Day 20 (Tues, Aug 26, 2014)

Sermon on the Mount (Part 3)

44 total verses: Matthew 7:1-27; 8:1-4; Luke 6:37-49

Brief description of action taking place or point being made

62o. Judging others in Matthew 7:1-5; Luke 6:37-42
62p. Holy things in Matthew 7:6
62q. Ask and it will be given in Matthew 7:7-11
62r. Golden rule in Matthew 7:12
62s. Narrow gate in Matthew 7:13-14
62t. Tree and its fruit in Matthew 7:15-20; Luke 6:43-45
62u. Never knew you in Matthew 7:21-23
62v. Build your house on the rock in Matthew 7:24-27; Luke 6:46-49
62w. Jesus cleanses a leper in Matthew 8:1-4

General questions

1. What is your favorite verse or set of verses? Why?
2. Did you learn anything from the reading or find anything particularly cool? What?
3. Was there anything unclear in the passage that you have questions about? What are they?

Specific questions on this passage

After Completing the Bible Reading

Broader outline of each section of passage

Matthew 7:1-5; Luke 6:37-42. Jesus teaches about not judging others, and that we will be judged in the same way we judge others. This has the famous section about taking the speck out of your brother’s eye, while having a log in your own.

Matthew 7:6. Jesus teaches about not giving holy things to dogs or valuable things to pigs.

Matthew 7:7-11. This is about asking, seeking, and knocking. It is about trusting God as a father enough that we will ask good things for ourselves. This is very similar to Luke 11:9-13, where Jesus applies this to asking for the Holy Spirit — so it might be interpreted as asking for gifts of the Spirit.

Matthew 7:12. Golden rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. We saw this yesterday in Luke 6:31.

Matthew 7:13-14. Jesus seems to say that the way to heaven is narrow and difficult, but the road to hell is wide and easy.

Matthew 7:15-20; Luke 6:43-45. You can tell false prophets (and bad people) by the bad fruit they produce, and good people by the good fruit they produce.

Matthew 7:21-23. True followers of Jesus genuinely know Jesus and do his will. People who talk a good talk and who even do signs and wonders might be rejected by Jesus if they didn’t really know Jesus.

Matthew 7:24-27; Luke 6:46-49. If you put into practice what Jesus is teaching, you will have built your faith on a firm foundation. But if you don’t put them into practice, your faith will be tested, and it will fail.

Matthew 8:1-4. When Jesus finished teaching and came down from the mountain, a leper knelt down before Jesus, and asked to be healed. And Jesus healed him.

My favorite passage and other random thoughts

The verses I chose are from Matthew 7:22-23, “‘Many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness'” (ESV). I like this saying of Jesus, because he emphasizes the importance of knowing and being known by Jesus. It’s not just a matter of doing things that are like what you think Jesus wants you to do. But it is also a little scary, because that means there are people who think they are going to heaven who are not.

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