A. Jesus left us an example that we should follow in His steps. 1
1. In this lesson, we want to look at how Jesus viewed and used
the Scriptures so that we can do likewise.
I. JESUS VIEWED THE SCRIPTURES AS ORIGINATING WITH GOD. Mark 7:9-13
A. Notice that what "Moses said" was equivalent to the
commandment of God (vs. 9) and the word of God (vs. 13).
B. Moses said, "Honor your father and mother"; however, they had
made void the commandment of God by their tradition.
1. According to them, one only needed to pronounce "Corban"
(dedicated that money to the temple), and he was freed from
honoring his father and mother.
2. Thus, in this scheme the priest and rulers were aided, but
not the parents.
II. JESUS BELIEVED IN "VERBAL INSPIRATION" OF THE SCRIPTURES - THAT
EVERY WORD WAS INSPIRED. Mark 12:26-27
A. He was answering the Sadducees who did not believe in life
after death. Acts 23:8
1. In verse 27 Jesus made His argument on the tense of the
2. He showed that since God said to Moses at the burning bush,
"I 'am' the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob," it meant that
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were alive after death.
a. Remember, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had long since
been dead when God spoke to Moses at the burning
b. If they were not alive after death, God should have said,
"I 'was' the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
III. WHEN JESUS WAS CONFRONTED BY THE JEWS, HE REPLIED WITH
A. John 10:30-36
1. He was showing in verse 34 that the judges were called
"gods." Psalm 82:6
a. If they were called "gods," He would not be
blaspheming if He claimed to be the Son of God.
B. Matt. 12:1-8
1. Jesus uses four arguments to show that what his disciples
were doing on the Sabbath was justified.
a. By the example of David. Vs. 3-4
(1) David was fleeing from Saul who was seeking to
(2) In this emergency, David ate the showbread which
was to be used only by the priests.
(3) His disciples, in an emergency situation, as they
worked with the Lord, should be allowed to pluck
and eat the grain on the Sabbath.
b. By the priests who worked on the Sabbath. Vs. 5
(1) The Sabbath was the busiest day of the week for
(2) The work of the disciples was superior to that of
c. By His Lordship. Vs. 6,8
(1) He and His work was greater than the service of
d. By "mercy" which was greater than sacrifice.
(1) Thus, God's desire for mercy would allow his
disciples to so act on the Sabbath day.
(2) In other words, they should have shown mercy to
his disciples who were engaged in a good work.
(a) They were "legalists" in the fullest sense.
IV. JESUS OFTEN SAID THAT CERTAIN EVENTS IN HIS LIFE, SOMETIMES HIS
ENTIRE MINISTRY, FULFILLED OLD TESTAMENT SCRIPTURES. Luke 4:16-21
A. He said that every detail of the O.T. Scriptures would be
B. He showed His disciples that His suffering and death fulfilled
what was written. Luke 24:25-27, 44-49
V. JESUS BELIEVED THE SCRIPTURES TO BE HISTORICALLY TRUE.
A. This may seem like an unnecessary point; nonetheless, today
many want to believe in Jesus but reject certain O.T. stories
such as the flood and Jonah and the whale.
B. Jesus spoke of the many things of the O.T. as being true, not
as legends or myths.
1. He spoke of the creation. Matt. 19:4
2. He referred to the flood in Noah's day. Matthew 24:37-38
3. He spoke of the widow who fed Elijah and Naaman the
Leper. Luke 4:25-27
4. He spoke of the repentance of Nineveh. Matt. 12:41
5. He spoke of Daniel the prophet. Matt. 24:15
a. These few examples alone span the whole O.T. era.
C. This shows Jesus' acceptance of the O.T. Scriptures and puts
His stamp of approval and endorsement upon them.
1. If those things of the O.T. were not true, Jesus was wrong
in his assessment of them, and this makes him a false
VI. JESUS OFTEN ASKED, "HAVE YOU NOT READ IN THE SCRIPTURES?"
A. He did so in answering people's questions. Matt. 19:3-6
1. Thus, from the beginning, it was one man with one woman
2. This is what the Scriptures taught.
B. We, likewise, need to ask the same question ("Have you not read
in the Scriptures") as we try to teach and defend the truth.
VII. JESUS SHOWED THE VALUE OF THE SCRIPTURES FOR OUR SPIRITUAL WELL
BEING. Matt. 4:4
A. There is something far more important that plain bread.
1. It is the spiritual bread, the bread of life.
2. This is the bread which should be our primary interest and
concern. John 6:26; 2 Tim. 2:15
a. The story is told of a small fishing village where, for
many years, a flock of sea gulls fed on the scraps the
fishermen left. All was fine and good for the sea gulls
until eventually the fishing became poor, and the
villagers moved down the coast to a location where fish
were more plentiful. The sea gulls did not follow the
fishermen and--because they had lived off the scraps of
the fishermen and never learned to feed themselves--the
entire flock of birds died.
b. Believers who feed only on what others teach them are
like those foolish sea gulls. (From 1500 Illustrations
for Biblical Preaching, p. 32)
VIII. JESUS USED THE SCRIPTURES IN OVERCOMING TEMPTATION. Matt.
A. Jesus met every temptation by quoting Scripture.
B. We, likewise, need to meet temptations with Scripture.
1. In the "whole armor" that the Christian is to put on, God's
word is mentioned four times: truth, gospel of peace, sword
of the Spirit, and the word of God. Eph. 6:10-17
a. Thus, the Scriptures, along with our own faith and
endurance, will give us the strength we need in
IX. JESUS USED SCRIPTURES IN REBUKING SIN. Matt. 21:12-13
A. We have already seen how Jesus used Scripture in combating the
traditions of men.
B. Here, in Matt. 21:12-13, He confronts evil men by showing they
had violated Scripture.
1. We, too, are to "reprove, rebuke, and exhort with all
longsuffering and teaching," and we do it by using
A. The view Jesus held of Scripture should be our view of
B. Our view of Scripture will determine the way we interpret them,
the way we use them in our teaching, and the way we respond to
C. In all things, let us seek to please our Master. Matt. 10:25
1. A young violinist had studied under a world-renowned
master. Eventually, the time came for the student's first
recital. Following each selection, despite the cheers of the
crowd, the performer seemed dissatisfied. Even after the
last number, with the shouts louder than ever, the talented
violinist stood watching an old man in the balcony. Finally,
the elderly one smiled and nodded in approval. Immediately,
the young man relaxed and beamed with happiness. You see,
the man in the balcony was his teacher, and thus the
applause of the crowd had meant nothing to him until he had
first won the hearty approval of his master. (From 1500
Illustrations for Biblical Preaching)
2. Let us diligently seek the hearty approval of our Master,
and not be overly concerned about the approval of men.
3. If we, with singleness of heart, faithfully serve our Lord
and Master, the approval or disapproval from men will take
care of itself.