Sunday School Commentary and Preview 5-22-22

 

Greetings members and friends and welcome to another commentary and preview to this Sunday’s study of the Word.  This Sunday’s study text is entitled “The Nature of Christian Freedom” and it is based on Galatians 5:1-15.  

Last week in the study entitled “Freedom and the Law”, chapter 3 of Apostle Paul letter to the Galatian church provided reasons why they nor no one else can be justified by the law.  In chapter 5 of this same letter, he continues along this same objective and emphasizes the consequences of abandoning justification by faith. 

He tells his readers to resist any attempt to compromise the liberty they have in faith in Christ and not allow themselves to get entangled in the yoke or control of bondage of the Law.  If anyone started down that path by being circumcised as a way to be justified, then the obvious question is why should anyone stop there? 

He argues once this is done for justification, then one in indebted to all the law and not just this one thing.  By doing this, Christ has become ineffective for their salvation and they have fallen from the grace that faith provides and are indebted and enslaved to the entire law.  Because now they believe they need something besides Christ, namely the law, to be justified. 

The Spirit is what gives reason to hope for righteousness by faith and the Spirit did not come by works of the law but by the believing of faith.  Therefore, things such as circumcision makes no difference, because justification is based on faith that is expressed by and through love. 

He tells them they started well in faith, but something happened to make them becomes beggars of the law.  He said it was certainty not him who got them off track.  He has confidence though that they will not tolerate this type of teaching or it that it will spread.  Furthermore, those who did this will be judged by God for what they have done. 

In a reference to rumors that he was in agreement with this need for circumcision, he said if that was so, why then is he still being persecuted by these same people over Christ?  He was very upset with those who were doing this so much so he suggested that they should metaphorically lose a certain body part. 

He summaries this part of his letter by urging them to use wisely the liberty and freedom they have in Christ and serve one another in love.  All the requirements of the law they have been asked to conform to can be summed up in and by loving their neighbors as themselves. 

This is the essences and core of all Christian teaching and doctrine.  It is what too many Christian communities in the past and today have missed and overlooked as they got and are caught up in political and cultural fights for power, possessions and control. 

Christ’s name has been and is being used to justify the ambitions and desires of men when it was and is only intended to extend God’s offer of salvation to lost humanity.  There has been and currently is an unprecedented level of biting and devouring of others by many calling themselves Christians and who use Jesus’ name to justify their causes. 

It is a lack of love, understanding and compassion for others driven mostly by a desire to have things go and be a certain and only way.  They amount to earthly and sensuous ambitions and desires completely devoid of Christ’s real mission and teaching.  Paul warns of this because it will lead to the consumption or destruction of those being caught up in it. 

Christianity is freedom to love God and others by imitating and following Christ.  If we had never even heard of the law, Christ is the end of the law.  We only need listen, watch, obey and imitate Him and we will fulfill all the requirements of God’s holy law. 

Well, be sure to look over the study again and come prepared to offer your comments, questions and perspective on the meaning of the study.  If you can’t attend your own Sunday School class this Sunday, you can join us live and online at 9:00 am at www.fbmbc.org and clicking the online services link

You can also join us live by dialing 508 924-2890.  If you have any comments or questions, be sure to place them in the comment section or you can share them on Sunday.  So, let’s all have a great lesson and discussion this Sunday and remember to fear God and keep His commandments. 

 

Pastor Jordan

 

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Sunday School Commentary and Preview 5-15-22

 

Greetings members and friends and welcome to another commentary and preview to this Sunday’s study of the Word.  This Sunday’s study text is entitled “Freedom And The Law” and it is based on Galatians 3:18-29.  

Today’s study is about those who are and have become the spiritual descendants of Abraham and heir with him to the promises God made to him.  The main point Apostle Paul wants to make to his readers in Galatia is that the pathway to both becoming a descendant and heir is through faith and not the law. 

This part of Paul’s letter to the church there was initiated because a number of the Galatian disciples were questioning whether it was necessary to fulfill a requirement of Jewish law to be circumcised in order to be fully accepted by God.  They got this idea from Jews who were coming behind places Paul had been and contradicting and undermining Paul’s teaching in and of the primacy of faith alone. 

