February 9, 2021, 7:17 PM



T6 – FOR WEEK OF 2/8/21




We use the expression, "Been there, done that!" When we say, "Been there, done that," we can relate to what a person is going through!

There is a person who always understands your problem, always feels your problem, can always relate, and can always say, "BEEN THERE, DONE THAT!" He may have not faced the exact trial but he faced trials so similar that he can always relate. The person's name is The Lord Jesus Christ!

The Lord Jesus can always say to you, "BEEN THERE, DONE THAT!" And this morning in Hebrews 4:14-16 we see how He is present to help us through any difficulty. These three verses show us that,


There are three functions which the Lord Jesus is filling.

He is prophet. He is priest. He is king.

When He walked the earth the first time, his primary function was that of prophet.

When He comes again the second time to establish His kingdom his primary function will be as king.

Today, as Jesus sits on the right hand of God, His primary function is as priest. Not just any old priest, but Great High Priest!

In the Old Testament, priests were appointed to be mediators between God and His people. They were the go-betweens.

It was the high priest who offered the greatest sacrifice of the year on what is known as "The Day of Atonement", or "Yom Kippur". Once a year the high priest entered the "the holy of holies" which contained the Ark of the Covenant and the mercy seat. The mercy seat was where the glory of God dwelled on earth. He came sprinkle blood on the Mercy Seat, symbolic of the sins of the people.

On this Day of Atonement the priest actually entered the "holy of holies” three times. The first time he came in and burned incense. The second time he came and sprinkled the blood of a bull. The third time he came, he sprinkled the blood of a goat.

When the priest came to the “holy of holies” bringing the blood to be sprinkled, he passed through three areas of the tabernacle or temple.

First he went through the outer court, then through the holy place, and then through the veil into the "holy of holies."

Before the priest could offer a sacrifice for the people, he had to offer a sacrifice for himself. Every year the offering was made at the mercy seat.

And during the year, thousands of offerings were offered for sin. The sin offering was never enough! Neither the priest, nor the sacrifice was perfect.

Then came the great high priest, the Lord Jesus. He offered the sacrifice of himself for sin. He was sinless, so it was an offering that was perfect. 1 Peter 1:18-19

The offering that Jesus made did not need to be repeated again ever! Hebrews 10:14, 9:28

After making the one time sacrifice for sin, Jesus delivered that blood to Heaven. Jesus, our priest has passed into, or rather, through the heavens.

He went through the first heaven or atmosphere, the second heaven of outer space, to the third heaven where God dwells and the true tabernacle is located. There was only one sacrifice needed and he paid it and delivered the blood. Hebrews 9:12

God's "mercy seat" is always available. The "throne of grace" is always open because of the work of Christ.

As our high priest Jesus remains in Heaven. He is there as our mediator with God. He is there in our behalf.

Because our high priest has finished the work of paying for our sins, we are to "hold fast" our profession or confession.


No matter what we face as Christians, we have a partner, The Lord Jesus Christ, who can say, "Been There, Done That!".

I wonder how much contact the high priest of the Old Testament had with the common man. Probably it was not very much. There were just too many Israelites to know everybody! But our Great High Priest knows us personally. He indwells us personally, through His Spirit. Hebrews 13:5-6

As our great high priest He is present in Heaven to intercede for us and help us as we come to God.

And because he knows us, and because we are God's children, and because He is our partner is suffering, and because he did it himself - Because of all these things He can be touched with the feelings of our infirmities, or weaknesses.

Jesus also knows what is like to face temptation!

Temptation is one of our biggest problems!

There are three basic types of sin.

1 John 2:16 - For all that [is] in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

Genesis 3:6 - And when the woman saw that the tree [was] good for food, and that it [was] pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make [one] wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

Good For Food - Lust Of the Flesh

Pleasant to the Eyes - Lust of the Eyes

Desired to Make One Wise - Pride of Life

Now let's turn to Matthew 4:1-11

Vs. 3 - Lust Of The Flesh

Vs. 6 - Pride Of Life

Vss. 8-9 - Lust Of The Eyes

Although Jesus did not give in to temptation, He, as our partner has faced temptation, and understands exactly what we face, and what our sorrows are!


