The Day of the Lord—Amos 5:18-24

The International Bible Lesson, Uniform Series, lesson for March 1, 2019, studies Amos 5:18-24. My International Bible Lesson Archives include a Uniform Series Lesson from June 14, 2015 on Amos 5:10-27 (which includes all Amos 5:18-24 resources). You might find the archived resources below helpful as you prepare your lesson. Though I am no longer writing commentaries and Bible lessons on the Uniform Series Lessons, when I have hopefully helpful archives, I will post them here in the International Bible Study Forum for your convenience. By popular demand, I will continue to post Crossword Puzzles, True and False Tests, and Word Search Puzzles for each week’s Uniform Series Lessons. You might also consider a mid-week church Bible study, home Bible study, or personal Bible study on the Gospel of John, which is offered each week on the International Bible Study Commentary website. You can begin your study of the Gospel of John at any time by going to the John Contents tab.

Amos 5:10-27 (2015)

English Standard Version

Amos 5:10-27 ESV Commentary

Amos 5:10-27 ESV Large Print Commentary

ESV Study Guide for Amos 5:10-27

King James Version

Amos 5:10-27 KJV Commentary

Amos 5:10-27 KJV Large Print Commentary

KJV Study Guide for Amos 5:10-27

New American Standard Bible

Amos 5:10-27 NASB Commentary

Amos 5:10-27 NASB Large Print Commentary

NASB Study Guide for Amos 5:10-27

New International Version

Amos 5:10-27 NIV Commentary

Amos 5:10-27 NIV Large Print Commentary

NIV Study Guide for Amos 5:10-27

New Revised Standard Version

Amos 5:10-27 NRSV Commentary

Amos 5:10-27 NRSV Large Print Commentary

NRSV Study Guide for Amos 5:10-27

Audio Edition

Amos 5:10-27 Audio Commentary & Bible Lesson

Teacher Study Hints for Thinking Further

Teacher Study Hints for Amos 5:10-27

Teacher Study Hints for Amos 5:10-27 Large Print

Word Search International Bible Lesson Puzzle

Amos 5:10-27

True and False Review Test with Answer Key

Amos 5:10-27

Crossword Puzzle with Answer Key

Amos 5:10-27

International Bible Lesson

“But let justice roll down like waters,
and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream”
(Amos 5:24—NRSV).

Truth about the Day of the Lord

Truth about the Day of the Lord
(Large Print)

Truth about the Day of the Lord
(Bulletin Size
or
Bible Insert Size)

Though I do not have any archived lessons on the chapters you may study from Habakkuk. I do have archived lessons on your study of Micah for March 29. Here on the IBS Forum, I will provide Crossword Puzzles, True and False Tests, and Word Search Puzzles for Habakkuk for March 8 and March 15.

Even though the new International Bible Study Commentary is now a verse-by-verse study through the Gospel of John, I will try to answer any of your questions on each week’s Uniform Lesson, if you will send your questions to me at lgp@theiblf.com. I will answer them (or try to) here on the Forum, where you can also make Comments.

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May God continue to bless your Bible study and teaching and encourage you by His Word and Spirit!

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Teaching the Truth in Love for the Love of God’s Word and His people,
L.G.

Jesus Casts Out Fears — John 6:15-24

Perhaps even more than ever, we need to remember this truth, “Jesus Casts Out Fears.”

In the world, Jesus is an ever-present help to those who follow Him. The followers of Jesus today do not need to wait for Him to come to them when they are afraid, as the disciples in a boat on the Sea of Galilee had to wait for Jesus during a storm. Jesus came to them when they were terrified, and Jesus cast out their fears with the words, “It is I; do not be afraid.”

Before Jesus died on the cross, Jesus told His disciples that His death, resurrection and ascension into heaven would be for their benefit. From that time on, Jesus would always be with them and they would never need to wait for Him again. Jesus made His promises to all the children of God. When we are fearful or in trouble, we do not need to wait for Jesus to come to us; for Jesus is with us now. In the Kingdom of God, Jesus helps people with loving understanding, and He is always with His followers.

