Don’t Listen to Them
Intro: One of the worst mistakes you and I can make as believers is listening to the wrong crowd.
We let the mockers, the scoffers, the doubters and the naysayers deprive us of so many blessings.
Don’t Listen to Them…
I. When You Are Desiring Transformation
- 46 And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.
- 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
- 48 And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
- 49 And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.
- 50 And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.
- 51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.
- 52 And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.
Don’t Listen to Them…
II. When You Are Declaring Truth
We have a message worth telling.
There will be those that don’t want to hear it.
Tell it anyway!
- 18 And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.
- 19 But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.
- 20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.
Not only are there those that don’t want to hear the truth, but they don’t want anybody else to either.
There are those that don’t want others to hear it.
I Thessalonians 2
- 14 For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews:
- 15 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men:
- 16 Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved,
- 16 Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.
- 17 But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face with great desire.’’
PRIME EXAMPLE: Jeremiah 20
The man of God couldn’t stop preaching, even though he tried.
- 8 For since I spake, I cried out, I cried violence and spoil; because the word of the LORD was made a reproach unto me, and a derision, daily.
REPROACH: taunt, scorn
- 9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.
Don’t Listen to Them…
III. When You Are Demonstrating Thanks
Several times we find stories where people murmured and complained about those that loved Jesus.
Jesus always had the same message – Don’t Listen to Them!
- 3 And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.
- 4 And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made?
- 5 For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her.
- 6 And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me.
- 7 For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always.
- 8 She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying.
- 39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.
- 44 And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.
- 45 Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.
- 46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.
- 47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.
- 37 And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;
- 38 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
- 39 And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.
- 40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.