29 And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter. 30 And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed.
In the Old Testament faith was often expressed in a bold way by women of faith, 2 Kings 4:14-28, by prophets, Exodus 33:12 to 34:9, and by other heroes Genesis 30:26-30, Hebrews 11:32-40. These examples combine a humble respect for God, or His prophet, with boldly urgent requests and God answered the prayers. Hebrews 4:12-16.
The faith of this woman was remarkable. The Lord rewarded it instantly by the healing of the girl at a distance. When the woman went home her daughter was fully recovered and resting after her ordeal.
We have the rights to claim the promises of God and apply pertinent doctrines to our situation and problems.
It is very important that we should be relaxed in our Christian life looking at other people as the Lord looks at them and looking at helping to solve their spiritual problems rather than wanting them to go away.
God in His grace never overlooks a believer who is seeking help in a problem.
The only reason that Jesus went to Tyre and Sidon was to contact this woman, and that the disciples might be able to see the issue of trusting in the Lord and his promises as the solution to their problems. She was the “faith-rest” lesson for them to learn in private.
We are going to have problems as long as we live. All our problems are solved using the principle of resting in the promises and doctrines of God. You put the problem in the Lord’s hands and move on. 1 Peter 5:5-10.
Ezekiel 26:3,4,7,8,12,14,21 (588 BC): Therefore thus says the Lord God: Behold I am against thee, 0 Tyre, and I will bring up many nations against thee, as the sea brings up waves. 4 And they will destroy the walls of Tyre and break down her towers: and I will scrape her dust from her and make her a bare rock 7 For thus says the Lord God: Behold I will bring upon Tyre from the north Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, a king of kings, with horses, chariots, cavalry and a great army. 8 He will slay your daughters on the mainland with the sword: and he will make siege walls against you and raise up a large shield against you .12 And they will make a spoil of your riches and prey for your merchandise, break down your walls and destroy your pleasant houses, and throw your stones and your timbers and your debris into the water .14 And I will make you a bare rock: you will be a place for the spreading of nets. You will be built no more, for I the Lord have spoken, declares the Lord God .21 I shall bring terrors on you and you will be no more: though you will be sought, you will never be found again, declares the Lord.
"Many nations would come against Tyre" (Ezekiel 26:3). Alexander the Great, after defeating the Persians at the battle of Issus in 333 BC, marched southwards, demanding the surrender of the cities on the Mediterranean coast This demand was in order to reduce the effectiveness of the Persian fleet, which controlled the sea-lanes at this time. Tyre refused to surrender so the city was attacked. Alexander, because of his weakness in the naval area, found it necessary to obtain naval forces from a number of city states. His navy which attacked Tyre, was drawn from Sidon, Aradus, Rhodes, Mallos, Cyprus, Macedon, Lycia, Soli, and Byblos. Many nations were therefore against Tyre. Alexander sacked the city in 332 BC.
"Walls broken down, debris removed; it would become like a bare rock" (Ezekiel 26:4). Alexander the Great, during the sacking of Tyre, demolished the walls of the city. In order to gain access to the city, which was sited on an island, the site of ancient Tyre, on the coast, was scraped to provide material for a causeway. Thus the old site of Tyre became like a bare rock.
"Nebuchadnezzar would sack the mainland city, slaughtering the population. He would lay siege to Tyre" (Ezekiel 26:7,8). Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to mainland Tyre in 585 BC. After 13 years of siege Tyre made terms with Babylon. When Nebuchadnezzar broke the gates of Tyre down he found it almost empty as the majority of the people had moved by ship to an island about one kilometre off the coast. They had fortified this island, the site of new Tyre. The mainland city was destroyed in 572 BC with the slaughter of its population.
