Posts Tagged ‘Sermon on the mount’

Matthew 7:28-29 Jesus Finishes His Teaching on the Mountain

Road to Beatitudes

Road to Beatitudes

Jesus has come to the end of His message and the people are astonished! Jesus taught with such authority and understanding. This was so different than how they were used to being taught. I wonder how they were used to being taught. I wonder what they were thinking as they left the mountain that day. Did they talk about what they had heard? How many people stayed for the full message? How many people decided to follow Jesus after that message? Did any of his close disciples come from this mountain top group?

I noticed something while we were on the mountain top that I would like to share with you. I have been thinking about this for over a week and was waiting until there was a break in the action to share it with you.

Last Saturday I started off writing about how Jesus had opened His message. He started out sharing all the blessings that were available to His followers. We call them the Beatitudes. They are the blessings for the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, the hungry and thirsty for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, and those persecuted for righteousness sake. Read more »

Matthew 7:13-27 Jesus Wraps Up His Message With Four Warnings

Jesus is my foundation

Jesus, my firm foundation

Jesus is getting close to the end of His message. My bible helps lump the rest of the sections together. I can certainly see their logic. So I think I will too. Jesus uses four illustrations in His concluding remarks. In each of these illustrations Jesus uses He is contrasting two polar opposites. Those who listen to Him and do His and his Father’s will, and those who reject Him.

In the first illustration Jesus uses a road and a gate. Jesus says that MANY will enter the wide gate with the easy road. Well, who wouldn’t want to take the easy way out? He says that the other way is hard and the gate is narrow and it is not easy to find. That one looks like too much work. IF it was just the gate and the road that we had to choose between, I’m sure we would all want to go on the easy hike. But it’s not. It’s what is on the other side of the gates that makes the difference. The narrow gate leads to life. The wide gate leads to destruction. And these are EVERLASTING choices. There are no do overs once you get beyond the gate. Before the gate you have many chances to change your mind, but not after. Choose wisely, because this is a decision that will stay with you for all of eternity. Read more »

Matthew 7:12 Jesus Sums Up the Law & the Prophets

Sum (Law + Prophets) = Golden Rule

Sum (Law + Prophets) = Golden Rule

Jesus’ teaching today gives us what we now call “The Golden Rule.” No it’s not he who has the gold makes the rules, although that often is the case. But it is “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Jesus says this sums up all the law and all the prophets.

This is such a straightforward concept. I sounds simple too, but this is where all those tough parts we have gone over lately come back to us. Concepts like forgiveness, loving your enemies, retaliation, judging others, and giving to the needy are contained in this single command from Jesus Himself.

I know I am going to mess up and need forgiveness. If I expect it from another, or from God, I have to give it to others; even when they don’t deserve it or don’t even ask for it. If they don’t say “I’m sorry” do I still have to forgive them? Jesus said, yes you do. Unforgiveness hurts you more than it hurts anyone else. The other person may not even know that you are angry with them. Your unforgiveness may not impact them at all. But it is eating you alive and putting a block in your relationship with God. If you can’t forgive, you won’t truly believe that God can forgive. Read more »

Matthew 7:7-11 Jesus Tells Us to Ask, Seek and Knock on God’s Heart

ask seek knock

He is waiting for you

We have reached the point in Jesus’ teaching about asking, seeking, and knocking on God’s heart. I want to start off by saying that Jesus is NOT giving a recipe for getting anything you want from God. God knows what we need, what we want, and what is best for each of us. He chooses best. He promises to meet our needs, but He doesn’t promise we can have everything we want.

This morning I have been working on getting my burn pit going. It is over 6 feet tall and filled with branches cut from our two apple trees and one pear tree during pruning a few months ago. The wood in the branches is still green, so as you can imagine, I am having a HARD time getting them to burn. When I first went out there this morning, I placed all my cardboard kindling around the fire and lit it. While I was doing this I decided to ask God to help me with this fire, like He did with Elijah on Mt. Carmel. After doing this I remembered today’s study was about asking. I thought it was a pretty cool that both things happened to coincide on the same day. I even shared that I had prayed with my husband and told him the story about the great battle between the prophets of Baal and Elijah. Read more »

Matthew 7:1-6 Jesus Addresses Judging

Judge not

While with Jesus on the mountain today, we hear Him teaching about judging others. This is another HARD section, because who among us can say they don’t judge? Are we allowed to form opinions on other’s actions? How far does this command go? What does Jesus really mean?

I am having a VERY difficult time writing this today. I have been trying to put something down for over five hours. I am SO not qualified to do this! I don’t know if I am being convicted, condemned or confused, but I am getting nowhere. I will share what I have gathered in my disjointed search today. I need your help in finding the deeper meat in this passage.

Here is what I came up with. Jesus tells us directly not to judge others. I want to start by defining the word “judge.” Since Jesus wasn’t speaking about a judge serving in an official capacity and His wording refers to the action word, “judging”, we are going to look at the verb meanings for this word. From we get: Read more »