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How Valuable Are You?

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Introduction:
Pledge
Passage:
10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.
12 What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety- nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?
13 And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray.
14 So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
If I had to title this latest section we have gone through in Matthew (17:24-18:10) it would be “EXTRAORDINARY WARNINGS” when it comes to sin.
(17:26) Pay the toll or tax (But it is not a sin if they were to not pay it) “The sons are FREE.
Man made religiosity (Not held to it)
(18:
(18:1-6) “Who will be the greatest in the K.O.H.?
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
“Who will be the greatest in the K.O.H.?”
Honor/Shame Society
Jesus was against this .....
He warned them not to be concerned about “who is going to be the greatest” and worry about “if they are going to make it in.”
Jesus uses a child (Toddler) as a teaching tool.
They must become like this child .....
Not acting like a child but...... how their society viewed children!
(Vs 6) Don’t cause a child to sin (The People of God) “ALL” .......... (Millstone/Neck/Lake)
(Vs 7-9) Don’t cause yourself to sin. (Personal Sin) ......... (Eye/hand/feet)
Don’t cause yourself to sin. (Personal Sin) ......... (Eye/hand/feet)
What we are going to look at today when it comes to these “Extraordinary Warnings” when it comes to sin ....
(Vs 10-14) Don’t cause a brother/sister in Christ to sin! (Deals with leading one “Astray.”)
But before we can get into this pericope we need to .........
Segway:
Address the “Elephant in the room.”
Vs 11 is omitted in most translations
Explain why ..... (Manuscripts)
Read what Vs 11 says
(Vs 11 - For the son of man has come to save that which is lost.)
Found also in (Not Omitted)
Pause
What would be the value you would put on human life? (A human being)
Give illustration of the “Value of Human life” in the United States.
U.S Office of Management and Budget ($7 to $9 Million)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ($9.1 Million)
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ($7.9 Million)
Department of Transportation (DOT) ($6 Million)
Illustration:
Illustration:
A preacher, named Rev. Dan Baker, tells of a man who was crossing the ocean to come to America.

A QUAINT preacher of the olden days in our country, the Rev. Dan Baker, puts the danger of delay in the way of a story. He tells of a man who was crossing the ocean. He was leaning over the side of the vessel; it was a bright sunny day, and not a wave broke the surface of the water, just a little ripple here and there kissed by the rays of the sun. And the man, as he leaned over the rail of the vessel, was tossing something in the air, something which, when it fell through the sunlight, sparkled with singular radiance and glory; and he watched it so eagerly as he tossed it up and caught it as it fell. He tossed it up again and again and again; and it threw out its marvellous light as it fell through the sunlight. At last an onlooker came and said, “May I ask what that is that you are tossing up so carelessly?” “Certainly,” he replied, “look at it, it is a diamond.” “Is it of much value?” asked the onlooker. “Yes, of very great value. See the color of it, see the size of it. In fact, all I have in the world is in that diamond. I am going to a new country to seek my fortune, and I have sold everything I have, and have put it into that diamond, so as to get it into a portable shape.” “Then if it is so valuable, is it not an awful risk you are running in tossing it up so carelessly?” “No risk at all. I have been doing this for the last half-hour,” said the man. “But there might come a last time,” said the onlooker; but the man laughed and threw it up again, and caught it as it fell, and again and again, and once more, and it flashed and blazed with glory as it fell through the sunlight, and he watches it so eagerly as it falls. Ah! but this time it is too far out. He reaches as far as he can over the rail of the vessel, but he cannot reach far enough. There is a little plash in the ocean. He leans far over the rail and tries to penetrate with his eager gaze the unfathomable depths of deep blue ocean. Then cries, “Lost! lost! lost! All I have in the world is lost!”

A Lost Diamond Pages 123–124

You say, “No man would be so great a fool as that; that story is not true.” That story is true, and the man is here to-night. Thou art the man! That ocean is eternity; that vessel, life; that diamond, your soul, that soul of such priceless value that Christ died to save it. And you have been trifling with it! I come to you to-night and say, “My friend, what is that in your hand which you are playing with so carelessly?” You say, “It is my soul.” “Is it worth much?” “Worth much? More than the whole round earth, ‘for what shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?’ ” “But don’t you think you are taking an awful risk?” “Oh, no,” you say, “I have been doing this for the last five years, for the last ten, fifteen, twenty years.” “Yes, but you might do it once too often.” “Oh, no,” you say, and to-night once more you throw it up. But you may throw it up once too often; it will fall too far out, beyond your reach; there will be a plash, and you will try to look after it; not into the impenetrable depths of the blue ocean, but into the unfathomable depths of the bottomless pit as it sinks and sinks and sinks, and you will cry, “Lost! lost! lost! my soul is lost!” That may be your cry some day. Come to-night, before it is too late, and put your soul where it will be everlastingly safe, in the keeping of the Son of God

