Our Great Defender

Our Great Defender

Tuesday Night Bible Study | Monday, June 8, 2020

One of the most encouraging lessons we can learn from the way John the Baptist responded to his hostile critics was the way he rested in the reality that he belonged to God, he answered only to God, and he knew God was his great Defender.  And that reality alone gave him great courage to not take the abuse personally, but use it as an opportunity to point to Jesus.  Yes, always back to Jesus.

But John came to this confident realization the same way each of us can come to the same conclusion.  And that’s by seeing this truth in Scripture and then trusting, with all we are, that it is true.  So, how do you learn to trust Scripture?  By living it out day by day, whatever the consequences, come what may.

For example, in Psalm 62:5-7, we have a perfect picture of David’s trust in the Lord, and only in Him.  Let these words bring you great comfort in times of distress, as I’m sure they did John the Baptist.

My soul (inner being with thoughts and emotions), wait (which requires faith) silently (no complaining, no matter the circumstances) for God alone (and no other), (why) for my expectation (hope, refers to the cord from Rahab) is from Him (and no other).  He only (and no other) is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; (therefore) I shall not be moved. In God is (present tense) my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.


God is Our Great Defender

Isn’t that amazing?  Meditating and living out this truth is what can help us develop the courage and confidence in God that John the Baptist showed.  And it will most certainly bring a smile to our Lord’s face when we trust Him and His Word to the point of doing our total surrender to His will, with no thought of what’s in it for us.

How the church needs this kind of confidence in Him today!  We need to embrace Him in faith as our Great Defender.

Commit yourself at the beginning of this new week to double your time with Him.  Why?  Because as we see the chaos rising all around us, we may not have much time to waste in fruitless endeavors as we have had in the past.


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Trust and Abide, Come What May

Trust and Abide, Come What May

Tuesday Night Bible Study | Friday, June 5, 2020

In today’s study, we have clearly portrayed before us in the life and response of John the Baptist, an encouraging example of trust and rest in the truth that had yet to be revealed to him.  In other words, John believed in Christ and in his calling as the forerunner of the Christ, yet he had never had Jesus revealed to Him as the Christ.  That was yet to come.  But it didn’t matter.  John learned how to trust and abide in Him, no matter what, come what may.  His faith in something not seen was still just that, faith in something not seen.  And this faith was reminiscent of what we see in Hebrews 11, where it states:

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. (Hebrews 11:13)

And what was the object of John’s faith?  The sovereignty of God.

John believed and rested in the fact that God is Sovereign and he belonged to Him. In Scripture, we are called His slaves, His servants, and His children. Therefore, it is His job to take care of us, in every area of our life.  And it is our job to love and obey Him, to trust and abide in Him, in every area of our life.

This is known as the Great Exchange.


How to Trust and Abide, Come What May

The text we will be looking at again today is John 1:24-25:

Now those who were sent were from the Pharisees.  And they asked him, saying, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”

We will look more deeply at the Great Exchange and see if our faith will grow by remembering what Christ has given to us in exchange for what we have given Him.  And I think you’ll see how imbalanced the scales are in our favor.  We definitely get the better deal.  Praise Him!

Spend some time with Him today and learn to hear His voice and think His thoughts.   After all, “we have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16).


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The Road Less Traveled

The Road Less Traveled

In today’s study, we will watch John the Baptist come to the same crossroads of choice each of us face when we are maligned, attacked, misunderstood, or mistreated unjustly.  Like John, we can either take matters into our own hands, do what feels right, and vigorously defend ourselves from those who wish to cause us harm.  Or, we can take the road less traveled.  We can submit to the Lordship of Christ, recognize His sovereignty in all matters, and leave the results up to Him.  Come what may.

But make no mistake, the road less traveled is a road of graduate-level faith.  But it is also the same road our Lord traveled and left as an example for each of us.


The Road Less Traveled

The text we will be looking at today is John 1:24-25:

Now those who were sent were from the Pharisees.  And they asked him, saying, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”

We will also discover one of the missing keys to the abundant life in Christ promised to each of us (John 10:10) is our faith in the sovereignty of God and the truth that, as our Sovereign, He is our Defender.  And if He is our Defender, which Scripture affirms He is, then we don’t have to defend ourselves.  This is Lesson One that we can learn from the life of John the Baptist.

Take some time today and read Hebrews 11 and see for yourself what trust in our Sovereign God looks like.  And be blessed today.

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June 3, 2020 – Pharisees, Sadducees, Zealots, and Essenes

June 3, 2020 – Pharisees, Sadducees, Zealots, and Essenes

This is Part One of this week’s Tuesday Night Bible Study and today we will once again look at the character trait of humility that John the Baptist exhibited when he chose to not defend himself against the accusations of the Jerusalem delegation but instead pointed the conversation back to Jesus.  If we could only learn this tactic in our day of keyboard warriors who defame others while hiding behind their computers.  But, that is a lesson for another time.

The text we will be looking at this week is as follows:

Now those who were sent were from the Pharisees.  And they asked him, saying, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”  John answered them, saying, “I baptize with water, but there stands One among you whom you do not know.  It is He who, coming after me, is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose.”  These things were done in Bethabara beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing. (John 1:24-28)

We will also look briefly at the different political, religious, and social groups that made up the Jewish landscape in the time of Jesus:  the Pharisees, Sadduccees, Zealots, and the Essenes.

I pray you will be blessed on this third day of June and be encouraged to strive to become more like Him.

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June 2, 2020 – “Are You Elijah?”

June 2, 2020 – “Are You Elijah?”

This is Part Five of last week’s Tuesday Night Bible Study and we will be exploring together what the delegation from Jerusalem meant when they asked John if he was Elijah or the Prophet.  Note, not one of the prophets or a prophet, but “the” Prophet, using the definite article to signify a specific Prophet.  And also notice the word Prophet is capitalized.  Do you wonder why?

You can read below the text we have been studying this week.

Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” Then they said to him, “Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?” He said: “I am ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Make straight the way of the LORD,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.” (John 1:19-23)

In this study, we will also discover how to use Scripture to answer questions we might have about Scripture.  After all, the best way to interpret God’s Word is by God’s Word.

I hope this will help you in your walk with our Lord and help you grow closer to Him.

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