22 BSF Matthew Week 22, Day 5

Today’s Scriptures

My Daily Journal:

Luke 19:47 says “Every day he (Jesus) was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him.”

So, despite the fact that His life was threatened and the head people were not only plotting and discussing but were trying to kill him, here He is.  Jesus didn’t shy away.  Jesus didn’t hide.  Jesus didn’t adjust His schedule to not be as predictable.  He went to the temple and taught “Every Day.”

I struggle to do my bible study every day.  I used to struggle to pray every day.  But even though I have improved in that area, there are numerous days that the only time the words Jesus and God cross my lips is in my private prayer time.  Days can go by without another living person hearing those names in my vocabulary.

Our lesson today references us into Revelation.  The book of Revelation opens with a blessing and a warning to Hear and Heed.  But we don’t.  Even those of us who hear, fail to heed the call to spread the good news of the gospel daily.  We, like the invitees to the banquet, busy ourselves with daily life, work, and other matters.  None of which are as important or lasting.

What if we each made a point to mention Jesus to someone at least one time daily?  What if we not only prayed and did our study daily, but taught daily, both by our words and our actions?  In other words, what if we not only were fed, but fed others daily = we consisted not only of leaves but also of fruit every day!

I believe if that became more of a core of our daily life, the other distractions would fade away.  I believe we would move from being just invitees to being the members of the household, the servants who diligently prepared the feast and setn out the invitees.  Who did more to honor the master?!

My Answers:

11.
a.
The invitation to be saved through the sacrificial blood of Jesus Christ, to put all trust in faith in him

b.
Apostles martyred, prophets were martyred, believers were persecuted

c.
Any of the times the Jews were exiled, particularly the destruction of the temple in 70AD

d.
The common people, gentiles, jewish sinners, greeks, romans, the ends of the earth

e.
garments of salvation, robe of righteousness (from God through faith in Christ)

f.
Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth

12.
a.
Busy in the everyday business of life, focus on the physical on self

b.
Do not be too busy to hear and heed God’s invitation – it doesn’t turn out well!

c.
Yes, I wear the robes of salvation of my Lord.  I am not worthy by anything of my own, but in Jesus

d.
God would welcome all, but we are given choice and few choose to trust only Him

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