Matthew 4:11 Ministry Next

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

I doubt we have any comprehension of the difficulty of the devil’s temptations against the Lord.

  • He was in the wilderness
  • He was an hungered
  • His was multiple temptations

But Jesus resisted them all with the Word of God. It is so important we know God’s Word. We need to know it well enough to use it as a sword in the most stress filled of life situations. The Bible teaches to submit to God. Then it teaches us to resist the devil and he will flee from us. Submission to God is, I am certain, obedience to His Word.

“Then the devil leaveth Him.”

But that is not where the narrative ends. If it did, we would be pretty good with that. But there is more. The devil left and the angels came and ministered unto Him.

I want to suggest that we can expect this as well. When we have submitted to God, we can expect that the devil tempting us will leave (in time) and that the Lord will send help to lift us back up.

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Matthew 4:11 Ministry Next

Matthew 3:1 Just Read the Bible

Matthew 3:1 (KJV)
In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,

An objection I frequently hear, even among those who claim to agree with me concerning the issue of the King James Version and whether it is the only infallible Word of God, is that our position implies that all the believers before the completion of the King James Version, were without an infallible Bible.

I think the question is a straw man. For the most part they were without having a complete Bible anyway. Though the canon was completed by the end of the first century, limitations in the field of printing and reproduction made it impossible for any of them to have a whole Bible. There were believers in the Old Testament period, lovers of the Lord but without the cross to lean upon as we do today. They looked forward to it, but they could not have leaned upon it. That the believers previous to 1611 did not have the whole Bible, or the finished and perfected Bible does not mean that that God was unfair.

Consider our passage.

  • It was a certain day when John began to preach
  • It was a certain place where John began to preach
  • It was to a certainly limited crowd to whom John began to preach
  • What about all those who came before John?
  • What about all those who could not get out to John?
  • What about all of us who came after John?

God is not unfair that He sent John when and to where He did. We were not there but we benefit from his work. God is not unfair that the King James Version was finished when it was. God made provision for those before, and God allows us who come after the KJV to benefit from the work.

Just as no new generation needs another cross, no new generation needs another translation. The King James is translated without error. People simply need to read it and let the Holy Spirit shed light upon it.

Further translation work has proven time and time again to only corrupt what has been done.

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Matthew 3:1 Just Read the Bible

Matthew 2:12 Discretion and Discernment

Matthew 2:12 (KJV)
And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

We tend, I think, to glamorize the wise men for seeking Jesus, and well we should.

But an interesting element in the context is how much trouble seeking Him caused. No wonder Joseph and Mary hadn’t gone around the country announcing Jesus and inviting people to attend services in their home. At this point, Jesus and His family were vulnerable.

  • They hadn’t put up signs pointing to Christ
  • The wise men were warned not to return to Herod and make Christ known to Him
  • Joseph was immediately warned to flee with Christ to another country

Evangelism is necessary and good work. But discretion and discernment are also Biblical practices. We’ve lived in such peace for two centuries that we’ve lost the sense of discretion. We just “bring ’em all in” and trust God to protect us if some of them turn out to be wolves. No one has to “creep in unawares” into modern churches. For all practical purposes, they are welcome.

And it has been to our hurt. If they haven’t caused physical harm in a church, they have certainly caused spiritual damage as doctrines have been compromised to accommodate these growing numbers of welcomed attendees who have less than sincere motives for being among us.

Baptist believers of previous centuries were adept at both evangelizing and discretion. It’s a spiritual skill we need to hone once again.

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Matthew 2:12 Discretion and Discernment

Matthew 1:20 A Compelling Example of Submission to God

Matthew 1:20 (KJV)
But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

Joseph provides for us a compelling example of Christian submission to God.

When he learned that his espoused wife, Mary, was pregnant, the Bible says he was “minded to put her away.”

Culture would have agreed with the decision to put her away.
This was not his child. The culture of the day would have had little tolerance for promiscuous behavior, and, as far as anyone one of them would have known, her pregnancy was the result of promiscuity.

His parents certainly would have agreed with the decision to put her away.
Though the Bible does not say it of his parents, we know that she left public view going with haste to the hill country of Judah where Elizabeth was.

Joseph personally was minded to put her away.
It says he was minded to put her away privily, quietly. Perhaps his love for her prevented him from causing her too much pain. Perhaps he wished to avoid the shame and humiliation. Whatever the motives, his personal leaning was toward putting her away.

The angel of the Lord had a different instruction
God had a different plan despite what common wisdom and the typical counselors were telling Joseph. It was based on something no one else understood or could have comprehended. It was based on something this world had never seen before. God’s plan was so unique to this world that it defied reason.

Joseph did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him
That’s what we need today. We need Christians who will choose to do what God says even when everyone else says to do otherwise, even when their own desires are to do otherwise; even when we must pay a stiff price to do what God says to do in His Word.

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Matthew 1:20 A Compelling Example of Submission to God

Matthew 21:27 A Lesson On Teaching

Matthew 21:27 (KJV)
And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.

