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April 30, 2021 8:00 am
It's hard to imagine that anyone who knew Jesus personally could've possibly doubted or denied him, but in this broadcast of the Bible study hour with Dr. James Boyce were learned from this sad story of a man who had the opportunity to travel and eat with Jesus here, his teaching and experiences miracles firsthand and still chose to reject and betray him a decision that would cost him his soul and welcome to the Bible study our radio and Internet broadcast with Dr. James Boyce preparing you to think and act quickly to be so close and yet still be so long. This is the tragic story of millions. Let's listen in as Dr. Boyce encourages us to carefully consider the true states of our souls. In case you've forgotten over the last four weeks were studying Matthew's gospel and the point at which we, chapter 26, I invite you to turn to that because chapter 26 we begin the last and final segment of the story 25 chapters. Ever since the introduction of Jesus Christ in the first verse of chapter 1.
As a descendent of King David story of Christ's life has been unfolding and working toward this powerful and gripping climax. Climax is the murder of the king, followed by his resurrection story is started slowly but it's been building in intensity throughout this three year ministry is now the final act and the drama is at hand and my own analysis of Gospel of Matthew. I have broken it down into 10 sections I referred to that along the way. This is the beginning of the last section very first part, chapters 1 through four. I titled the coming of the King, followed by the sermon on the mound. Chapters 5 through seven.
That's the ethics of the kingdom, and there's a section dealing with the power of the kingdom section dealing with the question. Is Jesus really God's kingdom is then introduces the parables of the kingdom. There's a section in which he withdraw site: the withdrawal of the King many deals with the citizens of the kingdom kind of people that will be part of his church.
We then have the king's final break with Judaism.
We have the sermon on the Mount of olives and now the last King's death and resurrection of Jesus had been predicting his death for some time. The disciples had a hard time understanding it, but it has already been mentioned three times over in the gospel. First time was in chapter 16 Peter had just given his great confession of faith are the Christ, son of the living God it was that wonderful thing to have announced so important in fact that Jesus pointed out that Peter had not come to that understanding by himself, but rather God had revealed it to him. It was true I had to understand first of all who Jesus Christ was immediately after that he began to talk about his work is not only who he was. But what he came to do so in verse 21 of that chapter says about Jesus. From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law that he must be killed on the third day be raised to life the second time Jesus talks about that is in chapter 17 verse 22 reads this way when they came together in Galilee.
He said to them, the Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of man will kill Emmett on the third day he will be raised to life. No matter the third time in Matthew 20 verse 18 we are going to Jerusalem and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. I will condemn him to death, and will turn them over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified, and on the third day he will be raised to life. Those prophecies introduced an increasing number of details very first time.
Jesus barely predicted his death and resurrection on the second announcement included the matter of his betrayal. The third time around. He talked about the role of the Gentiles in his marketing, flogging, and specifically his crucifixion now in Matthew 26 passage to which we come now. He tells actually when it's going to happen, it will be after two days.
Jesus says you know the Passover is two days away and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified on all of human history.
No events of ever been of greater significance are more important than the because what happens here this last week of the earthly life of Jesus Christ is the very focal point of Christianity understand what goes on here is really to understand what Christianity is all about them to miss this is to miss it all now is Matthew arranges since material includes at the beginning of chapter 26, three events that lead up to the rest which is Utah was followed by the crucifixion, the first of these is the plot of the Sanhedrin to arrest and kill Jesus described in verses three through five.
The second event is the anointing of Jesus and Bethany which is described in verses six through 14 and finally number three.
The offer of Judas to betray Jesus to the priests that's in verses 14 to 16 this wasn't the first time that the religious leaders discuss what they were going to do an opposing Jesus all along and they had been trying to catch him in some misstatement is the explanation of those various trick questions basket which we've already looked at in some detail the end of chapter 21 were told explicitly that they look for a way to arrest him.
They finally get specific, they decide to do is arrest Jesus secretly, but they say. Not during the days of the Passover because there were millions of excitable people there in those days, a few of whom were Jesus followers.
When I got it. We would do it during the days of the Passover that might very well be a riot selection would afterwards and everything is quieted down by the leading figure in this attempt to arrest and kill Jesus as Caiaphas was the high priest he had been appointed as high priest by Valerius gratis who was Pilate's predecessor about 18 A.D. 12 years before this he was the son of the law of MS who also appears in the story Alice was the hereditary high priest according to Jewish law. He was the true high priest. Romans a been in the habit of replacing high priest at their convenience and that had been the case here. Caiaphas actually survived as high priest of the 36 A.D. which meant that he held his office for 18 years.
