Matthew 11:1-19; Luke 7:18-35; Matthew 11:20-30

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READ and STUDY the WORD

Jesus Eases John’s Doubt

Matthew 11:1-19 (KJV) And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding His twelve disciples, He departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities.  Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, And said unto Him, Art thou He that should come, or do we look for another?  Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, 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.  And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in Me.  And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?  But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses.  But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.  10 For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send My messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.  11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that 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 suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.  13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. 14 And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.  15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.  16 But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, 17 And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.  18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, he hath a devil.  19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.

Luke 7:18-35 (KJV) 18 And the disciples of John shewed him of all these things. 19 And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art Thou He that should come? or look we for another?  20 When the men were come unto Him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto Thee, saying, Art thou He that should come? or look we for another?  21 And in that same hour He cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind He gave sight.  22 Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.  23 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in Me.  24 And when the messengers of John were departed, He began to speak unto the people concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind?  25 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously appareled, and live delicately, are in kings’ courts.  26 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet.  27 This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send My messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.  28 For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he. 29 And all the people that heard Him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.  30 But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him.  31 And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like?  32 They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept.  33 For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil.  34 The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!  35 But wisdom is justified of all her children.

Jesus Promises Rest For The Soul

Matthew 11:20-30 (KJV) 20 Then began He (Jesus) to upbraid the cities wherein most of His mighty works were done, because they repented not:  21 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, 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 unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.  23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.  24 But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.  25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank Thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.  26 Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in Thy sight.  27 All things are delivered unto Me of My Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal Him.  28 Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  29 Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  30 For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.

1. What did John ask Jesus through his disciples (Matthew 11:2-3; Luke 7:19-20)? John asked through his disciples if Jesus was the One who was to come or should they expect someone else.

2. What did Jesus say (Matthew 11:4; Luke 7:22a)? Jesus told John’s disciples to tell John those things they had heard and seen.

3. What were some of those things (Matthew 11:5; Luke 7:22b)?  Jesus had given sight to the blind; made the lame walk; cleansed the lepers; given hearing to the deaf; raised the dead and preached the gospel to the poor.

4. What had some of the people said about John the Baptist (Matthew 11:18; Luke 7:33)? That he had a devil.

5. What had some of the people said about Jesus (Matthew 11:18-19; Luke 7:34)? That Jesus was a glutton, a drunkard, a friend of publicans and sinners.

6. Why did Jesus denounce some cities (Matthew 11:20)? Because they had seen Jesus’ miracles yet they didn’t repent.

7. What cities did Jesus say would have repented if they had witnesses Jesus’ miracles (Matthew 11:21)? Tyre and Sidon.

8. According to Jesus what would happen to Capernaum (Matthew 11:23a)? They would be brought down to hell.

9. According to Jesus who would be more able to tolerate the day of judgment than Capernaum (Matthew 11:23b-24)? Sodom.

10. Who has given Jesus all things (Matthew 11:27)? God, His Father.

HEAR the WORD

Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank Thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.” 

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above scripture. What do you believe it means?  Are you one of the wise or one of the babes? My Bible notes: Jesus mentioned two kinds of people in Matthew 11:25. The wise who were arrogant in their own knowledge and the babes who were humbly open to receive the truth of God’s Word. Are you wise in your own eyes or do you seek the truth with a childlike faith in God? Only God holds all the answers.

MEMORIZE the WORD

Matthew 11:28-30 NIV  “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

EASY MEMORIZATION DIRECTIONS

1. Copy a verse you want to memorize on three individual index cards.

2. Choose three places you frequently go to each day and place one of the memory cards in view.

3. Each time you find yourself near one of the memory cards read it aloud.

4. After a week of reading the memory cards you will most likely be able to recall the verse/s without reading them.

5. Try it for a week and find out.

LOVE AND LIVE the WORD

How is your relationship with Jesus?  Are you carrying a heavy burden?  Jesus invites us in Matthew 11:28-30 to come to Him.  And He will give us rest.

TEACH AND SHARE the WORD

Share with others the awesome life they can have if they’ll go to Jesus with their burdens.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will come to You as little children (Matthew 11:25).  I pray we will put our trust in You alone (Matthew 11:27).  Lord, when we are weary and burdened, I pray we will come to You for You will give us rest (Matthew 11:28).  I pray we will indeed take on Your yoke and learn from You for You are gentle and humble in heart (Matthew 11:29).  And Your yoke is easy and Your burden is light (Matthew 11:30). In Your name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I put our trust in Christ alone.” <>< Dona