BSF Matthew Lesson 14 Day 5, Day 6

10.  a.  “Then you see how every student well-trained in God’s kingdom is like the owner of a general store who can put his hands on anything you need, old or new, exactly when you need it.”  Matthew 13:52 MSG

The part of the question about our responsibility reminds me of this verse:  preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with [great patience and instruction.” 2 Timothy 4:2  The King James Version says “be instant” rather than “be ready”. We should always be ready and mindful of what the Holy Spirit is showing us someone needs.

I’m still reading Nudge. That’s what the book is saying. Don’t focus on ourselves all the time. When we are around others, we have nudging to do.

b.  The treasures revealed in the Old Testament and the treasures revealed in the New Testament.

c.  Seek His face — I’ve had visions that set me light years ahead in understanding. I once saw Jesus’ face with the eyes of flaming fire mentioned in Revelation. At the time, I didn’t remember reading that description.

My parents befriended an amazing Christian family when I was a teenager. They had an Our Daily Bread Promise Box that sat on their kitchen counter. Every time I was there, I pulled out one the little slices of bread. With few exceptions, I pulled out the one that said, “…those that seek me early, will find me.” Proverbs 8:17

At the time, I took it to mean, “don’t wait until you are older.” Other versions say diligently, eagerly, or earnestly. One version says, “in the early morning watch.”

Taste and see.

Be like the Bereans.

Look for people who radiate Jesus, who have revelation knowledge, and have an interest in sharing it (which goes without saying). Hang out with them, if possible, read what they write (wrote), listen to recordings (or watch online), and any other way you can think of.

I’ve noticed that the Lord is dealing with me and/or trying to teach me about something specific for an extended period of time. At one point it was prayer. The past couple of years it’s been, “What is church?” and “Is divine healing really the children’s bread?” So, the people I listen to, watch online, and the books and blogs I read vary depending on who has revelation on the topic.

d.  Once again, I’ve answered the followup question before I got to it. So, see above. Also, note, very little of what I’ve learned has been accomplished sitting in an audience.

e.  Listen, be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s guidance, share a testimony or story He brings to my remembrance, share a verse, and pray for them right then. This happens more often via email or online chat.

11.  They took offense at Jesus because they knew He was a carpenter and the son of a carpenter. They knew His family and didn’t believe He could be sent by God.

12.  a.  In the other places Jesus went, crowds followed Him because they had heard about Him.  In Jesus’ hometown, they knew Him growing up. They knew His parents and His brothers and sisters. It was hard for them to believe He could be the Messiah. So very few came to Him for healing or anything else.

b.  I don’t think Jesus refrained from working miracles. The NIV says Jesus did not do any miracles but many other translations say mighty work. In fact, in Mark relays the same story and adds in chapter 6 verse 5, “Jesus wasn’t able to do much of anything there—he laid hands on a few sick people and healed them, that’s all.” (Bold added)

Jesus taught in their synagogue, so He was reaching out to them. Those who came to Him for healing, received healing just like in every other place He went. The people rejected Him, not the other way around as the question seems to imply.

I don’t think we can assume that Jesus refrained from answering one of our prayers. After last year’s study of Genesis, it is obvious answers don’t come in our preferred timing. We have to seek the Lord for answers about everything. I once attended a healing seminar that contained one session entitled “30-plus reasons God doesn’t heal” someone.

How is that helpful? If faith is part of the equation, the idea behind that session SO did not help. Yet, it was the best-attended session! Turns out, the presenter knew that would happen, and chose that name to sell the whole thing. (End of rant)

 c.  We can “avoid having the same thing happen again” by renewing our minds and learning the authority we have been given by Christ. We don’t have to put up with the enemy’s attacks. He was defeated at the cross.

Day 6

13.  The things that stand out from this lesson are the alternate meanings of the parables, and specifically, the one that points to us as God’s hidden treasure.

My prayer request—

After keying in on condemnation as a child—with the help of misguided parents, Sunday School teachers, and ministers— “I ask him to strengthen me by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in me as I open the door and invite him in. I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, I’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love.

Reach out and experience the breadth!

Test its length!

Plumb the depths!

Rise to the heights!

Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.” (personalized version of Ephesians 3:16-19)