A Daily Moment with Jesus – 07/02/2020

From: Gary Confalone

 

BIBLICAL WORLD VIEW INTRO LESSON – Part 2

 

I thought I’d use the 2nd half of this intro lesson as an example of using the Bible to explore some of the initial truths revealed by the God-Man Jesus. I’ll pursue it as though I was asking myself (or you) some questions.z

Question 1: What is the first thing Jesus said in the Bible?  Luke 2:49.

NIV – “Why were you searching for me?” he asked.  “Didn’t you know I had to be in My Father’s House?”

KJ – And he said unto them, “How is it that ye sought me?  Wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?”

Note that Jesus apparently knew who he was. “Father’s business” is the idea of knowing God (revelation) and His plan and purposes (truth), universally, and for your own life.  (John 17:3) How old was Jesus when he said this? Twelve.  Luke 2:42 

Question 2: What is the second thing Jesus said in the Bible?

At his baptism, Matthew 3:13-15 – — Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness”.  Again we have the idea of Jesus fulfilling God’s purpose, accomplishing God’s mission (actually fulfilled prophecy).  Here Jesus is, even though sinless Himself, publically identifying with humanity’s sin and failure, and with John’s ministry, and so with John’s subsequent public declaration of who He was; John 1:29-34.  This effectively begins Jesus’ public ministry. How old was Jesus? Thirty. Luke 3:23 (Joseph 30, David 30, Priests 30).

Question 3: If the Bible records only one truth that Jesus said in his first 29 years, and the second words spoken, in His 30th year, reaffirm the ones at 12 years old, how important would you say that teaching is?  What should our response be?

Eternally important.  Obey. 

Question 4: What is the third thing Jesus said in the Bible?  Matthew 4:1-10 (also Mark 1 and Luke 3)

During Jesus’ 40 days and temptation in the desert, He responds to Satan with “It is written” – 3 times, pointing to GOD’S WORD.

V2-4 – Jesus answered, “It is written: man does not live on bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Bible)   OT – Deuteronomy 8:3 – Regarding Israel’s 40 years in the desert; this verse says that life is not about satisfying appetites. (Who is it about?)

V6-7 – Jesus answered, “It is also written: Do not put the Lord your God to the test.”  OT – Exodus 17:2-7 – Israel tested God at Massah.

V9-10- Jesus said to him, “Away from me Satan!  For it is written, ‘worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.”

OT – Deuteronomy 6:13 – Worship = “fear” of God.  Proverbs 1:7 – “fear = wisdom = knowledge= discipline = worship”

(The idea of reverence, awe, and respect).

Question 5:  If Jesus himself studied the Word, and used the Word and trusted His Father to put Satan to flight, what should we be doing to resist temptation?  The Word is part of our armor (Ephesians 6:10-18).  Also Prayer.

Question 6:  What does the term false teacher (or false prophet) mean to you?  What do you notice about Matthew 4:6?

Satan can recite scripture better than we can.  Acts 17:11 – check for yourself.

 

Other Verses Regarding the Importance of the Word and Seeking God There

Psalm 1:1-3“He delights in the law of the Lord.  On his law, he meditates day and night.  He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.  Whatever he does prospers.”

This is a beautiful word picture of someone who spends time faithfully studying (and applying) the Word.

Psalm 119:2, 9-11 & 105Blessed are they who keep his statues and seek him with all their hearts.  How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word.  I seek you with all my heart: do not let me stray from your commands.  I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. (John 1:4)

Proverbs 8:17 – I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.

Jeremiah 29:13 – You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. (The definition of seeking.)

John 5:39-40 – “You diligently study —- but refuse to come to me.”

Matthew 6:33 – “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Matthew 7:7-8 – “Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, he who seek finds, and to him who knocks the door will be open.”

Hebrews 11:6 – And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.  (Seeking is believing.)

John 20:31 & 1 John 5:13 – “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.” (NOW!)   (This was John’s purpose in life.)

Final Question:  WHERE CAN YOU FIND GOD? 

WHERE HE HAS REVEALED HIMSELF.  IN THE BIBLE. LOOK FOR HIM!  HE IS WAITING TO BE DISCOVERED!

God has given us the answer to all of life’s questions in His biblical principles.

Devotion Suggestion – Write your own prayer to God, possibly including one of these Scriptures, and ask Him to reveal truth to you through the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit, and through the prayer itself.  Keep it in your Bible and read it to God each time you open your Bible.

Yours In Christ,

Gary