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Lesson # Matt. 21:10-11
Study Material - Matt. 21:10-11
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.
10 And [kai] when he [autos] was come [eiserchomai] into [eis] Jerusalem [Hierosoluma] , all [pas] the city [polis] was moved [seio] , saying [lego] , Who [tis] is [esti] this [houtos] ?
11 And [de] the multitude [ochlos] said [lego] , This [houtos] is [esti] Jesus [Iesous] the prophet [prophetes] of [apo] Nazareth [Nazareth] of Galilee [Galilaia] . KJV-Interlinear
10 And when He had entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, 'Who is this?' 11 And the multitudes were saying, 'This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.' NAS
With all the excitement and hoopla, the city was totally unsettled by the entrance of a man riding a donkey's colt. Most were caught up in the excitement, but then they began to ask, 'What is all this about? Who is this man? What is going on here?'
Most knew of the reputation (the gossip) concerning Jesus. Most have heard of the miracles and the amazing things He said and did. Most knew of the Bible stories - Adam, Abraham, Moses, David, Elijah, Daniel. Most participated in the various feasts and rituals described by Moses. General knowledge of God and heaven and Satan and such was common among nearly everyone.
Such is the case in nearly every generation in history. Most people have heard of the stories from the Bible.
But ... That is generally as far as their knowledge goes. They have very shallow spiritual lives. Either people are unbelievers (have not believed in Jesus Christ) and in which case they have zero spiritual life, and therefore their spiritual depth of soul is also zero. Or, the people have believed in Jesus Christ, and are saved, but they have not pursued their spiritual growth by learning on a consistent basis, Bible doctrine, because they are indifferent, are of a compromising attitude, or are just plain not interested in God anymore. In either case people know of God, of stories related to God, but they either do not believe, or they have little interest in God and doctrine and therefore, their attitude causes them to 'cease' to know, to 'cease' to understand, Isa. 6:9-10. They hear but do not perceive. They see but do not understand.
And their spiritual life does not exist or is less than it should be, because they are insensitive (either mildly or dramatically) toward God and doctrine, but they do not realize the degree of their deficiency.
People will generally acknowledge the Biblical stories and maybe even God, but they make exceptions in His doctrine when they apply standards to their lives. They are more interested in their earthbound, materialistic, self satisfied, self defined, more 'realistic' views and standards, than they are those of God.
So why do we even 'study' the Bible. Why should we 'need' to study it.
Many people can look at the world around them and with 'worldly' blinders on, can see no further. We can see, feel, taste, smell, and hear our world. We can examine things and make use of things. And that is generally all people are interested in. What can I get more for myself from this world? How can I make life better for myself from this world? How can I get by, get more, stay ahead, be happy, be comfortable, have the things I want? And they limit their view to what they see in life. This is what the people did in Jesus day. This is what people do even in our current day. If things do not happen 'right now' then we become impatient. If things do not happen the way we want them, then we become dissatisfied, discontented, disillusioned, dejected. This leads to self pity, anxiety, anger, disenchantment. And sometimes our circumstances have to bring us to a position of total helplessness and a state of total mental poverty before we begin to turn to God. And that is the first reason we need God and Bible study in our lives. We recognize that we are small in this universe, even in this world, and we need something beyond ourselves, something beyond this world.
We can look up at the night sky and see the vastness of the universe. We can look under the microscope and see the complexities of life and matter. We can look all around and see the design of the entire array of life and conclude that it all did not happen by accident. And if not by accident then someone designed it all. This is the second reason for needing God. Because we are curious and want to know.
To the degree of your 'wanting' to know, defines the degree of how far you will pursue your learning of Bible doctrine.
From here, we learn that there is a good and an evil - a God and a Satan. We learn that we are alive on this earth for a short time and then we all die. What then? We can be disinterested in the after death reality and we can leave it all to chance - but that is a very big gamble. Especially if there is a possibility that we can learn exactly what lies beyond the grave.
We come to learn that there is a heaven and a hell. That heaven is a very pleasant place, the place to be, and that hell is a very terrifying place, a place from which you cannot escape. So how to avoid hell and insure our going to heaven?
We learn that there are many religions on earth. They all proclaim to be better than the others. There are four major beliefs which have been around for many, many centuries. Hinduism is the oldest of these four, having been around since the time of Abraham. Buddhism being the next oldest forming about the time of David. Judaism is next in line, evolving in the few centuries prior to the birth of Christ. Then there is Islam which did not come onto the scene until around 600 A.D. Islam is the youngest of the four. All of these proclaim that man by mans own efforts, can attain some semblance of God or gain Gods approval and thus rise to some higher plane of life or existence. All of these are false philosophies. All of these distort truth and distract people away from the real reality and from the real God.
Then we learn that there is the Bible, which teaches that there is one true God - the Father, and that there are three members of the trinity - Father, Son, and Spirit, and that they are all three co-equal, and co-eternal. We learn that there is only one path to the Father and that path is through the Son.
We learn that the Father set out a Plan for creation, and that plan recognized that living creatures would choose against God sooner or later and God had to create a path back to Himself, otherwise all living creatures would end up in eternal destruction.
God set out to execute that plan. He sent the Son of God (Jesus Christ) to pay the price for all of mans sins. And by doing so God purchased our freedom from sin and death. God elected to give us this salvation if we would only accept it, and we accept it by simply believing in Him. Man does no work. Man does not earn the right to be saved. Man does not even deserve to be saved. But God gives salvation to each one of us by our merely believing in Christ. This is Grace.
But it does not end there.
So far this all should be common knowledge. Things we should know, but are they real to us? God goes further and gives us a life beyond that which we have in this world. Beyond the seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, touching. Beyond the analysis and use of 'things.' God gives us a spiritual life. A life infinitely beyond the worldly realm which we think is all there is.
God gives us standards, principles, guidelines by which to form our life around and thus gain the 'full' advantages of having a relationship with Him.
Unfortunately, people follow the passage in Isaiah because they do not really believe in Christ, or they have believed but they hear but do not really accept all that the Bible has to teach. So they lose out on a tremendous life here on earth and they will lose out on the 'beyond imagination' blessings of eternity. See but do not perceive. Hear but do not understand. And I'll add - compromise their spiritual life to their own loss.
Who is this man that everyone is cheering about?
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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