Saturday 24 August 2013

Matthew 7:15-29 - Closing remarks

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The verses in Matthew 7:15-19 bring us to the end of Jesus' teaching on the hillside. We don't know whether all of these sayings come from a single occasion; perhaps it's more likely they were collected and written down by various authors and combined later by Matthew or someone else.

Today's reading includes an assortment of good advice which we, as Jesus' followers, should put into action.

How wary are we of people who come like prophets but demonstrate poor character through fruits such as impatience or unkindness? They're not hard to spot, but it's easy to allow an impressive manner and performance to fool us into thinking they are genuine.

Read through the passage carefully and let Jesus' words sink in. Then pay attention to what is going on around you with opened eyes and an alert mind.

Why do you suppose Jesus want us to distinguish between what is true and what is false?

And notice in verse 28 and 29 how Jesus' authority is unlike that of the scribes. The scribes carefully and faithfully copied the word, but they didn't always understand it. Jesus, on the other hand, is the Word.

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