Matthew 14

Mar. 2nd, 2013 05:34 pm
chiefofsinners: (autumn)
I find it interesting that we have the feeding of the 5,000 juxtaposed with Jesus walking on the water. Jesus performs a miracle during the day, and that night the disciples don't even recognise Him, but are overtaken by fear. Even Peter, who's pretty gutsy, freaked out even while walking on water.
How often do we do this in our lives? We see God perform a great miracle for us or someone else, but then not too long after, the winds and storms of the world overtake us, and our doubt threatens to sink us beneath the waves. But Jesus doesn't reproach us. He doesn't disapprove of us. He simply reminds us of His presence, that He's not going to let us sink. And He gives us the strength to carry on, to keep going, even when it feels like our world's going to end. Because He's with us, and the storm isn't going to last forever. The break in the clouds is on the horizon.

Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.

Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.

But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”

And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”

So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 

But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”

And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.

Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.”

chiefofsinners: (waterhouse)
Ephesians 1
Paul reminds them of their spiritual heritage.
-This includes background of how it all started

v. 3 Through Christ, we receive all sorts of blessings for the benefit of our souls.

v.9 God is willing to reveal His will to us.

God predestiines- vv.4-5
We hear the Truth and trust in Him- v. 13
We are redeemed and forgiven- v.7
We obtain an inheritance- v.11
We are sealed with the Holy Spirit- v. 13
We are gathered to Him- v. 10

vv. 9-10 "He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans He took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in Him..." The Message

Christ is in charge of everything, authority given Him by God.
v. 23 "At the center of all this, Christ rules the church. The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church." The Message

Ephesians 2
We were taken out of death and alienation to be part of God's family.

We now have life and a citizenship.

If God gave us the option to work for our salvation, we'd just wind up taking all the credit.

The Law has been fulfilled and is no longer applicable in its former form. It's been revamped.

He has united two separate groups of people; his chosen ones and the rest of the world.
-Jews and Gentiles
We are now equals, with the same rights and privileges.

No longer exiles. No longer wandering aimlessly. We have a place to go, and we have a purpose.

With Christ as the crux of everything, the one that holds it all together, we're being made into God's dwelling place. Each person has a part in it.

Ephesians 3
The mystery of God has now been revealed that people who were raised in faith, and the ones who are total newbies are on equal footing.

Paul considers himself the least out of everyone to be doing this.

Christ's strength isn't just a "powering through" kind of strength. It's a fortifying inner strength, that comes as Christ lives within us.
chiefofsinners: (yarn)
vv. 3-16 A lesson in submission

While woman must submit to man, man must also submit to God.
-So God is the ultimate authority
We shouldn't be so focussed on who follows who, but on following God and submitting to His commands.

A man who speaks to God without respect shames both himself and Christ.
A woman who speaks to God without respect shames both herself and her husband.
[If single, does it follow the same pattern as a man?] Yes. Woman submits to God, whether or not she has a husband.

vv. 20-34 Giving Christ the respect He deserves.

Greed and one-up-manship in the Corinthian church resulted in sickness and death. Paul was trying to realign them with the Truth and called them out on their gluttony and greed. He reminded them of what the Lord's Supper symbolised, and how what they were doing was showing Him the gravest disrespect.
He also wanted to get these things worked out in this life so that judgement wouldn't come later on.

Get your house in order.
chiefofsinners: (gerbera)
Matthew 1
Some of the 'great' people of the histories are in Jesus' lineage.

Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Boaz, David, Solomon, Josiah, Zerubbabel, Rahab, Ruth...

Jesus= God Saves
Immanuel= God With Us

Matthew 3
John the Baptist, Elizabeth's son

Preparing the way for Jesus.

v.8 "Therefore, bear fruits worthy of repentance..."

v.10 "And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire."

v.11 "He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire."

Jesus is baptized by John.
  • Why? He is blameless and Holy. Why is he taking part in an act that we know of as an outward symbol of the death of the sin nature? Is he simply leading by example?
"Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." What the heck does that even mean?

The Message: "Do it. God's work, putting things right all these centuries, is coming together right now in this baptism." But WHY??? D:

John's miniature sermon to the Pharisees and Saducees:
Talking about right living being more important than going through the motions of religion.

Their lives are either: Green (bearing fruit) or Dead (firewood)

Talks about how Jesus is coming to make things right, to turn our lives upside down to make us Holy like Him. He will change our hearts, which will in turn change us into new beings. Changing us from the inside out. (The renewing of our mind, as in Romans 12:2?)