Just seems like an incidental fact but actually it tells us a great deal about what's interesting here is that between 37 BC 67 a day that is a period of about 100 years. The Romans had appointed and deposed no less than 28 high priests in the period of history like that this man Caiaphas and survive for 18 years and only maybe because he was a shrewd politician did everything he could to hide onto his own power less.
Of course, is exactly what's reflected more as of the gospel accounts. He set on one occasion and see talk to the people in power. You don't know anything he said it's necessary that one man should die for the people that was a shrewd and very calculating answer. He was couching it in terms of the well-being of the people what he was actually trying to hang onto power was saying, somewhat ruthlessly, we have to kill this man, because of the don't do that we're going to lose our position.
Now Matthew doesn't himself record anything the Caiaphas set. He does explain the kind of reasoning that was going on that he makes clear the Caiaphas was at the center of the plot wouldn't of been unlike Caiaphas to say what Matthew actually thinks the people is saying. Not during the Easter. There may be a riot of the people interesting irony of the story that Jesus had prophesied his death in two days I'll hear those who were his enemies wanted him killed as soon as possible were actually planning a delay of nine days would be two days of the Passover feast event would be to seven days of the piece with the earliest, according to their planning. They were going to kill a nine-day sense yet been plot but it's the will of God that's done here.
The will of God to determine the Jesus should die at the very time the Passover lambs were being slain because the symbolism was clear Jesus was dying as the Lamb of God for the sin of the world.
The very Chinese leaders are preparing our plot to arrest and kill Jesus or someone else. It was preparing for his death but an entirely different way and in a different spirit person was Mary of Bethany Matthew doesn't name her. It's gonna tells us who she was.
John says Mary took a pint of pure large and expensive perfume imported on Jesus feet and wiped his feet with her hair.
Matthew only says that it was certain the woman who came with an alabaster jar very expensive perfume which he poured on his head as he was reclining at the table regularly been written about that surprisingly some of the dealing with what seemed to be problems between the account that you have here and you have in the other Gospels. But one thing, Luke record something like this on another occasion earlier in the ministry woman who weeps over Jesus feet and wiped his feet with her hair, and so forth that's in a different setting. It's a different person of those were just two different events of more serious problems resetting of this in the final week. John says the anointing occurred six days before the Passover, and what Matthew and Mark seem to imply is that it happened when the Passover was only two days away might be a minor problem for some people don't take an error and see of the Bible seriously. It doesn't really matter very much. Clearly one of the writers is displaced the event for his own purposes. Actually when you study it carefully.
It fits together very well. John is the one that was actually dating Matthew and Mark record Jesus prediction of his passion as being two days away.
But when they tell the story of the anointing. I don't say that it happened exactly at that time the only safe happened while Jesus was in Bethany. That's the sort of thing that's in line with what we know about the gospel writers. John is always precise in his chronology always is. After this during this week so many days after that Matthew and Mark.
We've already learned attended group material for their theological lands and that's obviously what they're doing here. Matthew hasn't even reported that Jesus was in Bethany before this. And yes, it had a place to put the story before this because immediately before it. He was recording Jesus denunciation of the religious leaders and and that all of the discourse and chapters 23, 24 and 25 so he puts the anointing here because of the first place.
He has to tell the story merely citing that it happened in Bethany at one time but including it because it's the preparation for what's going to happen, as we study the story we find that it points forward to Jesus death burial story is this Jesus come with his disciples to Bethany to stay at the home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus, two sisters and brother were his friends. He apparently had stayed there on other occasions, I gave a supper in his honor. It was rather a brave thing to do. Probably they were doing X say thanks supper because of the resurrection of Lazarus that occurred not long before this but at any rate, it was brave because everybody knows that the leaders of the people hated Jesus and were plotting to do away with them and people who were obviously upfront as his friends would be endangered as well. What people remembered about that afterwards was not so much the courage of the family as a host of Jesus and the disciples on this occasion, but this extravagant act by Mary, who took this ointment to treat keeping and who broke the box containing it imported out over Jesus had did not act impulsively on a whim, but nevertheless right was extravagant because the perfumer told was worth 300 denarii. It's always hard figure value in terms of ancient coin agent references by the denarii. Generally speaking, was a wage for a day for a working man, you have almost a year's wages here were working man of our economy that would be perhaps $30,000 something like that.
It's an awful lot of money. The poor out of this extravagant way and the disciples of course.
Notice that they said, why in the world is waste. Why should that be done in Jesus explain why she did it.
