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Friday, December 27, 2013

Are You Among the Wise Men (insights)

Before reading these insights, I encourage you to do the Bite Size Study "Are You Among the Wise Men?"

Bible Study 

While misunderstanding when the magi visited has no effect on our faith, some misunderstandings have serious effects. 

1. What 3 things does Christ call us to do? What benefit do we miss if we fail to do this? 

Matthew 11:28-30:Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” 

1. Come. 
2. Take His yoke. 
3. Learn from Him. 

When we learn what the Bible teaches, we better understand God and His principles and this gives us rest, peace and purpose in our lives. Matthew Henry comments on this passage: 

"This is the gospel call; Whoever will, let him come. All who thus come will receive rest as Christ's gift, and obtain peace and comfort in their hearts. But in coming to him they must take his yoke, and submit to his authority. They must learn of him all things, as to their comfort and obedience. He accepts the willing servant, however imperfect the services. Here we may find rest for our souls, and here only. Nor need we fear his yoke. His commandments are holy, just, and good. It requires self-denial, and exposes to difficulties, but this is abundantly repaid, even in this world, by inward peace and joy. It is a yoke that is lined with love. So powerful are the assistances he gives us, so suitable the encouragements, and so strong the consolations to be found in the way of duty, that we may truly say, it is a yoke of pleasantness. The way of duty is the way of rest." 
From Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible

2. What startling truth is in these verses? Although this passage speaks of doing good, how does it apply to carefully studying Scripture?

Galatians 6:7-10: Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. 

Like a farmer, whatever we plant in the field of our heart will grow and produce fruit. 
  • We can produce godly fruit by planting God's Word regularly in our hearts and minds and living by its principles. 
  • We produce deceptive fruit by planting popular teachings that we have not checked against God's Word. 
  • And we produce evil fruit by planting ungodly music, entertainment and reading in our hearts and minds. 
We will produce what we plant. God promises it. Even if we don't see the fruit immediately, things are growing.

Matthew Henry says, " 'Our present time is seed time; in the other world we shall reap as we sow now.' We will not see all fruit in this life, but we can and will see some. We should make our life a deliberate 'learning' of Christ, whether we see immediate results or not."
From Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible
copyright 2013, Gail Burton Purath, BiteSizeBibleStudy.com
All Scripture NIV unless otherwise noted

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