Paul writes to them and makes several arguments to refute this claim of justification by the law the Jews were making.  He reminds them that they first received the Spirit and His gifts not by anything they did or had knowledge of concerning the law, but by the hearing and believing of faith.  This is an acknowledgement that God has accepted them by or through their faith. 

Next he tells them that Abraham received the promise before the law was given through Moses and the giving of the law did not nullify the promise or covenant God made with Abraham.  Abraham was justified and declared righteous not by the works of the law, but by faith.  He believed God and God counted Him righteous on that basis. 

He concludes that they are Abraham’s seed and heirs to the promise through the faith of Abraham and not by the works of the law they may perform. 

Paul answers two questions that arise from the doctrine of justification by faith.  One question relates to what then is the purpose of the law if justification is through faith.  Paul explains that the purpose of the law was and still is to expose transgressions. 

A second question asks if the law then is against or in conflict with the promises of God.  Again, Paul answers that law was given as a stop gap measure until Christ.  The law alone was not able to provide life for humanity and make people righteous because of the transgressions.  Yet it has and does act as a guide to let man know what is the will of God. 

But faith supersedes the law and does what the law is incapable of doing.  While the law is a rule, measure or standard by which something or someone can be measured or evaluated as to how close one comes to abiding by it, its purpose is not and never was intended to make people righteous or just before God. 

Just and righteousness is the purview of faith.  Faith goes beyond an act or work and deals with the intent of the heart and mind of the spirit.  Faith takes into account a person’s desire for and importance of relationship with God. 

The law of itself can’t do and reveal what only faith alone can.  It is by and through faith that people without the law, with the law, who broke the law both knowing and unknowing, willingly and unwillingly are justified before God. 

Faith reveals something about us.  The law can only expose or inform our conscience about certain aspects of God’s will and expectations.  It cannot nor is it intended to make us righteous or just before God. 

Christians and God-fearing people are free from the law in any attempt to be or made righteous or just by it and are bound by faith to be and made just and righteous before God.  The law is not invalidated or rendered void by faith, to the contrary faith vindicates or proves the righteousness of the law. 

Well, be sure to look over the study again and come prepared to offer your comments, questions and perspective on the meaning of the study.  If you can’t attend your own Sunday School class this Sunday, you can join us live and online at 9:00 am at www.fbmbc.org and clicking the online services link

You can also join us live by dialing 508 924-2890.  If you have any comments or questions, be sure to place them in the comment section or you can share them on Sunday.  So, let’s all have a great lesson and discussion this Sunday and remember to fear God and keep His commandments. 

 

Pastor Jordan

 

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Sunday School Commentary and Preview 5-8-22

 

Greetings members and friends and welcome to another commentary and preview to this Sunday’s study of the Word.  This Sunday’s study text is entitled “Freedom For The Future” and it is based on Romans 8:18-30.  

Generally speaking glory can be defined as the praise, honor, splendor and majesty of something or someone. This study text begins with Paul speaking of a glory to come.  His statement is profound and should be very encouraging to believers. 

The praise, honor and splendor that awaits God’s children is so much greater in comparison to the suffering of this present world until the two are not worthy to be compared to each other.  This should help to place all unpleasant, confusing and difficult things we may encounter in perspective so we don’t become overwhelmed or burdened by any of them.

Next Paul describes two important things God did to His creation.  He subjected it to vanity or futility along with hope.  Vanity and futility results in a negative outlook and future because of the pain, struggles and suffering we find in creation.  This is not by accident but by God’s own design.

God’s purpose for subjecting His creation in this matter may not be fully understood.  I have thoughts about His reasons that I will not discuss here.  Whatever His reason He also subjected the same creation to hope.  Hope that God has a greater purpose for it.  Hope that God has not abandoned it.  Hope that it will be restored to an even greater and more perfect state. 

All creation, and believers in particularly, eagerly await for this redemption unto glory.  Paul describes this anticipation like labor pain in child birth.  They are indeed hurtful but something worth enduring because of what is anticipated after they are over.

Furthermore, God has given His Holy Spirit to aid and assist believers with the labor pains or groaning due to the anxiety caused by anticipation of adoption.  It is this hope of adoption through faith that is a key to salvation.  

