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Read Matthew 9:35-10:42; Luke 9:1-6

Jesus Is More Important

The world is in need. There are people all over the world hungry and homeless. Too many children grow up without fathers. Wars and struggles for power are constant at national levels. Domestic violence and abuse are all too common behind closed doors. Yet there is a need that towers over all of these needs: the need for Jesus.

As the Lord traveled and taught the multitudes, “He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd” (Matthew 9:36). He recognized the great need of the world, but He also recognized the lack of workers to tend to that need. He said that “the laborers are few” (Matthew 9:37), and that statement is just as true in the twenty-first century as it was in the first.

Jesus commissioned twelve men to take the gospel to the masses, with the warning that they would face persecutions as they did so. This is generally referred to as “the limited commission.” It was a task assigned only to the apostles, and they were assigned only to the Jews. The Lord told them, “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matthew 10:5-6). Those instructions would change later when the great commission was issued, but for now the focus was limited.

There are many principles within this commission, however, that still apply. Those who attempt to teach truth will still be persecuted. Jesus described it this way: “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16). Always be on guard. Protect yourself from danger, but do not fear the danger. God cares about His servants. “Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:31).

Division will come when someone hears the truth but refuses to accept it. The gospel will cause problems within families Jesus is more important than family. “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me” (Matthew 10:37).

Your relationship with Jesus is more important than anything. Don’t neglect Him.

Yes, But… (Luke 9:57-62)

Yes But Luke 9

Luke 9:57-62

I. The zealous go-getter

    A. “I’m excited about what you’re doing! Can I call you Lord?” (Luke 9:57)
    B. Jesus said, “Yes, but…” (Luke 9:58; 9:51-53; 14:28-30; 8:13; John 15:18-20; 2 Timothy 3:10-12)

II. The procrastinator

    A. This man said, “Yes, I will follow, but…” (Luke 9:59)
    B. There are things more important than family (Luke 9:60; 14:26; 1 Corinthians 7:12-15; Romans 12:18)

III. The one who looked back

    A. This man said, “Yes, I will follow, but…” (Luke 9:61)
    B. Jesus said, “Don’t look back!” (Luke 9:62; Hebrews 10:24-25; John 6:66; James 3:1-2; Ephesians 4:15; Galatians 2:11-13)

When They Had Come Down From The Mountain (Luke 9:37-45)

When They Had Come Down From The Mountain Luke 9:37-45

Luke 9:37-45

I. The perversity of people

    A. “Help my unbelief” (Luke 9:41; Mark 9:22-24; Luke 17:5)
    B. We must be a positive influence for righteousness (Matthew 5:16; 13:33)

II. The power of prayer

    A. Prayerlessness and powerlessness go hand-in-hand (Luke 9:1, 42; Mark 9:28-29)
    B. The providence of God (Esther 4:13-14)
    C. Pray for opportunities (Ephesians 6:18-20)

III. The pitfalls of popularity

    A. The Lord’s purpose (Luke 9:43-44; 5:32; 19:10)
    B. We will face opposition (Luke 6:22-23)
    C. We will be treated unfairly, like the Lord (1 Peter 2:18-24; 4:1-2)

Are You Listening To Jesus? (Luke 9:28-36)

Transfiguration Luke 9:28-36

Luke 9:28-36

I. The participants

    A. Moses [“the Law”] and Elijah [“the Prophets”] (Luke 9:30; cf. Matthew 7:12; 22:37-39; Luke 16:16; Matthew 5:17; Luke 24:44)
    B. The topic: “His decease” [Greek exodos] (Luke 9:31; Hebrews 2:14-15)

II. The disciples’ reaction

    A. They woke up! (Luke 9:32)
    B. Peter had good intentions, but didn’t think through to the consequences of his suggestion (Luke 9:33)

III. The command of God

    A. The cloud (Luke 9:34; cf. Exodus 14:19; 1 Kings 8:10-11)
    B. “This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!” (Luke 9:35)

      1. God spoke from heaven on other occasions (Luke 3:22; John 12:28-30)
      2. Final authority rests with Jesus (John 12:48; Matthew 7:24-27; 28:18; Ephesians 1:22-23)

The Christ and His Kingdom (Luke 9:18-27)

The Christ and His Kingdom

Luke 9:18-27

I. Who is Jesus? (Luke 9:18-20)

    A. John the Baptist declared Jesus’ divinity (John 1:29-30)
    B. His enemies spread lies
    C. His admirers stopped believing He was the Messiah, but still held Him in high regard (Luke 9:7-8, 18-19)
    D. His apostles declared “The Christ of God” (Luke 9:20)

