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Mt. 6:1-4 “Giving to the Needy”

We shall now return to the Sermon on the Mount. Bible.org also has a sermon with explainations on Matthew 6: The Practice of Righteousness. We shall look at each section as an individual lesson. Have a blessed day!

Givng to the Needy

“Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

2“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 3But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

This one troubles me some. These days, most things are done by check or credit card. It is very difficult not to let others know. Besides that, doesn’t the government want to know also? Hmm. I must study this one some more.

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Mt. 6:5-15 “Prayer”

This section of Mt. 6 pertains to prayer. Bible.org has a Bible study called The Fatal Failures of Religion: #3 Externalism, (Matthew 6:1-18) and Jesus on Prayer, Matthew 6:5-15.

The first one is very good. It is an admonision on those of us whom really do not understand the meaning of this chapter, while the second one is instructional. They are both very good. Have a blessed day.

Prayer
6:9-13–Lk 11:2-4

5“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 6But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

9This, then, is how you should pray:

*”Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed by thy name,
10Thy kingdom come,
Thy Will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11Give us this day our daily bread, and
12forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
[For thine is Kingdom
and the Power
and the Glory
forever and ever.
Amen!]

14For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

The prayer you see here is NOT the prayer in this Bible. This is the prayer I remember. How arrogant of me, right? Well, I’ve heard a lot of talk about making the Bible gender-neutral. Tell me, is that any less arrogant?! I just believe the way I learned it is beautiful. That is all.

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Mt. 6:16-18 “Fasting”

This section of Matthew discusses fasting, as you could easily discern from the title. Bible.org has an article named Grrrr. Ohhh!, Matthew 6:16-18. lol. Recommended reading, for sure.

Fasting

16“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 17But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18so that it will not be obious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

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Mt. 6:19-24 “Treasures in Heaven”

Ah, the Treasures in Heaven! This is such a deep passage. Bible.org has a study for these vv. named “Where Is Your Treasure?” Matthew 6:19-24. Have a blessed day.

Treasures in Heaven
6:22,23–Lk 11:34-36

19“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

22“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. 23But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

24No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

I do not understand this. I have poor eyesight, but that was due to a stroke. I cannot see from my right side out of both of my eyes. Does this mean I am full of darkness? I surely hope not. I need to ask someone who knows. Quickly!

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Mt. 6:25-34 “Do Not Worry

We have come to the end of Matthew 6! I love “Do Not Worry.” I hope you will, too. It set me free.

The Bible.org has a great sermon named Your Own Personal “Heart-Guard”. I highly recommend it, even if you are not anxious. It may come in handy if you ever become so.

Do Not Worry
6:25-33–Lk 12:22-31

25“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

28“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

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Mt. 5:1-12 “The Beatitudes”

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16
Sermon on the Mount

In the next two chapters we will encounter several sections (nine in chapter 5 alone!). I will try to cover all of them today. I would like to put each one in it’s own page, because someone may need to see a particular scripture and only remember the title of the passage. It would be easier for them to find.

I would also like to let people know where to find the Sermon on the Mount. This way they can find how much was actually in that sermon!

If the outline is too long for some of you, there is also “Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit” Matthew 5:1-13. Thank you for your patience. 😉

The Beatitudes
5:3-12–Lk 6:20-23

Now when He saw the crowds, He went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to Him, 2and He began to teach them, saying:

3“Blessed are the poor in sprit,
for theirs is the kinggdom of heaven.
4Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst,
for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9Blessed are the peacemakers,
for the will be called sons of God.
10Blessed are those who are persecuted
because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kngdom of heaven.

11Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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Mt. 5:13-16 “Salt and Light”

Sermon on the Mount

This is second of nine sections in chapter five. The title of this lesson at Bible.org is “A Pinch of Salt in the Recipe for Persecution,” Matthew 5:13-16. If anyone would like the URL for the first section, it is The Sermon on the Mount. I do this so you have more than just me to seek help. lol. Have a blessed day.

Salt and Light

13“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.”

14“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

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