Hope does not mean certainty.  Because no one needs to hope for that which is known.  Why should anyone hope that a team will win if they already know they have won or can’t lose?  The same is true for salvation.  Why should we hope for it if we already have it or it can’t be lost or not apprehended?  But we patiently wait for that we hope for. 

As we wait, the Spirit helps us with the things we are not able to articulate with words.  He is able to search the deep feelings within us and communicate them to the Father who answers us and provides for us the things we don’t even know we need.  All to help us wait until He comes.

Finally, we can rest assured that all things are working in accordance to God’s will no matter how confusing or difficult they may seem for the good of those waiting for the adoption of children.  There is a method and purpose to the seemingly madness of the world working for the good of God’s people.  

The end of all things is for God’s children to fulfill their created purpose which is to be like Jesus in obedience to Him which God knew before He created the world.  God is and has called to all His children.  He has justified them by their faith and had given them glory which shall be revealed in due time. This is why God’s people have freedom and hope for the future. 

Well, be sure to look over the study again and come prepared to offer your comments, questions and perspective on the meaning of the study.  If you can’t attend your own Sunday School class this Sunday, you can join us live and online at 9:00 am at www.fbmbc.org and clicking the online services link

You can also join us live by dialing 508 924-2890.  If you have any comments or questions, be sure to place them in the comment section or you can share them on Sunday.  So, let’s all have a great lesson and discussion this Sunday and remember to fear God and keep His commandments. 

 

Pastor Jordan

 

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Sunday School Commentary and Preview 5-1-22

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Greetings members and friends and welcome to another commentary and preview to this Sunday’s study of the Word.  This Sunday’s study text is entitled “Freedom From Sin” and it is based on Romans 6:1-14. 

Where sin did abound which means did thrive and grow, grace overcame and overshadowed all that sin had accomplished by abounding even more.  There is a thought ingrained in Christian teaching implanted by corrupt unregenerate leaders from the early foundation of Christian doctrine that tends to make sin in Christian life of no consequence because of grace. 

This doctrine totally ignores what is being said about the death and end of sin in the Christian’s life.  Instead of liberating people from the bondage of sin which this text does, those who planted this insidious doctrine pervert its meaning to justify their own sinful behavior and practices. 

They say it doesn’t really mean that the old man is truly dead or that sin no longer has power or influence over our life or that we no longer live sinful lives.  But this is what the text says and anyone who says differently is contradicting the text. 

This text is an excellent follow up from last weeks text about the Son setting us free.  In both instances, there is this dynamic around a master and slave.  In both text, dedication to and identifying with the Son sets us free from being the slave of sin. 

In the study text, Paul uses baptism to signify the death of the old bondage relationship to sin and the beginning of a new life to a new master which sin has no part of.  All obligations to sin have been fulfilled in death. 

Reckon yourselves indeed or truly dead to sin meaning on influence whatsoever in your life but truly alive to Christ.  Sin has no more dominion or influence over you.  Like a person who has served their sentence and has been released.  Whatever penalty or obligation was there, it has been fulfilled and it is all over. 

This is Paul’s way of saying he who has died or paid sin’s penalty is now free from any obligations it once had upon him.  This is how the text says Christians should regard sin.  Christians have no allegiance or obligation to sin to serve it or yield to it and it has absolutely no claim on their lives. 

Why?  Because they serve and are bound to a new master who prevents them from serving any other including sin.  So then, why is the doctrine or teaching of perpetual enslavement to sin so prevalent in the Church?   There are several reasons. 

Those who initiated and those who perpetuate it judge the text by what they themselves do and not what it says.  Because they do something other than what it says, they tell others it doesn’t mean and can’t mean what it says. 

They attempt to submit others consciences to their judgement by attempting to make others feel guilty which they will if they haven’t submitted their consciences to God alone.  True believers only need to submit their consciences to God, not to what other people think about them or their behavior or actions.  Why?  Because other people are not their master, God is.  It is to God every person shall stand or fall. 

Another reason is because they read and interpret the next chapter as Paul as a mature Christian conflicted by sin.  But to do so is to undermine everything Paul has just said concerning the death of sin and the old man. 

The correct understanding of the latter part of the chapter is a description of a person, Paul using the first person to describe, who is trying to find a way to do what is right but not being able to do so.  This person Paul describes is not free from sin but a slave to sin, under its control, which he just said Christians are no longer. 

