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Lesson # Matt. 19:1-2
Study Material - Matt. 19:1-2
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.
1 And [kai] it came to pass [ginomai] , that when [hote] Jesus [Iesous] had finished [teleo] these [toutous] sayings [logos] , he departed [metairo] from [apo] Galilee [Galilaia] , and [kai] came [erchomai] into [eis] the coasts [horion] of Judaea [Ioudaia] beyond [peran] Jordan [Iordanes] ;
2 And [kai] great [polus] multitudes [ochlos] followed [akoloutheo] him [autos] ; and [kai] he healed [therapeuo] them [autos] there [ekei] . KJV-Interlinear
1 And it came about that when Jesus had finished these words, He departed from Galilee, and came into the region of Judea beyond the Jordan; 2 and great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them there. NAS
Jesus teaches a principle and then teaches it again, and again. People listen, and listen again. Some get the point, many understand the point. Most ignore the point because it is simply inconvenient to abide by, and there are many other distractions and other things in this world that pull us away from that which is right.
Christ does not lack for great multitudes following Him. There are always people interested but few who actually commit their lives to the principles taught by Gods Word. Thus these believers are described as 'luke warm' in Revelation. They are neither hot for doctrine (possessing a strong desire to learn and grow up spiritually) nor are they cold for doctrine (defiantly negative toward God). They are just 'there' in the middle somewhere. They study out of habit, or out of the pressure of guilt which society has taught them, or they study out of insecurity. Life isn't great so they might as well study 'some' just in case God has a little blessing that might rub off on them.
But when it comes right down to the test of the spiritual life - they flunk royally. 'Bow down or go into the lions den?' 'I'll bow down! I'll bow down! After all I can go hide in some quiet place and study the Bible if I am alive. But if I am dead by the lions, then what good would that serve?' And the rationalization continues throughout ones life.
Jesus moves on to another region. How many were there that pressed Him to remain to teach them? How many pressed Him to teach only? How many just followed in order to get their problems solved? How many recognized Jesus for Who He was? How many challenged Him because of the threat He posed their established way of life? How many were indifferent because of the challenge that Bible doctrine posed to their habit in life?
How many of us look into the mirror and really ask the tough questions? How many of us look into the mirror and see no flaws in our own life? How many of us look into the mirror and see the flaws, but just ignore them?
How many of us really believe that God will impose some discipline on us if we are deficient in our spiritual lives? How many of us don't really believe that we will face discipline in life from God, and if trouble comes along in our life then we ascribe it to something else? How many of us really believe that prosperity will accompany our spiritual growth? How many of us don't believe this? How many believe that life is just a lucky or lousy roll of the dice, and that what comes will come, and there is really nothing that we can do about it?
Questions are posed to help each of us to check and double check our lives. Questions are posed to help us see if our spiritual life is on track or if it even exists at all.
I placed a new chart on the Bible Study Index page. You can go to that page (at your convenience) and find the chart 'Spiritual Cycle' at the top of the page. The chart paints a picture of both nations and individuals. As goes your attitude toward Christ and doctrine, so goes your spiritual life. Where are you in the spiritual cycle of your life? What direction are you headed?
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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