Because of the resurrection, we have a message to share. And not only are we call to share that message in Word, but also in behavior. We’re going to see that in our final lesson of this book of Matthew, that you’re sure that is Jesus of Nazareth, he is going to commend us that we observe, that means that we keep his word. So yes, it’s important that we have faith that we believe what he says, in our hearts. But if we truly believe that, that faith is going to document itself, it’s going to manifest itself in observance to His words, we need to remember what we learn in the Tanakh, the Hebrew Bible, the Old Testament, that what is pleasing to God is not just sacrifice and offering. But obedience. Obedience is better than sacrifice. Well take out your Bible, and look with me to the book of Matthew and chapter 28. Now, we began this chapter last week, and now God willing, and this our final installment in the book of Matthew, we’re going to conclude this final chapter, a chapter that continues the theme of the resurrection, the fact that God the Father, has raised you sure, his only begotten son from the dead, that message changes everything. And we’re going to see that this message of the resurrection is one that we are called to proclaim. And as I said, that that message should change our behavior. It impacts everything we say, how we think the decisions we make, and what we do. Now, we left off with your shoe speaking to the women, and he told the women, that they should go into the city, and that they should share that they witness him alive, having been raised from the dead. And again, that fact, changes everything. Well, let’s begin. Matthew chapter 28. And verse Levin,
as they were going these women, behold, certain ones of the guard. Now that guard was a Roman guard, you will recall that the the leaders of Israel, the elders, the high priests, and such those from the Sanhedrin, they were concerned about something, you know, they weren’t listening very attentively to your shoe, that he says that it was Passover, that he’s going to go up to Jerusalem, that he is going to be betrayed, they were part of that, that he is going to be put to death. But on the third day, he would rise from the dead. They were thinking about this promise resurrection. And therefore they wanted to secure the tomb, so that nothing could happen. That would allow His disciples to say that he had been raised from the dead. And they wanted they they went to Pontius Pilate, and asked that a guard be secured there at the tomb. And he agreed it and they went and carried it out. They sent the guard the Roman guard under their authority to do just that. And we read here, as the women were going to the city, we find that Behold, certain ones of the guard. They had gone into the city as well, in order to proclaim to the high priests. So they went and they proclaim to the high priest, all the things that had happened. They were giving a report Now we know something, those high priests, they didn’t like that report, it was going to undermine everything that they were trying to achieve. They weren’t interested in the power of God. They weren’t interested in the resurrection. In fact, they wanted to conceal the resurrection, and learn something that I’ve spoken about many, many times. And that’s this. In the Scripture, whenever the resurrection is alluded to, whether it’s in a hint, or in a very strong fashion as now, this is what we’re speaking about the resurrection. There is that inherent relationship, that close connection between resurrection and the kingdom. And this attests to the fact that the leadership because they were trying to conceal with deceit, the fact and I want to emphasize that the fact that he had been raised from the dead, the fact that they wanted to conceal that shows, they were not Kingdom minded. When your kingdom minded, you are going to want to obey God. When your worldly minded The scripture says, fact, John, in his first epistle, he tells us that when we are a friend of the world, well, we are not going to be walking in the love of God, we’re not going to be doing the will of God and demonstrating the character of God. So this guard, they went into the city, and they reported to the chief priests, all the things, what happened. Now look at verse 12.
And they were gathered, meaning the high priests, they were gathered with the elders, and taking counsel. And that means taking counsel together, they arrived, in other words, at a decision, a decision that’s based upon falsehood, based upon a lie. This was their decision that they reach that much silver. Now in Hebrew, and I realize this is Greek, but it has a Hebrew context of Scripture. It says much silver. Now in Israel today, and I’m standing in Israel as I shared this message with you. And if you want to say the word money in Hebrew, today, it’s the Hebrew word kesef, which literally is silver. And the same thing is being done here in the Greek language, they take the Greek word for silver, but it has the meaning of money. So much silver, much money was given to the soldiers saying, and this is what they wanted to happen. This conspiracy. This this council that they had reached an agreement on was this, that give the soldiers much money, but on the condition that they would say, literally, it says, You say that his disciples by night, Cain, and stoled him as we meaning the guards were sleeping. Now, now something really is not too good with this plane. Because a Roman guard now, all soldiers, obviously doesn’t matter if they’re Roman, or Greek or whatever. Soldiers aren’t supposed to sleep, when they’re on post when they’re on duty. But here’s the difference. Today, if a soldier, for example, is caught sleeping, they will get in trouble. They might be put into the barricade, meaning put into prison temporarily for a few days or a week. They might lose some some income, they might be punished in some way. But the Romans, what did they do? If a Roman soldier was caught sleeping on duty at their posts? It was the death sentence. So to say this, you can see why they were paid this great sum of money. So the leadership of Israel said, you say that his disciples by night came and stoled him while we were sleeping, verse 14, and if this is heard by the governor, now, the governor would be the one that could get the death sentence. So the leadership is saying, and if this is heard by the governor, we will persuade him and you it says, you being troubled will take care of being any harm anything that might be bothering you about obeying this, we are going to deal with, we are going to take care of we can persuade the governor, that no harm comes to you. And therefore, now look at verse 15.
