In His Word
"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." – Psalm 119:105

Feb
05

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Jesus said, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence.  You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also.” (Matthew 23:25-26).

Suppose you were coming over for a meal, so I made sure your soup bowl was spotless on the outside; but when you went to put your soup in it you noticed that inside were the remnants of last night’s soup.  Would it matter to you?  Of course it would!  While you like the outside clean, it wouldn’t really matter to you as long as the inside is still dirty.  First and foremost you want the inside clean.  I would have to be blind not to understand that.

Some people today, like the Pharisees then, are that blind.  They think that as long as they can “outwardly appear righteous to men” (:27-28) it doesn’t really matter that they are not inwardly righteous.  They are wrong.  “God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7).  He who sees the inside is the One who will judge us in the end, so our first concern had better be how we appear to Him.  In other words, “first clean the inside…”

Have a great day in His word!

Feb
04

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Jesus said to the scribes and Pharisees, “You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!” (Matthew 23:24).

Do you like gnats in your food and drink?  Me neither.  You especially wouldn’t if you were a Jew and considered them unclean (Leviticus 11:20).  Can you imagine straining out a gnat while at the same time chowing down on a camel, which was also unclean (:4)?  That would make as much sense as being strict in the “minor” matters of the law while neglecting the “major” ones.

It’s fine to strain out the spiritual gnats, but be sure to keep the camel burgers off your menu as well.

Have a great day in His word!

Feb
03

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Jesus said “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.” (Matthew 23:23).

Was tithing not important under the Law of Moses?  Yes, it was, including everything down to herbs and seeds (Leviticus 27:30).  But God wanted more than just their herbs, He wanted their heart.  It is more important to Him than any herb.  He wanted them to demonstrate a heart of justice and mercy and faithfulness.  All the tithes in the world were worthless without the right heart to accompany them (1 Corinthians 13:3).

When you examine yourself to see where you stand before God (2 Corinthians 13:5), remember to check the weightier matters.  He is.

Have a great day in His word!

Feb
02

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After speaking of how the scribes and Pharisees love “being called Rabbi by men,” Jesus said, “But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers.  Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.  Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ.” (Matthew 23:8-10).

Religious titles, including those used today – Father, Pastor, Pope, Rabbi, Reverend, etc. – give special recognition to men.  Jesus said don’t do it.  He also condemned special dress to solicit special recognition (:5).  This kind of honor only belongs to One, that being God.  Don’t put yourself on par with Him by claiming religious titles, and don’t treat others as though they are on par with God by addressing them with religious titles.  Remember, “Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled;…”(:12).

Have a great day in His word!

Feb
01

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When a lawyer of the Pharisees asked, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”, Jesus said, “’You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:36-40; Mark 12:28-31).

All the Law and the Prophets come down to one thing: love.  If you love God, then you will obey everything He commands (2 John 6).  If you love your neighbor, then you will treat him as you should (Romans 13:8-10).  This is why the greatest command is that “you shall love…”  When you love as you should, then everything takes care of itself.

Have a great day in His word!

Jan
28

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When some Sadducees questioned Him about whose wife a woman would be in the resurrection, Jesus said, “You are wrong, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.” (Matthew 22:26-30; Mark 12:21-25; Luke 20:30-36).

“You are wrong” – can you imagine hearing these three words from Jesus?  Unfortunately, they do not only apply to the Sadducees who denied the resurrection (:23).  They apply to anyone who does not know the words of God (So how important does this make it to be sure you do know them?!).  They also apply to anyone who does not know the power of God – those who deny the miracles recorded in His word or doubt Him in any way.

Don’t be wrong.  Know the word and the power of God.

Have a great day in His word!

Jan
27

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When questioned by the Pharisees about paying tax, Jesus said, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.” (Matthew 22:16-22; Mark 12:14-17; Luke 20:20-26).  Since the coin used for the tax had Caesar’s likeness and inscription, it belonged to Caesar and should be paid.

So what belongs to God?  What should you render to Him?  “The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it.” (Psalm 24:1).  Everything you have of this earth is God’s, and as a dweller in His world you are God’s.  Are you rendering to God the things that are God’s?

Have a great day in His word!

Jan
26

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After presenting a parable about a wedding feast, Jesus concluded it by saying, “For many are called, but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14).  The king sent his slaves to call/invite “as many as you find” (:9-10).  Among those who came, one was not properly dressed and was cast out (:11-13).

Jesus sent His disciples to “go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15), calling any who will listen.  Those called must “walk in a manner worthy of the calling” to be among the chosen (Ephesians 4:1).  Have you heard the calling?  Are you walking like the chosen?

Have a great day in His word!

Jan
25

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Jesus said, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was the LORD’S doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?” (Matthew 21:42-44; Mark 12:10-11; Luke 12:17-18).

Jesus quoted a prophetic psalm (118:22) and made the application to Himself.  He was the stone that became the chief cornerstone.  The chief priests and Pharisees were the builders who rejected what the Lord had designated.  Those who accepted Him would realize what a marvelous thing it was.

Do you realize how marvelous He is?

Have a great day in His word!

Jan
22

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Jesus said, “But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go work today in the vineyard.’  And he answered, ‘I will not’; but afterward he regretted it and went.  The man came to the second and said the same thing; and he answered, ‘I will, sir’; but he did not go.  Which of the two did the will of his father?” (Matthew 21:28-31).

You know the answer to Jesus’ question (“The first”), but do you live like you know it?  Some people may reject God but then realize the error of their way and repent, harmonizing their lives with His will.  Far too many only give lip service to God but fail to live according to His will.  Which best describes you?  Only “the first” “will get into the kingdom of God.”  Be among them.

Have a great day in His word!

 

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