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?

Matthew 7:7-8 Praying Through Tough Times; Asking Seeking Knocking

Matthew 7:7-8 (KJV)
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

There are times of testing when, hearing these words of our Saviour become more than comforting but urgent. They become more than promises we hold to. They become matters of action. They become tools in our work belt. They become weapons in our war chest.

Such is the need of our day.

Prayer must be more than a religious practice in our circumstances. It must be effectual, fervent, it must avail much.

We are acutely aware of our own desperation. At the same moment we know that there are others in their own moments of desperation. They will not only look to us for our example but lean upon us for their support.

Right now, today,

  • Asking
  • Seeking
  • Knocking

these are our mainstays.

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Matthew 7:7-8 Praying Through Tough Times; Asking Seeking Knocking

Matthew 5:1 How Jesus Responded to Difficult Days

Matthew 5:1 (KJV)
And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:

And seeing the multitudes…”

Those were difficult days in Israel.
The government was under the thumb of Rome.

  • Roman soldiers, 
  • Roman leadership and 
  • Roman influence 

permeated the city. It would have been humiliating nationally and distressing spiritually. Israel, a nation proud of their heritage and believing they had spiritual justification for it, were dominated – by Gentiles.

The Temple was divided
There were at least three sects among the Jews: Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenes. There were likely zealots in all three sects. The Temple was not what it once was, and though it was impressive, the discerning had to have been burdened that it was an Edomite who had commissioned its construction.

The people were spiritually blind
This is plainly true, given that they could not see the Messiah so long promised them even when He walked among them.

Jesus saw this messed up multitude and delivered to them the Sermon on the Mount.

  • He did not lead a campaign to drive away the Romans
  • He did not rally them to resist authority

He preached

  • He gave them the Word of God
  • He called them to a higher standard of living.

Preachers today would do well to do the same.

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Matthew 5:1 How Jesus Responded to Difficult Days

Judges 6:2 The Perils of a Corrupt Age: How Our Sins Have Put Us In Danger

Judges 6:2 (KJV)
And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel: and because of the Midianites the children of Israel made them the dens which are in the mountains, and caves, and strong holds.

  • Because Israel did evil, God delivered them to the Midianites
  • Because of the Midianites, Israel made dens, caves, and strongholds

I suppose one could argue I am making too much of this and give examples of the opposite. What I see here is that the urge to seek places of shelter is the result of choosing to do evil.

No doubt the Midianites were a terrible threat, and finding some place of shelter was a logical choice, given that threat. But the threat would not have existed had they not first done evil.

It seems to me that we are becoming increasingly prone to “shelter in place.”  Whether it is:

  • A storm off the coast
  • A virus in the air or
  • A criminal element in the neighborhood

People are increasingly afraid to go out and more prone to lock themselves in.

Risk-taking ais becoming a thing of the past. Seeing an obstacle as a “mountain to climb” is being replaced with viewing it as an impenetrable barricade. Neighborhoods are becoming so dangerous that the police now advise honest citizens to protect their things rather than to prevent the crimes. Even the Christian Law Association seems to have changed from defending Christians practicing their faith to teaching Christians how to avoid getting in trouble for their faith.

It is wise and prudent to construct ways to protect ourselves in this wicked world.

I merely wish to point out that much of the cause of this wickedness has resulted from our own evil. How we need a call to return to the LORD. He alone can make us to dwell in safety.

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Judges 6:2 The Perils of a Corrupt Age: How Our Sins Have Put Us In Danger

Matthew 3:12 Worthless Matter!

Matthew 3:12 (KJV)
Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

I thought that chaff was a polite term for the unsaved.
Strong’s defines it as “cast forth.”

But Websters gave me cause to reconsider.
Webster’s Dictionary says, “Chaff – Refuse; worthless matter; especially that which is light, and apt to be driven by the wind. In scripture, false doctrines, fruitless designs, hypocrites, and ungodly men are compared to chaff.

“Worthless matter” 
Who would ever want to be considered that?

“Light and apt to be driven with the wind”
This is descriptive of so many. It is the very mantra of liberalism. Unstable. Shifting with every current of time and gust of culture.

Sometimes the winds blow softly, and liberalism seems to move barely. It might even rest alongside that which is planted, secure, and safe.

Other times, such as in our day, storms drive the chaff in swirling furry farther and farther from the well-grounded. The chaff beats upon the plant, causing disturbance and potential damage.

God, in His time, will burn up this chaff in unquenchable fire.

A graphic picture of hell. 

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Matthew 3:12 Worthless Matter!

Judges 3:5 The Problem With Peace

Judges 3:5 (KJV)
And the children of Israel dwelt among the Canaanites, Hittites, and Amorites, and Perizzites, and Hivites, and Jebusites:

  • Every parent wishes it for their children
  • Every politician promises it to their citizens
  • Every patriot fights for it for their country
  • The hippies and even Martin Luther protested for it in the sixties

Peace

But there is a problem with peace.