Because Jesus is the Great High Priest

Because Jesus understands our weaknesses and is sympathetic towards them

We can now come to the throne!

Where is the throne to which we are to come?

It's in Heaven.

Whose throne is it? It's God's throne, with the Father and Son sitting there.

What kind of a throne is it?

There are times when it is a throne of Judgment.

However, right now for the believer, it is a throne of GRACE!!

You come in the name and righteousness of your Great High Priest, and He is there to help you! John 14:13-14

When you travel on land, you usually look for the road, or at least a path. Jesus is the only pathway to the throne of Grace. We come through Him.

John 14:6 - Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Notice how we are to come.

We are to come boldly or confidently to the throne of grace.

We can be confident because our Great High Priest Is There.

It is here that we obtain mercy.

Mercy for forgiveness

Mercy to see what God is not allowing us to go through.

Mercy for our shortcomings

Mercy for our human infirmities

And there is always more grace.

The grace is there to help as we bring every worry, every care, every sin, every temptation before Him!

1 Peter 5:7 - Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.









David: A Man’s Man, God’s Man Lesson #6 of 8

This is a complete lesson.

  • Why do you think that sexual sin is so prevalent, even among Christian men?
  • Why did God include the story of David and Bathsheba in the Bible?

We return to our study of David.

David, who killed the giant, Goliath, with a stone and a slingshot…

David who was called a man after God's heart…

David who often walked with God…

David who was the sweet psalm singer of Israel…

David who wrote many psalms including The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want…

However in 1 Samuel 11 we find a picture of a side of David we'd like to forget.  We’d like to forget David’s dark side, because we are capable of having one too!

There are some things mentioned in this chapter that David found to be easy.  These same things, if we are not careful, we will find to be easy as well.


  • David was between 50-55 years old. His kingdom was well established.  He had been a king for about 20 years.
  • Although some think that David did nothing wrong to stay back, I feel that David would have been wiser to be active with his men.
  • What reasons might David have had to stay behind?
  • How might have a king’s lifestyle made David a little soft or lazy?
  • Although salvation is free, Spiritual warfare is work!

2 Timothy 2:3-4 - Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. [4] No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

1 Timothy 6:12 - Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

Ephesians 6:10-11 - Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. [11] Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

  • What are some indicators that we are getting lazy as Christians?
  • Why is getting lazy in the Christian life dangerous?

IT’S EASY TO LUST – Vss. 2-3

  • Vs. 2 – David’s sin was not taking a nap in the heat of the day.  He probably had a tent on the top of the palace where it was cooler. I think it might have been a common practice.
  • Bathsheba was bathing. Was she to blame at all for David’s sin?  How can Christian women help men avoid lust?
  • Vs. 3 – How do we know that David was guilty of lust, and what subtle message do you think the servant might have been trying to convey with his answer about Bathsheba’s identity?
  • What do you think of the statement, “It’s okay to look, just don’t touch?”

Matthew 5:27-28 - Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: [28] But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

  • What are some practical ways to avoid the sin of lust?

1 Corinthians 10:12-14 - Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.


  • Scripture does not dwell on this sin like they would in the movies.  David simply gave in and did it. As a man with many wives and concubines, he had heightened sexual interest.  It was easy for him to take the next step.
  • The more we dwell on committing a sin the more likely we are to take the next step.  Why?

James 1:13-15 - Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: [14] But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. [15] Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

IT’S EASY TO LOOK OUT FOR #1 – Vss. 5-25

  • Vs. 5 – What can we always count on when we sin?

Numbers 32:23 -…and be sure your sin will find you out.

Colossians 3:25 - But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.

