Matthew 23:37-39 (KJV) How To Destroy Your House

Matthew 23:37-39 (KJV)
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Jerusalem’s first desolation was in their rejection of Jesus Christ.
They had a blessed house when they had Christ in their presence. They had meat and drink that would never run dry. They had truth that was undeniable. Jerusalem with Christ was Jerusalem with hope and opportunity and the kingdom of heaven nigh. By rejecting Christ they swept their own house clean of blessings.

Jerusalem’s second desolation was the destruction of the city in seventy A.D..
The process between these two was a long one in which the Jews, having turned against their own Christ, then turned against themselves.

Jerusalem’s desolation continues still today
in that, while they are once again a nation, they are for the most part a nation without faith. Jewish nationalism is far different than Jewish faith.

The very same steps happens in the lives of individuals as they:

  • First reject Jesus
  • Second find their lives coming unraveled
  • Third continue to experience desolation in their children and grandchildren

It is foolhardy and devastating to ignore, reject or dismiss Christ in your life.

To my reader:
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Matthew 23:37-39 (KJV) How To Destroy Your House

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Matthew 22:34 (KJV) How To Silence a Sadducee

Matthew 22:34 (KJV)
But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.

Jesus put the Sadducees to silence but He did not convince them of the truth. We have mistaken our calling if we have come to believe that our duty is to convince everyone we speak to of the truth of the Gospel. Though we would like to see it, though we must preach with the passion to affect it, the reality is that:

  • Jesus didn’t see it
  • The world has never wholeheartedly accepted Christ and
  • To expect it can skew our methods of ministry

We stop their words with one tool; refusal to budge on the Bible.

To my reader:
We often become disappointed in the results of our work because we misunderstand the purpose of our work. Our job is not to convert the world but be witnesses to the world. Steadfastness to the truths of the Bible; that is our calling. I would love to hear from you. Leave comments below.

 

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Matthew 22:34 (KJV) How To Silence a Sadducee

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2 Samuel 16:11 (KJV) Hope for Grace

2 Samuel 16:11 (KJV)
And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, which came forth of my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more now may this Benjamite do it? let him alone, and let him curse; for the LORD hath bidden him.

There are few things more terrible for a father than the rebellion of a child. We love them so desperately when they are growing up. We ache when they begin their own lives. We grieve if we are not able to see them often. But we are broken if they turn against us.

In this case David’s pain is of his own making and he knows it.

  • His disobedience in multiple wives
  • His lack of discipline and direction for his children and especially
  • His sin with Bathsheba

Had brought this on. God had told him it would be so.

David demonstrated humility with Shimei because he knew this was all of God. But I notice that he also held out hope for grace. We need never to live in the pit of despair. Humility is not pessimism. Humility is honesty concerning ourselves and hopefulness concerning God.

 

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2 Samuel 16:11 (KJV) Hope for Grace

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Matthew 21:33 (KJV) Tell Them Again

Matthew 21:33 (KJV)
Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:

I had a pleasant conversation with a man today. He said his dad was a very strong Southern Baptist who was always digging into his Bible and looked for chances to talk to people about his faith. The trouble is, it apparently did nothing for his son. This man I spoke with is a very kind man, but not a believer and is almost clueless about spiritual things. As we spoke the conversation went from one spiritual topic to the next. There was almost no end to error in his thinking. Although he was pleasant, he was completely unaware of these spiritual things.

Jesus was already teaching in the temple when the chief priests and elders of the people approached and began asking Him questions. The conversation continued on until, in verse thirty-three, Jesus said, “Hear another parable…” There was still more they needed to hear, still new things they should learn, still incorrect conclusions that needed to be corrected.

While I am certain we can “dump” too much on people at one time, I am also certain we should never give up on them. We ought to always be looking for another way to express the truth of the Bible and another opportunity to express it to them until we are finally able to bring them to the truth.

Don’t give up.

Tell them another parable….

To my reader:
Can you name the last person you spoke to about the Lord? I would love to hear from you. Leave comments below. (Of course, I am not asking for names. LOL)

 

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Matthew 21:33 (KJV) Tell Them Again

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2 Samuel 15:37 (KJV) A Friend Like This

2 Samuel 15:37 (KJV)
So Hushai David’s friend came into the city, and Absalom came into Jerusalem.

Hushai was a good friend to David. He had had before:

  • a number of supporters,
  • many constituents and
  • thousands of citizens

but a friend like Hushai is one in a thousand.

  • He wanted to be with the king
  • He instead did as the king requested
  • He placed himself in harm’s way
  • He remained loyal to David in the midst of those who had turned against David
  • He succeeded in both averting enemy plans and getting word to David
  • He was not, before this time, one of those people we heard was around the king

Few of us find ourselves in that place David was so few of us have friends that must prove themselves so dramatically. All of us, however, do well if we have a friend like this.

He doesn’t have to be the one everyone knows about. He is just the one we know we can count on.

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2 Samuel 15:37 (KJV) A Friend Like This

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Matthew 20:1 (KJV) Lessons in Life

Matthew 20:1 (KJV)
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.

Jesus used the phrase, “the kingdom of heaven is like” on a number of occasions. The use of these similes and parables is a demonstration that the tabernacle was not the only thing that was made after the pattern of heavenly things.