"The sacking of Tyre and throwing its stones and timber into the water" (Ezekiel 26:12). Old Tyre was sacked by Nebuchadnezzar. In order to attack new Tyre offshore, Alexander demolished old Tyre, throwing the stones, timber and debris into the water to form a causeway. He augmented this material with timber from Mt Libanus. (See also v.4)
"Made a bare rock, for the spreading of fishermen's nets, never to be rebuilt" [Ezekiel 26:14). The port of Tyre is still in use today with small fishing vessels laying at anchor there. The port has become a haven for fishing boats and a place for spreading their nets. New Tyre on the island was eventually destroyed by the Muslims in 1291, being laid in ruins. Sixty years later it was reported that of the ancient walls and port, only traces remain. The existing city of Tyre is built down the coast from the original site of Tyre. (See also v.4)
"Tyre would be no more "(Ezekiel 26:21). With the destruction of Tyre it was not rebuilt and may be visited today and walked around as a ruin.
Ezekiel 28:22,23 (588 BC): And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Zidon; and I will be glorified in the midst of thee: and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall have executed judgments in her, and shall be sanctified in her. 23 For I will send into her pestilence, and blood into her streets; and the wounded shall be judged in the midst of her by the sword upon her on every side; and they shall know that I am the LORD.
There is no Biblical mention of the destruction of Sidon. Unlike Tyre, Sidon exists today, even though it has had one of the bloodiest histories of any city.
"Pestilence, blood in the streets, sword on every side, judgment" (Ezekiel 28:23) In 351 BC the Sidonians, who had been subjects of the Persian kings, revolted against their masters and successfully defended their city against the repeated attacks of the Persians. They were ruled by a weak king, who, in order to save his own life, betrayed the city to the Persians. Knowing what would befall them, 40,000 Sidonians locked themselves in their houses which they then set on fire, thus perishing at their own hands rather than being slaughtered by the Persians.
In the days of the Crusades, Sidon was taken and retaken three times by the Crusaders and the Muslims. This caused great bloodshed and death by the sword, including the slaying of many wounded. Up to the l9th century Sidon was the scene of conflict between the Turks and the Druses; and the Turks and the French. In 1840 Sidon was bombarded by the combined fleets of England, France and Turkey. Sidon's bloody history continues to this day with the city being featured in the conflict between Israel and the PLO.
ANGELS: DEMONS [see page 9]
CHRIST: PROPHET, PRIEST AND KING
JESUS THE PROPHET
1. Moses predicted the coming of a perfect prophet, fulfilled in Jesus (Deuteronomy 18:15-19, Acts 3:20-23)
2. Jesus claimed he was a prophet. (John 7:16, 8:28, 12:49-50)
3. Fulfilled predictions
a) His death and resurrection (Matthew 16:21, John 2:19)
b) The destruction of Jerusalem (Matthew 24:1-2, Luke 19:41-44)
c) The Gentile domination of Israel (Luke 21:20-24)
d) The Jewish dispersion (Matthew 24:34)
e) That the scriptures would survive (Matthew 24:35)
JESUS THE PRIEST
1. A priest is a man who represents other men before God, so that sinful man can have relationship with a holy God (Hebrews 5:1). The priest made propitiation for the sins of the people. (Hebrews 2:17, Hebrews 10:12) and also made intercession for the people
2. As a high priest, Christ offered a perfect sacrifice to God to remove sin for all time - His own body (Hebrews 9:26).
3. He also offers intercessory prayer for us (Hebrews 7:23-25) at the right hand of the Father.
a) He was divinely appointed (Hebrews 5:4-10)
b) He is perfect (Hebrews 7:26-28)
c) He is merciful and faithful (Hebrews 2:17)
d) He is sympathetic (Hebrews 4:14-16)
e) He is everlasting (Hebrews 7:23-25)
f) He is our advocate (1 John 2:1)
5. Because of our union in the Body of Christ, every believer is a priest (1 Peter 2:9). We have direct access to God the Father (Matthew 27:51, Hebrews 4:16). Therefore, our lives are to be a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1) of praise (Hebrews 13:15), giving (Hebrews 13:16) and obedience (Hebrews 13:17).
