• Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on January 4th, 2013

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    Bible Study: Matthew 28

    Bible Study: Matthew 28

    Now as we read the four gospel accounts of this resurrection morning, there does seem to be certain discrepancies in the accounts. They do not all follow in exact, precise order or even in the recording of the events. This to me, of course, is good proof that there wasn’t collusion on the part of the gospel writers. They didn’t all get together and agree this is what we will say. But they all recorded the events from their perspective. From Matthew’s perspective, he was there. He was a part of the whole procedure.
    Mark was just a child, and Mark’s gospel, they feel, was garnered by Mark’s listening to Peter’s account. So basically, it is accepted that in Mark’s gospel, you have a view of Peter’s viewpoint of the whole event. It is thought that perhaps Mark was the little boy that was in the garden when Jesus was arrested and someone grabbed him and he just wriggled free, left his coat and ran naked from the garden. Mark is the only one that records that and they say he records it because that was his own personal experience and he was throwing that into his gospel, it’s the only gospel that records this young boy’s excitement that night.

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on January 3rd, 2013

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    Bible Study: Matthew 27

    Bible Study: Matthew 27

    Now as Peter talks about the death of Jesus Christ, he declares that it was by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God. In other words, the crucifixion was planned by God. The purpose was the redemption of man and the revelation to man of God’s love. It is interesting that whenever in the scripture God wants to prove His love for you, He always points to the cross. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son” (John 3:16). “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that God loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10). “For a righteous man one may die: yet peradventure for a good man some may even dare to die. But God commended his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for the ungodly” (Romans 5:7,8). So whenever God wants to prove His love, He always just points to the cross. And that is the proof of God’s love, in giving His only begotten Son to die for your sin and for my sin. And therein God proves His love for us.

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on January 2nd, 2013

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    Bible Study: Matthew 26

    Bible Study: Matthew 26

    Now there are two or three places where Paul says, “I would not have you to be ignorant” (Romans 1:13). But it is interesting to me in those places where Paul said, “I would not have you to be ignorant,” there probably exists today in the church the greatest ignorance. And there is a great ignorance concerning the gifts of the Spirit. And so we hope to give to you a thoroughly Biblical presentation of the gifts and the operation of the gifts of the Spirit in the lives of the believers and in the church, as we begin this portion of the study on the Holy Spirit.

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on January 1st, 2013

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    Bible Study: Matthew 25

    Bible Study: Matthew 25

    Shall we turn in our Bibles to Matthew’s gospel chapter twenty-five, as we look at the events at the return of Jesus Christ. This whole discourse was triggered by the question of the disciples concerning the signs of the coming of the Lord and the signs of the destruction of the temple, and the signs of the end of the world, the end of the age. And having given to them the prophetic signs that would precede His coming, He then, in a series of parables, begins to explain the conditions that would exist at His coming again. And basically His coming was to be an any moment event, though you’re asking for signs, just know that it’s going to catch a lot of people by surprise. So the main thing is to be watching, and to be ready. And a series of parables were given with the thrust of watching and being ready.

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on December 31st, 2012

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    Bible Study: Matthew 24, P2

    Bible Study: Matthew 24, P2

    As Jesus is giving to the disciples the signs of His coming again, and the end of the world system of governments that are in rebellion against God. Way back in the book of Daniel as Nebuchadnezzar the king was one evening, wondering what was going to happen to the world. The Lord gave to him a dream in which He showed to him the future of the world. The kingdoms and governments of man that would reign over the earth. This dream was in the form of a great image that necessitated the interpretation by Daniel. And he told the king that the image with its different metals represented the various kingdoms that would rule. Beginning with the Babylonian kingdom and ending with the federation of ten nations that were related somehow to the Roman empire, iron and clay. When Nebuchadnezzar, while he was watching this image transfixed, he saw a stone come out of the mountains, not cut with hands and it smote the great image in its feet, or the final government of man, and the whole image, the world system, the world governments, collapsed. And the stone grew into a mountain that covered the earth. And in the interpretation that Daniel gave to the king, he told him that that stone was the time when the God of heaven would come and would reign over the earth, bring an end to the reign of man.

