From the MOUNTAIN to the VALLEY Pt. 2
September 7, 2014
Topic: Matthew Passage: Matthew 17:1–17:27
“Matthew: Gospel of the Grace of God”
“From the MOUNTAIN to the VALLEY”
John: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Peter: 2 Pet. 1:16-18.
On the MOUNTAINTOP: GLORIFICATION
Matt. 16:27; 24:30; 25:31.
V.3 “appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.”(9:31)
Deut. 18:15 (NIV), “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him.”
Spurgeon: “It is better to hear the Son of God than to see the saints or to build tabernacles.”
In the VALLEY: REALIZATION
Of POTENTIAL FUTILITY
Luke 10:17: “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!”
V.17 – according to one commentator, Jesus “found Himself confronted by that helpless boy, by that helpless father, by that helpless age, by those helpless disciples.”
His REBUKE was directed to the DISCIPLES along with the REST of that generation.
James Montgomery Boice:“The problem was that they were approaching the challenge with a formula, expecting inevitable results.”
Matt. 8:26; 14:31; 16:8.
R.T. France: “It is important to observe here that it is not the ‘amount’ of faith which brings the impossible within reach, but the power of God, which is available to even the ‘smallest’ faith.”
Mark 9:32: “But they did not understand the saying, and were afraid to ask him.”
Luke 9:45: “But they did not understand this saying, and it was concealed from them, so that they might not perceive it. And they were afraid to ask him about this saying.”
Of TRUE AUTHORITY
Matt. 22:21; 1 Pet. 2:13-14.
Rom. 13:7: “Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.”
1 Cor. 9:12: “We put up with anything rather than hinder the gospel of Christ.”
By LISTENING to JESUS: V.5b.
2 Pet. 1:18-19.
By KNOWING our WEAKNESSES. “apart from me you can do nothing.”(John 15:5b)
By MAINTAINING our FAITH, keeping it ACTIVE & ACCURATE.
Mark 11:22-23: “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.”