He says 12 verse of this chapter. When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial.
I guess it's possible to read that say well she did it inadvertently, unwittingly, not really knowing what she was doing, but that doesn't seem that the tone of the story.
To my way of thinking this wasn't a meaningless act. What we have here is an amazingly perceptive woman.
She was the only one actually to perceive what was going on. Don't forget that Jesus had been trying to teach the disciples that he had to die all along that they had really been getting it because it didn't quite fit with their understanding about the Messiah was to be what he was to do but here was Mary who actually did understand, and she'd understood it for some time because she'd been thinking about this for some time now.
She broke her box appointment to show that you really did understand what Jesus was about to do, involved in for me when I asked the question, how did she come to understand that when the disciples of been taught all along, apparently failed understand the answer is by being off in the very place we pondered. She refined her at the feet of Jesus wiping his feet with her hair is where we find her in Luke 10 when Jesus would come to the house earlier Martha had been busy with all the preparations for the meal but were told that Mary sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said. It's where we find her. John 1111 contains the story of the resurrection of Lazarus. When Jesus returned, Mary came to him fell at his feet, saying, Lord, if you would been here, my brother would not of God. Every time this woman is mentioned, we find her at the feet of Jesus.
I suggest you don't understand much about Jesus Christ and his work is because you haven't spent much time sitting at his feet. Learning from them, someone will say well how can you do that today. Jesus is in here that's true.
You can sit at his feet literally but the way you do it is by studying the Bible is where you find Jesus in Hebrew idiom sitting at someone's feet meant to learn from that person just like a child might sit at the feet of a parent to learn from the parent or disciple might sit at the feet of a rabbi to learn from a rabbi way we sit at the feet of Jesus today to learn from them is by studying the Bible asked the question, do you study the Bible, you really study it. Many Christians who say they wish they knew the Bible better times, they say, unsentimental moments, all I wish I knew God better than I do but I don't like the effort that's necessary actually to come to know God. Many years ago. Now Donald Ray Barnhouse, who was one of the former pastors of this church was a young boy was growing up out in California spent time with a Bible teacher in those days.
On occasion he was accompanying the Bible teacher on the train as they were going to one of the older man speaking engagements old man was sitting on the train, reading his Bible.
Barnhouse was sitting next to a young boy reading the paper. He looked over and saw the older man was doing. He said to him I wish I knew the Bible like you know older man said you'll never get to know it by reading the newspaper and the point was made. Barnhouse put his paper away got out his own Bible, he began to read and of course he became well-known Bible teacher to son merely Mary sat at Jesus feet in order to learn from him. That is to get something from Kimbo course he did. That's prior what the story also tells us that she gave something to Jesus as well. That's what the pouring out of her perfume really means.
Mark tells us that she broke her jar to do it at you, doesn't mention Mark does in the 14th chapter so it wasn't merely a case of dipping into it a little bit putting a little bit on Jesus sort of why a woman would use perfume today, especially of Chanel number five or something else. It's expensive she did was break this box and all came pouring out on the Jesus you gave it all. She didn't hold back a single bit course at significant. Many people give themselves a Jesus little why give a little bit of their time.
Here are little bits of their money. There bit of devotion. At some appropriate time, but they don't really give themselves they just dip and sprinkle on their quite pleased with themselves afterwards because they'd never looked deep into Jesus by seven come to love him the way Mary did.
I think I understand what was going on. Mary was inclined to sit. It is stated learn from them. Certainly she did that, looking up into his face and being as perceptive as she wasn't.
She looked up into the face of Jesus Christ. She must have seen the sorrow in his eyes as he looked forward to the cross and she identified with it must've said to herself what can I do to show Jesus and I love them. I understand what he's doing is doing a terrace and then she thought of her perfume and she said I know what I'll do, I'll give that so she did and she gave it.
Jesus understood it at once, as he always does. Disciples objected to the apparent waste and Jesus says look, why are you bothering this woman. She has done a beautiful thing for me. You're concerned about the poor. You're always going to have before you got 20 of time to do good to them.
Listen, you will always have me when she poured this perfume on my body, she did it prepare me for burial. Don't ever think that if you give your most precious gift of Jesus that is going to misunderstand what you're doing or overlook.
Jesus cherishes the gift of every human heart.
Your gift will be different for Mary's your free time that you give the servant may be your bank account and maybe your children that you give up to missionary work or some other Christian calling. I don't know what it will be you do that and do that because you love Jesus. Jesus will know what you'll take account of last and he will be pleased. Nothing given out of love will ever be overlooked by Jesus is an interesting twist to the story.