II. Predicting His death and resurrection (Luke 9:21-22)

    A. A warning to tell no one (Luke 9:21)
    B. The apostles’ reaction (Matthew 16:22-23; Isaiah 55:8-9)

III. Submission to God’s will (Luke 9:23-26)

    A. Desire, denial, and daily walking required (Luke 9:23-24)
    B. Nothing in this world is worth losing one’s soul (Luke 9:25-26)

IV. The kingdom (Luke 9:27)

    A. The kingdom is not still-future-to-us (Acts 2)
    B. Premillennialism is a false doctrine

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Day 9/260: Read Luke 9

The heroes of faith in Scripture are many, but three stand out above the rest. Moses, through whom the Old Law was given to Israel; Elijah, representative of the divine prophecies; and Jesus, the only begotten Son of God. How blessed were Peter, James, and John to witness all three at the mount of transfiguration!

Peter made the suggestion that tabernacles should be erected to honor these three, putting all on equal footing. No doubt, Peter meant well, but good intentions don’t always result in right actions.

God said, “This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!” Moses and Elijah were suddenly gone; only Jesus remained.

We live under a new covenant, a better covenant than the Jews. We are no longer burdened by “the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us” (Colossians 2:14). Jesus nailed that old covenant that Moses delivered to the cross. We now answer to Him, and Him alone.

Do not turn to the Old Testament to justify your practices. The Mosaic Law is no longer in effect. Yet, we do still have a law—under law toward Christ (1 Corinthians 9:21)! It is the perfect law of liberty (James 1:25)!

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

Luke 6:45. “A good man out of the good ______________ of his ______________ brings forth good; and en evil man out of the evil ______________ of his ______________ brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his ______________ speaks.”


Pray for wisdom to seek God’s will through the covenant we have in Christ, rather than the Old Law.

“Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?”

Luke 9:51-56

I. THE SETTING (Luke 9:51-53)

    A. The Feast of the Tabernacles (Luke 9:51-52)
    B. The refusal of the Samaritans (Luke 9:52-53; contrasted with John 4:39-41)


    A. Their question shows their attitude (Luke 9:54; Proverbs 14:29; Mark 3:17)
    B. Positives

      1. They ask permission
      2. They know their history (2 Kings 1:2-12)

    C. However, they misapplied the history

      1. The Samaritans were not idolatrous
      2. The Samaritans still had potential (Acts 8:1,4-8,14-17)


    A. The Lord’s mission (Luke 9:55-56 KJV/NKJV; John 3:16-17; Luke 19:1-10)
    B. Our mission must be the same as Christ’s – whether face-to-face or on Facebook
    C. When rejected, “they went to another village” (Luke 9:56)
    D. Be prepared when someone comes around and is later ready to hear the truth (1 Peter 3:15)

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The Life of John the Baptist: The Death of John the Baptist

The Life of John the Baptist

THE DEATH OF JOHN THE BAPTIST // Matthew 14:1-12; Mark 6:14-29; Luke 9:7-9

I. Herod is reminded of John

    A. Christ was often compared to great men (Mark 6:15; Luke 9:8; cf. Matthew 16:13-14), but we must remember that He is greater than any man (Matthew 16:15-16; John 14:6; Acts 4:12)
    B. Christ’s power reminded Herod of John (Matthew 14:2; Mark 6:14; Luke 9:7-9)
    C. “While John had done no miracles during his ministry (Jn. 10:41), so powerful must have been the effect of his life and work that the tetrarch has no difficulty believing that so mighty a prophet should be risen and now working miracles too.” (Fowler, Matthew)

II. Herod’s unlawful marriage

    A. John boldly proclaimed to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife” (Matthew 14:4; Mark 9:18)

      1. Herod Antipas and Philip (not the tetrarch) were half-brothers
      2. Herodias was the daughter of Aristobulus, another half-brother of Herod Antipas and Philip
      3. Salome was Herodias’ daughter with Philip (not the tetrarch); she later married Philip (the tetrarch), who was also a half-brother of her father Philip (not the tetrarch) and Herod Antipas
      4. Herodias left Philip and married Herod Antipas
      5. “The Jews fiercely resented Herod’s incestuous marriage with Herodias for three reasons: First, he was already married; second, she was his niece; and third, she was his brother’s wife. The Jewish law expressly forbade a man’s marrying his brother’s wife, even after the brother’s death, much less while he was still alive; the one exception being that when a man died without an heir, his brother was commanded to marry the deceased’s widow and produce an heir to his estate (Leviticus 18:16; Deuteronomy 25:5-10).” (Coffman, Matthew)
      6. See also Leviticus 20:21
      7. “The forsaken wife of Antipas was a daughter of Aretas, king of Arabia, who resented the insult to his family and throne, and marched upon Herod Antipas shortly after this murder of John the Baptist, and routed him with great slaughter.” (Boles, Matthew)

