 2:13  And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me.
Heb 2:14  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
Heb 2:15  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

*****The Keys To The Kingdom:

Again we must say that the the kingdom of heaven is not Heaven. No living human being could ever tote the keys to Heaven.

A "key" is designed to open doors and locks. The Apostle Peter was given the privilege of opening the "door of  faith".

1.) To the Jew at Pentecost.

Act 2:1  And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
Act 2:2  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
Act 2:3  And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
Act 2:4  And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Act 2:5  And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
Act 2:6  Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
Act 2:7  And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
Act 2:8  And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?

2.) To the Samaritans:

Act 8:14  Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
Act 8:15  Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
Act 8:16  (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)

3.) To the Gentiles:

Act 10:34  Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
Act 10:35  But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
Act 10:36  The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)

All the Apostles shared in this authority:

Mat 18:18  Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Mat 18:19  Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 18:20  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them

No where in the Bible are we told that Peter or any of the Apostles nor their successors had any special privilege or position in the living church of God.

Peter wrote:

1Pe 1:1  Peter, [an apostle] of Jesus Christ,

1Pe 5:1  The elders which are among you I exhort, [who am also an elder],

2Pe 1:1  Simon Peter, [a servant] and an apostle of Jesus Christ,

*****Binding and Loosing

This could also be said "forbidding and allowing". In other words these Apostles would preach the pure Word of God with the Word of God being the measuring rod. If God’s Word said it was permitted then it was permitted. If God’s Word said it was "sin" and forbidden, then it is forbidden.

The Apostle Paul said many times "God Forbid" because this phrase is in the Bible 24 times.

God’s Word is bound in Heaven, so should it be on Earth. The Church is to obey God’s will on this earth and not the will of man.

The Apostles were not to share the truth about Jesus being the Messiah, the Son of God until after His passion, not until Pentecost.

The world would not be ready until the death, burial, resurrection and ascension of Our Lord.

*****Our Text:

Mat 16:21  From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
Mat 16:22  Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.
Mat 16:23  But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

Jesus now began to reveal His appointment with death to fulfill all prophesy.

1.) He must go to Jerusalem.

The place of sacrifice.

2.) He must suffer many things.

Of the elders, the chief priests, the teachers of the law, all who represented the religious leadership of Israel.

3.) He Must Be killed!

This was the substitutionary sacrifice for sinners.

4.) He Would Be Resurrected On The Third Day.

To prove He was God.

1Co 15:1  Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
1Co 15:2  By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
1Co 15:3  For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
1Co 15:4  And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

The word "rebuke" is a strong word. Peter intended to try to keep the Lord Jesus from going to Jerusalem in some fashion and of course this could not be allowed. Jesus used the name Satan because it had been Satan’s purpose since he had deceived Eve to stop this from happening. Satan had already tried to kill Jesus before this appointed time.

Satan had not been able to accomplish his purpose:

Mat 4:8  Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
Mat 4:9  And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
Mat 4:10  Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

Remember Satan had offered Christ Jesus this kingdom without the cross.

THERE HAD TO BE A PAYMENT MADE FOR ALL OUR SIN!

Rom 6:23  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

ETERNAL LIFE CAN ONLY COME THROUGH THE CROSS OF JESUS!

Peter was thinking like a man:

"for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men"

That’s the reason God tells us:

Php 2:5  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

We will never think right until we can think like God intended us to think!

*****Our Text:

Mat 16:24  Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Mat 16:25  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
Mat 16:26  For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Mat 16:27  For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.
Mat 16:28  Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.

Instructions for discipleship.

The calling of a disciple comes at a high cost.

Luk 9:23  And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

This is a daily walk with God. God does not have any part time jobs!

The disciple comes through stages of development:

1.) There are the "curious":

Multitudes were attracted to Jesus and to hear His Word.

2.) There are the "convinced":

From those multitudes who are curious there will be some who will come to faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior.

3.) There are the "committed".

If  you are convinced then you must be committed to the work of the Lord.

A disciple will submit himself, or herself to the absolute will of God! A disciple must set aside his own will, the cross that Jesus bore was a test of His obedience to the will of God. To Christ Jesus the cross was His tree of the knowledge of good and evil where Adam had failed.

Christ spoke not only to the disciples but also to the multitudes:

Mar 8:34  And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

We must decide if we are going to follow the Pharisees, the super religious, or are we going to follow the known will of God. It is the known will because He wrote it all down for us to see and to learn:

2Ti 2:14  Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.
2Ti 2:15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Jesus Christ gives three reasons why we should follow Him:

1.) Jesus says there is a safety reason.

If a person decided not to follow Christ Jesus because people were threatening their lives then that person would actually die but to jeopardize your own life in the name of Jesus will gain ones eternal life.

Luke wrote of the Apostle Paul:

Act 20:24  But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

John wrote of the believer:

Rev 12:11  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

2.) Then there is the economical reasons:

If you refuse to follow Jesus Christ because of your possessions on this Earth, then you will actually loose everything. To sacrifice for Christ is to find true riches.

Mat 6:20  But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
Mat 6:21  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

3.) There is a judgment coming:

When Christ comes in all His power and glory to take His throne, he will judge all people.

The Church will be with Him and miss this judgment.

Those that remain and have rejected Christ will not be accepted into His Kingdom.

Luk 9:26  For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.

Jesus gave this multitude and His disciples a serious warning. That same warning is preached in every true Church today. Jesus had said that the "gates of hell" will not prevent the fulfillment of His plan. In fact Jesus indicated that nothing on this earth could stop the fulfillment of this plan, not even death itself.

Psa 2:4  He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
Psa 2:5  Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
Psa 2:6  Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
Psa 2:7  I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

The whole world will behold His glory when He comes back again:

Php 2:9  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Php 2:10  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Php 2:11  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Php 2:12  Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Php 2:13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Let’s Pray!

The Enemies Of The King

THE ENEMIES OF THE KING

Text: Book of Matthew 15: 1-39

What we continue to see is as Christ Jesus goes about His ministry, He is rejected more and more by the religious leaders, His “enemies”. They swarm Him bringing their “questions” and their “test” and their foolish attempts to “trap” Him.

What does Christ use to silence them? Just as with Satan in the temptation, Christ Jesus uses the Pure, Holy, Word of God. These things bring forth many opportunities to teach the disciples then and now.

As we continue our work in the Book of Matthew, we get a closer look at a group of people known as the “scribes”.

In the days of Jesus and prior to those days of Jesus there was a great demand for the Law, the Word of God given to Moses. This created a high demand for any who could, “read”, “write” and “interpret” that Law.

They served as secretaries. chroniclers, and even taught in the schools and synagogues. Some would even settle legal matters about the Word of God and the Law in a court of law.

Many of these “scribes” [enemies] went on to become Pharisees. It was the Pharisees that took it upon themselves to keep all the Law and all the Jewish traditions which came from the “oral law” passed down from generation to generation.