Mary was anointing Jesus as a memorial for him. In view of his death and burial. But what she did actually became a memorial for her. That's what Jesus said Jesus last word site with solemn emphasis as he did what he was saying something very, very important. I tell you the truth, verily, verily, listen to this, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world what she has done will also be told in memory of her. And so it was, what is been so it is now recalling these words of the story in memory of this great woman just think how many great deeds have been done by many great men, kings and presidents and generals and tycoons and other distinguished people, all of which have been very rapidly forgotten and the women try to erect monuments to themselves but what they've done is hardly remembered, even by the next generation like Ozymandias you remember the name Ozymandias from Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem describes how the great fast waste of desert errors of fallen toppled statue on the bottom of the statue was us in Scripture by name is Ozymandias, King of Kings look on my works, you mighty, and despair. Nothing remains desert wastes.
That's what happens when you serve yourself want to be remembered. If you want to do something that is a memorial not only for this life up for all eternity can serve others, and do it. Above all, because you serve Jesus Christ. Remember what Jesus said Jesus and whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world and yet forfeits his soul which brings us to Judas, Judas and his story is the third of these events and proceed of the arrest and crucifixion. What were told here is that he went to the chief priests offered to betray Jesus to them in exchange for 30 silver coins and Judas certainly did lose his soul.
Jesus called Judas the one doomed to destruction on 1712, just a few verses further on in Matthew 26 Jesus says to him, woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man, it would be better for him if he had not been born very clearly Judas perished in his money whether terrible thing to betray Jesus Christ. It was use the words of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and see what is reacting on that great radio address of the attack of the Japanese on Pearl Harbor that started the second world war.
Our involvement of the day to live in them for me Judas it's been three years. The presence of the only righteous man, whatever lift the very son of God. In the end he turned his back on them and gave them up to be murdered was a horrible thing and Judas had a horrible and answer each altogether different from the decisions of those who turned their backs on Jesus to die whose end is the same as the betrayers like judicially seek the world's pleasures and its approval and the parish of man could possibly have moved Judas to do something like that. The only clues we have are his demands for money closure.
In John 12, the disciples personally used to steal from significant. I suppose it was late in the sense that he evaluated everything in terms of their cash value was probably disillusioned when he realized that Jesus wasn't going to be the kind of Messiah he thought he would be that he would not actually send the throne and rule and power advance.
Those were his disciples see that they got rich and perhaps he was bitter thinking that Jesus wasn't going to do that with diet. Instead, well, he probably wasted three years of his life utterly hopeless cause. Yet what a tragic thing to do. Judas missed learning what was truly valuable in giving everything Brett I don't know their millions doing it today doing it, even in the churches. Let me remind you that it's possible to be quite close to Jesus said in the Christian church, listening to good sermons to hear good Bible teaching by radio or on television even to understand what you hear to have Christian friends were living strong Christian lives in bearing strong testimonies to the gospel of God's grace and yet fail to love and come to Jesus Christ as the Savior so parish in the end, lose your soul. It's a tragedy that close yet be lost. It's a story of millions is not all necessary here.
We have three people all involved in the various relation to Jesus Christ. There was Caiaphas.
He hated Jesus was trying to tell him it was Judas was dissolute pollution and who was betraying him for money is also Mary type of those will come to love and who looked into his face and understood what he was doing, how he had come to give himself a ransom for our sins and gave everything to him. That's a choice for every single one of us only once in our life every single day. We gonna turn our back on them.
Are we going to betray him by our silence. Or, perhaps, God forbid, to hate him because he has not done for us exactly what we wanted to do regarding fallen his feet say my Lord and my God and give him are all but he was ever done that will be disappointed.
Father we pray as we and ask for your continued blessing by this word in our lives is one thing to talk along these lines, we do it even agree to it quite another thing actually to live this way is only possible if you make it possible that we ask you to do it in the lives of Jesus, you are listening to the Bible study hours with the Bible teaching of Dr. James Boyce listener supported ministry of the alliance of confessing Evangelicals. The alliance exists to promote a biblical understanding and worldview. Drawing upon the insight and wisdom of reformed theologians from decades and even centuries gone by. We seek to provide Christian teaching that will equip believers to understand and meet the challenges and opportunities of our time and place. Alliance broadcasting includes the Bible study hour with Dr. James Boyce every last word with Bible teacher, Dr. Philip Reich and Dr. Barnhouse in the Bible featuring Donald Barnhouse.
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