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Lesson # Matt. 18:12-13
Study Material - Matt. 18:12-13
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.
12 How [tis] think [dokeo] ye [humin] ? if [ean] [tis] a man [anthropos] have [ginomai] an hundred [hekaton] sheep [probaton] , and [kai] one [heis] of [ek] them [autos] be gone astray [planao] , doth he [aphiemi] not [ouchi] leave [aphiemi] the ninety and nine [ennenekontaennea] , and goeth [poreuomai] into [epi] the mountains [oros] , and seeketh [zeteo] that which [ho] is gone astray [planao] ?
13 And [kai] if so [ean] be [ginomai] that he find [heurisko] it [autos] , verily [amen] I say [lego] unto you [humin] [hoti] , he rejoiceth [chairo] more [mallon] of [epi] that [autos] sheep, than [e] of [epi] the ninety and nine [ennenekontaennea] which [ho] went [planao] not [me] astray [planao] . KJV-Interlinear
12 'What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying? 13 'And if it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray. NAS
We are the lost sheep. Gods love is personal and individual. He loves each of us with the greatest of love. In this world there is great danger. Especially when we get away from our Bible study and thus get away from God. Away from God we are vulnerable, open to the whims of the world. We often call this, being exposed to the jungle.
A lost sheep is out there alone and exposed to all sorts of predators. The protection of the flock, and of the shepherd, are not a part of the sheep's life. The sheep has no natural protection, and certainly has no means of defending itself against the elements and from predators. There is great concern by the shepherd for the sheep, because the shepherd knows full well the dangers present and the inability of the sheep to take care of itself.
If you have several children and one of them gets really sick, then you probably spend an unusual amount of time with that sick child. Spending less time with the other 'well' children. This is normal. You do not love the 'well' children any less. You do not love the sick child more than the rest. You just have a situation which calls for more care and attention for the sick child. The sick child is helpless and needs care from another in order to recover. And this you provide.
When the child gets well, then you are happy. It is a little spurt of happiness which you celebrate with that recovering child. Most moms will have a little celebration and make the appropriate goo goo noises of happiness over their recovery.
So it is with the lost sheep. When each of us strays from our spiritual life and drift into the jungle, then we are lost believers. When we recover, return back to our spiritual life, and resume our advancement toward spiritual maturity, then there is great celebration. Likewise with unbelievers who eventually believe in Christ, there is celebration for their entry into the flock, so to speak.
What of the flock? It is not abandoned. It remains safe within the meadow. God provides for all their needs and they remain within the safety and under the protection of His watchful eye.
This is our life, our spiritual life. In fellowship we are in the meadow, under Gods blessing and protection. Out of fellowship we are straying away from the flock and out from under the watchful eye of God. God is the shepherd. He carries a rod and staff. The rod for discipline to guide us back toward the flock. The staff for hooking us out from under whatever problems we have gotten ourselves into.
As believers in Christ, God has a unique love and attention for each one of us individually. We are not in this world alone, but have the ever watchful eye of God looking out for our best interest. There should be no room for resentment, for self pity, for anxiety in our life. What God desires is that you get into the flock (believer), remain in the meadow (fellowship), and live a contented life of happiness (Gods provision). And in all of this, to trust in Him (faith). There is no room for arguments of 'greatness.'
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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