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Lesson # Matt. 8:18-19
Study Material - Matt. 8:18-19
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.
18 Now when Jesus saw a crowd around Him, He gave orders to depart to the other side. 19 And a certain scribe came and said to Him, 'Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.'
Here is a new person on the block. A new person in the eyes of the public. He is young, bright, talented to be sure (He is God after all), and definitely popular with the crowd. Now a scribe who is quick to see the popularity of these events, runs forward. Here is opportunity for a better job, a better position. He is hungry to be with the new star of the day, and blurts out on impulse that he is willing to go anywhere with Jesus.
He is a scribe. He has had the privilege to copy the scriptures. We presume that he read what he copied, but he did not understand what he read. This is obvious.
Jesus has already stated that He had not seen so great of faith in all of Israel as was displayed by a gentile. The crowds are growing. The scribe does not have the benefit of the quiet conversations of the Pharisees, otherwise he would know that there was something up, some discord among them.
People always want to follow along with something successful, especially when there are no problems to face. All is successful. No enemies. All is popular. The road is smooth (later we will see the rough storm on the sea. Is anyone reading ahead?), no bumps, no storms, no pressures, no worries, and so forth.
Here is one of the first tests of faith and spiritual growth. Many fail this test. Here is where the men and women are separated from the boys and girls.
So look into the mirror of the Word of God and ask yourself this question? 'Am I easy to get along with when things are going good, and difficult to get along with when I'm faced with problems?' And the second question, 'Do I face my problems with poise or do I get emotional and unstable?'
Many people are pleasant when things are going well in their lives. But we all know that problems are always looming around the corner. How do we react? Are we still pleasant? Or, do we turn into bitterness and monsters.
Many a young believer will face this test and fail. They lack the wherewithal to face the pressures of life.
When life is peaches, it is easy to get caught up in the spontaneity of the moment. We make promises. We make commitments. We tell others of our recent decision, but as Paul asks the appropriate question in 1 Cor. 1:20, ' ... where is the scribe?' The emotionalism of the moment does not last very long. Emotions do not have foundations in reality. They fade. Reality needs to be faced with real muscle - Bible doctrine.
The scribe lacked knowledge of where Christ was headed. He should have known, but then there were going to be many tests and oppositions which would be thrown into Christ's path. At the Cross there was no one, save a handful of observers (mostly women), at Christ's side.
When difficulties strike in our lives, what should be our response? How do we really react? Many folks get all upset. They yell, scream, blame others, they blame anyone in their path. The get angry and generally fall apart in the face of problems. The true test of success is in how they should approach problems. They should remain calm. They should analyze the problem. They should not lay blame - even if it is obvious. Blame does not help the situation. The difficult situations need to be discussed with whomever is appropriate - family member, supervisor, subordinates, etc. Ideas for their solution need to be brought to the table. A plan needs to be formalized and made alterable as needed.
More important is that, calm and recall of Gods promises, need to come to the forefront of ones mind. God makes provision for all problems. If you are advancing in your spiritual life, then there are solutions for all of your problems. If you are ignorant of doctrine, apathetic toward Gods Word, just a part time Bible thumper, then you are in for a long hard ride through life. Your failure to face problems, your refusal to face problems will bring you to nothing less than misery.
It might be wise to read through the first three chapters of Revelation. God has no time for part time believers, or people that stumble through life and let the situations of life determine their mood. They are saved of course, but their blessings will be severely shortened in life and in eternity.
Commitment is a must in the spiritual life. Marvel. There is that word again. What is there to marvel about your life?
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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