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What is the teaching of Jesus on the issues of the day Article 16 2of 3 2-15-17

February 16, 2017

Reverence
How would you praise Jesus today? What would you praise Him for? I praise Him today because He has given me a task that has stretched me in all directions. Since I am a human, I am not perfect in thought or deed. But, He has covered me by His shed blood from the cross. He has blessed me with some of His knowledge, He has given me His Spirit to bring things to remembrance and guidance, His wisdom helps me in discernment. Praise belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ, the one and only Savior of the world. When I first started walking with Him, He worked in me by saving me from myself. I had a worldly mind, and my actions showed it. Praise Jesus today. Write out your own praise to Him, and show Him how much you love Him. And if you do not believe, ask Him to show you that He exists and show you how real He is, that He is alive and well, ready to answer your prayers and questions as you read His Word, listen to messages and pray to give you wisdom in learning.

The issues of today are the same issues that came up yesterday, 100 years ago or 2000 years ago. We keep making the same mistakes over and over, until we are faced with life’s issue. Some of these issues are in the form of sin. It is when we learn that life is better with Christ
Theme of this chapter. Jesus wants the people to not focus on the external needs of life, but the internal needs of life. The internal will show you a complete view of your life and the one that Christ wants you to have. Be focused on today, and don’t worry about tomorrow. You cannot take care of tomorrow if today, your needs are not being met. Do what you can to get what you need, do what Christs asks, and your daily needs will be met. Men can only see the outside, Christ see’s the outside and the inside and takes care of them at the same time, without any drama.
Reliance on Christ. The religious leaders wanted the people to look at them, what they did, and be admired as something that would be looked upon in a very favorable light. God did not count for anything, so Christ points out their faults. They did not believe in God, but are faced with Christ who is telling the people that He came from the Father. The religious leaders had to do something to curb the critisism and the popularity of Christ. Christ was questioning their authority and the way they did things. Christ brought out into the open how they wanted to look good instead of giving the people the Word of God. The religious leaders message was about them and their authority. Christ’s message had to do with the people, how they could live, what the rewards could be if they would follow Christ. He added that there is a kingdom, by believing in that kingdom and Christs as Savior, they could be saved and all of life’s needs would be added for their belief. The religious leaders were about the past and the present. Christ’s message was about the present and the future. The way to live was by faith in Christ for their guidance. Key to this chapter, 6:33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.” There is nothing that we should be anxious for.
Matthew 6:1-34   
                                                                        Almsgiving 6:1-4                                                           
“Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your father who is in heaven. When therefore you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing that your alms may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will repay you”.
Little history. There were five religious groups of people during Jesus’s time on earth that He battled with over and over. They were the Pharisee’s, Sadducee’s, Sanhedrin, High Priests and the Scribes. The Pharisees were the religious people over the temple. They had taken the Bible that was taught in the temple, and they were teaching the people in the public square and in the Homes. The Sadducees were the Priestly line. They were the liberals of Judaism. They did not believe in the afterlife or the resurrection. The Sanhedrin interpreted civil and religious law. This included rituals and how they were administered in the temple. The Sanhedrin was made up of the Pharisee’s, and Sadducee’s. There were 71 people that made up this body. The fourth group are the Scribes. In the Old Testament they had the duty of copying the bible letter by letter. They were so exacting that every letter and number had to be accounted for by the number of letters per line. If the count was off, they had to start over again. That is the reason our bible is so accurate today. In Jesus day, the Scribes were a special group of people from the religious leaders. They studied the law of Moses and were to solve the problems with the laws and the people. It was this group that confronted Jesus most of the time. Many times Jesus called the Pharisee’s and Scribe’s hypocrites. The fifth group, the High Priests. They were over all of the Temple sacrifices, they were over all of the subordinate priests, He was the only one after a sacrifice that could go into the Holy of Holies. The Priest were also over all of the temple rituals. He determined what and how things were done in the Temple. There were local synagogues in every city, or if the town was large enough, it may have two. The Temple only existed in Jerusalem.
Luke 20:46-47 “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love respectful greetings in the market place, and chief seats in the synagogues, and places of honor at banquets, who devour widow’s houses, and for appearance sake offer long prayers; these will receive greater condemnation.” Matthew 23:25-29 “You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a Camel! Woe to you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self indulgence. You blind Pharisees, first clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also. Woe to you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Even so you too outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy as lawlessness.”
One of the Pharisee ask Jesus to have lunch with him. Jesus went in and reclined at the table, and when the Pharisee saw it, he was surprised that He had not ceremonially washed before the meal. But Jesus said to him, Luke 11:39-44 “Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and of the platter; but inside of you, you are full of robbery and wickedness. You foolish ones, did not He who made the outside make the inside also? But give that which is within as charity, and all things will be clean for you. But woe to you Pharisees! For you pay tithe and mint and rue and very kind of garden herb, and yet disregard justice and the love of God; but those are the things you should have done without neglecting the others. Woe to you Pharisees! for you love the front seats in the synagogues, and the respectful greetings in the market place. Woe to you! For you are like concealed tombs, and the people who walk over them are unaware of it.”
Some of the information that was used in this is from Jewish virtual Library, and Bible.Org.
Lords Prayer 6:5-15                                                    
And when you pray, you are not to be as hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners, in order to be seen by men. Truly I will say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will repay you. And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition, as the gentiles do, for they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need, before you ask Him. Pray, then, in this way;
The Lords prayer of Matthew                                                  
“Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever, Amen.] The sentence in parenthesis has been added.
The Lords Prayer of Luke 11:2-4                                                                                          
And He said to them, “When you pray say;” “Father, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not in temptation.”
This is a way to focus when we prayer, but does not limit our prayers on other issues that effect us or friends and family.  I think the point that Jesus is trying to make is, nobody can steal what they can’t see what you have. Your personal time with the Lord is in secret and personal.

