Matthew Lesson 14 Day 5

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Matthew Lesson 14 Day 5

Matthew 13:51-58

Parable of the master of a house

11a) Responsibilities

“Then you see how every student well-trained in God’s kingdom is like the owner of a general store who can put his hands on anything you need, old or new, exactly when you need it.”  Matthew 13:52 MSG (emphasis added)

Since the disciples claimed to understand Jesus’ teaching, he says that anyone who has understanding has a responsibility to share the treasures of both the old (what they knew before) and the new.

The scribes amongst the Jews were not only clerks, that were employed in writing, but teachers of the law; such a one was Ezra (Ezra 7:6). (Poole)(1)

Our responsibility reminds me of this verse:  preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with [great patience and instruction.” 2 Timothy 4:2  The King James Version says “be instant” rather than “be ready”. We should always be ready and mindful of what the Holy Spirit is showing us someone needs.

b) The old and new

The treasures in the Old Testament and the treasures in the New Testament. Judaism and Christianity.

Jesus said that everyone who really knows God’s Word both will know the old and learn the new of the kingdom. “He is not weary of the old; he is not afraid of the new.” (Spurgeon)(1)

c)  Seek His face

My parents befriended an amazing Christian family when I was a teenager. They had an Our Daily Bread Promise Box that sat on their kitchen counter. Every time I was there, I pulled out one of the little slices of bread with a short scripture. With few exceptions, I pulled out the one that said, “…those that seek me early, will find me.” Proverbs 8:17

At the time, I took it to mean, “don’t wait until you are older.” Other versions say diligently, eagerly, or earnestly. One version says, “in the early morning watch.”

Taste and see.

Be like the Bereans.

Look for people who radiate Jesus, who have revelation knowledge, and have an interest in sharing it. Hang out with them, if possible, read what they write (wrote), listen to recordings (or watch online), and any other way you can think of.

12) In Jesus’ hometown, the people are offended.

They took offense at Jesus because they knew He was a carpenter and the son of a carpenter. They knew His family and didn’t believe He could be sent by God.

In the other places Jesus went, crowds followed Him because they had heard about Him.  In Jesus’ hometown, they knew Him growing up. They knew His parents and His brothers and sisters. It was hard for them to believe He could be the Messiah. So very few came to Him for healing or anything else.

b) Lack of miracles

I don’t think Jesus refrained from working miracles. Because the people doubted he could work miracles, they didn’t come to him for healing.

The NIV says Jesus did not do any miracles but many other translations say mighty work. In fact, Mark relays the same story and in chapter 6 verse 5 he adds, “Jesus wasn’t able to do much of anything there except—he laid hands on a few sick people and healed them, that’s all.” (MSG, emphasis added)

Jesus taught in their synagogue, so He was reaching out to them. Those who came to Him for healing received healing just like in every other place He went. The people rejected Him, not the other way around.

We can “avoid having the same thing happen again” by renewing our minds and learning the authority we have been given by Christ.

Reach out and experience the breadth!

Test its length!

Plumb the depths!

Rise to the heights!

Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.” (my paraphrase of Ephesians 3:16-19)

13) Nothing comes to mind.


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