JESUS CRITICIZES UNJUST LEADERS/HYPOCRITES!/ PRACTICE WHAT YOU TEACH!
Study Date: 8 July 18
Scripture: Matthew 23: 1-26
Biblical Date: A. E. 30
Biblical Location: JERUSALEM
KEY VERSE: “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’s seat: all therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: they say, and do not.” (Matthew 23: 2-3)
- To explain the difference between just and unjust actions.
- To understand why Christ spoken against certain religious leaders
- To know that god is t he same yesterday, today, and forever more.
- To avoid becoming like the hypocrites, scribes or Pharisees.
- To live in a way as to never be selfish or hypocritical.
- To become just leaders.
RESOURCES FOR THE SEED:
Numbers 15: 37-41; Matthew 5: 17-20; Luke 20: 45-47; Matthew 23: 5-22.
WORDS TO REMEMBER
Burdens—loads, weigh down, oppress, BEARER OF SORROWS OR GRIEF
Justice—one who makes decisions based on evidence, that which is right.
Pharisees—Jewish sect with strict interpretation of the law, PRETENDERS
Phylacteries—-boxes containing scriptures and worn on the forehead or arm
Rabbi—a great one, a teacher, one honorable
BREAKING UP FALLOW GROUND/TILLING THE SOIL
Why would any person prefer mercy and not justice?
Can you name or describe a person who does not need mercy?
When have you seen a person who did not demand justice?
Are we like to demand justice or mercy for others who wrong those we care about?
How does God differ from us in relationship to mercy and justice?
What will be the results when we do not show mercy to others?
Characterize the mercy who chooses not to forgive?
How does human nature react to wrongdoing?
THE SEED JEWS CRITICIZES UNJUST LEADERS/ PRACTICE WHAT YOU TEACH
Matthew 23: 1-26
- Forgiveness is Unending (Matthew 18: 21-22)
- Peter asked the question about how oft to forgive a brother.
- The usual practice was to forgive seven times.
- Jesus answers that forgiveness is required and is unending.
- The Debt That Could Never Be Paid (Matthew 18: 23-27)
- There was a great need for forgiveness.
- The day of reckoning is sure to come and require satisfaction.
- When one cannot repay what is owed, forgiveness works.
- The servant asked to be spared and given another chance.
- The Lord of Love demonstrates compassion to His servant.
- Mercy versus Justice (Matthew 18: 28-35)
- Unjust servants are not God like is their compassion.
- When payment demanded cannot be made, prison is required.
- We ought to be ready to show pity.
- When we refuse to forgive, we will not get forgiveness.
A forgiving heart is always ready to forgive and show mercy. God forgives us and we forgive others.
PLANTING THE SEED
How did Christ respond to the question Peter asked?
What kind of debt did ten thousand talents represent?
What could the king have done to satisfy his debt?
How did the servant respond when his fate was revealed?
What resulted from the servants pleas?
What did the servant do to his fellow servant?
How much money did the second servant owe the first?
How the servant react toward his fellow servant?
How did the king respond to the second servants’ behavior?
What is the point of this parable?
NURUTURING THE SEED
What did Jesus mean when He said we should forgive people “seven times seven?”
Why did the king have compassion on his servant?
Why did the servant who received forgiveness threaten one who owed money?
How did the king find out about the mistreatment of one of his servants?
Why was the king angry with servant He had forgiven?
What will happen to people who choose not to forgive others?
FRUIT FROM THE SEED
The forgiveness we extend to others should have no limits or end.
We will be held accountable for every wrong we do even careless works we speak.
God freely forgives us with grace and love when we yield to His mercy.
We should always be kind to others when we have the opportunity.
Failure to be compassionate to others is a bad testimony, especially when we have received compassion.
True forgiveness starts in the heart.
Unlimited, unending forgiveness is available from God.
Forgiveness is required of and for us all.
A debt that can never be repaid must be forgiven.
God cares so much about us that He extends to us Mercy instead of justice.