Insights on Today's Reading
Today's reading is the great "Sermon on the Mount," the great sermon Jesus preached rather early in His ministry. You will find many practical concepts and precepts taught here. Many, however, do not see this as the primary description of the Christian life. Nor is it "the way of salvation." But it is the way Jesus taught His disciples to live.
Matthew 5 - Matthew 5 starts out with the Beatitudes which some have described as "The Blessed Attitudes." Jesus speaks of His disciples as "salt and light" which gives all of us a description of how our lives should be impacting the world around us. You will find several times when Jesus speaks of how some of the Old Testament commandments were being taught contrary to what God intended. This chapter closes with the way God's people should respond to people they might see as "enemies." The disciple should respond in love whenever they face someone's hatred.
Matthew 6 - The matter of how one does charitable deeds (giving alms) and how one prays are dealt with. Showing kindness should not be something to do only when others are looking. Seek to do good even when no one is looking. Do what's right just because it is the right thing to do. Prayer should never be just a ritual nor should it be done to impress others. Always give God honor in prayer and seek His will to be done more than praying that your desires would be granted. Seek to do what will bless God's kingdom, verse 33, and trust the Lord to meet your daily needs.
Matthew 7 - Note that the practice of judgment is not forbidden. What Jesus is saying is that if you judge others then you should expect to be judged in the same way. Be sure you're more concerned with your own faults and failures rather than pointing out such things in someone else. Note in verse 22 that people can call Jesus "Lord" of their lives and still be lost. You can call Jesus "Lord" and still be lost. Receiving Him as your Savior and then, recognize Him as Lord, brings you to salvation. See John 1:12 and Romans 10:9,10.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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