  • How do we know that God loved David?
  • What would have been the best way for David to handle the pregnancy?
  • Vss. 6-8 - Why do we, like David, choose to cover things up?
  • Vss. 9-13 – At this point in David’s life, Uriah showed himself to be a better man than David?  How?
  • What truth(s) about God was David choosing to ignore?
  • Vss. 14-15 – David went to extremes to cover up sin.  Why should this concern us?
  • Vss. 16-24 – The saddest thing about this cover-up is that innocent people were adversely affected.  This should be “food for thought” for us.
  • Vs. 25 – David was guilty of another sin here. What was it?

IT’S EASY TO LIVE A LIE – Vss. 26-27

  • What lie was David living?
  • In what ways do many Christian men live lies?
  • What is the thought provoking conclusion to this story?
  • How should this chapter affect us?




  • Things are secure, even if they do not seem to be! Vs. 1
  • God is eternal. There will be no change in authority. Vs. 2
  • Whether a literal flood or the restless rebellion of mankind, God is mightier. Vss. 3-4,

Psalm 46:6-7, 10

  • We can count on God’s unchangeable Word and our holy, heavenly home for all eternity. Vs. 5
  • “When the tempest is around us, we look by faith to the throne of grace above us and the Word of God before us.” Warren Wiersbe, Be Exultant



  • We can rejoice because God is in charge. Vs. 1
  • We can rejoice because his reign (throne) is grounded in righteousness and justice. Vs. 2
  • We can rejoice because He has the awesome power to enforce his righteousness and justice. Vss. 3-5
  • We can rejoice because God advertises His existence and presence. Vs. 6, Romans 1:20
  • We can rejoice because all false gods will be put to shame. Vs. 7
  • We can rejoice because our God is exalted above all gods. Vss. 8-9
  • We can rejoice because God takes care of His own. Vss. 10-11
  • We can rejoice at the remembrance of His name. Vs. 12



  • Respond with fear or reverence. Vs. 1
  • Respond with praise. Vss. 2-3
  • Respond with humble worship. Vss. 4-5
  • Respond with reflection. Vss. 6-8
  • Respond with exaltation and worship in His place and because He is holy. Vs. 9



When I was in the United Sates Army, one job that I had occasionally was being on guard duty.  I was a watchman for the army.  The first guard duty I can remember was at Fort Dix, New Jersey, during basic training.  Another soldier and I were given the job of guarding the PX (store).

Our weapons were a club each.  What amused me were the instructions we were given about the nearby branch bank.  The instructions told us that if the alarm went off at the bank we were to go over and take charge!  I'm sure bank robbers would have been really scared of two guys carrying clubs instead of guns! :)

Although guard duty during basic training was probably only training, being a watchman or a guard is usually a very important job.  In the Bible God gave prophets, apostles, evangelists and pastors the job of being His "watchmen".  Even to this day God has appointed those who preach His Word as watchmen or guards.  Because God loves us, he has given us these watchmen, and we should be thankful for them!

The passage before us today is a good description of the job of being one of God's watchmen.

RESPONSIBILITY AS A WATCHMAN - "Son of man, I have made thee a watchman..."

I’m thinking about the various duties of watchmen and how they apply to preachers of God's Word.

1. A watchman protects. 

Just as a watchman is assigned to protect something or somebody, a preacher is assigned to protect the saints from false teaching, discouragement and sin.  He is also sent to the unsaved as a protection against going to hell. Of course, a watchman can only warn. The decision to obey is up to the person hearing the message.

 2. A watchman patrols.

The watchman will move about, being on the alert for trouble.  The Godly pastor will move through his congregation looking for those things that need prayerful attention.

3. A watchman perceives.

A watchman is on the alert.  A good watchman can perceive problems.  A man of God can perceive Spiritual difficulty.

4. A watchman proclaims.

He isn't silent when he spots trouble.  He takes action, warning the violator and notifying those who can help stop the violation.  The preacher proclaims words of warning to those who have sinned against God.  When necessary, he warns others of the potential danger of listening to someone who is sinning.