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on December 30th, 2012

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    Bible Study: Matthew 24, P1

    Bible Study: Matthew 24, P1

    One of the gospels tells us they were remarking at the great stones. Herod was a little guy but he was known for the great stones with which he built, the various buildings in Jerusalem. Today on the Temple Mount that Herod build, you can see stones that are eight feet thick, five feet high, forty-five feet long. And so no doubt in the building of the temple itself, there were some of these great stones. They were covered with marble, covered with gold. Some of them weighing up to a hundred and sixty-five tons, the temple was not even at this time complete, probably wasn’t fully covered with the marble. And so the disciples were just remarking at these huge stones. And Jesus made a remarkable prediction, He said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down (24:2).

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on December 29th, 2012

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    Bible Study: Matthew 23

    Bible Study: Matthew 23

    Jesus has just had a confrontation with the Pharisees, the Sadducees, the religious leaders, it’s been a rather heated conversation at times, as Jesus denounces their practices, their beliefs. At the beginning of chapter twenty-three, He turns from the Pharisees and the Sadducees who He has silenced, and He begins to address Himself to the multitude of people, no doubt, that had gathered around to listen. Pharisees and Sadducees are still standing there, they’re steaming inside, but Jesus now is addressing Himself to the multitude and to His disciples, but very definitely still within the hearing of the Pharisees and the scribes. But He begins to talk to the people concerning the scribes and the Pharisees.

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on December 28th, 2012

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    Bible Study: Matthew 22

    Bible Study: Matthew 22

    If I were to title the chapters in the New Testament, I think I would put a title on chapter twenty-two of “The Gathering Storm.” The momentum is building. The die has been cast. The religious leaders have determined that Jesus must die. He is a threat to their job security. And they have determined that the only solution is to get rid of Him. And so in chapter twenty-two, we see the growing controversy, which will, more or less, culminate in His scathing denunciation of them in chapter twenty-three. And from that point on, the plot to put Him to death, the determination has been made and now just the carrying out of the plot, until we find Him hanging on the cross in chapter twenty-seven. So this is the growing storm clouds, the building up in chapter twenty-two.

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on December 27th, 2012

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    Bible Study: Matthew 21

    Bible Study: Matthew 21

    Here again, Jesus, I believe, is showing His miraculous knowledge and understanding of things. You remember back in the beginning of His ministry when Philip came to Nathaniel and told him that he had found the Messiah, and he brought, he said, Is Jesus of Nazareth, he said, Can any good thing come out of Nazareth? He said, Come and see. So when Nathaniel came to Jesus, Jesus said to him, Behold, an Israelite in whom there is no guile. Nathaniel said, How do you know me? And He said, When you sitting under the fig tree, when Philip saw you or called you, I saw you. He said, You are the Messiah. Jesus said, You believe just because I said I saw you… wait around, fellow, you’ll see a lot more. But this knowledge that Jesus had, exercising this divine knowledge, as He tells the disciples the exact corner upon which they will find this donkey tied with its colt. Told them what the owners would say, told them how to respond and He said he’ll let them come. And so they went as He had commanded and they found as He had said, and they brought the donkey and the little colt to Jesus.

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on December 26th, 2012

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    Bible Study: Matthew 20

    Bible Study: Matthew 20

    What’s in store for us? What’s the future for us? And Jesus said, God will not be a debtor to you. You which have followed Me in the regeneration, “when the Son of man will sit in the throne of his glory, you will sit on the twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” (19:28) “And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or land, for my name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold in this life but inherit everlasting life.” (19:29) And then the statement, “But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.” (19:30) We find this statement repeated in verse sixteen, so that this little parable that Jesus gives in the first part of the chapter is definitely related to this statement, “But many that are first shall be last, and the last shall be first.” (20:16) So the last shall be first, and the first last, for many are called but few are chosen.

