vs.1-9. The enemies here made repeated attempts to draw Nehemiah from the work but Nehemiah yielded not to temptation and thus avoided the trap that the enemies set for him.
A. The enemies were desperate to do something before it was too late to stop the work of God, and so identified with the devil. NEH 6:1-2 c/w REV 12:12.
B. Satan is always devising means to take a man of God from his work, but good soldiers are wary of distracting entanglements. 2TI 2:4.
JUDGE NOT.... (MATTHEW 7:1-5)
A. In this portion of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gives instruction concerning judgment.
1. Judge: "To form an opinion about; to pronounce an opinion upon, to criticize; esp. to pronounce an adverse opinion upon, to condemn." See LUK 6:37.
2. This portion of Scripture is often wrested to mean that it is never proper to judge (criticize, condemn) others' belief system, practice or sometimes even conduct.
3. If the Lord Jesus is here teaching that critical judgment is always wrong, it would be impossible to put His teaching into practice.
A MORE SURE WORD (2 Peter 1:19-21)
A. Not only did Peter experience a superior mountain encounter with the Almighty than did Israel in Moses' day (vs.16-18), he says of the apostles, "we have ALSO a more sure word of prophecy...." v.19.
B. In these verses, Peter sets the inferior glory of the O.T. revelation over against the superior glory of the N.T. revelation given to the apostles.
IV. The internal Biblical witness of four gospel accounts and only four: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, will be considered in this chapter. As has been shown thoroughly in prior chapters of this study, the Bible's supernatural authorship (God wrote it) is plainly evident from it's external and internal harmony and consistency. That is, within the 66 books of the Bible there are no proven errors of science, logic, history, mathematics, etc. and no internal contradictions. This chapter will show that the internal Biblical evidence supports the inclusion of four gospel accounts among it's 66 books. Not less than four, and not more than four. Exactly four gospel accounts.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth, and after finishing all the host of them He looked on everything that He had made and saw that it was very good (Gen 1:1,31; Gen 2:1). God's creation was perfect and in order and in subjection to the Sovereign LORD in all things - until, as Ezekiel darkly reveals, iniquity was found in the anointed cherub whom God had created (Eze. 28:14,15). God had given the covering cherub great beauty, which became the source of the lifting up of the cherub's heart against God and the corruption of his wisdom (Eze. 28:16,17). The prophet Isaiah speaks of that covering cherub, Lucifer, son of the morning, which fell from his heavenly office for saying in his heart, "I WILL ascend into heaven, I WILL exalt my throne above the stars of God: I WILL sit also upon the mount of the congregation ... I WILL ascend above the heights of the clouds: I WILL be like the most High." (Isa. 14:12-14). Evil had entered the universe via a will which was not subject to Almighty God.
2 PETER 1:16-18 -- THE MAJESTY OF JESUS
A. Peter here defends the basis of the faith he declares. "We have not followed cunningly devised fables...." (v.16).
1. Fable: "A fictitious narrative or statement; a story not founded on fact. b. esp. A fictitious story relating to supernatural or extraordinary persons or incidents, and more or less current in popular belief; a myth or legend."
2. Mark the various warnings in Scripture about fables.
1TI 1:4; 4:7; 2TI 4:4; TIT 1:14.
3. The Christian faith is unlike the mystery religions which presume to teach morals and principles based on fables.
I. It is a godly duty to financially support the minister of God. 1CO 9:7-14.
A. Benefactors of spiritual things are properly rewarded with carnal things by
the beneficiaries. ROM 15:27 c/w LUK 8:2-3.
B. Special consideration should be given to able elders whose life's work is in the word of God. 1TI 5:17; GAL 6:6.
1. Communicate: "To give to another as a partaker; to give a share of..."