25 Days of December: Matthew Chapter 11

Hi guys! I didn’t forget about you! I’ve sat down with my hot tea, box of Kleenex and my bible and I WILL get these two chapters posted for you! I have been fighting this terrible cold/sinus infection, but I recruited my husband to watch the kids while I rested this morning and I’m finally feeling well enough to open my eyes!

If this is your first time reading, we are on post #8 in the series I like to call “25 Days of December” where we are studying the book of Matthew in an attempt to access some “soul food” during this season of busyness and distraction.

I want to remind you that I will be referencing The Message and NIV translations with occasional mentions of biblehub.com. If you do not have a bible handy, you can click here to link straight to Matthew chapter 11 on biblehub.com. In other news, I was recently asked what bible I use. If you would like to view the two bibles I use, you can visit Amazon through these links: link 1 and link 2 and purchase your own! (Note: link 2 is to a bible that is SIMILAR to The Message translation that I use. The exact one I have, is not available on Amazon but the one linked is a women’s version I’m sure you will love! If you are looking to gift one, there are many other versions available including men’s (NIV), youth (The Message) and children versions!)

Now that we have our reading material, let’s get started!

Just a couple of points we will touch on today:

  • You will only understand the value in the Word when you have experienced it
  • God shows himself to ordinary people
  • Live freely in Christ

 

  • You will only understand the value in the Word when you have experienced it

Matthew 11:16-19 (The Message) says: “‘How can I account for this generation? The people have been like spoiled children whining to their parents, ‘We wanted to skip rope, and you were always too tired; we wanted to talk, but you were always too busy.’ John came fasting and they called him crazy. I came feasting and they called me a lush, a friend of the riffraff. Opinion polls don’t count for much, do they? The proof of the pudding is in the eating.'”

This is what I take away from this: we can’t rely on the word of the majority. We must experience Jesus and make the decisions ourselves!

  • God shows himself to ordinary people

Matthew 11: 25-26 (The Message): “Abruptly Jesus broke into prayer: ‘Thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth. You’ve concealed your ways from sophisticates and know-it-alls, but spelled them out clearly to ordinary people. Yes, Father, that’s the way you like to work.'”

Matthew 11:25-26 (NIV) says it slightly different: “At that time Jesus said, ‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.'”

These verses give us hope. In a world where our success/worth tend to be measured by our awards, certificates and titles- God promises us that those who have the faith of a child have access to his kingdom. There are no prerequisites required. The only thing we must do, is BELIEVE! Isn’t it so relieving to know that our Father loves us no matter how many things we have accomplished?

  • Live freely in Christ

Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV): “‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.'”

I am extremely relieved to know that coming to our Father for answers, lightens our load instead of adding to it with more expectations and lists of things to do. When I turn to the world for answers on how to stress less, build my business, or parent my children all I find are MORE things to do! More coping mechanisms to add to my day or more books to read on how to parent my children. It gets very overwhelming! The truth is, when we decide to turn to our Father, instead, he LIGHTENS our load and brings peace to our hearts in a way that no other worldly thing can. I had a lesson in this just this morning! I was feeling overwhelmed, confused and unsure why nothing was making me feel the way I expected it to. The answer was BALANCE. A balance between work, serving others, time to myself and rest. Balance. Thank you Lord for this simple answer to my frustrations. ❤

 

 

 

 

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