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on December 25th, 2012

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    Bible Study: Matthew 19

    Bible Study: Matthew 19

    As Matthew records for us the departing of Jesus from the area of the Galilee. Most of the ministry of Christ was centered around the sea of Galilee. He would go to Jerusalem for the feast days according to the law. But the majority of His ministry was centered around the Galilee region. But He is leaving now the Galilee for the last time until after His resurrection when He meets His disciples here. He is on His way to Jerusalem to the cross. And so, Matthew tells us that, When He had finished these sayings, he departed from Galilee, and He came to the coast of Judaea beyond Jordan; (19:1)
    An area known as Perea, on the other side of the Jordan river, and leaving now this area of the Galilee, there are tensions that are built up. As we have mentioned as we were coming through, Herod has heard of Jesus and things are not well there. This tension is building among the Pharisees and so He is moving outside of the area to the other side of the Jordan river for a time. But He continues to minister to the multitudes. So we notice… Great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there. (19:2)

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on December 24th, 2012

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    Bible Study: Matthew 18

    Bible Study: Matthew 18

    At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? (18:1) God chose ordinary people to be His disciples. People who have the same kind of problems that we have. People who have a problem with carnality, as we do. And it seems that the disciples were always interested in and arguing over the fact of who would be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. This was a thing that they argued over and the only reason why they argued over it, because each of them thought that they would be the greatest. And they had their reasons for thinking that. It was a dispute that went on among them. James and John, their mother even got into the issue and came to Jesus and said, Lord when you come into Your kingdom I’d like my one boy on the right side and the other on the left side of You. Now they are questioning Jesus. They said to Jesus, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” and I’m certain that each of them were waiting with anticipation as Jesus they thought was going to say, Peter will be the greatest, or John, or James, they were each waiting for that. But instead,

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on December 23rd, 2012

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    Bible Study: Matthew 17

    Bible Study: Matthew 17

    As He had promised, there were some of them there who would not taste of death until they had seen the Son of Man coming in His kingdom. And then He chose three of them, Peter, James and John, who seemed to be distinguished by the Lord for special privileges, they seemed to be the natural leaders that were singled out by the Lord for special honor. When Jesus was transfigured, these were the three. When He went into the house of Jairus to bring the daughter of Jairus back to life, it was these three that He allowed with Him in the room. When in the garden of Gethsemane, He had set the disciples down with the encouragement to pray and He took Peter, James and John a little further into the garden with Him, and placed them closer to Him. And so it was these three that were singled out by Jesus for special honor and special occasions.

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on December 22nd, 2012

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    Bible Study: Matthew 16

    Bible Study: Matthew 16

    Let’s turn in our Bibles to Matthew’s gospel chapter sixteen as we continue our journey through the Bible, and presently in the New Testament. In chapter sixteen, we have an interesting contrasting mixture who are coming to Jesus, the Pharisees, also with the Sadducees. Now these were two groups that didn’t really get along. The Pharisees were the traditionalists, the ritualists; the Sadducees were the rationalists. The Pharisees tried to follow all of the oral traditions, all of the… it was known was the Mishnah, all of the interpretations of the law; where the Sadducees just disregarded all of the traditions and interpretations and took only the scriptures themselves. The Sadducees, being rationalists, did not believe in angels, did not believe in spirits, did not believe in resurrection; where the Pharisees did believe these things.

    Paul the apostle was a Pharisee. One time he was brought before the Sanhedrin which was the combination of the Pharisees and Sadducees, and their overall religious council, and Paul recognizing that these fellows were divided as can be, he said, I believe in the resurrection of the dead and this is the reason why I’ve been charged here today. Well that created a big riot because the Pharisees said, Well this guy’s alright, what’s wrong with the resurrection? And the Sadducees got in, and they got into such a rhubarb with each other, they forgot all about Paul’s trial.

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on December 21st, 2012

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    Bible Study: Matthew 15

    Bible Study: Matthew 15

    You remember last week in the fourteenth chapter, we had the record of the death of John the Baptist and how that they brought to Jesus the news of his death. And when Jesus heard that, verse thirteen, “He departed from there by ship into a deserted place, and when the people had heard of it, they followed him on foot out of the cities.” Jesus began to withdraw from the cities where He normally was preaching; Capernaum, Chorazin, and from this point on, will be more or less resorting to areas outside of the fully Jewish community.