    B. Too many abandon the truth due to family situations; others compromise depending on their audience

      1. It is interesting that John did not fear the consequences of speaking truth to the powerful Herod, but Herod feared the opinion of the common people in determining John’s punishment
      2. “John boldly rebuked vice even in the great. As our Lord said, when speaking of him, John was no reed shaken with the wind; he was a prophet and more than a prophet, and spoke with a prophet’s fearlessness. Luke tells us that John also reproved all the evils which Herod had done (Luke 3:19).” (Johnson and DeWelt, Mark)
      3. While we may present the truth in different ways to different people, we cannot compromise the gospel message itself (cf. 1 Corinthians 9:19-23; Ephesians 4:15)

III. Herod’s and Herodias’ opinions of John

    A. “Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just and holy man” (Mark 6:20)

      1. He even listened to John’s message “gladly”
      2. “Herod was awed by John’s virtue. He feared and esteemed him, and did many things to please the Precursor, but not the one thing against which John’s rebukes were chiefly directed. Herod would not put away Herodias.” (Johnson and DeWelt, Mark)

    B. Yet, despite this respect, “he wanted to put him to death” (Matthew 14:5)

      1. “The purpose was already in his heart, and, had it not been for fear of the people, he would already have martyred John.” (Coffman, Matthew)
      2. Cf. Matthew 5:21-22
      3. Perhaps this was a “heat of the moment” thought when Herod first heard the message, only to cool off after considering the truthfulness of the statement

    C. Herodias “wanted to kill him” but was prevented by Herod

      1. Whereas Herod protected John and listened to his preaching, Herodias’ opinion did not change over the course of time
      2. “She is under stress not only because of John’s publicly denouncing her as an adulteress. She is also menaced, because if she must return to her first husband, or at any rate, leave Herod, to whom she has attached her ambitions, these very ambitions must be immediately relinquished and her personal struggle for supremacy must begin all over at a time when she sees herself beginning to arrive at her goals.” (Fowler, Matthew)
      3. She took hold of the opportunity to exact her revenge on the occasion of Herod’s birthday
      4. “Convenient day for Herodias to execute her malicious designs. Wine, dissipation, licentiousness were all favorable to this.” (Dorris, Mark)
      5. While we may not immediately jump to thoughts of murder, do we not at times resent those who expose sin in our lives? May we consistently examine ourselves that we do not make enemies of men whose only desire is to speak truth (cf. Galatians 4:16)

IV. Herod’s birthday

    A. The dance (Matthew 14:6; Mark 6:22)

      1. “History reveals the corruption that was exhibited in eastern courts; dancers exhibited themselves in immodest attire and aped all of the emotions of sensual carnality.” (Boles, Matthew)
      2. What should we do when we are confronted with the temptation of lust? (Matthew 5:28-29; 2 Timothy 2:22)
      3. We must also take care that we are not the cause of temptation for our brothers or sisters (Romans 14:13)

    B. The promise (Matthew 14:7; Mark 6:22-23)

      1. The rich often enjoy showing off their wealth
      2. “This was the type of boastful, extravagant oath, characteristic of tyrants and despots of that era.” (Coffman, Mark)
      3. “A wild and reckless promise that could have been made only by one who had lost his wits by drunkenness. A drinking man is not a safe business man….But how many in our day give away the whole kingdom of their souls, with health and hope, prosperity, peace, and goodness—yea, the whole kingdom of heaven—for the paltry price of a glass of wine; the pleasure of the table; the acquisition of a little money.” (Dorris, Mark)
      4. Consider the warning in 1 John 2:15-17

    C. The request (Mathew 14:8; Mark 6:24-25)

      1. “When it is considered that Salome might have requested any things which could have been of great value to herself, and that her mother by this suggestion actually robbed her daughter of whatever benefit Herod might have bestowed upon her, all for the sake of venting her vicious hatred against John, the blindness and stupidity of evil are evident.” (Coffman, Mark)
      2. Did Herod have any option but to honor this request? (cf. Leviticus 5:4-5)

    D. The murder (Matthew 14:9-12; Mark 6:26-29)

      1. “Herod’s conscience was dead to real crimes like adultery, incest and murder, but supersensitive to the point of scrupulousness about a broken oath! What moral blindness to uphold a dubious point of honor a the expense of elementary justice!” (Fowler, Matthew)
      2. “John died as a martyr for the truth and exchanged his dungeon for a world where the wicked cease from troubling and the weary are at rest—a world in whose light his rejoicing soul could discover the ways of God.” (Boles, Matthew)
      3. The greatest testimony of the life of John comes from the Savior Himself: “Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.” (Matthew 11:11)