No Excuse

The invisible things of God

(his eternal power and Godhead)

have been clearly seen from the creation of the world.

They are understood by the things He made.

So we are without excuse.

(Romans 1:20)

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Our High Priest

We have a great high priest:

  • Who is Jesus, the Son of God
  • Who has been touched with the feeling of our weaknesses
  • Who has been tempted in all points like as we are
  • Who did not sin
  • Who, in the days of His life, with cries and tears, offered up prayers and supplications to Him who was able to save Him from death
  • Who was heard because of His godly fear
  • Who learned obedience by the things which he suffered
  • Who, being made perfect, became the author of eternal salvation to all them that obey him
  • Who has entered heaven

Therefore, let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9

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Why Miracles?

Luke 7:19-23

John the Baptist was in prison. He called for two of his disciples and sent them to Jesus, saying, Are you he that should come? Or should we look for another?

The men came to Jesus.

John’s disciples: John Baptist has sent us to you, saying, Are you he that should come? Or should we look for another?

In that same hour Jesus cured many of their infirmities and plagues and of evil spirits; and to many that were blind he gave sight. Then Jesus answered them.

Jesus: “Go your way and tell John the things you have seen and heard; how:

  • the blind see
  • the lame walk
  • the lepers are cleansed
  • the deaf hear
  • the dead are raised
  • the gospel is preached to the poor.

Blessed is he, who shall not be offended in me.”

 

Why did Jesus answer in this way?

John and his disciples knew the scriptures. They knew what Isaiah prophesied about the coming Messiah.

Isaiah 35:4-6

…Your God will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then the lame man shall leap as a deer, and the tongue of the mute shall sing.

Luke 4:16-21

Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up.

As was his custom, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up to read.

The book of the prophet Isaiah was delivered to him. He opened the book and found the place where it was written:

The Spirit of the Lord God is on me; because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings to the meek; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and to open the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord… Isaiah 61:1-2

Jesus closed the book, and he gave it back to the minister and sat down. The eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.

Jesus: This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

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The Woman with an Issue of Blood

“The woman with an issue of blood” is told in three of the four gospels:

Matthew, Mark and Luke

Matthew 9:20-22

A woman, who was diseased with an issue of blood for twelve years, came behind Jesus, and touched the hem of his garment:

The woman (within herself): If I may but touch his garment, I will be whole. (I will be healed.)

But Jesus turned about, and he saw her.

Jesus: Daughter, be of good comfort; your faith has made you whole.

And the woman was made whole from that hour.

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Mark add some details:

Mark 5:25-34
She had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better, but rather grew worse.

When she touched Jesus’ garment, the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.

And Jesus immediately knew in himself that virtue had gone out of him.

Jesus: Who touched me?

His disciples: You see the crowd thronging you, and you say, Who touched me?

The woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.

Jesus: Daughter, Your faith has made you whole; go in peace, and be whole of your plague.

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Luke adds more details:

Luke 8:43-48

  • Names Peter specifically as one of the ones who questioned Jesus.

Peter (and they that were with him): Master, the crowds throng you and press you, and you say, Who touched me?

  • And more specific about what the woman told.

She declared to him before all the people

  1. For what cause she had touched him
  2. How she was healed immediately.

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Look at the scripture around this story:

Where was Jesus going when the woman touched him? He was on his way to heal a girl who lay dying. Her father was taking Jesus to his home where the girl was lying.

What happened? The girl died. One from the household came and said, Don’t trouble the master any further. Your daughter is dead. (Don’t worry, Jesus raised her from the dead!)

How important was this woman with the issue to Jesus? Important enough to take time with her even though he was on his way to do something very important.

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How does this story apply to us?

  • When you hear of Jesus, come to him.
  • When you reach out to Jesus, You will be changed/made whole.
  • You will feel the difference.
  • Confess to him.
  • Give your testimony all those around you. – Why you came to Jesus and what has changed

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Unclean discharges from the body, such as a woman’s monthly menstrual flow. Leviticus 15:19-24 NKJV

If a woman has a discharge, and the discharge from her body is blood:

  • She shall be set apart seven days;
  • Whoever touches her shall be unclean until evening.
  • Everything that she lies on during her impurity shall be unclean;
  • Everything that she sits on shall be unclean.
  • Whoever touches her bed shall wash his clothes and bathe in water, and be unclean until evening.
  • And whoever touches anything that she sat on shall wash his clothes and bathe in water, and be unclean until evening.
  • If anything is on her bed or on anything on which she sits, when he touches it, he shall be unclean until evening.
  • And if any man lies with her at all, so that her impurity is on him, he shall be unclean seven days; and every bed on which he lies shall be unclean.

