A. There are warnings throughout the Scriptures about forgetting our Lord, His word, etc. (Deuteronomy 4:22-23 and James 1:21-25).
- Some forgetfulness comes about because of changes in circumstances and spiritual negligence (Deuteronomy 6:4-12).
- Some forget through bad influence (Jeremiah 23:25-27).
- There are those who do not want to retain God in their knowledge and that leads to their inability to understand (Romans 1:28-32).
- Learning requires one to remember things (II Peter 3:1-2).
- Spiritual growth is a step up system rather than learn this while forgetting that (II Peter 1:1-13).
II. Body: Consider What Contributed To Their Lack Of Understanding (Matthew 16:1-12).
A. The disciples had previously witnessed the feeding of the of the five thousand plus (Matthew 14:13-21) and of the four thousand plus (Matthew 15:32-39).
- They lacked recollection that kept them from understanding. That continued to be a problem going forward (Luke 24:1-8; cf. Luke 9:22).
- Furthermore, had they recalled their own history, would they really have thought Jesus was concerned about a lack of bread (Exodus 16:1-17)?
- Had they recalled what Jesus originally taught them when He sent them out to teach, would they have thought this was about not having bread (Matthew 10:5-15)?
- Teaching includes bringing to remembrance (Acts 20:28-31, I Timothy 4:6, and Jude 1:5; 1:17-19).
- We need to remember to be able to tie things together (Luke 24:44).
- Remembering aids in understanding and focus (II Timothy 2:1-13).
- We need to remember to worship God correctly (Psalms 97:12, Isaiah 25:1, and I Corinthians 11:23-26).
- Even repentance from sin includes remembrance (Revelation 2:1-7 and Revelation 3:1-6).
- If you remember that Old Testament prophecies were fulfilled before the New Testament was in full effect (Matthew 5:17-19); that keeps you from misunderstanding Old Testament prophecies (i.e. you’ll know verses like Isaiah 13:9 CANNOT be about the end of the world; in addition to context; Isaiah 13:1).
- If you remember that only the Father knows when Christ will return and the world will end, you’ll understand that no Scripture tells when Jesus is coming (Mark 13:31-32).
- If you remember Jesus will never be on earth again (I Thessalonians 4:13-18 and Hebrews 6:20; 7:22-24; 8:1-4), you’ll understand that any doctrine putting Christ back on earth is false.
- If you remember the world is evil (I John 5:19), you’ll understand how cautious you need to be (Proverbs 14:15 and Ephesians 5:15-17).
- If you remember that you must prove [test; discern] what is acceptable unto the Lord (Ephesians 5:10); you’ll understand that your way is not the right way (Proverbs 16:25 and I Corinthians 4:6).
- If you understand that sin is found in the multitude of words (Proverbs 10:19), you’ll remember not to talk too much (Proverbs 17:27-28 and James 1:19).
III. Conclusion: Let’s be the people of understanding that we ought to be (Proverbs 16:22).
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