And they have been taken the silver literally the money, they did as they were instructed, and this word, and it means to go forth, to gold throughout, to be published widely to be something that was known thoroughly. So this word was known thoroughly. It says, among the Jewish people, even until this day, meaning the day that Matthew wrote down these words, so we’re talking about a period of time, a, probably at least 20 years after the fact. And this was still what the Jewish community was believing. And this shows something that is consistently a problem. And that is this. It’s not that the leadership of Israel didn’t know the truth. They concealed the truth, they were deceiving. And the same thing, and I say this with all sincerity, with with knowing the truth of the matter, many of the leaders of Israel from a spiritual standpoint, they know what the Prophet said, they know about a suffering Messiah, but they never want that to be revealed to the people in general. They are concealing, and why are they concealing? Very simple, nothing’s changed. These leaders going back 2000 years ago, they were concerned about their position, they were concerned about what they had built up, they wanted to hold on to that. And therefore it was more important their position in the world, rather than the truth of God. So let me ask you a similar question. What is more important to you? The things of this world, perhaps some position that you have something that you possess, or the truth of God, as we move closer to the last days, and I believe we are moving rapidly toward those last days, you will be challenged more and more and more about who truly is a Lord of your life, the Lord of the kingdom, or the lord of this world, you are going to be challenged, what decisions are you going to make? Are you going to be found faithful? Are you going to be implementing the truth of God? Or are you going to be part of a conspiracy to conceal the truth concerning Messiah, what he did and what he’s coming back to do and what he said would be going on in this world before he returned. So they took the money, and they did as they were instructed. And this false report became lightly known among the Jewish people, even to this day. Now let’s look at verse 16. With verse 16. There’s a change in this passage, because now your shoe is going to come to to front and center. He’s going to begin to speak and speak to His disciples personally. We know that he had said earlier on when he was talking about His death, burial and resurrection, that he would go before the disciples into the Galilee. And now we know that that once more, he told the women to tell his brethren his disciples, that he is alive, and that he’ll go before them to that place that he had designated in the Galilee. And what we’re going to see in these last few verses, that’s all so very significant for us today. Let’s move on verse 11.
And the leaven disciples, now remember, Judas had committed suicide. So there’s no longer 12 There will be one added shortly. But right now, there’s only Levin, and they went into the galley. Now I like to pay attention to grammar. And one of the things that has been standing out and we haven’t always made reference to that and in this lesson, but let me say that many of the verbs and participles they appear in the passive voice, meaning this is the con sitive these individuals, they went, why did they go, they were caused to go because of this proclamation, they heard from the women go into the gallery to the place that has been designated. And and there you will see him. So this is why when it says in verse 11, that the leaven or verse 16, that the 11 disciples, they were going, it was that they were being caused to go by this proclamation, into where the Galilee now that phrase, the Galilee, and I’ve shared this with you before, it speaks about the term Galilee revealing something revealing to substantiate, to to cause something to be revealed, that is now known and embrace, and this is his purpose. So they went into the Galilee, to and notice this next word, the mountain, the mountain that you sure had appointed that he had designated. Now, what’s important about this, the term mountain, in the Bible mountain oftentimes relates to a seat of government, a rule at administration, a government or an empire. And you’re sure is telling them, You go to the mountain, why the mountain? Well, a government has authority. And we’re going to see that the concept of authority is going to become very important. In the last few verses. Notice what it says here, verse, verse 16,
to the mountain that he had appointed that he had designated to them, and this is your shoe for 70. And seeing him, what did they do? They worshiped him. Now, this is so very important, the fact that they worshipped him. Unfortunately, today, there are those who will say, Yes, I believe that you should. And of course, we’re speaking about Jesus of Nazareth, that he is the Messiah, meaning the Christ’s, that He’s the Son of God, but they really don’t know what this term SON OF GOD implies. The term the only begotten Son of God implies his divinity, that he is not just mere man, he is fully man. But he is always fully God. You sure is eternal. That means there was never a time he did not exist, he always was, is and will be, and he is always in the past. Now in the future, divine, He is God. But for those 33 years, we’re speaking about now the Incarnation, that the Son of God, fully divine, he also took on human flesh, being fully man, but never cease being fully God. And it’s important that we understand who he is. Now, why do I say that? Well, notice what it says in this passage of Scripture. Look at verse 17. And seeing him, they worship Him. It is a propriate. It is right. It is out of spiritual obedience to the Word of God, All scripture that we worship, you’re sure that we worship Messiah. And if anyone struggles with it, if someone says, I don’t believe that is appropriate to worship Him, that person is not saved. That person is not a disciple. Hear this carefully. It is a requirement