He was leaning over the side of the boat; it was a bright sunny day, and not a wave broke the surface of the water, just a little ripple here and there kissed by the rays of the sun.
And the man, as he leaned over the rail of the boat, was tossing something in the air, something which, when it fell through the sunlight, sparkled with singular radiance and glory; and he watched it so eagerly as he tossed it up and caught it as it fell.
He tossed it up again and again and again; and it threw out its marvellous light as it fell through the sunlight.
At last an onlooker came and said, “May I ask what that is that you are tossing up so carelessly?”
“Certainly,” he replied, “look at it, it is a diamond.”
“Is it valuable?” asked the onlooker.
“Yes, of very great value.
See the color of it, see the size of it. In fact, all I have in the world is in that diamond.
I am going to a new country to seek my fortune, and I have sold everything I have, and have put it into that diamond”
The onlooker asked, “Then if it is so valuable, is it not an awful risk you are running in tossing it up so carelessly?”
“No risk at all. I have been doing this for the last half-hour,” said the man.
“But there might come a last time,” said the onlooker; but the man laughed and threw it up again, and caught it as it fell, and again and again, and once more, and it flashed and blazed with glory as it fell through the sunlight, and he watches it so eagerly as it falls.
Ah! but this time it is too far out.
He reaches as far as he can over the rail of the boat, but he cannot reach far enough.
There is a little splash in the ocean.
He leans far over the rail and tries to penetrate with his eager gaze the unfathomable depths of deep blue ocean.
Then cries, “Lost! lost! lost! All I have in the world is lost!”
We are going to come back to this story in a little bit.
Body:
Looking at this pericope .....
What this passage is dealing with is the value of a human life “to the Father.”
What’s interesting is how Matthew approaches this thought.
Sandwich (Like one)
Verses 10 & 14 could be viewed as the bread
Verses 12 & 13 could be viewed as the meat.
Let me show you what I mean ......
Jesus Issues a warning ......
(Vs 10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones.
First off, the reference to “little ones” is not toward Children (Toddlers) but to the “Children of God.”
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
(All man Kind) (Jews and Gentiles)
The warning is this “See that you do not despise” any of God’s children!
The word “despise” (in the Greek) means: to look down on someone/something with contempt, with the implication that you are somehow more valuable than they are.
In doing this, you could cause that person to sin or cause yourself to sin.
Isn’t it an awesome that God warns (Believers) not to cause any other (Believer) to sin!
It’s like you saying to one of your children, “don’t cause your brother or sister to get in trouble.”
Going up to someone and saying, “Don’t you mess with ......
..... my spouse, ..... my family, ..... my kids, ..... my friends, ..... this church!
The other part of this bread is found in Vs 14 “it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.”
Don’t cause a believer to go “Astray”
Going astray could lead them to “Perish.”
The word “Perish” means to be (destroyed) Be lost!
This is how valuable we are to God ....
He issues a very STERN warning to “not cause one of his children (a believer) to sin.
(Vs 12-13) helps us to see how valuable we are to God.
(12-13) - What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? 13 And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray.
13 And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray.
Whats the value of a human being to God? (Unfathomable)
What’s our worth?
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
You can’t put a numerical number on it!
You can’t put a numerical number on it!
Segway:
Returning back to the story of the young man who lost his Diamond while being so careless.
You might have been thinking, “No man would be so great a fool as that; that story is not true.” That story is true, and the man was the preacher (Rev. Dan Baker).
That ocean is eternity;
That boat was a mans life;
That diamond, was a man’s soul,
that soul of such priceless value that Christ died to save it.
And you have been playing with it carelessly!
I come to you this morning to say this,
..... “My friends, what is that in your hand which you are playing with so carelessly?”
You would say, “It is my soul.”
I would then ask you “Is it worth much?”
“Worth much more than the whole world, ‘for what shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?’ ”
“But don’t you think you are taking an awful risk?”
“Oh, no,” you say, “I have been doing this for the last five years, for the last ten, fifteen, twenty years.”
“Yes, but you might do it once too often.”
“Oh, no,” you say, and this morning (once more) you throw it up.
But you may throw it up once too often; it will fall too far out, beyond your reach; there will be a splash, and you will try to look after it; not into the impenetrable depths of the blue ocean, but into the unfathomable depths of the bottomless pit as it sinks and sinks and sinks, and you will cry, “Lost! lost! lost! my soul is lost!”
That may be your cry some day.
Here is my encouragement this morning ..... Come today, before it is too late, and put your soul where it will be everlastingly safe, in the keeping of the Son of God.
Conclusion:
It’s not about how valuable you think you are to God, its about how valuable God views you.
He has gone to the depths unimaginable for us.
He has crossed the distance that is “un-record-able” for us.
He has risen to heights unattainable by us.
WHY? Because we are that valuable to Him.
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