The Similitudes – Matthew 5:13-16

Today is Tuesday, May 26, 2020, and I am Pastor Kim Alexander and you are listening to COVID-19 Connection Series # 57
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As businesses start to reopen and Americans look to return to normal life, the coronavirus is still very much present: Confirmed cases are rising in 18 states and steady in 22. Arkansas is even experiencing a second peak, its governor said. CNN

 
 

The World Health Organization suspended trials of hydroxychloroquine after research showed COVID-19 patients on the drug were dying at higher rates. President Trump said he took a round as a preventative measure. NPR

 

 

Meat-processing plants, even after adopting new safety rules, are struggling to contain the virus. An analysis showed infections at the biggest facilities have almost quadrupled in the past month, and experts warn of more meat shortages and higher prices. THE WASHINGTON POST

 

 

Trump threatened to move the GOP convention out of North Carolina, criticizing the governor’s coronavirus restrictions. AXIOS

Bible Quiz Time:

Q: What position of power was Joseph given by the Pharaoh?
A: Second in command of Egypt.

Q: What catastrophe did Joseph predict by interpreting the Pharaoh’s dream?
A: A severe, seven-year famine.

Q: Who came to Egypt that Joseph recognized because of the famine?
A: His brothers.

Q: Who was Jacob’s second son with Rachel?
A: Benjamin

Q: What did Joseph tell the brothers to do next time they came back to Egypt?
A: To bring Benjamin with them.

Q: Which brother volunteered to stay in Egypt instead of Benjamin?
A: Judah

Pause for Prayer:

  • Bob Ahsmuhs
  • Tom Spann – Hospice Care
  • Terry Robinson
  • 15 year-old girl commits suicide in Spirit Lake
  • People working through COVID-19
  • Lowana LaBolle
  • Men’s Bible Study start up
  • Yard Sale this weekend
  • Cup of Grace Ministry
  • E.L.P Ministries
  • Heal our nation/guide our president

Today our WORD from the Lord comes from Matthew 5:13-16,

13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

 I want to have a word with you about SIMILITUDES

   The dictionary defines this word as, the quality or state of being similar to something.
   What are some synonyms for similitudes? They are: resemblance, similarity, likeness, sameness, similar nature, comparability.

   In verses 1-12 of Matthew 5 Jesus described kingdom people, and now in verses 13-16 Jesus describes the impact and the influence of kingdom people.

   I. You are SALT – 5:13

13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

What do you know about salt?

  1. Salt makes thirsty

   If you eat potato chips that are salty, you will need a drink of water. Well the believer is to add salt to conversations with people. People should desire more from us having talked with us.

  Have you heard the statement, “You can’t make a horse drink water, but you can salt the oats”?

   The same is true in conversations with unbelievers.

  1. Salt add flavor

   Again the believer ought to be adding some flavor to the lives of those they come in contact with.

   Don’t be weird, but do be interesting.

   Christians ought to KNOW what they are talking about. Don’t shoot from the hip, and by all means don’t pass information along that you yourself have not studied.

  1. Salt is a preservative

   In the olden days before the invention of refrigeration people used salt to preserve meat. They covered it with salt, and that salt slowed down the decay process. How does this relate to the believer?

   We live in a very ungodly world, and a lot of our values have went down the road of the immoral. The only think that can preserve what is holy and pure is the Christian – the salt. We must STAND for what is biblical, and seek to preserve the holy.

   I also want to remind us that we will lose our saltiness if we get caught up along with the decaying world around us. Either we stand for what is right, or we allow the world to turn us to the left.

   II. You are LIGHT – 5:14-16

14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

  1. We are the light of the world – 5:14

   Have you noticed that the world is getting darker every year, maybe even every month? Maybe every day! More and more ungodly behavior is being made acceptable. It is even being legalized by the courts.

Steps of Ungodliness through the Decades

  • Sexual revolution of the 60’s
  • Drugs of the 70’s
  • Homosexuality of the 80’s
  • LGBTQ of the 90’s
  • Transgender of the 2000
  • Non-binary sexuality of the 2020

   It seems that darkness is enveloping our society. Where is the light? Christians are called to be the light of the world. Light exposes darkness. This is why the Jews did not receive Jesus – he exposed them, and they then refused to receive Him. They loved the darkness rather than the light (see John 3:19-20).

   Just comment against anything I’ve listed as darkness and see what kind of response you receive – it won’t be good. People do not like the light – it blinds them.

  1. Light is not to be hidden – 5:14

   A city is set on a hill cannot be hidden. You can’t hide a city on a hill. Neither should a believe try and hide his light.

   I have a friend that worked as a social worker for the state of Oregon. One day his supervisor called him into his office and said to him, “Richard, I know you are a Christian, but I need to have you turn down your light a bit.” Can you imagine that? Turn down your light a bit.

  1. Light has a definite purpose – 5:15

   Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.

   I have never met a person who buys a lamp only to put it under a basket – hides it. No, they bought a lamp to light up their home. Light has a very useful purpose. It was never meant to be placed where its usefulness is hindered.

   Christian the light in us is not our own. The light in us actually is Christ (John 8:12), and that light must shine through us. We have a purpose. The illustration here is that our light has been placed on a lampstand so that it gives light to all that are in the house.

   I am glad that I live in the era of the electric light. I cannot imagine having to use candles and kerosene lamps. But they too had a purpose – to give forth light to those using them.

  1. Let your light shine – 5:16

    16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

   Let your light so shine before men. Don’t miss this. Our light is to help others around us. They need to see the light shining from us.

   What is the best way for others to see the light in us? By our good works. We have been saved by grace, through faith, and that not of ourselves (not our works), however, we have been saved unto good works (Ephesians 2:10).

Good Works on Display

  • Kindness
  • Helping hand
  • Support
  • Finances
  • Listening
  • Generosity
  • Forgiveness
  • Bearing the load
  • Involvement
  • Gifting
  • Offering a ride
  • Invitation to home, church

Lessons for Learners:

  1. You ARE Salt – you cannot deny it.
  2. You are to make thirsty; you are to preserve.
  3. You are to protect your saltiness – don’t compromise.
  4. You ARE light – you cannot deny it.
  5. You cannot hide your light – the world must see it.
  6. You light must help everyone you come in contact with.
  7. You are to let your light be seen by your good works.
  8. Salt and Light for the glory of God.The 
Remember, I’m in touch so you be in touch.

And as Dr. Robert Cook from the King’s College used to say, “Walk with the King today and be a blessing.