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Lesson # Matt. 8:21-22
Study Material - Matt. 8:21-22
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
21 And another of the disciples said to Him, 'Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.' 22 But Jesus said to him, 'Follow Me; and allow the dead to bury their own dead.'
The world is a dead place. It has no future, no destiny worth pursuing. This is a difficult concept to grasp because we are all entangled in the world in our daily lives. How can one say that all in the world is worthless? We assign value to many things, but those things are defined by worldly standards.
An emotional standard is the burying of ones family member. 'How heartless', we could say, 'of someone who would turn their back on their family.' But is Christ telling us to become heartless? Of course not. That is not the policy of God - to be heartless. God is caring, even more than we are as a human race.
The man who wanted to go bury his father had a split priority in his life. The issue was not the funeral, it was his mental state of wanting to do other things first before turning his attentions to Christ, and that is not an uncommon practice of people.
We as humans have our emotional tendencies. Combine that with societies morals and these tendencies lead to poor logic and poor conclusions, but in our minds they seem right. An extreme example is the burning of witches. Clearly a wrong practice in our current day, but even now there are ethnic wars in Eastern Europe, Africa, and Asia. We may not accept witch burning here but that does not stop extreme prejudice of other types.
Doing right is a matter which society views as well. Do we turn our back on family? Many would call you heartless if you did. Peer pressure? That begins in school. Being part of the crowd, smoking, drugs, sex, other enterprises among the young, can all lead to bad ends.
Now for adults. We get distracted with life and life has a lot of things that it can throw at us. Then there is our desire. Do we get into a pattern of Bible study or take up our daily habit of going to work, coming home, and turning on the TV day after day? It's easy to do. So excuses become a part of our daily pattern. Excuses and procrastination with respect to life's priorities.
Where is the priority for developing ones spiritual life? We eat three meals a day to keep alive a body that will sooner or later die on us. Why not eat spiritual food to nourish the soul which will live forever for one thing, and a strong soul with doctrine will gain us blessings beyond imagination in eternity. Not to mention blessings in time - or a more peaceful life in this world!
So far we have seen a leper, a cripple, a gentile on a mission, and a woman with a fever. None of them had any choice in their situation. None had any control over their situation. None had any hope of correcting their respective problems by themselves and the world was not going to help them.
We have seen folks that get caught up in the emotion of the moment - the singing and rock and roll of tent evangelical meetings, and now the people who don't have the time to get with a Bible study program. One excuse will be followed by another, and another. They will never get with a program. The tent meetings end and all go home to their same patterns of life. Emotions do not carry one through life. They are only exciting for the moment.
True commitment to Christ is a daily dose of Bible study, the residence in fellowship on an ongoing basis, the use and application of Gods Word in your daily life, and the repetition of this throughout your life to sustain spiritual growth and spiritual health.
The world? It has its priorities and you can retain those responsibilities which are appropriate, of course. But just do not let the world dictate your priorities to the point that God is squeezed out altogether.
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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