Matthew Lesson 8 Day 2
The Sermon on the mount continued
Jesus teaches us about wisdom in relationships.
Final thoughts about Lesson 7
God rewards those who seek first the kingdom of God and seek to please Him. I’m challenged and encouraged to maintain a single-minded focus—Living kingdom-minded versus earthly-minded.
In the 1991 movie City Slickers, the old cowboy, Curly, advises Mitch on how to face his problems: by singling out the “one thing” that is most important in life. At the time, I was conflicted thinking—how can you pick just one? I was looking at the many roles we have to play in life. That scene stuck with me. Not too many years later, I got it.
I just saw a picture (in my mind or spirit) of a cheerleader in a church meeting, circling the seating area, pumping pom-poms overhead, chanting “You’re number one! You’re number one!” to the Lord.
She drew stares until a few others joined her. At first, I thought people stared and didn’t join in because they thought her behavior was inappropriate. Then I thought, “No, it’s because God is not number one in their lives.”
- We are so tempted to live earthbound. This is temporary.
- Most of what we worry about has to do with material possessions.
- We are commanded not to worry about our lives. Worry is a lack of faith in God’s care.
- We can only serve one master. Seek first His kingdom, and all these other things…
Jesus cares how and why we give, pray, fast, and do acts of righteousness.
When we talk to a human—even if it’s not in person, we never repeat empty phrases. We also don’t say the person’s name over and over. Real prayer treats God as a real person.
I believe the Lord loves it when we pour out our hearts to Him.
3a) Do not judge
In the previous part of Jesus’ teaching on the mountainside, He dealt with the inner posture of our hearts—Our motives, attitudes, prayer, fasting, giving, materialism, and anxiety about temporal things. Now He teaches about the way we think about and treat others.
We should not maintain an arrogant, critical, and harsh posture toward others.
b) The wrong type of judging
- it tears down rather than building up
- it is focusing on the insignificant imperfections in others
- it leads us to ignore our own “issues”
- it is hypocritical
- The way we judge others determines the way we will be judged.
- If we truly want to help others mature, we must first deal with our own junk.
There is a wrong way to judge and a right way. Sometimes Jesus and the disciples instructed people to judge. Paul judged (1 Corinthians 5:3 and 2 Corinthians 5;14). (Jesus used the words translated as judge and discern interchangeably.)
Don’t imitate the ideals and opinions of the culture around us. Instead, be transformed in our hearts by Holy Spirit. He empowers us to discern God’s will so we can live a life pleasing to Him in every way.
“I continue to pray for your love to grow and increase beyond measure, bringing you into the rich revelation of spiritual insight in all things. This will enable you to choose the most excellent way of all—becoming pure and without offense until the unveiling of Christ.” TPT
It’s important that we mature spiritually.
- spiritual senses perceive heavenly matters
- trained by spiritual experiences to discern between good and evil
Things or people we SHOULD judge:
- Matthew 18:15–17—Another believer caught in sin
Go and speak directly to the person, privately. If they listen, restore them gently. If he or she does not listen to you, try again with the aid of one or two other believers. If he or she still does not listen, tell the rest of the church. We should win the lost, but the difference here must be because a believer is in rebellion. Most importantly, guard our own hearts so that we don’t follow the same path.
- Galatians 1:8—anyone who preaches a gospel contrary to the one shared by Jesus and the apostles.
- Galatians 6:1–5—ourselves
- 2 John 7–11—anyone who does not acknowledge that Jesus Christ came in the flesh. Do not take them into our house nor welcome them. If we hang out with them, we are sharing in their wicked work.
Thoughts included in Luke 6:37-42
- Don’t condemn and you won’t be condemned.
- Forgive and you will be forgiven.
- Given and it will be given to you—”A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
- The parable about the blind leading the blind—and they both fall in the ditch.
- “The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.”
“Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. 5 For each will have to bear his own load.
“ with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,“
4) Mercy triumphs over judgment.
James 2:12-13 “So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.”
5) Challenge questions concerning Matthew 7:6 from legacy study 2013
The dogs and pigs reference seems to refer to those who are hostile toward the good news. The admonition not to cast your pearls before them applies to their behavior after the gospel has been presented. Their rejection releases us to shake off the proverbial dust and move on.
Revelation 22:15 further defines the behavior of those who reject the gospel: “Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.”
This reminds me of behavior the Bible calls sin but today it isn’t politically correct to call it sin.
In my opinion, it is not correct to behave in a punitive way toward the dogs as at least one highly visible group [was] is doing. [Westboro Baptist Church] Jesus prayed for and forgave those who crucified Him. So did Steven.
But if scripture calls a certain behavior sin, it’s still sin.
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