Matthew 27:3-4 The Grace and Mercy of God

Matthew 27:3-4 (KJV)
Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.

Can you imagine a worse sin? Judas had betrayed Jesus Christ. He must not have thought it would be this big of a deal. He must have thought they would just punish Him and let Him go. He must not have thought Pilate would allow them to crucify Jesus. He must have thought Jesus would say something to get Himself out of the mess. 

Whatever he thought, he was wrong. His sin had betrayed not only innocent blood but the innocent blood. And he repented. He returned to the men he had betrayed Jesus too. He offered to return the money, wanting somehow to reverse the damage his sin had done. The others cared nothing for it. They had no compassion for his saddened heart. They had no desire to have the money back. They had what they wanted. They had Jesus. 

The sorry truth is that all sin is just like that. All sin is a betrayal of Christ Who died for that sin. All sin has consequences and all sin has consequences we will not wish to pay. All sin is irreversible, it cannot be undone. 

I am thankful that no sin has to end as Judas’ did. Judas’ real trouble was that he forgot the grace and the mercy of God. 

We get ourselves in the most trouble when we forget the same. 

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Matthew 25:31-32 May Our Lord Save Many

Matthew 25:31-32 (KJV)
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:
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:

I see the parables of Matthew 25 like this;
The virgins
Preparation for the Lord’s return. I believe it to be prior to the rapture and refer to our age. 

The talents
Christian life. I believe this to be still prior to the rapture and speak of our service to Christ today. 

The sheep and goats
This is not a parable but an event. It takes place after the Great Tribulation period, when Jesus comes to set up his kingdom. It is a terrible time for the lost. 

May our Lord save many, many more from this day. 

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Matthew 19:4-5 Male and Female

Matthew 19:4-5 (KJV)
And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
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?

Have ye not read?

This is not the first time the subject had been addressed by the Lord and it is not an original problem to be addressed. The Old Testament clearly answers these questions for them.

Some of the earliest lessons in the Bible, Genesis 1-2, address these issues: 

  • He made them male and female
  • He made them for marriage and
  • He made them to be one flesh

The question in Matthew 19 concerns, at least at the first, the question of divorce. A careful reading reveals that it also deals with the problem of homosexuality. 

  • He made them for marriage, male and female. He did not make for Adam another man. 
  • He made them to be one flesh. This can never be true of same sex couples. 
  • He made them to be for us for a lifetime. And we know this is never the case of the same sex crowd. 

To approve of any union besides the marriage of a male and female is to flatly deny the Bible. 

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Matthew 17:21 This Kind

Matthew 17:21 (KJV)
Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

This kind… I am of the opinion that there are some who make the focus of spiritual warfare too spectacular. They see passages such as this and develop extra biblical doctrine and practice so that they too can experience spectacular deliverances. 

As I see it, there are just three strongly demonic demonstrations in man’s history:

  • In Genesis six, just before the flood
  • In the Gospels, just before the Cross and
  • In the Revelation, just before the end of this world

In each case the devil knew he had but a short season to work. They were extreme measures for what the devil saw as extreme times. 

This is not to say that there is no demonic activity in these days. The devil is very active in:

  • Destroying families, 
  • Developing false prophets, teachers churches and antichrist’s, and 
  • Dominating politics and politicians. 

We err when we look for demonic activity in “the lunatics” but fail to see it in the agendas of evil. 

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Matthew 15:8-9 Vain Worship

Matthew 15:8-9 (KJV)
This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Notice that these people wanted to worship God, but Jesus said it was in vain. Three causes for vain worship are revealed:

They drew nigh improperly 
They used their mouths and their lips. Where were their feet, and their hands? Even more importantly…

Their heart was far from God
Faith is a heart thing. It’s never the head, it’s never the stomach. It’s not even the hands and feet. 

They taught the wrong doctrine
The lips and the mouths are involved in worship, just not the first thing. The hands and the feet are involved in worship, just not the first thing. Doctrine must be taught but it must be the Word of God and not the commandments of men, the traditions of men or the philosophies of men.

