Bible Study Notes (6-8-2008)


MATTHEW 17:14-18:35

+Important to understand that not all seizures are of demonic origin! Such misunderstandings have caused great deals of harm to epileptics. The same kinds of misunderstanding that have occurred against the deaf or blind. While demonic possession may cause such things, deafness, blindness, or seizures are not in and of themselves demonic.

+Little faith v 20
Xref Mt 13:31-32
The answer to HOW there faith is weak is found in the footnote and Mk 9:29. Prayer is highly foundational. See Acts 2:42.
+Praying and sinning will never live together in the same heart. Prayer will consume sin, or sin will choke prayer.
— J. C. Ryle

+From here on is Jesus’ last trip into Galilee, same place where the disciples were called.

+Why would they be filled with grief at this news?

+xref Ex 30:11-16 (mind blowing!)
+v25b Jesus FIRST spoke. He already knew.
+Jesus paid for Peter’s “tax.” He paid for Peter’s REDEMPTION.
+Once part of the King’s family… what need is there of redemption?

+Who is greatest?
+Lk says it was an argument.
+”I’m going to be the greatest! Jesus even PAID my temple tax!” “Right Peter! This from the man whom Jesus called Satan!” “Well you weren’t up there on that mountain and saw what I saw.” “Which was?” John then jumps in, “Hey! I’m the one he calls his BELOVED DISCIPLE!” Judas saying, “Well who is the one He trusts with the money purse? None of you! It would have to be me!”
+What are the characteristics of a child to which Jesus would be referring?

+Gk: skandalon
+What English word does that word sound like?
+Outline of Biblical Usage (from BLB)
1) the movable stick or trigger of a trap, a trap stick
a) a trap, snare
b) any impediment placed in the way and causing one to stumble or fall, (a stumbling block, occasion of stumbling) i.e. a rock which is a cause of stumbling
c) fig. applied to Jesus Christ, whose person and career were so contrary to the expectations of the Jews concerning the Messiah, that they rejected him and by their obstinacy made shipwreck of their salvation
2) any person or thing by which one is (entrapped) drawn into error or sin
+KJV: calls it “offence”
+This asks and answers the question: Who is worse, the man at the strip club or the stripper on the pole? Who is still worse, the stripper on the pole or the owner of the club? God holds each person responsible for their own sins, but He holds those responsible for putting temptation there guilty of greater sin. See Ro 14:13, 20-21; 1 Cor 8:9-13.
+Ladies, are you aware of what you wear? Men, are you aware of what YOU wear? Let’s not constantly 2nd guess our selves, but let us always err on the side of holiness, purity, prudency, and love (agape) for each other.
+Christ emphasizes the heinousness of sin because he knows how horrible it is. Further he encourages what ever measures, no matter how seemingly drastic, to avoid falling into sin.
+Is there a hand or foot or eye that is leading you to sin (of course I speak metaphorically) in the same way the pornographer does? In the same way the immodestly dressed person does? In the same way the drug dealer does? That you must cut off this very minute? What is it?


+There are some portions of scripture I would highlight with black sharpie if I could. There are truths I do not want to face or deal with… but I cannot ignore them or erase them any more than I could ignore or erase the law of gravity. This, to me, is one of those passages…
+we cannot ignore a brother in sin. Gal 6:1, James 5:19-20.
+there can be no Christian fellowship with someone who, after multiple attempts is blind to sin. See 2 Cor 6:14-7:1. James 4:4. 1 Jn 2:15. We are then Biblically and even in the realm of common sense to treat such as a though they weren’t a Christian. This does not, in ANY way, suggest we be mean or degrading to them, but we cannot and should not have any kind of deep fellowship with them.
+bound/loosed are perfect tense. It has already happened in heaven. We are just conforming to that.
+v 20… as I have studied… it appears that given the context of that verse the common/modern use of this is not accurately applied. For God is omnipresent. He is everywhere. If that is so, when I pray alone in my room is He any less there than when we gather and pray? Rather, this has to do with matters of problems (sin) among believers. If gathered in the name of Jesus in the matter of a wayward brother, that decision stands firm and approved by God the Father with the stamp of Christ.

A few points before open discussion.
+I imagine Peter trying to justify himself in the matter just spoken of since it does deal with forgiveness. How far should I go in forgiving them then? How many times do I have to go to him before I say, “get out.”
+Perhaps such was in his mind: Pro 24:16, Amos 2:1
+77 times. Can you keep track that well? Well… see 1 Cor 13:5, last phrase.

+I want us to end on this note, forgiveness. Please note: the burden is not upon the one who did the wrong to ask for forgiveness (not that anyone who has sinned should not ask forgiveness) but on the one WRONGED. This presupposes no Christian would willfully sin against another. Do you harbor unforgiveness against someone? Was what they did to you any worse than the men who hammered nails into the flesh of Christ. Even as they did so Christ said, “Pater aphes autois ou gar oidasin ti poiousin.” … “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” The they is you. If we knew of each and every sin we commit in a day we would be left weeping and begging God to forgive us. We would say with the Psalmist, “O LORD, rebuke me not in Your wrath, and chasten me not in Your burning anger…. For my iniquities are gone over my head; as a heavy burden they weigh too much for me.” (Ps 38:1,4)
But the very fact of the Sacrifice says, “I have already forgiven you! Go. And sin no more.”


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