Bible study ‘Gospel of Matthew’ – Chapter 23
Before reading this blog/Bible study, please start your time with first praying to God and allow the Holy Spirit to work in you and through this Bible study. Ask God to give you insight and knowledge to understand the secrets and treasures He has stored for us in this chapter of the Bible. Also I ask to read (even more then one time) the chapter first before proceeding with reading this Bible study. God knows what you need to learn, not me .. I just write what get from the Holy Spirit.
Dear brothers and sisters,
Today we will be talking about Chapter 23 of the Gospel of Matthew.
This chapter tells the following stories:
- Seven woes
Here, Jesus tells us that we are to listen to our pastors and teachers. Even when they do not follow their own teaching, we still have to follow their teaching (if they are based on the Bible). God gave us His teaching through the Bible and no matter how a pastor or bible study teachers acts him-/herself, it is never a justification to follow their bad example. We always have to follow the word of God. Also in our own lifes with our children this means that we need to teach them the word of God and to teach them what is wrong (even if we are doing that wrong thing). God does not like it when we don’t teach our children the right way, because we are sinning on that particular point.
Furthermore God loves us to be humble, not so that He can feel superior over us. No, because not only He deserves us to be humble before Him, but also because when we are not humble we start acting as we are a god ourselves. All that we accomplish is due to God and not our own! And God will bless a humble heart.
Also do not think that you can determine who and who not can enter heaven. We do not know all their lifes, but also the only one that judges for us to go into heaven is God. In Heaven you will be surprised of the persons that you will find their and that you won’t find their. Don’t ever think that you can be so arrogant to determine that you can keep people out of heaven based upon your judgement.
Also when we bring other people to faith, then we have to make sure that we give a good example, because if a new convert in faith becomes more wicked then he or she was before she became a Christian based upon how you are acting, then God will judge you for it. Be a role model for new Christians!
God doesn’t want us to make an oath, but if you do, then He wants you to keep it. God takes you giving an oath very serious. So make sure that you know what you are doing, before you make such an oath.
As Christians we need to show mercy, justice and faithfullness. As Christians we need to be different then the world and always be prepared to show mercy to someone that did you wrong, always be fair in your judgement and make sure that your judgment is fair! Also be faithfull to God and to the ones you love.
In the closing of this chapter Jesus tells us that He won’t leave for good, but that He is coming back!