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Matthew 14:30-31 Storms Aplenty

Matthew 14:30-31 (KJV)
But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

Bible students and preachers sometimes debate whether Peter should ever have been out of the boat. There are lessons either way. 

  • Walking by faith he walked on water
  • No one else but Jesus had ever done that 
  • Outside the boat he found himself in trouble

There is a place for each of us. The safest place for any of us is exactly where God wants us to be. 

Regardless, Peter found himself in the midst of the darkness and fright of the storm. Some would say he could have walked to the shore if he had never looked at the boisterous wind. I think the important thing is what he did when he saw the wind. He cried out to Jesus. 

There are storms aplenty in this world. There are dark times, dangerous times, depressing times. Whether we find ourselves in a storm of our own doing or one of those many storms of life on planet earth, the way to safety is to look to, call on and then trust Jesus. 

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Matthew 11:6 He Who Is Blessed

Matthew 11:6 (KJV)
And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

The Jews were offended in or stunned at Jesus because He was not the Messiah they expected. He was not wealthy, worldly, powerful, regal or resistant to the Romans. He was humble, poor and far more interested in their faith than their political circumstances. 

Could it be that John’s question was meant more to set up Jesus’ answer than an evidence of John’s personal doubt? Jesus’ answer is such a powerful one. He did not say “Yes” or “No” to the question. He simply rehearsed the effects of His ministry. 

Blessed is the one who focuses on what the ministry of Christ has accomplished rather than what their own expectations of Christ have been disappointed. 

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Matthew 4:11 The Devil and The Angels

Matthew 4:11 (KJV)
Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

No man compares to Jesus, but Jesus became a man and dwelt among us. For this reason, we may learn much about the life of man from Jesus. 

He was tempted
Life will have its temptations and troubles. 

He was tempted in various ways
We seldom face just one problem. Frequently trials come in bunches. We are attacked in multiple ways at once. 

He faced them with the Word of God
It is written” will always be our best defense. 

When the devil left, the angels came and ministered to Him
There is an unseen world. The devil and his angels, and the angels of God are as real as any of us are. Count on the ministry of the Lord through His angels as much as you dread the trials of the devil and his. 

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Matthew 3:14 Forbidding Jesus

Matthew 3:14 (KJV)
But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?

Jesus said, Matthew 11:11 (KJV)
Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

There has never been a man like John the Baptist, but he was just a man. In human fashion, when approached by Jesus to perform a ministry, John the Baptist’s initial reaction was to refuse to do it. I think I see this reaction very often among those God presses into service.

Some forbid Jesus from using them because of a sense of unworthiness
John the Baptist certainly felt this unworthiness. “I have need to be baptized of thee and comest thou to me?” None of us are worthy in our flesh. God calls us, enables us and it is His worthiness that matters. 

Some forbid Jesus from using them because of a lack of confidence
John had been baptizing previous to this. His problem was not lacking confidence in his work. So many people are confident in affairs of business and labor but have little confidence in the affairs of spiritual work. 

Some forbid Jesus from using them because of a lack of vision
John the Baptist knew exactly who Jesus is. His was not a problem of vision. This is not the case of so many in our day. Many who claim to know Jesus cannot see Jesus for who He is and therefore refuse to commit to serving Him as He leads.

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Matthew 9:13 Go And Learn

Matthew 9:13 (KJV)
But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

And thus, this conversation was over. There are some things that cannot be discussed further until one party or the other learns the foundational concept being discussed. The Pharisees challenged Jesus’ disciples on a false premise. There was no reason to address the issue further until the premise be corrected.

And so, in our own lives, there are many things we may never understand until we go back and get the basics of the Christian life. Jesus does not tell us everything we want to know. He does not answer every prayer in the fashion we might have wanted. What He does do every time, is to encourage us to go and learn.

Grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. And as we do that, He enters into deeper and deeper conversations with us, answering prayers we could never have received if we had not gone to learn.

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