    Not only is there the problem that is coming because of Herod, having heard of Jesus and thinking that maybe He was John the Baptist who has come back from the dead, and the threat from Herod, but also He is crossed with the Pharisees and the scribes and they are plotting His death. He has come to die but He does not want anything done prematurely. So He will be ministering now in more obscure places, being with His disciples and spending more time with them and withdrawing pretty much from the public ministry in the cities of the Jews.

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on December 20th, 2012

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    Bible Study: Matthew 14

    Bible Study: Matthew 14

    When Herod received news of Jesus, the miracles that Jesus was performing, his thought was this must be John the Baptist resurrected from the dead; that’s why he was able to do these marvelous miracles. Now what you read from verse three through verse twelve is a little historic sketch that deals with the death of John the Baptist. It’s just sort of a parenthesis. Verse two really picks up again in verse thirteen, this is just a little parenthetical type of insertion that deals with the death of John the Baptist. So, it should read like this. “At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus, (14:1) And said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do show forth themselves in him. (14:2) When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities.” (14:13)

    That is when Jesus heard that King Herod had become apprised of Him, and of His ministry, is when Jesus departed to go over to the deserted area on the other side of the sea. Now, He realized that Herod, having killed John, was no friend and would perhaps seek the life of Jesus. Jesus came to give His life, but not at the edict of Herod. He was to give His life at the edict of the Father but in Jerusalem, not in the Galilee region. For the rest of the ministry of Jesus, it is now not so much concentrated around Capernaum as was His early ministry. He goes over to the other side, to a deserted area. But then we find Him going over to the coast of Tyre and Sidon, leaving the territory of Herod, the jurisdiction of Herod. Going on up to the upper area of the Galilee, Caesarea Philippi, again escaping out of the territory of Herod. Then coming back passing through the area of the sea of Galilee, but going on down to the other side of the Jordan river and ministering down towards Jericho but on the opposite side of the Jordan river, staying out of Herod jurisdiction.

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on December 19th, 2012

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    Bible Study: Matthew 13

    Bible Study: Matthew 13

    He who hath ears to hear, let him hear. (13:9) These are familiar words, of course, this final “He who hath ears to hear, let him hear.” You remember when Jesus addressed the churches in the book of Revelation, over and over He was exhorting those who had an ear to hear, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the church. As Jesus gives them this parable, it’s sort of a challenge to understand it. “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” It does follow that not always have an ear to hear. There are many who though they hear, they do not hear, they do not understand, they do not comprehend. Paul the apostle tells us that “the natural man does not understand the things of the Spirit: and neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14) Yet he who is spiritual understands all things, yet he is not understood. It is difficult to explain the things of the Spirit to the natural man. He lacks the faculties by which they are comprehended. You can, in the same logic, say the blind man does not enjoy the beauty of the sunset. The deaf man could not have enjoyed the music that we heard tonight, lacking the faculties by which these things are appreciated and understood. So the natural man lacking the faculty of the Spirit does not understand the things of the Spirit, but Jesus is calling, “He that hath an ear to hear, let him hear.”

  • Bible Studies, Chuck Smith

    Posted on December 18th, 2012

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    Bible Study: Matthew 12

    Bible Study: Matthew 12

    Now at that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat. (12:1) The wheat fields, and it is the corn of wheat, the wheat fields in those days were in long rows and there were these husks between the wheat fields. Under the law, when you were passing through a wheat field and you were hungry, it was allowable under the law to pick the wheat and to eat it. You weren’t to carry any wheat away from the field, but you could eat what you needed there in the field but not take anything; say, pack up for a week or something. It was just to satisfy your hunger while passing through the field. As the wheat becomes ready for harvest, the corn of wheat they call it, the head, of course, the wheat is encased in these little husks. And so the common practice was just to pick the husk of wheat and you rub it in your hands; and in rubbing it in your hands, you knock the chaff off of the wheat and then you sort of blow the chaff out and then you can eat the wheat just as it is. You don’t have to cook it, it’s chewable. And actually, if you chew it enough, it turns into sort of a gum, but it’s extremely nourishing. And so the disciples were picking the wheat and rubbing it in their hands, and then eating the wheat.

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