Posts Tagged ‘ Promises ’

VerseD: Isaiah 55:1-2

“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.”

Isaiah 55:1‭-‬2, ESV

What peace we have knowing our Lord has promised and provides all our needs, especially salvation.

Let us feast on the promises and grace of God.

VerseD: Isaiah 25:1

O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.

Isaiah 25:1, ESV

We know God’s promises and faithfulness, so how could we not want to share that with others to have more people worship Him with us?

VerseD: Matthew 24:35

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

Matthew 24:35, ESV

Scripture prophesied Christ. Christ prophesied His death and resurrection.

We can trust His promises. They are forever, and He is coming again.

VerseD: Psalm 19:7

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple

Psalm 19:7, ESV

God’s Word is what leads us to truth and shows us the fulfilled and yet-to-be fulfilled promises and prophecies of Christ and this world.

Trust in His Word. Trust in Him.

VerseD: Psalm 94:19

When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.

Psalm 94:19, ESV

God’s Word is a great comfort in all circumstances. Remembering God’s promises and faithfulness can lighten any load and bring joy from sadness and worry

Sermon on the Mount study notes – Matthew 5:32-37

I have started a small group series on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). I am sharing my notes in case anyone else wants to use them with their group. [Reminder that these are only notes!]

Sermon on the Mount – Part 8

Matthew 5:1-2:
Jesus wants to teach the crowds: Who are they? Jewish disciples: People who understand the
Scriptures (at least to a point). Notice from 7:28 the crowds still came along, but this teaching is for His disciples.

What does “blessed” mean?
Based on the first twelve verses, blessed means realizing our own wretchedness and need for a Savior. In other words, it is becoming/being a Christian. (A focus on why we’re blessed from 5:3-11)

[Jesus always takes us deeper]

What is an oath?
What was discussed last time?
• Lust and Divorce
• What are the most important promises we make in this life?
o Faith in Christ
o Marriage

Matthew 5:33:
What is Jesus saying?
• Once again, “an archaic saying”
o Said of old means: The Old Testament, specifically the Torah, more specifically Leviticus 19:11-12
▪ Essentially a rehashing of the 10 Commandments, but deeper
• Is He saying “Don’t cuss”?
o No, but also a good idea. Look back at vv. 21-22 – words spoken in anger
▪ OMG
▪ “I swear [to God], if you …”
o It becomes an issue of “Lord’s name in vain” then, as well
• Based on Lev. 19, don’t drag God into your lying and false promises
But what else is He saying?

Matthew 5:34-37:
What is Jesus saying?
Did Jesus abolish this law?
[Not exactly, but He also says “Just do it. Say you will, and then do.”]
• In other words, do not make oaths:
o That drag God into your failures or make your deeds seem good (Matthew 12:22-32)
o Based on Creation
o Based on your own abilities – James 4:13-17
• James 5:12 – Jesus’ brother reiterates “Let your yes be yes and your no be no.
o Notice the context: James 5:7-16
▪ He reiterates that we will suffer for Christ.
▪ Don’t grumble/complain/get angry
• We remember Christ is coming soon
• Do we really believe Christ is coming soon (swear to God), or do people see us squabbling and
assume we doubt His return?
▪ Actually pray for people when you say you will! (This keeps coming up in these lessons)
▪ Confess sins
• Do we really believe God has forgiven us, or do people see us hold sins against each other and
assume we doubt His forgiveness?

Are all oaths/promises bad?

Not necessarily:

  • Intent matters:
    • Do you promise beyond ability? Then oaths and promises are stupid.
    • “As much as I can … if the Lord wills …”
  • It would rule out … covenants!
    • Remember: God swore by Himself with Abraham (Hebrews 6:13-14)
    • Covenants can be one-sided or two-sided (yes, sometimes more), but are commitments/promises between parties to fulfill obligations
  • Oaths/Promises can display sincerity (i.e. marriages, court trials, desperate pleas)

VerseD: Psalm 130:5

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope

Psalm 130:5, ESV

God’s Word – Scripture – reminds us of His promises, and the greatest is that The Word – Jesus, the Son of God – has saved us and us returning soon.

VerseD: James 1:12

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
James 1:12, ESV

Our world adores and God expects His people remain strong in difficulties. Show the world God’s glory by holding to His promises, no matter how difficult the circumstances, and see Him face to face.

VerseD: Psalm 94:19

When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.
Psalm 94:19, ESV

In the craziness, hatred, sinfulness, and difficulties of this world, it is unfathomabley wonderful how great God’s love, mercy, grace, and promises are at calming and reassuring our weary hearts, souls, and minds.

VerseD: Psalm 130:5

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;
Psalm 130:5, ESV

The Bible has made many promises, ultimately fulfilled in Christ. So, as we await His return, we trust in those promises found in Scripture.