Scribes were at times called teacher or Rabbi. Only the “scribes” [enemies] that belonged to the Pharisees(also enemies) in the Sanhedrin [the Supreme Court of the Jews] be involved in judicial decisions.

At this time most all these were “enemies of Christ Jesus.

*****Our text:

Mat 15:1  Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying,
Mat 15:2  Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.

The very first thing we should see is that the fact that these scribes and Pharisees traveled all the way from Jerusalem indicates the seriousness of their agenda which was to turn the people against Jesus Christ and to rid the world of Him.

We should ask ourselves another question. Where do we find these oral laws or traditions?

What is the Mishna?

The book known as the Mishna is considered to be the cornerstone of Judaism. Its 62 divisions provide the background for every subject of Jewish law (Halacha) found in the Oral Torah.

What is the Gemara?

The Gemara which literally means, “[to] study” or “learning by tradition”) is the component of the Talmud comprising rabbinical analysis of and commentary on the Mishnah. After the Mishnah was published by Rabbi (Judah the Prince about 200 CE), the work was studied exhaustively by generation after generation of rabbis in Babylonia and the Land of Israel. Their discussions were written down in a series of books that became the Gemara, which when combined with the Mishnah constituted the Talmud.

What is the Talmud?

The teachings transmitted by the rabbis in the centuries following the destruction of the Second Temple formed the core of what has come to be known as rabbinic Judaism, which still provides the framework for the various types of Judaism practiced today. The most widely studied of these rabbinic teachings are known collectively as the Talmud, which has two parts: Mishnah and Gemara.

The Mishnah is the earlier work, compiled from the teachings of sages living at the end of the Second Temple period and in the century following the destruction of the Temple.

A study book of laws and value statements that express the classical rabbis’ vision of Judaism, the Mishnah’s preoccupation is promotion of a religious and legal tradition both continuous with the past and practical for life in the post-destruction Diaspora. The Mishnah contains multiple opinions on many laws and does not often suggest which is the most authoritative. The plurality of Jewish practice is preserved in the text.

According to the written Word of God given to Moses, God’s written Word will supercede all oral word and traditions.

Exo 34:27  And the LORD said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel.

In other words the covenant God made with Israel is dependant on His Written Word!

There is nothing specifically written about the washing of the hands in the entire Old Testament but in the eyes of these scribes and Pharisees. unclean meats and unclean drinks were permitted as long as you washed your hands for it was the washing of the hands that made what you eat or drink clean. This is not what the Word of God said to the Jew in their dietary laws written in the Bible.

Their accusation about “washing hands” had nothing to do with cleanliness. They were referring to the ceremonial washings of rigidly orthodox Jews:

Mar 7:3  For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders.
Mar 7:4  And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brasen vessels, and of tables.

Notice that this attack was aimed at the disciples and not directly at Christ Jesus except for the fact it was Christ who was the teacher and they the students. By making this accusation they were trying to force Christ Jesus to deal with the foundations of Judaism. If Christ Jesus rejected this “Oral Law” then He was certainly a heretic in their eyes.

YOU CANNOT TRAP MY LORD WITH YOUR TRADITIONS NOR WITH MAN’S LAWS!

*****Our Text:

Mat 15:3  But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
Mat 15:4  For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.
Mat 15:5  But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;
Mat 15:6  And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.
Mat 15:7  Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,
Mat 15:8  This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
Mat 15:9  But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

What we can see is that the disciples were not questioned about conforming to the law of Moses, the written Word of God, they were only questioned about the “oral law” that was added by man. What we see is that Christ Jesus did not even respond to the charges made of these scribes against the disciples. Jesus did not defend nor justify what the disciples had done and Jesus did not apologize for the actions of the disciples.

Christ Jesus simply asked these hypocrites a question:

“Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?”

As proof Christ Jesus referred to the tradition of “Corban”.

Mar 7:11  But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free.
Mar 7:12  And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother;
Mar 7:13  Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.

The Hebrew word “corban” means “a gift”. It was a tradition of the Jew if he wanted to escape his financial obligations and responsibilities, he could declare his goods to be “Corban” a gift that he would “later” give to God. This meant that he was free from other obligations including caring for his parents which was a commandment of God ‘s written word:

Exo 20:12  Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Christ Jesus used the truth of the Word of God making it clear that obedience to tradition made a person disobedient to the Word of God and this proved that the tradition was false:

Isa 29:13  Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and [their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men]:

A precept is: any commandment or order intended as an authoritative rule of action.

Man’s word can never be allowed to over rule the Word of God in any age!

Psa 119:89  For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

Knowing that God’s Word is settled in Heaven is all we need to know.

Tradition is something “external” while God’s truth is from the heart and “internal”.

There are many “man made” teachings in the modern day Church that are considered to be authority even though they contradict the Pure Undefiled Word Of God.

God wants our hearts:

Rom 10:9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Rom 10:10  [For with the heart] man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Mat 22:37  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God [with all thy heart], and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

Col 3:16  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, [singing with grace in your hearts] to the Lord.

Rom 6:17  But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have [obeyed from the heart] that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

Eph 6:6  Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, [doing the will of God from the heart];

2Co 9:6  But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
2Co 9:7  [Every man according as he purposeth in his heart], so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

The Old Testament Prophet and King David said:

Psa 51:10  [Create in me a clean heart, O God]; and renew a right spirit within me.
Psa 51:11  Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
Psa 51:12  Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
Psa 51:13  [Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee].

Without a heart that has been plowed deep with the “truth” of the Word of God, we will never be of much use to Our Father who is in Heaven.

*****Our Text:

Mat 15:10  And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand:
Mat 15:11  Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.
Mat 15:12  Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying?
Mat 15:13  But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.
Mat 15:14  Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
Mat 15:15  Then answered Peter and said unto him, Declare unto us this parable.
Mat 15:16  And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding?
Mat 15:17  Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?
Mat 15:18  But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
Mat 15:19  For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
Mat 15:20  These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.

Christ Jesus “turned away” from these false teachers and “toward” the multitudes using this opportunity to teach them what was uncleanness in the sight of God. Jesus declared to the multitudes that sin comes from the heart, not from any diet.

You see these scribes and Pharisees considered themselves to be clean from within and then wholly acceptable to God in their present form. It is important here to remember what Jesus told Nicodemus who was also a Pharisee:

Joh 3:1  There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
Joh 3:2  The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
Joh 3:3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, [Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God].
Joh 3:4  Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
Joh 3:5  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Joh 3:6  [That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit].
Joh 3:7  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

We are not clean, not a single one of us, until we are cleaned and washed in the blood of Jesus:

Rev 1:5  And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. [Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,]

We are cleaned by the Word of God if we believe:

Joh 15:3  Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

This concept was strange even to the Apostles:

Christ explained:

Mar 7:18  And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him;
Mar 7:19  Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats?
Mar 7:20  And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.
Mar 7:21  For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
Mar 7:22  Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
Mar 7:23  All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

When evilness continuously comes out from anyone we can be sure it is produced from his evil heart and is not from God. These evils from the inside reveal that a man is still unclean. These Pharisees and scribes, the enemies of God, only concerned them selves with external tradition and rituals to rid themselves of uncleanness which it could never do.

