Matthew 17:5 Hearing Jesus

Matthew 17:5 (KJV)
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.

Peter gets dished a lot of grief for speaking out of turn. Generally, I am of the opinion we are too hard on him. We are, perhaps, speaking out of turn to speak so poorly of him.

That said, there is here a good lesson in listening. Truth is Peter needed to hear Jesus.

None of us listen enough to the Lord. Our minds are busy, occupied with affairs of this life, cares of the world, ambitions, opinions, and the philosophies of men. We listen so seldom. We’ve come to believe we know what the Lord has said without genuinely trying to hear Him.

  • We’ve read books
  • We’ve gone to classes
  • We’ve heard sermons
  • We’ve had discussion groups

We know what Jesus said. Why listen?

If indeed we are what we listen to, we are in a world of hurt.

It’s time to slow down, stop talking and stop thinking about other things, and hear Jesus.

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Matthew 17:5 Hearing Jesus

Matthew 16:11 How Is That?

Matthew 16:11 (KJV)
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?

This verse is introduced by,
Matthew 16:7-10 (KJV)
And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread.
Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread?
Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?
Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?

In other words, they had been given this lesson several times. Jesus had taught the lesson, reinforced it with a miracle, and then reinforced it again with a second, similar lesson.

How is it they did not understand?

Rather than seeing this as a rebuke, it would be better to view it as a lesson in human nature. We are full of hearing and slow in learning. It takes repeated exposure to the truth before we get hold of it. Even then, we may not keep hold of it long the first or second time.

This life is a series of lessons in spiritual growth. It’s a classroom. Some, of course, try to skip class or pay no attention while in the classroom.

The wisest of us keep in mind how much we don’t know. We keep our eyes and ears open, trying to pick up some grain of truth that we take to carry farther down the road, to the next lesson.

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Matthew 16:11 How Is That?

Matthew 15:27 We Only Ask for the Crumbs

Matthew 15:27 (KJV)
And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.

A woman of Canaan. If the Jews had obeyed the Lord from the beginning, she would not have existed. But she did exist. And even she, who had been born with this “sentence of death” upon her, found grace in the sight of the Lord.

In so many respects, we might view ourselves as unworthy of God’s grace, blessing, and help. Let not these things hinder us from approaching the Lord with our needs.

All she sought was a crumb from the table. She did not ask for what God had come to give Israel. She only asked for a little thing.

Lord, we come this morning fully aware of our faults, failures, and those things that ought to have prevented us from your presence. But we are here,[1] and we only ask for grace. Even a crumb from your table will be sufficient.


[1] Note: I write these Daily Visits with God for my personal benefit as I spend time with God. I merely share them with those who wish to join in my visits. This is an example of the very personal nature these visits can have. As I wrote this, I was preparing to take my wife to see a surgeon and find the extent of cancer they have recently found she has. We did not know what we would hear. We only asked the Lord to give us some crumb of hope this morning. The appointment is now finished, and we do have that glimmer of hope. Though more tests are required, and then surgery and radiation, if all goes as the doctor expects she told us my sweet wife will not die of this cancer.

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Matthew 15:27 We Only Ask for the Crumbs

Ruth 1:16 Two Nice Young Ladies

Ruth 1:16 (KJV)
And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:

Ruth and Orpah appear to have both been very nice young ladies. I’ve come to believe Elimech was of better character than he is usually given credit and it seems to me that one of the evidences of that is the character of the girls his sons chose as wives.

That being said, Ruth stands out, and I believe that is the intention of the account as of exceptional quality.

Consider the many temptations to return to her old life

  • Her husband had died
  • Her mother-in-law had decided to go to BethlehemJudah
  • Naomi urged them to go back
  • Naomi explained to them the price of remaining
  • Orpah did turn back
  • Naomi used Orpah as reason for Ruth to do the same

Still, Ruth begged her mother-in-law to allow her to follow after her.

Ruth clave to Naomi and became the blood from which our Saviour came forth.

Our world has many good people. Goodness is not the same as godliness. Ruth embraced not only Naomi but:

  • Naomi’s home
  • Naomi’s family
  • Naomi’s culture
  • Naomi’s God and
  • Naomi’s eternity

Ultimately, she gave the world 

  • Naomi’s Messiah

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Ruth 1:16 Two Nice Young Ladies

Matthew 13:25 You Can Rest. Trust the Lord

Matthew 13:25 (KJV)
But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

It was while men slept that the enemy came. It would not be too difficult to place the blame of this on sleeping.

Enemies exist
It’s a fact of life on this corrupt planet that we have enemies. Some enemies have evil intent. Some of our enemies exist simply as a matter of the nature of things. Age is an enemy. The weather might serve as an enemy. Insects, rodents, and other pests are enemies. We know this to be true. Shame on us if we are not vigilant to stand against them.

Sleep is essential
So, while we might blame the coming of the enemy on the sleep, it’s the nature of enemies to catch you when you do what you have to do.

The answer of the Lord
I see here that the Lord did not blame the sleepers. Neither did He require them to correct the situation. God assured them that He would correct it in His time.

I do not want to excuse slothfulness. But I do want to urge the child of God to trust Him. We are not expected to do what we cannot do. 

  • Sow your seed. 
  • Keep your crops. 
  • Do your business. 

But leave the care of it all in the hands of the Lord.

Psalms 127:2 (KJV)
… for so he giveth his beloved sleep.

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Matthew 13:25 You Can Rest. Trust the Lord

Matthew 12:7 How Jesus Challenged the Sabbath

Matthew 12:7 (KJV)
But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.

The context clearly demonstrates the disannulling of the Sabbath day in favor of the Lord’s Day.

