Mathew 15 Lesson

Defining Our Moral Compass

OUR OBEDIENCE IS TO GOD, NOT MAN

In Mathew Chapter 15, Jesus had gathered a crowd of people around Him and said to them:

  • “Hear and understand.  It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man.” – Mathew 15:10-11.

Prior to this, Jesus had chastised the Pharisees for, “Teaching as gospel the precepts of men.” – Mathew 15:9.

As Christians, we need to be careful that we are not doing something just because somebody told us to, or because it is popular in our day. Our obedience is to God, not man.

Sometimes, a tradition has been around so long that we take it, “As gospel,” without giving any thought as to whether it is based on scripture.   Jesus makes it clear to us that we should not do that.

DEFINING OUR MORAL COMPASS

We need to be careful and make certain that our moral compass always points in the direction of God.  

There is an expression that says, “If you do not know where you are going, any road will do.”

We are so blessed as Christians to know precisely how God wants us to live our lives. We have it in writing for all to see. God has told us what we can do, and what we cannot do. Our job is to submit ourselves to His will and work to learn and obey His commandments.

Not only do we have God’s word to navigate our way through life, but we also have the Holy Spirit.

InJohn’s Gospel, Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit as, “The Helper.”

  • “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” - John 14:26.

One way to think of the relationship between God’s word, and the Holy Spirit is this:

  • The Bible tells us what God wants us to do,
  • The Holy Spirit lets us feel it.

SATAN WILL TRY TO THROW US OFF COURSE

When we define our moral compass based solely on God’s word, and the Holy Spirit, we can be certain that Satan will not like it!

The more we live our lives to glorify God and serve others, the more threatened Satan will become. Peter warned us about this in his first epistle:

  • “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” – 1 Peter 5:8.

The devil will use greed, power, ambition, and lust to try and separate us from God. He will try and tempt us to see if we are willing to deviate from God’s plan. We cannot allow him to be successful. For if we allow Satan and the world to shape who we are, what we do, and what we say, we will become lost.

SEEKING GOD

God wants us to seek Him, God wants us to hear Him, and God wants us to follow Him.

He wants us to make the right choice. And when we choose to live our lives by God’s rules, His wonderful plan for us will unfold. Consider the following words written by the Prophet Jeremiah:

  • “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”Jeremiah 29:11.

There is an interesting exchange that takes place between Jesus and a gentile woman found in Mathew Chapter 15 that drives home this message:

  • “Jesus went away from there and withdrew into the district of Tyre and Sidon.  And a Canaanite woman from that region came out and began to cry out, saying, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed.”  But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, “Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us.”  But He answered and said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”  But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, “Lord, help me!”  And He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”  But she said, “Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”  Then Jesus said to her, “O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed at once.” – Mathew 15:21-28.

A summary of this important passage would include these five points:

  1. A woman from Canaan asked Jesus to help her,
  2. Jesus did not respond to her initial request,
  3. The woman bows down before Jesus and asks Him again to help her,
  4. The woman humblesherself before Jesus and asks for help a third time,
  5. This time Jesus helps her because of her strong faith and perseverance.

CONCLUSION

As God’s children, we are called to follow His commands and not the ways of the world. The Bible teaches us that Satan is the ruler of the earth (1 John 5:19, 2 Corinthians 4:4, John 12:31, John 14:30).

And because God has allowed Satan to be the ruler of the earth for the unbelievers, chaos exists all around us.

The path that leads to heaven is narrow and few will find it. Satan’s advances are not to be taken lightly. He will do everything within his power to throw us off course.

We need a strong moral compass defined solely by God’s word and His Holy Spirit to keep us heading in the right direction. It will take endurance and perseverance, but with God’s help, we will finish the race and reside with Him in heaven for all eternity!

We will end today’s lesson with the following words written by the Apostle Paul in his second letter to Timothy. These are the same words that we hope to be able to say at the end of our time on earth. The way to do that is to follow God and His Holy Spirit as our moral compass and let their wisdom guide our actions.

  • “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith;in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.” – 2 Timothy 4:8.

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Johnee

Jesus teaching is the only way to that lead someone to God than mans teachings

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