The Humility of the Kingdom

The Humility Of The Kingdom

“And Jesus called a little child unto Him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, ‘Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in My name receiveth Me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in Me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.’” Matthew 18:3-6

Matthew 18:1-35

Five things we can learn from Matthew 18.

This is the fourth of five sermons which Matthew records of those which Jesus preached. The first is the Sermon on the Mount chapters 5-7; the second is in chapter 10 which is the the Commissioning of the Twelve; the third was the Parables of the Kingdom; now the fourth which is the Sermon on a Childlike faith.

There are five qualities of humility which we see in chapter eighteen:

I. TRUSTING THE LORD BECAUSE WE HAVE NO RESOURCES OF OUR OWN (vv. 1-5).

II. HARMING OR OFFENDING ONE OF THESE HUMBLED ONES IS A SERIOUS OFFENSE (vv. 6-9).

III. CARING FOR THE OFFENDED ONES AS A SHEPHERD DOES HIS SHEEP (vv. 10-14).

IV. DISCIPLINE AND RECONCILIATION OF AN OFFENDING OR OFFENDED BRETHREN (vv. 15-20).

V. THE HUMBLED CHILD; A FORGIVEN CHILD; A FORGIVING CHILD (vv. 21-35).

-Tim A. Blankenship

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Through the Bible in a Year – e100613

Peace… But No Peace

Jeremiah 6:10-19

purpose: To reveal what is happening when there is proposed peace, but evil is good, and good is evil; when the people of God despise the word of God, and there is no shame; and to show what will happen if there is no repentance.

1.  THE WORD OF GOD BECOMES OFFENSIVE (v. 10).

2.  TROUBLE IN THE HOMELAND, ABROAD, AT HOME AND AMONG SPIRITUAL LEADERS (vv. 11-13).

3.  A FALSE MESSAGE IS PROCLAIMED FOR PEACE (v. 14).

4.  THERE IS NO SHAME TOWARD WHAT GOD CALLS ABOMINATION (v. 15a).

5.  THERE WILL BE A VISITATION FROM THE LORD (v. 15b).

6.  WHAT GOD EXPECTS OF HIS PEOPLE DURING THIS TIME (v. 16a).

  • A.  Get into God’s ways He provides; first repent.
  • B.  Ask direction in the old time ways of living by faith.
  • C.  You will find rest and peace for your souls.

7.  THE PEOPLE TAKE A CHOICE (vv. 16b-19).

  • A.  Evil comes on the people.
  • B.  There will be fruit from their thoughts.

1.  Today, if you can think it (without any thought of consequences); do it.
2.  Fruits of thoughts can be tragic indeed; not only for the “thinker”, but the victims of the thoughts.

-Tim A. Blankenship