lesson seven
Burning Hearts

His Suffering

Rejected By His Brethren

(Psalms 69:8) I have become a stranger to my brothers, And an alien to my mother's children;

(Isaiah 53:3) He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.


(John 1:11) He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.

(John 7:5) For even His brothers did not believe in Him.

Rejected By Rulers

(Psalms 118:22) The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone.


(Matthew 21:42) Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the Scriptures: 'The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord's doing, And it is marvelous in our eyes'?

Rulers, Jews & Gentiles Conspire

(Psalms 2:1-3) Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing? 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, 3 "Let us break Their bonds in pieces And cast away Their cords from us."


(Acts 4:24-28) So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said: "Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them, 25 who by the mouth of Your servant David have said: 'Why did the nations rage, And the people plot vain things? 26 The kings of the earth took their stand, And the rulers were gathered together Against the LORD and against His Christ.' 27 For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together 28 to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done."

Betrayed By a Friend

(Psalms 41:9) Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, Who ate my bread, Has lifted up his heel against me.


(John 13:18-21) "I do not speak concerning all of you. I know whom I have chosen; but that the Scripture may be fulfilled, 'He who eats bread with Me has lifted up his heel against Me.' 19 Now I tell you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe that I am He. 20 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me." 21 When Jesus had said these things, He was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, "Most assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me."

For 30 Pieces of Silver

(Zechariah 11:12-13) Then I said to them, "If it is agreeable to you, give me my wages; and if not, refrain." So they weighed out for my wages thirty pieces of silver. 13And the LORD said to me, "Throw it to the potter"; that princely price they set on me. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the LORD for the potter.


(Matthew 26:15) and said, "What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?" And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver.

(Matthew 27:7) And they consulted together and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in.

Judas' Office Taken By Another

(Psalms 109:7-8) When he is judged, let him be found guilty, And let his prayer become sin. 8 Let his days be few, And let another take his office.


(Acts 1:20) "For it is written in the book of Psalms: 'Let his dwelling place be desolate, And let no one live in it'; and, 'Let another take his office.'"

(Acts 1:26) And they cast their lots, and the lot fell on Matthias. And he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

False Witnesses Accuse Him

(Psalms 27:12) Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries; For false witnesses have risen against me, And such as breathe out violence.


(Matthew 26:59-60) Now the chief priests, the elders, and all the council sought false testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, 60 but found none. Even though many false witnesses came forward, they found none. But at last two false witnesses came forward

Silent In Suffering

(Isaiah 53:7) He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth.


(Matthew 27:12-14) And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing. 13 Then Pilate said to Him, "Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?" 14 But He answered him not one word, so that the governor marveled greatly.

Forsaken By His Disciples

(Zechariah 13:7) "Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, Against the Man who is My Companion," Says the LORD of hosts. "Strike the Shepherd, And the sheep will be scattered; Then I will turn My hand against the little ones."


(Matthew 26:31) Then Jesus said to them, "All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written: 'I will strike the Shepherd, And the sheep of the flock will be scattered.'"

(Matthew 26:56) "But all this was done that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled." Then all the disciples forsook Him and fled.

Beaten & Spit Upon

(Isaiah 50:6) I gave My back to those who struck Me, And My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting.

(Psalms 35:15) But in my adversity they rejoiced And gathered together; Attackers gathered against me, And I did not know it; They tore at me and did not cease;


(Matthew 26:67) Then they spat in His face and beat Him; and others struck Him with the palms of their hands

(Mark 14:65) Then some began to spit on Him, and to blindfold Him, and to beat Him, and to say to Him, "Prophesy!" And the officers struck Him with the palms of their hands.

(John 19:1) So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him

Struck On the Cheek

(Micah 5:1) Now gather yourself in troops, O daughter of troops; He has laid siege against us; They will strike the judge of Israel with a rod on the cheek.


(Matthew 27:30) Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head.

Lesson 7

His Suffering

Group Discussion Questions

1. Many of the prophesies in today's lesson are from the psalmist David. What did David know about rejection, conspiracy, false witnesses, etc?

2. Have you ever found yourself in the company of those whose actions say they despise Jesus? Were you tempted to not esteem Him?

3. Describe the rejection of the Messiah by His own family.

4. What is the significance of a "cornerstone?" Describe the rejection of the chief cornerstone by the religious rulers of His day.

5. Through what means did the Jewish rulers and leaders actually conspire with the Gentiles to participate in causing the Messiah to suffer?

6. Reading Acts 4:29-37, what effect did the conspiracies against Jesus and His teachings have on the believers?

7. How did Jesus feel knowing a friend would soon betray Him? Discuss your answer.

8. What happened to Judas and the money he received for betraying Jesus? (Matthew 27:3-10 & Acts 1:18-19).

9. From Exodus 21:32, what was worth 30 shekels of silver?

10. What caused Jesus' followers in Acts 1 to chose another to replace Judas?

11. How difficult was it to find the false witnesses necessary to fulfill Psalm 27:12? From Matthew 26:61 what false charge was brought against Jesus?

12. Who is the source of all false accusations? (Zechariah 3:1 & 2; Revelation 12:10; John 8:44)

13. Why was Jesus silent when questioned by Pilate in Matthew 27?

14. Jesus decided not to answer the chief priests' and elders' accusations. How can we discern when to speak up and when to keep silent?

15. What happened to all of Christ's followers the night He was arrested? Describe your own feelings when abandoned.

16. What physical humiliation did Jesus endure before the crucifixion? Why did He endure all of these things? What kept Him from "saving Himself?"

Women IN God's Service

Burning Hearts - His Suffering (lesson 7)
Ladies Bible Class Lesson, 16 February 1999
West-Ark Church of Christ, Fort Smith, Arkansas
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On the Road to Emmaus
The Preexistent Messiah
The Promised Messiah
The Messiah's Lineage & Birth
His Character & Nature
His Ministry
His Suffering
His Death
His Kingship
His Promise to His Followers

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