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“Learn of Me.”   1 comment

Learn of Me

Above:  Part of the Original Text

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Matt. 11, 29


He invites us to come to Him conscious he can render just the help we need–can give us rest from the toil and strife that tries us sorely.


Then we have so much to learn of him and from him.  He is our Master (Teacher) and Lord indeed.  How marvelously many do develop under his tutelage.

(1)  Learn what he has to say to us:

(a)  In his written (inspired) word.  With a desire and prayer to learn of him, his word is most illuminating.  We constantly discover new beauties as we study it.

(b)  By his Spirit’s whispers to us–as he inly speaks.  He has many things to say unto us as we shall be able to hear & bear them.

(2)  Learn by observing and absorbing his spirit, till we have a similar outlook and bearing, till we have the mind of Christ–“meek and lowly.”

(3)  Learn how to be gentle and loving and kind toward all men–how to rule your own spirit.  Very helpful to associate with a great, good and wise character.  Our hearts become more and more like his.

“Make us more and more like Thee.”



Posted January 28, 2014 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1938-1942 A-L, Matthew

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Gospel of Matthew   1 comment


Above:  The Book Heading from The New Revised Standard Version:  Catholic Edition (1993)


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The Sin of Bethsaida and Capernaum   1 comment


Above:  Ruins at Chorazin, 1900-1920

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Matt. 11, 20-24

1.  These people had superior opportunities, Christ’s presence and ministry.   Christ is one’s greatest opportunity and blessedness.  How they should have appreciated Him.

2.  Where much is given much is required.  Noblesse oblige.  But do we realie it?  How indifferent many are though they have the best opportunities of this day of gospel light.  Does the fact of our greater privilege stir our souls to action?

3.  What was the sin of these cities?  They were not hostile to Christ; they simply let him alone, did not accept him by faith.  This [is] the fatal mistake of any life.  Who neglects Him neglects his only hope and dooms his life and soul eternally.  Dare we neglect life’s great opportunities?

4.  Those who neglect Him find that nothing is left them but utter destruction.  “How shall we escape if we neglect so great [a] salvation?”  “The wages of sin is death.”  “He that believeth not is condemned already.”

Have you accepted Him, or are you still neglecting Him?  An eternity depends upon the answer given.


Posted August 31, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 S-Z, Matthew

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The Easy Yoke He Gives   1 comment


Above:  Two Yoked Oxen, Between 1860 and 1900

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Matt. 11, 28-30

1.  A gracious Saviour & Deliverer.  His attitude toward all men is one of solicitude, inviting the world to come to Him.  As the Good Shepherd he is careful for the sheep.  What a lovely attitude is his.

2.  Man is in great straights.  He labors and is burdened with many sins, condemnation, fear, rebukes of conscience, bitter slavery to sin’s power.  But for the cross of Christ sin’s burdens would break the heart of this old world.

Christians have many temptations and struggles against sin & need divine assistance.  He dare not walk alone.

3.  Jesus invites all such to come to him.  He urges the sinner to exchange the heavy yoke of sin for the lighter one He delights to give.  There is something better than the sinner’s lot.  “My yoke is easy.”  He gives rest to the weary soul.

His is an easy yoke, for it is personally adapted to one.  He helps bear it, and love makes it easy.  We delight to do His will.

4.  He is meek–humble–and lowly.  So we humble ourselves as he did–“as his Lord” is enough for the servant.

Will you then come to him for rest and accept the easy yoke?  He invites you; come now.


Posted August 20, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 A-F, Matthew

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Disappointed in Christ   1 comment


Above:  Silhouette of Thomas Jefferson, by John Marshal, Between 1800 and 1830

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I detect some overgeneralizations here.  These were especially common prior to 1950s biblical scholarship, so they mark my great-grandfather as being of his time.  I recognize (thanks to 1950s forward biblical scholarship, the variety in first-century CE Palestinian Judaism–Judaisms, perhaps–and with it, the range of Messianic expectations from none to spiritual to political.  (I belong to a group that reads scholarly works regarding the historical Jesus and meets monthly.  Now I know more than I imagined that I might and wonder how much more I will know eventually.)

Nevertheless, there is much good content here.




Matt. 11, 6

1.  Christ was crucified because men were disappointed in Him.  They expected a political Messiah, as such as he would have been a bitter disappointment.  Disappointment may have entered into the treachery of Judas.

2.  These examples have many parallels or successors today.

(a)  Some want only a teacher of ethics, as did Thomas Jefferson.

(b)  Others will have only a political reformer.

Because of these delusions they are offended in Him though he is the Christ they need.

3.  The predominating idea of Christ is that He is a Saviour (Matt. 1, 21).  This is His real mission.  But the carnal mind is least inclined to accept Him as such.

He is more to the world as Saviour than as a reformer or teacher.  He will yet take this old world by his power.  All nations shall yet come unto Him; why not then be satisfied with Him?

4.  Again let us think, what will become of those who reject Him?  “Lord, to whom can we go?”

5.  By clinging to Him we find our all.  He has the grace we need.  It is He that holdeth our crowns in his hands.  It is to him [that] we must look to bring us all home to heaven at last.