Listen to some of Jesus’ promises that we will study more deeply in the weeks ahead:

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate (or Helper), to be with you forever” (John 14:15-16).

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate (or Helper) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you” (John 16:7).

After the Day of Pentecost, we never read of a child of God or follower of Jesus missing the presence of Jesus. Because Jesus is the Son of God, through the Holy Spirit (the Advocate or Helper), Jesus is present with and within every Christian wherever they are all around the world. When we are afraid and need Jesus’ help, we can go to Jesus immediately because He has made His home within us. As His followers, Jesus lives within us for we are God’s temple as the Apostle Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 3:16 — “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?”

Today, wherever we might be, Jesus says to all God’s children, “I am within you; do not be afraid.” If we have doubts, the Bible has told us how to become a child of God: “But to all who received him (Jesus), who believed in his (Jesus) name, he (Jesus) gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12-13). The children of God believe Jesus and believe in Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

The Bible is filled with encouraging words for Christians. For another example, in Hebrews 13:5-6, we read, “Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, ‘I will never leave you or forsake you.’ So we can say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?’”

What do you think? Make your comments below. Do you or someone in your Bible study group have a question? Send your questions to me at lgp@theiblf.com and I will answer them (or try to) here on the Forum.

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May God continue to bless your Bible study and teaching and encourage you by His Word and Spirit!

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Teaching the Truth in Love for the Love of God’s Word and His people,
L.G.

The Promise of Persevering Prayer—Luke 11:5-13

Each week I am NOW INCLUDING ACTIVITIES for ALL LESSONS; such as, Crossword Puzzles, True and False Tests, and Word Search Puzzles whether or not I have older archived commentaries. Whenever I discover that a Uniform Lesson is repeated and I have an archived International Bible Lesson Commentary and/or International Bible Lesson that apply to those verses, I will let you know here on the International Bible Study Forum.

The upcoming Uniform Lesson for February 23, 2020 is from Luke 11:5-13, and is on Jesus teaching about persevering prayer.

Below are the direct links to the Bible Lesson Activities, Commentaries, and Lessons from a previous International Bible Lesson for January 2015 that I have on Luke 11:1-13, which includes Jesus’ teaching on the Lord’s Prayer according to Luke that you may want to disregard or compare to the previous lesson on the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-15.  As you will notice, over the years the Uniform Bible Lesson helps and activities on each lesson grew in number. I hope you will find these Bible Commentaries and Lessons helpful. Consider beginning a mid-week or personal study on the Gospel of John. You can begin with John 1:1-14 at any time.

Luke 11:1-13
(From January 2015)

English Standard Version

Luke 11:1-13 ESV Commentary

Luke 11:1-13 ESV Large Print Commentary

English Standard Version and Study Guide for Luke 11:1-13

King James Version

Luke 11:1-13 KJV Commentary

Luke 11:1-13 KJV Large Print Commentary

King James Version and Study Guide for Luke 11:1-13

New American Standard Bible

Luke 11:1-13 NASB Commentary

Luke 11:1-13 NASB Large Print Commentary

New American Standard Bible and Study Guide for Luke 11:1-13

New Revised Standard Version

Luke 11:1-13 NRSV Commentary

Luke 11:1-13 NRSV Large Print Commentary

New Revised Standard Version and Study Guide for Luke 11:1-13

Audio Edition with New Revised Standard Version

Audio Edition Luke 11:1-13 NRSV Commentary

Teacher Study Hints for Discussion and Thinking Further

Teacher Study Hints for Luke 11:1-13

Teacher Study Hints for Luke 11:1-13 Large Print

Activities for Students:
Crossword & Word Search Puzzles, True & False Tests

Word Search International Bible Lesson Puzzle
Luke 11:1-13

International Bible Lesson

“For everyone who asks receives,
and everyone who searches finds,
and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened”

(Luke 11:10—NRSV).