There are one or two other text which I will not go into which are also misconstrued to justify being a slave to sin.  This teaching and doctrine has weaken the Church and accounts for its failure to properly and rightly represent Christ in the world. 

The study title is “Freedom From Sin”.  Jesus said whoever the Son sets or makes free are truly or altogether free from all others.  Grace has abounded to cover our sins, not to commit more. 

Sin is missing the mark of God’s expectations or law.  Love is the fulfilling of God’s expectation and law.  Love works no ill toward its neighbor or fellow human being.  God’s act of love and mercy in Christ has set us free to love everyone including those who would and have proven difficult to love as we would want others to love us.  This is how we fulfill the law of God and cease being a slave to sin. 

Furthermore, we just don’t love in word, but indeed.  True believers and lovers of God are joined to a new master who sets the boundaries for their lives and live within those boundaries.  They walk and live to please God, not man, not others, not even themselves but God only.  By this they and we become dead to sin and are made alive to God.  

If our consciences are bothering us and convicting us and we claim to be Christians, then we haven’t died to sin and are attempting to serve two masters and live two lives. 

Well, be sure to look over the study again and come prepared to offer your comments, questions and perspective on the meaning of the study.  If you can’t attend your own Sunday School class this Sunday, you can join us live and online at 9:00 am at www.fbmbc.org and clicking the online services link

You can also join us live by dialing 508 924-2890.  If you have any comments or questions, be sure to place them in the comment section or you can share them on Sunday.  So, let’s all have a great lesson and discussion this Sunday and remember to fear God and keep His commandments. 

 

Pastor Jordan

 

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Sunday School Commentary and Preview 4-24-22

 

Greetings members and friends and welcome to another commentary and preview to this Sunday’s study of the Word. This Sunday’s study text is entitled Freedom In Christ Jesus and it is based on John 8:31-38.

To “abide in” means to remain without leaving.  This is what Jesus said to those who would be His disciples.  They who remain in His word which is to follow and believe what He says without departing from it. 

If anyone will do this, then they will truly be His disciples and will be free.  Abiding or remaining in His word would lead to revelation of the truth.  This knowledge of the truth is what gives one freedom. 

Some of the people to whom Jesus spoke these words didn’t understand themselves to be in bondage nor lack freedom.  They were curious as to how could they be freed when they were not bound. 

The freedom Jesus spoke of was not a freedom of movement, freedom of speech, freedom of expression nor any other freedom they or we could think of.  The freedom Jesus is speaking of is the freedom to live.  A person can have all these other freedoms and still die.  They are therefore all temporary freedoms because they don’t remain. 

It is like being a slave.  A slave may not remain in the master’s house for he is a guest and a guest must eventually leave.  To leave is to die.  God is the master and owner of the house.  All of His children are not guest nor treated like guest.  All of His children are entitled to live in His house and belong there.  They remain forever and are not required to leave as a guest or slave. 

What separates God’s children from all the others is bondage of and to sin.  This bondage is what those who questioned Jesus failed to see or recognize.  The same to true of mankind everywhere. 

Sin makes or causes people to not to abide or remain and become like a slave who must leave the house.  They have no right to nor are entitled to remain in the house.  The house is the house of life.  No person can survive for long outside this house. 

This is the essences of the 34th and 35th verse of the study text where Jesus is talking about being a slave or a son.  As the Master’s heir, God’s Son, He has the authority to grant freedom to slaves whether they are His own or those of someone else. 

Not only can He grant them freedom, but He can make them part of His family and entitle them to the privileges of a son.  If and when this happens, sin has no more dominion or power over them. 

By abiding in the word of the Son, they no longer commit the sin which enslaved them.  No person can at the same time abide or remain in the word of the Son and commit sin because it excludes it from occurring. 

The slave is a servant of sin.  The son is a servant of righteousness.  No one can serve two masters or be the servant of two masters.  Christ sets us free from being the servants of sin to being the servants of righteousness by knowing and following and abiding in His word. 

There are many who do not know this truth and others who choose not to follow it.  Furthermore, people cannot act upon what they do not know nor understand. 

We must begin to rid ourselves of the slavery to sin mentality.  The mentality that tells us we are in bondage to sin, can never escape it and will always be under its power here and now. 

