BSF Matthew Lesson 19 Day 2

Study of Matthew 18:1-5 My answers to study questions on BSF Lesson 19

3.  a.  Become as humble as a child—

  • dependent and not independent—relying on our Heavenly Father
  • powerless
  • admitting our spiritual inadequacies and need for God

b.  Matthew 5:3-4 — The Greek word translated as poor probably means inadequate, lacking, or inferior and not just financially poor. (Life for Today Study Bible Notes) The likely meanings also relate to being childlike.

Mourning/weeping is common with children. They run to their parents or siblings for comfort. In the kingdom of God, we can run to our heavenly father and our kingdom siblings for comfort.

John 1:12-13 — Those who humble themselves and receive Him, gain access to the kingdom and partake in the authority given to its citizens.

John 3:3-6 — Spiritual birth is the only entrance into the kingdom of heaven. Being born a Jew does not automatically grant citizenship.

4.  a.  Jesus said the one who desires to be first must be last.

b. Humility

5.  a.  Those who are His children. Those considered insignificant and uneducated in the eyes of the religious. Those are the ones to whom He reveals Himself.

b.  The least among us are the powerless, the sick, the poor, the elderly, the single mothers, the children of inattentive parents (whatever the reason), the unborn, and many others. In fact, many qualify. There are so many simple ways to lend a hand. We don’t have to leave the country, our town/city, our neighborhood, our street, or even our own house.

People need to know someone cares. We can offer to pick up groceries for an elderly neighbor, offer to babysit to give a single mom a break, pray for someone who is sick, etc.

All it takes is to look for the needs of others and not focus on ourselves. 

Reminds me of the lyrics to If We Are the Body by Casting Crowns

It’s crowded in worship today
As she slips in trying to fade into the faces
The girls teasing laughter is carrying farther than they know
Farther than they know

But if we are the body
Why aren’t His arms reaching?
Why aren’t His hands healing?
Why aren’t His words teaching?
And if we are the body
Why aren’t His feet going?
Why is His love not showing them there is a way?
There is a way

A traveler is far away from home
He sheds his coat and quietly sinks into the back row
The weight of their judgmental glances
Tells him that his chances are better out on the road

But if we are the body
Why aren’t His arms reaching?
Why aren’t His hands healing?
Why aren’t His words teaching?
And if we are the body
Why aren’t His feet going?
Why is His love not showing them there is a way?

Jesus paid much too high a price
For us to pick and choose who should come
And we are the body of Christ

If we are the body
Why aren’t His arms reaching?
Why aren’t His hands healing?
Why aren’t His words teaching?
And if we are the body
Why aren’t His feet going?
Why is His love not showing them there is a way?

If we are the body
Why aren’t His arms reaching?
Why aren’t His hands healing?
Why aren’t His words teaching?
And if we are the body
Why aren’t His feet going?
Why is His love not showing them there is a way?

Jesus is the way

c.  When we welcome the little children, we welcome Jesus. 

This is an interesting question in light of the way I spent the last week. I was helping care for five children while their parents were away. The past year was very difficult for them in many ways due to illness and other challenges. 

I’ve had a year filled with challenges as well, so I spent several frazzled and exhausted moments over the past week feeling sorry for myself.

Last night was the last one away from the comfort of my own bed. After the house was finally quiet, in my exhaustion I could imagine how the disciples must have felt nine hours into rowing a boat against contrary winds.

Like them, I was doing something He had insisted I do. I mentally strained my eyes hoping to see Jesus walking on the water to calm the storm.

I asked Him for peace. 

I began to get sleepy. Thankfully, even though my bed was a lumpy sofa, I had the best sleep I’d had all week.

Thankfully, none of the children woke up during the night.

Even though I only slept five hours, I awoke refreshed.

I have to say, even though I didn’t see Him, Jesus did show up. For that I am so very thankful.