Scripture Reading: Psalm 84 and 85
Is worry a sin? Worry is more a symptom of some other sin.
Matthew 26:38-44—are you sure it’s worry?
Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.39 And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.43 And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.44 And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
Exceeding sorrowful—grieved, intensely sad, overcome with sadness.
Agony—in Luke 22:44—struggle, emotional anguish.
--This isn’t worry as much as it is sheer sadness and pain. I think perhaps the physical pain was the least of His pains.
Matthew 6:32-33—what does “seek the kingdom of God” mean?
(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Seek—pursue as the main object of life. Afraid of death, battling for theirs with a massive insecurity that’s never satisfied.
Kingdom of God—not just eternity, living in the spiritual realm of Christ’s kingship now
Matthew 19:23-25—rich don’t get in—their treasure is on earth
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
Hardly enter—not easily enter. Eye of needle—it is an impossibility. Saved—material blessing was the sign of salvation for many coming out of the physical OT.
Matthew 21:28-31—those who don’t do what God says don’t get in.
But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.29 He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.31 Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.
Publicans and harlots—their early life was a denial of what God said, but later they repented. Go—lead the way. Not saying you have to be a publican or sinner first! Just stating a fact.
Matthew 21:43—must have fruits that resemble the Kingdom
Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.
Righteousness—His righteousness endures forever—treasure in heaven. Said 4x in Bible.
Psalm 85:10—righteousness and peace have kissed each other
Isaiah 32:17-- And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever.
Now no chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. 12Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;13And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.14Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord
Peaceable fruit—peaceful fruit of righteousness, as opposed to the turmoil of chastening.
Hanging hands, feeble knees—the present experience of chastening.
Straight paths-- Let your walk be so firm and so unanimous in the right direction that a plain track and “highway” may be thereby established for those who accompany and follow you,
Follow peace—pursue, by doing holiness, walking straight, being exercised by chastening.
Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:29 For our God is a consuming fire.
Kingdom—more glorious and more permanent than present earth.
Reverence—humble understanding of who we are before God. Godly fear—not wanting to offend Him.