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Matthew 21:14

Lesson # Matt. 21:14
Study Material - Matt. 21:14

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Matt. 21:14

14 And [kai] the blind [tuphlos] and [kai] the lame [cholos] came [proserchomai] to him [autos] in [en] the temple [hieron] ; and [kai] he healed [therapeuo] them [autos] . KJV-Interlinear

Matt. 21:14

14 And the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. NAS

The merchants and the priests that were in the outer court, were unable to resist Jesus as He drove them out of the Temple area. Now if you or I went into some temple and began running people out, you just know that someone would call the police and we would be hauled off to some padded cell somewhere until we calmed down. Not so here.

Jesus carried authority. His reputation preceded Him. He had command of the Temple area and there was no one who was about to confront Him directly. And so it is with God. All that is wrong in life is unable to stand up against the arguments of God. Though we try as we may to justify or rationalize our views or our wishes, we cannot overcome the principles of God.

No other religion can replace that of Christianity. There is no alternate path to God or to heaven. No other orientation can replace ones own volition. We are bound by our own decisions and have no one else to blame when we make wrong decisions in life. There is no substitute relationship for marriage between a man a and woman. There is no substitute role in marriage than that defined by God. There is no alternative for the family unit. Socialism cannot place children in the custody of the state and raise them properly. There is no substitute for authority for children than that which exists in the family structure. There is no substitute for nationalism. Internationalism is a rejection of the national entity and a danger to humanity's existence. How would you like one man or group running the entire world? When they turn bad, there would be no place to run to for safety.

Gods arguments are solid and consistent. They never change. Man's arguments vacillate to whatever thought of the day is popular. Man's arguments allow for prejudice, privilege, and generally unfair practices.

The merchants were taking advantage of those who came to worship, to sacrifice. They had a monopoly and they abused it. They were guilty and they knew it, but did not care. Why did the merchants and priests get upset? Because they did not get their own way when confronted by Christ.

Most people feel this way when their standards of life conflict with those of God. If they cannot win the argument, they get upset. They leave the church, they leave the Bible study. They have their own selfish attitude, 'I don't agree with that.' 'I don't believe that.' 'I'm not hurting anyone with what I do.' They justify their attitude and they make their compromise standard right in their own mind. Drug and alcohol abusers have this kind of thinking. But so too, do those who rationalize same sex relationships or normal relationships with live in room mates. Self centeredness is not limited to just the merchants in the Temple courtyard. It has a very broad range of applications which probably affects us all sooner or later.

Jesus chased them out, and who was left? The blind and the lame. The priesthood despised the blind and the lame. They were considered the cursed of God because of something they did in life or because of their parents or some ancestor's failure. And of course this is ridiculous. Each person stands on or falls on his own thinking, decisions, and actions in life. Ones physical status often has nothing to do with the person at all. God gives some of us very good health, and others He gives very bad health not because they have done something wrong in life, but to demonstrate Gods glory. The world is prejudiced against the lame and demonstrates its own inability to deal with the lame. God demonstrates that He can bring anyone to spiritual greatness regardless of their circumstances.

Jesus is compassionate and begins to immediately heal and cure everyone who comes to Him. The priests reject the helpless. Jesus gives them a cure and hope. The priests put up expensive barriers to the poor preventing them from making their sacrifices and worshiping. Jesus teaches all who are interested, rejecting no one. The priests are argumentative and debate simple issues. Jesus provides instruction for life. The priests are helpless to cure the lame, to heal the blind. Jesus can fix any problem and fix it immediately.

Such are our choices in life. We can look to our day to day standards and hope for the best. We can hope to get a job, hope to keep a job. We can hope to get business, hope to keep business. We can hope to have a social life or a relationship of some type. We can hope to have some entertainment in our life. We can hope or wish for most anything, but sooner or later our life runs out of steam, and so do our standards.

On the other hand we can turn to our Bible study and learn a little each day of our life. We won't see much change from day to day, but then Bible study is designed for the entire life, not for a quick fix of problems over the weekend. Maturity happens gradually. A young child wants to grow up and wonders when that will happen. The as age twenty the child thinks they have arrived, but then they turn forty and are in awe as to how immature they were at twenty. Then they turn sixty and can't believe how stupid they were at forty. So it is with the spiritual life. We learn, we apply doctrine to our life, we grow up little by little. Sooner or later we look back on our life and we realize that we have come a very long way, and by the grace of God, not by our own merit.

The merchants and priests were in the Temple for their own self defined life style. Jesus chased them out to place His life style in their place. Bible doctrine carries authority and sustaining power in the life. There is no substitute for it.

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