NTB-1-MATT-5 - Matthew: The Life & Teaching of the King (pt 1)
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“Matthew: Lesson 5”
Introduction by narrator accompanied by a cappella singing:
THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. Spreading the soul-saving message of Jesus. And now,
Jesus said, “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does
not gather together scatters abroad,” Matthew 12:30.
We welcome you to our study of the life and teachings of Jesus the
King in the gospel of Matthew.
If you haven't got your Bible yet, we want to encourage you to be
locating that as we're going to study together Matthew chapter 12 through
15 today as we look at Jesus, the King of Kings and the Messiah of the
As we turn our attention to the gospel of Matthew chapters 12
through 15, today we begin in chapter 12 with where Jesus as a discourse
between Himself and the Jewish elite of that day. He and His disciples
were going through the fields of grain. As they're passing through, His
disciples on the Sabbath pick some of the heads of grain- which according
the old law would've been doable, would been something the law allowed,
and yet because of this action and because of the lack of love for Jesus
that these high priest and that the Pharisees and Sadducees have, they
now want to accuse Jesus’ disciples of violating the Sabbath.
How is Jesus going to address this problem? Jesus is going to show
they did not violate the Sabbath, because He is the Lord and Master of the
Sabbath. He instilled it for mankind, and He definitively knows what it is and
is more powerful than the Sabbath.
Notice what the Bible says in Matthew 12:8. Jesus said, “For the Son
of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” Christ is greater than Sabbath. He's
over the Sabbath. He's going to eventually do away with the old law and
the Sabbath. He wants these critics to see His power, to see His Majesty,
to help them see the error of their way, and to show His greatness as Lord
of Lord and King of King.
I'm reminded of the climax of Peter's sermon as he thought about
Jesus the ultimate Savior and Lord. He said in Acts 2:36, “Therefore let all
the house of Israel know assuredly God has made this Jesus, whom you
crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
Friend as part of living for Christ, as part of our Christian walk and
mindset, we've got a realize Jesus is in control. He's the master. He's the
Messiah. He's the ultimate Lord above all and over all. Personally
speaking, that means He's Lord of my life.
I love the words of Saul of Tarsus who later became Paul in Acts 9:6.
Jesus has confronted Saul as he is on the road to Damascus to do great
harm to the church and the cause of Christ. In the midst of that
confrontation with Christ Saul will eventually say ‘Lord what would you have
me to do?’
Can you find a better motto for living your life than that?
‘Lord how do you want me to live my life?’ Of course, the Bible
dictates exactly how God wants us to live our life! 2 Corinthians 6:19-20 the
Bible says, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of Holy Spirit who
is in you whom you have from God? You're not your own.” What do you
mean? “You were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and
in your spirit which are God's.”
As we think about Christ, as being greater than Lord, over the
Sabbath, and ultimately the application that He is Lord of all and Lord over
our life. Friend we need to be willing to submit to, to honor Him, and to give
Him preference in our life. My mindset needs to be: What does the Lord
want me to do? What does the ultimate master the King of Kings ask of
me? I want to live my life in such a way that it brings honor and glory to
God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 the apostle Paul would say, “Whether you eat or
whether you drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
In Matthew chapter 12 now we're going to learn another very practical
lesson from the life and teachings of Jesus the King of Kings. In Matthew
12:30 Jesus will now say and give this emphatic statement of how we must
be either for Him or we're against Him. Jesus said, “He who is not with Me,”
Matthew 12:30. “He who is not with Me is against Me. He who does not
gather together scatters abroad.”
What's Jesus trying to get across here? We're either for Him, or we're
not. There is no middle ground. I can't be 50% for God and 50% for
something else. I can't be 75% for God. No, I've got to be wholly committed
to the cause of Christ and of putting God first in my life. This is all about
priorities. Do you remember Jesus said in Matthew 6:33 “Seek first the
kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added
unto you.” Jesus said, “If any man desires to come after Me, let him deny
himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” This is about the
commitment of putting Christ first in everything that we say or do. Making
sure that we've got the mindset of the apostle Paul, “For to me to live is
Christ and to die is gain,” Philippians 1:21. If we're not for Christ, listen
carefully now, if we're not if Christ is not a top priority, if the kingdom's not
first, then we're against it. You may say, 'How can that be? I do love God a
little bit. I do give God a big portion.’
God wants first place, and He wants that which consumes us to be
His part that which is the most important. He needs to be in our life. It can't
be partly God and partly something else. We want God to have the top
priority in everything that we say and that we do.
