What means "humble" pt 3

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Jesus told His followers in Matthew 5:5, “They are blessed who are humble, for the whole earth will be theirs.” But what does humble mean?

The last two weeks we looked at “humble” with Moses. He was a strong leader and the most humble person on earth. Strong and humble? Moses was strong serving God. He didn’t fight for his own honor.

What about Jesus? Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Accept my teachings and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit, and you will find rest for your lives. The burden that I ask you to accept is easy; the load I give you to carry is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Did Jesus ever get mad? Yes. He got mad at Jewish leaders who made it harder for people to come to God. He got mad at people who made the Temple a place of business. He got mad at demons who hurt people. But when Jesus was put on trial and people attacked Him, Jesus didn’t fight back. Jesus didn’t fight to save His own honor. Jesus fought evil with good. Jesus fought hate with love. But Jesus didn’t fight for his honor.

Questions?
Whose face, whose honor, was Jesus concerned for? His or Father God’s?

What about today? How many people fight for their face, for their honor?

Would Jesus have good reason to complain about ‘microaggressions’? Did He? Should we?

What means "humble", pt 2

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They were an amazing family. Over 3,300 years ago, God chose Moses to lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. Aaron became their first High Priest. Miriam was a prophet. But they weren’t always a happy family.

Moses married a second time. Probably his first wife died. Moses married a woman from a country called Cush. Cush was in Africa. The wife was probably black and not born an Israelite. Miriam led Aaron and they started talking against Moses. They said God honored them the same as Moses, and they should have the same authority as Moses. Honestly, maybe more. They were dishonoring Moses and trying to take power.

Numbers 12:3 says, “Now Moses was very humble. He was the least proud person on earth.” So what did Moses do about this challenge? Nothing.

God called all three to the Tent of Meeting. God told Miriam and Aaron that He, God, communicated through dreams and visions to prophets. He talked face to face with Moses. God said He trusted Moses to lead His people. He said Miriam and Aaron were wrong to attack Moses, and that they should be “very afraid”.

God left the tent. Aaron looked at his sister, Miriam. Her skin turned white! It was probably leprosy. That meant Miriam could no longer live with the Israelites. She would have to live outside the community. Aaron told Moses they had foolishly sinned. Please, Moses, ask God to heal her! Moses prayed, and God healed her.

Some questions to think about:

Was Moses doing his own plan or God’s plan?

Miriam and Aaron were dishonoring Moses. They were trying to take his power. Did Moses fight back? What did he do?

Who defended Moses’ honor and authority?

When God punished Miriam, Aaron asked Moses to pray for her. Moses did and God healed her. Would you do the same for someone attacking you?

What means "humble:"? part 1

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We all know hot headed people. We’ve seen other people who are scared or believe they have no power. Often they accept anything and do anything they are told. What is humble? Clearly not the first. Is it the second?

We’re going to look at 2 humble people in the Bible. Moses in the Old Testament and Jesus in the New Testament. We’ll look at their lives and find what humble means.

First, some background on Moses. You can find this story in the Bible book named Exodus, chapters 1-14. Moses was born about 2.350 years ago in Egypt. Pharaoh, what Egyptians called their kings, wanted all boys born to be killed. Moses’ older sister, Miriam, helped save Moses from death by floating him in a basket so he would be found by an Egyptian princess. The princess took Moses as her child and raised Moses as an Egyptian prince. Prince of Egypt! All that power. All the authority to tell people what to do. How proud would you be?

Later Moses would understand he was born of slaves. One day, when Moses was about 40 years old, he killed an Egyptian who was beating a Jewish slave. The next day he tried to stop a fight between Jews- one asked if Moses would kill him too! Moses ran away into the desert. For 40 years the mighty prince of Egypt lived as a shepherd caring for sheep. What happened to pride in those 40 years?

Now 80 years old, God appears to Moses and tells him to return to Egypt and tell Pharaoh, “Let My (God’s) people go.” After many struggles and much pain, Pharaoh gives up, and Moses leads God’s people into freedom.

But then one day…

Got Sorrow?

