Hi girls and welcome back to another week of getting into the Word and learning more about Christ and how we can live for Him. Tonight is another message from Daphne McKee who has helped me out this past month. Thank you Daphne!
I can’t believe it’s a month from I did first a ‘wee guest spot’ – time goes past so quickly- it just reminds me to do what I can for God now while I can. I’m sure you have all learnt so much over the past 2 months and like me have found reading Mrs Murray’s blog a blessing.
So to-day we are studying Matthew Chapter 6 – This chapter is in the middle of the Sermon on the Mount – there is so much to learn from this Sermon – I often wonder what it must have been like to have been there but then I realise I am even more blessed as I can read and study this sermon many times – Have you noticed that each time you read it, you learn something new? Isn’t God’s word amazing – it’s as up to date now as when it was written.
I am only going to comment briefly on the main topics I noticed –
Teaching on Giving – we are taught in the bible that we should tithe and give to the work of God – remember in Exodus the people gave joyfully to build the tabernacle – Jesus is teaching that we shouldn’t give to be noticed. The widow who gave 2 mites should be our example – she did not give to be seen (she may even have been embarrassed because she thought she was giving so little) but Jesus noticed her. Verse 4 tells us that ‘ ... the Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly’. Whenever we tithe (not grudgingly) God will bless us and provide all we need.
Teaching on Prayer – Notice here – it’s’ ‘when thou prayest’ not if thou prayest – all those who are saved should be praying. Jesus was speaking here about the hypocrites – they just love to be seen and heard. Personal prayer should be carried out in private. God will see and answer our prayers, but Jesus was not saying that we shouldn’t meet together to pray – the prayer meeting is very important. It’s good to take time and get away from the distractions of work and home to spend time in the prayer meeting – many times I have been blessed just listening to some of our older folk praying. We also know that many times Jesus himself met with His disciples to pray, it’s the long/repetitive (for the sake of being heard) prayers that Jesus was speaking against.
Jesus then gives us a model of prayer (verses 9-15)–the very beginning of it ‘Our father’ suggests that it is maybe a model for group prayer. In the Lord’s Prayer we see 3 main parts –
The Preface – ‘Our Father’ – there is only one God and we have the privilege of calling Him ‘Father’
The Petitions – there are 6 of these –
The first 3 are about God - Hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done
The second 3 are about us- Give us our daily bread, Forgive us our debt, Lead us not into temptation
This order also ties in with Verse 33 –But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. So we should put God’s first not only in our everyday lives but in our prayer life too.
The Conclusion – Thine is the kingdom, power and glory.
So when praying we remember who we are praying to and pray all in the will of God – we can make our petitions known and finish acknowledging that God made all things and can in His will grant our petitions.
Teaching on Treasures in Heaven – We all love nice things and we work hard to provide for our families but Jesus is teaching here to guard against making these things our goal in life and thinking they will bring happiness – they might but we know it’s short-lived. We need to be careful we don’t make a ‘graven image’ out of our home, car etc
Jesus was teaching that we should live our lives to glorify God – if we are too busy making money to buy things, we can easily take our eye off God verse 24 .. Ye cannot serve God and mammon’ There’s nothing wrong with having nice things so long as we put God first in our lives.
Teaching on worry – Verses 25-34 Jesus took the time to teach on something I think a lot of ladies suffer from – worry!!! We worry about our baby developing, then our child at nursery, school, university... we always find something to worry about – I know I do! But Jesus teaches us not to worry about food, drink, clothing verse 32 ... for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
Remember Exodus God guided and provided for the Israelites – He can do the same for us. Verse 34 ‘Take no thought for the morrow....sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof..’
We really should heed this – don’t worry about tomorrow, God knows what we need and He will provide everything we need – it might be physical or grace/strength to get though trials.