What is the kingdom of God, and what do we have to do to get in.

God’s kingdom is by invitation only. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” Also it is a place of rewards. In God’s love for the one who accepts Him, they want to live up to the expectations of their Christ and King. Jesus wants us to to help in His kingdom message, give water to their enemies, food and clothing to the poor, love your neighbor as thyself. Christ wants His people to do good, be gracious, forgiving. speaking what is true and right. In addition to Him who watches over us, He has additional rewards when we get into His Kingdom.
This made me think of a song from years ago. It is called Onward, Christian Soldiers.
1. Onward Christian soldiers, marching as to war, with the cross of Jesus, going on before! Christ, the Royal Master, leads against the foe; Forward into battle See His banner go! 2. At the sign of triumph satan’s host doth flee; on, then, Christian soldiers, on to victory! Hell’s foundations quiver at the shout of praise; Brothers lift your voices, loud your anthem raise! 3. Like a mighty army, moves the church of God; Brothers, we are treading where the saints have trod; we are not divided; all one body we, one in hope and doctrine, one in charity. 4. Onward, then, ye people, join our happy throng, blend with ours your voices in triumph song; glory, laud, and honor, unto Christ the King; One in hope and doctrine, in charity. end What do soldiers do, they fall into rank, they go giving the word, they may fall in death because of their message, but another falls out to take ones place. Sometimes we go through part of our life like a ship without a rudder. Our rudder is supposed to be Christ. We are to look at Him, for direction, correction, and what He wants us to do when we get there. Christians keep going century after century until the King returns. When we put on our robes of white, we have no more pain, no more death, just victory in Jesus Christ.
Psalm 145:11-21 They speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power; to make known to the sons of men Thy mighty acts, and the glory of the majesty of thy kingdom. Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, thy dominion endures throughout all generations. The Lord sustains all who fall, and raises up all who are bowed down,The eyes of all look to Thee, and Thou dost give them their food in due time. Thou dost open thy hand, and dost satisfy the desire of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in all His ways, and kind in all His deeds. The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He will also hear the cry and will save them. The Lord keeps all those who love Him; but all the wicked, He will destroy. My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord; and all flesh will bless His Holy name forever and ever. Luke 17:20-21 Now having been questioned by the Pharisees as to when the kingdom of God was coming, He answered them and said, The kingdom of God is not coming with the signs to be observed; nor will they say, look here it is, or there it is!. For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst. We who believe Jesus Christ, His kingdom is in us. Since Christ is unseen, people cannot see His kingdom in us. It is just like His Spirit, it cannot be seen either, when we believe in the Spirit, He is in Us. 1 Corinthians 4:20 For the kingdom of God does not consist of words, but in power. Hebrews 1:8 But of the Sons He says, THY THRONE, O GOD, IS FOREVER AND EVER, AND THE RIGHTEOUS SCEPTER IS THE SCEPTER OF HIS KINGDOM.
For those who make it into the kingdom of Heaven there are 5 Crowns for believers to receive.
{Crown of life. James 1:12 “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. {Revelation 2:10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. Crown of rejoicing. {I Thessalonians 2:19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming.{Crown of Righteousness. 2 Timothy 4:8, 7 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but to all them also that love His appearing. Why do we get this, we have fought the good fight, I have finished my course and I have kept the faith. {Crown of Glory. 1 Peter 5:4 And when the chief shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading Crown of glory. {Crown imperishable. I Corinthians 9:25 And everyone who competes in the games exercises self control in all things. Then they receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.” Wreath also translated crown.
