No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognised by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thorn-bushes, or grapes from briers. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
Recently we have been looking at the section of the sermon that deals with the instruction not to judge others. Continue reading “Out Of The Heart”
We have completed the study of the main record of the Sermon on the Mount, which is found in the gospel according to Matthew chapters 5 to 7. Recently we have been looking at the equivalent section of the gospel according to Luke. This is a much shorter account, some sections missing and some new verses included. It is these additional verses that are the source for these additional studies. Continue reading “The Blind”
‘Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, 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.’
He also told them this parable: ‘Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit? The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.
Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.’
Continue reading “The Fair Measure”
To recap briefly, we have completed the study of the main passage that is known as the Sermon on the Mount which is to be found in the gospel according to Matthew chapters 5 to 7. There is a section of the gospel according to Luke that mirrors this, but it is a much shorter passage of scripture and is contained in Luke chapter 6. Continue reading “In Context”
But to you who are listening I say: love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who ill-treat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.
If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
Continue reading “Love Your Enemies”
Having completed a study of the Sermon in the gospel according to Matthew, we began an examination of the equivalent sermon in the gospel according to Luke. This is a much shorter account than exists in Matthew and, as we began to see yesterday, has different emphases.
The Beatitudes in Matthew dealt with qualities that we can expect to see growing and developing in the children of the Father. But the equivalent section in Luke is a selection of Blessings and Woes. So in the previous study, I dealt mostly with the woes. It is a passage of scripture that literally deals with the haves and the have-nots. It pulls no punches when saying that the have-nots are in a better place spiritually and for their future status with our Lord. Continue reading “The Right Attitude”
The studies that came before this one were all based on the Sermon on the Mount as it is recorded in the gospel according to Matthew. But there are related verses that many believe are from the same event in the gospel according to Luke. Continue reading “Blessings and Woes”
Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 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. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.
We have been seeing how much of the Sermon on the Mount is about family life as children of the Father. Our heavenly Father cares for His children, and He provides for their needs. He also gives us instructions, to help us grow in wisdom and discernment and also to keep us safe. Continue reading “Built On The Rock”
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
In the previous study we read the passage that spoke of wolves in sheep’s clothing. This included a verse that is commonly used as the excuse by some to judge others. But when examining this both in yesterday’s text and where the same words are used elsewhere, it could be shown that this is not what is meant by those words. Continue reading “Doers of Evil”
Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognise them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognise them.
The more I study this sermon, the more I feel that it is about the family life of the Father in heaven with his children. Jesus said at one point that whoever has seen him has seen the Father, and that he only does what he sees the Father is doing. So it could be said that this Sermon is the advice of a Father to His children. Continue reading “False Prophets”