Reasons to Persist in Prayer

Reasons to Persist in Prayer (Large Print)

Reasons to Persist in Prayer (Bulletin Size)

Some of you might also find the  99 cent booklet  The Power of Persistent Prayer & The Story of a Relentless Widow helpful and interesting. Also see: Principles of Prayer and Prayer Steps to Serenity: Daily Quiet Time Edition.

Even though the new International Bible Study Commentary is now a verse-by-verse study through the Gospel of John, I will try to answer any of your questions on each week’s Uniform Lesson or Gospel of John lesson, if you will send your questions to me at lgp@theiblf.com. I will answer them (or try to) on the Forum, where you can also make Comments and ask questions.

Some of you might also find the  99 cent booklet  The Power of Persistent Prayer & The Story of a Relentless Widow helpful and interesting. Also see: Principles of Prayer and Prayer Steps to Serenity: Daily Quiet Time Edition.

Even though the new International Bible Study Commentary is now a verse-by-verse study through the Gospel of John, I will try to answer any of your questions on each week’s Uniform Lesson or Gospel of John lesson, if you will send your questions to me at lgp@theiblf.com. I will answer them (or try to) on the Forum, where you can also make Comments and ask questions.

Receive our periodic International Bible Study Newsletter by sending me an email request to lgp@theiblf.com.

May God continue to bless your Bible study and teaching and encourage you by His Word and Spirit!

Begin your study of the Gospel of John now!! OR Go to the “Contents” page to begin with John 1:1. Use for personal Bible study, mid-week Bible studies and Sunday schools.

Teaching the Truth in Love for the Love of God’s Word and His people,
L.G.

God Will Multiply Your Gifts — John 6:1-14

When we remember how Jesus fed a crowd of about 5,000 using five loaves of bread and two fish, we get some idea of how God can multiply our gifts to promote the work of God and meet the needs of others. One little boy gave his lunch basket to Jesus and blessed thousands.

Think about Moses. The LORD gave him many gifts; for example, he received a royal education in Pharaoh’s court. He could read and write, but he could not speak will. When the LORD met him at the burning bush, the LORD told Moses that he would send Aaron to speak for him when he spoke to the people and Pharaoh. From the first five books of the Bible, we know how God multiplied Moses’ gifts.

When Jesus needed to multiply His gifts to His disciples, especially after He ascended into heaven when they would especially need them, Jesus gave them the Holy Spirit to indwell them. Jesus encouraged them by telling them in Luke 12:11-12, “When they bring you before the synagogues, the rulers, and the authorities, do not worry about how you are to defend yourselves or what you are to say; for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that very hour what you ought to say.”

These examples should encourage everyone who wants to serve the Lord Jesus Christ, but who thinks they do not have enough gifts. Remember: all who believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior have the Holy Spirit living within them.

G0d will multiply your gifts if you will turn your gifts over to Jesus to multiply. Notice: we are not talking about getting more earthly possessions as gifts if you give Jesus gifts. Rather, we are talking about Jesus giving you more gifts so you can use all your gifts and new gifts more effectively to serve God and others in the Kingdom of God and the Church.

You may think you do not have enough God-given gifts or talents to become a minister, pastor, Sunday school teacher, music director, nursery school worker, pianist, elder, deacon, evangelist, or other type of helper in the Church. However, if you give your gifts over to Jesus to serve Him in the Kingdom of God in any way He sees best, Jesus will give you all the gifts you need and enhance the gifts He has already given you to fulfil His purposes for you. Whatever your God-given purpose might be, God does have a purpose for You in His Church, and He will equip you to achieve His goals for you.

What do you think? Make your comments below. Do you or someone in your Bible study group have a question? Send your questions to me at lgp@theiblf.com and I will answer them (or try to) here on the Forum.

