October 10, 2004
Live By Jesus' Teachings
vs. 1-11 - Christ's teaching on the observance of the
These laws were never intended to be a burden,
rather, they were meant to be a blessing for man.
"six days shall thou labor but on the Sabbath day
thou shalt not do any work"
"the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the
Works of love done for the bodies & souls of man
never mar or interfere with the holiness of the day
What a blessing - a weekly cessation of toil. It is for
repose of body, brain, mind and spirit.
It is okay to do good in the home and in the world on
v. 10 - "stretch forth thine hand" - How could he?
He did it through the power of the Lord!
Man comes in his weakness, his hand is withered,
he can do nothing; but through the power of God
he is enabled to stretch forth his hand physically
and to enter into the sphere of spiritual power.
vs. 12-19 - The Choosing of the Twelve.
"He prayed all night - "He chose twelve"
"He ordained twelve, that they should be with
Him, and that He might send them forth to preach"
Christ sought counsel of God - Christ chose those to
whom He was to entrust the salvation of the world.
Two thousand years later we see how these have,
through the Holy Spirit, moved the world!
They were to be with Him, sitting at His feet,
learning of Him His heavenly truth, following Him,
eventually declaring Him to others all that Christ
had imparted to them, making known to a sad
and suffering world what a Friend and Refuge they
have in Jesus.
Apostle - one who is sent/an envoy or ambassador
First list - men of insight - Peter, Andrew, James & John
Second list - reflective & at first skeptical men - Philip,
Bartholomew, Thomas & Matthew
Third list -
practical men - James the son of
Jude, Simon the zealot & Judas Iscariot,
all grades of men.
vs. 17-18 - a crowd composed of various nationalities,
some came with sick friends, some by curiosity,
others for a real longing to hear more of the words
of life from Divine lips - strict and careless Jews,
Romans, Greeks, Phoenicians and nomad Arabs.
It was to this crowd that Jesus spoke the "Sermon on the
v. 19 - They wanted to touch Him and it was during this
time of Jesus' ministry that His power was most
Two entries - the ear and the body - miracles were a part
of His message to mankind. The healing of disease was to
tell how He could heal the soul and give them eternal life!
His person was the centre for healing or salvation!
TO HIM LET US ALL COME!
vs. 20-49 - We see Jesus describing the members of His
kingdom in contrast to the world and describing the policy
they would pursue.
The Beatitudes draws the line between His people and the
The life that Jesus would have His followers lead.
This is not the road to salvation.
This is the road after conversion.
v. 20 - Blessed poor - "yours is the kingdom of heaven"
* home among the mansions of the blessed
* place in the society of heaven
* enjoyment of the sight of God -
v. 21 - Comedy was unknown to the Hebrews
Puritans had their attitude
We read of our Lord weeping, His joy is mentioned,
and His sorrow, He sympathized with all classes of
men, even ate and drank with them, but we never read
that He laughed. SIN IS VERY SERIOUS!
Hungering after righteousness, a keen spiritual appetite,
an earnest state of religious inquiry, anxiously wanting to
"know what he must do to inherit eternal life"
To be blind when He is beckoning, deaf when He is calling,
insensible when He touches - Last week's lesson - Oct. 3, 2004
To seek God and to hunger for Him is the true heritage of man.
Not to do so forfeits the very best portion which our Creator
vs. 22-23 - encouragement - We stand on the same footing with
Moses, Samuel, Elijah, Jeremiah, Isaiah who went
"without the camp, bearing His reproach" - men &
women "of whom the world was not worthy" - Heb. 11:38
v. 25 - self & over-indulgence - gratification of the senses
Rev. 3:17 - "I am rich & increased with goods & have need of
Luke 12:16-21 - "Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required
A cheerless state which poor souls who have lived only for this
world will find themselves after death.
v. 28 - Jesus' example on the cross - a charity which ignores its
own rights and knows no limits to self sacrifice!
A broad, unselfish, generosity, believing Jesus' words
"it is more blessed to give than receive".
Lift a load from a brother's heart & brighten the
rest of his life on earth.
This influence of Christ is what has made America
great - the citizens over our history under the power
of Jesus Christ!
Beware/Caution - ch. 13:28-29
vs. 32-33 - Three manners of return.
(1) good for good, evil for evil - ordinary rule of men
(2) evil for good which is devilish
(3) good for evil which is Divine - this is what Jesus
v.35 - "your reward shall be great"
What is the reward? Is it not a share in the life of God,
a hope and participation in His eternal work, an
expectation of dying to awaken in His likeness?!!
"As for me,.......I shall be satisfied, when I awake in they
likeness" - Psalm 17:15
"ye shall be called the children of the Highest" - we will
resemble God Himself, He is kind unto the unthankful
and to the evil.
v. 36 - James 5:11 - "the end of the Lord.... the Lord is
very pitiful and of tender mercy"
v. 37 - warning against censoriousness which stunts &
mars healthy religious life.
The rule is FORGIVENESS, not CONTEMPT &
"ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of" - "for the
Son of Man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to
save them" - Luke 9:55-56
"I am come that they might have life and that they might
have it more abundantly" - John 10:10b
We are not to be overly severe, tending to crush rather than
to reform, which daunt the spirit instead of urging it on to
Remember - "He hath not dealt with us after our sins, nor
rewarded us according to our iniquities" , that "He will not
chide, neither doth He keep His anger forever"
v. 38 - Be givers instead of judges - giving is that act which is
most Divine - GOD LIVES TO GIVE - CHRIST CAME
TO GIVE HIMSELF FOR MAN!
Those in saddest need and darkest error have the
greatest claim on our pity and help!
vs. 39-49 - READ & COMMENT
Blind to self - purged from an evil conscience
and dead works is a fit state in which to deal
with erring brethren in an effort to lead them
to a better way - God's Way - Jesus' Way.
v. 44 - If we do not give evidence of caring more for
truth & for God and the establishment of His
holy kingdom while here on earth than we do
for our own temporal prosperity or present
enjoyment, we should not get upset to be
included among the ungodly!
Instead of devotion is impiety, instead of purity is laxity,
instead of beauty of holiness is the unsightliness of sin,
instead of honor is shame!
vs. 46-49 - Once we know His will, we have only to do it!
Teaching of Mamer (my paternal grandmother) telling me what she knew of Jesus! I have heard her recite from memory, the
entire Sermon on the Mount - Matthew chapters 5-7 - before I was 12
Obedience is the secret to stability.
v. 49 - "the ruin of that house was great"
A SOUL IS WORTH ALL THE MATERIAL WORLD