When we think we our works of righteousness are enough to get us into Heaven, then we have made the Word of God to no effect and there was no need for Christ Jesus to ever get on that cross.

Because these scribes and Pharisees place their religion in oral traditions and rituals and not in the Pure Word of God, “the truth”, they then had to reject the Lord of the Truth:

Joh 8:31  Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
Joh 8:32  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

They decided they had no need of such righteousness and insisted that their ceremonial cleansings were enough to make them clean and acceptable to God, thus becoming the enemies of God.

*****Our Text:

Mat 15:21  Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.
Mat 15:22  And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.
Mat 15:23  But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.
Mat 15:24  But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Mat 15:25  Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.
Mat 15:26  But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.
Mat 15:27  And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.
Mat 15:28  Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.
Mat 15:29  And Jesus departed from thence, and came nigh unto the sea of Galilee; and went up into a mountain, and sat down there.
Mat 15:30  And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and he healed them:
Mat 15:31  Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.
Mat 15:32  Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.
Mat 15:33  And his disciples say unto him, Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude?
Mat 15:34  And Jesus saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few little fishes.
Mat 15:35  And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground.
Mat 15:36  And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
Mat 15:37  And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full.
Mat 15:38  And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children.
Mat 15:39  And he sent away the multitude, and took ship, and came into the coasts of Magdala.

The “enemies” of Christ Jesus had become intense but not only did Christ teach that it was not the foods that were unclean but He showed that going among the Gentiles would not defile you or make you unclean. We can see the ministry of Christ Jesus making a big turn here. The Gentiles were referred to as “dogs” by these Jews.

Aren’t you glad God does not show partiality and every one is on equal standing with the Lord.

Act 10:34  Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
Act 10:35  But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
Act 10:36  The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)

Christ Jesus was trying to remain out of sight but we know that the true light cannot be hidden:

Mar 7:24  And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an house, and would have no man know it: [but he could not be hid].

We must watch as Jesus shows how faith is revealed even in a Gentile. This woman was not willing to let Christ Jesus out of her life at any cost.

This woman approached Christ Jesus as the “Son of David”. To the Gentile, Jesus was not the Son of David but, He is our Savior. She was exclaiming her faith to Him as the Messiah of God. The Lord would not respond to this woman as King of the Jew but He would respond to her faith as her Savior.

Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Eph 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Eph 2:11  Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
Eph 2:12  That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
Eph 2:13  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

The disciples were impatient with this woman and did show compassion but not our Lord. He will always be touch by our infirmities when we respond in “faith.

When we can say “Lord help me”, it is then that we know we cannot help our selves and are in need of “The Savior”.

Rom 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Rom 6:23  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

This woman could not be denied and never will anyone that calls on the Lord Jesus Christ in a like manner!

Jesus Christ again healed this Gentile from a distance thus showing in “type” that the Gentiles were “afar off” until Mount Calvary and the Cross.

Christ then departed this region and went into Decapolis. At this time this a league of ten cities who were allowed to mint their own coins, run their own courts, and have their own armies. They were most all Gentiles.

We can see that these Gentiles brought all types of the sick in need of healing and unlike the Jews, they glorified the God of Israel in the person of Jesus Christ.

Php 2:5  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Php 2:6  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Php 2:7  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
Php 2:8  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

The Jewish cities had not repented yet these Gentile cities believed.

Christ Jesus had fed the Jews through a miracle and He now would feed the Gentiles through a miracle.

This multitude had been with Christ for three days and surely had used all their own food supplies. These people had already seen the miracles of Christ and had believed now Christ would demonstrate how He would meet their needs. They had already heard His sermons and witnessed the healings. Another more important purpose of this miracle was to teach the twelve disciples.

Again this miracle took place in the hands of Jesus. Christ broke the bread and it multiplied. Everyone ate and the leftovers were gathered. The gifts of God should never be wasted.

The lessons we have learned:

1.) It is usually the religious crowd that are more the enemies of The Lord Jesus Christ. We can know that Satan uses religion to blind the eyes to God’s simple plan of salvation.

2.) We must be aware of all those that would twist and misuse the Pure Word of God.

3.) We must always worship from the heart and not just give lip service.

4.) True holiness comes from the inner man.

5.) We must break free of traditions and lean of the “Grace” of God through faith.

6.) Christ Jesus is a whosoever Savior and is not limited to any one nation or people.

Rom 10:13  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Let’s Pray!

The Authority Of The King

The Authority Of The King

Text: Matthew 14:1-36

Focus: Matthew 14:15-33

What we will find as we continue to study in the Book of Matthew is that Jesus Christ will continue to prove His authority. We will see Him as He suspends the laws of nature for His use. We will see that all the laws of nature are obedient to the God of creation. We will see how Christ Jesus can and will always provide for those that follow Him. We will see that even Christ Jesus spent some time alone, in His prayer closet with the Father who is in Heaven.

We will find that after His rejection Jesus withdrew some from the crowds and spent some time alone. Christ dealt with three groups of people at this time.

1.) His enemies.
2.) His disciples.
3.) The many multitudes that followed after Him.

The multitudes wanted to make Jesus King.

His enemies wanted to kill Him.

His disciples continuously showed a lack of faith at times.

When we see and realize the truth of these scriptures, how can we not allow Jesus to rule in our lives?

Before we begin let’s take a look at this man called Herod.

Vs. 1-14)

The Herod family were enemies to Christ Jesus and to the Jews.

1.) We first saw Herod the Great.

He ruled from 37 BC to 4 BC the birth of Christ. This man was not a true Jew by birth. He was an Edomite. He was a descendant of Esau. If we look back to the prophesy of Isaac:

Gen 27:39  And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above;
Gen 27:40  And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck.

We can see it is this time, the time of Christ and the beginning of the Church that the descendants of Esau had dominion over the Jews and they broke the yoke of domination of the Jews. The descendants of Esau hated the Jew and we can see that the rule of the Herods was a terrible time for the Jew.

Herod was a heathen and he was also a monster. It was this Herod that ordered the murder of the infants in Bethlehem.

Mat 2:16  Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.

This Herod had nine wives and he thought nothing of slaying his wives or his sons if they got in the way of his plans.

2.) We see in our chapter 14, Herod Antipas.

He was a son of Herod the Great. As “tetrarch”  he was a ruler over just one fourth of his father’s kingdom. He ruled from 4 BC till 39 AD. He was a selfish ruler and was ambitious to become a great ruler. When he heard about Jesus and the things he did, this Herod thought that Christ Jesus could be a resurrected John the Baptist.

