Scripture: Mark 9:38-41; Luke 9:49-50; Matthew 18:1-9; Mark 9:42-50; Matthew 18:10-14; Matthew 18:15-20; Matthew 18:21-35

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READ and STUDY the WORD

The Disciples Forbid Someone To Use Jesus’ Name

Mark 9:38-41 (KJV) 38 And John answered Him (Jesus), saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in Thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us.  39 But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in My name, that can lightly speak evil of Me.  40 For he that is not against us is on our part.  41 For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in My name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.

Luke 9:49-50 (KJV) 49 And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in Thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us. 50 And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.

Questions:

1. Why did the disciples want the man to stop casting out devils (Mark 9:38; Luke 9:49)?

2. What was Jesus’ response (Mark 9:39; Luke 9:50)?

3. Who does Jesus say will not lose their reward (Mark 9:41)?

Answers:

1. The disciples wanted the man to stop casting out devils because he was not one of them.

2. Jesus’ response was: Mark 9:39 “Do not stop him.  No one who does a miracle in My name can in the next moment say anything bad about Me.” Luke 9:50 And Jesus said unto him, “Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.”

3. Jesus says anyone who gives a cup of water in His name because they belong to Christ will not lost their reward.

Jesus Warns Against Temptation

Matthew 18:7-9 (KJV) Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.  And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.

Mark 9:42-50 (KJV) 42 And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in Me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.  43 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:  44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.  45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: 46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.  47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: 48 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.  49 For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.  50 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.

Question:

1. What is no good (Mark 9:50)?

Answer:

1. Salt that has lost its saltiness.

Jesus Warns About Looking Down On Others

Matthew 18:10-14 (KJV) 10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of My Father which is in heaven.  11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.  12 How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?  13 And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.  14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

Questions:

1. Who are we to not look down on (Matthew 18:10a)?

2. Who always sees the face of our Father in heaven (Matthew 18:10b)?

Answers:

1. We are not to look down on the little ones.

2. The little ones’ angels always see the face of the Father in heaven. (F.Y.I. Be sure you always make yourself available to help, encourage and teach little children.)

Jesus Teaches How To Treat A Believer Who Sins

Matthew 18:15-20 (KJV) 15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.  16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.  18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.  19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of My Father which is in heaven.  20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them.

Question:

1.What are the steps to confronting a fellow believer who is sinning (Matthew 18:15-17)?  

Answer:

1.The steps to confronting a fellow believer who is sinning are:  (1) First go alone and tell him his fault.  If he hears and turns from the sin accept him.  (2) If he doesn’t hear, then take one or two witnesses with you, so every word may be established.  (3) If he doesn’t listen tell the church.  If he neglects to hear the church, let him stay as he is.

Jesus Tells The Parable Of The Unforgiving Debtor

Matthew 18:21-35 (KJV) 21 Then came Peter to Him (Jesus), and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?  22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.  23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.  24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.  25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.  26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.  28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.  29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.  30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.  31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.  32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: 33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?  34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. 35 So likewise shall My heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

Questions:

1. How many times did Jesus say to forgive someone (Matthew 18:22)?

2. What is your understanding of Jesus’ answer in Matthew 18:22? 

Answers:

1. Jesus said to forgive seventy times seven.

2. My Bible notes: Jesus answered, “Seventy times seven,” meaning that we shouldn’t even keep track of how many times we forgive someone.  We should always forgive those who are truly repentant, no matter the number of times.

HEAR the WORD

Matthew 18:7-9 (KJV) Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.  And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire. (See also Mark 9:42-50)

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses. About what was Jesus teaching His disciples? My Bible notes: We must remove stumbling blocks that cause us to sin.  This doesn’t mean to literally cut off body parts.  It means that any person, program or teaching in the church that threatens the spiritual growth of the body must be removed.  Any relationship, practice or activity that leads us to sin should be stopped.  Jesus says it would be better to go to heaven with one hand than to hell with both.  Sin, of course, affects more than our hands; it affects our minds and hearts. 

MEMORIZE the WORD

Matthew 18:19-20 (NIV) 19  “Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven.  20 For where two or three come together in My name, there am I with them.”

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

If you know the Word you will love and live it.   Our prayers “will be done” for us when two or more believers who are filled with the Holy Spirit pray according to God’s will. 

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

We need to teach this concept of Matthew 18:19-20 to others.  And share what we know is God’s will for their life.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will value other Christians, even those not in our denomination (Mark 9:31; Luke 9:49). For as Jesus said whoever is not against us is for us (Mark 9:40; Luke 9:50). Lord, I pray we will indeed take care of the little ones in both our family and our church (Matthew 18:14; Mark 9:41).  Lord, I pray we will find and remove any stumbling block in our life and will help others to do so (Matthew 18:8-9).  Lord, I pray we will forgive others as many times as they sin against us (Matthew 18:22). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I live our life in a way that pleases God.” <>< Dona