Receive our periodic International Bible Study Newsletter by sending me an email request to lgp@theiblf.com.

May God continue to bless your Bible study and teaching and encourage you by His Word and Spirit!

Begin your study of the Gospel of John now!! OR Go to the “Contents” page to begin with John 1:1.

Teaching the Truth in Love for the Love of God’s Word and His people,
L.G.

“Christian” Pharisees — John 5:39-47

Even though the Pharisees thought they knew the Scriptures, Jesus said that the Word of God did not abide in or remain in them or the other religious leaders who refused to believe in Him. Instead, the Pharisees believed in and developed traditions, interpretations, and laws based on the ideas of former rabbis. They should have based their way of thinking and living on what the LORD revealed in their Scriptures. They also expected everyone to believe their teachings and obey their rules, and they persecuted those who would not conform to their ideas; such as, Jesus and His followers. They had memorized many Old Testament passages, but the Word of God, the correct application and meaning of the Old Testament Scriptures, did not influence the the way God intended—their Scriptures actually pointed them to believe, trust in, and obey Jesus.

“Christian” Pharisees study the Bible and do as the Pharisees did in Jesus’ day. They study the Bible, but they always make certain their views never diverge from those of their favorite religious teachers or theologians from the past or present. They may have memorized many Bible verses, but they do not let the Bible speak for itself as the Word of God written so God’s Word can influence their thinking and behavior and help them grow in the grace of God. Instead of making the Bible their standard for godly thoughts and actions, they study the Bible with the intention that the ideas of those they admire will abide in their minds as the standards by which everything else in the Bible and everyone else must be judged. If a Bible passage does not fit their ideas, then they reshape the passage or ignore it. Moreover, if others do not agree with their ideas, they will say those who disagree with them are not true Christians and they will verbally persecute them and try to destroy their influence—as the Pharisees tried to do to Jesus.

Jesus discussed another problem of the Pharisees and religious leaders of His day. The second problem relates to the first problem. The Pharisees did not have the love of God within them. Despite what they may think, “Christian” Pharisees do not love God. Because they do not first love God, some “Christian” Pharisees act very unloving toward those who do not believe as they do. They will try to destroy the moral and spiritual character of those they disagree with (even godly but long dead Christian thinkers). “Christian” Pharisees try to destroy the influence of those they consider unchristian because they believe differently from them. They totally ignore the command of Jesus who talked to a scribe and put first things first among the commandments: “Jesus answered, ‘The first is, “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” ‘The second is this,’ “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” ‘There is no other commandment greater than these’” (Mark 12:29-31). Because they disobey the first and second commandments of God, “Christian” Pharisees misuse the Scriptures and twist the Scriptures to hurt others.

Finally, from Jesus’ teachings, we know that the Pharisees sought glory or honor from others just like themselves. Instead, Jesus said that His followers need to seek the glory or honor that can come from God alone. So, in our efforts to be true to the Scriptures, the infallible Word of God, Christians must be careful to always believe the Jesus of the Bible and not just blindly follow the ideas of some other “famous” Christian. Christians need to pray for the Holy Spirit to help them understand and rightly apply the Scriptures as an expression of the love of God, a love that sent Jesus to die for us while we were still sinners. Only the Bible is the infallible Word of God. Christians must seek to study and have the Word of God abide in them more than the teachings of any human being, no matter how Christian some teacher may seem to us. Jesus must come first. Christians must also seek to maintain and express the love of God within them. Their love for God must influence how they treat others, even those who do not conform to their ideas. The love of God within us comes from the Holy Spirit, whose fruit is “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23).

Regarding the danger of becoming a “Christian” Pharisee, remember what Jesus taught. We need to pray and study with the purposes of having the Word of God abide in us and of loving God and others in the wisdom and power of the Holy Spirit. Because we love God and others, we want everyone to believe in and love Jesus as Lord and Savior based on the teachings of the Bible. We do not want to become “Christian” Pharisees who by their words and actions drive people away from loving Christ and serving in His Church. Oh Lord, save us from becoming “Christian” Pharisees!