God has put wonderful lessons concerning life, spiritual freedom and heavenly promises all around us. They are so abundant and so obvious that they are, in part, why even the person who has never heard is without excuse. Just as the heavens declare the glory of God, these parables preach the path to God if we will but hear.

A few caveats concerning these parables:

  • They can become blurred through lack of use and therefore come into focus only through exercise
  • They must always be filtered through the lens of God’s word . The devil knows how to pitch a parable too.
  • They should never take the place of God’s Word lest our audience begin to magnify human wisdom rather that God’s revelation.

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Matthew 20:1 (KJV) Lessons in Life

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Matthew 19:6 (KJV) Marriage: Two Being One

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

Being a pastor for the last thirty-two years, I get to spend a good deal of time trying to help young couples work through marriage issues. Anyone who is married has marriage issues? Very often those who come to speak with me are in the early years of marriage, most often, less that ten years. Those who have been married less than five years are often disheartened that they disagree at all. They believed marriage would be bliss. They were under no illusion, they assure me, that their marriage would be perfect but they didn’t expect marriage to be this difficult. They didn’t know they would disagree this much. They didn’t realize they would be required to change as much as they have.

The Bible says of the first marriage, and Jesus reasserts in this passage, that the marriage of a man and a woman is God making of them one flesh. Two become one. That has to be a difficult process. It isn’t something magical like the Catholic transubstantiation. It is a process whereby those pieces of the individual lives that push away from the unity of the two lives is shaved away. The husband and the wife each find that they become different than they were so that they can become one with their mate.

It is a slow process. It won’t happen in a week or in a year. It may take all of ten years and it could take longer than that.

The point of Jesus’ words was that, whatever it takes, stay in the work of the two being one. Don’t let anything make the one two again.

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Matthew 19:6 (KJV) Marriage: Two Being One

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2 Samuel 12:10 (KJV) David’s Love/Hate Relationship with God

2 Samuel 12:10 (KJV)
Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.

I know David to be a man after God’s own heart. That David loved God there can be no question. But in this instance the actions of King David caused God himself to say to David, “thou hast despised me“.

If God could say that to David is there any one of us who couldn’t be guilty of the same? We love God and show it in many ways. At the same time we despise God and demonstrate that too.

David reduced himself to this lowest of places:

  • By taking it easy when he should have been engaged in the work of Warfare
  • By acting on temptation
  • By attempting to cover up his sin
  • By failing to immediately confess his sin

Though there were terrible consequences the fix for all of this was Psalm fifty-one; confession pouring from a broken and contrite heart.

 

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2 Samuel 12:10 (KJV) David’s Love/Hate Relationship with God

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2 Samuel 10:15-17 (KJV) Where to Find Blessings

2 Samuel 10:15-17 (KJV)
And when the Syrians saw that they were smitten before Israel, they gathered themselves together.
And Hadarezer sent, and brought out the Syrians that were beyond the river: and they came to Helam; and Shobach the captain of the host of Hadarezer went before them.
And when it was told David, he gathered all Israel together, and passed over Jordan, and came to Helam. And the Syrians set themselves in array against David, and fought with him.

I spoke with a young couple who has been going through a lot of late. They recently were able to get one very heavy weight off their shoulders only to be loaded down again with terrible burdens. The wife remarked to me, “I thought once the first weight was lifted we would watch God pour out wonderful blessings upon us. It hurt even more when this burden came because I so much expected blessing.”

From this passage we see that one victory does not necessarily mean we will have no more battles. David’s men defeated the Ammonites only to have them try that much harder to defeat David. When David defeated them the second time a different enemy came upon them (see chapter 11). The fact is that David had battles his entire life. Israel has battles to this very day.

  • Battles,
  • Burdens and
  • Hard struggles

are a part of life in general and Christian life in particular. But that doesn’t mean there are no blessings. It just means we have to find the blessings in something other than rest.

  • Find blessings in our relationship with loved ones.
  • Find blessings in purpose of life.
  • Find blessings in liberty to do right. Most of all
  • Find blessings in your walk with almighty God.

 

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2 Samuel 10:15-17 (KJV) Where to Find Blessings

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2 Samuel 8:15 (KJV) Judgment and Justice

2 Samuel 8:15 (KJV)
And David reigned over all Israel; and David executed judgment and justice unto all his people.

King David was a man of rare ability, such as could only have been given if God.

He cared for the spiritual welfare of his nation, seeing to the arrangement and order of their worship

He cared for the defensive and offensive exploits of their military. He was an exceptional soldier

He cared for the social and civil life of his nation, seeing that in it were executed both judgment and justice.

Judgment is the legal end of this two-part execution. It is putting into place means to enforce laws as instituted by the Word of God and their own good government. Justice is the legislative end of this same execution. It is the establishment of laws that express right and represses wrong. It is the deliberation upon moral issues and the forming of convictions based, in David’s case, upon what he had learned fro God.

Godly men and women think on these things. They come to sound and Scriptural convictions about right and wrong and then they take measures to promote the right and prevent the wrong.

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2 Samuel 8:15 (KJV) Judgment and Justice

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