The Lost Art of Fasting (4 of 4) by Ernest Easley

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The Lost Art of Fasting (4 of 4)
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Mark 2.18-20
November 6, 1996

We're thinking tonight on this subject: The Lost Art of Fasting. Take your Bible and turn please to Mark chapter 2. Here are the words of Jesus Christ on the subject of Fasting.

Mark 2.20, "But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days." You ought to underscore that phrase, "and then they will fast."

When is then? After the bridegroom has been taken away from them! And who is the bridegroom? Well ... that's Jesus! And who is them? The followers of Jesus!

Now ... I want to ask you again tonight: should you fast? Does God want you fasting? Well .. let's quickly review what we learned last Wednesday.

(1) THE WHO OF FASTING.

Matthew 6.2 ... in other words ... as you give to the poor .. don't do it for attention.

Matthew 6.5 .. now Jesus isn't teaching us not to pray in public ... He's just saying not to pray in public to be seen of men. Don't do you quiet time publicly!

Matthew 6.16 ... now .. what can we learn from these verses in Matthew? Should a Christian give to the poor? Yes. Should a Christian pray? Sure! All right then .. should a Christian fast? Yes!

Here in Matthew 6 .. Jesus puts giving to the poor ... praying ... and fasting on equal footing! Jesus doesn't say not to give to the poor. He just says don't give to be seen of men. He doesn't say not to pray. He just says don't pray to be seen of men. And He doesn't say not to fast. He just says don't fast in order to be seen of men.

So ... that's the Who of Fasting.

(2) THE WHAT OF FASTING.

I've had several people ask me, "What is fasting?" I'm finding that there are a lot of people who don't know what fasting is.

Well ... fasting is not merely going without food. Some people go without food in order to lose weight. Now .. there's nothing wrong with going without food to lose weight ... but that's n ...


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