What do you think? Make your comments below. Do you or someone in your Bible study group have a question? Send your questions to me at lgp@theiblf.com and I will answer them (or try to) on the Forum.

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May God continue to bless your Bible study and teaching and encourage you by His Word and Spirit!

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Teaching the Truth in Love for the Love of God’s Word and His people,
L.G.

The Lord’s Prayer and Forgiveness—Matthew 6:9-15

Each week I am NOW INCLUDING ACTIVITIES for ALL LESSONS; such as, Crossword Puzzles, True and False Tests, and Word Search Puzzles whether or not I have older archived commentaries. Whenever I discover that a Uniform Lesson is repeated and I have an archived International Bible Lesson Commentary and/or International Bible Lesson that apply to those verses, I will let you know here on the International Bible Study Forum.

The upcoming Uniform Lesson for February 16, 2020 is from Matthew 6:9-15, and is on Jesus teaching on the Lord’s Prayer and about Forgiveness.

Below are the direct links to the materials I have on Matthew 6:9-15. As you will notice, over the years the materials on each lesson grew in number, and I only have the commentary on Matthew 6:9-15, Bible Study Hints, and Bible Lesson from 2011.

Matthew 6:9-15
(From November 2011)

Matthew 6:9-15 Commentary

Matthew 6:9-15 Commentary Large Print

Teacher and Student Bible Study Hints for Thinking Further

International Bible Lesson

“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matthew 6:14-15—NRSV).

Do You Need to Forgive Anyone?

Do You Need to Forgive Anyone? (Large Print)

Do You Need to Forgive Anyone? (Bulletin Size)

Activities for Students:
Crossword & Word Search Puzzles, True & False Tests

Even though the new International Bible Study Commentary is now a verse-by-verse study through the Gospel of John, I will try to answer any of your questions on each week’s Uniform Lesson, if you will send your questions to me at lgp@theiblf.com. I will answer them (or try to) on the Forum, where you can also make Comments.

Receive our periodic International Bible Study Newsletter by sending me an email request to lgp@theiblf.com.

May God continue to bless your Bible study and teaching and encourage you by His Word and Spirit!

Begin your study of the Gospel of John now!! OR Go to the “Contents” page to begin with John 1:1. Use for private Bible study, mid-week Bible study and Sunday schools.

Teaching the Truth in Love for the Love of God’s Word and His people,
L.G.

God-Promotion or Self-Promotion? — John 5:30-38

When Jesus said, “If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true,” He may have included the idea, “If I promote myself, my self-promotion does not honor God.” Self-promotion seems to be what the scribes and Pharisees did when they loved to be honored by the crowds for their seeming piety.

What is wrong with self-promotion? The world tells us that if we want to “get ahead,” we need to look for ways to promote ourselves in the eyes of those who can help us “get ahead.” Maybe self-promotion works for many. Consider the successes of the Pharisees.

When the Pharisees gave alms to the poor or prayed on the street corners for all to see, they were promoting themselves for reasons probably unknown to us, but Jesus said they had received their reward. So, self-promotion can be rewarding in some way or another. But the Pharisees who through their self-promotion had received their reward in this world were not going to be rewarded again by God in the next world—they had received all the reward they were going to get.

Again, what is wrong with self-promotion? Perhaps nothing. But if our true task is to promote the business or career of someone else, and we use their time and money to promote our own self-advancement or profession instead of doing what they employed us to do, that would not be right.

