Lesson for December 30, 2023


Scripture Reading: Matthew 10th chapter.

Memory Verse: Matthew 10:16.

  1. What power was given the apostles? Matthew 10:5-8.
  2. What general instruction was given? Matthew 10:9-16.
  3. What did Jesus tell them about opposition which they would encounter? Matthew 10:17-31.

Note: These unlearned timid fishermen from Galilee, a few weak men, were sent forth against all the might of the heathen. From this point their task was impossible, but the power of heaven was with them, and the same promise is ours today, “…Lo, I am with you always, unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Mathew. 28:20.)

  1. What promise did the Savior make? Matthew 10:32-39.

Note: There are many ways of denying Him: by evil speaking, by pursuit of sinful pleasure, by shunning sacrifice and self denial for Him, and His work, and by having our own opinion in opposition to His words.

  1. How is our smallest deed regarded by the Lord? Matthew 10:40-42.
  2. When the apostles returned from their missionary tour what did they do and where did they go and why? Mark 6:30-32.
  3. What loving invitation and promise does Jesus make to those who are burdened down with cares? Matthew 11:28-30.
  4. What wonderful miracle did He perform demonstrating the power which He possessed? Mark 5:1,8,15.
  5. When this man sought to accompany the Master, what did He bid the man to do? Mark 5:18-20.
  6. What was the condition of another man brought to Jesus, and what were the results? Mathew 12:22,23.

Note: This was our Savior’s work, which He committed to His representatives. He understood the divine law of heaven that sin is the root of such evils, which He first attacked. His work was setting human nature free from its many evils by acting on the cause. His compassion and deep sympathy for the afflicted brought tears to His eyes, compassion always accompanied with divine power.

  1. How did He answer the charges made by the Pharisees? Matthew 12:24-30; Luke 11:15-23.

Note: The Heavenly Father sends men light, that their evil ways may be corrected, but when one ray of light is disregarded there is a partial renumbing of spiritual perception, and the second revealing of light is less clearly discerned. Then darkness gradually increases and remains.

  1. What warning did He give about rejecting light, and speaking against the Holy Spirit? Matthew 12:31-32;2 Thessalonians 2:10-12.
  2. What is said about evil words, good words, and also our words in the day of judgment? Matthew 12:34-37.
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