Truth Taught- It is sin to place anything on the same level as God’s Word and to do so greatly affects our understanding of God and worship of God
Matthew 14:34–15:9 (ESV)
Here is a very interesting account of Jesus’ compassion to a random crowd that came out to meet Him just outside of Capernaum. Gennesaret lies about three miles away. They knew Jesus was a great Healer. They brought all their sick out to Him to be healed. This is another crowd that seems to just want health and for them Jesus is the means to that end. I pray you noticed that as we have gone through Matthew’s Gospel we have seen mostly crowds who were not really interested in Jesus, only what He could give them.
Two weeks ago we saw the crowd that received the food. It was this coupled with Jesus’ healings that caused them to seek to make Him their King.Read More
Truth Taught- Jesus proves to His disciples that He is the Son of God
Our text today is a passage that we must be careful to guard against a humanistic interpretation. What I mean is because we are self-centered by nature our first impulse is to conclude that when we are in the storms of life Jesus will come to us. When we are afraid and the waves are encompassing us and things are outside of our control Jesus will come to our aid. For God’s people, those things are true but that is not what this text teaches, it’s not why this passage is here. It teaches something far greater. If we settle for a man centered teaching we will miss the surpassing riches of this passage.Read More
Truth Taught- Jesus shows us His compassionate heart as He creates bread for those who have come to hear Him Matthew 13
In Matthew’s Gospel he presents in chapter 13 many parables of our Lord. We saw our Lord’s amazing teaching through His word-pictures depicting the Kingdom of God. Now, in Chapter 14 our author takes us to see Jesus’ miracles. Our first stop is the Feeding of the 5000.
This event has many features and points to notice along the way.
The Feeding of the 5000 appears in all four Gospels. Apart from the Cross event only four other things are contained in all four Gospels: The beginning of Jesus’ ministry, The triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Peter’s denial, foretelling of Judas’ betrayal. So, the point is that all the Gospels contain this miracle so they thought it to be very important to include it.
If one is to get a full picture of this event all four Gospel accounts should be read. What one has, the others might leave out. For example, as one reads these different accounts there are details that give us a fuller picture. Here is a small detail that is somewhat important.Read More
Truth Taught: God will deliver His suffering people though they sin and even though no one else cares.
Psalms is separated into 5 “books.” Jewish tradition says that it was set up this way to resemble the Pentateuch, the lst 5 books of the Bible. Each of the 5 books of psalms ends in a doxology. A doxology is simply pronouncing blessing or honor on someone. Ps. 41 is the last song in the lst book.
In Ps. 41, we see David at a low point in his life. There is brokenness and misery because of sickness. There is severe discouragement and loneliness because of betrayal. We’re prone to run through this without any depth of emotion, so we get through this without considering the weight and struggle that exists. We see similar accounts like this in Ps. 6 and Ps. 38. More than anything, it certainly reminds us of the story of Job.
I believe this is a psalm that will resonate with us. Every one of us has experienced those days; weeks; of pain or sickness; where we’re praying and trusting. At times, instead of God coming immediately to our rescue, things get worse. It seems as if God, at best, doesn’t hear us. At worst, He sends more pain and suffering our way. The worst form of pain may be in the rejection of those we thought were on our side. That is the severest form of agony we could ever face. The few times I’ve faced this, I have not handled it well, to say the least. David is quite a different teacher. He gives to us the more obedient way, the more faithful way, to handle this.Read More
Truth Taught- Playing politics will cause us to do things we never thought we could do.
Who was Herod?
c. 4 B.C. Herod the Great dies in Jericho and is buried in Judea. Herod the Great was the Herod who tried to kill Jesus as an infant and murdered the infants in Jerusalem. He was the Herod who met with the wise men. After his death Roman Emperor Augustus divides up his kingdom among some of his sons.
Herod Archelaus, one of Herod’s sons through wife Malthace, is made Ethnarch (a title of rule that is less than a king) of Samaria, Idumea (Edom) and a large part of Palestine. He rules from 4 B.C. to 6 A.D. when the Judea province is formed and put under direct Roman rule. Archelaus lived until c. 18 A.D.
Herod Antipas, another one of Herod’s sons through wife Malthace, is made tetrarch of Galilee and Perea. He ruled from 4 B.C. to 39 A.D. It was he who, as the New Testament records, not only arrested and beheaded John the Baptist but also played a part in the crucifixion of Jesus.
Philip the Tetrarch (often referred to as Herod Philip II) is a son of Herod through Cleopatra of Jerusalem. Rome gives him the northeast part of his father’s kingdom, which includes Batanea, Auranitis and Trachonitis. He rules from 4 B.C. to 34 A.D.
It always helps to keep the Herods straight. That’s the Herods in a nutshell.