Finally, Jesus tells them they have the correct pedigree or lineage, but follow or obey a different spiritual father.  And because they adhere to and follow a different spiritual father, they have rejected His words. 

The same is true with all humanity.  We have the correct pedigree or lineage by all being made in the image of God, but we follow a different spiritual father than the one Jesus comes from and represents.  This is why we don’t believe and follow or abide and remain in His words. 

Well, be sure to look over the study again and come prepared to offer your comments, questions and perspective on the meaning of the study.  If you can’t attend your own Sunday School class this Sunday, you can join us live and online at 9:00 am at www.fbmbc.org and clicking the online services link

You can also join us live by dialing 508 924-2890.  If you have any comments or questions, be sure to place them in the comment section or you can share them on Sunday.  So, let’s all have a great lesson and discussion this Sunday and remember to fear God and keep His commandments. 

 

Pastor Jordan

 

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Sunday School Commentary and Preview 4-17-22

 

Greetings members and friends and welcome to another commentary and preview to this Sunday’s study of the Word.  This Sunday’s study text is entitled “The Paschal Lamb Lives” and it is based on Matthew 28:1-10

Of all the events recorded in human history, it is difficult to find one that is more significant or has had a greater impact on humanity that the resurrection of Jesus from among the dead.  Today’s study text describes what took place early Sunday morning at the break of day when several of Jesus female companions and associates arrived at His tomb to anoint His body for burial. 

This event is central to the Christian faith.  Without it, there is no Christian faith and no message of redemption for humanity.  It is the most unlikely of events, yet it endures and survives.  Many things have been done to discredit this story of Jesus resurrection, including persecuting believers unto death.  Nothing has worked. 

Could it be that all the efforts since this event took place in this scripture to discredit it until this present moment have all failed because it happened just as it is recorded here in this text?  My personal belief is yes. 

Yet the threat to stop Christianity from spreading in not by discrediting the resurrection, for after 2000 years, that has failed.  What seriously threatens to stop the spread of Christianity is disingenuous worship by those who claim to be the followers and believers in Christ. 

The Apostles wrote to the Church in the early days and warned of this as the major threat to the survival of the Church.  They never mentioned disbelief in the resurrection or attacks to discredit the resurrection as a threat to the spread of the gospel message.  They wrote and taught as if this was never a question, issue or threat.  

However, they repeated the threat of false doctrine, teaching and worship practices as the major threats to the church.  And through the ages, the church has managed to survived many of these challenges. 

Today, the main message of the gospel of loving God and other people as ourselves is not practiced in reality by a large majority of those proclaiming Christ as Savior.  Instead of living this out in daily life, the primary focus of many naming Christ from the pulpits to the door is on cultural and political issues, on wealth and prosperity, on changing established teaching and doctrine to suit or fit lifestyle choices and many other issues and causes unrelated to the gospel all in the name of Jesus. 

In addition to all these things, another major problem is that the grace of God is used as an excuse and crutch for not living the life we are called to live and for doing the things we are doing instead of living the life. 

Belief in the resurrection of the “Paschal” or Passover Lamb of God in not the problem and never has been.  If Jesus did not rise, Christianity would have died from this fact alone before it ever got started 2000 years ago. 

If it couldn’t be disproved way back then, it is impossible to disprove, or even for that matter to prove, it now.  It is a fact that can only be believed or not believed now.  But believing in the resurrection is not sufficient for salvation. 

Along with believing that Jesus rose from the dead is required a confession of Lordship faith unto righteousness.  See Romans 10:9-10.  A righteousness that is evident by how we love God and our fellow man. 

The Church of Jesus Christ has survived difficult and serious self-inflicted trials, not because of disproof of the resurrection, but because of disingenuous worship and practices.  Today it is experiencing another one of those self-inflicted wounds. 

Just as it took true worshippers to contend for the faith in the past, it is going to take those same worshippers to content and save the church today.  The resurrection is settled doctrine and fact we believe.  Now, let’s live the life His resurrection calls upon us to live.  