JESUS THE KING
1. At the second advent Jesus Christ will come as King, as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (1 Timothy 6:15)
a) His Kingdom - On earth (Jeremiah 23:5, Revelation 19:11-16). His kingdom is called the kingdom of heaven, because of its heavenly character, but it is clearly on earth.
b) His Capital - Jerusalem (Psalm 2:6)
c) Its Extent - The whole world. (Psalm 72:6-11, Isaiah 2:2-3, Daniel 7:13-14, Zechariah 8:20-23)
d) When - He will regather believing Israel after the Great Tribulation and will reign on earth for 1,000 years. (Revelation 19:11-16, Zechariah 14:1-4,9. Revelation 20:4-6)
2. Characteristics of the Kingdom:
a) Universal Peace (Isaiah 2:4, Micah 4:2-3)
b) Universal Prosperity (Micah 4:4-7)
c) Righteous and Just rule (Psalm 72:2-7, Isaiah 11:9)
d) Worldwide in extent (Psalm 72:6-8)
e) Glorious (Psalm 72:17-19)
f) Everlasting (Daniel 7:13-14, Luke 1:32-33, Revelation 11:15)
g) Uplifting of the under privileged (Psalm 72:2-4,12-14)
3. Christ's rule on earth will terminate with the Great White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:11-15). He delivers the kingdom to the Father, (1 Corinthians 15:24) thus commencing the eternal rule of Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:28)
CHRISTIAN LIFE: FAITH
1. The Christian life can be divided into three sections or stages.
a) Stage 1 - Salvation.
b) Stage 2 - The Christian Walk
c) Stage 3 - The Christian in Heaven.
2. Man has three means of obtaining knowledge:
a) Faith - to believe or trust that something is true
b) Reasoning - using human logic to deduce that something is true
c) Experimentation - to test and prove something to satisfy yourself that it is true
3. The only acceptable method of gaining grace is by faith, since this means depending upon God without our human merit.
a) Stage 1 - Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved - salvation (Acts 16:31).
b) Stage 2 - Trusting in the promises and principles of the Word of God - the Christian walk.
c) Stage 3 - Trusting in God's provision - Heaven.
4. To illustrate belief and unbelief we follow the Jews from the plagues in Egypt to crossing the Jordan:
Jews spared last plague.
Red Sea Crossing
Moses leads Jews over Red Sea.
By striking rock (Christ) water obtained.
Sons of Levi (Priests) slaughtered for leading
Many deaths due to quails
Death of fearful spies. Wandering in desert
Moses strikes rock in disobedience. Will not enter Promised Land.
Israel crosses Jordan on dry ground
5. Salvation faith is the complete trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for your sins and rose from the dead to give you eternal life. (Acts 16:31, Romans 4:20-25)
6. Anything added to becomes works, and therefore nullifies faith (Romans 4:4)
7. Faith is shown outwardly by confession with the mouth. (Romans 10:9-10)
8. Since faith does not depend on our own abilities, anybody can believe. Even little children (Matthew 18:2-4)
9. Assurance is by faith (Hebrews 10:22)
10. Faith is trust which does not ask to know all about God but believe all that God has said.
11. Salvation faith receives Christ as Saviour and Lord. (John 1:12, 3:16, 3:36)
12. Faith of salvation is the complete trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as having been delivered from our transgressions and raised again for our justification. (Romans 4:20-25)