This Herod was guilty of gross sin. He had eloped with Herodias who was the wife of his half brother Philip I after having divorced his own wife who was the daughter of the King of Petra. Herodias was also a half sister of this Herod making this an incestuous relationship.

Mat 14:3  For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias’ sake, his brother Philip’s wife.
Mat 14:4  For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her.

3.) There was also Herod Agrippa.

This the Herod who killed the Apostle James and imprisoned Peter:

Act 12:1  Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church.
Act 12:2  And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.
Act 12:3  And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)

4.) There was also Herod Agrippa II.

This was the Herod that tried the Apostle Paul.

Act 25:13  And after certain days king Agrippa and Bernice came unto Caesarea to salute Festus.

Act 25:21  But when Paul had appealed to be reserved unto the hearing of Augustus, I commanded him to be kept till I might send him to Caesar.
Act 25:22  Then Agrippa said unto Festus, I would also hear the man myself. To morrow, said he, thou shalt hear him.

****In our chapter 14 we see that John the Baptist had preached the truth of the Bible. God’s rulers “even if they are unbelievers” are expected to live moral lives. The Bible proves that God did chastise the nation of Israel if the rulers did not follow God’s laws.

God expects all rulers to live moral lives even today and nations are still chastised for not following God’s laws.

The Moral laws are the “schoolmaster” of this world to all peoples.

Gal 3:24  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

There are no rulers that are not put in place except of God.

Joh 19:10  Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?
Joh 19:11  Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, [except it were given thee from above]: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.

As Herod had murdered John the Baptist, he was also determined to kill Jesus:

Luk 13:31  The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee.
Luk 13:32  And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.

If you study it out you will find that that word “fox” is feminine. Jesus was saying “Go tell that vixen” Which could have meant that He was saying to Herod that it was Herodias that was the true ruler of his throne.

What we see in history after this incident, is that Herod soon lost his prestige and power. His armies were defeated by the Arabs and The Roman Emperor Caligula ignored his request to be made king and he was soon banished from Israel and died in Spain.

This Herod is remembered as the man who killed the greatest prophet that ever lived:

Luk 7:28  [For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist]: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.

We find that the Bible teaches that Christ was cautious after the murder of John and followed His own timetable to the cross, fulfilling all prophesy.

The Jewish nation had permitted the death of John the Baptist. The ruling government was immoral and “when the religious leaders should have stood with this, God’s prophet”, they stood with the world.

The nation of Israel stood with it’s religious leaders also becoming the enemy of God.

Jas 4:4  Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? [whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God].

They, by rejecting the witness of John the Baptist, rejected not only the Messiah but the One True King of the Jews.

*****Our Text:

Mat 14:15  And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.
Mat 14:16  But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.
Mat 14:17  And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.
Mat 14:18  He said, Bring them hither to me.
Mat 14:19  And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
Mat 14:20  And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.
Mat 14:21  And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.

We can see a turning point in the ministry of Christ Jesus at this point in His life on this earth. There had been a blaspheming of the Holy Spirit in chapter 12 and now we see the death of John the Baptist. Christ Jesus now turned from a public ministry to more of a teaching ministry, especially to His disciples. At this time in history there was only about a year before the cross.

Christ Jesus and His disciples were in need of rest. Mark writes:

Mar 6:30  And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught.
Mar 6:31  And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.
Mar 6:32  And they departed into a desert place by ship privately.

What we can see is that even though Jesus in His flesh was tired, He still could not separate Himself from the multitudes that followed but He had compassion on them. We can know that even though Christ has called out His Church:

2Co 6:17  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
2Co 6:18  And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

He does still have compassion on those in the world.

Mat 5:44  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Mat 5:45  That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

Christ Jesus would not teach a principle that He Himself would not follow!

To be “moved with compassion” means to be stirred in your inner being. It is having more than sympathy.

The Bible says:

Mat 9:36  But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
Mat 9:37  Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
Mat 9:38  Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

While Christ Jesus concerned Himself with the spiritual needs of the people.

1Pe 5:2  Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
1Pe 5:3  Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

The disciples concerned themselves with their physical needs. They recognized that these people needed food but their solution was to end the revival that was going on and to send the people away to buy their own food.

Remember everything Christ did at this time was teaching these disciples for His time was growing short. Christ was not just concerned with the spiritual needs of these people but He also had their well being in mind.

Christ commanded the disciples to fulfill the needs of these people. The disciples quickly estimated the cost of such food (a working man’s wages for at least eight months) and they knew they did not have enough money.

Mar 6:37  He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat?

There were more than 5000 and the disciples had no means to feed them. Remember if each person had a wife and one child there easily have been 15,000 people in this multitude. Certainly the disciples knew that Jesus had the power to fulfill this need but all they could think of was their own food supply. (the lad with the fives loaves and two fishes)

When they considered the time (evening) and the location (a desolate place) they came to the conclusion that nothing could be done for these multitudes of people. They had no answer for Christ Jesus!

It is sad in this world that when we go through this world having accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior that when we go through our trials and tribulations, we still have no answers.

IT IS THE WORD OF GOD THAT HAS ALL THE ANSWERS!

The Apostle John writes:

Joh 6:5  When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?
Joh 6:6  And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.

*****We must first start with what we do have:

Joh 6:9  There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?

God begins where we are and uses what we have.

*****We must then obey the commands of Christ Jesus:

Joh 6:10  And Jesus said, Make the men sit down.

The disciples here are now pictured as “distributors”.

If we give what we have to Jesus, He will bless it and give it back to us to use in the feeding of others.

*****We must conserve the results:

Joh 6:12  When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.
Joh 6:13  Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.

As disciples of Jesus Christ we must admit that we have an inability to meet the needs of people. It is Christ Jesus that has that responsibility. We must make ourselves “available” to the Lord and He will use us!

Rom 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

He will never ask us to do things that are unreasonable.

*****The lesson the disciples were to learn was:

1.) The ministry of Christ is still “His” ministry.

2.) We as disciples are “His” agents in “His” ministry.

3.) We as disciples must give ourselves to the Lord to meet the needs of the people of “His” ministry.

4.) We as disciples must depend on the Lord when we make ourselves available to “Him” for “His” ministry.

Christ Jesus still has compassion on all people and He depends on the Church to provide spiritual food and when neccessary to provided physical food.

A hungry world is feeding on “empty substitutes” while the Church deprives them of the “Bread of Life”.

There is another principle we should not miss here. When we give what we have to Christ, we can never lose. We will always end up with the greater blessing!

Mat 6:19  Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
Mat 6:20  But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
Mat 6:21  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

**********Our Text:

Mat 14:22  And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.
Mat 14:23  And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.
Mat 14:24  But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.

Every word here has a special meaning in “typology”. Jesus commands the disciples to go on
board this ship. A change is about to take place by Jesus’ own arrangement and it is Jesus the Christ that will dismiss the multitudes. All of this indicates the setting aside of Israel, because of their rejection, though it will never be completely nor will it be final.

