“JESUS IS GREATER THAN JONAH THE PROPHET!”

Please read Matthew 12:38-41.
 
Here Jesus confirms the historical account of Jonah.
 
It is highly improbable that The Lord would include this account, along with three others if it were a myth, as the liberals think.
 
Instead of obeying God’s command and heading to Nineveh, Jonah caught a ship traveling in the opposite direction. At sea a great storm arose, and Jonah was tossed overboard by the superstitious sailors in an attempt to appease the prophet’s God. Jonah escaped unharmed when he was swallowed by a great fish and was miraculously deposited on shore.
 
This time he obeyed God’s command and traveled to Nineveh to carry out his preaching assignment.
 
But the reluctant prophet was not prepared for the results of his message. The entire city repented, and Jonah sulked in anger because Nineveh escaped God’s punishment.
 
To teach the prophet a lesson, God raised up a plant, perhaps a gourd vine, to shade Jonah from the sun, then allowed a worm to cut it down. A hot wind from the east added to Jonah’s misery, and he whined and complained about the missing plant. Then God reminded Jonah that He was a God of compassion who had the right to love and forgive the pagan Assyrians or any other people who turned to Him in obedience and faith. Jonah had been fretting about a plant, while God had turned His attention to a much more important matter-the worth and salvation of people.
 
Theological Contribution. One of the great truths emphasized by this book is that God can use people who do not want to be used by Him. Jonah was practically driven to Nineveh against his will, but his grudging message still struck a responsive chord in the Assyrians. This shows that revival and repentance are works of God’s Spirit. Our task is to proclaim His message.
 
DUE TO THE LENGTH PART 2 OF JONAH WILL BE GIVEN ON FRIDAY!

“JESUS IS GREATER THAN JOHN THE BAPTIST!”

Read Matthew 11:1-15

Jesus said of John, “Among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist” Matthew 11:11. He was the last and greatest of the prophets in Matthew 11:13-14.

Nevertheless, he stood, like Moses, on the threshold of the Promised Land. He did not enter the kingdom of God proclaimed by Jesus; and consequently, “he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he” in Matthew 11:11.

Jesus could not have paid John a higher complement.  “Among them…..”John the Baptist was as great in strength of character as any man “born of a woman,” but, as to the Kingdom, his ministry was to announce that it was at hand.

The least in the Kingdom, when it is set up in glory will be greater than John in the fullness of the Lord’s power and glory.

Isn’t it wonderful that Jesus always knows when to rebuke, but also when to praise?

Not only is Jesus greater than John the Baptist: Tomorrow, we will study Jonah.

“JESUS IS GREATER!”

Matthew 11:1-15, verse 11 is the text.

Meditate on “Born of a woman”

Job 14:1, “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.” 15:14, “What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?” 25:4, “How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?”

Psalm 51:5, “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” 

Matthew 3:11, “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:”  

Luke 1:15, “For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.” 7:28, “For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” 

John 1:15, “John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.” 1:27,

“He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose.” 3:30, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

“PLANT ME WHERE I CAN GROW” CONCLUSION!

Read Psalm 1;1-6 again.

Review yesterday’s devotional.

V. PLANT ME IN SOUL-WINNING SO OTHERS CAN GROW.

Our main business is not soul winning, but getting out The Word of God… “it bringeth forth His fruit in His season.”

Let me say this in closing, here are two men living in two ways with two destinies:

         One is a dead-end street; it leads to death and hell.

         The other leads to life and happiness.

We are living in a day when people do not know the difference between right and wrong. Well, let me tell you…. God knows! His Word does not change with every philosophy of every generation. The wicked are going to perish…be “lost.”

Proverbs 10:28, “The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.”

We are admonished in Matthew 7:13-14  “enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

“PLANT ME WHERE I CAN GROW” PART 3

Read Psalm1:1-6.

I don’t know about you, but I want to be planted in Christ.

I. PLANT ME IN JESUS CHRIST AS MY SAVIOR VERSE 1.

II. PLANT ME IN THE SCRIPTURES FOR SUCCESS VERSE 2.

That means a diligent study of God’s Word. Memorize it, live it, eat it, drink it, and work it.

This Psalm shows the contrast between the blessed man vs the ungodly man, but it is also a picture of Christ; the Last Adam. Many people think if they clean up their life, that is all it takes; but look at verse 2 again….“His delight…”In other words, he finds joy in the Word of God.

I wish you could see that the Bible is not a burden, boring or bothersome, but a blessing.

“Meditate”pictures a cow chewing her cud. A cow has several compartments to her stomach: she can eat (graze) during the cool of day and then later when it gets hot; sit in the shade under a tree chewing her cud.

She moves (regurgitates) the grass she had in the morning back up and goes over it again. That is exactly what we are supposed to do with The Word of God, and meditate on it…. We go over it again and again.

III. PLANT ME IN THE STORMS OF LIFE FOR STRENGTH.

Testings are to build us.

IV. PLANT ME IN SERVICE AS A SERVANT.

CONCLUDED TOMORROW!

“PLANT ME WHERE I CAN GROW” PART 2

Read Psalm 1:1-6

In verse 1 we are told what a blessed (happy) man does not do:

I. PLANT ME IN JESUS CHRIST AS MY SAVIOR VERSE 1.

A. HE DOES NOT ASSOCIATE HIMSELF WITH THE UNGODLY:

 He does not take counsel (advice) from the ungodly.does not listen to them. There is nothing wrong with counsel…as long as it is not ungodly.

Who are the ungodly?

  1. ONE WHO JUST LEAVES GOD OUT.
  2. ONE WHO DOES NOT FEAR GOD.
  3. ONE WHO LIVES AS THOUGH GOD DOES NOT EXIST. They are the ones the scripture speaks of when it says:

Proverbs 14:12, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” 16:2, “All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes…”

The sinner may think he is all right, but he is a sinner. God’s Word says:  Isaiah 55:7, “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts.” 53:6,“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

What else does a blessed man not do?

B. HE DOES NOT STAND IN THE WAY OF SINNERS.

C. HE DOES NOT SIT IN THE SEAT OF THE SCORNFUL.

The scornful is the unbeliever who not only denies God, but he exhibits an antagonism and a hatred of God. We see this everywhere today.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“PLANT ME WHERE I CAN GROW!”

Psalm 1: 1-6

 I have always believed that anything-worthwhile doing is worthwhile doing right. Dr. Bob Jones Sr. used to say, “If the stars fall, young man, do right.” And of course, God feels the same way.

Before we can eat the fruit of the tree, it must first grow. Before you can pick the corn to eat, it must first grow. Before a baby can learn to walk, talk, play.. It must first grow.

All things must first grow in order to be productive. May I say this: IT IS NORMAL TO GROW AND ABNORMAL NOT TO.

I want to be planted where I can grow: Look at verse one:

I. PLANT ME IN JESUS CHRIST AS MY SAVIOR VERSE 1. 

A plant must first be planted before it can grow. You can take a seed and look at it all you want, and believe it to be a seed, but until you plant it, nothing happens. We must plant Christ in our heart.

Acts 4:12,“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

In verses 1-2 we see the PRACTICE OF THE BLESSED MAN.

In verse 3 we see POWER OF THE BLESSED MAN.

In verses 4-6 the PERMANENCY OF THE BLESSED MAN.

In verse 1 we are told what a blessed (happy) man does not do.

Please don’t miss this for the next two days:

CONTINUED TOMORROW!