13. By Faith God gives the soul assurance of the reality of things never yet seen by the natural man. (Hebrews 11:1-3)
14. The triumphs of faith in daily life are illustrated for the believer in Hebrews 11:1-39. Abel, Noah, Moses etc.
15. Faith comes from hearing and hearing from the Word of God. (Romans 10:17)
16. Faith is the only non meritorious means of understanding things the other being rationalism and empiricism.
17. To become like a little child is an analogy to faith as a young child only has faith. (Matthew 18:2-4)
CHRISTIAN LIFE: FAITH – OVERCOMING BY FAITH
1. By faith learn to accept conditions as God's will for life and be thankful - Romans 8:28, 1 Thessalonians 3:3; 5:18
2. By faith maintain fellowship with God, walking in the light - 1 John 1:7
3. By faith consistently day by day examine your conduct, confessing all known sins - 1 Corinthians 11:28, 31 1 John 1:9
4. By faith receive the Word of God daily as being more necessary than daily food. - Matthew 4:4; 5:6, 2 Peter 3:18
5. By faith approach the throne of grace boldly in every case of need, requesting aid, casting every care on Him. - Hebrews 4:15-16; 1 Peter 5:7
6. By faith resist the attempts of Satan and he will flee from you. - Ephesians 6:10-13, 1 Peter 5:8
7. By faith maintain the habit of thinking and meditating on spiritual values and priorities - Philippians 4:6-9
8. Walk by faith and not by sight - 2 Corinthians 5:7
GOD - GOD CARES FOR YOU
1. God knows ...
a) Our sorrows. (Exodus 3:7)
b) Our devotions. (2 Chronicles 16:9)
c) Our thoughts. (Psalm 44:21)
d) Our foolishness. (Psalm 69:5)
e) Our frailties. (Psalm 103:14)
f) Our deeds. (Psalm 139:2)
g) Our words. (Psalm 139:4)
h) The composition of the universe. (Psalm 147:4)
i) All things. (Proverbs 15:3)
j) Our needs. (Matthew 6:32)
k) About animal creation. (Matthew 10:29)
l) Mankind. (Matthew 10:30)
m) What might or could have been. (Matthew 11:23)
n) His own. (John 10:14)
o) Past, present and future. (Acts 15:18)
2. God is able to ...
a) Save forever those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ - Hebrews 7:25
b) Supply every need - 2 Corinthians 9:8
c) Deliver all who are tempted - Hebrews 2:18
d) Sustain the weak believer and make him stand - Romans 14:4
e) Keep us from falling and make us blameless - Jude 24,25
f) Surpass all that we could ask or think - Ephesians 3:20
g) Raise us up in resurrection in the likeness of His Son - Hebrews 11:19
3. With God, all things are possible - Matthew 19:26
4. God is in control. Nothing will ever happen to you that you are not able to deal with. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
5. God's character is stable.
a) if God is for you who can be against you. (Romans 8:31-34)
b) no matter what happens God's love is stable. (Romans 8:35-39)
6. God's promises are secure for he is always with us. (Matthew 28:19-20, Jeremiah 1:19)
7. God's power is always the same:-
a) He will always keep us. (John 10:29, 2 Timothy 1:12,)
b) God does not forget us or lose His power to keep. (Jude 24)
c) Even if we fall away from fellowship we still are saved. (2 Timothy 2:13)
8. God knew before time what we would need in time and has provided for the supply of all our needs. (Philippians 4:19, Hebrews 4:16, Ephesians 3:12,)
9. God has the power to bless us. (2 Corinthians 9:8)
10. God is able to make all grace abound towards us. (Ephesians 3:20)
1. Grace is all that God is free to do for man on the basis of the cross. Therefore Grace is unmerited favour from God.
2. Grace depends on the character of God therefore Grace depends on who and what God is. Grace is what God can do for man and still be true to his own character.
3. The believer must recognise the difference between legalism and grace. Legalism is man's work intruding upon the plan of God.
4. The greatest thing God can do for the saved person is to make him exactly like His Son Jesus Christ. This is accomplished in three stages of sanctification.
5. Positional Sanctification: At Salvation every believer enters into union with Christ. (Hebrews 1:2) Jesus Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father and is therefore superior to all angels in his humanity. At the point of salvation we are entered into union with Christ thus we are positionally higher than angels. We are positionally seated with Christ at God's right hand.
6. Experiential Sanctification: During the Christian's life on the earth the time spent under the power of the Holy Spirit. During this time we produce the character of God in our lives - gold, silver, precious stones. (1 Corinthians 3:12-15)
7. Ultimate Sanctification: When the believer receives a resurrection body he loses the sin nature and all human good. At this point the believer is physically superior to all angels. He remains in this perfect state eternally.
