The bible is a systematic answer to life’s questions, but also the scriptures and thoughts of the bible are for our everyday living, that we can use in a systematic way. Some might refer to these as doctrinal messages, but we’re trying to get our mind oriented to this way of looking at the bible as a place we can find answers by questions, which is important today. Not just so we can gain knowledge of doctrine, but that we would also be able to apply that knowledge to “where we are at”, in our life’s questions. Jesus is seen here at His first public sermon that is recorded in Matthew 5.
1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
Matthew 5:1-11 These are the blessings of the beatitudes that Jesus preached. The sermon actually goes on to several chapters. But this portion is our text. We need to think of some of the things that are behind this text you are reading. We call this series, kind of a “Jigsaw Puzzle.” A jigsaw puzzle is often from having a picture, that when it’s done, the whole picture, is cut up into little shapes, mixed it up, put it into a box, and then dumped out. Then one begins to try to put this picture together with all these little pieces. And if there’s a thousand of them, you’ve got more patience than some. Sometimes the bible is like a jigsaw puzzle that is hard to figure out, in how it makes sense of life’s questions. It is certain that life is like a jigsaw puzzle. You try to make sense of it, and it sometimes doesn’t always do that. Sometimes with everyday living, we get used to these routines. We go to the store, pay our bills, engage in projects. We have material things, we meet people. We rarely, if we are not careful, “have the need” to think about spiritual things, until maybe something comes up in our life, and we think “oh well, our daily routine is not addressing those things, so we have to find some other source, inspiration for our help. I’m beginning at the ground floor here, taking our life and going over the daily part, for when things come up at some point or another, that demands some kind of response, more than what the mental or physical can deliver. When there’s got to be another dimension to our lives that we bring into “this puzzle.” We’re not always waiting though for a problem, for there is still ongoing joy in our relationships, each other, our lives, and etc. Reading about the doctrines as literature will not be enough (anybody can do that), but instead …searching them out. Unless there is also an emotion, as in an experience, it will be dry, and it won’t answer our most important questions. What we will now try to do, is to connect this biblical witness to things that happen to our emotions in life. The bible has to come alive to answer our questions. Often when one comes to these doctrines, the connection to their life is not made, because they’re still asleep to it. It hasn’t really become real yet.. Like a jigsaw puzzle, the bible can be hard to figure out. We began to ask questions. One is “Why?” Another question that comes up is , “I Wonder?” (I wonder what is going to happen to me when I die?”, “Why am I here?”, why is there evil in the world”, If there’s a God, why is He so hard to find?”, and etc.) Its easy to go to the natural for answers, and not the spiritual. There needs to be an urgency to ask these questions in our private time alone. For we have a biblical witness we can turn to. Our hope here, is that the Lord will be able to speak to us, and it will then become alive. The bible can bridge the gaps, at our life’s crossroads. To make sense of these puzzle pieces that happen in life. The bible can address our life’s questions. But often, not until something comes up of real need, do we realize our need to let the bible answer them.
In this text, Jesus is talking about 6 things, which we will only touch on 3 this morning, of the important questions we have in life. The first is about “becoming.” When we put together these life puzzle pieces …we have to become aware that you lack something, for the bible to start answering your questions. The second thing is, He’s asking people to be willing to move. But it takes realizing, or being aware of our need to go from a dissatisfied state, to a satisfied one. Third we have to choose a method of a belief system to answer those questions. Fourth we need to invest in it! I invest in this biblical system, and I make it “mine.” Once you invest in this system, you need to let go of everything that is contrary to the Will of God! Then we must let go, or abandon philosophies, etc., that we brought into this that is contrary to the will of God. And the last thing is, the sixth, is that we are dedicated to the system. That means that “I bought into this, and am not going to abandon it for some other philosophy. So dedicated to this, that I would like to share it with someone else, what I believe the world needs to solve their problems! We’ll talk about three today. Becoming, moving, and choosing. And there are three kinds of people. 1) Those not satisfied. Those not fully satisfied what they brought to this moment. 2) I’m willing to listen, but I don’t know that I’m yet dissatisfied! I’ll see if I’m dissatisfied enough, to move. 3) These are “passing by,” perhaps to momentarily stop, because they are too engrossed with their distractions. Even though they came to the sermon on the mount, they aren’t paying attention, and are already “gone.” Which group are we in this morning? Are we dissatisfied enough with the status quo? So I would yet like more? This person needs to move !
The Jigsaw Puzzle, Part 1