You can probably remember an instance when you were having a stressful day at work and your colleague bought you a cup of coffee because they noticed you were upset. Or maybe you were going through a breakup and your best friend made you a batch of your favorite muffins so you didn’t have to worry about breakfast that week.
- Both of these gestures are small yet generous actions that go a long way towards making someone feel better.
- Being kind to others is a virtue, as the Bible reminds its followers via various verses.
- You may already be familiar with a few famous Bible verses about kindness, but there are additional equally important passages to remind you of the power of generosity.
Treat others as you want to be treated is the golden rule to being kind and compassionate. This theme makes appearances throughout the Bible, especially in verses about kindness that remind you to help the sick and less fortunate, and to choose goodness over evilness — even when it comes to your enemies.
God will notice when you practice kindness, and will reward you for demonstrating this virtue. He knows it can be hard to choose compassion when you feel someone has hurt you, but these Bible verses will remind you that showing the same kindness towards others as God shows you is perhaps one of the most meaningful actions you can take.
“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” The Good News: God’s gift of free will not only allows you to make beneficial choices, but also to do good and be kind to others.
- Having free will is a reminder that kindness, no matter how big or small the effort, is a choice.
- And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.” The Good News: Treating others how you want to be treated is one of the easiest ways to display your God-like heart.
- And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” The Good News: Being kind to others — even when it is not immediately reciprocated — can provide many blessings in the long run.
God always rewards our efforts. “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.” The Good News: It costs nothing to speak kind words to others and ourselves. “But show me unfailing kindness like the Lord’s kindness as long as I live, so that I may not be killed.” The Good News: If we all love one another and show each other the same kindness that God extends to us, we can all live better lives.
- David thought, ‘I will show kindness to Hanun son of Nahash, because his father showed kindness to me.'” The Good News: Kind acts will always be remembered and passed down.
- Praise be to the Lord, for he showed me the wonders of his love when I was in a city under siege.” The Good News: Even when things seem to be in disarray and we don’t feel deserving, God still finds a way to show love and kindness.
As we are made in His image, we have the ability to do the same to others. “The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold.” The Good News: Showing love and kindness to those — even when they are not like us — will not cause us hurt or anguish.
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” The Good News: It is God’s desire for us to be kind to one another at all times. We have been chosen to do well for and be well to our sisters and brothers. “‘Don’t be afraid,’ David said to him, ‘For I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan.
I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.'” The Good News: How you treat others will be remembered for years to come. And while you may not reap the benefits of your kind heart immediately, your unforgettable gestures will be beneficial to those that come after you.
- From a wise mind comes wise speech; the words of the wise are persuasive.
- Ind words are like honey — sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” The Good News: Kind words can heal the heart and mind.
- Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor.” The Good News: We get what we put out there in the world.
Send out love and kindness, and receives it back. “A man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself.” The Good News: Similarly to when we hold a grudge, the only person we harm by not being kind to others is ourselves. It’s such a better feeling to be nice than mean.
- Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant.” The Good News: This verse is popular at weddings because it reminds those getting married that the best version of love to put out there is one without strings.
- Indness and love are sort of interchangeable in this case.
- Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” The Good News: We have been forgiven of our own sins, the least we could do is be kind and forgiving to others.
It’s literally what Jesus would do. “Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.” The Good News: Hatred gets us nowhere. Being kind to those around us, but also those who may need more help from us, is paramount to living a Godly life.
- So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” The Good News: This is literally “the golden rule” of the Bible.
- Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
- In other words, if you want to be treated with kindness, be kind to others.
- I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth.
For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.” The Good News: When we struggle to be nice, we just need to remember that kindness is something that God loves to bestow. And how wonderful that we have the opportunity to partake in something that delights the Lord.
- Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” The Good News: We get what we put out there into the world.
- Show mercy, get mercy.
- That’s how it works.
- But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great.” The Good News: It’s selfish to be kind and giving just so others will praise us.
The true reward of being good to others is just that we got to spread some joy. That needs to be enough for us. “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” The Good News: Everyone deserves our kindness, especially those walking in this Godly path with us.
It is not always easy to follow the Lord’s word, but together we can all succeed. “Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off.” The Good News: Not to be dramatic, but this verse does have an important message.
Although God does have steadfast love towards us all, he does not look well upon those who don’t do good to others. When it feels hard to be nice, even to our enemies, we must remember that God will show us kindness, but only if we also show that kindness to others.
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.” The Good News: We should not only be nice to others, we should go above and beyond. Kindness should be a competition of which we all strive for first place but everybody wins. “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” The Good News: Need some help being kind to others? Just pretend they’re angels in disguise.
“He who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.” The Good News: If you show kindness towards your friends and family, your connection to the Almighty God will remain strong. “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” The Good News: All that the Lord hopes of his followers is to act out of kindness and love.
“Thus says the Lord of hosts, render true judgements, show kindness and mercy to one another, do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.” The Good News: The Lord says that you should be especially kind to those that have lost someone in their life or are suffering, as they need kindness the most.
The Lord is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works.” The Good News: The Lord will always show kindness towards you. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” The Good News: Kindness, goodness, and faithfulness are hallmarks to follow as without them in our lives, there is no way to hold evil accountable.
- A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you are also to love on another.” The Good News: Love each other with the same kindness God shows you.
- Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?” The Good News: Being kind can be a way to show God that you are repenting your past sins and are seeking forgiveness from Him.
“But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.” The Good News: Show kindness even to those who have harmed you. “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great” The Good News: Be generous towards everyone, even your enemies, and your kindness will be greatly rewarded.
- She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” The Good News: Being kind is a sign of being wise.
- Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.” The Good News: When you help those who are suffering, you are also helping the Lord.
He will take notice of your kindness and generosity. “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.
- Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
- Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” The Good News: Act out of kindness rather than selfishness and think of others’ needs as much as you think of your own.
“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to given than to receive.” The Good News: Even God understands that showing generosity towards others is a far greater feeling than receiving kindness.
Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.” The Good News: Of all the honorable characteristics He wants you to practice, sympathy and a kind heart are two of the most important traits. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.'” The Good News: When you help others, even if you do not know them, God will notice and reward you for your generosity towards those who are suffering more than you.
Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” The Good News: Be sympathetic towards those who are sad, and be excited for those who are happy. Martha Sorren Martha Sorren is a freelance writer for Bustle, Refinery29, Woman’s Day, and INSIDER. Elizabeth Berry Editorial Assistant Elizabeth Berry (she/her) is the digital editorial assistant for Woman’s Day, where she covers seasonal recipes, holiday gift ideas, and other lifestyle topics for the website.
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- 1 What does Matthew 7 12 say?
- 2 What does Matthew 5 13 say?
- 3 What is the meaning of Matthew 7 22?
- 4 What does Hebrews 10 verse 25 mean?
- 5 What does Matthew 5 15 say?
- 6 What is the meaning of Matthew 5 17 20?
- 7 What does Matthew 5 19 say?
- 8 What is the meaning of John 1 32?
- 9 What is the meaning of Matthew 7 7 12?
- 10 What does everyone shall sit under their own vine mean?
What does Matthew 7 12 say?
Content – In the King James Version of the Bible the text reads: Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you: do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets The World English Bible translates the passage as: Therefore whatever you desire for men to do to you, you shall also do to them; for this is the law and the prophets.
What does Matthew 5 37 say?
What does Matthew 5:37 mean? | BibleRef.com Matthew 5:37, : All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.
Matthew 5:37, : Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.Matthew 5:37, : But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.Matthew 5:37, : But make sure your statement is, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these isof evil origin.
Matthew 5:37, : Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one. Matthew 5:37, : But let your ‘yes’ mean ‘yes,’ and your ‘no’ mean ‘no.’ Anything more than this is from the evil one.
What do Matthew 7 7 8 mean?
Interpretation – The most common interpretation of these verses, which are also found at Luke 11:9-10, is that they are a return to the issue of prayer, which was discussed in the last chapter and is quite clearly addressed by the subsequent verses.
- In this view asking, seeking, and knocking are all metaphors for the act of prayer.
- In the original language the terms ask, seek, and knock are/were intended to mean a continuous act versus a one-time act: Ask (and keep asking), and it will be given you.
- Seek (and keep seeking), and you will find.
- Nock (and keep knocking) and the door will be opened for you.
For everyone who asks (and keeps on asking) receives. He who seeks (and keeps on seeking) finds. To him who knocks (and keeps on knocking) the door will be opened. Hendriksen notes that asking implies humility, an inferior asking for aid from a superior.
Morris notes that idea of seeking does not completely mesh with the prayer metaphor. The person praying who prays to God has obviously already decided that it is there that their answers are to be found. Morris feels that seeking in prayer means that the person does not know exactly what they need, and feel that they can seek the answer to this question through God.
Fowler feels that the verb seek emphasizes the effort and concentration that must be put into prayer. Hendriksen summarizes this by describing seeking as “asking plus acting.” Knocking, according to France, was also a metaphor for prayer in the Jewish literature of this period.
- Later in Matthew, however, knocking will be a metaphor for gaining admittance to the Kingdom of Heaven,
- The present imperative tense is used for the verbs in these verses.
- This implies that the asking, seeking, and knocking are all described as continuous actions, and this implies that prayer to be effective should also be a continual habit, rather than an occasional plea.
Nolland posits that knocking may be linked to the Narrow Gate metaphor found in Matthew 7:13, The verse presents prayer as certain to be answered, and the following verses explain why this is. This of course cannot mean that every demand made of God will be met in full.
Fowler notes that in Matthew 6:5 – 13 Jesus has already laid out some rules for proper prayer. These verses thus cannot apply to all prayer, but only those who truly seek God. Christian theology has long tried to address the issue of prayers that seem unanswered. One notion is that God only gives good gifts.
Even if you ask for something that will harm you, he will not provide it. Thus a prayer for wealth may not be answered, as such wealth may damage one’s spiritual soul. In Matthew 6:8 Jesus also states that prayer is not necessary as God knows what a person needs even before they ask him.
- Fowler feels that while prayer is not useful to God, it is useful to humans.
- If we do not have to toil through continuous prayer before receiving God’s grace we will grow soft.
- The metaphor could also be one for religious study.
- Schweizer notes that Rabbis of the period and the Qumran community both put important stress on the pursuit of religious knowledge.
Both groups believed that the true believer should strive to get to know God and the Law. The asking, seeking, and knocking, may be searches for knowledge just as much as for aid. This verse can thus be read as a support for inquisitiveness. A third view, rejected by almost all scholars, is that these verses are outlining a specific religious ritual involving asking, seeking, and knocking, and that the verse is not a metaphor at all.
Luz notes that this alternative interpretation was central to Gnosticism, and this was one of the defining verses of that branch of Christianity. To Gnostics the continuous seeking for the hidden God was a central part of their faith. By contrast most other Christian groups describe believers as those who have found God, not those who are still seeking.
The verse is elaborated upon by saying 92 in the Gospel of Thomas, The words “Ask, and you will receive” also form part of Jesus’ farewell discourse in John 16, The common English expressions “Ask, and you shall receive” and “Seek, and ye shall find” are both derived from this verse.
What does Matthew 5 13 say?
What does Matthew 5:13 mean? | BibleRef.com Matthew 5:13, : You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. Matthew 5:13, : “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
Matthew 5:13, : Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Matthew 5:13, : ‘You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by people.
Matthew 5:13, : ‘You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. Matthew 5:13, : “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It’s no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
What does John 1 29 say?
– Origen : “After this testimony, Jesus is seen coming to John, not only persevering in his confession, but also advanced in goodness: as is intimated by the second day. Wherefore it is said, The next day John seeth Jesus coming to him. Long before this, the Mother of Jesus, as soon as she had conceived Him, went to see the mother of John then pregnant; and as soon as the sound of Mary’s salutation reached the ears of Elisabeth, John leaped in the womb: but now the Baptist himself after his testimony seeth Jesus coming.
