The Way God Likes To Work

Eyewitness: pp. 77,78
Eyewitness Stories: Matthew 11:16-27
The Message: Matthew 11:16-27
In Your Bible: Matthew 11:16-27

Jesus warned people who refused to repent in cities where they heard his message and saw his miracles. However, we might miss the importance a breakaway prayer following his reprimand. Jesus gives thanks to the Father for the way he likes to work.

People of This Generation (Then and Now)

Jesus taught and reminded those he is with God’s way. After asking what this generation is like, he tells them. Jesus said, “They are like children in the market place, whining to get what they want” (Matthew 11:1b Eyewitness).

Jesus/The Word speaks to the problems with unbelief and indifference:

  • Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum – Jesus came and spoke to them, but none believed. *
  • Tyre, Sidon, Sodom and Gomorrah – They did not hear Jesus, but were wicked and a byword for iniquity. *
  • Today – We may be indifferent to the Gospel.

Jesus Talks with the His Father

The Gospel of Matthew shows how connected Jesus is with his Father. After these strong words, he discloses his thoughts in prayer. Eugene Peterson in The Message shows this best.

Abruptly Jesus broke into prayer: “Thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth. You’ve concealed your ways from sophisticates and know-it-alls, but spelled them out clearly to ordinary people. Yes Father, that’s the way you like to work” (Mathew 11:25-28 The Message).

Tender Relationship

When Jesus stopped praying he revealed this to the people: “The Father has given me all these things to do and say. This is a unique Father-Son operation, coming out of Father and Son intimacies and knowledge” . . . (Matthew 11:27a The Message).

Sharing this, Jesus gives thanks to the Father for doing it the way he likes to work.

Prayer: Father, thank you for the tender way you work with me.

Questions: How does the relationship of Jesus to the Father help you become more intimate with the Father? How do you think God works with ordinary people?

* The Gospel of Matthew, Volume 2, William Barclay, Westminster Press, Philadelphia, 1975, pp. 11-13.

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