Jesus goes upon the mountain which in “type” represents His ascension back to the presence of His Father as intercessor and advocate.

The Apostle John writes of this incident:

Joh 6:14  Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.
Joh 6:15  When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.
Joh 6:16  And when even was now come, his disciples went down unto the sea,
Joh 6:17  And entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them.

The Lord Jesus knew that their motives were not spiritual, but carnal. These people only wanted a King who could free them and provide all their needs. The Lord knew what He would do but He did not want the disciples to get caught up in this. Christ Jesus sent His disciples across the lake to Bethsaida and He remained behind to dismiss this crowd which would not be dispersed.

What we now see is a stormy night and the storm tossed disciples. In “type” this night gives us a picture of the time when Christ Jesus has returned to Heaven, this present Church age in which we are now in.

The return of Christ from that mountain in the fourth watch is in “type” a representation of the second coming of Christ and the beginning of a NEW age.

To describe this present age in which we now live we see these words:

“But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary”

It was by design that Christ Jesus compelled these disciples to take this boat across the sea. Jesus would now demonstrate His “Authority” over all His creation along with valuable instruction.

As these storms develop we see an uncertain fear among the disciples as these experienced fishermen are tossed about on the Sea of Life. They had not been able to make this journey across the Sea alone. This Sea had prevented them from fulfilling the commands of Christ. They did not give up even though they buffeted by the waters. They strained at the oars and Christ Jesus saw their peril:

Mar 6:48  And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, [and would have passed by them].

*****Our Text:

Mat 14:25  And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
Mat 14:26  And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
Mat 14:27  But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
Mat 14:28  And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
Mat 14:29  And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
Mat 14:30  But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
Mat 14:31  And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
Mat 14:32  And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.
Mat 14:33  Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.

It is said by many that this ship represents the Church but really this period of time represents the age between the rejection of Christ and His second coming. Though the Christian lives in this storm tossed age the Christian nor the Church is in peril.

Paul wrote:

Rom 8:38  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Rom 8:39  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

What we see is that this peril that impeded their movement was no obstacle to the One who created it all. These disciples that expected death thought they had seen a ghost or some one coming from the world of the dead but when they heard the “Voice of the Comforter” they new it was safe:

Mar 6:50  For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.

Peter then said then “Lord if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water”.

We will always get the same answer from Our Lord in the times of peril or at any other time:

“Come”

Php 4:13  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Jud 1:24  Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

Suddenly the thing Peter had been so afraid of was gone. Peter could face his fear with confidence because of the Lord Jesus Christ. We do not know how far Peter walked but we do see that his fears over came him again and at that moment he began to sink and he said:

“Lord, save me”

and we find an immediate reaction from Christ Jesus:

” And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”

This incident proves that obedience to Christ Jesus does not remove all the obstacles in the fulfillment of His will. There are things that we cannot overcome by our selves. Christ will always be available in our difficulties.

Our “trials must be born in faith”!

Our “faith” is our greatest weapon against the trials of this world!

God wants us to fulfill His will that He has for us and He will not allow us to fail if we will only “trust” Him!

Now if this ship does not represent the Church then what?

1.) In a general way it is a “type” of the Jewish people. The Lord being absent from them who are His own and for whom He came and they rejected Him.

The Bible says:

Mar 6:48  And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and [would have passed by them].

2.) The Sea represents the nations.

3.) The waves and the wind represent the persecutions and distress the nation of Israel is going through.

This is the portrayal of this age from the rejection of the King and Savior until His second coming.

Remember all prophesy of the Church has been fulfilled EXCEPT for the “Rapture”. 

This ship with fluttering sails, broken mast, tossed from wave to wave, blown about, uncontrollable yet controlled, ever in danger and yet never in danger is in type the Jewish nation.

It is still upon this sea!

4.) These disciples then represent the saved Jewish remnant.

When the Lord Jesus Christ ascended back to Heaven He did not leave the Church behind for the Church had not been established at that time. When the Lord Jesus Christ returns to this Earth, He will not find the Church for the Church will have already been taken out!

He is coming back to receive the remnant of His own people.

As believers we should have no fear of the fourth watch of the night for when Christ comes for the Church we will all rejoice:

1Jn 3:2  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

OF A TRUTH THIS IS THE SON OF GOD

To the Church when Jesus says “come” then that word will accomplish it’s intended purpose:

Heb 12:1  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Heb 12:2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

When He says “come”:

Rev 4:1  After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, [Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter].

1Co 15:52  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
1Co 15:53  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
1Co 15:54  So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
1Co 15:55  O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

Let’s Pray!

The Parables

THE PARABLES OF THE KING

Matthew Chapter 13

Focus: Matthew 13:3-23

As we continue in our study of the Book of Matthew we come to another important section, but they all are. The Parables. Matthew grouped them all together for us in one place and there is also a reason for that.

Some things we need to know right off is:

1.) What is a parable?

A parable is ordinarily, in a more restricted sense, a comparison of earthly with heavenly things, “an earthly story with a heavenly meaning,”.

2.) Why did Our Lord Jesus Christ start teaching in this fashion?

Three things had happened while Christ Jesus had been in that synagogue from chapter 12:

a.) Jesus had healed a demon-possessed man and then He was accused of healing in the power of Satan and being demon-possessed Himself.

b.) Even after all the miracles that these Pharisees had seen they had requested some miracle sign of proof that Jesus was indeed the Christ, the Messiah.

c.) Christ was rejected by the leaders and soon the people of the nation of Israel.

In “type” we will now see that Christ Jesus withdrew Himself from this house, therefore withdrawing Himself from the Nation of Israel. Christ Jesus would now teach the multitudes, people from all nations.

Jesus now constructed His teaching in such a way that those that believed would understand and those that rejected Him would not understand. You know, it is believers that hold the key to the knowledge of God!

Unbelievers cannot understand the Word of God!

To properly understand a parable we must study the historical context in which the parable was spoken. It is then necessary to consider the question or the problem with which Our Lord was dealing. We must understand the question if we are to interpret the truth. If our interpretation does not answer the question Jesus ask then, we have the wrong interpretation.

We must see that in these parables we must consider the words Christ Jesus said:

“Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given”

These parables then are designed to teach the truth about the kingdom of heaven.

THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS NOT THE CHURCH!

These parables are then to teach us about the kingdom program, the fulfillment of God’s covenant with the Nation of Israel:

Gen 12:1  Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
Gen 12:2  And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
Gen 12:3  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

2Sa 7:16  And thine house and [thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever].

Psa 89:1 I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.
Psa 89:2  For I have said, Mercy shall be built up for ever: thy faithfulness shalt thou establish in the very heavens.
Psa 89:3  I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant,
Psa 89:4  Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations. Selah.