There was a generation after Joshua that “had not known all the wars of Canaan.” The Bible goes so far as to say they “knew nothing thereof.” It’s a parent’s dream that their children would live in peace and know nothing at all about war. That they would get along with everyone around them, what a wonderful prospect!

The problem was that they got along so well that they not only had peace with them, they dwelt among them, and then they married them. And then they served their false gods with them.  And then they did evil in the sight of the Lord.

It seems like it would be a wonderful thing to live in peace. But we live in a world corrupt with sin. It is our place; it is necessary that we engage in combat with sin.

To live too long at ease and in peace will always lead to a compromise with the world, a decline in righteousness, and ultimately a forsaking of God.

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Judges 3:5 The Problem With Peace

Judges 1:2 We Could Have Known

Judges 1:2 (KJV)
And the LORD said, Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered the land into his hand.

They say, “hindsight is 20/20.”

Since I know where the Bible will take this, I find here a Biblical foreshadowing of what would be the will of God; that the tribe of Judah would be the leading-ruling family.

Leaders lead before they rule.

Once Joshua was dead, and the people found themselves in need of leadership, the Lord directed them to Judah. Though the judges would come from various tribes, and they would have been better off under them, having God as their king, Israel could have known this would be the final outcome. It had already been foretold the scepter would not depart from Judah.[1]

How dull are our eyes!

We have the very Word of God. We may even be faithful and diligent in studying it. But we so often miss the obvious. Our hearts, our culture, and our preferences lead us to excuse away the Word of God in favor of what we believe will be more effective, comfortable, and popular.

Lord, help us!


[1] Genesis 49:10 (KJV)
The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

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Judges 1:2 We Could Have Known

Joshua 24:2 Where To End The Sermon

Joshua 24:2 (KJV)
And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor: and they served other gods.

After the people were gathered, Joshua began his final message, “Thus saith the Lord…” from verse three down to verse thirteen, Joshua speaks for God in the first person:

  • I took your father Abraham
  • I gave unto Isaac, Jacob, and Esau
  • I sent Moses also and Aaron

Etc.

Everything he said in this segment rehearsed the history of Israel’s dealings with God. We can view this as the Word of God.

Beginning with verse fourteen, the person shifts from God to Joshua. It is an application of the message from God.

This is an excellent illustration of sound preaching. A preacher can confidently proclaim, “Thus saith the Lord,” so long as he is declaring what is written in the Bible. Let the preacher rehearse again and again all the words of God.

But let not the preacher end his message there. Let him at once move to the next, “Choose you this day…”

We are in no position to require men to do as we say.

  • We can tell them about the choice we have made and
  • We can urge them to make a choice and
  • We can urge them to make it at once

We cannot force a choice upon them. But we can give them the choice.

May we never neglect to end the message with the choice.

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Joshua 24:2 Where To End The Sermon

Joshua 23:6 All About Courage

Joshua 23:6 (KJV)
Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left;

The book of Joshua is all about courage.

  • It’s the key exhortation God gave Joshua at the beginning of his career.
  • It is his final exhortation to Israel at the end of his career
  • It would take courage to continue the process of driving out the Canaanites
  • It would take courage to refuse to compromise with them

Most importantly,

  • It would take courage to keep and do all God had commanded when others began to disobey and compromise

As time went on, fewer people would keep the Word of God than those who had compromised. The pressure to do the same would become enormous. The lines between obedience and compromise would become blurred.

It is courageous to see the Word of God, know you understand it, and do it when even spiritual leaders say that you are wrong.

We hold dear the doctrine of individual soul liberty.

Be courageous enough to practice it.

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Joshua 23:6 All About Courage

Joshua 21:44 Rest, Sweet Rest

Joshua 21:44 (KJV)
And the LORD gave them rest round about, according to all that he sware unto their fathers: and there stood not a man of all their enemies before them; the LORD delivered all their enemies into their hand.

Rest is one of my favorite Bible promises.  Gill points out that this rest would have been:

Rest from travels
Having been wearied from forty years of wandering. The nomadic way of life was finally at an end.

Rest from war
Having essentially defeated the Canaanites. Albert Barnes writes, “At the time referred to in the text, the Canaanites were discouraged, broken in strength, holding fast in isolated spots only up and down the land in the very midst of the tribes of God’s people. The conquest of Canaan was already “ex parte Dei” a perfect work.”

For us, this rest is with God
Through Christ the enmity, caused by sin, has been reconciled. God is our Father, and we may come boldly to His throne.

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Joshua 21:44 Rest, Sweet Rest