Musing Through Matthew- New Wine In Old Bottles

Let us muse  today from Matthew 9:17 and the theme of Jesus the King. In our text for today we find some thoughts on putting new wine in old bottles. John the Baptist followers were trying to hold on to the old testament tradition while trying to follow Jesus. Jesus refused to pour the new wine of the Holy Ghost into these old bottles of traditionalism. I fear many Baptist today are trying to live on the Old Testament side of the cross instead of the New Testament side were all is finished.. On this side of the cross man is judged by the state of his heart and not the style of his dress. Let us do as Augustine once said “love God with all your heart and then do as you please”.

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Musing Through Matthew- Old Garments Vs New Garments

Let us muse again today from Matthew 9:16 and the theme of Jesus the King. In our study for today we see a lesson on old garments versus new garments. Our Lord reminds the disciples about the garments of traditions, rituals, and Old Testament legalism. He says it is dangerous to try to patch up those garments with the new garments of righteousness. I feel the danger of keeping a list of dos and don’ts for the child God is more dangerous than being addicted to cocaine. It leaves you thinking no one has arisen to your level of Christianity but those who keep the rules you do. After a while you’ll look around and instead of folks looking like Christ they begin to look like you. So dangerous.

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Musing Through Matthew-Questions About Fasting

Let us muse again today from Matt 9:15 and the theme of Jesus the King. In our study there are questions about fasting. Their first question was why do John’s disciples and the Pharisee fast often, this one He did not answer but His silence did. He answered the second one of why did His disciples not fast and it was because they were in the presence of the bridegroom. We can only have joy unspeakable in His presence. All ritualistic fasting that does not have as its ultimate end to get into His presence is but the shell of religion and nothing else.

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Musing Through Matthew- Confronting Disputes

Let us muse again today from Matthew 9:14 and the theme of Jesus King. In our text for study today we find the subject of confronting disputes. John the Baptist’s disciples as well as the Pharisee had noticed Jesus disciple at feast and they did not fast. John Disciples as well as the Pharisee were always in fasting mode. The Pharisee  when they saw this they felt hurt and criticized behind  Jesus’ back. John’s disciples came to Him face to face and asked why is disciples did not fast. Oh how many have talked behind my back about what they thought I believed but few ever face to face with a desire to learn truth. nd they did not acts.

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Musing Through Matthew- A Call To Repentance

Let us muse again today from Matthew 9: 13 and the theme of  Jesus the King. Our Lord quotes here from Hosea 6:6 to the Pharisee telling them He would rather see them showing mercy than all their ceremonial rituals. His next words might have been a shock to a group of religious people who always thought they were right when He issued to them a call to repentance. He said I have not come to folks who think they are right but to call sinners to repent which means to turn or a hundred and 80° turn from sin. Lord, may their always be upon my life a strong Spirit of repentance and of keeping short accounts with You.

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Musing Through Matthew-Dinning With Sinners

Let us muse again today from Matthew 9:10-12 and the theme of Jesus the King. When Matthew was converted he had a feast at his house and invited his tax collector and sinner buddies. He also invited his Savior to speak at the supper. The Pharisee saw this as a stone to throw at Jesus saying He can’t be much why He eats with sinners and publicans. When Jesus heard of it He said where else would you find a doctor but among sick folks.. Surely this crowd  was sin cursed and disease with iniquity. Lord let me be found among sinners only that I might share with them the healing balm of salvation.

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Musing Through Matthew-Gift Of Jehovah

Let us muse again today from Matt and 9:9 and the theme of Jesus the King. In our next today we find the calling of Matthew the author of the gospel we are studying. He is sitting at the receipt of customs collecting taxes when Jesus call for him to follow Him. When a tax collector he was called Levi and now Jesus calls him Matthew which means gift of Jehovah. He arose immediately and followed the Lord. That call was so powerful that he who had always been a taker became a giving gift to all who read the gospel according to Matthew. Oh Lord let me be sensitive to that life changing Voice.

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