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The kind of sorrow God wants makes people change their hearts and lives. This leads to salvation, and you cannot be sorry for that. But the kind of sorrow the world has brings death. II Corinthians 7:10

Sorrow or grieving is feeling bad or shame for something you’ve done. There are two kinds of sorrow. One kind of sorrow comes from the world, from people who don’t know God. Often they will ignore your pain or make it worse. Because you did something wrong, you’re shameful, you’re bad. You get labeled.

Godly sorrow is different. We realize how we dishonored God and hurt people. We feel bad. We grieve, We have sorrow about that. But instead of just feeling bad, we turn to God. We trust He made us clean because of Jesus. We believe God has adopted us. He loves us. He forgives us. He has given us honor and taken away shame. Yes, the sorrow hurts too. But then we have true peace. No need to look back. No regrets for turning to God.

Have you been adopted into God’s family?

Ready? Wise and Foolish from Matthew 25:1-13

One group is wise and ready. The other group is foolish and not ready. One group honors a bride and groom. The other group insults them. What can we learn for life in Seattle? More importantly, What can we learn for life with Jesus?

There’s no audio. Here’s the summary: Weddings in Jesus’ day were very different from most weddings here in America. They happened at night, and there were no street lights. The groom would go to the brides house. The grooms male friends would carry torches to light the way. When the got to the bride’s house, the groom and his friends and the bride and her friends would all go to the new house for the wedding and party. The brides friends, virgins, were responsible for carrying torches for bride’s group.

Carrying torches was a big honor. It showed honor to the bride and groom. 5 of the brides friends were ready with extra oil for the torches, 5 didn’t bring extra oil. The virgins lit their torches, but the groom was very late. When the groom and his friends showed up, all the torches needed more oil, but only 5 brought extra. Share? There wouldn’t be enough oil for 10 torches to burn long enough. All 10 would go out and that would be a big insult to the bride and groom. The 5 foolish weren’t ready. They had to go try and buy oil late at night. Too late.

The 5 foolish didn’t honor the bride and groom. They dishonored them. When the 5 foolish showed up late for the party, the groom cut them off. He shamed the 5 foolish.

So, are you ready? Ready for snow and ice in Seattle? More importantly, are you ready for Jesus to come again?

Mt. 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

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Suppose a very good friend just died. You find out, and you feel bad. You mourn. Suppose you do something wrong and people find out. You feel shame, You feel bad. You mourn.

Jesus says His people who mourn are blessed. Huh? Last week we learned that people with a poor spirit are blessed. Those people know they need God. God honors them through Jesus. What happens when we realize how wrong or dishonorable we’ve been? We feel bad. We mourn. God will comfort us. He tells us that He’s adopted us. He gives us honor through Jesus. He gives us forgiveness through Jesus.

God’s comfort is a special blessing to us. It’s OK to feel bad when you understand how much you’ve failed. But don’t stay there. Remember God has adopted you into his family. Let that comfort you. Let God comfort you. And thank Jesus for making that possible.

Mt. 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Part 2

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If you have a US passport, that means America is your home. You can visit other countries, AND you have the right to come home. If you get in trouble in another country, you can contact the embassy for help. Sometimes the government will even send people to rescue you.

Jesus said His followers who are poor in spirit are blessed because they have a new passport. It’s not for a country on earth. It’s with Jesus. God’s ways. No more sin, no more hurt. We don’t live there yet, but it is our new home. You can call to Jesus for help. When you die, you go to a much better home. Christian, remember you have a new passport.

Mt. 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

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If you’re really rich, you might think you don’t need anyone. If you’re hungry, buy food. Go to a restaurant. Buy the restaurant!

If you’re poor, you don’t have power. You need help. You depend on others for what you need. Do you depend on yourself? That is a ‘spirit rich’ person. Do you know you have to depend on God? That is a ‘spirit poor’ person. Most of us don’t like to think of ourselves as ‘spirit poor’.

But Jesus says His Kingdom belongs to people who know they are ‘spirit poor’. God gives hope and peace now to humble people. God gives grace now to people who know they need Him.