Monday, September 19, 2016

Matthew 7 commentary, or rather, study

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

6 “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

I believe that Jesus was talking about ungodly judgement passed by hypocrites.  It was in my belief a lesson to those in the church.  Jesus speaks against the hypocrisy and self-righteousness of some in the church.  It talks about His Message to the Church as well.  We are called to be a salt and light to the world at large.  I have noticed that Jesus mentions the word trampled in that first when referring to being salt and light.

7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

There is a lyric to a gospel song from Dottie Peoples, "There's an on-time God".  I realize that from this song also comes a revelation that I just had today about asking, seeking, and knocking.  He may not come when you want it, but He'll be right on time.  He's an on-time God.  Yes He is".  It is a message about faith and knowing where to look.  Jesus, our Savior, and Good Shepherd knows what each one of us needs even before we ask of Him.  We are to seek His Kingdom first, according to Matthew 6, and also not to give up.  Faith is defined by evidence of things not seen, meaning the substance the things hoped for.

13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

The gate is narrow that leads to The New Jerusalem.  The thief on the cross who believed on Jesus is now in Paradise, one of many among the few.  There are so many who believed on the Lord initially, but they fell for the lies of false prophets who pretend to be just like they are: deceived, false brethren.  Jesus said in Matthew 24 that we are not to let false prophets deceive us, which is what they are doing and continue to deceive until the world as we know it ends.  Revelation 22:11 talks about let the holy continue to be such and so on. Because of unrepentant sins, including deceiving and being deceived, the majority of people will in the future have their part in the Lake of Fire according to Revelation 20:14-15.  Even though there will be many, many will be few.

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

Defnition(s) of disciple:
1. a personal follower of Jesus during his life, especially one of the twelve Apostles.
2. a follower or student of a teacher, leader, or philosopher.

I am a follower, or disciple, or Jesus Christ because of my relationship and belief in Him.  As a Christian, I am not just to follow the Lord, but be in obedience to Him and His Commandments as well.  Jesus is the Fulfillment of the Law and we are required as a holy people to live for, obey, and serve Him.  That has never changed, for the Lord has never changed.  Right living and living on a strong moral, religious, and spiritual foundation are among the characteristics of a true Christian. There is also a correlation between Verses 24-27 and Matthew 13:3-9, which is about the parable of the sower that I have noticed.  The sower has planted his seeds on productive and unproductive foundations.  Many think that they are truly disciples or are believers, but they are not, and the end for those who are unrepentant will be indeed dire.  The professing church is not immune, as written in Matthew 25 about the Ten Virgins.  God didn't know the foolish virgins and the door was shut.  God is a Truthful God.  He does not lie because He cannot lie.  It isn't in His nature.  We are all to follow, serve, and obey Him as well as to be enduring, born-again believers in Christ.

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