Jer 31:31  Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
Jer 31:32  Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
Jer 31:33  But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Jer 31:34  And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

Eze 36:25  Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
Eze 36:26  A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
Eze 36:27  And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
Eze 36:28  And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.
Eze 36:29  I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you.
Eze 36:30  And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen.

There is a requirement on the part of the Nation of Israel:

2Ch 7:14  If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Deu 30:1  And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee,
Deu 30:2  And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul;
Deu 30:3  That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, [and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee].
Deu 30:4  If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee:
Deu 30:5  And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers.
Deu 30:6  And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.
Deu 30:7  And the LORD thy God will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, which persecuted thee.
Deu 30:8  And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the LORD, and do all his commandments which I command thee this day.

This nation of Israel had awaited this coming of the Lord, the Messiah:

John the Baptist had preached:

Mat 3:2  And saying, Repent ye: [for the kingdom of heaven is at hand].
Mat 3:3  For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

To Israel this meant that John would introduce the promised King, which he did, King Jesus.

Jesus Christ was the one in David’s line that would sit on David’s throne and rule over David’s house.

At the beheading of John the Baptist, Christ Jesus preached this same message.

Mat 4:17  From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Christ Jesus declared that the Messianic promise was fulfilled:

Luk 4:18  The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Luk 4:19  To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
Luk 4:20  And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
Luk 4:21  And he began to say unto them, [This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears].

It was then that the leaders of Israel decided to kill the Lord of Glory. They consistently and persistently rejected the Jesus Christ, His Word and His Person.

It is then and then only that the destiny of the nation of Israel was sealed.

Mat 21:43  Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

From this point onward Christ Jesus would not preach that “the kingdom of God was at hand”.

Christ Jesus did not seek a throne, but He sought after the Cross!

Christ Jesus began to teach with parables:

Psa 78:1 Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
Psa 78:2  [I will open my mouth in a parable]: I will utter dark sayings of old:
Psa 78:3  Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.
Psa 78:4  We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.
Psa 78:5  For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:
Psa 78:6  That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children:
Psa 78:7  That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:
Psa 78:8  And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.

The time period covered by the parables in Matthew 13 extends from the time of Israel’s rejection until Israel’s future reception of the coming Messiah, the second coming of The Lord Jesus Christ. [This means this kingdom program began while Christ was still on this Earth and will extend untill His second coming].

In this period we will find the Church Age which began at Pentecost and will end at the Rapture of the Church.

These parables do not primarily concern the nature, the function, nor the influence of the Church.

These parables do show how the unrevealed form of God’s theocratic rule in a previously unrevealed age because of Israel’s rejection of Christ Jesus.

*****Our Text:

Mat 13:3  And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
Mat 13:4  And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
Mat 13:5  Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
Mat 13:6  And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
Mat 13:7  And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
Mat 13:8  But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
Mat 13:9  Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

A “sower” went forth to sow, vs 37 tells us that this sower is the Son of Man or Christ Himself. Christ came down from Heaven bearing “precious seed”, the fine wheat but He Himself is “the corn of the wheat”.

Joh 12:23  And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.
Joh 12:24  Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

The “seed” that is sown can only bring forth as it falls on good ground and in the ground it dies and out of death comes forth the fruit.

First we can apply this to the time of Christ on this Earth but we can also apply this to the entire age in which Christ is now at the right hand of the Father.

The “sowing” He began continues still and the result of sowing is like wise the same!

What we should realize is this is the beginning of something new. This is a new work which Our Lord now takes up! Israel had failed to yield fruit:

Isa 5:1  Now will I sing to my wellbeloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill:
Isa 5:2  And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes.
Isa 5:3  And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard.
Isa 5:4  What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes?
Isa 5:5  And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down:
Isa 5:6  And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.

While Israel is unfruitful the “Sower”(Son of Man) has gone out to sow.

He cast His seed into the field, “the field is the world”, no longer just to the house of Israel. The field then is the heart of the individual hearer!

1.) The heart is the center of spiritual activity.
2.) The heart is the center of all operations of human life.
3.) The heart is home to personal life.
4.) The heart is the seat of conscience.
5.) The heart is naturally wicked and it can contaminate the character of every person.
6.) It is the “heart” that must be changed, regenerated, before a man can willingly obey God.

The message of Christ Jesus was being preached and it was heard. We can see the response to this message:

1.) That seed that fell by the wayside:

This seed showed no signs of life at all.

2.) That seed that fell on the stony ground:

This seed geminated quickly but if we see the sun as a “type” of persecution we can see that this seed soon perished.

3.) That seed that fell among thorns:

This seed showed signs of promise but was soon over come by [the cares of this world].

Joh 3:19  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

4.) That seed that fell upon good ground:

This seed produced a crop.

In each case the sower was the same, (Jesus Christ) and the seed was the same, (The Word of God). It was only the soil that was different!

Through this parable Christ Jesus explained the different responses to the Word of God. There will always be those that refuse to hear the Word of God. There will always those that hear God’s Word and respond but will not continue in His Word. There will always be some that heard the truth but soon forgot accepting man’s truth instead. And there will always be believers who will become sowers themselves!

The thing that determines the outcome of the sowing will always be the preparation of the soil before the sowing!

*****Our Text

Mat 13:10  And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
Mat 13:11  He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
Mat 13:12  For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
Mat 13:13  Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
Mat 13:14  And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
Mat 13:15  For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
Mat 13:16  But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
Mat 13:17  For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

What we notice is that immediatly after Jesus finished the first parable that the disciples ask why he was speaking in parables. They had never heard Him speak this way. What Jesus had spoken earlier had been simple and easy to understand.

Jesus was very solemn in His answer because it was announcing judgment upon Israel. “Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given”

The disciples are believers and therefore a “type” of all believers. It is the believer that will understand the mysteries of the Kingdom of the Heavens but to those that have rejected Him, none would understand! The nation that refused the light would sit in darkness.

Isa 6:9  And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.
Isa 6:10  Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.

All disciples who have received the Lord will be given more and Israel, who had rejected Christ Jesus and so what they had as His earthly people, even that would be taken from them at this time.

This principle is still alive today in the Church Age. The true believers will be provided for with an abundance:

Heb 6:17  Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:

But the apostates of the Laodicean Church age will lose what they boasts to have:

Rev 3:17  Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

Paul wrote of Israel:

Rom 11:8  (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.

Jesus does not say this of the Church. The time of the Church is now. We live in the time of “Grace” not in the time of “slumber” as Israel does.

The Apostle John wrote of Isaiah:

Joh 12:41  These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.

compare:

Isa 6:1  In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.

The Jehovah that Isaiah saw was the Lord Jesus Christ.

Luke writes of this:

Act 28:25  And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers,
Act 28:26  Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive:
Act 28:27  For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
Act 28:28  [Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it].

