July 29, 2020, 2:05 PM



S30 – WEEK OF JULY 27, 2020



Let me state the obvious! The words “we” and “us” are plural words! They include me and whoever else I’m talking to or about.

One thing I learned from my Dad and Mom was that one family member had a need, we all had a need. When one family member rejoiced and celebrated, we all celebrated. When one family needed help, we all helped. Without saying the exact words, Dad and Mom communicated, “We’re all in this together.”

The recipients of the Book of Hebrews were struggling. They were probably second-generation Jewish believers, some of whom were being tempted to back to the old Jewish ways. I feel that most of them were true Christians in hard circumstances tempted to leave the faith.

We do not know who wrote the Book of Hebrews, but it is obvious the author knew them well. He addresses them in the passage that we just read as “us”. Three times he says, “Let us…”. He’s implying that They were all in this together.

In some ways we are like those Hebrew believers of old. This pandemic, racial unrest, and general isolation might be tempting us to be involved in our Christianity more on the sidelines than as active participants. We are often victimized by fear and worry.

I believe that the author of Hebrews gives us help in remembering that “We are all in this together” as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. He says,

LET US DRAW NEAR! – Hebrews 10:22

LET US HOLD FAST! – Hebrews 10:23

LET US CONSIDER! – Hebrews 10:24-25


Before he discusses what we should do, he gives us two good reasons why we should do it. He answers the question “Why?” before it could be asked!

Hebrews 10:19 (KJV) - Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,

Therefore – We go back to see “What it’s there for! - Hebrews 10:17-18 - And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

  • No Jew under the law was ever allowed into the “Holy of Holies” except the high priest and he did it once a year.
  • When the high priest went in, he took blood of an animal for himself first, and then the people.
  • Now we are told that we have access to God, into his very presence, through the shed blood of Christ. 1 Peter 1:18-19

Hebrews 10:20 – By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

  • Access to God is through the shed blood of Christ. He is the new and living way that allowed  God to tear the curtain around the “The Holy of Holies” Mark 15:38

Hebrews 10:21 (KJV) 21 And having an high priest over the house of God;

See Hebrews 4:14-16

LET US DRAW NEAR – Hebrews 10:22

Hebrews 10:22 - Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

  • A true heart is a pure or sincere heart only found through faith in Christ.
  • Washing here is a heart cleansed from an evil conscience. Titus 3:5
  • Washed with pure water – not Baptism – cleansing of filth 1 John 1:7-10
  • Let us draw near. Prayer is a group commitment! Acts 2:41-42, Peter in Prison, 1 Timothy 2:8, Matthew 7:7-8, the Lord’s Prayer is plural.

LET US HOLD FAST – Hebrews 10:23

Hebrews 10:23 - Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)

  • The Word “faith” means hope here.
  • Hope is faith on steroids. Faith believes something. Hope looks forward to it.
  • We look forward to “The Blessed Hope”. Titus 2:11-14

LET US CONSIDER– Hebrews 10:24-25

Hebrews 10:24-25 (KJV) 24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

  • Romans 12:3-8 – We are to provoke or encourage each other to good works. We do that when we know and use our Spiritual gifts.
  • We need to safely assemble ourselves together. If ever we need to be with each other and encouraging each other it’s now!
  • The Day – Was probably destruction of Temple. Today – we see a day approaching. We see the possibility of persecution coming. But we also see the day when Jesus returns for his church, and that could be today!


  • LET US DRAW NEAR! – Hebrews 10:22
  • LET US HOLD FAST! – Hebrews 10:23
  • LET US CONSIDER! – Hebrews 10:24-25






Psalm 7:10 - My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.

Psalm 59:16 - But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.

Psalm 62:6 - He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.

We conclude our study of D. O. G. (Depend On God) Days by looking at an event in the life of Daniel the Prophet that shows that God Defends.

When we need protection, God gives it!

So who was Daniel?

Daniel was a young Jewish man or boy who lived at the time of the fall of Jerusalem.  He was taken into captivity by the Babylonians, who under the King Nebuchadnezzar, were establishing a mighty empire. Daniel 1:3-4

Daniel and others, were drafted into the service of the King.  Nebuchadnezzar was taking the best young people and training them to be government employees. Nebuchadnezzar’s plan was for these boys to be subdued into worshipping his gods and being loyal to the Babylonian empire.

However, Daniel and his three friends, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, remained faithful to God.  They did not allow themselves to be brain washed into serving other Gods, and God blessed them and used them.

