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Saturday, August 4, 2018

MATTHEW CHAPTER 6 - Laying up Treasure in Heaven - (With Footnotes)




MATTHEW CHAPTER 6 

- Laying up Treasure in Heaven - (With Footnotes)


๐ŸŒŽ [Matthew 6:1-8]

1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

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Notes:

  (See Matt. 6:7-8)… We don’t perform for God because God provides all our needs for free. (See Matthew 7:7-11 and Romans 8:32.
Romans 8:32 says: “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?”)

  Performing for God is doubt and pride, and it is glorying in the flesh. It is having confidence in the flesh (or oneself). (See Galatians 6:11-14 and Philippians 3:3-10.)

  Philippians 3:3 says: “For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.”


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๐ŸŒŽ [Matthew 6:9-18] 

9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;
18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

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Notes:

  Matthew 6:10 says: “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” This means that we are seeking God’s will and not our own. All the rest of the Lord’s Prayer follows from this verse. All our needs will be met, we will naturally forgive, God will deliver us from evil, and God will be glorified.

  Matthew 6:14 says that if we don’t forgive, we cannot be forgiven. Forgiving people is a choice that we must make. It is that simple. Philippians 4:6-7 tells us to bring all our concerns and cares to God and leave them with Him.

  Regarding bitterness, or unholy, or impure (un-Christ-like) thoughts… Philippians 4:8-9 tells us to focus on and think on only what is pure, holy, true, and virtuous (morally upright), etc. If we are thinking about an offense (what someone said, or did, or didn’t do), we are not thinking on what is holy. And, we are likely not forgiving that person. Let’s bring all our hurts, pain, and bitterness to the loving hands of God, and leave them with Him, for He cares for us (See 1 Peter 5:7).

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๐ŸŒŽ [Matthew 6:19-24]

19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
24 No 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.

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Notes:

  (Vs. 19-24 note): If we seek our own will, we are laying up our treasure on earth, as opposed to laying it up in Heaven. The Lord Jesus is clear that we must not lay up our treasure on earth, for if we don’t put our focus on Him, we would be focusing on what is spiritual deception, obscurity, and darkness. And, our whole being would be more and more taking on spiritual darkness.

  We would be then at a crossroads where we would have to decide whether we would serve God Almighty or the god of spiritual darkness and mammon. If we choose mammon (or anything on this earth), we would be despising God by our choice. It would then be impossible for us to be forgiven if we maintain that unrighteous choice.

  “… Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” (See vs. 24). Mammon = #3126. mamรณnas: "Of Chaldee origin (confidence, i.e. Wealth, personified); mammonas, i.e. Avarice (deified) -- mammon." (Strong’s Concordance).

Mammon: “Riches; wealth; or the god of riches.” (Webster’s 1828 dictionary).

  “But if thine eye be evil…” (See vs. 23). Evil = #4190. ponรฉros: "From a derivative of ponos; hurtful, i.e. Evil ...; figuratively, calamitous; also (passively) ill, i.e. Diseased; but especially (morally) culpable, i.e. Derelict, vicious, facinorous; neuter (singular) mischief, malice, or (plural) guilt; masculine (singular) the devil, or (plural) sinners -- bad, evil, grievous, harm, lewd, malicious, wicked(-ness). ...." (Strong’s Concordance).

Lewd: “… dissolute, lustful; libidinous. … 3. Wicked; vile; profligate; licentious.” (Webster’s 1828 dictionary).

Libidinous: “… Lustful; lewd; having … appetite for venereal pleasure.” (Webster’s 1828 dictionary) (Venereal means immoral or sexual.)

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๐ŸŒŽ [Matthew 6:25-34]

25 Therefore 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?
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?
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
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Notes:

  (Vs. 23.) “… full of darkness…” Darkness = 4652. skoteinos: “From skotos; opaque, i.e. (figuratively) benighted -- dark, full of darkness.”

  (Vs. 23.) “… how great is that darkness…” Darkness = 4655. skotos: "From the base of skia; shadiness, i.e. Obscurity (literally or figuratively) -- darkness."

  When one’s eye (or focus) deviates from God’s virtues (i.e. the Bible truth), then one’s spiritual body and heart are increasingly filled with spiritual darkness. And, the truth is obscured (See 4655. skotos).

That is why the Holy Spirit had Paul write, in Philippians 4:8 that we believers need to think on God, His ways, and His Word (which are always virtuous, holy, just, and pure). (Note: The phrase “think on,” found in Philippians 4:8, is the Greek word {3049} logizomai. It means to esteem, to think (on), to account, to reckon, etc.) 

As we think on (and value) God, His ways, and His Word, we will be full of spiritual light, and peace, and God will bless us.

  Let us seek God’s best will, rest in God, desire to know Him intimately, and God will bless us.  

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