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Lesson # Matt. 22:46
Study Material - Matt. 22:46
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.
46 And [kai] no man [oudeis] was able [dunamai] to answer [apokrinomai] him [autos] a word [logos] , neither [oude] durst [tolmao] any [tis] man from [apo] that [ekeinos] day [hemera] forth ask [eperotao] him [autos] any more [ouketi] questions. KJV-Interlinear
46 And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor did anyone dare from that day on to ask Him another question. NAS
This last day just prior to the Cross was a long day of teaching and of calling to account all those who would refuse to believe, or would refuse to become positive in their attitude toward Christ.
I guess it is not so strange that during the several years we have had this study online, you can well imagine the e-mail's that I receive, from time to time, when I mention something that just irks folks. I do not intend to offend people, but at the same time I will not compromise the truth just to make things sound better or to make things more compatible with some ones beliefs. The Word of God covers every topic imaginable and sooner or later those who are borderline positive, or those who are only looking for something that will confirm their already established beliefs though false, will get their dander up.
I think it is better to challenge your dander so that you can make an objective decision rather than to whitewash over a life style or belief and thus lead you further down the wrong path. That wouldn't help anyone.
Why these comments? Because in a parallel passage, Mk. 12:37, we are told that the crowd was pleased at hearing Jesus speak. They enjoyed it. But in 24 hours they would be calling for His crucifixion.
Likewise, now we see that the Pharisees, the Sadducees, the Herodians, the lawyers, all, have been silenced by Jesus' response to their questions, and they had no answer to His. Rather than acknowledging His truth and His identity, they actively refused to acknowledge His words.
So it is with people in every generation. The Word of God comes to us not to entertain, but to convict and to challenge. If we truly want better for ourselves, then we listen and learn. But if we just want to be entertained, if we just want to hear some nice words which are soothing and certainly compatible with the way we live, then we are in big trouble and in for a big shock sooner or later in our life.
We just finished the psalm which the Pharisees were thoroughly familiar - Psa. 110. Actually we finished in recent weeks several psalms and proverbs of which the Pharisees were thoroughly familiar. We read them, and we learned their meaning. They read them too.
The challenge comes when we either agree with them and believe their words, or we disagree with them and we turn our backs on the study and run off looking for something else which is more agreeable to us.
We know that we are in a plane of existence which is not exclusive to this universe. There is a higher plane which includes angels, and yet another plane which includes God. We are surrounded and in the midst of a great angelic conflict. Man is not the owner of his own destiny, but we are a part of a greater conflict which will be 'concluded' by God at His convenience. Then the many plans of mankind - work, careers, retirement, social agendas, various ambitions from political to personal, and such will come crashing to a violent end.
History as we know it does not have an indefinite time frame, but is contained within a very finite time schedule set by God. Our personal lives are not unlimited in duration, but we all definitely will come to an end in our physical death. Some of us sooner, and some of us later.
We all have but a hand full of years to live on this earth, then we all have an opportunity to live billions and trillions of years in eternity. Wouldn't it be wise to prepare (at least a little) for that greater period of time in eternity? If we live a compromised life style here on earth, then is it so important, that we would trade away our tremendous eternity of blessings for something that we know is not right?
One of the biggest challenges people have is to 'believe' what they learn from the Word of God. Many hear, many are entertained, many enjoy their Bible study - but only to a point. When the Word of God challenges something we do in our life and it then becomes inconvenient to continue our study due to guilt or just simply due to our not wanting to listen to the truth, then we are in effect trading away tremendous blessings from eternity. Our stubborn attitude in not wanting to change our way of thinking will end up costing us big time.
Do we wait until it is too late to discover in real time (after our death), in heaven (or hell), that which we already know? Or, do we think that it just might be wise to change our attitude and our fixation on our current life style and not cling to it because it is convenient, or because we can easily come up with an excuse (such as, 'I don't believe that!!!') to retain our current beliefs. Do we have a head in the sand attitude? If we can't see it, then it doesn't exist.
Again our biggest challenge or hurdle is to 'believe' that which we hear. We hear, we listen, we learn, but we have to 'believe' and that means that we will indeed commit our lives to Gods Word.
The Bible presents some pretty graphic pictures of what it means to reject God. Why would anyone want to reject the Word of God?
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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