Few in my audience would deny that Jesus is the master teacher. His knowledge of His subject is infinite. His grasp of illustration is impeccable. His command of His audience’s attention is remarkable. 

So here is a lesson on teaching teachers frequently struggle with. 

Jesus did not always provide the answer. 

Sometimes the best approach to a difficult subject, but especially when the students are argumentative, is to resist the temptation to offer an answer. 

  • They may insist you give them one
  • They may attack your integrity if you refuse
  • They may question your ability if you can’t convince them

Most of the time these sorts of students don’t want an answer. They want to find a trap with which to take you. 

Resist. 

Give answers to those who wish to learn. To the others, give them questions to which they need to search out the answers. 

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Matthew 21:27 A Lesson On Teaching

Matthew 20:3 He Went Out

Matthew 20:3 (KJV)
And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,

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.
Matthew 20:3 (KJV)
And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,
Matthew 20:5 (KJV)
Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.

Everyone has differing and unique responsibilities. Those who are faithful in whatever is theirs will be those who do the best at succeeding in caring for themselves and their own. 

The householder could have, I suppose gone out only at the sixth and the ninth hours. 
He was able to get laborers at that time of the day and he surely would have enjoyed being home.

He could have gone out just the third hour. 
That would have been morning. He would have had laborers the majority of day and not have had to be out so early.

He could have, for that matter, settled on those he had hired early in the morning. 
He had, after all, done his job diligently. He was able to hire the most workers, the most ambitious of them and his pick of them. He must have hired all he thought he needed or else he would have hired all of them.

What he did was to go out again, and again, and again, and again.
There was work to be done. His work was to hire those to do the work.

He kept at his work until the day was done.

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Matthew 20:3 He Went Out

Matthew 19:3 An Overstated Problem

Matthew 19:3 (KJV)
The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?

When the serpent tempted Eve with “Yea hath God said…?” Eve’s response was to overstate the Lord, Genesis 3:2-3 (KJV)
And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

Our text here demonstrates the same propensity both in the Pharisees and then in Jesus’ disciples, Matthew 19:3 (KJV)
… Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? 

Matthew 19:7 (KJV)
…Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?

Matthew 19:10 (KJV)
… If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry. 

It has been my experience that, when reacting to the Word of God, people very often overstate the Word of God, making it appear harsh and unreasonable. The problem is compounded by the fact that, when we are called upon to defend the Word of God, and sometimes simply to proclaim it, we too can overstate God’s intent. Imagine then a debate where the position is overstated and then the argument is overstated beyond that. 

God is loving, just, wise, and good. 

If we will take a breath, step back, and let God speak through His Word, we will discover His commands are quite sensible and in no way grievous. 

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Matthew 19:3 An Overstated Problem

Matthew 18:1 At The Same Time

Matthew 18:1 (KJV)
At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

At the same time

  • At the same time He had prophesied His rejection 
  • At the same time they had required of Him a temple tax
  • At the same time He had declared his Sonship with the God of the Temple
  • At the same time He had demonstrated it by producing a coin in the fish’s mouth
  • At the same time He had taught them to avoid offense 

It was at this same time they were leveraging who would the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

The best of us struggle with right priorities. 

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Matthew 18:1 At The Same Time

Matthew 15:2-3 The Difference of Focus

Matthew 15:2-3 (KJV)
Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.
But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

Notice the difference of focus. The scribes and Pharisees concerned themselves with transgressions against their traditions; Jesus was concerned about transgressions against the commandment of God. 

That they were the scribes and Pharisees offers a huge clue for personal application. These were the religious folks of Israel. These were the most zealous in their faith. I know some would object to being likened to them. The objection ought to be resisted. We all have a bit of the Pharisee in us.

Here is the cause of many of the problems we have in churches today. The most zealous members of the church are typically zealous of the wrong things. They are zealous over the traditions of men rather than the commandment of God. 

To be sure, tradition has its place. It is important. But when we focus on that rather than on the commandment of God, we get out of balance, and we can be the cause of terrible pain in our church’s body. 

The key to true unity is to focus on the commandment of God. Once that becomes our heartbeat, we can be faithful, properly, to our church traditions. 

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Matthew 15:2-3 The Difference of Focus

Matthew 12:3 Have Ye Not Read?

Matthew 12:3 (KJV)
But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him;

I understand that that are a great many lessons to be gleaned from this chapter and the confrontation between Jesus and the Pharisees. One of the great lessons is the necessity of the reading of the Word of God. 

Jesus based all of His answers to the objections of the Pharisees upon the Scriptures. He asked them, “Have ye not read…?” And again in verse 5, “Or have ye not read…?” He knows of course that they had.

Someone might object here that these were Pharisees. He knew they had read the Word of God, but most people have not. What about them? I think the basis of our answers to them ought to be the same except we would rephrase, “It is written…”

The Pharisees had read. That does not mean they had understood. Our place is to get alone with the Lord and the Holy Spirit, then get together with the people of God in our church and learn the Word of God. It will strengthen our faith and it will give us the answers we need for those who object to our Christian manner of life. 

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Matthew 12:3 Have Ye Not Read?