The true and genuine things find their place alongside God, and the false things go to the rubbish heap.

v. 17 "This is My Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

Matthew 4
He's led into the desert by the Holy Spirit (?)
-Fasted for over a month

Had to have been physically and psychologically weary from not eating and being in prayer out by himself in the wilderness. This would have left anyone else extremely susceptible to Satan's temptation.

{The enemy always plays on our greatest weaknesses first. Jesus was no exception}

Counters the temptations with Scripture:
  • Deuteronomy 8:3 Reference to Israel's time in the desert [[Physical hunger isn't the only kind we suffer from]]
  • Deuteronomy 6:16 [[We are not to toe the line, to try and test God's limits]]
  • Deuteronomy 6:13 "Worship the Lord your God, and only Him. Serve him with absolute single-heartedness" The Message            [[God should be the only one that we worship, with our whole heart]]
Matthew 5
v. 8 "Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God." NKJV

"You're blessed when you get your inside world ̶  your mind and heart ̶  put right. Then you can see God in the outside world." The Message

vv.13-14 Salt of the earth metaphor
Light on a hill
-Being light for the world

v.v 27-28 Adultery in the Heart
"But don't think you've preserved your virtue simply by staying out of bed. Your heart can be corrupted by lust even quicker than your body. Those leering looks you think nobody notices ̶  they also corrupt." The Message

vv. 43-47 "I'm telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst... If all you do is love the loveable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that." The Message

v. 48 "In a word, what I'm saying is, Grow up. You're kingdom subjects. Now live like it." The Message
Oh snap...

Matthew 6
A warning against play-acting your faith in a melodramatic way just to get a pat on the back for being "so pious."
  • Go about your daily relationship with God like normal.
  • Pray in secret when you're having your quiet time. Don't announce the fact that OMG, YOU'RE TALKING TO GOD. LIKE, RIGHT NOW. YEP. TALKING TO HIM. RIGHT NAO... T__T
  • Don't make a big production out of your bouts of fasting, but go about your daily business, just like you normally do.
Don't pray according to some formula, like repeating a phrase that's been formulated to get God to respond if you repeat it a prescribed number of times.

It's kind of ironic that "Our Father..." has become a repetitious and formulaic prayer in the Catholic church, when it's part of the passage that talks about 'vain repetitions'...

vv. 22-23 What you look at winds up taking over who you are. And it's a very difficult process to reverse. Once damage has been done, it's very hard to repair.

v. 24 Sitting on the fence is spiritually impossible.

vv. 25-34 Worrying just gets you all worked up for nothing. There is no point to it. It just sucks away your joy.

Matthew 7
Deal with your own shortcomings before you try to deal with those of others. Your own issues blind you and make it difficult to be an impartial judge. And morally, you have no right to be pointing fingers anyway...

Pealrs before swine illustration- note to self: ask about that

God delights in giving good gifts to His children.

If you want others to treat you well, treat them well first.

Your actions and words reflect the place of your heart. If you delight in bad things and fill your mind with bad things, it will be evident in the way you live.

vv. 21-23 Doing the work of God apart from actual intimacy with Him. DON'T DO IT.

vv. 24-27 We can know the Scriptures backwards and forwards, but if we don't put them into action, we are ultimately foolish, and the lives we've built in such a way will come crashing down around us.

Jesus gives the absolute basics of living a moral life in the Sermon on the Mount.

Matthew 8
vv. 2-3 The leper who comes to Jesus
"Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean."
Jesus' reply:
"I am willing; be cleansed."
Wow... ;__;

The centurion's faith:
He believed that Jesus could heal his servant without any visual proof, and knew that His power was so great that He didn't even have to be in the same room as the servant for healing to take place. The centurion recognised Jesus' authority.
Since when have I believed in Him that way?

v. 11 "And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom."
Prophecy of the building of the community of believers. [Revelation 7:9-10]

vv. 19-22 Be willing to leave it all behind

The story of the Gadarene demoniacs
He freed two men who had been the terror of the countryside, and what do the townspeople do? They ask him to leave. What the heck?! T____T

chiefofsinners: (roses)
Note: When I study a passage, my  notes usually consist of verses that stood out to me as well as any personal observations (if any) I might have.

Chapter 1
v.3 Jesus is the focus of all three: establishes standard for Christian service, in glorifying God.

v. 5 "For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance..." NKJV

v. 6 Leading by example.

v. 7-9 Being a witness through godly living: The people the Thessalonican church came in contact with gave testimony of their godly living; not just their neighbours, but also travellers passing through.

Chapter 2
v. 4 "...even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts." NKJV

v. 11-12 "...we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father does his own children, that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory." NKJV

v. 19-20 "For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? For you are our glory and joy." NKJV


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