Vs. 30, “But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.” Jesus would address some pretty tough issues in this chapter. One of the more controversial topics in Jesus’ day and in ours today is the topic of divorce (vs. 1-12). Some were finding excuses to get out of their broken marriages. However, Jesus would point out something more authoritative than the Mosaic (Moses) law…it’s God original intention. Divorce was never and is never part of God’s plan for us. Sadly, because of our harden hearts has God has permitted, but not endorsed divorce. We also see another example of how important children are to Jesus (vs. 13-15). And lastly, we come to our good old rich young ruler who wanted it all…riches and salvation (vs. 16-30). It wasn’t that money is inherently evil, but it was this man’s love of the money. Jesus knew exactly what was the one thing that was holding him back.
Regarding application...Who Can Be Saved? Vs. 25, “When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?” The disciples were astonished because the belief back then was the richer you were, it showed how much more you were blessed by God. But, Jesus blew this whole concept out of the water. We still have this thing called the “Heath & Wealth” gospel today. Brothers & sisters…salvation comes no other way than Jesus. We cannot buy our salvation or do all the right things. It seemed impossible for the disiciples to grasp this, but Jesus would tell them all things are possible (vs. 26). This coming week, have a unselfish heart and remember how blessed we are that God was our witness for His son at the Mount of Transfiguration (message that was shared today) God bless!
Vs. 10-11a, “Then break the jar while those who go with you are watching, and say to them, ‘This is what the LORD Almighty says: I will smash this nation and this city just as this potter’s jar is smashed and cannot be repaired.” God will have Jeremiah show the people & the priests an object lesson with the jar of clay. God would have Jeremiah lead them to the Potsherd Gate…The east gate was the Potsherd Gate, where the potters worked and the broken pottery was thrown. It overlooked the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, known as the Jerusalem garbage dump (Gehenna). But Jeremiah would turn this opportunity into a pulpit and preach to the hardened men of impending disaster. We are given a graphic explanation of how bad it will get when the Jews would have to eat their own children (already dead) to stay alive!
Regarding application…Courage. Vs. 14, “Jeremiah then returned from Topheth, where the LORD had sent him to prophesy, and stood in the court of the LORD’s temple and said to all the people.” To appreciate this…you must understand that Jeremiah had incredible courage under fire. To follow through with God’s commands, Jeremiah would literally be endangering his life. In a time where the people were embracing the false prophecies of peace, Jeremiah would stir it up with proclamations of slaughter and death. Jeremiah would then have the audacity to go straight to the temple and condemn everyone publicly. Some of us might think he was crazy…but what it really took was courage. Courage because he had faith in God!
I would like to think that I would have the courage if I was in Jeremiah’s predicament. When we take a stand for God and for justice, violence and pain is usually just around the corner. In our next chapter, you will see Jeremiah reap the consequences for obeying God. The apostle Paul was nearly beaten to death. People do not like the truth that they are sinners and need to repent. It takes courage from Christians to stand up against the normal and live a righteous life. Perhaps the church is one of the biggest dangers for a Christian in many ways. Notice, that Jeremiah was beaten by the pagan Babylonians or Egyptians…he was feeling danger from his own people. Likewise…it takes courage for a Pastor to preach fire & brimstone messages when his congregation just wants to feel good about themselves every Sunday. It takes courage for a Youth Member of a church to stand up and rebuke his/her peers when they are disrespecting God in their talk or actions. Do you have this Godly type of Courage?
Praie the Lord, Hallelujah! From out of the blackness of the dark tribulation, we are witnesses of the greatest event to happen to this Earth: The Second Coming of Christ!
Hallelujah means “Praise Jehovah” (Praise God). There are four Hallelujah’s…and we might ask the question: Why? Why does Heaven rejoice at such an event? Because Sin is finally be judged! Babylon (the world) has been the cause of so much hatred toward’s God & His children and the death’s of literraly thousands upon thousands of Christians who died for Christ throughout the centuries. Why? Because our God Reigns! The inspiration of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” comes from this passage. Why? Because the marriage of the Lamb has come! This marriage will be so incredibly thrilling for all of us!!! We the church will be presented to Christ unblemished!
Should we even ask who this may be =) It is the our Lord Jesus Christ! The heaven’s open up to let Jesus and His armies ride forth in victory. At His trial, Christ said that the Father could send legions of angels to deliver Him; and here the Lord rides forth with the armies of glory: the OT saints, the church (US), and the angels (Matt. 25:31; 1 Thes. 3:13). In 6:1, the Antichrist had ridden on a white horse, imitating Christ, but here the “Faithful and True” (v. 11) rides forth to judge and make war (Ps. 45). This is an awesome scene of gigantic proportions! It is the Jesus fully revealed before all creation! It is not a humble man on a donkey…it is the Glorious One riding on a magnificent horse followed by the armies of our Lord! Jesus is referred to as Faithful & True (vs. 11), because He has come to fulfill His promises. This time Jesus has come to judge & make war…not to die on a cross.
The war has waged on some time, but here we see the final battle! It is truly a frightful scene! Hell (Lake of Fire) is opened up & the Antichrist & the false prophet are thrown in & the others perish by the sword of Christ! It is a monumental victory for the ages!
! It’s so exciting yet sad…while we still have time, may we never neglect our purpose to do good works & live rightous lives for our Lord…we live to serve Him!Earth being a Christian must have seen the similarities. I simply cannot fathom what a scene it will be with the armies of the world amassed to think that they could fight against the Lord of Lord’s, King of Kings! where Gandalf (resurrected) comes to the rescue at Helm’s Deep. The scene is pretty magnificent as Gandalf dressed in all white with white horse come galloping down the ravine with hundreds of other horse riders all bent on destroying the evil orcs. I am reminded of the scene in Then a voice came from the throne, saying: “Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both small and great Vs. 5, “