8. All believers have tasted of Grace at least once (1 Peter 2:3). This refers to the point of Salvation at which the believer receives at least 34 things which he did not earn or deserve. (Ephesians 2:8, 9) Disorientation to grace is the believer's greatest occupational hazard in his Christian life. (Galatians 5:4, Hebrews 12:15)
9. The divine attitude to grace is expressed in (Isaiah 30:18, 19) God is constantly waiting to pour out his blessing on all believers in the Christian life.
10. Grace in salvation is expressed in many ways. It is always the same - believing in Jesus Christ (Psalm 103:8-12, Romans 3:23-4, Romans 4:4, 5:20, Ephesians 2:8, 9)
11. There are many ways in which the Christian life expresses GRACE:
a) Prayer (Hebrews 4:16)
b) Suffering (2 Corinthians 12:9, 10)
c) Growth (2 Peter 3:18)
d) Stability (1 Peter 5:12)
e) Lifestyle (Hebrews 12:28, 2 Corinthians 1:12)
f) Production of Divine Good (1 Corinthians 15:10, 2 Corinthians 6:1
12. Grace is the correct attitude in relation to giving. (2 Corinthians 8 & 9)
13. Grace is the only means of coping with suffering in the Christian life. (2 Corinthians 12:7-10) Through Grace God is able to bless the believer in the midst of the pressures and adversities of life. (1 Peter 1:6,7)
14. Implications of grace:
a) God is perfect, his plan is perfect.
b) A perfect plan can only originate from a perfect God.
c) If man could do anything in the plan of God the plan would no longer be perfect.
d) A plan is no stronger than its weakest link. Grace therefore excludes all human merit, all human ability.
e) Legalism, human works is the enemy of Grace.
f) The works of human righteousness have therefore no place in the plan of God. (Isaiah 64:6)
1. Humility is to be sought - Zephaniah 2:3
2. Humility is manifest in restraint - Luke 6:28-29
3. Humility is produced by the Holy Spirit - Galatians 5:22-23
4. Humility is essential in teaching - 2 Timothy 2:25
5. Humility is essential in learning. - James 1:21
6. Humility is valuable to God. - Proverbs 3:34; James 4:6, 1 Peter 5:5
7. Humility is the path to promotion - 1 Peter 5:6
8. Humility gives proper self evaluation. - Romans 12:3
9. Examples of humility
a) Moses - Numbers 12:3
b) David - 2 Samuel 16:11
c) Jeremiah - Jeremiah 26:14
d) Stephen - Acts 7:60
e) Paul - 2 Timothy 4:16
10. Evidences of humility
a) Forbearance to others - Ephesians 4:2,6:9, Colossians 3:13
b) Endurance in trials - 1 Corinthians 13:7, James 1:12
c) Compassion - 1 Thessalonians 2:7
d) Peaceability - James 3:17
11. Humility was the primary characteristic of Christ - Isaiah 53:7, Matthew 11:29, 21:5
12. Promises to the humble - Psalm 22;26, 37:11, 147:6, Isaiah 29:19
1. The Hebrew and Greek words for mercy carry the meanings of, gentleness, tenderness, and compassion towards others.
2. It is not a passive concern but an active one that works out to help the one in need of love and concern.
3. God is merciful towards us all. Exodus 33:19, Romans 9:15, Isaiah 13:18, Jeremiah 6:23, 21:7, cf 1 Kings 8:50, Jeremiah 3:13, 42:12
4. God is rich in mercy towards us. Ephesians 2:4, James 5:11, 1 Timothy 1:2, 2 Timothy 1:2, Titus 3:5, 1 Peter 1:3.
5. People appealed to the Lord on the basis of his mercy towards the weak and needy. Matthew 9:27, 15:22, 17:15, 20:30, Mark 10:47, 48, Luke 17:13, 18:38, 39.
