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Lesson # Luke 5:22-26
Study Material - Luke 5:22-26
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22 But Jesus, aware of their reasonings, answered and said to them, 'Why are you reasoning in your hearts? 23 'Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins have been forgiven you,' or to say, 'Rise and walk'? 24 'But in order that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,'-- He said to the paralytic-- 'I say to you, rise, and take up your stretcher and go home.' 25 And at once he rose up before them, and took up what he had been lying on, and went home, glorifying God. 26 And they were all seized with astonishment and began glorifying God; and they were filled with fear, saying, 'We have seen remarkable things today.'
Reasoning in the heart (soul) is limited to the content of knowledge one maintains in ones heart (soul). We have studied many times that there are but two opinions, or sources of knowledge in this universe - from God and from Satan. Mans reasoning comes from the information God has provided, it comes from the deceptions of Satan (the serpent deception of Eve in the Garden as an example), and from mans own reasoning abilities (empiricism, logic, etc.) when combining all these sources.
Often times mankind puts incredible authority on ritual and ceremony rather than on wisdom in the soul. It begins with personal opinion, public opinion. Each person looks to self to decide what is expected of them, rather than to God to see what He decides is expected. We are inundated with numerous opinions and theories of religion such that it is often easy to ignore the importance of religion in general and a personal relationship with God in particular. Thinking and doing what God commands is very simple, but man rejects the simple and demands more complicated bureaucracy. If nothing more it lends to more jobs for those in power, more control over those who are ignorant, and more ego flexing for those who would lead the ignorant.
Further this all leads to a social failure of sorts. Opinion leads to theories of religion. Man begins to organize his thoughts into religious commands, rather than Gods thoughts. Ritual is prominent. Man actions as seen by others begin to have more importance than the mans soul. A definition of honesty, integrity, charity, good deeds, church attendance and such become relative to what ever is popular of the day. Ritual and so called tradition, honoring ones ancestors are deemed more important than honoring God and His Word.
Not done yet. Now we have ecclesiastical intervention into the use of Gods Word, or rather the alternate which is convenient, popular, and totally wrong. This looks to the various methods of worship and selects the best possible ones. Again ritual becomes more prominent than Gods commands. The rituals of the Bible are interpreted for their activity rather than its teaching intent. These misapplications of ritual become more and more prominent as generations go by and thus become the 'only' means of acceptable worship. Anything else is heresy.
Now we have a conflict. Jesus word vs. that of the Pharisee's and those other educated men of the Law. Does Jesus have the right to forgive? Can he produce healthy bodies simply from His spoken word? If so, then is He God? Which is the more difficult, to forgive or to heal a paralyzed person.
Now I put that question to each of you, but you won't have to wait until tomorrow to find the answer. It would seem obvious that forgiveness if the easier of the two. After all who among us can heal a cripple. And that would have been the guess of those present. But that guess would have been wrong. Forgiveness is the more difficult because it requires a judgment of sin prior to its forgiveness, and that judgment of sin requires that we all either stand before one who is perfect and get punished into oblivion for our sins, or we find a substitute who will take that punishment in our behalf. Our substitute of course is Jesus Christ and the means of judgment is the Cross. Once judged, then God is free to forgive sin, if we are honorable enough to acknowledge it before Him.
The healing of the human body is nothing. The turning of water into wine is nothing. The creation of the universe was finger work for God, Psa. 8:3, but Gods arm was required to secure salvation for us all, Psa. 98:1, Psa 44:1. The work of the arm is far greater than the work of the fingers.
The priests lacked doctrine in their hearts. Their reasoning abilities were flawed by that lack of wisdom, even thought they had access to the very Word they presumed to be expert over. They read it, but did not know it.
Jesus commanded and demonstrated His credentials as the Savior. The man rose with His words, and walked out carrying his stretcher. The room was stunned. Verse 26 summarizes the reaction. They were amazed, 'ekstasis', astonished, trance, bewilderment. They were filled with awe (not fear), 'phoboe', awe, surprise. They were filled with amazement, 'paradoxos', paradox, something extraordinary, contrary to expectations. Miracles are for children, not adults.
In other words they came because of the rumors and they saw the show, a really good show. Something seemingly impossible happened and right before their eyes, and for no other rational explanation would have been perceived as trickery, or illusion, but truth always stands up on its own. Truth is indisputable.
But the sin nature is very powerful and when arrogance holds us with its choke hold, it is very difficult to go against that learned grain, and to repent so to speak, to change ones mind. With peers looking on, with tradition looking on, with supposed authority looking on, then it is much easier to go with the crowd. It is difficult for teenagers these days (probably always has been) to go against that which is popular. But when you know that the popular opinion is wrong, then character need to somehow take hold and ones independence needs to rise above others opinions. Bible doctrine builds that character. Bible doctrine provides that clarity of thought. It shouldn't matter what others think. So do not let others run your life. You will suffer not they, when your life ends up on the rocks. Why would any of us want to jump off of that cliff with others?
The miracles are for those who are ignorant, to get them to see doctrine. For those who are advancing spiritually, there is a power far, far greater than simple miracles, and that is called spiritual maturity.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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