What example did Jesus leave us? First and foremost, Jesus promoted the purposes of His Heavenly Father instead of His own self-interest. What is our purpose? Jesus perfectly agreed with the purposes of His Heaven Father. Do we agree with the purposes of God? Jesus came to do the will of His Father who sent Him, and Jesus never opposed His Father’s will. Jesus completed the work He was sent to do. If we have responded to Jesus’ call to follow Him, have we also decided to do the will of Jesus and never oppose God’s will for us, the Lord being our Helper, though we still disobey God sometimes?

At all times, Jesus came to do the will of His Heavenly Father and He did; therefore, the Father promoted Jesus among the people He came to serve. With single-minded love and devotion for His Father, Jesus did His Father’s will. Unlike the Pharisees, who needed the crowds to promote their self-interests, Jesus chose to promote the interests of His Father who had sent Him; therefore, the Father promoted Jesus to the right hand of God after Jesus’ sacrificial death and resurrection. Jesus received the reward of His suffering.

As followers of Jesus Christ, as Bible students and teachers, whose purposes do we seek to fulfill first and foremost with the time, talent, and opportunities God gives us? God the Father testified in behalf of Jesus, who did His Father’s will. For almost 2,000 years, God the Father has testified in behalf of those who have promoted His work through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Let us prayerfully seek to know and do the Father’s will and obey Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit according to the Scriptures, rather than try to use Jesus and truths we learn from the Bible as means of self-promotion.

What do you think? Make your comments below. Do you or someone in your Bible study group have a question? Send your questions to me at lgp@theiblf.com and I will answer them (or try to) on the Forum.

Receive our periodic International Bible Study Newsletter by sending me an email request to lgp@theiblf.com.

May God continue to bless your Bible study and teaching and encourage you by His Word and Spirit!

Begin your study of the Gospel of John now!! OR Go to the “Contents” page to begin with John 1:1. Teaching the Truth in Love for the Love of God’s Word and His people,
L.G.

Seeking the Right Rewards—Matthew 6:1-8

Each week I am NOW INCLUDING ACTIVITIES for ALL LESSONS; such as, Crossword Puzzles, True and False Tests, and Word Search Puzzles whether or not I have older archived commentaries. Whenever I discover that a Uniform Lesson is repeated and I have an archived International Bible Lesson Commentary and/or International Bible Lesson that apply to those verses, I will let you know here on the International Bible Study Forum.

The upcoming Uniform Lesson for February 9, 2020 is from Matthew 6:1-8, and it precedes Jesus’ teaching on the Lord’s Prayer and warns us against hypocrisy. I have added commentary on Matthew 6:1-4, because the Uniform Lesson from November 2011 was from Matthew 6:5-15. I will soon publish the commentary on Matthew 6:9-15 for February 16. Though I have published lesson commentaries on almost all of Matthew chapters 5 & 6, I have none from Matthew chapter 7 (which I will write as time permits).

Below are the direct links to the materials I have on Matthew 6:1-8. As you will notice, over the years the materials on each lesson grew in number, and I only have the commentary on Matthew 6:1-8 from 2011.

Matthew 6:1-8
(From November 2011, with verses 1-4 added in February 2020)

Matthew 6:1-8 Commentary

Matthew 6:1-8 Commentary Large Print

Activities for Students:
Crossword & Word Search Puzzles, True & False Tests

Even though the new International Bible Study Commentary is now a verse-by-verse study through the Gospel of John, I will try to answer any of your questions on each week’s Uniform Lesson, if you will send your questions to me at lgp@theiblf.com. I will answer them (or try to) on the Forum, where you can also make Comments.

Receive our periodic International Bible Study Newsletter by sending me an email request to lgp@theiblf.com.

May God continue to bless your Bible study and teaching and encourage you by His Word and Spirit!

Begin your study of the Gospel of John now!! OR Go to the “Contents” page to begin with John 1:1. For private study, weekday Bible Studies, and Sunday schools.

Teaching the Truth in Love for the Love of God’s Word and His people,
L.G.

