February 8/Matthew 26

Verse 4 > how many times do we do things in secret that we don’t want anyone else to know about and yet God can see all. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you live in the fear of the Lord > to take Him seriously, to stand in awe of Him, to submit your will to His, to love Him more than anything. The fear of the Lord will restrain you from those sinful secret things.

Psalm 36:1 (NLT) — 1 Sin whispers to the wicked, deep within their hearts. They have no fear of God at all.

Verses 6-14 > Here was a woman who didn’t care what people would think; she was solely interested in Jesus! She spared no expense to worship Jesus. She didn’t wait until it was convenient or for good weather! Her Lord was precious to her. It must have thrilled the Father’s heart to see her treat his son so special. We know it did because the Holy Spirit inspired Matthew to make sure this was written down for all to read.

The Father notices how we treat Jesus. If I love him I will obey Him. My obedience is my treatment of Jesus. I think obedience has the fragrance of an expensive perfume. Obedience costs my time which is a precious commodity. What do you think?
Verses 14-25 > What a contrast between the above woman and Judas. To the woman Jesus was worth everything; whatever she could give Him. To Judas Jesus was only worth what he could get for him and from him. What a difference there is between giving and getting. A soft heart gives and a hard heart always looks to get. Giving ends up being blessed and seeking to always get ends up… well look how Judas ended up. Giving ends up bringing life to the giver and the receiver. Seeking to always get has an aroma of death on it.
Acts 20:35 (NLT) — 35 And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”
Proverbs 11:24–25 (NLT) — 24 Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything. 25 The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.
The rest of this chapter is all about giving; Jesus giving his life for you and me so that we might have life. Giving at times is painful. Did you know that it is because of Christians that we have hospitals, schools, orphanages, bibles and equality for women? Research this and find out for yourself.  Followers of Jesus are givers and our society is blessed and has a great deal to thank Jesus for.
Right now would be a good time to take time and give Jesus thanks for all he has done for you. If you need some ideas read Psalm 103. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you to imitate Jesus by being a giver. What and where could you give this week as a follower of Jesus?
P.S. If you want to know what hymns Jesus and the disciples sang they were Psalms 113-118.
Be Inspired Hilltop!

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    Peter once again is tested and fails. He denies Jesus three times and is twice unable to stay awake and pray with Jesus. Unfortunately Peter is not alone in failing the prayer vial since John, whom Jesus loved, and his brother also fell asleep. Later Peter is redeemed when he states three times he loves Jesus and is given the charge to tend the flock. While the disciples failed, Jesus stayed true to his calling.

  2. Mary Anne Frank says:

    I was struck by Jesus’ words in verse 50….(NLT) he calls Judas “my friend”……even in betrayal Jesus loved Judas.

  3. Nancy Symens says:

    In Verse 25: Judas called Jesus “Teacher or Rabbi”. In the passion translation commentary, it stated that all the rest of the disciples called Jesus “Lord or Master”. There was quite a difference in the heart attitude and even perhaps the depth of their relationship with Jesus. When we call Jesus ‘Master or Lord”, our desire and will is to put His Word/His will above our own. That is like a heart of surrender. A giving heart attitude, like Pastor Dan talked about above. If we call Jesus “Teacher”, we still hang on to our own will (placing it above the Lord’s will) and have that “back door escape” option…like, if there is something about Jesus or something in the Bible that our will/opinion doesn’t agree with or don’t want to surrender to …then, because we place our “opinion/mind set” (which affects our will) above the will of the Father, we won’t surrender our will to the Father’s will. And then ultimately we do our own thing. And live our life the way we want to… in that area where we put our will above the Father’s will. (Long sentences..hope this was understandable and we could all follow along.) “Lord, open our eyes to those areas where we place our will above Yours. Where we call You “Teacher”, instead of “Lord and Master”. We desire to surrender not only our hearts, but our entire lives. Help us to do that. You give us courage to even pray and ask this. You are a Good God. Your mercy is new every day. Your grace fills us. You are Strength in us. You have our best interest in mind. We are transformed little by little into more like You.” Thank You Lord!