All year we have focused on the teachings found in Matthew 5-7. But now, the Holy Spirit would have us focus on the Teacher (Matt 7:28-29).
I. WHY EMPHASIZE THE TEACHER?
A. The Teacher is what makes the teaching worth receiving.
B. Jesus insisted on being emphasized; He referred to Himself 26 times.
II. WHY WERE THE CROWDS AMAZED?
A. He was wise beyond His years.
B. He spoke as one having authority (Matt 7:29; cf. John 7:14-15).
C. He spoke with confidence (Matt 5:1-16).
D. He told the crowds what He was UP to.
1. Calling His Disciples (Matt 5:11).
2. Explaining the Law (Matt 5:21-23; 28, 32, 34, 39, 44).
3. Revealing His Deity (Matt 5:17; cf. Lk 12:49; Jn 5:43; 12:46; 18:37 – Jn 1:14-18; Phil 2:6-7).
4. Fulfilling the Law (Matt 5:17; cf. 1 John 3:5; 1 Pet 2:22; Gal 3:24-25; Col 2:14; Rom 7:4).
5. Fulfilling the Prophets (Gen 18:18; Deut 18:15; Isa 9:7; Isa 53:1-12; Psa 110:4).
This is why the crowds were astonished & amazed.
WE SHOULD BE EQUALLY AMAZED!
His words will judge us all on the last day.
(Matt 7:21-27; John 12:48; 2 Cor 5:10)
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By Bill Hall
In our prayers, I am constantly hearing the expression, ‘Be with this one,’ and ‘Be with that one.’ What is meant by the expression?” That question was addressed to this writer thirty years ago. He would like to think that the answer given in this article will be more enlightening than the feeble answer given then.
A consideration of the occasions when God said, “I will be with you,” should help in providing an answer.
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God was not satisfied with the fig leaf girdles of Adam and Eve. “And the Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them” (Gen 3:21). In the Mosaic age, God decreed: “A woman shall not wear man’s clothing, nor shall a man put on a woman’s clothing” (Deut 22:5). The lower limbs of the priests were to be adequately covered when they went up to God’s altar “so that they do not incur guilt and die” (Exo 28:42–43).
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