...afraid to ask Him.(v32b)
- A child was used to illustrate that the least will be the greatest
- The Lord uses other people outside of our own groups
- How we treat others, especially children, is equal to treating Christ that way
- Warnings about the serious judgment of Hell, and how that should affect our priorities
...have peace one with another.(v50)
So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
Several times, Revelation mentions that #666 (the beast) was involved with blasphemy. That means harmful or evil speech. To make sure that we are behaving differently from Christ's enemies, let's make sure to watch our speech.
- The Lord provides
- He helps us with righteousness
- He comforts us
- He fills us with more than enough
- Supernal and eternal blessings in His presence
- Even the earth and everyone in it, actually belongs to the Lord
- The Lord, the Creator
- A privilege that is not for everybody
- Blessings for purity
- The Lord is the King of glory
This is my beloved Son: hear Him.(v7)
- John the Baptist had fulfilled the prophesy that one would come before Christ, in the spirit and power of Elijah (Luke 1:17)
...bring him unto me.(v19b)
...all things [are] possible to him that believeth.(v23b)
- A situation needing prayer and fasting
And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.
Even though the Lord did so much, and the people had all these judgments against them, they still did not repent. We need to consider how much the Lord has done for us; and, when many sore troubles come against us, we should consider whether we need to repent.
The LORD [is] my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.
Like the Psalmist, we should have a plan to praise the Lord, when the Lord helps us.
I'll sing songs of praise to the Lord during my commute to work.
- When the Psalmist prayed, he was engaged to the point where he really cared whether the Lord heard him or not
- The wicked do not regard the operation of the Lord's hands
- The Lord is my strength
Outline - Identifying with the sufferings of Christ
- Sometimes we feel a strong desire for the Lord to hear us about something, and we wonder why it seems like He has forsaken us for such a long time
- We consider how He has helped other people, and feel like we must be the lowest worm that crawls, for how sinful we must be, and unworthy of His help
But I thought that I had a very special personal relationship with the Lord.
- Christ understands our deepest suffering
- Delivered to praise Him
- The Lord's purpose in all of this
All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.
The Lord has a purpose for our situation when we are suffering very long, when we are suffering pursuing righteousness, and when we are unheard and feeling forsaken by Him.
Christ allows those situations so that He can use me to get a great victory for His glory and kingdom (v28), to many people, all over the world (v31). That can happen if I remain faithful, as I turn the situation to praise Him.
As I cry to the Lord for help with a certain situation in my life, I'll look forward to using His answer as an opportunity to praise and glorify Him.
Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
Here is a serious warning against being ashamed of Christ and of His Words in the midst of a sinful generation of people.
How do we consider the Word of Christ? Especially, how about when we are around people who we think would not appreciate His Word? Do we
savor it (v33) and stand boldly for it, or do we think little of it, and shy away from it?
In this age, at work, and in casual conversations with friends, and at home, people are bold to talk about all kinds of other things, even in ways that are controversial and offensive. So, we might as well speak boldly of Christ and His Word.
I don't need to alienate my audience by always, only using the Authorized Version; But it can often be beneficial and powerful to say what is says in the Bible. I'll pray for the right opportunity, and the right way, to speak the Word boldly.
- Jesus fed about 4000 people with seven loaves of bread
- The Pharisees sought for a sign from Jesus
- The disciples had trouble understanding Jesus' warning
- Jesus healed a blind man
- What people said about who Jesus is
- Peter savored the wrong things
- Our temporary life versus eternal life
- Never be ashamed of Christ or His Words
And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous [are] thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true [are] thy ways, thou King of saints.
Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for [thou] only [art] holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.
These are great verses to praise and worship the Lord, this week.
- If God is for us, then who can stand against us?
- The singular desire for the Lord
- Seeking the Lord, and not being forsaken by Him
- Teach me Thy way, oh Lord
- Wait on the Lord
He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
The real key to victory over #666 is not by physical fighting, or by killing with deadly weapons. It is by not being deceived into worshiping him...and that is by patience and faith.
And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow [was] upon his head, and his face [was] as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:
There was power and greatness here...but there is even more power and greatness with the Lord, Himself. We should fear the Lord, trust in Him, and praise Him for His power.
- Confidence to ask the Lord to test us
- Innocence by not hanging out around the wrong people
- Loving the place of the Lord, and praising Him
- What sinners are like
- Standing in an even place because of walking with the Lord
For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
Here, in this list, are the things that we should be concerned to watch out, against.
Instead of being overly concerned about other, less significant things, I'll pay attention to make sure that I do not have the kinds of evil things in this list, in my heart.
- The king's great joy in the Lord
- The Lord gives the king his heart's desire
- The Lord preserves the king's life
- The Lord makes the king exceedingly glad
- This is all through the mercy of the Lord, by trusting in Him.
- How the Lord will help the king destroy his enemies
- Why the enemies deserve to be destroyed
- Exalting the Lord
- Looking for help from the Lord
- Rejoicing in the Lord and setting up our banners in His name
- The Lord does hear and will save
- Trust in Him rather than in other things
- Be calling on the Lord
- The scribes and Pharisees "found fault"
- They rejected God's commandment so they could keep their own traditions
- The real washing that people need, is a washing from sin
- Pursuing crumbs from Christ
...He hath done all things well...(v37)
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
The devil is called,
the accuser of our brethren...which accused them before our God day and night. I know that I have talked about this several times before; but, I see again, in this chapter, how we should make sure to not be accusers of the brethren.
There are circumstances where it is good and right for us to talk to other people about their faults; but, we must make sure to not be characterized by accusing our brothers and sisters in the Lord.