In Daniel 6 our friend Daniel is an old man, probably in his 80’s or 90’s.  He had served under Nebuchadnezzar and other Babylonian kings. Babylon had been defeated and was then a Persian king, Darius, was in charge.

Daniel was about to be the victim of a plan by his enemies that was designed to have him killed.  It is here that we learn that God defends his own!

There will be times when we as Christians will also face various forms of opposition simply because of our faith in Christ. 2 Timothy 3:12,

God does not forsake us during times of opposition. He defends us.  That doesn’t mean that we won’t suffer, but He will give us grace to face victoriously any opposition that comes our way. John 16:33

As He did with Daniel, God defends his own today.   

Let’s observe some things from Daniel 6 about God’s defense.


Vss. 1-2 – There was a new government because of the conquering done by the Persians.  The new government needed executives. There were 120 princes responsible for various areas of the realm.  Over these three princes were three presidents or commissioners.  The head commissioner was Daniel. The purpose of this government set up was to make sure that the king did not suffer loss.  The king would get the taxes that were coming to him.

Vs. 3 – Of the 3 presidents, the best one of the lot was Daniel.  Daniel had an excellent spirit.  Daniel did his job better than anyone else!

Although Daniel was working for heathen people and a heathen king, he was still loyal to his God.  Because he was loyal to his God, he did things correctly and with integrity!

Many of you work for people who are vile, corrupt, and lack integrity. You work for people who are not Christians. We are also under a government that often acts anything like Christian.

We are to act like Daniel, who was pure in spite of the fact he worked for the heathen.

In fact, Daniel was so good that the King planned on making him prime minister, second in command!

Daniel was pure because Daniel was faithful.  We are to follow his example. 2 Corinthians 5:17

If you are a born again Christian God has changed your life.  As a “new creation”, you are to live a life that is honoring to God. 1 Corinthians 16:10, Luke 16:10

We are to be faithful in all that we do, whether it be a little thing or a big thing.  We will not be faithful in big things unless we are faithful in little things.

Vs. 4 – Daniel’s fellow officials were jealous. They didn’t like his leadership because of Daniel’s integrity. They started to look for ways they could “bring him down”. Today we would say that they started looking for “skeletons in his closet”.  They were looking for some wrong doing, past or present that they could accuse him of. They found nothing!

Vs. 5 – The enemies of Daniel came to a conclusion. They would find nothing to accuse Daniel unless it was concerning Daniel’s faith, “the law of his God.”

These men understood that if Daniel ever had to choose between being loyal to government and loyal to God, that Daniel would be loyal to God.

May this be true of us as well!

May we be so upright in our dealings with others, with our jobs, and yes with government that the only reason anyone can find legitimate fault with us is over our faith in Christ! Matthew 22:37  


Daniel’s enemies devised a plot.

They realized that Darius liked Daniel.

Daniel’s faith had not stopped Daniel from being a loyal employee.  Darius saw Daniel’s integrity and ability.

Darius would have to be tricked in order for them to eliminate Daniel.  They formed a plot and then carried it out.

Vs. 7 – In those days the kings could take on claims of deity.  So the enemies of Daniel appealed to the ego of the king.  “Let it be, O king that nobody can pray to any other god but you for thirty days, and if anyone does pray to another God, let him be thrown into the lion’s den.”

Notice the lie here. They claimed that all the presidents and everyone else had agreed to this plan.  Daniel hadn’t and he was the head president!

Vs. 8 – They pressed to king to sign this law and to sign it in a hurry!  They were like the aggressive car salesmen who want you to sign up to buy a car before you think about it!

The “law of the Medes and Persians” was that once a king had signed a law it could not be reversed! 

Vs. 9 - Without thinking and without consulting Daniel, Darius signed the law.

God’s enemies will plot against God’s people.

They will plot against you in order that they may discredit you or remove you from your position.

But God will defend you as He did Daniel.



Vs. 10 – When Daniel knew that the writing was signed,

Daniel was under great pressure.

He knew that if he continued to do what he had always done he was going to thrown into the lion’s den.

Daniel was probably tempted to compromise.

Daniel was probably tempted to give in under pressure and become a secret worshipper of God.

But Daniel realized that compromise in this case was not right. Daniel’s whole reputation was at stake.

He was under pressure to give in.

There will be times when you will be tempted to compromise your faith.

There will be times when you will be forced to chose between doing something to please a friend, a boss, a loved one, or pleasing God.