RECEPTION OF ORDERS - "...therefore, hear the word of my mouth..."

A good watchman has orders to follow.  He is enforcing the rules of another.  Preachers must get their message from God.  They must get their message by being in the Word of God.  Ezra 7:10, Jeremiah 15:16

REPORT TO THE PEOPLE - "...and give them warning from me."

Just as the watchman reports to those who are breaking the rules or who might break the rules, the preacher is responsible to proclaim the rules to those who have or might violate God's Word.


A good watchman is rewarded with pay and compliments for doing his job.

A poor watchman is rewarded with loss of pay because he'll lose his job.  He might also be rewarded with punishment for breaking laws himself.

The faithful preacher will not be held accountable if he has faithfully warned the righteous and the unrighteous. (Vss. 19, 21) He will also be rewarded at the Judgment Seat of Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:10

The unfaithful preacher will be held accountable if he has not delivered God's message to the righteous and the unrighteous. Vss. 18, 20


MARK 14:32-50 – ARE YOU?


We all have opinions of ourselves. And although sometimes our opinions about ourselves are not accurate, we usually seem to know what we are and what we are not.

Jesus prayed a great intercessory prayer for his disciples and for us right after his “Upper Room Discourse”. Then He came to the Garden of Gethsemane where he would pray another prayer. This one was for Himself as he faced the agonies of a mock trial, physical and verbal abuse, and the suffering for our sins on the cross.

As we look at the actions of the disciples and of our Lord, we should be led to ask ourselves some frank questions concerning our own behavior. I will ask you these questions, and then you can ask yourself.

Vs. 32 – The Garden of Gethsemane was evidently a garden that contained olive trees. The name Gethsemane means “oil press”. Evidently a press was there or had been there for pressing olives to make olive oil.


The disciples were not surprised when Jesus led them to this quiet, secluded place. It was evidently a familiar resting place for Jesus and the disciples. They had been there often. If fact they had been there so often that Judas suspected that Jesus had gone there. John 18:2

Jesus was not avoiding Judas. The only way Judas could have caught Jesus and led in His arrest was if Jesus, God in the flesh, would let Him and Jesus did.

The instruction given to the majority of the disciples was to sit and wait for Jesus to be done praying.

Vs. 33 – Jesus took his “inner circle”, Peter, James, and John with Him.

Jesus was “sore amazed” and “very heavy”.

He was looking into the immediate future and seeing the suffering that He would endure as he took upon His shoulders the punishment for every sin that had ever been committed.

He was actually astonished at what he would have to face!

I don’t think we ever come close to understanding what Jesus did for us. The depths of pain and agony that He faced for you and me!

Vs. 34 – This was Jesus’ support group. He admitted His anguish to His friends. His sorrow was so great that it even threatened to take His life. So, he says to His friends, “Watch with Me!” Luke 22:40

The way through our greatest temptations and problems is the way of watchful prayer.

Now with this command in mind, it time to start asking the “are you” questions.

ARE YOU SLEEPING? – Vss. 37-41

We will come back to the content of Jesus’ prayer in a few minutes.

Vs. 37 – Humanly speaking, this was Jesus’ hour of greatest need, and His friends let Him down by sleeping.

Peter is singled out because he was the one who had promised His loyalty so vehemently. Mark 14:29-31

Vs. 38 – Notice that prayer is a weapon against temptation. If we prayed more, our temptations would probably not lead to sin.

Here, Jesus observes that their “spirit”, their new nature as Christians, was willing but their flesh, their old nature was weak.

What is the responsibility of Christians today? Colossians 4:2, 1 Peter 4:7, Ephesians 6:18

Of course the number 1 reason for watching and praying is because God tells us to. Why else are we to watch and pray?


