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Lesson # Matt. 13:55-56
Study Material - Matt. 13:55-56
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55 Is [esti] not [ou] this [houtos] the carpenter's [tekton] son [huios] ? is [lego] not [ouchi] his [autos] mother [meter] called [lego] Mary [Maria] ? and [kai] his [autos] brethren [adelphos] , James [Iakobos] , and [kai] Joses [Ioses] , and [kai] Simon [Simon] , and [kai] Judas [Ioudas] ?
56 And [kai] his [autos] sisters [adelphe] , are they [eisi] not [ouchi] all [pas] with [pros] us [hemas] ? Whence [pothen] then [oun] hath this man [touto] all [pas] these things [tauta] ? KJV-Interlinear
55 'Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? 56 'And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this man get all these things?' NAS
The first flaw that manifests itself in people who are negative toward God, is the inability to see the obvious. Jesus performed many miracles. He taught gatherings of people that numbered 5000 and up, and that was only the count of the adult men. So you know that the groups that assembled to hear Him speak and for whom He healed every ailment and handicap that existed, numbered double or triple that number, or even more perhaps. It is possible (and not unreasonable to assume) that disease was virtually eliminated in that part of the world during those 3 ½ years of Jesus' ministry. Everyone He saw and spoke to and touched and was touched by, was healed. He withheld nothing from those who were in need.
There are innumerable scriptures that spoke of His coming. Even the timing of His birth was foretold by Daniel. The Magi figured it all out and they were not even Jewish. So anyone who took the time to study the scriptures could have figured it all out as well. The evidence was overwhelming - and obvious. His teaching and miracles made it obvious that something unusual in history was up. But unbelief blurs the obvious.
The second flaw of unbelief or negative volition toward God is that the irrelevant is made more important than the relevant. Priorities are all screwed up. The unimportant becomes important. The important becomes secondary, if it is even referred to at all..
Here the crowd wonders not at the Man, the Miracles, the Prophecy, and the Putting it all together, but they wonder about Jesus' upbringing. Who is this man? The carpenters son? Aren't His mother, four brothers (at least four brothers), and sisters (plural so there were at least two sisters) all here with us?
Unbelief disguises its presence. The fact that Jesus had an earthly family was irrelevant. Everyone knew that the Messiah was God. They expected greater pomp and ceremony when He arrived however. They knew that He was going to come in the line of David, therefore He would be 'born' a man. And 'Dah!' any person born has to come from a woman. All simply expected that the 'chosen' woman would be from some higher stature in society. Perhaps even a woman specially made in heaven and lowered down to earth where all could see her perfection, her beauty, her higher calling, an angel like woman with flowing hair and such.
But here is Jesus, a carpenter, Mk. 6:3, the son of a carpenter. He was born to residents of Nazareth and not to residents of the 'Temple'. Jesus had a family. Mary (whom by the way He never calls mother), had at least six other children from normal relations with her husband, Joseph. And when Joseph died, Jesus most probably took over the family business as a carpenter, until the time for His ministry came.
He is not looked upon as an unusual man, but is looked upon as just another man, a carpenter. A common laborer. Just like most other residents of Nazareth. The family is not looked upon as an unusual family, but just another typical Jewish family in the neighborhood. No saints, no halos, no mysterious occurrences from out of heaven. Just a common family.
So here is the Savior, the Messiah, the Son of God whose proof of identity was overwhelming, and instead of being honored that God would have chosen their neighborhood for bringing the Messiah into the world, they disbelieve, they are resentful, they are jealous. How can that family be better than any of us???
The issue is not the family, not the mother, not the brothers or sisters. Mary was no different than any other woman who ever lived in the world. She was given a special gift just as you and I are given special gifts which are unique to each one of us and special to each one of us. Mary and her children had to believe in Jesus in order to escape the lake of fire, just as you and I have had to believe.
The issues in life that are most important are not Jesus family, but faith in Jesus Christ first of all, and then secondly, a consistent daily study program for spiritual growth to advance one to spiritual maturity. Anything else is, as Solomon would say, vanity - all is vanity or nothingness. Mary is not an issue in life. Her sons and daughters are not an issue. Angels are not an issue with respect to our salvation or spiritual growth. Nothing in life is as important as being saved and advancing to spiritual maturity.
Certainly we all have to live daily lives, pay bills, get an education, work jobs and so forth, but we do all of that within the scope of advancing in our spiritual lives, not in place of our advance to spiritual maturity. The priorities of life have to emphasize God first and everything else second.
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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