The pressure is often great to give into the wishes of our peers instead of following God.

God defended Daniel when he was under pressure.

As we’ll see in a minute, God gave him the strength to stand for what is right.

He will do the same for you.

God will defend us when we are under pressure. John 16:33

Peace during persecution is found in dependence upon the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the one who has overcome the world. 1 Corinthians 10:13


Vs. 10 – Daniel did not change a thing.  Some of the windows of his house pointed towards Jerusalem. He was in the habit of praying three times a day towards Jerusalem.

He didn’t close his windows.  He simply got on his knees, as he always did and prayed to God, pointing towards Jerusalem.

What do you do when you’re under pressure?

Daniel prayed as was his habit!

We Christians are to people of prayer no matter what the circumstances.

Prayer is to be our habit. Psalm 55:16-17, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Ephesians 6:18, 1 Peter 4:7

When the pressure comes, God wants you to pray.

But there’s more here.

Look at the end of verse 10.  DANIEL GAVE THANKS!

The pattern of our prayers is always to be with praise and thanksgiving. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18


Vs. 11 – It should be of no surprise that Daniel’s enemies were ready to pounce! They watched to see what Daniel would do.

Your enemies, or should I say, God’s enemies will do the same for you! They will be watching for you to do something that they can persecute you for!  They are like their boss, the devil. 1 Peter 5:8

Vss. 12-13 – They came to the king with their accusation.   

Vss. 14-15 – The king was displeased with himself. He realized that he had been tricked! He did all that he could to release Daniel, but there was no solution.

My friend, persecutors can really give us a hard time over our faith in Christ.  But remember this, God defends his own.


Vs. 16-17 – The King assured Daniel that Daniel’s God would take care of him as Daniel was cast into a den of hungry lions. The trouble is, the King didn’t really believe it.

Vs. 18 – The king had a miserable night. But, what about Daniel?  We are told little. As we’ll see God sent an angel to protect him.  That means Daniel was able to sleep peacefully, knowing that God was taking care of him.  As someone has suggested, the lions may have even snuggled close to him to keep him warm.

Vss. 20-23 – Daniel was kept safe and his testimony was preserved.

Vs. 24 - Daniel’s persecutors were then cast into the same lions den. They were destroyed.

The conclusion of the story is found in Vss. 25-28.

A proclamation that was a tremendous testimony was made concerning Daniel’s God.

Daniel finished his days in peace and prosperity.

My friend, we will not always be delivered from suffering the pain or peril of a persecution. We are however assured of ultimate deliverance! Psalm 23:4, 6









Life is not fair!  Those who should be punished seem to be rewarded.  Those who should be rewarded appear to be punished!  This is not a new problem.  Asaph dealt with the same problem in this Psalm.


Asaph admits that God is good to Israel, but he had almost slipped because of a wrong attitude. Vss. 1-2

Asaph had a problem with the prosperity of the wicked (Vss. 3-12) and the affliction of the righteous (Vss. 13-16).


When Asaph went to the "sanctuary of God" he finally received understanding.

We will understand things better when we bring them to God.

Asaph realized that the ungodly were in a precarious position, and would be judged by God.

This is still true today.  Those without Christ are in danger of eternal punishment (John 3:17-18, Revelation 20:11-15).


Asaph confessed just how foolish he was.


God is ever present with His children, and the outlook for the future is glorious!




Baruch had recorded Jeremiah’s message of judgment in Jeremiah 36:1-8.

This message was hard on Baruch, and therefore, he needed to be encouraged.

BARUCH’S PERFORMANCE – Vs. 1 – He wrote the message for Jeremiah.

BARUCH’S PREMIER – Vs. 2 – The Lord, the God of Israel

BARUCH’S PANIC – Vs. 3 – The message upset him.

GOD’S PREROGATIVE – Vs. 4 – He can do as He pleases

GOD’S PREREQUISITE – Vs. 5 – For us not to seek great things for ourselves.

GOD’S PROMISE – Vs. 5 – Life!





Faith is a good thing.

  1. It is required for eternal life. John 3:36    
  2. It is required to please God. Hebrews 11:6
  3. It is required for our prayers to be answered. Mark 11:24
  4. It is required for living the Christian Life. Colossians 2:6

Faith is a good thing that can be made better.

Colossians 2:6-7 - As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: [7] Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

James 1:3-4 - Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. [4] But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

This week we meet a Gentile woman with a sick daughter.