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Woman with an extended issue of blood – Leviticus 15:25-27 NKJV

If a woman has a discharge of blood for many days, other than at the time of her customary impurity, or if it runs beyond her usual time of impurity:

  • All the days of her unclean discharge shall be as the days of her customary impurity.
  • She shall be unclean.
  • Every bed on which she lies all the days of her discharge shall be to her as the bed of her impurity; and whatever she sits on shall be unclean, as the uncleanness of her impurity.
  • Whoever touches those things shall be unclean; he shall wash his clothes and bathe in water, and be unclean until evening.

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What would the woman have to do after she was healed? Leviticus 15:28-30 NKJV

But if she is cleansed of her discharge:

  • Then she shall count for herself seven days, and after that she shall be clean.
  • And on the eighth day she shall take for herself two turtledoves or two young pigeons, and bring them to the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of meeting.
  • Then the priest shall offer the one as a sin offering and the other as a burnt offering,
  • And the priest shall make atonement for her before the Lord for the discharge of her uncleanness.

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Another time we see a woman with an unclean discharge:

Genesis 31:19 And Laban went to shear his sheep: and Rachel had stolen the images that were her father’s.

Genesis 31:34-35 Now Rachel had taken the images, and put them in the camel’s furniture, and sat on them. And Laban searched all the tent, but did not find them.

Rachel (to her father): Let it not displease my lord that I cannot rise up before you; for the custom of women is on me.

And he searched, but did not find the images.

Note: Rachel said she was having her monthly flow. Because of this, her father searched the tent for the images but would not search the furniture on which she was sitting. It was considered unclean. Rachel was probably telling a lie so she would not get caught. Jacob had agreed that the one who had taken the idols would be killed.
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God Protects Women

Protection of the married servant – (Exodus 21:2-3)

If you buy a Hebrew servant, he shall serve for six years, and in the seventh year he shall go free for nothing. If he came in by himself, he shall go out by himself. If he was married when he came in, then his wife shall go out with him.

Protection of the maidservant – (Exodus 21:7-11)

And if a man sells his daughter to be a maidservant, she shall not go out as the menservants do. If she does not please her master, who has betrothed her to himself, then he shall let her be redeemed. He shall have no power to sell her to a strange nation, seeing he has dealt deceitfully with her.

And if he has betrothed her to his son, he shall deal with her after the manner of daughters.

If he takes for him another wife, he shall not diminish her food, her clothing, and her duty of marriage,. And if he does not do these three for her, then she shall go out free without money.

Inheritance – (Numbers 27:1-8)

Zelophehad, of the family of Manasseh, had five daughters.

His daughters came before Moses, and before Eleazar the priest, and before the princes and all the congregation, by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

The daughters: Our father died and had no sons. Why should the name of our father be done away from among his family, because he has no son? Give to us a possession among the brethren of our father.

And Moses brought their cause before the Lord.

The Lord (to Moses): The daughters of Zelophehad speak right: you shall give them an inheritance among their father’s brethren. The inheritance of their father shall pass to them. And if any man dies, and has no son, then you shall pass his inheritance to his daughter.

Protection for the captive women – (Deuteronomy 21:10-14)

When you go out to war against your enemies, and the Lord your God has delivered them into your hands, and you have taken them captive, And you see you among the captives a beautiful woman, and have a desire for her, that you would have her for your wife; Then you shall bring her home to your house; and she shall shave her head and cut her nails; And she shall put off the garments of her captivity from her, and shall remain in your house, and mourn her father and her mother for a full month: and after that you shall go in to her, and be her husband, and she shall be your wife.

If you have no delight in her, then you shall let her go where she will; but you shall not sell her for money, you shall not make merchandise of her, because you have humbled her.

Protection for the unloved wife’s child – (Deuteronomy 21:15-17)

If a man has two wives, one beloved and another hated, and they have born him children, both the beloved and the hated; and if the firstborn son is hers that was hated: When he makes his sons to inherit that which he has, he may not make the son of the beloved as the firstborn before the son of the hated, which is indeed the firstborn: But he shall acknowledge the son of the hated as the firstborn, by giving him a double portion of all that he has: for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his.

