Matthew 27:41-42 Believers Believe by Faith

Matthew 27:41-42 (KJV)
Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,
He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.

As much as things change, so much the more they are the same.
The chief priests and scribes and elders said that if Jesus would come down from the cross they would believe Him.

  • Haven’t we all wished even prayed that God would do something so miraculous so undeniable that people, especially those we love and those in power would believe in Him?
  • Haven’t we cried out in anguish because it just seemed so obvious that, if God would just answer this one prayer, or that one, these people would believe?

But so often He doesn’t answer.
When it seems so clear that:

  • For the good of mankind,
  • For the good of a family,
  • For the good of a church,

He should answer, He doesn’t.

Two thoughts:

One, it would not have been for the good of anyone had Jesus come down from the cross.
Salvation was accomplished on the Cross. Praise God He did not come down!

Two, never forget these men were mocking.
Truth is that no one believes for the miracles. Jesus did them and thus proved Himself to be the Christ but believers believe by faith, not by miracles.

 

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Matthew 27:41-42 Believers Believe by Faith

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Daniel 11:1-2 God’s Angelic Brigade

Daniel 11:1-2 (KJV)
Also I in the first year of Darius the Mede, even I, stood to confirm and to strengthen him.
And now will I shew thee the truth. Behold, there shall stand up yet three kings in Persia; and the fourth shall be far richer than they all: and by his strength through his riches he shall stir up all against the realm of Grecia.

The angel claims to have come for two purposes:
To strengthen and confirm God’s plan
This being God’s plan that Israel be returned to the Promised Land according to the decree of Cyrus. This would require:

  • Confirming the decision in the mind of Cyrus (and subsequently Darius)
  • Quenching the attempts of others to distract Cyrus from his decision and
  • Urging the Jews, who had grown complacent in Babylon to return and rebuild.

To show Daniel the truth
The truth is the Word of God as the Holy Spirit of God illuminates it. No work is so needful than that God’s Word be revealed to us. Having God’s Word is a blessing but it requires the teaching ministry of the Spirit to show us the truth in it.

God’s angelic brigade can be confidently assumed to do these same ministries for all praying saints:

  • Strengthening and confirming His will for them and
  • Showing them the truth in God’s Word

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Daniel 11:1-2 God’s Angelic Brigade

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Daniel 9:4 Our Stay in Trouble

Daniel 9:4 (KJV)
And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments;

Daniel’s prayer weaves two key principles repeatedly together:
That God is righteous
Regardless of the difficulties men experience because of His plans, He is righteous.

That we have sinned
And thus, deserve whatever is the hardship of that plan. God promises that His intentions are good toward us and not evil.[1] In times of difficulty that must be our stay.

This dichotomy of thought divides the sheep from the goats. Those who hear the voice of God accept his will as righteous and good. Those who refuse his voice reject the premise of Daniel’s prayer.

[1] Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV)
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

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Daniel 9:4 Our Stay in Trouble

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Daniel 8:26 I Trust Christ

Daniel 8:26 (KJV)
And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days.

It happens that my daily visit with God took me to Daniel 7-8 and Matthew 24. The passages are obviously connected. They are all part of the Word of God. In this case they all cover the same subject, the end of earthly Kingdoms.

Daniel 8 ends on this note, “…it shall be for many days.” None of us knows the day or the hour when the Son of Man will return. Though there are details given, we can’t be sure exactly what they mean because they have been “shut up.”

What we do know is that things on earth will get much worse before they get much better. We also know that, before the terrible Tribulation, the saints of God will be rescued from the earth to receive their reward.

I don’t know when the end will be but I do know what the end will be.

I trust Christ.

 

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Daniel 8:26 I Trust Christ

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Matthew 23:29-35 Repentance Changes Us

Matthew 23:29-35 (KJV)
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,
And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.
Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.
Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:
That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.

The woe for the Pharisees was not that they garnished the tombs of the prophets but that they had not changed from the nature of their fathers, who had killed the prophets.

The worst form of hypocrisy and deception is self-deception.

The Pharisees believed themselves to be better than those of the past when, in fact, they were exactly like those of the past.

  • Circumstances were slightly different.
  • Names had changed.

But the nature of the Pharisees was the nature of their fathers.

We do no good in apologizing for the sins of the past. Removing monuments and ignoring history does not change us. Repentance changes us.

  • Acknowledging our own sin
  • Owning up to it and
  • Turning from it

that changes us.

