“All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.” Matthew 11:27 NKJV
This verse nicely summarizes yesterday’s topic – and it is found at the end of today’s reading. Therefore, we have to assume that today’s reading continues the idea that Jesus is trying to reveal Himself to us again today! Then we can rest in submission to Him.
Dear Heavenly Father – As always, please open eye to see and our ears to hear what you are saying! Lord – open our understanding that we may know you and give us wisdom. Please do not let us miss out on what you want and need from us today. Lord, I pray that your word prepares us and not scares us! We forbid the works and influences of fear over your word. And please keep us and bless us and shine your face upon us and pour out grace over us and give us peace! Thank you! – In Jesus name we pray, Amen
Today’s reading is from the book of Matthew, chapters 11 (embedded below the image below for your convenience). Did I already mention that the book of Matthew is NOT written chronologically, in case you haven’t noticed with the jumping around? Matthew group things together that he thought had a common theme and tossed in a few other things here and there that he thought was important enough to include but didn’t fit the groupings.
Today we read again about John sending his student to Jesus. As I read it again today I thought there is one thing about this passage I can add to yesterday’s discussion. If we find ourselves with students – we should send them off to see Jesus for themselves. And if we are students we should seek Jesus for ourselves. It was great that John had people helping him with his ministry, but the point was to prepare a way for Jesus and John had grown up with and knew Jesus personally – it was time the students met Jesus, personally and had a personal experience. It was important that they could answer the question of who Jesus is for themselves.
I hope a pray that Jesus is the focus of this blog and ministry and that I am pointing to him and encouraging you to seek Him and serve Him for yourself. And if you aren’t please do. I know this is designed to make being a Christian easier – providing all the tasks we need to check off each day. And it is good to check them off – BUT do not forget the one thing I cannot do and help you with – alone time with God, getting to know him and building a relationship. You must do that for yourself. You must have the experience. You must have the revelation.
There is the revelation that comes with the grace that brings us to Christ to begin with. Then there is a daily dose that slowly brings us closer as we get to know Him. I am speaking of both.
When Jesus sends you the revelation spirit but you refuse to believe it – there is a woe. In verses 20-24 Jesus pronounces a woe to the impenitent cities. Woe because Jesus tried and tried and they refused – not failed to, but refused to believe. It is like my son – Jesus keeps trying to reach him, and Jesus could not be more clear about His miracles and goodness as set as an example in my life. Anyone, especially my son being so close to me, should look at these things and say truly THIS IS THE ONE TRUE AND LIVING GOD worthy to be served. Yet my son says, I can fix myself. Please keep him in prayer – he is going through a rough time. But if you take on God when God says come, it will definitely cause a rough time. God’s mercy and grace extends over and over – the woe will only come when you are set in your rebellion and will not turn back. We saw it repeated throughout the Old Testament – and our steadfast God’s love never changes.
And the passage starts to wrap up with:
“Jesus Gives True Rest
25 At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thatYou have hidden these things from the wise and prudentand have revealed them to babes. 26 Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. 27 All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father.Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.”
Verse 25 – revealed to babes. Did Jesus calls his students and the believers babes? Yes
“and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3
We need to stop complicating things – like focusing on why John sent his students to answer the question – and focus on Jesus and who He is. John is John’s problem, John’s ministry and John’s impending death – not our problem. The answer to the question of who Jesus is – THAT IS OURS! Let us keep it simple like children will. Notice that this is under the header of giving us rest. You see – there is rest in simplicity. There is rest in childlike faith. There is rest and even playfulness in the burden which is carried like a babe.
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9 NKJV
So many are tired. The enemy is hitting harder and faster than ever before. Midlevel to major attacks in multiple each day. Remember when I started and I was so upset because I almost lost my son. It used to be things like that happened and we had a year to cope and move on. Now that is just one thing on a Friday that came with many others. So I understand if you are tired. But do not give the enemy value. Do not give it power. Keep your eyes on Jesus like a child. I will not get into all the things – because the enemy has not won. And if things break down – I have already given those things to God and now it is God’s things to handle. Same with people. I surrender all.
