Mrs. Joyce Hicks
- Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!
- It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.
- Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
- And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.
- And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.
- And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.
- But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat?
- And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink?
- Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not.
- So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.
Lesson Outline for May 24, 2020
Jesus is talking to the disciples again. But I’m sure as usual, the Pharisees were still listening in to the conversation. Jesus is constantly using the Pharisees actions as examples of WHAT NOT TO BE. He as usual, doesn’t mince any words!
Verse 1 and 2
Offenses /Stumbling Blocks
Stumbling blocks translates the plural form of the noun skandalon, which referred originally to the bait stick in a trap. The world is filled with traps, which can seduce the unwary into error regarding the Scriptures, salvation, and living the Christian life. – MacArthur
How can you be a stumbling block?
How were the Pharisees being stumbling blocks?
Blasphemous lies about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Jealousy and fear led them to be stumbling blocks to all who would listen.
- Eventually led to the Crucifixion
But Woe unto him
A millstone is a large stone used in a mill to grind wheat and/or other grains. Depending on its size, a millstone could weigh anywhere between 100 and 1000 pounds.
It is a very serious thing to tamper with someone’s faith in Jesus Christ!
Verses 3 and 4
We must be ready to forgive
If someone stumbles you deal with it and forgive them
- Seven times in a day – really?
- Seventy times seven – Matt 18:21-35
Forgiveness is the most God-like act a person can do.
- Matt 18:15-17
- Ephesians 4:15 – speak the truth in love
- A Christian never has the right to be unkind
Christians need to remember that whoever offends has offended God more – Psalm 51:4
Matt 5:23-24 – unforgiveness affects our worship
Verses 5 and 6
Great faith is needed to get along with people like this!
Lord, Increase our faith!
- Have you ever prayed this?
- Reminds me of Mark 9:24 – Lord I believe; help thou mine unbelief
- God help that area of my life where there is still unbelief
- Disciples were probably saying….Lord, this is gonna be hard, I’m going to especially need your help to be able to do this forgiveness stuff!
Greek verb translated ”Increase” means:
- To add to
“This work of pardoning every offence of every man, and that continually, seemed so difficult, even to the disciples themselves, that they saw, without an extraordinary degree of faith, they should never be able to keep this command.” (Clarke
Increase our faith: On this occasion, the disciples were extremely perceptive. They recognized that great faith in God is needed to get along with people in this forgiving, non-offending way. – Guzik
- very large and deep root structure.
- Growing 30 ft or more
- Could stay rooted for 600 years
Little faith can accomplish great things; but great faith can accomplish even greater things. What matters most is what our faith is in, the object of our faith. “The eye cannot see itself. Did you ever see your own eye? In a mirror you may have done so, but that was only a reflection of it. And you may, in like manner, see the evidence of your faith, but you cannot look at the faith itself. Faith looks away to itself to the object of faith, even to Christ.” (Spurgeon)
You may have unforgiveness and bitterness that is deeply rooted within you; it may be like one of those trees that send down deep, strong roots. But through faith, Jesus can rip those roots clean out; it can be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea. – Guzik
Having a servant plowing or tending sheep: Jesus had just spoken to His disciples about great works possible by great faith. Here Jesus added some words meant to work against the pride that often rises when someone is used by God. – Guzik
Luke 14:11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
Humble people reject honor
- understand that nothing we do for God makes him indebted to us
- Our duty to serve Him
- Less than He deserves
- Unworthy of the blessings He graciously gives
- His pleasure before our own
- His people before ourselves
- His name before our own name
- He deserves the praise of ALL people everywhere
When our hearts are right, we live and act as if we are happy to have the privilege of being allowed to serve God.
Not enough Christians have this attitude today. Instead, many today often want to project a “super-Christian” image that makes them seem to be anything but unprofitable servants. We only think that we are better than others are when we look to man, not Jesus. – Guzik