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Lesson # Matt. 15:21
Study Material - Matt. 15:21
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21 Then [kai] Jesus [Iesous] went [exerchomai] thence [ekeithen] , and departed [anachoreo] into [eis] the coasts [meros] of Tyre [Turos] and [kai] Sidon [Sidon] . KJV-Interlinear
21 And Jesus went away from there, and withdrew into the district of Tyre and Sidon. NAS
Jesus left the region of Galilee and went in to the gentile region of Tyre and Sidon. These are located on the Mediterranean coast in the area of today's southern Lebanon. This put Jesus out of the jurisdiction of Herod who was becoming more bold, since the execution of John the Baptist did not bring any political repercussions against him. And since he considered Jesus a reincarnated John, and we know that he tried to see Jesus on several occasions with ill intentions, his plans would be thwarted for the time being while Jesus was out of the country.
This region also placed Jesus out of the reach of the Pharisees. They are now insulted as we have already seen. And furthermore, they have been busy trying to decide how to remove Jesus. This lull in Jesus' activity serves to cool their plotting.
Where are the crowds now? When Jesus was in the region of Galilee, the crowds were great, but then when Jesus was close to ones home, it is far more convenient to go and see him, than to leave ones home and to travel to another country to see Him.
Tyre ad Sidon are places of great corruption. They have been judged once in history already but the regions still remains. Unlike Sodom, which was judged and lies inaccessible at the bottom of the Dead Sea for many thousands of years, Tyre and Sidon remain. At least the locations remain.
Jesus went there for several reasons. First to give some space between Himself and the plotting of Herod and the Pharisees. Hypocrites and self righteous types operate on emotion. Their envy and hate drive them on when their victim is in view. But when their victim is away they run out of steam. They get side tracked with other matters, perhaps even with other victims, and they lose sight of their original plot.
Kind of like an old man who moves from place to place in the home thinking about doing this or that, and as soon as his eyes move away from one task and on to another, he forgets the former task and concentrates on the next task, which is soon lost in the fog as he sees yet another task and so forth throughout the day. He is busy all day long but nothing ever gets done. I think they call it attention deficit or something like that. Anyway, negative minded people lack doctrine in their soul. Therefore, it (the soul) is filled with darkness. Therefore, being filled with darkness, they can't see clearly where they are going in life. They are blind. Consequently when you, their intended victim, move out of their view, they generally forget about you, or at least you are not as great a priority for them. They just fade out of your life. God often uses this to your advantage in protecting you from the onslaughts of the gossip crowd and so forth.
They never go away completely, but their lack of endurance due to their lack of spiritual strength, keeps them out of your life, so long as you do not actively associate with them. So forewarned, if you jump back into the snake pit and try to fit in, then you'll get bit.
Life is too short to waste on unchangeable negative people. Life on earth that is. We as positive believers in Jesus Christ have, or should have, greater goals. Our life is not limited to these physical years on earth, but our life extends into eternity. If we live to be 100 years old, that is still but a blink in time when you match that time up with the trillions and trillions and trillions of years in eternity. So where should you focus be with respect to your life? Eternity. That is where 99.999999% etc. of your life will be lived Therefore we should do as God suggests, 'Study to show thyself approved (mature) to God.' That is by studying your Bible daily and by applying it properly to your life. Using life's experiences as teaching or learning opportunities and applying Gods Word to our daily life (all these opportunities), help us to orient to and understand better, what life is all about.
We are not here to advance selfishly in some career, or accumulate some vast fortune, or do something else for our own pleasure and benefit. We are here to grow up spiritually and to resolve the angelic conflict. If God gives us great talent or wealth, then it is our responsibility to use it wisely. Nothing physical will follow us into eternity, but everything spiritual will accompany us, and all things spiritual (gold, silver, and precious stones) are resources for great reward in eternity. Therefore, it is only smart to invest our time and energy in our own spiritual advancement.
None of us had any say into what environment we would be born - rich or poverty. But we all have an opportunity to guarantee ourselves a new birth in eternity in heaven in a beyond imagination state of wealth. This comes with a consistent daily Bible study and the resultant spiritual growth to maturity.
Now tomorrow we will see a comparison of great faith from one who had little exposure to Christ, as compared to faith that should have been great due to constant exposure with Christ, but was not
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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