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9-17-2019 Walking in Truth Devotional Update By Guy Roberson

Walking in Truth Devotional Update

The Withered Fig Tree

(Mat 21:17-22; Mk 11:12-14, 20-22)

Guy Roberson

Critics love to use this story to discredit Jesus. “Why would Jesus curse a defenseless tree for failing to have figs when Mark said, “it is not even the season for figs?” The critics are accusing Jesus of being mean-spirited and unreasonable. Such an accusation is proof they lack understanding of the passage.

The term “cursed” does not mean that Christ used profanity. This curse was a pronouncement of judgment causing the tree to die. Jesus did not attempt to steal from someone’s fig tree, nor did He destroy property belonging to another. In that day it was customary for travelers to pick fruit from road-side trees for travelers (“And seeing a fig tree by the road” Matt. 21:19).

Alfred Edersheim has called attention to the fact that “in Palestine the fruit appears before the leaves” (p. 374). Thus, to see a leafed fig tree (even at an unseasonable time — v. 13b), warranted the assumption that there would be fruit on the tree. Essentially, the tree was a picture of false advertising, having leaves but no figs. Therefore, this tree was an oddity; the leaves were there, but it was fruitless. This phenomenon, therefore, served as a perfect “visual aid” for an important lesson the Savior wished to teach regarding the failure of Israel, God’s people, to bear fruit.

The whole incident was a teaching moment for the disciples. Jesus had just cleansed the temple by driving the money changers out because they had corrupted His Fathers’ House of prayer. The pronouncement of judgment on the fig tree was a lesson regarding Israel’s failure to be faithful to God, their failure to bear fruit by being the people they should have been, and for their rejection of Jesus, the Messiah. The prophets often described Israel as a fig tree in referring to their status before God (Jer. 8:13; 29:17; Hos. 2:12; etc.). The religious leaders not only refused to accept Jesus, they determined to get rid of Him.

In verses 22-26, Mark points out the lesson of Jesus on faith, prayer, and forgiveness. “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore, I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them” (v. 22-24).

Jesus is not explaining how to curse fig trees, He is explaining what should be learned from this event. He is also emphasizing the fact they should have faith in the magnificent power and goodness of God. Whatever is asked in faith, without doubting, will be granted, if it is within the context of God’s goodness and His will. “Mountain” was a popular figure of speech for any insurmountable problem; Jesus said, that as we believe, God could overcome any obstacle.

This promise of God’s answer to the prayer made in faith was made to disciples, not to the multitude. “Nor should we interpret Mark 11:24 to mean, ‘If you pray hard enough and really believe, God is obligated to answer your prayer no matter what you ask.’ That kind of faith is not faith in God; rather it is nothing but faith in faith, or faith in feelings.” (Wiersbe)

This is a great lesson teaching us to be faithful and bear fruit for the Lord. If we fail as Christians to bear fruit the same judgment of God will be applied to us.

 

By Guy Roberson

 

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Fall Gospel Meeting 2019; by Ernest Sprinkle

What are the Differences Among Churches of Christ?

Sunday 29 September 2019

Bible Class 9AM
1.  Introduction and History of the Problems

(Audio Recording)

Sunday Morning Services 10AM
2. Events From 1960’s to Present Time

(Audio Recording)

Sunday Evening Services 5PM
3. The All Sufficiency of the Church

(Audio Recording)

Monday Evening Services 30 September 2019 7PM
4. Establishing Scriptural Authority

(Audio Recording)

Tuesday Evening Services 1 October 2019 7PM
5. The Relationship of Institutions to the Church

(Audio Recording)

Wednesday Evening Services 2 October 2019 7PM
6. The Work of the Church According to the Scriptures

(Audio Recording)

 

5 Things I Appreciate About The Churches of Christ; by Sam Matthews 9-8-2019am

5 Things I Appreciate About the Churches of Christ

(Audio Recording)

Five Things I Appreciate About the Churches of Christ (PowerPoint)

Five Things I Appreciate About the Churches of Christ (MS Word Document)

9-6-2019 Walking in Truth Devotional update by Guy Roberson

Walking in Truth Devotional Update

Jesus Was Teaching Daily in the Temple

(Lk 19:47, 48)

Guy Roberson

And he was teaching daily in the temple. The chief priests and the scribes and the principal men of the people were seeking to destroy him,”

Let’s look at Jesus as He approached the city of Jerusalem. “As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace — but now it is hidden from your eyes’ ” (19:41-42). Satan had caused their blindness as he worked through the religious leaders: “And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Cor. 4:3-4).

Jesus came to help the people and being moved by compassion He wept because He knew that because of their blindness they would suffer when Jerusalem would be destroyed by Rome in A.D. 70.

Earlier, the Lord had said, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not have it” (Luke 13:34).

Jesus was not weeping in anticipation of what He would soon suffer in His betrayal, kangaroo trials and crucifixion. Had Jerusalem believed and accepted God’s Son she might not have suffered at the hands of Rome. Jesus wept because of their sins and the suffering they would experience. Paul clearly showed the correlation between sin and death when he wrote: “the wages of sin is death” in Romans 6:23. Paul described a time when death would cease: “Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet….When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” (I Cor. 15:24-26, 54-56).

The religious leaders were so corrupt they not only rejected Jesus because they were envious of Him (Matt. 27:18) they also did everything they could to turn the people away from the Lord.

There are several lessons we should learn from this time in the life of our Lord:

We must allow God through His Word to lead us to Him and help us to live for our Lord and refuse any effort by anyone to lead us away from them.

We should learn to weep over our sins and seek the forgiveness of God.

We too, should weep over the sins of mankind and do what we can to turn people from their sins to the Lord.

 

By Guy Roberson

 

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9-3-2019 Walking in Truth Devotional Update by Guy Roberson

Walking in Truth Devotional Update

Jesus Was Teaching Daily in the Temple

(Lk 19:47, 48)

Guy Roberson

And he was teaching daily in the temple. The chief priests and the scribes and the principal men of the people were seeking to destroy him,”

Let’s look at Jesus as He approached the city of Jerusalem. “As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace — but now it is hidden from your eyes’ ” (19:41-42). Satan had caused their blindness as he worked through the religious leaders: “And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Cor. 4:3-4).

Jesus came to help the people and being moved by compassion He wept because He knew that because of their blindness they would suffer when Jerusalem would be destroyed by Rome in A.D. 70.

Earlier, the Lord had said, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not have it” (Luke 13:34).

Jesus was not weeping in anticipation of what He would soon suffer in His betrayal, kangaroo trials and crucifixion. Had Jerusalem believed and accepted God’s Son she might not have suffered at the hands of Rome. Jesus wept because of their sins and the suffering they would experience. Paul clearly showed the correlation between sin and death when he wrote: “the wages of sin is death” in Romans 6:23. Paul described a time when death would cease: “Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet….When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” (I Cor. 15:24-26, 54-56).

The religious leaders were so corrupt they not only rejected Jesus because they were envious of Him (Matt. 27:18) they also did everything they could to turn the people away from the Lord.

There are several lessons we should learn from this time in the life of our Lord:

We must allow God through His Word to lead us to Him and help us to live for our Lord and refuse any effort by anyone to lead us away from them.

We should learn to weep over our sins and seek the forgiveness of God.

We too, should weep over the sins of mankind and do what we can to turn people from their sins to the Lord.

 

 

By Guy Roberson

 

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