For if you forgive men their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions
The last part of the Lord prayer I want to cover is God’s Will.
1.”We know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing, and does His will, He hears him. 2. “And do not be conformed to this life, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” 3. “Who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us out of this present evil age,according to the will of our God and Father.” 4. “Therefore, be careful how you walk, not as wise men, bur wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” 5. “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 6 “Now, the God of peace, who brought up from the dead and the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord.”
1. John 9:31 2. Romans 12:2 3.Galatians 1:4 4. Ephesians 5″15-17 5. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 6. Hebrews 13:20-21
The following are small sentences of various verses in the 4th Chapter of James. What are your source of quarrels and conflicts? You lust and do not have, so you commit murder, you are envious, you fight a quarrel, you have not because you ask not, if you do ask, you ask with the wrong motives. Do you think that scripture speaks to no purpose? God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Submit therefore to God. Draw near to God and He will draw close to you. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you. Let God decide where to go and how long you will be there. Instead you ought to say, If the Lord wills, we will do this or that. Do not boast or be arrogant. All such boasting is evil. Therefore, if you know what the right thing is, and you do not do it, it is sin to you.
1 Peter 2:13-15 “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or as governors as sent by Him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men.” 1Peter 4:1-2 “Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased to sin, so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.

                                                                    Fasting Matthew 6:16-18                                             
“And whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance in order to be seen fasting by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you fast, anoint your head, and wash your face so that you may not be seen fasting by men, but your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will repay you,”
Be happy that you want to fast, not all people want to depend on the Lord to help them through the day to complete the fast. It is relying again on Him to help you to accomplish something for Him and you.
What and Where are Your Treasures, Are they monetary? Matthew 6:19-34
“Do not lay up for yourself treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also, The lamp of the body is the eye; if therefore your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in the darkness, how great is the darkness! No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other. For this reason I say to you, do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on.
How would you answer these questions?
Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them, are you not worth much more than they? And which of you by being anxious can add one single cubit to his life span? And why are you anxious about clothing?
“Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory did not clothe himself like one of these. But if God arrays the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into a furnace, will He not much more so for you, O men of little faith? Do not be anxious then, saying, what shall we eat? or what shall we drink? Or with what shall we cloth ourselves? For all these things the gentiles eagerly seek; for your Heavenly Father knows that you need all these things, but seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Living life in the shadow of God’s love. The expectations of God and His believer of how you mesh into the life around you. You are to be salt and light to the people around you. You have gifts that other people do not have to reach people around you.

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