BibleTalk November 19th, 2010
Spiritual Sources of Thanksgiving: Toward A Deeper Thanksgiving
What are you thankful for? For what should you express your thanks to someone? In this season of thanksgiving let’s take some time to express what we are thankful for.
Why are we thankful for these things?
Are we thankful to God for these things? Are things that seem good in the world’s eyes always from God?
We should thank God for all the good things he has made, done, is making and doing!
Listen to David praise the Lord for the goodness of his creation:
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
God knit us together in our mothers’ wombs. He created man in his own image and he creates every new man in his image as well: we are not animals. This is one of the biggest lies perpetrated on children and people in America today, that man is an animal: NO! God caused every gene in our DNA to join together just as it has been joined and he made us good and pure and free from sin: brand sparkling new. Man is not an animal, he is to have dominion over the animals, and plants, the whole earth and use them for food and for good. You were knit together in your mothers’ womb, touched by the finger of God!
There’s a Power in Thanksgiving:
1 Timothy 4:1-5
1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 3 They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. 4 For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.
Let’s Look at What Jesus Was Thankful For:
Loaves and fish (Matt 14:19)
And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.
(Matthew 15:36 Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people. Matthew 15:35-37 Mark 6:41 Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. Mark 6:40-42 Mark 8:6 He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. When he had taken the seven loaves and given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people, and they did so.
Mark 8:5-7 Luke 9:16 Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. Luke 9:15-17 )
Being heard— To raise the dead
38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39 “Take away the stone,” he said.
“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”
40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”
41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”
43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.
Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”
Body and blood—last supper
13 They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.
14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”
17 After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. 18 For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”
19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.
( Matthew 26:26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Matthew 26:25-27 Matthew 26:27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. Matthew 26:26-28 Mark 14:22 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.” Mark 14:21-23 Mark 14:23 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it.
Mark 14:22-24 )
Thankful for God’s Bread, God’s Lamb, God’s Sacrifice
The Cup of Thanksgiving for Which We Give Thanks
16 Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? 17 Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all share the one loaf.
Things Disciples Gave Thanks For:
Acts 27:35 Bread
Romans 1:8 Disciples’ faith
Romans 6:17 Obey from the heart the gospel teaching
Romans 7:25 For deliverance from the body of sin and death through Jesus
1 Corinthians 1:4 Thankful for disciples for God’s grace given to disciples
Ephesians 5:20 Always give thanks for everything!!
Over 100 times: We’re encouraged to give thanks!!
Romans 14:6 Giving thanks and acting in good faith sanctifies actions
Why People Will Be Condemned
Romans 1:21 Did not give thanks to God, though they knew him, instead worshipping created things rather than the creator
Sufferings, hardships, disciples—it never says to be thankful for these things specifically, except to say “give thanks for everything,” but to rejoice in them, endure them and glorify God in them.
28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.”