for salvation, to know who the Savior is not just by name, you’re sure, or Jesus or haces, depending upon your language, but also to know his identity, that he is the Son of God, the divine, the only divine Son of God. And that’s why it says, and seeing him, they worshipped Him. But look at the end of verse 17. Word says, but there were ones and your Bible probably says doubting and that’s fine. But let’s speak a few minutes about this word. That concludes verse 70. They were worshiping but they were still those who were doubting, what is this word? The word is dis Tehsil. And what it means is this, it comes from two words, and we can understand it and to do further research. You can go to Strong’s Concordance number 1365. This word only appears in one other place. It appears here in Matthew 28. And also in Matthew chapter 14 And verse 31. But what it means is this, the the thought is to, and standing, standing at a crossroads, coming to a place where you have to make a decision, do I go to the right? Or do I go to the left. And as you are pondering, that’s what this word is. See, they knew wasn’t hard to understand that, that you’re sure is fully man. They they witnessed him as doing all the things that a human being would do, eating, sleeping, and such, and also Dying on that cross, having been flogged, having bled, having suffered, they saw his humanity. But now, they were confronted in a very real way with his divinity. And some of them were struggling, they were at that crossroad, is he fully God, and they were pondering that, and that’s what the Scripture reveals to us here. Let’s move on to verse 18. And you’re sure he came, meaning he came before he spoke to them saying, and notice the last part of verse 18. Now, I want to translate this very literally, in the right word, order. Because in the Greek language, word order can emphasize things. This is literally what it says,
has been given to me, your show is speaking to the disciples, he comes before them, he speaks thusly, having been given to me, all authority, in heaven, and on earth. Now, I am one that always likes to find a Old Testament, scripture that supports new script, New Testament Revelation. Now there’s a there’s there have to be one no many times or may not be but if there is, it can shed great, great light upon that passage. And when I look at that, that statement that you shows me that you show a mix, has been given to me, all authority, in heaven, and on earth. What comes into my mind is Daniel, chapter seven, beginning with verses 13, and 14, there, there’s a wonderful prophetic passage concerning Messiah. There, it speaks about him, the one known as the Son of God, going before the ancient days, who’s the intiative days, God, and it says, All power, authority, worship, everything the Father gives the sun. And this is what we see being related to hear, or he says, to me, has been given all authority in heaven and earth, therefore, based upon his authority, notice what He commands us to do. And there’s an emphasis here on commanding, he has what all authority on earth and in heaven, he is taking the position that God the Father, held, and what is this, it’s simply a transfer. Daniel’s message speaks to this, where the Son, and this is what his son does a son at a certain time, he takes over his father’s work, and this glorifies his father to see his son carefully and obediently, carrying up the purpose the plans of his father. This is what he’s saying. And as he is taking the leadership, as has been given to him the name above all names, that his name, the Lord, your shoe, every tongue will confess, every knee shall bow to the glory of God the Father, that He is Lord, and therefore we read this instruction, he has this authority. And he says, Go. Now this word go is in the passive. It’s a participle. It means while you’re going, but the going is being caused, what’s causing it, his instruction, his command to us, where he says, Therefore go You make disciples of all nations, the gospel is for all people, not just the Jewish community, but for all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and know the Holy Spirit, you know what’s important. We just see the word name, not names. But name, speaking of one God, and that one God, is in no way, a hindrance to believing in the three persons of the Trinity, just like we saw here, baptizing them in the name of God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them and unlike this next part, teaching them to keep that’s literally what it says, to keep many will say, observe, that’s fine, but it’s word to keep all which I’ve commanded you. Now, you know, it’s emphasize here, the concept of command, what He has commanded His commandments, that we command others, to keep them that is to do them to observe them. And notice, there’s a great promise, we don’t have to worry about the enemy. We don’t have to worry about the opposition, why? Notice what he says, And behold, I with you, and now we would say, Behold, I am with you. But he says it a little bit differently. Behold, I with you. And the thing that we see here is a there’s a close relationship between him saying I with you, then it says, I am with you. Wonderful promise of the fact that he is going to never leave us nor forsake us. We can depend upon him. He says, Behold, I with you, M. All the days, meaning every day, until when, until the end of the H. And this word for end, is a word that he used in Matthew 24. It talks about when everything comes together, everything happens to bring about a end. And here’s the key, a new beginning. He says I’m with you always, even until the end of this age, and then it ends with the phrase and some Bibles leave this out. Unfortunately, it’s word, amen. Which is a term which means you believe it. Well, my hope is this, that you believe that great commission that we concluded with and that you believe all the things in the book of Matthew that we have spent a year and a half study that you might be fully equipped to serve the living God.
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