Well, be sure to look over the study again and come prepared to offer your comments, questions and perspective on the meaning of the study.  If you can’t attend your own Sunday School class this Sunday, you can join us live and online at 9:00 am at www.fbmbc.org and clicking the online services link

You can also join us live by dialing 508 924-2890.  If you have any comments or questions, be sure to place them in the comment section or you can share them on Sunday.  So, let’s all have a great lesson and discussion this Sunday and remember to fear God and keep His commandments. 

 

Pastor Jordan

 

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Sunday School Commentary and Preview 4-10-22

 

Greetings members and friends and welcome to another commentary and preview to this Sunday’s study of the Word.  This Sunday’s study text is entitled “The Passover With The Disciples” and it is based on Matthew 26:17-30

Jesus had been with His disciples now for three years.  They were in Jerusalem where Jesus would meet the fate that was preordained of Him before He came into the world.  He was there to be the Passover Lamb of God who would take away the sin of the world. 

In a final act before His sacrifice of Himself, He would observe the Jewish Passover with His disciples one final time.  Jerusalem was crowded with many people coming to the city for the observance of Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread.  Both of these events were instituted by God through Moses to commemorate the exodus from Egyptian bondage. 

Today’s study passage begins with Jesus’s disciples asking Him where were take going to observe the Passover.  It appears Jesus had already made arrangements and told His disciples what to do in response to their question. 

As they met to eat this last sacred meal, Jesus knew it would be the last time He would be able to speak to them before He suffered.  The Gospel of John records some to the final dialog Jesus had with them.  It is very profound, moving and revealing. 

Also at the supper, Jesus reveals that one of His disciples will betray Him.  That disciple turned out to be Judas.  But it is still amazing that each one of them asked Jesus if it would be them that betrayed Him.  It is difficult for me to understand why they would ask Him that as if they didn’t know themselves and what they were capable or not capable of doing. 

During this Passover meal, Jesus instituted a new meal for a New Covenant.  The current Passover represented delivery from bondage and death that touched the firstborn of all who were in Egypt that night God delivered the decisive plague that forced Pharoah to let Israel go.  In was instituted with the blood of a lamb and placed of the door of all the houses of the children of Israel to save them from death that came that night. 

There are two parts in the new covenant meal Jesus instituted to be an everlasting covenant between Him and all He was about to die for.  The bread He said was His body that is given for them.  The second was the cup which He said was His blood which was being shed for them.  Just like the Passover, the bread and cup was to be observed perpetually until He returned to redeem His church. 

The Lord’s Supper is an update to the Jewish Passover.  It indicates a new revelation of God’s Law and Will for humanity from the Jewish Law that was instituted under Moses.  It indicated that Jesus supersedes what has been done and written before His arrival. 

It was fitting that at the Passover meal the new Passover would be instituted with Jesus Himself becoming the Passover Lamb.  This is why we should never take the Lord’s Supper lightly or for granted.  It represents our union with God and all it took to secure our salvation.  We should count it a privilege to be able to partake of such a solemn and sacred occasion.   

Well, be sure to look over the study again and come prepared to offer your comments, questions and perspective on the meaning of the study.  If you can’t attend your own Sunday School class this Sunday, you can join us live and online at 9:00 am at www.fbmbc.org and clicking the online services link

You can also join us live by dialing 508 924-2890.  If you have any comments or questions, be sure to place them in the comment section or you can share them on Sunday.  So, let’s all have a great lesson and discussion this Sunday and remember to fear God and keep His commandments. 

 

Pastor Jordan

 

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Sunday School Commentary and Preview 4-3-22

 

Greetings members and friends and welcome to another commentary and preview to this Sunday’s study of the Word.  This Sunday’s study text is entitled “Triumphal Entry Into Jerusalem” and it is based on Matthew 21:1-11

Today’s study recalls what some call the Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem.  I personally wouldn’t characterize it that way.  The word “triumph” means victory.  Up to this point, Jesus had avoided being caught in the snares and traps of Satan and others to disqualify Him from being able to fulfill His mission. 

At the same time, He had taught and said the things God had commanded Him to say and do.  To that degree, there is something to celebrate and claim victory for.  But the war was not over. 

In the week that was to come, Jesus would face His most difficult challenges as He would be betrayed, disserted, tortured, place on trial, mocked, crucified and raised from the dead.  After the completion of all this, there would certainly be something to claim an even more impressive victory over. 