Jesus takes a good thing, her faith, and makes it better.

This woman teaches us what to do for our faith to be strengthened when it is being tested.

Vs. 21 - It was rest time. It was a withdrawal for a short time, from the hostility of the Jewish leaders.  Jesus went into Gentile territory.  This is the region around two large cities on the Mediterranean Sea.  This was an area you might have heard referred to as Phoenicia. Today it is known as southern Lebanon. This was the first time in Jesus ministry in which he actually entered pagan territory.

Mark 7:24 - And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an house, and would have no man know it: but he could not be hid.

Because it was rest time, the Lord Jesus did not want anyone to know that He was there. But notice that Jesus could not be hid. There were so many needs, so many people seeking Jesus, that humanly speaking, there was no hiding Him.

Vs. 22 – Now comes this woman of Canaan, a Gentile woman.  She has some faith, for she calls him “Son of David”. She recognizes that He is Israel’s Messiah, or King. She wants Jesus to heal her daughter who is grievously possessed by a demon.   

Now, from this woman, we learn how to take a good thing, faith, and make it better.


Vss. 22-23 – It is the man or woman of faith who asks God for things and expects an answer. This woman came to Jesus with her request.

He did not answer her. He was silent.

Why was Jesus silent?  He was probably silent because His ministry at the moment was centered on the Jewish Nation.

I feel there is another reason Jesus was silent.

I believe that Jesus was testing her faith, making it stronger. This challenged her to continue making her request known to the Lord.

Matthew 7:7-8 - Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: [8] For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

We are to be continually bringing our concerns to the Lord in prayer.

She was so persistent in her asking that the disciples wanted her sent away because she was bugging them. Like this woman, we should make our faith better by continually asking.

BE REVERENT – Vss. 24-25

Jesus answers the disciples, probably in hearing range of this woman, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Jesus was not in Israel at the time.

The woman asking for help was of a race that Israel was to have nothing to do with, the Canaanites.

Jesus certainly cared about the woman.

Jesus certainly cared about those who were not Jews.

However during Jesus’ earthly ministry he was sent to minister to his own people. When Jesus sent the disciples on preaching missions, He told them to go to the “lost sheep of the house of Israel”. (Matthew 10:6)

After Jesus died for the sins of the whole world and rose from the dead He sent the disciples to the whole world declaring the Gospel.

This woman still didn’t turn away.

She came to Him and worshipped Him!

This woman showed reverence to her Lord.

I personally think that all too often you and I get so wrapped up in our problems that we fail to worship God.


When we sing on Sunday Morning it is to be a time of worship. Psalm 100:1-2

When we come to God in prayer during the week, it should be a time of worship. Psalm 34:1

How can we say we trust Him as God, if we do not worship Him as God?

The more our faith is tested the more we should be drawn to worship Him who is our only Hope!


 Vs. 25 – Notice the poor, humble cry of this woman, “Lord, help me!”

 She was desperate.

She had no other hope.

She had no alternate plan “B”.

She knew that if Jesus didn’t do it, it wouldn’t happen.

I don’t feel that you and I have learned to be desperate in our prayers.

It is the desperate person who will persist in prayers.

In Luke 11 Jesus tells a parable about the person who persisted to ask his neighbor for bread at midnight, because he was desperate to entertain visitors. If visitors were not entertained, it was a black mark against the person and his village. He was desperate, so he kept asking until the man got up and gave him what he needed. In Luke 11, Jesus went on to challenge his listeners to believing, persistent prayer.

The more desperate you are, the more you will rely on the Lord and Him only to solve your problem.

If you are desperate, you’ll keep before Him until He answers.

Let me add one word of caution. Please remember that all that we want is not all that the Lord wants. Sometimes the Lord will gently tell us “no” for some good reason. But until He does, let’s keep on asking.

BE HUMBLE – Vss. 26-27

Vs. 26 – Jesus tells this woman that you don’t take the children’s food off the table and give it to the household puppies.

Jesus is not calling the woman “a Gentile dog”, as the Jews often did.

He was just explaining that the food, His ministry, was intended for Israel, and was not yet to be taken away from them and given to the Gentiles.

Vs. 27 – Notice the woman’s humility here. She didn’t take offense. She agreed with the Lord!

You’re telling the truth, Lord, but even the puppies are allowed crumbs from off the table.

We used to have cats that loved table scraps.  They would get the crumbs, or things that fell on the floor.