Men are first prepared by hearing from others, and then see with their own eyes. The example of Mary going to see Elisabeth her inferior, and the Son of God going to see the Baptist, should teach us modesty and fervent charity to our inferiors. What place the Saviour came from when He came to the Baptist we are not told here; but we find it in Matthew, Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John to be baptized of him.
(Matt.3:13)” Chrysostom : “Or; Matthew relates directly Christ’s coming to His baptism, John His coming a second time subsequent to His baptism, as appears from what follows: I saw the Spirit descending, &c. The Evangelists have divided the periods of the history between them; Matthew passing over the part before John’s imprisonment, and hastening to that event; John chiefly dwelling on what took place before the imprisonment.
- Thus he says, The next day John seeth Jesus coming to him.
- But why did He come to him the next day after His baptism? Having been baptized with the multitude, He wished to prevent any from thinking that He came to John for the same reason that others did, viz.
- To confess His sins, and be washed in the river unto repentance.
He comes therefore to give John an opportunity of correcting this mistake; which John accordingly did correct; viz. by those words, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. For He Who was so pure, as to be able to absolve other men’s sins, evidently could not have come thither for the sake of confessing His own; but only to give John an opportunity of speaking of Him.
- He came too the next day, that those who had heard the former testimonies of John, might hear them again more plainly; and other besides.
- For he saith, Behold the Lamb of God, signifying that He was the one of old sought after, and reminding them of the prophecy of Isaiah, and of the shadows of the Mosaic law, in order that through the figure he might the easier lead them to the substance.” Augustine : “If the Lamb of God is innocent, and John is the lamb, must he not be innocent? But all men come of that stock of which David sings sorrowing, Behold, I was conceived in wickedness.
(Ps.51:5) He then alone was the Lamb, who was not thus conceived; for He was not conceived in wickedness, nor in sin did His mother bear Him in her womb, Whom a virgin conceived, a virgin brought forth, because that in faith she conceived, and in faith received.” Theophylact of Ohrid : “He is called the Lamb of God, because God the Father accepted His death for our salvation, or, in other words, because He delivered Him up to death for our sakes.
- For just as we say, This is the offering of such a man, meaning the offering made by him; in the same sense Christ is called the Lamb of God Who gave His Son to die for our salvation.
- And whereas that typical lamb did not take away any man’s sin, this one hath taken away the sin of the whole world, rescuing it from the danger it was in from the wrath of God.
Behold Him1 Who taketh away the sin of the world: he saith not, who will take, but, Who taketh away the sin of the world; as if He were always doing this. For He did not then only take it away when He suffered, but from that time to the present, He taketh it away; not by being always crucified, for He made one sacrifice for sins, but by ever washing it by means of that sacrifice.” Gregory the Great : “But then only will sin be entirely taken away from the human race, when our corruption has been turned to a glorious incorruption.
We cannot be free from sin, so long as we are held in the death of the body.” Theophylact of Ohrid : “Why does he say the sin of the world, not sins? Because he wished to express sin universally: just as we say commonly, that man was cast out of paradise; meaning the whole human race.” Glossa Ordinaria : “Or by the sin of the world is meant original sin, which is common to the whole world: which original sin, as well as the sins of everyone individually, Christ by His grace remits.” Augustine : “For He Who took not sin from our nature, He it is Who taketh away our sin.
Some say, We take away the sins of men, because we are holy; for if he, who baptizes, is not holy, how can he take away the other’s sin, seeing he himself is full of sin? Against these reasoners let us point to the text; Behold Him Who taketh away the sin of the world; in order to do away with such presumption in man towards man.” Origen : “As there was a connexion between the other sacrifices of the law, and the daily sacrifice of the lamb, in the same way the sacrifice of this Lamb has its reflection in the pouring out of the blood of the Martyrs, by whose patience, confession, and zeal for goodness, the machinations of the ungodly are frustrated.”
What is the meaning of John 4 37?
Published 4:15 pm Wednesday, March 18, 2020 By Mike Caton John 4:37, Thus the saying “One sows and another reaps” is true. In this matter of kingdom harvest, everyone has a job to do. One sows the seed and another reaps the harvest. But neither of them can do the job alone, each needs the other.
And neither of them is more important that the other, without one there is no need for the other. The harvester might think he would be OK without the sower, but there would be nothing to harvest. And the sower might see a beautiful crop, but unless someone brings it is, it is for nothing. Get the latest headlines sent to you As we continue to think along these lines, there are countless jobs in the kingdom of God.
And we all can be involved in many of them; we can sow the good seed wherever we go, we can offer encouragement to everyone we meet, we can serve in whatever ways the opportunities present themselves, some are good at listening to others, some can send cards, some can cook and share a meal, some can invite other out and pay for the meal they share, the list of possibilities is endless.
- But the point is, we all need to do what we can for the kingdom of God.
- And there is something that you can do better than anyone else in the world, some talent you have, some gift from God, that you can offer and help others with.
- And you need to be doing that thing! We so often want to compare ourselves to others, and there are plenty of others who can do things better than us.
But just because we don’t measure up to some level we imagine, doesn’t mean we can’t do things well. God is not looking for people who are perfect, there are none. He is looking for people who will serve him with their all. Who will commit themselves completely, the good, the bad and the ugly, to him and will serve in his kingdom.
We need to be simply willing to do whatever it is we can. Father, use me in your kingdom. In Jesus’ name amen. Mike Caton is the preacher at Mount Olive Church of Christ in Belhaven. He volunteers at the Ponzer Fire Department and works part time with Hyde County EMS. If you would like to receive daily devotions in your inbox, email [email protected],
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What is the meaning of Matthew 5 42?
Analysis – This verse is most often seen as a command to be charitable and it is quite similar to Luke 6:40, but while that verse commands believers to give, this one simply states that they should not refuse requests (“lend, hoping for nothing again”).
As with other parts of the Sermon on the Mount it is difficult to apply this verse literally, and no major Christian groups advocate such unrestricted charity. Luther argued the verse is restricted only to those who need assistance. Calvin states that generosity is important, but one should never be profligate.
A second interpretation of this verse is that it is not about charity, but rather against usury, The word borrow here is seen by some as a reference to the lending industry. Jesus is not stating that one should give money to anyone that asks, but rather that it is wrong to demand interest,
What is the meaning of Matthew 5 34?
