Divine and Human Viewpoint – Part 2
Eternity Past, Age of Gentiles, Age of Israel, Hypostatic Union, Church Age, Tribulation, Millennium, Eternal future
Before you begin this Bible study, If you have never believed in Jesus Christ as your Savior, John 3:16 tells us: “ For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, shall not perish, but have eternal life.’ Simply have faith that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins and you will have eternal life and be saved. If you have believed in Jesus Christ as your Savior; then 1 John 1:9 tells us; “If you confess your sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Simply privately tell God the Father your sins to be filled with God the Holy Spirit and He will teach you Bible truth. (Rebound)
Promise Memory Verse
“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18
Gobble, gobble, gobble, Thanksgiving will soon be here. I’ll bet you can’t wait to see your favorite aunt and uncles, cousins or grandparents and eat lots of delicious food. In our Bible story today, we will see a wonderful celebration taking place as well.
Lazarus had two sisters, Mary and Martha; they lived in Bethany during
the Hypostatic Union. One day Martha saw Jesus near her house and invited Him inside. Her sister Mary was so excited that she immediately sat near His feet so she could hear Him teach Bible Doctrine.
Martha went into the kitchen and got busy making a special meal for Jesus; soon she got stressed out from doing everything by herself and couldn’t believe that her sister Mary wasn’t helping.
The more Martha thought about it, the madder she became! She was so upset that she complained to Jesus about Mary and even asked Him to make her sister help her. She was arrogant because she thought her way was right when it wasn’t.
Even though cooking a wonderful meal for Jesus was a good thing, it was human good and it was wrong because she was out of fellowship with God and had human viewpoint. A right thing done in a wrong way is always wrong.
Our wonderful Savior, Jesus Christ treated her with kindness and grace even though she didn’t deserve it. He told her that Mary was the one doing the right thing because listening to Bible Doctrine is always the correct thing to do. Mary had Divine viewpoint and she was doing Divine Good. A right thing done in a right way is always right.
Last week, we talked about Thanksgiving and how horrible the meal would be is we added a lot of weird ingredients like squirrel, too much salt in the pumpkin pie and slimy worms to the stuffing.
We saw how the arrogant scribes and the Pharisee’s had human view point and because they added a bunch of rules to the perfect law that God gave Moses on Mount Sinai. Adding their spin to God’s rules was not ok. A wrong thing done in a wrong way is always wrong.
Most families eat turkey or ham on Thanksgiving, but there was one family who was a bit different, mounted on their living room wall was a hideous feathery turkey. If that turkey could talk, what do you think he would say? Let’s do an interview with him and hear what he was thinking.
“My whole life was spent eating nuts, snails, berries and mice. During the night, I slept a tree. I got very tired of the icy cold winters. My parents warned me to hide from hunters dressed in camouflage clothing.
One day I got tired of them telling me what to do so, I said goodbye to their old fashioned way of life and soared through the skies hoping to go to Disney Land.
Oh no! Now I am mounted on a dark paneled wall! Everyone who looks at me stares at my gobbler. My neck is red with embarrassment because I had human viewpoint thinking and I arrogantly thought I knew what was best! I wish I would have listened to my parents!”
Of course we know that turkeys can’t really talk. We can learn something important from this story though and from the Mary and Martha Bible story. When we think we are always right and everyone else is wrong, we are arrogant, and we have human viewpoint.
Divine good + Divine viewpoint = A right thing done in a right way.