A Sermon from the Messiah Pt 3 – Matthew 7
In this last chapter of the Sermon on the Mount there is so much that Jesus teaches that I find it difficult to focus on just one. I could use six posts expounding each section. We could spend a day on:
- What the Messiah really says about judging (Mat 7:1-6)
- The promise that God will do what is best for His children. (Mat 7:7-11)
- The Golden Rule. (Mat 7:12-14)
- False prophets and the fruit of there messages. (Mat 7:15-20)
- That verbal and mental acceptance that Jesus is Messiah and Lord is not enough. (Mat 7:21-23)
- The importance of a strong foundation of faith. (Mat 7:24-27)
Take time to read through these sections again. You may realize that Jesus does not necessarily say what many claim He does. He does not say to never judge, He says that judgement starts at home (with yourself) and He also says to inspect (judge) the fruit of those that claim to speak for God. You may also realize that the Golden Rule when consistently applied will make every relationship you have (family, work, romantic, school, church, political, or social media) better. Think about how you would like others to treat you and treat them that way. Do you want others to be considerate of your opinion? Be considerate of theirs. Do you want others to be patient with you as you grow and mature? Then give others the same.
Go back and read the chapter again. I’ll wait . . . . . . . . .
No wonder Matthew closes this sermon with a comment about the people’s reaction. No wonder the crowds were astonished at His teaching. The crowds still are, when we really pay attention. His message is life changing.
Take the Messiah’s words to heart and follow His message and His example.