Jesus now says flatly that His disciples should not take an oath, at all. They should not swear by anything. The main reason is that a person known for integrity doesn’t need to enhance their promises. The upright truth behind a Christian’s ‘yes’ and ‘no’ should be strong enough to stand on its own.
What is the meaning of Matthew 7 22?
Analysis – In the previous verse Jesus mentioned that there would be those who had called him Lord ( kyrie ) who would not enter the Kingdom of Heaven, In this verse he notes that even some who have performed miracles in his name would also be excluded.
The verse does not deny that these unholy may have made correct prophecies and driven out demons. These were acts that in that era were commonly attributed to teachers and mystics. Davies and Allison note that Jesus never calls upon his followers to perform such feats. Rather in the previous verses he calls for basic charity and piety.
To Davies and Allison this verse is a special condemnation of mighty works, and emphasizes the importance of lesser works that might not bring fame to the practitioner. This verse has also been used as evidence by Protestants for the doctrine of justification by faith,
- This is return to the theme of the parable of the narrow door of Matthew 7:13, with the word many emphasizing that there is a considerable number of individuals who claim special dispensation from Jesus, but who will not be admitted to the kingdom.
- Unlike the wolves in sheep’s clothing at Matthew 7:15, these charismatics seem surprised to be condemned and to have believed themselves to be holy.
The phrase “in that day” is a clear eschatological link to the Last Judgement, Hare, Douglas claims that the phrasing of the verse makes it clear that the voice speaking is of those who have already been condemned and who are appealing to Jesus. This is evidence for the standard interpretation that in these verses God the Father is the ultimate judge, and Jesus plays a secondary role as an advocate or witness.
What does Hebrews 7 16 mean?
What does Hebrews 7:16 mean? | BibleRef.com Hebrews 7:16, : one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life.
Hebrews 7:16, : who has become a priest, not on the basis of a legal requirement concerning bodily descent, but by the power of an indestructible life.Hebrews 7:16, : Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.Hebrews 7:16, : who has become a priest not on the basis of a law of physical requirement, but according to the power of an indestructible life.Hebrews 7:16, : Jesus became a priest, not by meeting the physical requirement of belonging to the tribe of Levi, but by the power of a life that cannot be destroyed.Hebrews 7:16, : who did not become a priest based on a legal regulation about physical descent but based on the power of an indestructible life.
What is the meaning of Matthew 7 24 27?
BUILD YOUR HOUSE ON THE ROCK – “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. To conclude His sermon on the mount, Jesus reminds His audience to remember one simple rule: Listen and obey “these words of mine.” Those who serve in military and law enforcement are extremely familiar with the principle of listen and obey, for the sake of their safety and the protection of others depends on it.
It is also a lesson countless parents preach to their children on a daily basis to instill personal discipline, accountability, healthy boundaries, and respect for authority. Why then is it so difficult for the body of Christ to obey God’s Word if it directly results in similar benefits? Perhaps it is because the Bible is absolute, all-encompassing, and frankly, unapologetic for standing boldly against the weight of cultural pressure to justify sin.
Conversely, perhaps it invokes conviction which runs far too deep for our personal comfort. Whatever the case may be, we must overcome pride which seeks to resist submission and humble ourselves to love and serve others for the glory of God and not our own by obeying His Word.
- It is as radical a teaching as Christ could ever give, yet the foundation of Jesus’ exhortation centers upon HIS WORD which we are called to not only read and hear, but obey unconditionally without reservation.
- For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror.
For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like” (James 1:23-24). Keep in mind, Jesus was a rebel because He broke legalistic status quo mandated by the religious leaders of His day (Pharisees) who were hypocritical, manipulative, and self-consumed by power, prestige, and social status.
Likewise, we are united with Him in our rebellion against the powers of darkness that surround us in our lives which seek to destroy our faith and unwavering resolve in the absolute truth of the Gospel. That is why Jesus reminds us as He did His disciples, “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.
Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues, and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the Gentiles” (Matthew 10:16-18). Undoubtedly, we live in a world bent on persecuting Biblical Christianity in the short term and eradicating it altogether in the long term. Look no further than social media posts to see how much hate, venom and judgment many in secular culture feel toward Christians who believe the Bible is absolute truth cover-to-cover and obey what it says unconditionally.
As a result, there is a growing disconnect in the church today of self-proclaimed Christians and churches watering down the Bible and sidestepping certain passages that oppose secular issues and agendas in order to appease the culture. They fail to realize the big picture Jesus warned us about if we do not obey His Word.
“So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 10:32-33). Therefore, it is more imperative than ever we personally examine the foundation we’ve set as our moral compass, because our theological foundation will either crumble under the crashing waves of relative truth or withstand firmly the onslaught post-modernism attacks us with.
At the end of the day, we must choose who’s side we’re on because our salvation depends on it. “Do not think that I (Jesus) have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matthew 10:34-39). Make no mistake, choosing to accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior will likely create division with those we love, but the sword is meant to cut deep and will likely sever us from those who live to serve and glorify themselves rather than God.
Remember, the Bible is the only offensive weapon we have at our disposal to defend ourselves when we’re attacked and persecuted. “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
- Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.
- In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:13-17).
When we put on the armor of God, we are spiritually preparing ourselves for battle. In essence, we are digging our trenches and fortifying our foundation with rock as opposed to sand, letting our enemy know we will not surrender our position because we have planned accordingly.
Consider Jesus’ words regarding how prepared we must be: “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps” (Matthew 25:1-4).
Per the ESV Study Bible, “As God referred to himself as the “husband” of Israel in the OT, so Jesus pictures himself here as a bridegroom. It was the Jewish marriage custom for the groom and his friends to leave his home and proceed to the home of the bride, where the marriage ceremony was conducted, often at night.
After this, the entire wedding party returned to the groom’s home for a celebratory banquet.” Because of their foolishness, five found themselves separated from the bridegroom because they were not prepared, and inevitably rejected from attending the wedding feast because they chose foolishly and assumed they were adequately prepared.
