Faith, Art, writing and learning are Tim’s passions. Tim loves working in education. He has a BS in Psychology from Albright College.
Open Your Bible
When you open your Bible what you see are miles and miles of words spilling across the pages. The Bible is divided into two books the Old and New Testaments. The two books do not work independently of each other. The New looks back to the Old while the Old sets up the New.
The Old Testament is sometimes overlooked because in truth some of the words you read and understand while others you push off to the side because you don’t understand them or know their importance in your life. .
In the New Testament you have the four gospels; Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Part of the wisdom of God in the Bible are the words of Jesus in the Gospels. These are the red parts of the Bible. These are the words of Jesus/God interacting directly with first the disciples but through the foresight of those same disciple to us all.
So now let’s look at a few of these Red Parts of the Bible, which are primarily in the gospels but can also be found in the Book of Acts, and see what life lessons can be gleaned from them.
Matthew 4:4, “Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
You try and try to live your life nourished by your wisdom. The problem is when you feed yourself you tend to eat a lot of junk food. So instead you need to turn to the one place you can be truly nourished, the Bible.
Matthew 6:1, “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.”
The life lesson here seems to be complicated bis simple. The best praise is the praise you don’t get. In other words do your good will to others without seeking the praise of others.
Matthew 6:14, “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.”
Here Jesus calls us to forgive others. Simple right? Wrong! It is going to be hard to forgive those who have caused you grief throughout your life; the bullies, the know it alls, those who like to tell you what you’re doing wrong. Still, it is what Jesus calls for here, total forgiveness.
Digging deeper into the words of Jesus is always worthwhile and enlightening. These 10 verses offered to you in this short article are only a glimpse into what Jesus wants us to know and what he wants us to learn from him. So take this article as a stepping stone into a broader look at the life and words of Jesus.
Mark 4:9, “ “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
Jesus calls for people to listen. it is that simple but also that complex because listening to Jesus means changing the way you think about the world and those around you. So in the end we all need to listen more and talk less.
Mark 6:37, “You give them something to eat.”
Jesus calls for us to take a look around and see all those in need but not just look but help. Jesus calls on his followers to take care of those in need of help. Feed them, house them, clothe them. Whatever their needs meet them.
Luke 6:27-30, “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either.
Jesus lesson here is a tough one...love your enemies. Really? Loving your enemies goes against every inking of human nature but were not talking about a human nature anymore but a Godly nature which calls for you to love those who don't necessarily show love to you.
Luke 8:16, ”No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light.”
Jesus says no one who has faith should be hiding their faith but letting it shine for all the world to see.
John 1:38, “What are you seeking?”
Jesus is asking a simple question, "What are you seeking?" Their answer (the disciples) was to ask Him where He lived. Then they went and stayed with Him for a while. This is the same question Jesus asks us today. "What are you seeking?" An easy way into Heaven? Whatever is the main reason you're seeking out Jesus it must be with an open heart and in order to have a strong relationship with Him.
John 5:44, ”How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God.”
The question here is quite straight forward. What do you put more stock in the person or people who praise you for what you do or Jesus. If you live your life seeking the praise of others you have gained your reward here and now but if yo live you life for God you know your reward will come later. It is good to do the best you can but not if your relationship with God suffers.
John 8:7, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”
Jesus looks at the people in the crowd, the accusers of the woman, and he knows their hearts just as he knows our hearts. In the story he bends down and scribble something in the sand and stands back up. He looks around just as he looks at us today and wants us to know, wants you to know when you cast stones at others you need to remember your heart is not so clean either.
One Final Note
All of these lessons come from a layman's point of view and as such are just what is gleaned from the verses from home Bible study.
© 2022 Timothy Whitt