2. THERE ARE PEOPLE DYING AND GOING TO HELL! – WATCH AND PRAY! – John 4:35, Luke 10:2, 1 Timothy 2:1-4


4. YOU HAVE PROBLEMS! – WATCH AND PRAY! – 1 Peter 5:7, Psalm 55:22

5. SAINTS HAVE PROBLEMS – WATCH AND PRAY! – Ephesians 6:18, Hebrews 13;3

There are so many reasons to watch and pray.

Yet we sleep. The sleep isn’t necessarily a literal sleep. We “sleep” when we don’t want to pray. We “sleep” when we make excuses for not praying. We “sleep” when we are too busy to pray.

Why do we sleep?

We care more about our plans than God’s plans.

We are selfish.

We are lazy.

We don’t care!

We are spiritually lackadaisical.

If you do not have a vibrant prayer life, you are spiritually weak. You are sleeping.


The Lord Jesus would go his last hour alone. That was His plan. That was God’s plan. John 18:8

Nonetheless, after Judas had betrayed Jesus, the disciples ran!

These men ran because they were terrified.

Do people run today? Yes!

Do Christians run today? Yes!

  • God calls some men to be pastors and they run!
  • God calls some men and women to the mission field and they run!
  • God calls some men and women to teach in the local church and they run.
  • God calls men and women away from sin and they run.
  • God calls men and women to do what is good, and they run.
  • God calls men and women to church membership and they run!
  • God calls men and women to stand up for what is right and moral, and they ran!


  • They run because they are afraid.
  • They run because they don’t like change.
  • They run because they don’t like inconvenience, a change in lifestyle.
  • They run because they don’t want to suffer.
  • They run because they are selfish.

What is the opposite of running?

It is following. Luke 9:23-24, Luke 14:26-27


Vs. 43 – Judas came with a small army made up of all sorts of people including Roman soldiers and the temple guard.

Vss. 44-45 – Judas came and kissed him, perhaps on the hand, but it was a fervent kiss. Judas didn’t want anyone making any mistakes about who to arrest.

Judas, the betrayer showed affection.

Judas was a betrayer. He pretended to be a follower of Jesus and wasn’t. He turned against Jesus.

Are you a betrayer?

Do you pretend to be a follower of Jesus on Sunday and live for the devil the rest of the week?

You can’t call Him “Lord” Jesus if you are constantly doing things that betray Him.

  • If you profess to know Jesus and constantly get drunk you are betraying Him.
  • If you profess to know Jesus and are having an affair, you are betraying Him.
  • If you profess to know Jesus and are in a relationship with an unbeliever you are betraying Him.
  • If you profess to know Jesus and are doing drugs, you are betraying Him.
  • If you profess to know Jesus and curse and swear, and take His name in vain, you are betraying Him.

It’s a package deal! If Jesus is your Savior He is Lord!


Vss. 35-36 – Jesus made a request of His “Daddy” (Abba), His Father, and His Father said “no”!

If there was another way possible to redeem your soul Jesus was willing to take it.

If there was another way to pay for the sins of mankind, Jesus wanted it!

Humanly speaking, what Jesus faced was so horrible that Jesus wanted to avoid it!

In fact Jesus asked three times to have the cup of suffering removed from Him if it were possible. But it wasn’t possible! 1 Peter 1:18-20

Three times Jesus asked for the cup to be passed.

Three times the answer would have been “no”.

Three times Jesus said, nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.

At that particular moment, Jesus did not like the will of God, but he accepted it.

He submitted to God, because he knew God’s will was best! And the end result was glorious!

Philippians 2:8-11 - And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. [9] Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: [10] That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; [11] And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

So what part of God’s will don’t you like?

What is it that you are resisting?

If Jesus could submit to such a horrible death for you, can’t you submit to whatever God wants you to go through for Him?

Isn’t it time that we said to God, nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt?

Now it’s time for you to answer these questions:

ARE YOU SLEEPING? – Vss. 37-41







Luke 12:1-3 - In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. [2] For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. [3] Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.



Luke 12:4-5 - And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. [5] But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.



Luke 12:6-7 - Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? [7] But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.










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