Woe to the one who grows angry at the sins of their fathers so they might ignore the sins in their own heart.

 

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Matthew 23:29-35 Repentance Changes Us

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Matthew 22:46 They Never Got Rid of Jesus

Matthew 22:46 (KJV)
And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.

No man was able to answer His question and no one asked Him any more questions after this day. But that does not mean He had convinced them. It only means they had become that much more hardened.

From here on there was no attempt made to turn Christ to their way of thinking. They were no longer looking for ways to explain Christ to the Jewish community. They had one goal remaining; to be forever rid of Christ.

But, though they crucified Him, they never got rid of Him. Jesus is as alive today as He was two thousand years ago.

  • He still influences thought
  • He still exposes false teachings
  • He still confounds the blind religions

People today often disagree with Christ but they cannot explain away Christ.

 

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Matthew 22:46 They Never Got Rid of Jesus

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Daniel 5:22 Judgment Comes in Both Cases

Daniel 5:22 (KJV)
And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this;

The first five books of Daniel are all about his role as a wise man (counselor).

  • Chapter six is about Daniel as a politician.
  • Chapter seven and following is Daniel as a prophet.

As counselor we find him interpreting three dreams. The third is for Belshazzar. It is remarkable because of the difference in attitude of Daniel towards Belshazzar compared to Nebuchadnezzar.

The former is the one who took him into slavery.
Daniel holds no ill will against him and even demonstrates love for him. A man can have affection even for leaders who do wrong so long as they are humble and learning.

The later was fully aware of God’s hand on Nebuchadnezzar.
However he did not learn from it but rejected and acted against that hand of God. In this case Daniel had no tender feelings. He pronounced strict judgment.

There is a difference between the one whose wicked actions are based in ignorance and the one who knows full well how wicked his actions are. Judgment comes in both cases. But one is a discipline of love, meant to convert. The other is a judgment of wrath poured out finally upon the reprobate.

 

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Daniel 5:22 Judgment Comes in Both Cases

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Daniel 4:36 Christianity – An Act of Faith

Daniel 4:36 (KJV)
At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me.

This was all orchestrated by God.

  • God pronounced the sentence.
  • God executed the sentence and it had to have been
  • God who protected his kingdom until the end of the sentence.

I notice that the king lifted up his eyes to heaven before his reason returned.

Christianity is not an academic decision. It is an act of faith.

It is after we have acted on our faith that God gives us reason.

 

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Daniel 4:36 Christianity – An Act of Faith

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Daniel 3:2-3 What Are the Effects of our Faith?

Daniel 3:2-3 (KJV)
Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together the princes, the governors, and the captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.
Then the princes, the governors, and captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up.

It was obviously impossible that every person of every realm under the dominion of Babylon be at this dedication. Representatives therefore were called. These rulers, governors, judges, etc., spoke for the people of their nations and acted in their behalf.

This compounds both the consequences and severity of the decision of the three Hebrews.

  • Their stand was a stand for all their nation,
  • Their compromise would have been a blow to all the Jews and
  • Their deliverance from the fire was a testament to the God of their brothers and sisters in the faith.

We contemplate less than we ought the far reaching effects of the practice of our faith.

  • When we compromise others are brought low
  • When we stand others are encouraged
  • When we endure trials others are emboldened

We can’t be Christians in a vacuum. To some extent every Christian represents other Christians.

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Daniel 3:2-3 What Are the Effects of our Faith?

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Matthew 21:2-4 Details!

Matthew 21:2-4 (KJV)
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.
And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.
All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,

The Lord sent His disciples for, not just an ass or just the foal of an ass but for an ass and her foal. And age had a reason, “that is might be fulfilled…”

The Bible is a book of details.

Newer scholars would like us to see the Bible in generalities.

  • Doctrines that generally hold true
  • Standards that are generally consistent
  • Churches that are generally sound

Christianity, the modern professor would say, is to be generally practiced. They would think of any details as pushing the practice of faith into extremism.

  • It’s ok to have women preacher’s, they would contend, so long as she was generally accurate in her message
  • It’s ok, in their minds, to have divorced men in the pulpit provided his preaching is generally sound
  • Any form of baptism, they would think, suffices as long as it is baptism

Not so, said Jesus. He was all about details, especially biblical details. He refused to come short on any detail of the Bible. He refused to go beyond any detail of the Bible.

So should we.

 

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Matthew 21:2-4 Details!

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