Once Christ Jesus has explained this to the disciples, He then explains this parable. A parable was designed to conceal the truth to some as well as reveal it to others. Many have the ability to see with their eyes and hear with their ears yet they are completely ignorant of the truth of the kingdom of God. It is still a mystery to them yet the salvation taught by the Lord Jesus Christ is the most simple of all things of this world.

One need only to believe:

2Co 11:2  For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
2Co 11:3  But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, [so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ].

We will only understand more truth when we accept and act on the truth that we have already received!

*****Our Text:

Mat 13:18  Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
Mat 13:19  When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
Mat 13:20  But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
Mat 13:21  Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
Mat 13:22  He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
Mat 13:23  But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

Vs 18-19) The wayside is hard and trodden down by feet. The birds were ready to snatch it up. These simply do not understand the Word of God. It’s not a mental thing nor are they of low of intellect. The Lord says the Word was sown in their heart. It was then directed to the conscience where it could be rejected or accepted. The heart would not have it! “Understandeth” means the heart would not receive God’s Word.

The “birds” here represent the wicked one. If “birds” are the wicked ones here then they will be the same in the later parables.

Vs. 20-21)

The rocky ground is lightly covered with earth. There is a sudden springing up, an enthusiastic reception but the “sun” representing persecution rises higher and the heat is felt and there is no resistance and there is no life. Behind that little bit of earth we find a heart of stone that will not yield to the plow.

Hos 10:12  Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; [break up your fallow ground]: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.
Hos 10:13  Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of lies: because thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men.

There are many professing Christians that have covered their wicked heart of stone with a little earth, they have a form of Godliness but they know nothing of the power of God.

God says to turn away from such people:

2Ti 3:5  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

When persecution (the “sun”) shows up these people will show there true colors. They are alive in name only. Behind that life is death. The great tribulation and the judgments that precede the rising of the “Sun of Righteousness” will burn many up and sweep them away.

Vs. 22)

As in all God’s Word this verse say all that need be said. The deceit of riches hinder the growth of God’s Word. There are so many in this age that preach a prosperity gospel that they also have caused much confusion in the Church. It will be the same all the way through the tribulation period. The Word of God will become so twisted (choked) that it cannot produce fruit.

What we have seen is the three main hindrances to God’s Word:

1.) The Devil snatches up and devours.

2.) The Flesh attempts and fails when it is alone.

3.) The World surrounds and chokes.

How really simple is this parable of God to those that open up their hearts to receive God’s Word!

But when a receptive heart has been prepared of God, hearing and understanding, by faith and through faith God’s Word, then that heart is productive. This is the “grace” of God.

The kingdom of heaven was not mentioned in the first parable but now we will see these words throughout the remaining chapter.

*****Our Text:

Mat 13:24  Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
Mat 13:25  But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
Mat 13:26  But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
Mat 13:27  So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
Mat 13:28  He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
Mat 13:29  But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
Mat 13:30  Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

Mat 13:36  Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.
Mat 13:37  He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;
Mat 13:38  The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
Mat 13:39  The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
Mat 13:40  As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
Mat 13:41  The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
Mat 13:42  And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Mat 13:43  Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Mat 13:44  Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.

If we look we can see the connection to the first parable.

1.) The same Sower, Son of Man.

2.) The seed is deposited into the World, not just Israel.

3.) Now we see the good seed are the Sons of the Kingdom.

4.) The Tares are the sons of the Evil one.

5.) The Enemy is still the Devil, the evil one.

6.) The harvest is the completion of the age. (age of tribulation)

7.) The harvest men are angels.

The good seed, the “children of the kingdom” must be the fruit from the first parable. The word of the kingdom produces the children of the kingdom. The fruit is according to the seed.

Mat 7:18  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Mat 7:19  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Mat 7:20  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

But it is the enemy we should concentrate on. The enemy is by the words of Jesus, the Devil. The seed he sows then become the children of the Devil. If we notice the time of this work of the Devil we will notice:

1.) It was immediatly after the good seed was sown.

2.) It was while “men” slept.

It was while “men” slept, not when the Sower slept:

We know this has happened in the Church age:

2Th 2:7  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

Even after Paul:

Rev 2:4  Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

These tares then are the lies of the Devil, his evil doctrine, a counterfeit of the true faith.

1.) The denial of the Deity of Christ.

2.) The denial of the resurrection.

3.) The denial of the death and burial of Christ.

4.) The denial of the “Virgin” birth.

5.) The denial of the Inspired Word of God.

We know that this process continues and will continue until the second coming of Jesus Christ.

In other words the true character of this age is EVIL!

2Co 4:3  But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
2Co 4:4  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Though the servants be willing to try to root out these children of the devil, they are not permitted to do so. It is an idle dream, which many hope to realize, to reform the world. This is not taught in the Word of God. These two will grow together until the time of Christ, (The Rapture, the Second coming).

To some this means we cannot have a pure Church but that also is not taught in the scriptures. The Lord Jesus was not speaking to the Church in this parable nor the others. He is speaking of the time from His rejection until His second coming. This kingdom of heavens is not the Church.

The Epistles teach us that evil is not to be tolerated in the Church and Jesus did too:

Mat 18:15  Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
Mat 18:16  But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
Mat 18:17  And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.
Mat 18:18  Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Mat 18:19  Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 18:20  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

The assembly is to judge evil in the Church and it is not said to let them grow together. The field is not the Church but it is the World. It is in the World that this parable takes place. The Lord Jesus does not teach that this wheat is the Church. The wheat is the good seed which produces the children of the kingdom.

Rom 16:17  Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
Rom 16:18  For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

The harvest will be the completion of this age. The end of this world is a long way off but we know the next thing on God’s agenda is the Rapture of the Church and then the tribulation period. It is the end of the tribulation period that is spoken of in this parable.

Rev 14:14  And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.
Rev 14:15  And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.
Rev 14:16  And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.
Rev 14:17  And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.
Rev 14:18  And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
Rev 14:19  And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
Rev 14:20  And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.

Mat 8:12  But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Mat 24:21  For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
Mat 24:22  And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

Mat 24:29  Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
Mat 24:30  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

Mat 24:32  Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:

This is when the Nation of Israel will be bringing forth fruit!

Mat 25:34  Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

To review:

1.) The enemy, the Devil, began his work in the beginning of this age.

2.) This age is mixed, good and evil and they will grow together.

3.) This mixed condition will only cease at the end of this age. Then the Sons of the Kingdom will inherit this earth. The tares will be cast in the eternal flame of fire.

We must be aware of Satan’s counterfeits:

1.) He has counterfeit believers.

2.) He has a counterfeit gospel.

3.) He encourages his own counterfeit righteousness.

4.) He has his own counterfeit church.

5.) During the tribulation period he will produce a counterfeit Christ, the Anti-Christ.

*****Our text:

Mat 13:31  Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:
Mat 13:32  Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.

