We are taught that "silence is golden," but in this story, Jesus' "silent treatment" of the Syro-Phoenecian woman is almost unbearable. Then, when he breaks the silence, His answer is definitely not what we want to hear. Yet it is undeniable that He cares for this woman and her child; He does answer her faith, granting her not only healing, but "whatever she desires". The problem is not that Jesus is not going to respond to our pleas for help, but that He does not always respond when you or I want Him to.
These sketches/outlines are taken from messages delivered in SVCC's Sunday morning worship services.
Pastor Steve Babbitt, Light to the World Church, Cisnau Moldova, Sunday August 2, 2014, 11am
22 Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. 23 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. 24 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.
You Deserve a Break Today
If ever anyone had a good excuse to take a break, it was Jesus in this passage. Yet in spite of His physical and emotional weariness He continued to pour himself out and to teach his disciples to do so as well.
“You give them something to eat.” (Matthew 14.16)
The Law of the Empty Hand
To experience the fullness of God’s blessings TO and THROUGH you, you must first let go of everything you hold dear.
It only takes a small wrinkle to derail a great train, and a drop of poison to taint the whole well.
Herod was interested in Approval Ratings
Herod Antipas is one of history’s truly tragic figures.
John was interested in the Applause of Heaven
John is not remembered so much for how he died, but for how he lived.
“Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works?”
They knew the answer — "God!" But they could not get around their false assumptions -- and therefore severely limited God’s blessings.
5 Faith-Limiting Assumptions
“I know the full story.”
Not really -- they only knew half the story. Joseph was not Jesus’ dad! We don't often know the backstory.
“Judge not, that you be not judged.” (Matthew 7.1)
According to the Scriptures
Matthew 13:47-50 NKJV - “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind, which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”
Matthew 13:44-46: "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it."
The Kingdom is PRECIOUS
Lives are given in the pursuit of hidden treasure & fine pearls.
The gates of the new City of God in Revelation are made of pearl.
Palm Sunday 2014
Skin Deep Fans
Within a few days the shouts would change to “Crucify!”
Yet some were there who would not be scattered.
Why So Few Followers?
It costs more to be a follower than a fan.
Three Kinds of Fan
Easy Listening Fan
Hears every word—they want to hear.
“Man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.” (Deut 8.3b)
Seed & Soil
Growth requires both good seed and quality soil.
The seed—the message of Jesus—is always good.
The soil—our hearts—unfortunately, is not always ready.
Four Soils, Four Hearts
The Hard Path: Does not even consider the message.
The message goes in one ear and out the other.
The Rocky Soil: Hears & receives, but can’t take the heat.
The stones of persecution and sacrifice prove too much to bear.
Matthew 13 is a compilation of wonderful parables. Before we dive into them in the coming weeks, I want to jump ahead to Jesus' explanation for His use of parables.
What is a Parable?
Literally, it means to “throw at” -- basically throwing to seemingly disconnected ideas together.
A parable takes something familiar and compares it to something unfamiliar.
It is the original “mashup!”
Why not simply explain everything literally and be done with it? Here are just a few potential reasons ...