Oct 22, 2013

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One Year Chronological Bible Study Day 293

One Year Chronological Bible Study Day 293

For 2013, we here at Jesus Slave will be reading the Bible in chronological order.  Each day we will present and reflect on a snippet of scripture.  We welcome the chance to hear your thoughts each day so please leave a comment.  We also encourage you to read the Bible without the aid of study guides.  We feel it is important to allow God’s Word to speak directly to you without any outside influences.  We understand that sometimes you may run into a roadblock and draw a blank.

The Chronological outline of our study can be found HERE

Matthew 18

Who Is the Greatest?

1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them 3 and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, 6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

Temptations to Sin

7 “Woe to the world for temptations to sin!For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes! 8 And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire. 9 And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire.

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. 12 What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? 13 And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. 14 So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

If Your Brother Sins Against You

15 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses.17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. 18 Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 19 Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered in my name,there am I among them.”

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

21 Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven. 23 “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. 24 When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25 And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 So the servantfell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. 28 But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundreddenarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29 So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30 He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. 31 When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. 32 Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ 34 And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers,until he should pay all his debt. 35 So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”

  1. 18 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them 3 and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:1-4, ESV)

    I feel this is such a profound scene. The disciples, being men, are curious to find out “who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Isn’t that just like us men? Always a competition to be the best at whatever we are doing. I can only imagine what the conversation was like prior to the question actually being asked to Jesus.

    – I bet the greatest has cast out the most demons ever.
    – I bet the greatest turned an entire sea into wine.
    – I bet the greatest has the biggest set of wings…..

    And probably more.. At this point, the disciples were still trying to figure Jesus out. They had spent their entire lives believing the messiah would come to free them from oppression. Many were looking for a political or military presence to rid them of the romans. When Jesus hears their question, I’m sure he understood all of this. He gave them the answer that none of them would have guessed.
    They had to be like a child. What? I can just imagine the look on their faces. They had just been arguing over how incredible the greatest in heaven must be and Jesus tells them that greatest are the ones humbled like children.

    So how do we humble ourselves like that? My own children are a huge help. They are pure in their faith and love Jesus with all they have. God is the most powerful guy ever and stronger than all evil. They pray and expect them to be answered. They understand living right and point out when I step out of bounds. They love purely and unconditionally. They aren’t tainted by life experiences or emotional baggage. This is how we must all be in our faith and love of our Lord. Many of us have spent our entire lives building ourselves into whoever we are now. Jesus is telling us to walk away from that and be like a child. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to need the Holy Spirit to do that. I pray that He does it soon. I don’t want to spend another day building the wrong man.

  2. 10 ”See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. 12 What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? 13 And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. 14 So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

    The parable of the lost sheep is one of Love. Our Father in heaven rejoices every time we choose Him. When we are lost, He is there waiting for us to find Him and turn back towards Him. This concept is very similar to the parable of the prodigal son.

    The parable of the unforgiving servant also stood out to me. We are to forgive our fellow brothers which not only frees them, but also frees us from the imprisonment of an unforgiving heart and hate.

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