6. The good Samaritan's acts were praised by the Lord as acts of mercy. Luke 10:37
7. When the rich man appealed to Abraham in the story of Dives, he appealed on the basis of mercy Luke 16:24.
8. As we are recipients of mercy so we must be merciful to others. Zechariah 7:9, 10, Luke 1:50.
9. Grace gives us that (blessing) which we don't deserve; mercy withholds that (judgment) which we do deserve.
1. FROM GOD'S VIEWPOINT
When a person promises you something the promise is only as strong as the character of the person making the promise. The character of God is perfect therefore His promises are totally reliable.
a) Unchangeable - A promise in the Bible is the same for us in the 20th Century as it was to Paul.
b) All-knowing - God knows all our problems so there is always a promise or doctrine to cater for our difficulties.
c) Love - God will provide for His children.
d) Truth - All the promises are totally true.
2. FROM MAN'S VIEWPOINT
a) We must know the promises.
b) We must believe the promises.
c) We must want to trust in God.
3. THERE ARE ABOUT 7,000 PROMISES THAT DEAL WITH THE CHRISTIAN ON EARTH
4. TYPICAL PROMISES FOR VARIOUS STAGES IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
a) Stage 1 - Salvation (John 3:16; Acts 16:31)
b) Stage 2 - Christian on earth (1 John 1:9; Romans 8:28; 1 Peter 5:7)
c) Stage 3 - Believers in Heaven (1 Peter 1:3-5; Revelation 21:4)
5. FOR THE CHRISTIAN ON EARTH - HOW DO WE MAKE THEM WORK?
a) We must be a believer in Jesus Christ.
b) Take every promise to mean what it says.
c) Confess all your known sins using the promise in (1 John 1:9)
d) If a promise says to do something, do it (i.e. pray, believe, confess etc.)
e) Wait for answers, the Lord will answer in His time.
f) Keep a promise notebook, learn the promises.
6. GENERAL SCRIPTURE ON THE PROMISES OF GOD (Hebrews 3:7 - 4:11)
a) The geographical areas in which the Exodus generation found themselves can represent stages in the Christian.
i) Egypt - unbelief.
ii) Red Sea crossing - salvation by faith (i.e. leaving Egypt)
iii) Wilderness - the carnal and immature Christian life claiming only some promises and failing regularly.
iv) Jordan crossing - full realisation of God's favour by faith.
v) Promised land - the mature Christian resting in God and only failing occasionally.
b) The author of Hebrews in (Chapter 3:7,19) exhorts the Jews at Jerusalem and us not to fall into the same traps as the Exodus generation in unbelief.
c) Questions And Answers on Hebrews (Chapter 4) refers to the Christian on earth.
Verse 1: What happens if we fail to claim a promise? - We lack peace of mind.
Verse 2: What characteristic of God does this verse highlight? - Unchangeable.
How are the promises made active? - By being mixed with faith.
Verse 3: Which came first, man or the promises of God? - The promises, God is all-knowing.
Verse 4: Why did God rest? - Because He had provided all things necessary for man.
Verses 5 & 6: Will any succeed in this area? - Yes, some will.
Verse 7: Are the promises still available today? - Yes.
What must we do? - Accept God's provision.
What must we not do? - Harden our hearts.
Verse 8: Jesus in some translations is, in fact, Joshua.
Verse 9: To whom are the promises available? - Believers only.
Verse 10: What choice have we as a Christian? - Human works or God's works and provision.
Verse 11: What is the great trap? - Unbelief. We should actively pursue the promises of God.
7. MAJOR PROMISES
Learn to claim these when:
a) In difficulties (Romans 8:28)
b) You have sinned (1 John 1:9)
c) You are worried (1 Peter 5:7)
d) You have been wronged (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
e) Prayer (Matthew 7:7)
f) You are lonely (Hebrews 13:5)
g) You have doubts (Philippians 4:13)
h) The Bible (Hebrews 4:12)
i) You cannot sleep (Psalm 4:8)
j) You are unhappy (Psalm 147:3)
k) You are tempted to retaliate (Romans 12:17,19)
l) You are in danger (Psalm 23:4)
LAME, DEAF AND DUMB MAN HEALED