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Sunday Sermon Notes 6/20/2021

Read Matthew 22: 34-46

  • Why did they ask Jesus this question about commandments?
    • Were they pure hearted or just trying to cause an argument?
    • Was this the hot button topic of the day?
    • The very question exposed their intentions to trap Jesus
  • Have you ever been asked a trick question?
  • How did Jesus answer them?
    • Jesus used scripture from the Old Testament to respond to their tricks, it can be found in Deuteronomy 6:5, so they should have already known this
    • He was even able to rebuke them because they were not being loving toward Him as they were trying to trap him
  • Why did the Pharisees have a hard time understanding this?
    • They had a lot of head knowledge, but their hearts really were not about following Jesus
    • Remember the Rich Young Ruler: it was not just about money, his heart was not about following Jesus totally
  • Why did Jesus ask them about who the Messiah is?
    • This forced them to really look at the scriptures to get the answer that was true
    • It was really clear that David called the Messiah his Lord
    • Jesus was able to help them through their own reasoning when they said the Messiah was the son of David, when in fact, the Messiah was really the Son of God
    • They got the idea that the Messiah would be the son of David from 2 Samuel 7, when God promised David he would always have a son on his throne
    • The Pharisees were so caught up in their own understanding that they even missed when David referred to the Messiah as the son of God.
    • They had the son of God right in their midst and reduced how important he was 
    • Isn’t it really important to have a correct understanding of scriptures? It is so easy to miss out when you do not have this understanding, right?
  • Read through Psalm 110
    • David is writing this Psalm and stating that God said to Jesus: sit at my right hand
    • There is “royal” language used here to show that there would be a conquering of enemies and ruling of an empire in the future
    • This is a reminder, when God is in charge and does the ruling, everything goes well!
    • When we insert ourselves and remove God from the throne of our lives and decide to manage things, they don’t go so well, right?
    • Even David, started to rely on his army and his army was not able to deliver, only God delivers
    • As you read through this Psalm think of Jesus, it is an uncovering of who Jesus is and describes his purpose on this earth
  • Study out the account of "David taking a census"
    • What does this passage say about David's troops being "willing"?
    • How do the troops of the Son of Man differ from David's?  (Answer : They are properly redeemed, clothed, and willing and David's are not)
    • If David calls Jesus "Lord" in a familiar way with his use of 'Adonai', then how much more is there for us to know of Christ ourselves? (John 10:14-15)
    • The Pharisees failed to embrace Jesus as the Son of God and love Him with all their heart, soul, mind and strength.  
    • Study the Psalm again and see what happens to the enemies of the Son of Man -now you know why nobody asked him any more questions.