Contributed on Jan 28, 2020
The phrase "go thy way" appears several times in the King James Version of the Bible. This first message speaks of Abram and how he got into trouble in a foreign land!
Introduction: Even the best of God’s saints will face problems at one time or another. Abram had his share of troubles, too, and the passage below gives a few details of one episode which Abram would probably just as soon forget! When famine came, Abram left the land of promise and wound up in the ...read more
Contributed on Jan 28, 2020
Jonathan, son of King Saul, knew David would be king of Israel someday. This is one of several encounters where Jonathan helped David survive. This is the second message in the series, "go thy way".
Introduction Jonathan, the oldest son of Saul and crown prince of Israel, knew he would never be king. That didn’t stop him from being a true friend to God’s choice, namely, David. The book of 1 Samuel has several episodes, we could say, where Jonathan took David’s side and even protected him. ...read more
Contributed on Jan 30, 2020
Solomon used the phrase "go thy way" twice, but in very different situations. Here is a glimpse at both of them.
Introduction: Solomon. The son of David, the king of Israel, he was the wisest man who ever lived. Sadly, he was also the first king of Israel to forsake his heritage, promises, and faith in order to please his pagan wives. Which picture of Solomon is right? Both of these are right. It’s simply ...read more
Contributed on Jan 31, 2020
A distraught mother came to the prophet Elisha. Gehazi was Elisha's servant so Elisha sent him on this mission of mercy. What happened?
Introduction: Suppose your son or daughter died unexpectedly. Now suppose your child had been the result of a promise, but that child is gone, seemingly, forever. Then suppose you were able to find a prophet, especially the one who assured you that your child was going to be born. What might ...read more
Contributed on Feb 1, 2020
Daniel was known for his wisdom and abilities to make things known. But when he asked a certain question of the Lord, he didn't get the answer he was expecting!
Introduction The Book of Daniel is a favorite book for many people. The story of how he stood for God in a pagan land is familiar to most believers. Some of my relatives used to read from “The Bible Story” collection stories about Daniel and his friends, many times over. I’ve never forgotten those ...read more
Contributed on Feb 6, 2020
Relationships matter. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus had much to say about right relationships between His disciples, God--and each other. This is the first time Jesus used the phrase, "go thy way",
Introduction: The Sermon on the Mount. How many of us love this passage of Scripture? Even though this was not the first message Jesus ever preached, He did preach it, and it was one of the longest messages anyone heard Him speak. He started this message with the Beatitudes, a series of sayings ...read more
Contributed on Feb 9, 2020
Remember the slogan, "WWJD" or "what would Jesus do?" When a leper came to Jesus asking to be healed, what did Jesus do?
Introduction: Leprosy. This was one of the worst, and perhaps the most dreaded diseases of all time. If anyone ever came down with this disease, that person just about faced a death sentence. Everyone, who had this disease, faced expulsion from society, including home, family, friends, and ...read more
Contributed on Feb 16, 2020
A Roman soldier, part of the army occupying Israel at the time, asked if Jesus would heal the soldier's servant. How Jesus responded is one of the classic passages of Scripture!
Background: Jesus has just recently delivered the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), then healed the leper (Matt 8:1-4). Now He is approached by a Roman centurion (leader of 100 men) who asked Jesus for help. What would Jesus do, or say, in this situation? The text comes from Matthew’s Gospel, ...read more
Contributed on Feb 21, 2020
Jesus gave this parable to His disciples after the rich young ruler had come running to Jesus but had walked away. Look for the "go thy way" in the text--it may surprise you!
Introduction: Just after the rich young ruler came running to Jesus, and walked away, Jesus gave this parable about workers in a vineyard. This was one of the last parables Jesus ever told. The immediate context stems from the disciples’ reaction to what Jesus said to the rich young ruler. Peter, ...read more
Contributed on Feb 24, 2020
There were four men carrying a fifth friend, who was very sick. They couldn't get to Jesus directly, so what did they do instead?
Introduction: Jesus loved people. Many times in the Gospels we can read that He healed someone, performed a miracle, preached, taught, or in some way or another was involved with people. Certainly, He seldom went or stayed where He wasn’t wanted, or if the place didn’t accept Him. The events in ...read more
Contributed on Mar 3, 2020
A Gentile woman had a daughter who suffered from a serious problem. Desperate, she went to find Jesus. What did He do for this woman, and her daughter?
Introduction: Most of the people who received healing from Jesus were Israelites, kinsmen of Christ according to the flesh. Jesus did indeed heal many people from many different diseases such as blindness, deafness, paralysis, muteness; He even cast out demons. The Gospels have numerous examples ...read more
Contributed on Mar 6, 2020
He had all the "right stuff", humanly speaking, but he knew something was wrong. He ran to Jesus, listened to Jesus, but walked away. "Go thy way" wasn't something he wanted to do.
Based on a message preached at First Baptist Church, Glasgow, MO, 2014 This is not an exact transcription Background: When an event in Scripture is recorded once, it’s clearly important. This event was mentioned in three of the four Gospels! This event took place shortly before the Lord Jesus ...read more
Contributed on Mar 10, 2020
The blind have never had it easy in this world. This story features Jesus healing a man from blindness, and also telling him, "go thy way". This is the last time the phrase "go thy way" appears in Mark's gospel.
Background: Jesus, in this passage, is only a few days away from Calvary, where He would die for the sins of the world. He had already explained this to the disciples, a short time before this (Mark 10: 43-44). Now the group is heading through Jericho, where He performed a miracle for a man who was ...read more
Contributed on Mar 20, 2020
One of the last miracles our Lord performed was healing a group of ten lepers. Jesus healed all of them, but how many were grateful for this gift?
Background: This isn’t the first time Jesus healed a leper but it was probably the last. When this event took place, Jesus is heading towards Jerusalem, passing through Samaria and Galilee. The events in this passage happened just days before He was crucified and had risen from the dead. ...read more
Contributed on Mar 26, 2020
Jesus had come from Judea and had already passed through Samaria, and now was in Cana of Galilee, where He had performed His first miracle, as recorded in John 2. Now He’s again in Cana and He will encounter someone there who has a need that only Jesus Himself can fulfill.
Introduction During our Lord’s ministry on this earth, He must have had people asking Him many times if He would heal someone. Gracious as He was, He never turned anyone away. Whether the person was very poor, like the woman who had spent everything she had but never was cured, or a foreigner like ...read more
Contributed on Mar 29, 2020
You know someone is coming, perhaps to arrest you for being a Christian. Then you hear the Lord telling you to minister to that person. This happened to Ananias of Damascus when he ministered to Saul of Tarsus.
Introduction: suppose you heard someone was coming to arrest you, or even worse. You also know this person is a recognized hater of your faith, and wants little if anything to do with you. With that in mind, now suppose a word comes from God Himself that this known persecutor has become a ...read more
Contributed on Mar 31, 2020
In this last message for this "Go thy way" series, Felix a Roman governor, talked with Paul about the Christian faith several times. He listened but told Paul "go thy way and I'll talk to you about this when I have the time". Sadly, he never found the time.
Background: Paul has been arrested in Jerusalem, then taken to the Roman barracks (castle, KJV: Acts 21:34, 37, e.g.). Later Paul was sent to the seat of Roman government in Caesarea. He had been tried and accused of charges, serious at the time, but was declared neither guilty nor innocent. Paul ...read more