"A friend in need"
Delivered By
Brother Chuck Fannin
Delivered On
June 12, 2022 at 10:00 AM
Central Passage
Matthew 6:9-13
Subject
"A friend in need"
Description

The “ABC’s” memory verses (as led by the Pastor)

 

“A” – _____________________________________________________________ ________

 

“B” -- _____________________________________________________________ _________

 

“C” – ______________________________________________________________ __________

 

“D” – _______________________________________________________________ __________

 

“E” -- ________________________________________________________________ ___________

 

“F” -- ________________________________________________________________ Hebrews 11-1

 

Slide # 7 & 8: A Friend in need

 

Context: The disciples had just asked Jesus to “teach them how to pray”. This does not appear to be the same teaching as found in Matthew 6:9-13.

 

Matthew 6

Following or during the sermon on the mount

Follows the Beatitudes

No request from the Disciples “teach us”

It is part of the Sermon on the mount

Contains articles not found in Luke

Probable during 2nd Passover (Adam Clarke Commentary)

Luke 11

Appears to be prior to the 3rd Passover

Follows the dinner with Mary and Martha

In response to one of the disciples

Follows the Good Samaritan story

Different in articles from Matthew

Probable during the 3rd Passover

 

 

Slide # 9

 

 

A Friend In Need

Matt

Mark

Luke 11:5-13

 

 

 

Condition: 5 And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’?

 

  1. : 8 I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence (without shame) he will rise and give him whatever he needs. And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.

 

 

Question of comparison: What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?

 

If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

 

Slide # 10: Conditions

 

The man asking for the bread was a “friend”, yet the master of the house would not get up – even though he was a supposed friend. Not my idea of a “friend”! Your opinions??

 

Slide # 11: Statement of fact

 

  1. made a bold statements at this point. (ASK = Ask, Seek, Knock) Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened. Perhaps if this statement were only found here, we might be able to ignore it (not actually face what it says). Trouble is, it is found in many Biblical passages such as:

 

John 15:7 (ESV) If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

 

Matthew 7:7-11 (ESV) Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

 

Notice that there are many more verses that mirror this concept! (Matt 18:19 (two or more); Matt 21:21-22 (the mountain); Mark 11:24 (the mountain); John 14:13-14 (if you ask); John 15:16 (whatever you ask); John 16:23-24 (ask and your joy); 1 John 3:22 (whatever we ask); 1 John 5:14 (according to his will); Luke 17:6 (the sycamine tree), (and many others)

 

Slide # 12: Conclusion

 

Even though he would not get up for friendship, the man at the door kept asking and pounding and perhaps even yelling. The word “impudence” is from the Greek ((anaideian) a compound of “aneu” (without) and “aidos” (reverence)). Thus it is recognized by some to be better understood as “without shame” or “shamelessly”.

 

Slide # 13: Then the question of comparison and conclusion

 

What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

If you can give good gifts and the Father is good, what kind of response do you expect to receive from God?

 

Slide # 14: What is here for us?

 

Your comments?

 

Verses to explore that have the same content

And

specifically support the “Statement of Fact

 

Slide # 15: More verses to explore

 

Matthew 18:19-20 (ESV) Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”

 

Matthew 21:21-22 (ESV) And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

 

  1. 11:22-24 (ESV) And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

 

Luke 17:6 (ESV) And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.

 

John 14:13-14 (ESV) Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.

 

John 15:16 (ESV) You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.

 

John 16:22-24 (ESV) So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

 

1 John 3:21-22 (ESV) Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.

 

1 John 5:14-15 (ESV) And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

 

James 1:16-18 (ESV) Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

 

 

 

 

Slide # 16: Thoughts that we might wish to apply: (trust)

 

  1. 6:28-33 (ESV) And why are you anxious about clothing? (Remember memory verse “C”? Castyou’re your anxieties on Him). Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. (But first do this . . . ) But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

 

Slide # 17: Some verses that aptly name us

 

Matthew 17:18-20 (ESV) And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was healed instantly. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

 

Slide # 18

 

James 1:5-8 (ESV) If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Slide # 19

  1. 4:2-3 (ESV) You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

 

Slide # 20

 

James 5:14-15 (ESV) Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

 

Slide # 21

 

Does any of this apply directly to us today?

 

If so, exactly how?

 

Slide # 22 Take time to REALLY consider . . .

 

2 Timothy 3:1-5 (KJV) This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

 

Slide # 23: But we say, this is NOT US!! We are not like . . .

 

2 Timothy 3:1-5 (KJV) This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves . . . Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

 

Yet,

 

Are we guilty of denying the power of God Almighty?

 

 

 

Next week?

 

The Persistent Widow and the Unjust Judge

 

 

Luke 18:2-8

 

 

 

Parable … and purpose statement: 1 And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.

 

Conditions: 2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’

 

Problem: 4 For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’”

 

Listen up folks: 6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says.

 

Conclusion: 7 And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”