But today’s text is a focus on how Jesus entered Jerusalem on the last week of His ministry.  Throughout His ministry, Jesus was well aware of prophesy regarding Him and was careful to fulfill the things that had been written. 

One such prophecy foretold how Messiah would enter Jerusalem.  Being aware of this, Jesus commanded His disciples to fetch a donkey and its’ foal so that He may ride upon it into Jerusalem to fulfill the prophecy. 

By this time, three years in fact, Jesus had performed enough works and taught and preached in enough places to gain the confidence of enough people who believed He is indeed the Messiah who God had promised would come and sit on the throne of David. 

As He rode into Jerusalem, many of those believers announced His presence by placing branches and clothes in His path as a way of honoring Him as a king in a type of royal procession.  They shouted and called Him the Son of David.  This designation indicated their belief that He was the rightful and permanent heir to David’s throne. 

And they consistently use the word “Hosanna” when referring to Him.  It is a word which means “save us now we ask you”.  Applied in this situation the word in conjunction with the rest and in context would mean “”Blessing on him who comes with Divine mission, sent with the authority of Jehovah!”. So, there were those who are proclaiming Jesus as the King of Israel sent by God to claim the throne of David to save them. 

There were those in Jerusalem who did not know Jesus and asked about what was going on.  Those who knew Him described Him to others as Jesus the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.  This is also how the Romans identified Him in the inscription they wrote above His cross. 

This entry into Jerusalem was His highest moment in the week that followed.  Not many days later, He would be nailed to a cross and die. 

Well, be sure to look over the study again and come prepared to offer your comments, questions and perspective on the meaning of the study.  If you can’t attend your own Sunday School class this Sunday, you can join us live and online at 9:00 am at www.fbmbc.org and clicking the online services link

You can also join us live by dialing 508 924-2890.  If you have any comments or questions, be sure to place them in the comment section or you can share them on Sunday.  So, let’s all have a great lesson and discussion this Sunday and remember to fear God and keep His commandments. 

Pastor Jordan

 

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Sunday School Commentary and Preview 3-27-22

 

Greetings members and friends and welcome to another commentary and preview to this Sunday’s study of the Word.  This Sunday’s study text is entitled “Lest We Forget” and it is based on Deuteronomy 8:1-11

The Book of Deuteronomy can be described as God’s servant Moses last words to the people he has been charged with beginning to the land of Canaan. 

After their forty year journey in the wilderness, they stood on the brink of entering the land God had promised their fathers to give them.  Moses, knowing he could not go with them any further, wanted to give them his words of encouragement and warning before they departed ways. 

As we read the chapter and verses in this book, it is important to keep in mind the situation and Moses’ motivation for writing what has been recorded.  In the study text today, Moses begins by insisting that they heed to everything he tells them in order for them to be successful in the new land they are going to. 

He asks them to remember how they survived for the past forty years in the wilderness and why they had spent so much time there.  Most, if not all of them, had lived most of their life in the wilderness and were now about to go into a new land. 

He reminded them of the providential care of God and their need to trust Him for their survival.  He explains that God disciplined them as a loving father disciplines the child He loves.  His discipline was for their good and to cause them to fear or respect the Lord.  Moses tells them that all God did and they experienced was to prepare them for the land He was about to give them. 

Then Moses began to describe the land they were going to.  The description of the land was as good as any could be on the earth and for a people who had nothing and who were only a generation removed from Egyptian bondage. 

After his description of the land, Moses gives them a stern warning.  He tells them not to forget to bless their benefactor after they have received the blessing provided by the land.  The implication being they shall loose and be cut off from the source of their blessing. 

And despite Moses’s urgent plea and warning, generations that followed this generation that experiences the hardship in the wilderness and had heard Moses speak, as things got better, they did exactly what Moses had warned them against. 

People living today have come out of a wilderness of sorts.  People around the world, but especially in places like the United States, are only a few generations from poverty and peasantry.   It has not been that long ago when there was no electric power, no indoor plumbing, no insulated houses, gas powered automobiles and many more things we all take for granted now and enjoy. 

Yet, the easier and convenient people’s lives become, the less and less they thank God and worship Him.  In another part of Deuteronomy, he warns them against saying they got all these things by their own hands without the Lord.  This is what they did and this is what people are telling themselves and each other today. 

