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 FEBRUARY 11, 2018




SCRIPTURE READING: Matthew 9:35-38


SCRIPTURE TEXT: Matthew 9:36 (NKJV) But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.


INTRO: What is the driving force behind God sending Jesus?


NOTE: What is the difference between sympathy and compassion?


   Sympathy says I’m sorry for you, but does nothing about it.


James 2:15-16 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?


   Compassion sees the need and gets involved meeting the need.


Luke 10:33-34 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.




Matthew 9:36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.


NOTE: We might have compassion for close family or friends, but Jesus had compassion for the world.


   Jesus was moved over the physical needs of men: their hunger, pain, and suffering. He was moved over the spiritual needs of men: their being lost and dead to God; their emptiness and loneliness and bewilderment; their having no purpose, meaning, or significance in life. He saw them all and He observed and studied them. No one escaped the eye or the heart of Jesus.[1]


NOTE: Many churches today focus on one aspect of man’s needs and ignore the other, they address the spiritual needs but leave the physical needs to someone else, or they address the physical needs and disregard the spiritual.






Isaiah 50:4 (NLT) The Sovereign LORD has given me his words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary. Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to his will.


·         They were physically, mentally and spiritually weary

·         They were weary of the emptiness of life

·         Weary of the injustice in this world


Psalm 73:12-14 Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches. Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency. For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.


·         The emptiness of religion


Matthew 23:2, 4, 13 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: ...For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.


·         Weighted down with sin


Isaiah 1:18 (ASV) Come now, and let us reason together, saith Jehovah: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.


NOTE: Jesus seeks to give rest to the weary but many refuse His offer.


Isaiah 28:12 (GW) He will say to them, “This is a place for comfort. This is a place of rest for those who are tired. This is a place for them to rest.” But they weren't willing to listen.




Ezekiel 34:6 (ASV) My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my sheep were scattered upon all the face of the earth; and there was none that did search or seek after them.


NOTE: The sheep were outside the safety of the fold.


·         They were wandering about with without direction or purpose


Proverbs 27:8 (ASV) As a bird that wandereth from her nest, So is a man that wandereth from his place.


·         They were easy prey


Proverbs 21:16 (ASV) The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall rest in the assembly of the dead.


·         They longed for satisfaction but were unable to find it.


Ecclesiastes 5:10 (GW) Whoever loves money will never be satisfied with money. Whoever loves wealth will never be satisfied with more income. Even this is pointless.




NOTE: Sheep above all other herd animals need constant care


   It is the responsibility of the shepherd to feed and protect the sheep and even discipline them when needed.


·         They refuse to allow the shepherd to lead them


Isaiah 28:12 (GW) He will say to them, “This is a place for comfort. This is a place of rest for those who are tired. This is a place for them to rest.” But they weren't willing to listen.


Isaiah 30:15 (GW) This is what the Almighty LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: You can be saved by returning to me. You can have rest. You can be strong by being quiet and by trusting me. But you don't want that.


·         Sheep scatter because of false shepherds.   Ezekiel 34


Ezekiel 34:4 The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.


·         Sheep scatter because of hirelings. John 10


John 10:12-13 (GW) A hired hand isn't a shepherd and doesn't own the sheep. When he sees a wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and quickly runs away. So the wolf drags the sheep away and scatters the flock. The hired hand is concerned about what he's going to get paid and not about the sheep.




Matthew 9:37-38 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.


·         Labors are few


Matthew 11:28-30 (NKJV) Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."


CONCLUSION: Do we care enough about others to do something about their needs?


FEBRUARY 18, 2018






SCRIPTURE TEXT: Psalm 86:15 But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth. 


NOTE: There are times lives when we may feel that God does not love us or cares about what is happening in our life.


INTRO: The disciples experienced this.


v  They were obedient

v  A great storm arose

v  Jesus was asleep


   David cried out to God for help and he put his faith in God’s love


   God’s love is one and yet fivefold:


1.      We find the Lord full of compassion.

2.      His grace comes to our aid.

3.      He is patient with us.

4.      He is plenteous in mercy.

5.      He will fulfil it with abundant truth.[2]




Lamentations 3:22-23 It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.


NOTE: Two things:


·         His love for us will never fail

·         Every day God deals with us with fresh compassion.

NOTE: Not only is Jesus full of compassion for the multitude, He is also full of compassion for the individual.


§  The Lost Sheep


Luke 15:4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?


§  Nicodemus. John 3


§  The Woman at the well. John 4




Isaiah 40:11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.


Note: The shepherd and the wayward lamb.


Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.


   God does not want to destroy us; He wants to restore us.


Ezekiel 18:23 (NIV) Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign LORD. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?




1 Timothy 1:16 (NIV) But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.


NOTE: The story of the Prodigal Son.  Luke 15


1 Peter 3:20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.


2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.




Psalm 86:15 (GW) But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and merciful God. You are patient, always faithful and ready to forgive.


Psalm 103:8-12 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger forever He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.


Psalm 130:3-4 If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.


Ephesians 1:7  In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;


NOTE: The Parable of the unmerciful servant. Matthew 18


Matthew 6:14-15 (NIV) For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.




2 Timothy 1:12 (BBE) And for which I undergo these things: but I have no feeling of shame. For I have knowledge of him in whom I have faith, and I am certain that he is able to keep that which I have given into his care till that day.

§  Not one of God’s promises have ever failed


1 Kings 8:56 Blessed be the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.


§  God has the power, resources and wiliness to fulfil His promises


Romans 4:21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.


§  Because of this, all His promises are precious and of the highest value


2 Peter 1:4 (GW) Through his glory and integrity he has given us his promises that are of the highest value. Through these promises you will share in the divine nature because you have escaped the corruption that sinful desires cause in the world.


§  Christ compassion goes beyond the grave.


1 John 2:25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.


CONCLUSION: As we minister to others we should seek to have the same principles of compassion as Christ has.


[1] Preacher's Outline and Sermon Bible - Commentary - The Preacher's Outline & Sermon Bible – Matthew I.

[2] Charles H. Surgeon; The Treasury of David, Book 3

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