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Red Letter Questions - Week 3

SPEAKER: Pastor Charlie Riley
October 16, 2021

October 16, 2021

1. In Luke 2:41-44; it talks about Mary and Joseph traveling back from Jerusalem for several days before they realized they had lost Jesus. Should I feel less bad about losing my kid in the grocery store when Mary had lost the son of God? How does this even happen– not judging, Mom life is tiring…but seriously. It is Jesus, how do you lose Him?

Luke 2:41-44
41 His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42 And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. 43 When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know it; 44 but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances.

Jerusalem 25 Thousand People
Passover 100 Thousand People
12 Years Old He Was A Man (Not Confined To His Mothers Side)

2. In Matthew 27, while Jesus is on the cross he cries out to God. The people said he cried out to Elijah. They said “see if Elijah will come save him”. Who is Elijah?

Matthew 27:45-50
45 Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” 47 Some of those who stood there, when they heard that, said, “This Man is calling for Elijah!” 48 Immediately one of them ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and offered it to Him to drink. 49 The rest said, “Let Him alone; let us see if Elijah will come to save Him.” 50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.

Two Main Views Exist
They Misheard Jesus
Or
They Were Mocking Jesus

3. As Jesus is preaching on the Beatitudes, he says how the poor are blessed and the rich already have their blessings on earth. How does this then line up with our belief that God wants us Blessed on Earth and not poor and struggling? Does this come with the death and resurrection of Christ or is there something else to it?

The Beatitudes
Matthew 5:3-12, Luke 6:20–23:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (NIV)

Matthew 6:1-3
“Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 3 But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,

Matthew 6:24
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and [a] (riches) mammon.

4. Mark 4:12 “…lest they return and be forgiven.” Isn’t that the point…?

Mark 4:10-12
10 But when He was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parable. 11 And He said to them, “To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables, 12 so that ‘Seeing they may see and not perceive, And hearing they may hear and not understand; Lest they should turn, And their sins be forgiven them.’ ”

Isaiah 6:9-10
9 And He said, “Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ 10 “Make the heart of this people dull, And their ears heavy, And shut their eyes; Lest they see with their eyes, And hear with their ears, And understand with their heart, And return and be healed.”

5. Why did the disciples have two names? Like Simon/Peter, Levi/Matthew, etc…

Multiple Languages
Hadassah- Hebrew
Esther- Babylonian

Cephas – Aramaic- “rock”
Peter – Greek – Meaning “rock”

Sometimes God Would Change Their Names
Abram To Abraham

Others Changed Their Own Names
Pharaoh Named Joseph – Zaphenath-Paneah”

Sometimes The Bible Does Not Say
Moses’ Father-In-Law
Exodus 2:18, 3:1
Reuel and Jethro

“Understanding that people in the Bible sometimes had more than one name can clear up seeming difficulties. In Matthew 1:9, Matthew mentions Uzziah as the father of Jotham; however, 2 Kings 15:1–7 and 1 Chronicles 3:12 say that Jotham’s father was Azariah. The passages are easily reconciled by reading a little further in 2 Kings 15. The biblical historian makes it clear that Jotham’s father was called both Azariah (verse 7) and Uzziah (verse 32). Different names, same person.”

They Want To Make A Distinction

6. What happened to all the people that rose from the dead when Jesus rose? Where did they go, and what happened to the people that rose from the dead when Jesus did.

Matthew 27:51-53
51 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, 52 and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53 and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.

Some Great Questions About The First Resurrection
Who Exactly Rose?
How Many Were There?
How Long Did They Stay?
What Happened After They Rose?
Were they In A Glorified State? (Elijah and Moses)

7. In Matthew 24:34 it states, “I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass away from the scene until these things have taken place.” This is following his description of the last days. Similar verses include Matthew 16:28, Luke 9:27, and Mark 9:1. But surely, that generation and several others have passed away and these things have not yet come. What am I missing?