50. The birds of heaven- Matt. 6:25-34, Luke 12:22-34
-Jesus deals with the essence of the problem of worry in this passage. It is little faith. Jesus tells His listeners and us not to be afraid for the Lord will take care of His most precious possession. His desire is for us all to seek Him first and all these other things of need (and many wants I might add) will be added unto us. Jesus emphasizes giving for the purpose of eternal riches, which can only happen with a heart of love and faith (Luke 12:33). *Application* Where our treasure is, there will our heart be also. Invest in the things of God’s Kingdom and quit worrying about the mundane things of this earth. God will take care of you. Have the faith that He desires and requires for your contentment and peace of mind. God is able. Do you trust Him?
Verse to Memorize- Matthew 6:33
51. Discourse on judging- Matt. 7:1-5, Luke 6:41-42
-Jesus points out the fact that often people who are making judgments on others are imperfect themselves and should first do some intensive self evaluation. Hypocrisy is the issue here and it has many applications in life. For instance, the dad who tells his son not to drink alcohol out with his friends while he himself comes home drunk will have little if any effect in providing a proper standard or role model for his son. This is the point of taking “the log out of your own eye” to see clearly with accurate and just judgment (Matthew 7:5). Further, Jesus speaks of who we entrust ourselves to in the matters of instruction and judgments. After we have cleaned up our act and can be discerning in offering advice and counsel, it is wise to assess the recipients. Jesus illustrates how we can waste our time and be unjustly persecuted when we offer wisdom to the unholy (dogs) and unrighteous (swine or pigs) (Matthew 7:6). These were unclean animals according to God’s Law or their natural instincts (Deuteronomy 14:8, Proverbs 26:11). *Application* Jesus is stating that we have to be careful with who we teach and lead because if we don’t it can be very unproductive and even detrimental to us. Instead entrust your righteous teaching to faithful people who will teach others in an ongoing progression after you have repented and lived in a manner worthy of leadership (2 Timothy 2:2). Only God is the ultimate Judge, and we should be ultra careful to point people in His righteousness knowing that we are imperfect and need His cleansing purity, which is only found in Jesus’ atoning sacrifice in blood.
Verse to Memorize- Matthew 7:1
52. Discourse on the two ways- Matt. 7:13-27
-Again we see the authority of Jesus in His teaching here. He is making a distinction between the two ways that mankind can go in life towards his/her eternal destination. God’s way is narrow (not the majority, not popular, Matthew 7:13-14) and must be chosen with accuracy free from deception that the enemy and this world attempt to bring (Matthew 7:15). Jesus claims that we will know the righteous by their fruits (outward manifestations of an inward reality). He warns that there are those who profess Christ outwardly, but actually do not “know” Him and therefore practice lawlessness (Matthew 7:23). The will of God is to act in faith on His words for hidden wisdom and the eternal hope in Him (Matthew 7:21, 24). *Application* Build your house (life) upon the rock (Jesus, the firm foundation, 2 Timothy 2:19). His anchor holds and will keep you safe in His security leading you home to be with Him in paradise in the end (Hebrews 6:19).
Verse to Memorize- Matthew 7:21