Now think about this, if we're not for God Jesus said, we're against
Him. The world, materialism, all the things that try to pull us away- those
make us God's enemy.
Listen to James 4:4. James said with some of the strongest language
in the Bible, “Adulterers and adulteresses, do you not know that friendship
with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore desires to be a friend
of the world makes himself God's enemy.” Jesus said in Matthew 6:24 “You
cannot love God and mammon or earthly treasures.”
We want to think about today our commitment to Christ. Is Christ at
the top of my priority list, Matthew 6:33? Is living for Christ what life is really
all about? Am I making sure that I give precedence to Christ as Lord of
Lord and King of Kings in my life?
Now friend as we think about the ultimate life and teaching of Jesus
Christ, one of the statements Jesus makes that will really stand out and
that really helps us to understand how Christ must control our life is this: we
need to realize that God is going to judge us by our speech, what we say-if
it doesn't bring honor and glory to God. James says in James 3 that the
tongue is one of the hardest members of the body to tame. You can think
about that in your own life. How many times have you said something you
really didn't think about? How many times after you said something you
wish ‘man if I could take that back’? Controlling the tongue is a big part of
letting Christ be the Lord of our life.
Notice what Jesus says in Matthew 12:36-37. The Lord said, “But I
say to you that for every idle word men may speak they will give an account
of it in the Day of Judgment. For by your words you be justified, and by
your words you will be condemned.” The emphasis here's upon the idle
word. Idle means something that has no value. It's not going anywhere,
profits nothing. It's stuck in neutral we might say. For the idle word that
doesn't honor God, doesn't lift up mankind, it doesn't help others to draw to
Christ; I'm going to give an account of for every word I speak that's idle. I'm
going to give account of that in the Day of Judgment, and so I need to
make sure that my words have profit that my words are not idle that they're
actually progressing and trying to help others to grow closer to God and lift
up God and bring glory and honor to His life. Be careful what we say, and
let's make sure God has control over it.
Now friend especially this is relative to the teaching of the gospel.
James 3:1 James says, “My brethren let not many of you become teachers
knowing we shall receive a stricter judgment.” This is not meant to deter
people from teaching but simply to remind them of the seriousness of
teaching and preaching the gospel and making sure our words are not idle.
The proverb writer said in the long-ago, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is
Controlling the tongue begins with controlling the mind. James said in
James 1:19, “Let every man be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to
wrath.” We need to, listen carefully, take it in. Think about it. Soak it up, and
then respond after we've thought about what we hear. Yet, too many times
that impulse reaction occurs, and we just say something before we think
about it. Remember, Jesus said we'll give an account for every idle word
that we speak. ‘By your words you'll be justified. By your words you'll be
Now friend, that doesn't mean that you can't get forgiveness. That
doesn't mean that if we say something we shouldn't that we can't repent
and be forgiven and change of that. If our life doesn't have control of our
tongue, friend there's going to be a big problem in life on the judgment day.
It is indeed a very serious matter.
Then we turn our attention to the life and teaching of Jesus the King
in the 13th chapter of the gospel of Matthew, and here in Matthew 13 Jesus
is now going to tell the parable of the sower.
A sower went out to sow that was his part. The one spreading the
gospel just goes out and he can teach the gospel. That's his responsibility.
He can't make people obey. He can't make him disobey. He just simply
spreads the word. That seed, which Luke 8:11 tells us is the word of God,
then falls on different soils. You've got good soil. You've got rocky soil.
You've got thorny soil. You've got the soil that is choked up by briars. Each
of these soils represents a different type of person and a different type of
heart. Fell among the hard soul, the stony soul, it took root when the sun,
when trials and difficulties came out it withered away. That which fell
among the briars and thorns, it was choked up by the cares. You've seen
people like that- excited about Christ and the gospel, and then in a moment
of trouble and tribulation they're back to their old selves. You've seen
people who the gospel can really never get into their life, because it's
choked out by worldliness and materialism. Then we've seen people as
well who when the word of God falls on their ears, when they hear the
gospel, that good soil responds properly. They hear the word of God that is
faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Not only do they
hear it that that they're ready to obey. ‘Jesus is the author of eternal
salvation to all who obey Him.’
And not only do they obey the gospel, Romans 6:17, God be thanked
‘though you were the sons of darkness, though you were in darkness,
you've obeyed from the heart.’ That form of the gospel, which was
delivered unto you, and so they obey the gospel, and they produce fruit.