“As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. The most heart-wrenching element of Jesus’ “Parable of the Ten Virgins” is that when the five virgins left the wedding party to purchase oil in order to light their lamps and enter the kingdom with the bridegroom, they found the door shut upon their return.
- No longer were they invited guests but outcast strangers.
- Their moment of opportunity had passed and they were cast into the darkness because they did not prepare wisely.
- Fast-forward to our present day and we are similarly surrounded by those who spiritually cannot see the forest through the trees.
- They boldly reject God or assume they are saved when they have not bore a single piece of good fruit whatsoever as evidence of their salvation.
In other words, they trust in their personal sufficiency rather than the sovereignty of God as their foundation, which is why Jesus encourages us to build our house upon the rock of His Word (Matthew 7:24-27) immediately after warning us we will not be saved on judgment day if our decision to follow Him does not result in heart change (Matthew 7:21-23).
But as we close our study of the sermon on the mount, let us be honest with ourselves. Truthfully, many of us haven’t opened the pages of our Bible in weeks, months or even years, yet we confidently proclaim our faith in Jesus and identify ourselves as Christians. Consider the implications though of how “healthy” we truly are if this is our lifestyle.
For instance, our human bodies can survive over 3 weeks without food and 1 week without water. However, if our bodies are emblematic of our spiritual health, do we really think we can survive any length of time without proper nutrition? Jesus said at the beginning of His sermon, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (Matthew 5:6), because our spiritual health is determined by what we consume (good or bad).
In other words, garbage in—garbage out if we choose to ignore God’s Word! Remember too what Jesus said to the Samaritan woman at the well, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:13-14).
The Word of God is sufficient for those who trust upon the Lord, which is why Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.
- For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.
- Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him” (John 6:53-56).
- Unity with Christ begins with faith and is sustained by His Word.
- Therefore, let us ensure we are not starving ourselves of God’s absolute truth by conforming to the pattern of this world, but let us feast daily on God’s Word to ensure we are properly equipped and spiritually healthy enough to defend our faith and defeat our enemy.
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What does Hebrews 10 verse 25 mean?
‘Do Not Forsake Assembling’ Meaning It’s a call to be empowered by God and do life together. As the Body of Christ, we are to be living proof of a loving God to those around us.
What does Matthew 5 15 say?
Matthew 5:15, ESV: Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Matthew 5:15, KJV: Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
What is the meaning of Matthew 5 17 20?
Matthew 5:17–20 sets up an important point about the nature of sin. To do so, Jesus first declares that heaven’s standard of righteousness is beyond human ability. His purpose is not to discard the law of Moses, but to accomplish the purpose for which the law was given.
What does Matthew 5 19 say?
Commentary from the Church Fathers – : He speaks not this of the old laws, but of those which He was now going to enact, of which he says, the least, though they were all great. For as He so oft spoke humbly of Himself, so does He now speak humbly of His precepts.
- Otherwise; the precepts of Moses are easy to obey; Thou shall not kill.
- Thou shall not commit adultery.
- The very greatness of the crime is a check upon the desire of committing it; therefore the reward of observance is small, the sin of transgression great.
- But Christ’s precepts, Thou shalt not be angry, Thou shalt not lust, are hard to obey, and therefore in their reward they are great, in their transgression, ‘least.’ It is thus He speaks of these precepts of Christ, such as Thou shall not be angry, Thou shalt not lust, as ‘the least;’ and they who commit these lesser sins, are the least in the kingdom of God; that is, he who has been angry and not sinned grievously is secure from the punishment of eternal damnation; yet he does not attain that glory which they attain who fulfil even these least.
: Or, the precepts of the Law are called ‘the least,’ as opposed to Christ’s precepts which are great. The least commandments are signified by the iota and the point. He, therefore, who breaks them, and teaches men so, that is, to do as he does, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven.
- Hence we may perhaps conclude, that it is not true that there shall none be there except they be great.
- By ‘break,’ is meant, the not doing what one understands rightly, or the not understanding what one has corrupted, or the destroying the perfectness of Christ’s additions.
- Or, when you hear the words, least in the kingdom of heaven, imagine nothing less than the punishment of hell.
For He oft uses the word ‘kingdom,’ not only of the joys of heaven, but of the time of the resurrection, and of the terrible coming of Christ. : Or, by the kingdom of heaven is to be understood the Church, in which that teacher who breaks a commandment is called least, because he whose life is despised, it remains that his preaching be also despised.
: Or, He calls the passion, and the cross, the least, which if one shall not confess openly, but be ashamed of them, he shall be least, that is, last, and as it were no man; but to him that confesses it He promises the great glory of a heavenly calling. : This head is closely connected with the preceding.
It is directed against the Pharisees, who, despising the commandments of God, set up traditions of their own, and means that their teaching the people would not avail themselves, if they destroyed the very least commandment in the Law. We may take it in another sense.
- The learning of the master if joined with sin however small, loses him the highest place, nor does it avail any to teach righteousness, if he destroys it in his life.
- Perfect bliss is for him who fulfils in deed what he teaches in word.
- Otherwise; he who breaks the least of these commandments, that is, of Moses’ Law, and teaches men so, shall be called the least; but he who shall do (these least), and so teach, shall not indeed be esteemed great, yet not so little as he who breaks them.
That he should be great, he ought to do and to teach the things which Christ now teaches.
What does Hebrews 7 23 28 mean?
Hebrews 7:23-28 – Exactly What We Need In contrast, because Jesus lives forever, he will forever continue to be our High Priest, because his priesthood is effective in bringing us to perfection: ‘Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.’
What does Deuteronomy 28 1 mean?
Blessings for Obedience – And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth.2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God.
- Deuteronomy 28:1-2 The promise of God in Deuteronomy 28:1-2 offers many powerful insights that we can learn from when we listen with our hearts and open ourselves to applying the wisdom of its mighty blessing to our lives with obedience.
- The following commentary by David Guzik is a lead to deeper understanding.L.Willows Blessings on obedience, Commentary by David Guzik 1.
() Overtaken by blessing. Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God: a.