The chapter concludes with:
“28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Once we have the revelation of who He is we can rest. But this rest is peace inside the storm. Rest while working. Oxen who are yoked are working. You do not yoke an ox for him to lay down and rest. And the burden is shared with a yoke – God himself helps. I know He does because Jesus says learn from Him and when you yoke a young ox to an old experienced one, the young one learns from the old. Although sometimes the young ox will fight the yoke.
Have you ever watched the “Dog Whisperer” and seen him say how his old dog is gentle, calm and assertive – that is a modern way of saying the right energy to train people and animals is gentle and lowly in heart. The reason the dog guy is successful is because he applies a biblical principle – the same principle Jesus applies to us.
Like the anxious dogs on the show, we sometimes fight and even growl until we submit to His way. We even fight and growl while telling Him we submit – but we are not fully submitted.
I was thinking about this while bathing my dog the other day.
She has scratched herself raw in places and they need to be washed and treated and wrapped and the easiest way is to put her in the sink with running water. This makes her panic. So I have to be calm and assertive to get her to feel safe and she fights me – just like that show. And every time she was close to submitting to the activity – she went nuts again. So then I had no choice but to continue until she surrendered. We are so much the same way. In the end, she relaxed and enjoyed warm water and relief from her itching – but it was a fight. Why do we fight God when he is just trying to give us something good? It’s a burden and we must submit – like the water for my dog. But in the end it is good. And I was in tears worshiping God by the revelation and her bath. (Just to finish the story – every day she still fights me when I wash her wounds – but each day it is quicker that she submits. I know I have, at one point or another, been this way with God. My dog learns and so do I.)
Do you already have a relationship with a powerful God who cares about your every need because He loves you? Did you know my God can communicate with you and protect you – He has a plan for you to prosper if you just submit to His will and let His plan play out in your life!!! God wants a relationship with you and has already made a plan for your life. He loves you so much He sent His son to this world, to die as a sacrifice for your sins and rise from death with victory over sin and the ability to have a personal relationship with you.
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10 NIV
Here is a prayer for you to pray:
Jesus, I believe you are the way, the truth, the life, and the only way to the Father. I believe you are the son of God, you came to Earth and lived. That you died on the cross as a sacrifice for my sins, and rose again so that I may be saved from my sins and be able to get to know you. I declare: Jesus, you are Lord!
Therefore, I confess that I am a sinner and I ask that you forgive me of my sins and come into my life. Help me to turn away from my sins and transform me into what you have lovingly created me to be. Help me through a real personal relationship grow and accept your will for my life – that I may live in your blessings. Please walk with me, and talk with me – I accept a relationship with you and with our Father God, through you. In the name of Jesus I pray ~ Amen
MEMORY WORK: This month we have another great verse to pick up and swing when you need a sword in your hand! These memory verses were selected, last year for this year. As many of you tell me of the great attacks on your lives – the timing is perfect! But of course it is, it is God!
NKJV – “The LORD will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.”
NAS – “The LORD will cause your enemies who rise up against you to be defeated by you; they will go out against you one way and will flee at your presence seven ways.”
ESV – “The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before you. They shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.”
AMP – “The LORD will cause the enemies who rise up against you to be defeated before you; they will come out against you one way, but flee before you seven ways.”
NIV – “The LORD will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.”
Thank you for reading.
May the God of peace keep you and bless you. May you stay focused on Christ and covered in grace.
Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!
BIBLE READING: Matthew 11 NKJV
John the Baptist Sends Messengers to Jesus
11 Now it came to pass, when Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples, that He departed from there to teach and to preach in their cities.
2 And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he [a]sent two of his disciples 3 and said to Him, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?”
4 Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: 5 The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. 6 And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”
7 As they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 8 But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. 9 But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet. 10 For this is he of whom it is written:
‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face,
Who will prepare Your way before You.’
11 “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. 12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. 13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. 14 And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come. 15 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!
16 “But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their companions, 17 and saying:
‘We played the flute for you,
And you did not dance;
We mourned to you,
And you did not [b]lament.’
18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a [c]winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is justified by her [d]children.”
Woe to the Impenitent Cities
20 Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent: 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you. 23 And you, Capernaum, who[e] are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24 But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you.”
Jesus Gives True Rest
25 At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. 26 Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. 27 All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. 28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am [f]gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”