They're not idle. They're not just sitting in a pew. They're not just filling a
seat. They're actually getting out and doing something.
As we think about this parable that Jesus told, you know the practical
lesson is we've got ask ourselves: How's my soil? If you plant gardens you
need to have your soil tested occasionally, and you might have to add
certain minerals, or you might have to put more fertilizer. We might have to
adjust the amount of things or add lime-whatever it may be in the garden.
What about our heart? What are we doing to make sure that our heart
is a receptive place for the gospel? Does Jesus have precedent in my life?
Am I making sure that you know my ground is not hardened? That I break
up my fallow ground as Hosea said in Hosea chapter 10. Are we making
sure that the cares and the pleasures of this world don't choke out our
desire to put God first? Are we really submissive to God as we ought to be
in striving to live according to His will?
Also in Matthew chapter 13 Jesus is here going to illustrate for us in a
very powerful way teaching from His life about the power of the gospel. And
friend, this shows us and helps us to see we must never underestimate
where God's power is. God's power is not in men necessarily. God's power
is in the gospel and this parable shows us that.
Notice Matthew 13:31-32 Jesus here says, “Therefore I say to you,”
or excuse me Matthew 13:31. Jesus says another parable, He put forth to
them saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man
took and sowed in his field which indeed is the least of all the seeds. When
it is grown, it's greater than the herbs and becomes a tree so that the birds
of the air come and nest in its branches.”
This parable shows us the power of the gospel. Remember the seed
is the word of God, Luke 8:11. How did Jesus stress the importance and
the power of that seed? He said, well it's like the smallest seed you can
imagine. A mustard seed, if you can imagine, the tiniest seed you can
imagine in your mind- and yet you take that seed, put in good soil, and that
seed can bring up a magnificent tree. Jesus said that ‘even the birds of the
air can light in it.’ What's that parable all about?
Friend it stresses to us the inherent power in the seed, the inherent
power of the gospel. Romans 1:16, “I'm not ashamed of the gospel of
Christ it is the power of God unto salvation.” ‘The word of God is living. It's
alive. It's powerful, sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to
division of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It's a discerner of the thoughts
and intents of the heart.’ The gospel has the power to change lives, to save
people's souls, and ultimately help us to live the way God wants us to. It
can make us powerful in the sight of God in the sense that we trust God,
we follow Him, and we are His powerful people today.
As we think about the gospel of Matthew one of the things that we
learn in Matthew 14:13-21 is that Jesus Himself is the ultimate bread of life.
I want you to notice what is said here in Matthew 14 beginning in
verse number 13. You've got the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000. He takes
of the loaves of bread and a few fish and He feeds a mass multitude with
that little bit. John tells us so much so that they take up 12 baskets full of
fragments. Watch the lesson beginning in Matthew 13:17. They said to
Him, ‘We have here only five loaves and two fish.’ He said, “Bring them
here to Me.” ‘Then He commanded multitudes to sit down the grass. He
took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed
and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples and the disciples gave to
the multitudes. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up 12 baskets
full of fragments that remained. Now those who had eaten were about 5000
men besides the women.’ Think about this great miracle! In John's account
of the gospel, we'll hear Jesus in just a few breaths later say ‘you ate and
you were filled.’
Here's the lesson: “I am the bread of life.” Jesus miraculously took
those few loaves of bread and those few fish and He fed 5,000 people. If
Jesus physically can feed that many people with that little, imagine what He
can do spiritually for our souls! He's able to give men and women that
which they need.
Now listen to what Jesus said in Matthew 4:4. Jesus was tempted by
Satan. Satan knew He was hungry, knew He'd been in the wilderness. ‘If
you're the Son of God, command that these stones be turned to bread.’
How did Jesus deal with that? “Man shall not live by bread alone but by
every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” Jeremiah said it this way
“Your words were found and I did eat them. They were to me the joy and
rejoicing of my heart.” You know you can get a little bread and fish and fill
What about satisfying your soul? What about satisfaction spiritually?
