Christ Questions The Conventional
- WORDS FREQUENTLY SEEN ON SIGNS IN FRONT
ON CHURCH BUILDINGS:
COMMENT: A look
at these and their definitions as taken from "WEBSTERS
- A belief or practice, that is handed
down from the past.
- Among the Jews, an unwritten code
of law given by God to Moses on Sinai.
- Among Christians the body of doctrine
and discipline, or any article thereof, put forth or revealed
by Christ or his apostles.
- That which belongs to the present
- Living, occurring, or existing
at the same period of time.
- General agreement as the basis
of that which is done in accordance with present day custom.
- A rule, practice, form, etc., which
has its sanction by custom or use.
- Formed by agreement or compact;
stipulated; contractual; -- opposed in law to legal and
judicial. Growing out of, depending on, or sanctioned by,
custom, or use; Thus the adherence to social customs of
- Jesus did not fall in with the popular
and accepted notions about him.
- Jesus often question and rebuked
the accepted practices and doctrines of the day.
- LET US TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT JESUS
IN REGARDS TO THE CONVENTIONAL:
- JESUS BROKE WITH THE CONVENTIONAL EARLY
2:41-52 = "Now his parents went to Jerusalem
every year at the feast of the passover. And when he was twelve
years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the
feast. And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned,
the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and
his mother knew not of it. But they, supposing him to have
been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought
him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. And when they found
him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.
And it came to pass, that after three days they found him
in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing
them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were
astonished at his understanding and answers. And when they
saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son,
why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I
have sought thee sorrowing. And he said unto them, How is
it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my
Father's business? And they understood not the saying which
he spake unto them. And he went down with them, and came to
Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all
these sayings in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom
and stature, and in favour with God and man."
- The conventional thing was to be
returning with his earthly parents. Luke
2:49 = "And he said unto them, How is it
that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's
- CHRIST QUESTIONS MANS CUSTOMARY
ANXIETY ABOUT TOMORROW:
6:25-34 = "Therefore I say unto you, Take
no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall
drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not
the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold
the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap,
nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them.
Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought
can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought
for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow;
they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you,
That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one
of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field,
which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall
he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore
take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall
we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after
all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly
Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But
seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and
all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no
thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought
for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil
- Christs question: Matthew
6:27 = "Which of you by taking thought
can add one cubit unto his stature?"
- CHRIST QUESTIONED THE PRACTICE OF BEHOLDING
THE SINS OF OTHERS AND NOT SEENING YOUR OWN:
- Christs question: Matthew
7:3 = "And why beholdest thou the mote
that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam
that is in thine own eye?"
- COMMENT: If you were to hold
a white sheet of paper before an audience with a black spot
on it and ask them what they see, they will say, "a black
spot". They will never see all the white. Such is true
when we look at the lives of others, we see only the bad and
not the good.
- CHRIST QUESTIONED THE CUSTOMARY PRACTICE
OF TREATING OTHERS THE SAME WAY THEY TREAT YOU.
5:38-48 = "Ye have heard that it hath been
said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say
unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite
thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if
any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat,
let him have thy cloke also. And whosoever shall compel thee
to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee,
and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy
neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love
your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that
hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and
persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father
which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil
and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do
not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren
only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans
so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is
in heaven is perfect."
- Christs question: Matthew
5:46 = "For if ye love them which love
you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?"
- CHRIST REBUKED THE PHARASAIC PRACTICE
OF MAKING A SHOW OF RELIGION TO BE SEEN OF MEN:
6:1-18 = "Take heed that ye do not your
alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no
reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou
doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the
hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they
may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their
reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know
what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret:
and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward
thee openly. And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the
hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues
and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of
men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou,
when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast
shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and
thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen
do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much
speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father
knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. After
this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in
earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead
us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine
is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father
will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses,
neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Moreover
when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance:
for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto
men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy
face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy
Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in
secret, shall reward thee openly."
- Christs rebuke: Matthew
6:1 = "Take heed that ye do not your alms
before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward
of your Father which is in heaven."
COMMENT: A man
said to another man that had led prayer, "I did not like
your prayer this morning". The man that led the prayer
said, "I prayed to God not you."
- CHRIST QUESTIONED THE JEWS REFRAINING
FROM DOING GOOD ON THE SABBATH:
12:10-13 = "And, behold, there was a man
which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is
it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse
him. And he said unto them, What man shall there be among
you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit
on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it
out? How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore
it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days. Then saith he
to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it
forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other."
- Christs question: Matthew
12:11-12 = "And he said unto them, What
man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and
if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay
hold on it, and lift it out? How much then is a man better
than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath
people are so afraid they will do wrong that they refuse to
- CHRIST QUESTION THE WEARING OF SPECIAL
RELIGIOUS CLOTHES AND TITLES:
23:5-10 = "But all their works they do
for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries,
and enlarge the borders of their garments, And love the uppermost
rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, And
greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi,
Rabbi. But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master,
even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your
father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in
heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master,
- COMMENT: Why would one think
it pious to dress in special ways to call attention to themselves;
or demand they be referred to by some special title.
- The Lord looks not on the outward
appearance and neither should we.
Samuel 16:7 = "But the LORD said unto
Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of
his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth
not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance,
but the LORD looketh on the heart."
23:27-28 = "Woe unto you, scribes and
Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres,
which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full
of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye
also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye
are full of hypocrisy and iniquity."
- Reverend is only referred to as
111:9 = "He sent redemption unto his
people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and
reverend is his name."
- CHRIST QUESTIONED THE JEWS USING TRADITION
AND INSTEAD OF HIS COMMANDMENTS:
15:1-9 = "Then came to Jesus scribes and
Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, Why do thy disciples
transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not
their hands when they eat bread. But he answered and said
unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God
by your tradition? For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father
and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him
die the death. But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father
or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be
profited by me; And honour not his father or his mother, he
shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of
none effect by your tradition. Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias
prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me
with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their
heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching
for doctrines the commandments of men."
- Christs question: Matthew
15:3 = "But he answered and said unto them,
Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?"
- CHRIST REBUKED THE WORLDS STANDARD
18:1-4 = "At the same time came the disciples
unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of
heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set
him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you,
Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye
shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore
shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest
in the kingdom of heaven."
- Christs rebuke was directed
to His disciples: Matthew
20:27 = "And whosoever will be chief among
you, let him be your servant:"
- JESUS HAS ALWAYS BEEN OBEDIENT TO HIS
HEAVENLY FATHER AND HIS WAYS EVEN AS A YOUTH.
- JESUS VIEWS ON TRADITIONS OF
MAN; CUSTOMS, AND CONVENTIONAL MATTERS HAVE NEVER CHANGED:
can not change, or altar Gods way to meet the traditional
customs of man.
- WE MUST REMEMBER THAT THE WORD OF GOD
DOES NOT CHANGE:
5:18 = "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven
and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass
from the law, till all be fulfilled."
24:35 = "Heaven and earth shall pass away,
but my words shall not pass away."
16:17 = "And it is easier for heaven and
earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail."
12:48-50 = "He that rejecteth me, and receiveth
not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have
spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. For I have
not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave
me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever
I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak."
- DO NOT BE CAUGHT UP IN THE SATANIC
CHANGES BROUGHT FORTH BY HIM AND HIS FALSE TEACHERS:
Corinthians 11:12-15 = "But what I do,
that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which
desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found
even as we. For such are false apostles, deceitful workers,
transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And
no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel
of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers
also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose
end shall be according to their works."
7:15 = "Beware of false prophets, which
come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening
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