Daily Bible Reading (Tuesday, Jan. 10th)17
Matthew 7 (ESV)
7 “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. 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.
6 “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, and It Will Be Given
7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which one of 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 serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
The Golden Rule
12 “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
13 “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. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
A Tree and Its Fruit
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.
I Never Knew You
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
Build Your House on the Rock
24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 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. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
The Authority of Jesus
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.
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Linda Thacker Jan 11, 2017 @ 12:20 am
Jana, I would say those things mentioned in verse 22 are good, but they can be done with the wrong motivation. Real Christian fruitfullness is a grace of the Holy Spirit , in Gal 5:22 it says "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness" Also In verse 23 Jesus characterizes them as "workers of lawlessness", so they disregard the law of God (so while they may prophesy and cast of demons, they also lie, steal, lust, fornicate, commit adultry, covet, etc.)
Jason Adam Jan 10, 2017 @ 10:32 pm
So much great teaching in this chapter that comes straight from the mouth of the creator of the universe. Also, some of the most frequently abused and misunderstood texts in the whole Bible. A lot of stuff here that unbelievers and poorly discipled/taught Christians use out of context. It is critical that we have a good understanding of what Jesus was really teaching in order to be able to accurately represent his teaching when we have opportunities to witness to those in our circles of influence.
Rachel E DeMent Jan 10, 2017 @ 8:52 pm
One more thing: I'm trying to understand the "Then" aspect of this chapter. The way that Jesus was presenting these concepts: 1. Look at yourself before you Judge others, 2.Come boldly before God and give Him your requests as a child to a Father, 3. Salvation is more than just outward appearance, it is total heart-submission. Would these concepts have been totally radical to the people listening to them? And is this part of the reason that the Pharaisees were so upset with Jesus, or was that only based on the fact that Jesus claimed to be God?
Rachel E DeMent Jan 10, 2017 @ 8:43 pm
I like how vv. 7-11 are surrounded by context of how God looks at the heart and not the outward words/works. Asking for something must be done with the willingness to want my wants to line up with God's will. I must be willing to accept whatever His answer is, whether or not it is the answer I wanted. (Just like I expect my own children to accept my answer when they come to me.) But the other thing that strikes me is that this section always reminds me of Matt. 6:25-34. Not only does God sustain us (and the whole world) just because He is God, but He takes it a step further and is personally and intentionally involved in our lives! AND that he delights in blessing us! That floors me! That truth humbles me in the light of my own sin and unworthiness!
Bruce Blakey Jan 10, 2017 @ 4:32 pm
I would say that verses 13-27 provide some of the strongest motivation for why I am in ministry. So many are deceived. They may look good on the outside but they are trusting in their works and never have their heart changed. But I am also impacted (along with some of you) by verses 7-11. What an amazing promise. I'm with you Noah. Let's ask and keep asking God to save many of those who are deceived.
Roberta Blakey Jan 10, 2017 @ 4:12 pm
I think vs. 21-23 are some of the scariest words in Scriptures. People can look fruitful and genuine on the outside, but only God knows their hearts.
Chance Hunt Jan 10, 2017 @ 2:58 pm
Love Jesus' illustration in vv. 24-27! What a comfort to know that when we build our lives on God's Word we are building our lives upon a solid rock! It also provides a great warning to those we witness to of the inevitable destruction that will come as a result of ignoring Jesus' words.
Jana Saldana Jan 10, 2017 @ 2:38 pm
Such a great reminder that our heart is the issue. Many will do much yet not belong to Christ. I am a little confused by this though because wouldn't those things in v22 have been considered good fruit?
Art Wachdorf Jan 10, 2017 @ 1:53 pm
As a father, I understand wanting to give good things to my children. It humbles me to think how much God wants to bless His children, to bless me. Not necessarily materially, but spiritually. I need to do more asking for sure.
LIZ OFFER Jan 10, 2017 @ 12:19 pm
I like the "ask and it will be given to you;" cuz I am always asking and I know He knows best!
Matt Finn Jan 10, 2017 @ 11:18 am
It's astonishing to consider and re-read the chapter in the context of the final two verses: "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."
Noah Tiemeyer Jan 10, 2017 @ 9:50 am
Encouraged by v.7-11 concerning prayer, something I so easily forget. Also very challenged by v.13-14. Not only a good reminder that I should expect the narrow way to be difficult, but also reminded of my lack of sympathy for those on the broad way that are on their way to destruction. If God gives us what we ask, let's ask for salvation.
Arturo (Gordie) Jan 10, 2017 @ 9:02 am
To say I know Him is one thing, but to truly know Him is another. For the Triune God to say I never knew you is astonishing to me. In reading Proverbs 9, verse 10 stood out. Truly a lot to chew on in this discourse concerning the sermon on the mount....the greatest sermon ever taught in my opinion
Dennis L Troyer Jan 10, 2017 @ 8:25 am
The girls were cracking up when I read them the part about having a beam or log in your eye.
Dennis Troyer Jan 10, 2017 @ 8:23 am
So much important teaching. False, self deceived disciples, false teachers. You can't see a teacher's heart but you can see the fruit of his life. You can't know your own heart, but you can see if you still walk in your sins. Uncomfortable, but Truth is better than comfort.
martha zamber Jan 10, 2017 @ 7:54 am
I am always amazed at God's Word - it is always applicable to what is going on in my own heart when I read it!
John Gardner Jan 10, 2017 @ 7:47 am
Amazing that you can prophesy in Jesus' name, cast out demons in Jesus' name, and do many mighty works in Jesus' name, and yet still not belong to Jesus. Isn't this the typical cry of the false religionist--"look what I've done?"