Friend Jesus can give us more than we can ever begin to imagine. That's
why He would say “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after
We then then turn our attention to another lesson of Jesus that really
stands out as magnificent. Matthew 14:22-23, Jesus comes to His
disciples. They're out on the boat in the third watch of the night- in the deep
dark of the sea we might say. They've heard these mariners stories about
ghost and sea monsters and things like unto that, and so the sea is
disruptive. Jesus comes to them in the midst of that walking on the sea,
and they're afraid. They're fearful it's a ghost. How does Jesus deal with
Notice Matthew chapter 14. I want you to look in verse number 27
following. After they say it is a ghost and cry out for fear, Jesus said in
verse number 27 but immediately the Bible says Jesus spoke to them
saying, “Be of good cheer. It is I. Do not be afraid.” Peter answered Him
and said, “Lord if it's you, command me to come to you on the water.” So
He said, “Come Peter, come down out of the boat.” He walked on the water
to go to Jesus, but when he saw that the wind was boisterous he was afraid
and beginning to sink. He cried out saying, “Lord save me.” Immediately,
Jesus stretched out His hand caught him and said to him “Oh you of little
faith. Why did you doubt?” When they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him saying, “Truly
you are the Son of God.”
What does this whole story in this example meant to show about the
life and teaching of Jesus the King? Friend it shows us His power over the
natural elements of this world! Who can walk on water? Only God. Only the
creator of the laws of nature can control those and manipulate those within
His power. Who could calm the storms in just a moment except? Jesus.
Who could draw Peter out of the boat and make him walk on water? Peter
couldn't do it. When he began to think he was doing pretty good that's
when he sunk. The main lesson is Jesus is trying to teach I can control the
laws of nature. I'm the Lord of Lord. I can calm the fears in your life that you
may have. The Bible says “The Lord will never leave you nor forsake you
so that we may boldly say ‘The Lord is my helper. I will not fear. What can
man do to me?’”
If we're on God's side, if we're living for Christ, then God can help us
with the challenges and difficulties we face. Unlike the disciples here, we
don't need to live a life that is controlled by fear and fear of the unknown,
especially ‘for we know whom we have believed in and we're persuaded.
He's able to keep that which we committed to Him until that day.’
Now another lesson we want to emphasize from the life and teaching
of Jesus is found in Matthew chapter 15. This is a very practical lesson.
Jesus is again going to be confronted by the Pharisees, the Sadducees,
and the religious elite- they're going to try and condemn Jesus’ disciples for
not washing out according to the tradition of the fathers and to their Jewish
tradition. They wash to the elbow. They wash the pitchers. They wash their
couches, and they’re going to say to Jesus ‘Your disciples didn't know that
they broke the tradition of the fathers and the elders.’ Jesus is going to say,
‘Wait a minute now, they may of broke man's tradition but you've broke
something far worse.’
Look in Matthew 15 at what Jesus says in verses 7 through 9. Jesus
here says, “Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you saying this
people draw near to Me with her mouth, honor Me with their lips, but their
heart is far from Me. In vain they worship Me teaching as doctrine the
commandments of men.” Jesus disciples may have not followed the
tradition of the elders of the people of that day- which wasn't contrary to the
will of God. But these people were actually breaking the will of God. How?
Following the commands of men. Here's the command of God, here's the
command of men, and they elevated the command of men above the
command of God. Jesus said ‘Hypocrites! You want to condemn my
disciples for breaking your law, when you've actually broken the law of
And so, we want to make sure in this life that we give precedence to
the teaching of God, teaching of Christ, and of course to the words we find
in the Bible.
Friend God's commands are the commands that are important. Men
may have their ideas. Men may have their thinking. Men may even make
up ways of salvation that we don't find in this book.
What's going to matter on the Day of Judgment?
Jesus said, “He who rejects Me and does not receive My word has
that which judges him. The word that I've spoken will judge him on the last
And so friend, we ask you today have you submitted your life to
Jesus the ultimate King? Have you obeyed the gospel? Meaning, do you
believe in Christ? John 8:24. Are you willing to change your life repent of
sin and turn to Him? Acts 3:19. Would you confess the name of Jesus
before men? Romans 10:10. Would you be immersed in water for the
forgiveness of your sins? Acts 2:38
As always, may God be glorified in the preaching of the gospel of
Study Questions for: “Matthew: Lesson 5”
1. According to Matthew 12:30, what does Jesus say about people that are
not with Him?
2. What does Jesus say about people that are not gathering together in
3. What does Matthew 12:8 say of the Lord and the Sabbath?
4. In Acts 2:36 what does Peter say about Jesus?
5. What question does Saul of Tarsus ask Jesus in Acts 9:6?
6. According to 2 Corinthians 6:19-20, what is our body?
7. What does Paul tell us about what we do in 1 Corinthians 10:31?
8. According to Matthew 6:33, what shall we seek first?
9. What does James 4:4 tell us about friendship with the world?
10. According to Matthew 12:36-37, what will be done with the idle words