The disciples were going through the fields, plucking corn and eating. This was a breach of the Sabbath similar to gathering the manna on the Sabbath. Though the manna had ceased millennia before this, the principle was to prepare enough the day before so that the necessary meal for the Sabbath day had been provided. The plucking and preparing of the corn were in violation, and the Pharisees who saw them do it knew it.

Interestingly Jesus did not explain away what they did. Instead, He immediately judged them guiltless and rested His judgment upon a different law.

He had come to possess the day and to replace the day.

Jesus demonstrated this truth throughout His ministry inasmuch as He openly, publicly, and repeatedly did miracles and healings on the Sabbath and in the sight of the Pharisees. It was as if it was a key to His message. 

He is Lord of the Sabbath. He possesses it. And, when He came, He changed the rules regarding it.

“Disturbing Traditional Ideas: How Jesus Challenged the Sabbath.”

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Matthew 12:7 How Jesus Challenged the Sabbath

Matthew 11:26 To Those In Need: You Are Welcome Here

Matthew 11:26 (KJV)
Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.

Jesus gave this well-known invitation to come to Him at the end of prayer. God had determined to reveal the truth to babes, not the “wise and prudent.” This is not election as the Calvinists define it. It is akin to Jesus’s saying, “they that are whole have no need of the physician.[1]

Jesus said that it seemed good to the Father that:

  • All things are delivered to Jesus
  • No man would know the Son but the Father
  • No man would know the Father but the Son
  • And whomsoever Jesus chose to reveal Him

To whom did Jesus choose to reveal the Father?

The answer is in the invitation; “All ye that labor and are heavy laden.

  • It’s like the babes and not the wise
  • It’s like the sick and not the whole
  • It’s like the sinners and not the righteous
  • It’s like the lost and not those who believe they are found[2]

Jesus offers the invitation to ALL who have a need…

…Because they are the ONLY ones who will respond to the invitation.


[1] Mark 2:17 (KJV)
When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

[2] Luke 19:10 (KJV)
For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

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Matthew 11:26 To Those In Need: You Are Welcome Here

Matthew 10:16 Why the Risen Christ Leads to Genuine Followers

Matthew 10:16 (KJV)
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

Never did Jesus make a pretense that this would be easy. On the contrary, he explained the hardship of the mission very clearly and expressed in no uncertain terms the price of discipleship. Though multitudes would willingly enjoy the blessings of the presence of Christ: food, hope, and healing, that was not the end goal of Christ. It would be the few who would accept His call.

So, what would lead one to follow Jesus genuinely?

  • He was hated in His own day
  • He was poor, having no place to lay His head
  • He was clear that the path He directed them was strait and narrow
  • He was executed as a young man

What would lead one to genuinely follow this path?

It was the resurrection. 

The only logical reason anyone would follow Christ was His resurrection. It’s the only reason anyone should follow Christ today.

But the resurrection is more than a reason to enter into the hardship of discipleship. The resurrection makes the decision not to illogical and without reason. The resurrection makes every claim of Christ about sin, hell, and heaven a reality. The resurrection makes every other path, no matter how easy, pleasant, or popular, a path to destruction.

As sheep in the midst of wolves. But then on the other side is eternal life.

The Power of the Resurrection: Why the Risen Christ Leads to Genuine Followers.

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Matthew 10:16 Why the Risen Christ Leads to Genuine Followers

Lost in the Pasture: Examining the Message of Matthew 9:33-34

Matthew 9:33-34 (KJV)
And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel.
But the Pharisees said, He casteth out devils through the prince of the devils.

I attended a two-week missions course in Elyria, OH many years ago. One of the assignments was to preach in a chapel service. I preached on Moses and the burning bush. It was understood that our messages would be “graded” by all in attendance. I found it interesting that all the teachers pointed out my flaws while all the other students pointed out what they had learned, how they were convicted or corrected, etc. The deaf interpreter said that I preach like an independent Baptist. I think that was a compliment! One person commented on their sheet, “I’ll never see the burning bush the same again.”

I understand that the teachers were there to help us improve, and there is no improvement unless the areas that need improvement are identified. But the contrast was so very stark. Not one of the teachers got the “message.”

Over the years of preaching at fellowship meetings, I have observed that it is very often the same. The pastors in the meeting generally walk away with an outline and likely either approve or disapprove of the messages preached.[1] On the other hand, the church members in attendance get convicted, encouraged, and blessed. 

It was no different for Jesus. After casting out the devil, the multitudes marveled while the spiritual leaders simply found fault. Indeed, the multitudes were “as sheep having no shepherd.”

We’re in the same condition when our spiritual leaders are so busy critiquing God’s messenger that they do not hear God’s message.


[1] Just a couple of years ago I heard the pastor that was supposedly leading our state’s fellowship claim that he could hear much better preaching on YouTube than he was getting at our meetings. My opinion, he was judging the quality of the preacher rather than the content of the message. If what he was saying is true, everyone ought to quit going to church and listen to the best preachers on YouTube. He had missed the point of preaching. He, by the way, is no longer a pastor.

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Lost in the Pasture: Examining the Message of Matthew 9:33-34

Matthew 8:2 Where Is Our Hope?

Matthew 8:2 (KJV)
And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

Jesus was not only willing to make this man clean but, through the chapter, provide healing and calming of storms and casting out of devils.

It is an awesome display of the omnipotent power of our Great Physician.

It occurred to me that He is still the Great Physician in those times when it is not His will. Unfortunately, we’ve experienced a few of those times lately.

Why would it not be His will to make all who ask clean every time?

  • Because we live in a corrupt world
  • Because sin still resides in the flesh
  • Because our hope is not to live forever here, but to live with Him eternally

Moments, when we realize it is not His will try our faith and make us look where our true hope is.

“My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.”

“Why Healing May Not Always Be God’s Will: A Reflection” 

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Matthew 8:2 Where Is Our Hope?