God gave me a verse this morning, Mathew 4:14. I read it and read before and after it as is my custom when I get a verse to read.
Mathew 4 :1-11
1THEN JESUS was led (guided) by the [Holy] Spirit into the wilderness (desert) to be tempted (tested and tried) by the devil.
2And He went without food for forty days and forty nights, and later He was hungry.(A)
3And the tempter came and said to Him, If You are God’s Son, command these stones to be made [[a]loaves of] bread.
4But He replied, It has been written, Man shall not live and be upheld and sustained by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.(B)
5Then the devil took Him into the holy city and placed Him on [b]a turret (pinnacle, [c]gable) of the temple [d]sanctuary.(C) 6And he said to Him, If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written, He will give His angels charge over you, and they will bear you up on their hands, lest you strike your foot against a stone.(D)
7Jesus said to him, [e]On the other hand, it is written also, You shall not tempt, [f]test thoroughly, or [g]try exceedingly the Lord your God.(E)
8Again, the devil took Him up on a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory (the splendor, magnificence, preeminence, and excellence) of them. 9And he said to Him, These things, all taken together, I will give You, if You will prostrate Yourself before me and do homage and worship me.
10Then Jesus said to him, Begone, Satan! For it has been written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him alone shall you serve.(F)
11Then the devil departed from Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.
What I get from this section is that we are to always stay ‘insinc’ with God. Always be inline with His will for our lives. When we are tempted to do wrong BUT we refuse to do so and exercise discipline and self control, we will be rewarded.
12Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested and put in prison, He withdrew into Galilee.13And leaving Nazareth, He went and dwelt in Capernaum by the sea, in the country of Zebulun and Naphtali– 14That what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be brought to pass:15The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, in the [h]way to the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles [of the [i]peoples who are not of Israel]–
16The people who sat [a](dwelt enveloped) in darkness have seen a great Light, and for those who sat in the land and shadow of death Light has dawned.
17From that time Jesus began to preach, [b]crying out, Repent ([c]change your mind for the better, heartily amend your ways, with abhorrence of your past sins), for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
18As He was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He noticed two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, throwing a dragnet into the sea, for they were fishermen.
19And He said to them, Come [d]after Me [as disciples–letting Me be your Guide], follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men!
20At once they left their nets and [e]became His disciples [sided with His party and followed Him].
21And going on further from there He noticed two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets and putting them right; and He called them.
22At once they left the boat and their father and [f]joined Jesus as disciples [sided with His party and followed Him].
23And He went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the good news (Gospel) of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every weakness and infirmity among the people.
24So the report of Him spread throughout all Syria, and they brought Him all who were sick, those afflicted with various diseases and torments, those under the power of demons, and epileptics, and paralyzed people, and He healed them.
25And great crowds joined and accompanied Him about, coming from Galilee and Decapolis [the district of the ten cities east of the Sea of Galilee] and Jerusalem and Judea and from the other [the east] side of the Jordan.
The significance of these verses for me is :
1) Jesus was the fulfillment of the prophecy which Isaiah had foretold. ( verse 14 )
2) When you earnestly repent, you are saved by grace and are no longer blind to the truth ( verse 17 )
3) When we let go of our own logic and live by faith, the unseen becomes seen.see (18 -31) and remember ‘do not lean unto your own understanding but every word that comes from the mouth of God’. ….
1Corintians 1:18For the story and message of the cross is sheer absurdity and folly to those who are perishing and on their way to perdition, but to us who are being saved it is the
[manifestation of] the power of God.
4) In verses 20 and 22, Peter and Andrew, James and John, all left what they were doing and followed Jesus, immediately and without question.
This illustrates a problem a lot of Christians have, they try to save everyone and they try to do it with words and logic and sound arguments. Jesus set the example for us, he didn’t use the powers bestowed on Him by His father to save all and sundry, He knew there were things that MUST take place and that only God was privy to what needed to be done and when.
Hence, when he asked Peter, Andrew, James and John to follow Him, they did, it was predestined and a spiritual transaction. When we try to work for God, it must be Him working in us (us insinc with Him) not us trying to do it with our own logic. Remember, lean not unto your own understanding but every word that comes from the mouth of God. Amen
God Bless You, Gef