I. Rejoice with those who Rejoice
A. Expressing Joy
B. When Others Express Joy
II. Weep with those who Weep
A. Expressing Sorrow
B. When Others Express Sorrow
A. Not Either Or
B. Not Neither Nor
C. But Both And
Jesus was amazed at the faith of a Centurian who wanted Jesus to heal his servant. Jesus remarked that he had not seen such faith in his own people. In this instance we see Jesus' power and compassion.
How amazing that religion can make some people so blind. God healed this poor man who had been on a bed for 38 years and he got up and walked and carried his bed away, but the first thought in the minds of these blind religious Jews was that he was not supposed to carry his bed on the Sabbath. Jesus never, ever violated the law of God, but these people who accused Him were as empty of the grace of God as anyone could be. Jesus Christ came full of grace and truth, the perfect balance. We need to be like Jesus.
Glad you do. And this is this is for me. As I look at forgiveness. And I don't know what you think about when you think of forgiveness. I think oftentimes we do like what Justin was talking about as we think about forgiveness, we react instead of respond. We may say sure, I'll forgive you this time. Or we may say I forgive you. But still. Not quite at the heart. And we see here that Jesus is giving us simple instruction, very simple instruction. And I believe Peter here was as he as Jesus was telling him. In verse in verse 22 I just highlight this before we read it that we understand a little bit what's happening here. But Jesus sayeth unto him, saying unto Peter, I say unto thee, until seven times, but 70 * 7 Peter was saying here. I'll forgive seven times. That's fine. Not a problem. I can keep track of that. But Jesus turns around and throws that right back into his face and, says Peter. Not just seven times, but 70 * 7. Now you keep track of that 490 times, and I've ventured to say. You're going to lose track. And I think that was. That was Jesus point. As we look at, as we look at forgiveness, as we look at how the servant. Was forgiven? I believe Jesus's point again is. That 490 times. Is not the limit. The point is that we don't keep track. Let's read Matthew 18 starting to read in verse 21.
Abraham is a figure of every child of God. They are children of faith, like Abraham, who believed God and it was accounted to him (imputed) for righteousness. In Genesis 12 we see seven examples that reveal what God does for everyone of those he graciously saves by the blood redemption of Jesus Christ. God chooses whom he will. God calls them out of darkness and idolatry. God reveals faith in them as his gift to them. God blesses them in Christ. God tries his children; proving their faith to them to cause them to know and learn of him. God's children find that they are sinners in this flesh, to know their continuous need of his grace and to be gracious to their brethren. God preserves his children to the end. In Abram, as a figure of every Believer, we see our need of God's grace from beginning to end for Christ's sake.
God became man in this text. Jesus wrestled with Jacob. And this is a Pre-incarnate version of what Jesus did when He stooped to our level, without sin, to become Man and die for man's sins. We see the personality of Jesus in this text.
1 Peter 3:8-12
Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. For
"He who would love life
And see good days,
Let him refrain his tongue from evil,
And his lips from speaking deceit.
Let him turn away from evil and do good;
Let him seek peace and pursue it.
For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous,
And His ears are open to their prayers;
But the face of the LORD is against those who do evil.
Bringing to a close our journey through the 10th chapter of the Epistle to the Hebrews, we will see that our inspired author follows the fearful warning with a word of encouragement. There is a call here to remember the walk we once walked and to endure through difficulty.
"God gave Jehu an important work to do, but the king went beyond the assigned boundaries and carried his mandate too far. The Lord commended Jehu for what he accomplished (10:30), but He also chastened him for his pride and compromise. "
Source: Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Responsible, "Be" Commentary Series (Colorado Springs, CO: Victor, 2002).
Today we're taking a closer look at the second chapter of the Book of Lamentations.
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