There are many interpretations of this parable and Christ Jesus did not give an explanation. The main ingredient in this parable is the mustard seed. The growth of the mustard seed was a well known fact at the time of Jesus. We can understand that a tree with such wide spreading branches could lodge all the birds of the second heaven in “type” gives us a figure for a mighty kingdom that could lodge all nations. The disciples would understand that the kingdom(Millennial Kingdom) that would come at the second coming of Christ would grow till it would give shelter to all nations on this earth at that time.

Daniel gave us a “type” of this tree:

Dan 4:10  Thus were the visions of mine head in my bed; I saw, and behold a tree in the midst of the earth, and the height thereof was great.
Dan 4:11  The tree grew, and was strong, and the height thereof reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the earth:
Dan 4:12  The leaves thereof were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was meat for all: the beasts of the field had shadow under it, and the fowls of the heaven dwelt in the boughs thereof, and all flesh was fed of it.

Ezekiel also gave us a “type of this tree:

Eze 31:3  Behold, the Assyrian was a cedar in Lebanon with fair branches, and with a shadowing shroud, and of an high stature; and his top was among the thick boughs.
Eze 31:4  The waters made him great, the deep set him up on high with her rivers running round about his plants, and sent out her little rivers unto all the trees of the field.
Eze 31:5  Therefore his height was exalted above all the trees of the field, and his boughs were multiplied, and his branches became long because of the multitude of waters, when he shot forth.
Eze 31:6  All the fowls of heaven made their nests in his boughs, and under his branches did all the beasts of the field bring forth their young, and under his shadow dwelt all great nations.
Eze 31:7  Thus was he fair in his greatness, in the length of his branches: for his root was by great waters.
Eze 31:8  The cedars in the garden of God could not hide him: the fir trees were not like his boughs, and the chesnut trees were not like his branches; nor any tree in the garden of God was like unto him in his beauty.

All previous empires have been established by military might. This kingdom of heaven which actually began humbly with Christ and was rejected will at His second coming spread out to the ends of the earth for one thousand years with every living thing under the shelter of God’s wings.

Isa 9:6  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isa 9:7  Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

*****Our text:

Mat 13:33  Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

Here again is a parable that is interpreted in many different ways. We know that leaven is used in the Bible many times as a symbol for evil. This parable is not so much about the leaven as it is how the leaven works. Actually, this is a parable about the leaven hidden in the meal. Christ is explaining the “mysteries” of the kingdom of heaven. Mysteries are things that are hidden.

Once the leaven was introduced to the flour, the process would begin and it would be steady, continuous and irreversible. The process would continue until all the dough was leavened. Christ then was teaching that His new kingdom would not be established by any outward means because there is no external force that could make the dough rise. God’s new kingdom will operate by an internal force that will continue until all His Kingdom will be leavened, filled with His presence.

Joh 15:26  But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
Joh 15:27  And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.

Joh 16:7  Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
Joh 16:8  And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
Joh 16:9  Of sin, because they believe not on me;
Joh 16:10  Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
Joh 16:11  Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

In “type” we have this passage from the Book of Genesis:

Gen 18:5  And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and [comfort ye your hearts]; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said.
Gen 18:6  And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, [Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth].

*****Our text:

Mat 13:44  Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.

Christ Jesus reveals that a remnant from among the nation of Israel will become God’s purchased possession.

Exo 19:5  Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, [then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people]: for all the earth is mine:

Deu 14:2  For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be [a peculiar people unto himself], above all the nations that are upon the earth.

Psa 135:4  For the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself, [and Israel for his peculiar treasure].

We already know that the field represents the “world”. This parable places God’s treasure (the Jew) out of their land and scattered in the world. This was a reality in the time of Titus 70AD. In order for the man to regain his treasure, it was necessary for Him to purchase this field where this treasure is hidden. Christ did this by His death on that cross!

Isa 53:8  He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

1Jn 2:2  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, [but also for the sins of the whole world].

At the second coming of Christ this treasure will be returned to the rightful owner:

Mat 24:31  And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

*****Our Text:

Mat 13:45  Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:
Mat 13:46  Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

What Christ Jesus revealed here is that God will get a treasure not only from the nation of Israel but also from the Gentile nations. A pearl comes from the sea. We know that in scripture the sea represents Gentile nations. This treasure from the Gentiles(The Church) was also paid for at the Cross.

*****Our Text:

Mat 13:47  Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:
Mat 13:48  Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.
Mat 13:49  So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,
Mat 13:50  And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

What we see here is that this form of the kingdom will end in a judgment. There are all types of fish in the sea. They will be separated, with “the useful” being gathered and “the useless” being cast away. We know that only the righteous will enter into the New Kingdom(Millennial). This judgment will take place near the end of the tribulation period prior to the Millennial Kingdom.

Matthew 25:1-30

The Nation of Israel will be judged:

Matthew 25: 31-46

This not a judgment on the dead but on the living:

Rev 14:19  And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
Rev 14:20  And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.

*****Our Text:

Mat 13:51  Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord.
Mat 13:52  Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.

Christ the owner has entered into His storeroom and has brought out what is needed from the
storeroom. He has presented some things old, from the prophets, and some things new, His
parables (the new mysteries). When Christ was rejected, He postponed the Millennial Kingdom:

Dan 9:24  Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
Dan 9:25  Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
Dan 9:26  And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
Dan 9:27  And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

This new thing, the kingdom of the heavens, extends from His rejection until His second coming.
The Word of God has been sown during all this time. There have been many different responses.
The fruit from the good ground has also been resown to produce more fruit. There has also been
an enemy sowing his seed also producing evil fruit. The power of this kingdom is internal and
cannot be influenced by anything of this world. God will gather His peculiar treasures to Himself
at different times but within this time frame.(the hidden treasure, the pearl of great price) This
period will end in judgment (Armageddon) just before the Millennial Kingdom.

*****Our Text:

Mat 13:53  And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence.
Mat 13:54  And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?
Mat 13:55  Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?
Mat 13:56  And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?
Mat 13:57  And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.
Mat 13:58  And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

Christ Jesus returned to Nazareth for the last time before the cross. He went into His home town synagogue again trying to teach. These people had to ask themselves who was this Person? Jesus had grown up in a carpenter’s home. He had not been trained in any of the rabbinical schools. These people could not understand where Our Lord obtained His knowledge and had already rejected Him as the Messiah.

Mar 6:2  And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands? 

They knew the knowledge shown of Christ Jesus could not have come from Joseph nor any of His family. Since Jesus had not attended any of the schools, All His Word’s Were Rejected!

They took offence at Him:

Mar 6:3  Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.

The city of Nazareth was totally unresponsive to the ministry of Jesus Christ Our Lord. This unbelief made it impossible for Jesus to do many works as the work of Christ demands believing:

Mar 6:5  And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.

The world we live in is becoming as blind as the city of Nazareth and becoming incapable of receiving the light of Jesus:

Luk 18:6  And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.
Luk 18:7  And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
Luk 18:8  I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

I love you Jesus.

Let’sPray!