46 And Mary said,
"My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
50 And his mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
52 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
and exalted those of humble estate;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
55 as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his offspring forever."
Rebellion against God's Anointed is the quintessential expression of folly. In this text, we see sinners challenging Jesus' authority and we notice some ramifications of the fact that Jesus has all authority.
Matthew 27:11-22 (KJV) And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest. 12 And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing. 13 Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee? 14 And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly. 15 Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would. 16 And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas. 17 Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ? 18 For he knew that for envy they had delivered him. 19 When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him. 20 But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus. 21 The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas. 22 Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.
What state was Israel in when Gideon was chosen? How would Gideon respond to the call?
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A. Cling to Your Own Self-righteousness (V21-22)
B. Pledge Your Allegiance to the World (V23)
C. Persist in Your Unbelief (V24)
D. Remain in Your Willful Ignorance (V25-29)
The Pharisees' Ignorance About God the Son V25-26
a. The Pharisees' Question...V25a
b. Jesus' Answer...V25b-26
I am exactly who I have already declared Myself to be...V25b
I will continue to fulfill My mission...V26
A. Cling to Your Own SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS (V21-22)
B. Pledge Your Allegiance to the WORLD (V23)
C. Persist in Your UNBELIEF (V24)
The WARNING that gets Repeated...V24a
The CONDITION that must be Met...V24b
The CONSEQUENCES that will be Faced...V24c
24c Continued next week Lord Willing
C. On the Lat Day of the Feast (V37-52)
Our Lord's Great Gospel Offer V37-38
a. The Perfect Setting V37a
b. The Commanding Presentation V37b
c. The Qualified Recipients V37c
d. The Necessary Appropriation V37d
e. The Blessed Results V38
The blessing that comes to you as a true believer in Jesus Christ
The blessing that flows through you to other people...
An Editorial Comment From John V39
a. What are these rivers of living water?
b. When will that part of the promise be fulfilled?
Islam is often known for its God of greatness, who can do whatever he wills. Christianity is often know for its God of goodness, who acts in accordance with his good nature. Which view is correct? The question is an old dilemma, faced by Christians and Muslims and even philosophers: Must God only will (and do) what is good? Or is whatever God wills (and does) good by definition? In other words, is God a law to himself, as if might make right? Oddly, there is truth on both sides, and the surprising answer to this dilemma lies in the Christian reality of the Trinity.
As we continue our series through Isaiah this week we learn that God has an answer for all the sin, suffering, rebellion, doubts and fears we experience. Whether the enemy comes from within or without (and it is often both!), his answer remains the same – "Behold, a king will reign in righteousness." This is our only hope and salvation– that the Lord reigns. He will bring justice. And with his justice, peace will come.
Judah was tempted to look elsewhere for its security and strength, just as we are. But they were warned and promised not to trust in worldly wisdom or strength but to turn to the Lord. "He will be the stability of your times, abundance of salvation, wisdom and knowledge." Why would we want to look anywhere else?