Today I was reading Mathew 5-7 and it really jumped off the page at me. A man recently consoled another who was in distress by quoting from the text. He quoted 6:26 and assured the man that God would provide all of his needs.

26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

The more I stay here at Talk Jesus, the more I learn about keeping things in context so the we do not use the Word of God deceitfully while deceiving our own selves.

Jesus begins by setting up some qualifications before his disciples that set the stage for who should be applying what he is saying unto their circumstances or situations.

Mat 5:

3Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

5Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

6Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

7Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

8Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

9Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

10Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

A man who does not fit nor fulfill these requirements is not being spoken to concerning the upcoming texts. To think that the following applies to you if your not actually following Christ faithfully is to deceive your own selves.

So he says to these who qualify:

13Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

14Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Who is salt and light? Those who are spoken of earlier in 3-12. If your not there, then your not salt and light.

17Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

The Pharisees were a favorite target of Jesus. He simply points out that they are not found in 3-12. They are not humble, mourners, meek, hungry for righteousness, merciful, pure in heart, peacemakers or persecuted for righteousness sake. They taught men to break the law.

21Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: 22But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. 23Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; 24Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. 25Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. 26Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.

Jesus begins with the commandment, thou shalt not kill. He elaborates upon it as he shows the root issue behind murder and hatred. Jealousy and Envy. Why did Cain kill Abel? His own works were evil.

27Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. 29And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. 30And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

Jesus begins with Adultery but ends with the lust of the eyes. It is interesting to see where he states about the offending eye and hand. The eye from seeing for sure but the hand may not be from touching the woman but instead where looking on a woman to lust after her leads him when he is alone.

Jesus continues on, but the next stop I would like to make is on to the text I began speaking about.

24No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 25Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

Here we see about the birds and how God takes care of them. Jesus says, Are ye not much better than they? Ye who? Those who fit Mat 5:3-12. Those who actually follow the Lord Jesus Christ. Our text here is cautioning against the worship of money but rather serving God and being taken care of, but if you don't fit the model of 5:3-12 you had better rethink the promises made here as they are not for you.

Awake to righteousness and sin not, then shall all things work together for your good as you will actually be loving God, instead of being a child of disobedience whom the wrath of God still abides on even though you believe.

In Jesus Name,

Gary