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Sunday, October 04, 2020

HE TOUCHED ME …

HE TOUCHED ME …

MATTHEW 8:1-4

 

“MATTHEW 8 ACTUALLY BEGINS WHERE CHAPTER 4 STOPS, WITH THE ‘SERMON ON THE MOUNT’ AS A MAJOR TEACHING PARENTHESIS. MATTHEW IS BUILDING AN IMPREGNABLE DEFENSE OF THE MESSIAHSHIP OF JESUS. HE IS LEGALLY QUALIFIED THROUGH HIS GENEALOGY (1:1-17), PROPHETICALLY QUALIFIED BY THE PROPHECIES OF HIS BIRTH AND INFANCY (I:18-2:23), DIVINELY QUALIFIED BY THE FATHER’S DECLARATION OF HIS BAPTISM (3:13-17), SPIRITUALLY QUALIFIED BY HIS VICTORY OVER SATANIC TEMPTATION, (4:1-11), THEOLOGICALLY QUALIFIED BY HIS TEACHING IN THE ‘SERMON ON THE MOUNT’ (CH.5-7) AND NOW SUPERNATURALLY QUALIFIED BY THE MIRACLES HE PREFORMS (CH.8-9). LIFEWAY

 

JESUS COMES DOWN FROM THE MOUNTAIN, 1

 

 

A LEPER CAME TO HIM, 2

A BIBLICAL BACKGROUND FOR THE LEPER,

 

LEVITICUS 13:1-8, 45-46, 55-57

 

LEVITICUS 14:43-47

 

“THOUGH THE LEPER WAS NOT WORSE OR GUILTIER THAN HIS FELLOW-COUNTRYMEN, HE WAS NEVERTHELESS A PARABLE OF SIN – AN OUTWARD VISIBLE SIGN OF INNERMOST SPIRITUAL CORRUPTION.” R.C. TRENCH

 

LEPROSY IS BETTER KNOWN AS HANSEN’S DISEASE HANSEN’S DISEASE IS CAUSED BY DEADENING OF THE NERVE CELLS IN THE EXTEMITIES. DR PAUL BRAND AND OTHERS HAVE DISCOVERED THAT THE DISEASE KILLS THE BODY’S PAIN WARNING SYSTEM. THE DISEASE ACTS AS AN ANESTHETIC, BRINGING NUMBNESS, A PERSON MAY PUT THEIR HAND IN A BURNING FIRE, FALL OFF A CURB OR WASH THEIR FACE WITH SCALDING WATER. IN THE THIRD WORLD VERMIN LIKE RATS MAY BITE AND CHEW ON LEPERS. DR BRAND CALLED THE DISEASE THE PAINLESS HELL.

 

“LEPERS IN JESUS DAY WOULD BEGIN TO TAKE ON VERY GROSS APPEARANCES AS THEIR SKIN BECAME HARD AND SCALY, AND AS THEIR FINGERS AND TOES DISAPPEARED. THEIR FACES BECAME LION-LIKE - SWOLLEN WITH HUGE FOLDS. INEVITABLY, IN THE MIDDLE STAGES OF THE DISEASE, ONE’S NOSE WOULD DISAPPEAR TOTALLY. THERE WOULD ALSO BE A STRONG ORDER EMANATING FROM THE BODY OF ONE WHO HAD LEPROSY. WE ARE TOLD A LEPER COULD BE SMELLED A 100 FEET AWAY.” JON COURSON

 

“I WOULD NOT SO MUCH BUY AN EGG FROM A MARKET THAT WAS ON THE STREET THAT A LEPER WALKED DOWN.” A JEWISH RABBI

 

“I SEE LEPERS COMING, I WILL THROW STONES AT THEM UNTIL THEY TURN AND RUN IN AN OPPOSITE DIRECTION.”

A JEWISH RABBI

 

   THE LEPER WORSHIPS, “BOWED DOWN”

 

   THE LEPER’S WORDS OF FAITH, 

 

JESUS TOUCHES THE LEPER, 3

 

   THE COMPASSION 

   

   THE CONSENT, “I AM WILLING”

 

JN 6:37

 

   THE CLEANSING

 

   THE LEPER’S TESTIMONY, 4

 

   TELL NO ONE

 

   SHOW AND TELL

 

 

APPLICATION:

 

   WE HAVE LEPROSY

 

   THE LORD HAS OVERCOME

 

   THE LORD IS WILLING TO SAVE

 

   HAVING CLEANSED US HE SAYS LET THE WORLD KNOW A SAVIOR HAS COME


 

 
Wednesday Night Classes - On Pause for Two Weeks
Since the third Sunday of March 2020, we have done everything at Ri...
The RCC Food Pantry Ministry is available for those in need
Our Riverstone Food Pantry Ministry is led by John and Vickie Woods...
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Wednesday Night Classes - On Pause for Two Weeks

Since the third Sunday of March 2020, we have done everything at Riverstone that we possibly can, in order to err on the side of caution when it comes to the safety of our people in regard to Covid 19. 

 

Continuing to follow this priority, it is in the best interest of our people, to take at least a two week break from our Wednesday Night Bible Studies.

Because of the close proximity of each other in our classes, this will be best in order to keep everyone safe and healthy.

 

Lord willing, we will pick back up on Wednesday night, February 10.

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The RCC Food Pantry Ministry is available for those in need

Our Riverstone Food Pantry Ministry is led by John and Vickie Woods. If you or someone you know is in need, please go to the church kitchen after service or speak with any of your church leaders who are here to serve.

 

If you would like to contribute to the Food Pantry Ministry, we would gratefully accept the following items. Please be mindful of expirations dates.

Canned vegetables

Cereal
Boxed dinners Dry beans
Boxed rice Can and dry milk
Pasta sauce Peanut Butter
Canned meat Jelly
Canned fruit Dry, condensed, ready to serve soup
Salt & Pepper shakers Diapers, wipes
Cooking Spray

Bath soap, Deodorant, Shampoo, Disposable razors,

Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Toilet tissue

Vegetable oil Store gift cards to purchase perishable items

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HE TOUCHED ME …
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