Jesus’ Temptation in the Wilderness — Matthew 4:1-11

As I told you in our recent International Bible Study Forum Newsletter, whenever I discover that a Uniform Lesson is repeated and I have an archived International Bible Lesson Commentary and International Bible Lesson that apply to those verses, I will let you know here on the International Bible Study Forum.

The upcoming Uniform Lesson for February 2, 2020 is from Jesus’ Temptation in the Wilderness following His baptism by John the Baptist in the Jordan River. The earlier archives do not include as much material as the later archives, but they all include commentaries and Bible lessons as you will see below.

Below are the direct links to the Matthew 4:1-11 archived materials from the new International Bible Study Commentary website.

Matthew 4:1-11
(From May 2014)

Matthew 4:1-11 Commentary

Matthew 4:1-11 Large Print Commentary

Teacher Study Hints for Thinking Further

Teacher Study Hints for Deuteronomy 6:10-19 and Matthew 4:1-11

Large Print Teacher Study Hints for Deuteronomy 6:10-19 and Matthew 4:1-11

Audio Commentary

Audio Commentary on Matthew 4:1-11

Student Class Handout

King James Version and Student Study Handout for Matthew 4:1-11

New Revised Standard Version and Student Study Handout for Matthew 4:1-11

International Bible Lesson

“But Jesus answered, ‘It is written,
“One does not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God”’”

(Matthew 4:4—NRSV).

How Should Everyone Live?

How Should Everyone Live? (Large Print)

How Should Everyone Live? (Bulletin Size)

Activities for Students:
Crossword & Word Search Puzzles, True & False Tests

Even though the new International Bible Study Commentary is now a verse-by-verse study through the Gospel of John, I will try to answer any of your questions on each week’s Uniform Lesson, if you will send your questions to me at lgp@theiblf.com. I will answer them (or try to) on the Forum, where you can also make Comments.

Receive our periodic International Bible Study Newsletter by sending me an email request to lgp@theiblf.com.

May God continue to bless your Bible study and teaching and encourage you by His Word and Spirit!

Begin your study of the Gospel of John now!! OR Go to the “Contents” page to begin with John 1:1.

Teaching the Truth in Love for the Love of God’s Word and His people,
L.G.

Honoring the Father and the Son — John 5:19-29

We have learned how humbly Jesus did whatever He saw the Father doing, and He never did anything that the Father would not do. He always did what the Father wanted, and He never did anything that the Father did not want Him to do. Jesus and His Father worked perfectly together and were perfect in everything they said and did. They are totally unlike us in our relationships!

Because of the relationship between Father and Son, we sometimes think of the Father as greater than the Son. However, by example and by word, Jesus showed that as believers we need to think about doing the will of God first and foremost, just as He did His Father’s will. Jesus also served others. He said He came into the world to serve. In Mark 10:45, Jesus said, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Furthermore, Jesus said to His followers, in Mark 10:43, 44, “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.” Jesus modeled servanthood toward us. He washed His disciples’ feet and He served us when He died on the cross for us, but we do not think of ourselves as greater than Jesus. Jesus also told us to go and do as He did and serve others, but we do not do that to make ourselves great—and neither did Jesus.

As the Bible tells us to do, we seek to love and obey God first and foremost and serve others. Because of Jesus’ example in word and deed, we tend to think that the Father is greater than the Son. However, in John 5:23, Jesus said that the Father intended “that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.” Therefore, we need to always love, honor, and obey Jesus just as He loved, honored, and obeyed His Father—by doing as Jesus did, we love, honor, and obey God. Just as believers in Jesus pray to the Father, so believers pray to the Son and honor both the Father and the Son. Both hear our prayers, and both are worthy of equal honor.

The scribes and Pharisees knew that Jesus was making himself equal to God by what He said and did, and they wanted to kill Him. Indeed, as we have studied the Gospel of John, we have learned that we need to consider the Father and the Son as worthy of equal honor, love, and obedience, so we want to love, serve, glorify, and worship them.

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