Matthew Lesson 19 Day 3

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Matthew Lesson 19 Day 3

Parable of wandering sheep

Matthew 18:6-14

7. If we cause a little one to stumble

“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.” Matthew 18:6

“Drowning was sometimes a Roman punishment, but never Jewish.” (Barclay)

“It is a wicked thing to sin, and it is a far greater evil to lead others into sin. But leading one of Jesus’ little ones into sin is far worse because you then initiate someone into an instance or a pattern of sin that corrupts whatever innocence they had.

John relays an incident in which he and some other disciples stopped a believer from casting out a demon because the man wasn’t one of them.

John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. 40 For the one who is not against us is for us. For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward. Mark 9:38-41

It’s interesting that this man was getting results!

This type of behavior by leadership causes disillusionment in zealous believers still today. We might see something similar happen because a believer hasn’t been through the proper screening and training classes and is not wearing their identification badge. (That’s true in our congregation.)

8. Battle against sin

We can’t avoid temptations to sin.

Jesus recommends drastic measures to dramatize the importance of avoiding sin.

“If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off.”

“If your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away.”

If I cut off my right hand, I can still sin with my left. If my left eye is gouged out, my right eye can still sin – and if all such members are gone, I can still sin in my heart and mind. God calls us to a far more radical transformation than any sort of bodily mutilation can address.1

We need to be transformed from the inside out.

9.  God loves me even when I go astray.

He knows my nature just as a shepherd knows the nature of his sheep. He cares enough and loves me enough to come looking for me. He isn’t sitting on His front porch with His arms crossed, tapping His foot mumbling under His breath about how frustrated He is with me.

My heavenly father is like the one in Luke 15:11-31 who never gave up longing for his younger son’s return. He welcomed him home by embracing and kissing him. He dressed him in princely clothes, put a ring on his hand and shoes on his feet. He also threw a celebration feast in his honor. That’s my Abba.

As Jesus said in a similar parable (Luke 15:7), “I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.”


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2 AWM Living Commentary used by written permission.
3 Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations from *The ESV Bible® (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®) copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
4 Strong’s Concordance, public domain.
5 *Spirit Filled Life Bible®copyright © 1991 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. (The Holy Bible, New King James Bible) copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
6 Ellicott’s Commentary, public domain.
7 Barnes’ Notes on the Bible, public domain.
8 The Names of God Bible (without notes) © 2011 by Baker Publishing Group.

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