VERSE 15- "And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast."
2. John 3:29
B. When Jesus was with them it was a time of rejoicing and happiness. A picture of a wedding when there would be extended celebration that would last 14 days.
1. But when he would be taken from them there would be time for fasting.
verses 16,17- "No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse. Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved."2. Jesus was alluding to his death.
A. See Luke 5:39
B. Verse 16
1. If one patched an old garment with new clothe it would shrink when washed and tear the garment worse.
C. Verse 17
1. New wine in old wine skins would swell during fermentation and cause them to burst.
A. TO BE SEEN OF MEN IS CONDEMNED.
1. LUKE 18:12
2. MATTHEW 6:16-18B. VALID REASONS FOR FASTING.
1. FEAR OR MOURNING
a. ACTS 27:33
b MATTHEW 9:15
2. WHEN MAKING IMPORTANT DECISIONS
a. ACTS 13:2,3
b. ACTS 14:23
3. AS PART OF PRIVATE MEDITATIONS
a. ACTS 10:30
C. NO WHERE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT IS FASTING EXPLICITLY COMMANDED OR BOUND AS A COMMANDMENT. IT IS A MATTER OF INDIFFERENCE. HOWEVER, THE NEW TESTAMENT SUGGESTS THAT IT HAS SOME VALUE IN OUR DAILY LIVES.b. 1 CORINTHIANS 7:5
VERSE 18- "While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live."
A. "While he spoke these things"
1. about fasting
B. "My daughter is even now dead"
1. Original language suggests that she was dying.
2. "Point of death"
a. Mark 5:23
3. "She lay a dying"
a. Luke 8:42
A. There is much that can be learned from a study of the circumstances surrounding the conversions of various people.
B. The account of one such conversion is found in Matthew 9:9-13 (Also Mark 2:14ff; Luke 5:27ff)
C. The conversion of Matthew the tax collector
is rich with lessons about what happens when one decides to follow Jesus
and about how the Lord calls disciples.
I. A Willing Follower (9-10)
A. Matthew was a tax collector, a position which was both lucrative and humble at the same time.II. A Wise and Compassionate Lord (9-10)1. Roman authorities "farmed out" the job of tax collecting to Jews in certain regions.B. Notice two things about Matthew which identify him as a willing follower of Jesus:
A. He met Matthew where he was--in the very exercise of his hated profession.1. He had not yet given it up, but he would.B. He associated with Matthew and his fellow-sinners when others detested their presence in society.
C. What did Jesus see in Matthew? Perhaps:III. Jeering Critics (11-13)1. A lost man who could be saved.D. A great testimony of the power of the gospel to bring men together is seen in the unlikely combination of Matthew the tax collector and Simon the Zealot as disciples of the Lord
A. Naturally, the Pharisees were ready to criticize the Savior's failure to conform to their traditions.CONCLUSION1. Matthew 9:11-"And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?B. Jesus answered them according to their own self-righteous standard, showing that they would have no use for Him, but the sin-sick tax collectors would!1. Matthew 9:12,13- But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. 13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."C. Earlier, a scribe had offered to follow Jesus, but apparently on his own terms. Christ had apparently rejected him, and called Matthew instead (8:19-20).
A. Truly, "the Lord does not see as man sees" (1 Sam. 16:7).
B. There is much to learn from the account of the calling of Levi the tax collector.
C. May we learn:
1. To follow wholly, with devotion, as Matthew did.1. This section originally given to me by Tim Forlines
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