If you diligently obey the voice of the LORD : The word ” if ” looms large. In this chapter, Moses exhorted the nation with choice, The covenant God made with Israel contained three major features: The law, the sacrifice, and the choice,i. The idea behind the choice is that God was determined to reveal Himself to the world through Israel.
He would do this either by making them so blessed that the world would know only God could have blessed them so; or by making them so cursed that only God could have cursed them and cause them to still survive. The choice was up to Israel. In our own lives, we are subject to the same ‘reveal’ of God.
We, both as individuals and collectives find times and seasons of apparent fullness and lack, opportunity and trial- that it can seem that we are very blessed or not at all. Somehow, there seems to be a choice that is up to us, something or someone is ‘knocking at the door’ with a message and a reason for our survival.
Our Creator wishes to make Himself known to us. ii. As a literary form, this chapter is similar to ancient treaties between a king and his people; this is God the King, making a covenant with His people, Israel. iii. “In the ancient Near East it was customary for legal treaties to conclude with passages containing blessings upon those who observed the enactments, and curses upon those who did not.” (Harrrison) All of God’s Promises (legal treaties) which were a covenant with His people ended with a blessing.
We often do not realize or understand that there is an unspoken ‘opposite’ action for not obeying the treaties. What are the results of disobedience to the laws (commands in the old and new testament) of God? How do we try to avoid facing the truth of our status in spiritual obedience. Do we try to build status elsewhere? b.
That the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth : Therefore, if Israel would obey the LORD, He would set them high above all nations of the earth, and the blessings would be so powerful that they would come upon you and overtake you,
They wouldn’t be able to escape the blessings. The message inherent in The Promise of God is that when we obey His command to put Him first (to set Him high, above all other things in our lives and treasure Him as our first cause, our Creator) then the blessings in our lives will become so powerful that they will overtake us.
We will not be able to escape them! The imagery of having blessings run after us and overtake us with their joyful power is wonderous! L.Willows The aim of The BELOVED is to awaken Christian Unity, embolden Fellowship and inspire Hope. “Our hearts are confident because of God’s Love, encouraged by the joy of His Loving Presence, gathered together by the enduring power of His Spirit.” Linda’s journey includes writing, prayer, and daily devotion, “surely, I know less and less as my heart empties to the majesty of Seeing Jesus Christ”.
With a love for people expanded by extensive travels to more than 20 countries and work in regions of crises, she expresses a lifelong dedication to the Heart of what unites us – God’s Love. Willows was the Founder and Director of a non-profit Humanitarian NGO with the United Nations. Currently she is devoted to community, writing projects and Christian outreach.
: “Blessings Will Run After Us” Deuteronomy 28:1-2 commentary by David Guzik, notes with L.Willows
What is the meaning of John 1 32?
– Chrysostom : “John having made a declaration, so astonishing to all his hearers, viz. that He, whom he pointed out, did of Himself take away the sins of the world, confirms it by a reference to the Father and the Holy Spirit. For John might be asked, how did you know Him? Wherefore he replies beforehand, by the descent of the Holy Spirit: And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.” Augustine : “This was not however the first occasion of Christ’s receiving the unction of the Holy Spirit: viz.
Its descent upon Him at His baptism; wherein He condescended to prefigure His body, the Church, wherein those who are baptized receive preeminently the Holy Spirit. For it would be absurd to suppose that at thirty years old, (which was His age, when He was baptized by John,) He received for the first time the Holy Spirit: and that, when He came to that baptism, as He was without sin, so was He without the Holy Spirit.
For if even of His servant and forerunner John it is written, He shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from His mother’s womb; if He, though sprung from His father’s seed, yet received the Holy Ghost, when as yet He was only formed in the womb; what ought we to think and believe of Christ, whose very flesh had not a carnal but spiritual conception?” Augustine : “We do not attribute to Christ only the possession of a real body, and say that the Holy Spirit assumed a false appearance to men’s eyes: for the Holy Spirit could no more, in consistency with His nature, deceive men, than could the Son of God.
The Almighty God, Who made every creature out of nothing, could as easily form a real body of a dove, without the instrumentality of other doves, as He made a real body in the womb of the Virgin, without the seed of the male.” Gregory the Great : “He saith, Abode upon Him: for the Holy Spirit visits all the faithful; but on the Mediator alone does He abide for ever in a peculiar manner; never leaving the Son’s Humanity, even as Ho proceeds Himself from the Son’s Divinity.
But when the disciples are told of the same Spirit, (John 14:17.) He shall dwell with you, how is the abiding of the Spirit a peculiar sign of Christ? This will appear if we distinguish between the different gifts of the Spirit. As regards those gifts which are necessary for attaining to life, the Holy Spirit ever abides in all the elect; such are gentleness, humility, faith, hope, charity: but with respect to those, which have for their object, not our own salvation, but that of others, he does not always abide, but sometimes withdraws, and ceases to exhibit them; that men may be more humble in the possession of His gifts.
What is the Golden Rule Matthew 7:12?
Golden Rule, precept in the Gospel of Matthew (7:12): ‘ In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.’ This rule of conduct is a summary of the Christian’s duty to his neighbour and states a fundamental ethical principle.
What is the meaning of Matthew 7 7 12?
The Good Gifts of Our Good God (Matthew 7:7-12) | First Baptist Church
- “The Good Gifts of Our Good God”
- (Matthew 7:7-12)
- Series: God’s Fulfilled Promise
Rev. Matthew C. McCraw, EdD
- First Baptist Church, Bartow, Florida
- February 10, 2019
- The Passage
- Matthew 7:7-12
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, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.9 Who among you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him.12 Therefore, whatever you want others to do for you, do also the same for them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
- Introductory Comments: How many of you like to receive gifts? Illustration: I love to receive gifts.
- I have with me one of my favorite gifts that I’ve received.
- This is a Kershaw pocket knife with a woolly mammoth tooth handle.
- Pretty cool, huh? I’ll get back to the knife later.
- How many of like to give gifts? I love to give gifts as well.
My wife and I both like to give gifts so we have to keep each other in check so we don’t give away all that we have. Today, we’re going to hear from Jesus about asking God our Father for gifts. We’re also going to hear about how God gives gifts.
- Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mountainside, is telling us how to really live as a faithful follower of the Father.
- In this passage, He gives us more insight on how to pray to God the Father, particularly when it comes to asking for good gifts from our good God.
- So, let’s pray together and then see what Jesus is teaching us.
- Remember, Jesus has already spoken to us about prayer starting back in Matthew 6 verse 5 and going through verse 13.
However, in this passage Jesus zeros in here on this aspect of petitioning God for good gifts. How do we ask God for good gifts? Well, today we’re going to see three actions that we are to take when it comes to God’s good gifts. Here we go. First,,,
Ask a good God (7-8)
Look at verses 7 and 8 again.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, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. We see here from Jesus this instruction to actively ask God for His blessings.
Jesus gives us three specific types of soliciting God for His gifts: ask, seek, and knock, We are to ask, That’s simple enough to understand, is it not? We simply ask God for His blessings. We are also to seek, When you seek something, you intentionally look for it. You go out to find it because you want it so much.
We are also to knock, Knocking means that we want to come in somewhere. We know that we need permission, so we seek that permission. We seek permission to enter! Jesus says, “Ask. Seek. Knock.” Sometimes we teach our children not to ask people for things because it’s not polite to ask for things all of the time.
I think it’s right to teach that to kids. However, there are some situations where the person is letting everyone know that they have something to give away and if someone wants it, all they have to do is ask for it. Jesus is giving us permission to ask! He is telling us that gifts are available and all you have to do is ask for them, and seek them, and knock on the door to enter into them! God is a good and generous God! Notice also that we are actively involved in this process of receiving the gifts of God.
He doesn’t just automatically give them to us. He is the author and the giver of the gifts, but we are involved in this process. We must ask, we must seek, we must knock. How do we ask, seek, and knock? We primarily ask, seek, and knock through prayer and Bible reading.
- These are far and away the most effective ways to speak to God, hear from God, and find what God has in store for us.
- God wants to hear from us.
- God wants us to seek Him.
- God wants us to knock on His door.
- If we do, we will receive, we will find, and the door will be opened to us, which takes us to our next action from this passage.
Receive God’s gifts (9-11)
Jesus not only says we will receive, we will find, and the door will be opened. He goes further by giving us this earthly illustration by which we might understand more fully what He is saying. Look at verses 9-11.9 Who among you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him.
- If a child wants bread, the parent won’t give the child a stone.
- If a child wants a fish, the parent won’t give the child a snake.
- If your child wants a juice box, you won’t give him or her a quart of motor oil.
- If your child wants toothpaste, you won’t give him or her Elmer’s glue.
We as parents and grandparents and responsible human beings care for those who are dependent on us. We want to help them, not harm them. We take joy in helping them and providing for them. Watch this: as we enjoy that and take delight in our role of providing for those we love, God loves that role so much more and He is much better at it.
- He is perfectly holy, perfectly generous, perfectly loving, perfectly providing, perfectly righteous, and perfectly wise!
- God will surely give us these gifts if we ask and seek and knock!
- The question is, what kinds of gifts are Jesus talking about?
- Is Jesus talking about money, power, fame, good looks, good health, a great family, a big house?
- Well, let’s go back to the context of all that Jesus has been telling us in the Sermon on the Mountainside.
- Listen to some of these words from Jesus.
- “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs.” (Matthew 5:3)
- “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (Matthew 5:6)
“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48). “Therefore, you should pray like this: Our Father in heaven, your name be honored as holy. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:9-10) “Don’t store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal.” (Matthew 6:9-20) “No one can serve two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24) “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.” (Matthew 6:33) If we think that Jesus is speaking of monetary riches or earthly gifts we are sadly mistaken! That which is truly valuable is not measured by the standards of this world.
It’s measured by the standards of God. God wants to give us the good stuff: that which is truly valuable! Furthermore, isn’t God better at determining what we really need? Illustration: Think back with me to my pocket knife. Although this is a great gift for me (a human gift nonetheless, but a gift), would it be a good gift for me to give to my two-year-old son? No! We would have boo-boos all over the place in no time; his boo-boos and my boo-boos! A good father wouldn’t give a pocket knife to a two-year-old! Do you see where I’m going with this? Sometimes we’re asking God for the wrong thing.
A good Father doesn’t give a bad gift. Sometimes we’re asking for the stone. Sometimes we’re asking for the snake. God doesn’t want us to have that gift! There’s no greater Father than our Heavenly Father. He knows what we need, and He gives us good gifts. We must continue to ask Him for them, and trust Him that He will give us what we need.
He will bless. Do you trust that He can bless you? Do you trust Him to give you what you need? There is no greater gift-giver than God and there is no greater Father than God. Finally, the last action we can take is to,
Model God’s goodness (12)
Look at verse 12.12 Therefore, whatever you want others to do for you, do also the same for them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. This is beautiful. Watch this: when God the Father gives us the good gifts that we really need, for which we have asked, and sought, and knocked on the door; we can then have love and treat others as we would want to be treated.
- We can now love them as we want to be loved!
- We can now be generous towards them as we want others to be generous towards us!
- We can now forgive them as we want to be forgiven!
- We can now be full of grace towards others as we want to receive grace!
As a result of receiving the good gifts of our Father, we can now also give away good gifts, as our Father does. How beautiful is that? Because we have been made new with the deep love of God, we can treat others as we want to be treated. Jesus says that if we do this, we are doing all that the law and prophets teach.
- This is what we’ve come to know as the “Golden Rule.”
- We can’t truly practice the Golden Rule without the proper gifting from God.
- We can try all we want to treat others like we want to treat others, but without the grace of God in our lives, we will ultimately be spinning our wheels.
- We need the good stuff from God to give away the good stuff to others.
- We see this truth in the composition of this verse.
What’s the first word in verse 12? It’s therefore, When we see therefore we have to see what it’s there for. It’s there because it’s connecting verses 7-11 with verse 12. Because God is the good Father who gives good gifts, therefore, we should treat others as we want to be treated, and we are now able to treat others as we want to be treated.