Protection for the new wife – (Deuteronomy 22:13-19)

If any man takes a wife, and goes in to her, and hates her, and gives occasions of speech against her, and brings an evil name on her, and says, I took this woman, and when I came to her, I found that she was not a virgin:

Then the father of the damsel and her mother shall bring the tokens of the damsel’s virginity to the elders of the city in the gate (sheets with blood): And the damsel’s father shall say to the elders, I gave my daughter to this man to wife, and he hates her; And he has spoken against her, saying, I found that your daughter was not a virgin; and yet these are the tokens of my daughter’s virginity. And they shall spread the cloth before the elders of the city.

And the elders of that city shall take that man and chastise him;

And they shall fine him one hundred shekels of silver, and give them to the father of the damsel, because he has brought an evil name on a virgin of Israel:

And she shall be his wife; he may not divorce her all his days.

Protection for the engaged woman who is raped – (Deuteronomy 22:25-27)

But if a man finds a betrothed damsel in the field, and the man forces her and lies with her: then only the man only that lay with her shall die: But to the damsel you shall do nothing; there is in the damsel no sin worthy of death: for as when a man rises against his neighbor and kills him, even so is this matter: For he found her in the field, and the betrothed damsel cried out, and there was none to save her. (Assumes the innocence of the woman.)

Protection for the virgin who is raped – (Deuteronomy 22:28-29)

If a man finds a damsel that is a virgin, which is not betrothed, and lays hold on her, and lies with her, and they are found; Then the man that lay with her shall give the damsel’s father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife; because he has humbled her, he may not divorce her all his days.

Bill of divorcement – (Deuteronomy 24:1-4)

When a man has taken a wife, and she finds no favor in his eyes because he has found some immorality in her, then let him write her a bill of divorcement and put it in her hand and send her out of his house.

And when she has departed out of his house, she may go and be another man’s wife.

Matthew 19:3-8

The Pharisees (to Jesus): Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?

Jesus: He who made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and the two shall be one flesh. Therefore they are no more two, but one flesh. What God has joined together, let not man put asunder (separate).

Pharisees: Why did Moses command to give a writing of divorcement and to put her away?

Jesus: Because of the hardness of your hearts, Moses suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so…

Concern for the new bride – (Deuteronomy 24:5)

When a man has taken a new wife, he shall not go out to war, neither shall he be charged with any business: but he shall be free at home one year, and shall cheer up his wife which he has taken.

An example of Kinsman Redeemer – (Ruth 4:3-5)

Boaz spoke to Naomi’s closest kinsman: Naomi, who has come back from the country of Moab, sells a parcel of land, which was our brother Elimelech’s: Buy it before the inhabitants, and before the elders of my people. If you will redeem it, redeem it: but if you will not redeem it, then tell me, that I may know: for there is none to redeem it beside you; and I am after you. In the day you buy the field of the hand of Naomi, you must buy it also of Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the Elimelech’s son who is dead, to raise up the name of the dead on his inheritance.

Instructions to the husband to love their wives – (Ephesians 5:25,28-29,33)

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church, and gave himself for it… Men ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loves his wife loves himself. For no man ever hated his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord the church… Let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself.

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God’s Building

You are God’s building.

Jesus Christ is the foundation.

Be careful how you build on the foundation.

(1 Corinthians 3:9-11)

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“I Am” Statements of Jesus

Seven “I am” statements of Jesus, recorded in the gospel of John

1. The Bread Of Life

I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never hunger. He who believes in me will never thirst. (John 6:35)

2. The Light Of The World

I am the light of the world. He who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. (John 8:12)

3. The Door

I am the door of the sheep; anyone who enters through me will be saved. He will go in and out and find pasture. (John 10:7,9)

4. The Good Shepherd

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep. (John 10:11)

5. The Resurrection And The Life

I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he was dead, he will live. Whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this? (John 11:25-26)

6. The Way, The Truth, And The Life

I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)

7. The Vine

I am the vine, and you are the branches. He, who abides in me and I in him, will bear much fruit, but without me you can do nothing. As a branch can’t bear fruit of itself, unless it remains attached to the vine; neither can you, unless you abide in me. (John 15:4-5)

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