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Lesson # Matt. 7:28-29
Study Material - Matt. 7:28-29
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28 The result was that when Jesus had finished these words, the multitudes were amazed at His teaching; 29 for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.
Astonishment and authority. One would think that these would be complimentary characteristics, but here they are a mixed bag of results.
Amazed, 'ekplesso', to strike with astonishment, to amaze, to fill with wonder.
Ever go to magic show? One where the magicians are very professional and very good, and seem to be able to do some pretty amazing things? Right before your eyes you simply get amazed at the things that they do. Knowing full well that it is some kind of trick, but you just don't know how they accomplish it. That is astonishment. That is one kind of amazement.
There is another kind of amazement. And that is when you hear some type of truth, a principle in life. Something that you sort of knew about, but never had it fully and clearly explained to you. And once you hear the explanation, the light comes on and you are amazed at what you have just comprehended. If you have to wear glasses, or perhaps have bad hearing, or you get some kind of very new technological gadget. Then once you get those new glasses, or hearing aid, or newer version of that gadget, then you are amazed at the clarity, the sound, the music, the speed, the whatever it is that is new to you.
These two, are the amazement's that occurred. Most hear and enjoy the words of wisdom. It was good to have been there, sort of attitude. But its time to move on in life. Now for a commercial break! On to another exciting thing in life. Something that will entertain for the moment. Something to talk about in the social get togethers. They looked at Jesus and saw a very gifted man, nothing more. Just a conversation piece.
Then there were some who were truly amazed at what He had to say. The spiritual content came through. They listened and committed to memory what was said and utilized it in their lives. They looked at Jesus and saw the Son of God speaking to them. Only in the scriptures had they read the stories of the Ark of the Covenant, of the parting of the sea, of Noah's ark, of the Garden, of the plagues in Egypt, of the pillar of fire and the cloud. Now, right in front of them was the very person of Christ, the one who stood over Jerusalem and delivered it from Sennacherib, the very person who stood over Jerusalem with drawn flaming sword ready to destroy it because of David's sin. Now it was He, Jesus Christ, who was here on earth and in person, in the flesh, standing right in front of them. And telling them exactly what they needed to know, in order to enhance their lives.
Did Christ, promise them anything? Did He bring them bags of money? Did He line them up for the bus to heaven? No. Life went on. The class began. The class ended. There were no miracles in the class. There was only instruction, words of instruction. No magic formulas for medical cures, for financial cures. There were no disclosures of future events so as to help them get in on some 'insider' info and then score big in the markets. There were no revelations of new technologies. Nothing new. Only what the scriptures had taught for many, many centuries.
The people just had not heard them this clearly. The priests had lost their positions of authority in Gods eyes. They had failed in their arrogance and unbelief. They self promoted their own positions in view of people. They misinterpreted much of the principles of Bible doctrine. They were confused as to what washing was all about. They were confused as to the rules of divorce. They had much of all the doctrines contained in the scriptures all wrong.
They read from the scriptures, like school children recite lines from a book, not having a clue as to what it was that they read. The priests set up rules and procedures for the peoples. Procedures that had nothing whatsoever to do with God or doctrine.
Then, today, in our current age, there is much of the same. Rules, religious regulations, rituals, the eating of certain foods, or the avoidance of certain foods. 'But teacher. I followed all the rules since I was a child!'
Christ possessed doctrine. It was ingrained inside of Him. He knew it forwards and backwards. He did not just stand up and recite from the scriptures, but He explained what the scriptures meant. Anyone can read from the Bible. Only those with spiritual assets have the opportunity, and the means of hearing and understanding, absorbing their meaning, and then applying it to their lives.
It is one thing to go to a church and hear some preacher rant and rave, saying the same things over and over again, and really never saying anything. It is one thing to go to some church and hear the preacher rambling aimlessly, and ambiguously and again saying nothing. 'You must yield, brother. You must yield and repent, in order to enter into His bosom of love!!! You have to strike at the devil. You have to strike hard and fast, else he'll get ya!' With appropriate emphasis on the various words and with lots of emotion.
These types of Bible lessons are totally worthless. They teach nothing, but only give emotional highs for a few moments. These speeches are entertaining. 'Lets all stand and sing now.' Then you go home and you have no spiritual assets with which to use in your life. Life goes on and your misery is still there. Your future hasn't changed. Your destiny is still lacking in what it still could become.
Christ gave these people sound doctrine. He explained to them exactly how and what they should do in their own lives. He explained what they should avoid, how they should interact within themselves, with other people, with circumstances in life.
Jesus probably said a great deal more during this event. He probably had many other events just like this one. But here we have recorded the highlights and the important concepts which we need in order to gain a basic understanding of our spiritual life. From here we need to move forward in life and in our spiritual growth. We need to wean ourselves off of the mothers milk and begin chewing on some real food for the soul. From diapers to shorts. And that is what we'll do by moving on to the book of Hebrews beginning tomorrow.
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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