We do this because we’ve received good gifts from God which implies that we should be good towards others and because we are now enabled by God’s good gifts in us to share good gifts with others. So, ask God for the gifts and live for Him. Live as He has called you to live, which, in part, involves you giving away His good gifts to others.
Concluding Thoughts: Make no mistake, church: every good gift comes from God. So, go to God for all gifts. More than anything else, go to God for the good stuff. Go to Him for forgiveness, and faith, and grace, and love, and show it to others!
- Here’s our bottom line for this week:
- Bottom Line: Our good God will give us good gifts,
- Pretty simple, right?
- He’s a good God, He gives good gifts, so go to Him.
- Challenge yourself this week in these ways:
- Weekly Challenge:
Identify the gifts that you are seeking,
Which gifts are you seeking? Are you searching for the best gifts? The ones that your good Father loves to give you.
Ask God to give you the good stuff,
Part of that may be asking God to change our hearts so we want the good stuff. Ask Him to give you what He knows you need and trust Him!
Give away the good stuff,
Once God has filled you with the good stuff, give it away! Do you want forgiveness? Give away forgiveness! Do you want love? Give away love! Do you want grace! Give away grace!
- Treat others as God has treated you.
- Ask God for the good stuff and live a changed life.
Have you received God’s greatest gift? Have you received the forgiveness of God, found in Jesus Christ?
- (Gospel Presentation)
- (Closing Prayer)
- Invitation Song – Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
- If you have any sort of spiritual decision that you would like to make, you can contact me or Pastor Richard and we would be glad to talk to you anytime.
Join us again tonight at 5:30 as we continue our study of world religions. Tonight, we will study Sikhism. See you at 5:30! Let’s dismiss by singing the Doxology. (Sing Doxology ) COPYRIGHT DISCLAIMER: The text contained in this sermon is solely owned by its author.
What does everyone shall sit under their own vine mean?
“Under their vine and fig tree” is a phrase quoted in the Hebrew Scriptures in three different places: Micah 4:4, 1 Kings 4:25, and Zechariah 3:10.1 George Washington used this phrase multiple times in correspondence throughout his life, and one can find Washington reference it almost fifty times.2 Of the three passages, it is most likely that he was citing Micah 4:4 in his writings.3 The section states: “but they shall all sit under their own vines and under their own fig trees, and no one shall make them afraid.” 4 The phrase refers to the independence of the peasant farmer who is freed from military oppression.5 In the biblical passage there is a juxtaposition of the simple life with that of royalty or the state.6 Thus, it would seem that Washington’s use of “vine and fig tree” in its full context would be an appropriate message in the setting of the American Revolution and the founding of the United States.
In addition, Washington’s references to “vine and fig tree” are often connected to his fondness for Mount Vernon, his own, personal vine and fig tree. For example, the phrase is utilized in reference to Mount Vernon in Washington’s letter to Doctor James Anderson in 1797.7 The phrase was, however, utilized in differing contexts during the time period.
For example, the phrase “vine and fig tree” was even connected to tolerance of immigration to America. A reference to this effect can be found in a 1787 issue of the New-York Journal, alluding to the idea of the oppressed of other nations having a place to go for refuge.8 The phrase is also notably found in a well-known letter that Washington wrote to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island.
In the letter, Washington proclaimed, “May the children of the stock of Abraham who dwell in this land continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other inhabitants – while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree and there shall be none to make him afraid.” 9 The usage enforces the notion that it was Micah 4:4 that Washington referenced, as he added “none to make him afraid” at the end of the sentence.10 This particular usage of “vine and fig tree” was important due to the fact that Washington was quoting the Hebrew Scriptures to a Hebrew congregation, re-enforcing his ecumenical leanings.
George Tsakiridis, Ph.D. Instructor in Philosophy and Religion South Dakota State University Notes: 1. Daniel L. Dreisbach, “‘The ‘Vine and Fig Tree’ in George Washington’s Letters: Reflections on a Biblical Motif in the Literature of the American Founding Era,” Anglican and Episcopal History 76, no.3 (September 2007): 299-326, 301.2.
- Ibid., 322.3.
- Ibid., 301.4.
- Micah 4:4, The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version (New York: Oxford University Press, 1989).5.
- James Luther Mays, Micah: A Commentary, The Old Testament Library (Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1976), 98.6.
- Walter Brueggemann, “‘Vine and Fig Tree’: A Case Study in Imagination and Criticism,” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 43, no.2 (April 1981): 199.7.
Dreisbach, 302, 303.8. Ibid., 313-314.9. Michael and Jana Novak, Washington’s God: Religion, Liberty, and the Father of Our Country (New York: Basic Books, 2006), 239.10. Dreisbach, 301. Bibliography: Boller, Paul F. “George Washington and Religious Liberty.” The William and Mary Quarterly, Third Series 17, no.4 (October 1960): 486-506.
Why word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path?
A Lamp to Our Feet “A Lamp to Our Feet,” For the Strength of Youth, Aug.2022.
Objects from the Scriptures Come, Follow MePsalmsA common object for ancient Israelites can teach us how the Lord guides us.
Clay oil lamp with rock salt. In Old Testament times, people used oil lamps to carry light with them in the dark. Most of these lamps had three basic features:
1. A clay bowl to hold olive oil; usually small enough to hold in the palm of a person’s hand 2. A flax wick to be lit after it absorbed the oil 3. A spout or nozzle to hold the wick
Simple oil lamps with just one wick would cast light for just a few feet around them. If used while walking around, they would cast just enough light to see a step ahead of yourself so that you could get around carefully in the dark. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” The word of the Lord can light our way through the darkness and confusion that surround us in the world. The Lord has asked us not to cover our light but to carry the light of the gospel with us so that others can see it (see ). It is up to us to make sure that our lamps are filled with oil (see ).
We do this through prayer, scripture study, service, following the prophet, and other acts of faith and devotion (see Spencer W. Kimball, Faith Precedes the Miracle, 256). If we exercise faith, the Lord sometimes lights our path just enough for us to take one more step (see Boyd K. Packer, “,” Ensign, Jan.1983, 54).
: A Lamp to Our Feet