“Then the apostles gathered around Jesus and told him everything they had done and taught.”
Jesus had sent out the Twelve to preach only in Israel and to heal the sick, vv. 7-13. They reported in to him when they returned.
We learn from Jesus when we obey him. Our mission is unlimited, and he gives us on-the-job training. He shows us our mistakes and teaches us how to deal with our successes.
#mission #Twelve #VOTD
“Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”
Jesus sent the Twelve on a limited preaching tour, but Matthew finds many enduring lessons from the Lord’s instructions.
How does loving a relative more than Jesus demonstrate itself?
#love #family #VOTD
“I tell you the solemn truth, if anyone obeys my teaching, he will never see death.”
The Jews could not accept this claim of Jesus’, because they were disobedient to God’s will and did not belong to God, v. 47. They rightly understood that such a promise could only come from one who was greater than Abraham.
The condition that Jesus sets down is also rejected by many religious people today. They refuse to obey God in order to escape eternal death. But the Lord’s emphatic introduction calls attention to his statement, that cannot be dismissed nor twisted.
#obedience #truth #death #VOTD
“For everything there is an appointed time,
and an appropriate time for every activity on earth:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to uproot what was planted;”
Solomon apparently believed there is a fixed order of events determined by God. Humans are not independent of God. Just as he set the heavenly lights to determine seasons and years, so he determines the times for human activities.
If there is an appointed time to die, and that appointed time is not known to us, then now is the appropriate time to prepare for the moment of death.
#time #death #life #VOTD
“As an example of suffering and patience, brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the Lord’s name.”
James points to the need for patience until the Lord’s return. He mentions the OT prophets as examples. They spoke God’s word of repentance to Israel for years under most trying circumstances.
Christ’s people also speak in his name and face suffering because of it. What other parallels with the prophets can be made?
#patience #suffering #VOTD
“All idolaters will prove to be stupid and ignorant.
Every goldsmith will be disgraced by the idol he made.
For the image he forges is merely a sham.
There is no breath in any of those idols.”
God would punish Babylon for its destruction of the temple. Idols would be destroyed, v. 18, and the Lord would be revealed as the one who rules over all, v. 19.
What idols are we tempted to make or worship today? How will these bring us disgrace?
#idolatry #destruction #VOTD
“But the vindication I provide will be permanent; the deliverance I give will last.”
Isaiah 51.8 b
The prophet repeats these phrases from verse 6, sandwiching the impermanent insults of men between them.
Name some things that God does for the people of Christ that can be called definitive.
#deliverance #salvation #VOTD