The woman humbles herself to admit that she doesn’t deserve anything.  However, she wonders if the Lord could spare a few “crumbs” and answer her request.

Many would have been insulted, but not this woman. She knew her place.

Do we know ours?

Do we realize that we deserve no answers in prayer?

We have nothing and have done nothing to deserve God’s answers.

Do we realize that in the only way we can expect our prayers to be answered is when we come and pray in Jesus’ name? John 14:13-14

If we expect Jesus to do it and not ourselves, we are certainly humbling ourselves.

Yes we must do what He tells us to do, but we must depend on Him!


“Oh woman, great is thy faith; be it unto thee even as thou wilt.”

This woman’s faith was a confident faith.

It had been tested, but now it was triumphant!

God took a good thing, and made it better!


Jesus told her that she had her wish.

And surely she did.

Her daughter was healed.

Can you imagine the woman’s relief?

My friend, it is those who have their faith tested, who persist in prayer, that see Jesus answer, and are comforted by His promises to answer.

Take a good thing, and make it better!

First, make sure you have faith in Jesus Christ. Then,









John 16:24 - "Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full."

John 16:33 - "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."

The Upper Room was the place Jesus met with His disciples the night before His death.  Although Jesus gave many encouraging promises and the Lord's Supper was instituted, there was still much sorrow in the Upper Room.

Jesus informed the disciples that someone would betray Him. John 13:21

Jesus informed Peter that Peter would deny Him that night. John 13:38

Jesus informed the disciples that they would be persecuted. John 15:20-21

Jesus announced that He was leaving them, thus filling them with sorrow. John 16:5-6

At the end of what we call the Upper Room Discourse, Jesus shares some very encouraging words.

I believe that He gives the disciples and us a trio of blessings.


Jesus wants us to have joy!  Philippians 4:4

In spite of times of sorrow, disappointment, and hurt, Jesus wants us to have His joy. One of the ways we have joy is when God answers our prayers.

We are to ask in Jesus' name.  This is like filling in a blank check with His name on it. It is like being placed in charge of a person's business affairs and given authority to spend the person's money.

However, when we ask in His name we are only to ask for things that Jesus would approve. We are not to pray selfish or vindictive prayers. What can we ask for in Jesus' name? We can ask for anything that is God's will. 1 John 5:14-15

We ask for the salvation of souls.

We can ask for wisdom.

We can ask for Christian growth for our family our friends our church and ourselves.

We can ask for healing.

We can ask for physical needs for others and ourselves.

We can for strength, comfort and peace.

We can ask for the resolution of problems.


Jesus spoke the things found in John 13-16 so they and us would have peace.

We have peace because of the love between Christians. John 13:34-35

We have peace because Jesus is coming again. John 14:1-3

We have peace because of the work of the Holy Spirit. John 14:16-18, 27

We have peace because abiding in Christ. John 15:1-7

We have peace because of friendship with Christ. John 15:13-15

We have peace because of answered prayer. John 15:16


We will have tribulation in this world.

The tribulation of being unloved and/or misunderstood

The tribulation of physical suffering

The tribulation of loneliness

The tribulation of persecution

(There are other tribulations that you might want to name.)



In their commentaries on Ephesians, both John MacArthur and Warren Wiersbe talk about Hetty Green, who was known for a long time as the "America's greatest miser." Worth over $100 million when she died, she would eat cold oatmeal to save heating costs.  Her son had a leg amputated because she spent so much time looking for a free clinic.  She died after an attack of apoplexy, which was brought on by an argument over the value of skim milk over whole milk. She was for skim milk because it was cheaper.

Hetty Green did not enjoy her riches!  The Book of Ephesians is the Bible Book that shows us our riches in Christ!  Christians need to study this book so they will discover their riches in Christ and how to use them.

We as Christians are often spiritual misers, because we don't use our riches in Christ.

Even the salutation in this book shows us our riches in Christ.

RICH IN STANDING (OR STATUS) - "Saints and faithful in Christ Jesus." -  A saint is a person who has been set apart for God.

The word "faithful" means believers. Saints become saints by being

believers in Christ.

RICH IN SERVICE - "Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the will of God." - The Lord saved Paul with service for Him in mind (Acts 9:10-16).

God has saved each Christian with service in mind for Him. What a privilege!

RICH IN SUPPLY - "Grace...and peace..." - God suppies us with what we need in order to serve Him well. God gives us grace and peace at salvation, and continues to supply them as we walk with Him.



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