There are consequences for disrespecting and not fearing God.  The Israelites found that out and a rebellious and ungrateful mankind shall find this out once again. 

Well, be sure to look over the study again and come prepared to offer your comments, questions and perspective on the meaning of the study.  If you can’t attend your own Sunday School class this Sunday, you can join us live and online at 9:00 am at www.fbmbc.org and clicking the online services link

You can also join us live by dialing 508 924-2890.  If you have any comments or questions, be sure to place them in the comment section or you can share them on Sunday.  So, let’s all have a great lesson and discussion this Sunday and remember to fear God and keep His commandments. 

 

Pastor Jordan

 

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Sunday School Commentary and Preview 3-20-22

 

Greetings members and friends and welcome to another commentary and preview to this Sunday’s study of the Word.  This Sunday’s study text is entitled “Celebrate Passover Liberation” and it is based on Ezra 6:13-22

The same officials who had sent a letter to King Darius to halt the building of the temple of God in Jerusalem to spite the Jews were ordered and complied to cooperate fully with them to see that the temple was completed. 

After the prophesying of Haggai and Zechariah to restart the building of the temple and with renewed support from the King of Persia, the Jews completed the rebuilding of the temple of God four years after they restarted in the sixth year of the reign of King Darius. 

The completion of the temple was a cause for great celebration and dedication.  The size of the sacrifice at this dedication was woefully meager in comparison to the first dedication of the first temple built under Solomon and dramatically demonstrated all they had lost. 

At that first dedication, King Solomon offered to the LORD a peace offering of 22,000 cattle and 120,000 sheep and goats in contrast to the few hundred dedicated this time.  The nation was hardly a shadow of its former self and glory after the twelve tribes divided into two kingdoms and each was overcome by foreign kings and scattered to the winds and other lands. 

The good news is that a remnant were gathered together again and were able to rebuild part of what was lost.  Very few, if any, nations have survived the destruction that Israel endured to emerge again. 

This dedication was a small, but significantly important and new beginning for a nation that could have never been heard of again.  From this new beginning, they prospered under the hand of the Lord to becoming a whole and thriving nation by the time Jesus arrived several hundred years later.  They were once again able to fulfill their role as a people God has chosen who would lead and introduce the rest of the world to the living and eternal God. 

The dedication of the temple signaled the beginning of a renewed commitment to their place as the holy people of God as they rededicated themselves to the laws and teaching in the Books of Moses and observing holy days as commanded in the Law including the Passover. 

They committed themselves to holiness by separating and sanctifying themselves from the sins and practices of the people around them in order to seek the will of the Lord.  God had given them rest and peace from those around them by turning the hearts of kings toward them and all the officials and rulers under them in the region. 

Throughout human history nations and empires have come and gone.  From the earliest civilizations to the present, there have been periods of greatness, power and domination of a group of people over other groups of people. 

The United States has been one such nation that rose from the ashes wars to become the dominant military and economy power in the world despite some of the unjust practices and policies it promoted and tolerated. 

However, internal strife and division along with unbridled greed and idolatry and an absolute disdain for truth can cause any nation to self-destruct and incur the judgement of God. 

As Christians in any nation, we must lead to heal and bridge the gaps of strife and division by godly examples of love and kindness while not comprising truth.  The means we employ to achieve the Lord’s ends must be open and honest and reflect the truth, compassion and mercy He taught to demonstrate toward all people. 

Keeping in mind always that Jesus told His followers to make disciples by teaching and not by manipulating, coercing or forcing people to observe His commandments.  Because the same thing that has happened to other great powers and civilizations and nations can and will happen anywhere if people don’t abandon the self-destructive paths they are currently on. 

Well, be sure to look over the study again and come prepared to offer your comments, questions and perspective on the meaning of the study.  If you can’t attend your own Sunday School class this Sunday, you can join us live and online at 9:00 am at www.fbmbc.org and clicking the online services link

You can also join us live by dialing 508 924-2890.  If you have any comments or questions, be sure to place them in the comment section or you can share them on Sunday.  So, let’s all have a great lesson and discussion this Sunday and remember to fear God and keep His commandments. 

 

Pastor Jordan

 

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