It turns out that everyone has traditions. As Christians and in the church, are our traditions Biblical? If not, do we lift them to the same level as Scripture? These questions are important as we seek to conform to Jesus' teaching in Mark 7.
What can you tell about a person by the way that they are? Romans 8:5–8 looks forward to the sermon in the upcoming midweek meeting. In these four verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that the way that we are, the mindset that we have, shows whether we are at peace with God or enmity against Him.
Only Jesus can offer us lasting treasure---the full gospel of eternal life. We are to forsake the vain hopes of the world and follow Jesus for he offers us what we see.
In today's passage, there is a rich young ruler, who seems to have all he could ever need. He perhaps is a respected person, a ruler over the synagogue.
He wants to be a follower of Jesus as he falls on his knees before Christ. He wants to know how he can obtain eternal life, for he wants to add to what he already has. The problem the rich young ruler has before him is that he wants to know what HE needs to do to inherit eternal life. He thinks he can earn it by his own merit. Afterall why can't a good man go to heaven?
Jesus goes over the commandments. The ruler says he has kept all of these since his youth. This man doesn't know his own heart. For we all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
The ruler should have fallen before God confessing his sins and asking for forgiveness. His eyes are blind, for the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Our hope is only in Jesus, who exposes false hope, but also shows us the full hope. For we have nothing to offer, but everything to receive.
The ruler did not receive the answer he wanted, for Christ wanted him to give his riches to the poor, but his wealth is what he desired. He choose this world and its things.
Where is your treasure?
Can we trust our responses when it comes to charity, fasting, or even carrying the Gospel message to others? How can we practice serving the poor and what is the secret to praying and fasting on a regular basis. Is there more we need to know in order to keep listening for His voice above our hearts? For answers to these questions, please listen to "On Earth as it is in Heaven," by David Boxton
Our Father in Heaven fulfils what He promised in protecting His children through the coming of His Son.
For what things can we trust God?
For salvation through the coming of His Son. (v.13-14)
For fulfilment of God's good intentions in the coming of His Son, despite the bad intentions of men. (v.15-18)
For ongoing protection for all His children through the coming of His Son. (v.19-23)
Discuss these questions:
Why should Joseph be encouraged by 'until I tell you' v.13?
Look for 'fulfilled' in v.15,17,23. Can we trust God's promise?
God protected baby Jesus. (1:20, 2:13,19,22). Can we trust Him?
Brother Wuthrich explores several Biblical Examples, as well as several examples from present day society, of men doing what is right in their own eyes (beginning with Judges17:16). Brother Wuthrich then illustrates how man's best intentions of doing what is right are not sufficient. Only the Word of God confirms what is right in God's eyes.
The last words in the book of Judges reminds us of how important a king is. The chaos in Israel resembles the chaotic world we live in today. The chaos of ancient Israel was due to having no king. Likewise, the chaos we face ourselves results in not having the King of kings rules over us.