MATTHEW 7:25 ON 7/25

TL MATTHEW 7 25 ON 7 25

 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.   – Matthew 7:25

Jesus closes the Sermon on the Mount by letting us know it’s not good enough to just hear His words…  they must also be obeyed.  He refers to the man who would hear and obey to a man who built his house on a rock, and the man who hears and does not obey to a man who built his house on sand.

Palestine was a land of hills and mountains.  It was subject to sudden and violent rains.  The Jordan became rapid, so the streams running among the hills, whose channels would have usually been dry, became suddenly swollen with the rain.  It would quickly pour down into the plains below, sweeping away everything, including poorly built houses.

If a house was built on sand or shaky base, obviously it would not stand.  The rising, bursting stream would cause the house to fall.  SPLAT…  as the song says!  Rocks in that country were common, and it was easy to secure them to build a solid foundation.  Those who are wise did so.

This was a comparison that every Jew could relate to.  They understood exactly what Jesus was saying.  If you are wise, you will not only hear the teachings, but obey them.  Foolish men will listen but not allow the words to speak to their spirit.

Just as they were given a choice then, we are given the same choice today.  We can be wise and obey the words of Christ, or we can continue in our foolishness.  Will we stand on the Rock or will we build on sinking sand?  🙂

 

MATTHEW 6:8 ON 6/8

MATTHEW 6 8 ON 6 8

Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.  – Matthew 6:8

Do not be like who???  Let’s back up a bit to find out.

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.  But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.  And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.  Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.  – Matthew 6:5-8

In the Sermon on the Mount, our Lord instructs us to pray behind a closed-door.  He does not want us to babble loudly for all to hear – because if men hear you, God won’t.  We are once again reminded that God knows our motives and intentions.  We can fool other people, but we certainly cannot pull the wool over God’s eyes.

I’ve heard this question so many times:  If God already knows what I need, why do I have to ask Him for it?

As a parent, you basically know what your children need.  What if they went along and never mentioned any wants or needs to you?  You would think that child was a bit ungrateful, wouldn’t you?  I rest my case.  God wants a relationship with us – through His Son, Christ Jesus.  We pray in private – to God in Jesus’ Name.

In Jesus’ Name we can bring our real heart to the Father.  He just wants us to be real.  Honesty goes a long way with God.

MEET HIM IN YOUR PRAYERS

God is the only One who needs to know our plea.  That’s not to say that corporate prayer or praying in a group is bad.  There are many times when my faith is weak and it encourages my spirit to hear a brother or sister in Christ pray.  Friendship in Christ includes prayer – for each other and with each other.  🙂