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These Sayings (Words) of Mine – Matthew Chapter 7

Judging

Matthew 7:1-2 (ESV)

1 “Judge not, that you be not judged.
2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.

Giving dogs holy things

Matthew 7:6 (ESV) “Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.

Ask, Seek, Knock

Matthew 7:7 (ESV) “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

Matthew 7:8 (ESV) For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.

Do unto others

Matthew 7:12 (ESV) “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Enter the narrow gate

Matthew 7:13 (ESV) “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.

Matthew 7:14 (ESV) For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

Beware of false prophets that look good

Matthew 7:15 (ESV) “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

Act upon the words of Jesus

Matthew 7:24 (ESV) “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.



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These Sayings (Words) of Mine – Matthew Chapter 6

Now granted everyone will divide these chapters a little differently.  But the general ideas are still there.

Righteous “Acting” before others

Matthew 6:1 (ESV) Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.

Give in Secret

Matthew 6:4 (ESV) so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Pray not like Hypocrites, Not with empty phrases, but like Jesus said

Matthew 6:5 (ESV) “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.

Matthew 6:7 (ESV) “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.

Matthew 6:9-13 (ESV)

9 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Forgive others just as Christ forgave you

Matthew 6:14 (ESV) For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,

Matthew 6:15 (ESV) but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

When you fast, don’t be so obvious about it

Matthew 6:16 (ESV) “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.

Your treasure is where your heart is

Matthew 6:19 (ESV) Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,

Matthew 6:20 (ESV) but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.

Matthew 6:21 (ESV) For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Can’t serve two masters

Matthew 6:24 (ESV) No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

Don’t be anxious about earthly matters

Matthew 6:25 (ESV) “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

Seek first the kingdom of God

Matthew 6:33 (ESV) But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.


Well, I’m just getting in much worse shape. 🙁



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Sermon on the Mount – Matthew 5:19-20 (Part 1)

This passage is one of those many passages that has varying explanations depending on one’s view of the Law of Moses and the New Testament.

Matthew 5:19-20 (ESV)
19 Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

See we looked at Matthew 5:17-18 already and there Jesus is talking about the Law and the Prophets not passing away until all is fulfilled or accomplished.  But notice the subject matter has changed in Matthew 5:19.  Now Jesus is talking about commandments. 

  • Why the change? 
  • What is He referring to when He says commandments? 
  • What is the “Least of these commandments”? 
  • But doesn’t Paul teach not to follow some of the Law of Moses?
  • Do other books in the NT contradict this statement from Jesus if they teach not to observe the Law, or portions of the Law?

See how we can confuse ourselves?  The confusion is ours not the Lord’s because He is not the author of confusion. (1 Corinthians 14:33)

For several weeks now I have been working on a comparison and contrast between the Law of Moses and the Law of Christ.  That has been a very interesting study.  But the general gist is that the Law of Moses was given on Mount Sinai and the Law of Christ was given on the Mount.  One interesting detail I found was that in Exodus 19:4-5 God points out how He has physically blessed Israel and then warns them to obey His Voice and His Covenant.

Exodus 19:4-5 (ESV)
4 You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.
5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine;

Then look at the Sermon on the Mount.  Jesus begins by telling the people about their blessings if they are part of the Kingdom in Heaven, the Beatitudes.  Then He tells the people He is not destroying the Law and the Prophets but fulfilling them.  Next Jesus tells the people that if they break the least of these commandments or teach others to break them then they will be least in the Kingdom of Heaven.  Jesus proceeds to give His commandments concerning righteousness (Matthew 5:20), murder (Matthew 5:21-22), Adultery (Matthew 5:27-28), Marriage (Matthew 5:31-32), etc.  Jesus is changing what the Jews knew of the Law of Moses by raising the stakes and giving His Law, The Law of Christ.  By the end of the Sermon on the Mount Jesus has raised the stakes so much that one must be more righteous than a Pharisee to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. 

But see Jesus surely can’t be referring to the full Law of Moses when He is speaking in this passage because then we have Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, teaching that circumcision is not any longer the physical circumcision but it is the circumcision of the heart.  Teaching that there is no longer any sacrifices and that food should not be an issue.  Surely no true believer thinks Paul is “least in the kingdom of Heaven”? 

In Matthew 5:20 Jesus tells the people they must be more righteous than the Pharisees if they want to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.  Can you imagine how the people felt when they heard they must be more righteous than the Pharisees, the “perfect” Law of Moses abiders?  But then Jesus goes on to explain exactly what He means which is above and beyond the Law of Moses.  By then they are astonished because how can any man fulfill the Law that Jesus laws down.  No hate, no lust, and love your enemies seemed to be impossible demands to be placed on them.

Jesus sums up the Sermon on the Mount by saying that everyone “who hears these words of Mine and does them” will be like a wise man.  Notice the phrase “these words of Mine”!

Matthew 7:24 (ESV) “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

Jesus gave His Law as one who had authority.  He was giving direct instruction.  Not once did Jesus have to revert to saying “God says …”.

Matthew 7:28-29 (ESV)
28 And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching,
29 for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.

When my children give instruction to a sibling and that sibling doesn’t obey them often they must revert to say “Moma said to ______ .”  Their authority is delegated from me.  That don’t have the same authority as I do.  But I never have to say “Moma said …”.  Although very rarely I have appealed to their Dad’s authority and said “Dad said …”.  Jesus spoke upon His own authority while Moses and the prophets spoke under the authority of God not upon their own authority.

Can you see why the crowds were astonished?



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