(Matthew 11:7-19; 7/5/20; Dr. Baines, Jr.)
Introduction: A key idea in today’s material is God’s ways are not always apparent to all. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to understand and obey God’s will.
Summary Highlights: In vss. 7-15, Jesus speaks to the crowd about what they expected of John the Baptist. John was not unstable like a reed swaying the wind. Nor was he dressed in the finest apparel. John was a great prophet,and yet those in the Kingdom of God will be greater than John. John was the Elijah who was to come to his generation.
In vss. 16-19, Jesus talks about His current generation. They were not satisfied with John’s strictness. Nor were they satisfied with Jesus’ informality. Jesus ends talking about how wisdom is proved right by her deeds.
1. God’s timing. Notice Jesus’ sense of timing in vs. 7. Jesus spoke about John as John’s disciples were leaving. .....Let’s work on doing our parts and trusting God to handle the rest.
2. Know and do your assignment. Notice in vss. 7-10 that John was not an unstable reed, nor a flashy dresser. ...... Let’s work on knowing and doing our work for the Lord.
3.Obeying what we understand. Notice in vss. 11-14 that those in the kingdom that suffers violence are greater than John who is also Elijah...... Let’s work on understanding and obeying the will of God as we know it.
4. Communication. Notice in vs. 16 that Jesus used a comparison to help make His point. .....Let’s work on being great communicators of God’s will.
5. Pleasing God more than people. Notice in vs. 17 that some people are like children in the marketplace...... Let’s work on pleasing God more than people.