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Lesson # Matt. 12:19
Study Material - Matt. 12:19
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.
19 He shall [erizo] not [ou] strive [erizo] , nor [oude] cry [kraugazo] ; neither [oude] shall any man [tis] hear [akouo] his [autos] voice [phone] in [en] the streets [plateia] . KJV-Interlinear
19 'He will not quarrel, nor cry out; Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets. NAS
Truth and legitimate authority need not shout to make themselves known. Truth and legitimate authority come with appropriate credentials which give them credibility. They are recognized because they are true and correct. They need not attain their rightful place through intimidation, or shouting, or any other type of aggressive action.
Only illegitimate authority requires force or violence or illegitimate legislation to enforce its position.
To quarrel, carries the idea of wrangling, hassling, or even brawling. To cry out, means to shout, or scream excitedly such that you can be heard clear down the street. The term is used in such a way as to bring attention to an annoying or attention getting sound such as a a dog's barking, a raven's squawking, and even a drunk's bawling.
Jesus did not come to harangue and cajole people. He did not attempt to entice people or use subtle or charming words. He did not use the raving of an emotional evangelist who inflames his hearers by appealing to their emotions and/or prejudices.
Jesus spoke with dignity and control. He used truth only in order to persuade. He never organized a mob, He never resorted to trickery, lies, or scheming. He did not lead crusades against the 'establishment.' All of His opponents did this routinely.
Truth was His argument. Miracles were His credentials both in authority, and in the fulfillment of prophecy. His way was that of gentleness, and humility. He was and is the Son of God, the divine Messiah, and the rightful King of kings, but Jesus never tried to secure a hearing to prove or justify Himself, He never tried to gather or assemble a following for political power, physical force, or emotional agitation.
He never sought immediate judgment against those who opposed Him - no lightening strikes. Though He was treated with virtually no respect, with tremendous prejudice, with virtually no due process as one would find in a court of law, He sought no revenge. He sought no retaliation. He did not play the game of a subtle 'get even' attitude.
Many of us live in areas where we might be subjected to prejudice and unfair treatment. What we need to learn is that God has a plan for our lives. God had a plan for the life of Jesus and nothing hindered that plan. Jesus' life was opposed by the most violent and aggressive opposition in history, yet His plan was carried out in perfect order.
Your life and mine are in that same category. God has a plan for each one of us. God will carry it out regardless of the environment we live in, so long as we are positive toward Him, and are advancing in our spiritual life. The biggest problems of life come when we get out of fellowship and stay out, when we get it in our head that we do not need God, and so we become indifferent or even resentful toward God, then God simply allows us to slide into the jungle environment of this world, and there we will either learn our lesson (with great suffering), or we won't.
No matter what your circumstances are in life, there is nothing (outside of your own attitude) that will prevent God from seeing you through His designed plan for your life. If you take yourself out, then it is your loss. If you remain positive toward God and aggressively advance in your spiritual life, then the world is powerless against you, because God is your strength and guide.
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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