This is a wonderful statement about the Word of God.  The first is that it is living. However it has to live in someone.  If not it is only a book with black and white pages.  Then it is powerful.  I don’t want to be exclusive but without me it is nothing.  Of course it must live in others too.  One small man cannot conquer the world, but you would be surprised what can be done by a man with a Bible in his hand.  The Bible is a sharp sword dividing the things that naturally are inseparable. There is no creature hidden from His sight. Now it is more than just a book.  We must give an account to Him.  However Jesus the Son of God is our great High Priest.  It is almost like Jesus reaching out to us and His other hand in God’s hand.  He sympathizes with our weakness. Then we can come boldly to the throne of grace to obtain mercy and find grace to help in the time of need.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
There is a very important word in verse 7 perhaps also a little 2 letter word “if”.  There was a little 4 page tract titled, The If in Your Life”. The other word is “today” if you will hear His voice.  I want to hear His voice today.  Then I am not to harden my heart as the Israelites in the so called rebellion.  According to Deuteronomy 1:22 it was the Israelites who asked Moses to send the spies.  God could very well have gone in with God’s direction without the twelve men.  We sometimes want to give God advice.  Then of course 10 said no, and Joshua and Caleb said, With God’s help we can.” Forty years later both these men did as God promised.  Forty years were wasted. I don’t want to waste God’s precious time that way. I want to repeat the word today.  I will say something about the deceitfulness of sin.  Sin is a decision. It is easy to make a mistake here.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
There is so much difference of opinion in this world and in our country of who Jesus really is.  I don’t have any trouble calling Him God because there is no mistaking that is who He is according to verse 8. An interesting term anointed with the oil of gladness more than your companions.  To me that is after Christ’s baptism when the Holy Spirit came to stay with Him until He was taken back up to Heaven in Acts 1. 
Christ’s creation is mentioned in verses 10-12. This is a repetition from Psalm 102:25-27 almost a complete repeat of these phrases here but this is 1000 years later.  Christ is my God and my Savior.  The last thought is in the last two verses.  It speaks angels ministering to us.  But there is one more precious thought about Christ.  It is a repeat of Psalms 110:1, “ But to which of the angels said he at any time,  Sit at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?” vs. 13
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
I have lived with the story of the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus
62 years.  However knowing about Him and celebrating Christmas and so called Easter, I probably knew something about this at a very young age. This is the Resurrection story.  First there were the guards. They were to guard the tomb so the disciples could not take the body. Later they were paid to say the disciples did steal the body of the Lord Jesus.  Interesting how easy it is for men to lie.  It is easy for political people today.  They are told to go and tell what they knew.  When they found Him they worshiped.
What do people see in the way I conduct my life and how I worship? Is it real? The big thing is whether I can convince them.  First I must be convinced myself.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
 
Jesus is now, after the plotting by the elders and priests, delivered over to Pilate the governor.
Now Judas realizing what his betrayal really accomplished was remorseful and wanted to give the money back.  He said, “I have betrayed innocent blood.” Really there was no one who was more innocent than Jesus.  The Jews cared less about Judas now.  When we play into the hands of evil men we will suffer consequences.  They didn’t want the money.  Then Judas hanged himself.  They took 30 pieces of silver and bought the field of blood the typical picture of this world even today.
Jesus now is before Pilate who would ultimately allow Jesus to be crucified.  Even though they got what they wanted and what was predetermined by God, evil leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.  The nation did suffer and as Jesus predicted their beautiful temple was destroyed in the year 70.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
 
In the first part of those verses Jesus tells His disciples what they would all do when He is taken.  I find again Jesus Deity here.  However Peter persistently says he would not do that.  What I would like to say her is I would not say what I would say or do under certain pressure.  Jesus tells Peter exactly what he would do.  Eventually that is what he did.
Now we read about Gethsemane Jesus takes Peter and James and John with Him.  He tells them of His sorrow even to death.  Then He tells them to stay there and watch with Him.  I don’t take offense that they fell asleep as it is the middle of the night.  How watchful are we even in the daytime?
I believe because of what Jesus said to Peter the first time that there were three hours of prayer.  When finished Jesus sweat was mixed with blood. There is a medical term for this called Hematidrosis.
The three disciples sleep on.  I possibly would have done that too.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
This parable really belongs after what we call the Rapture (catching away) but we Christians at this time can get some lessons from the story.  Notice this King was going away.  But before He went He gave some talents to three men.  We see a phrase, “according to each one’s ability.” God never gave them more than they could handle.  So the King now comes back and calls these servants to see how they handled what He gave them. The first man was given five talents and received five more.  The man that was given two talents by whatever business received two more.  The man with the one talent did nothing but hide it in the ground.  There might be a type of hiding it in the ground who could be a worldly man not looking Heavenward at all.  I will leave the rest to your imagination.  What are we doing with the ability (talent) God gave us?
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
 
First of all what these verses are all about is the Rapture, when all believers since Pentecost until now are caught up to meet the Lord in the air.
 (I Thessalonians 4:13-18)  In Matthew 24 from the beginning of the chapter until these verses are beyond us in time.  After our being taken up to Heaven there are seven more years which we Christians call the great tribulation.  In the book of Revelation these seven years beginning with verse 1 of chapter six and ending with Christ coming back to rule in chapter 19:11-17 where Christ comes down fulfilling Psalm 110:1. The Father says sit at my right hand till I make your enemies your footstool. Then in chapters 19 & 20 after subduing enemies Christ reigns for 1000 years. He then in Revelation 19:16 is King of kings and Lord of lords.  Thankfully all Christians will reign with Him at that time.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
What does Jesus mean when He says that the Scribes and Pharisees sit in Moses seat?   It reminds me of Psalm 1 where the blessed man will not sit in the seat of the scornful.  However this is ultra-religious men not only keeping the Law of Moses, but as it were maintaining it as well as adding or subtracting from it.  The rest of our reading I think we are loaded with in some state which we have today in Christianity. I have another name for it called Christendom.  The Scribes and Pharisees were religious men under Judaism before the Christian era.  Now in this era we have no mention of men who resemble this characteristic of the religious men of that day.  I will leave it up to your thoughts as to who they are.  Notice the desire to be called Rabbi.  Then I will close with Jesus words to the disciples.  One is your Teacher Christ and you are all brethren.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
This is a parable and Jesus explains, “The kingdom of heaven is like a parable,” A parable is a story with an element of truth.  I do believe it is somehow about the ways of God the great king of the universe.  According to Zechariah 9:9 our former chapter speaks of a king riding into Jerusalem on a donkey.  Could this have something to do with this story?
The chief point of the story is who is invited and who really is willing to come.  The ones invited were the Jewish elites.  They were not interested.  Now what is this King to do?  All this food was prepared who will eat it? He gives the order. Go to the highways. These were the poor the undeserving even the ones into thievery, homeless etc.  There was a custom in that day that when they entered a garment was given to them to cover their street clothes. However one man must have decided not to use that garment.  He was cast out.  God’s way is best.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling