• William T. Howe Ph.D.

October 4, 2021

Daily Reading: Matthew 7-8

Matthew 7:29

For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

Matthew chapters 5-7 contains the discourse of our Savior commonly called “The Sermon on the Mount”. It’ amazing! Simply amazing! He is making a change, one that some embraced, and others rejected. His message set forth a manner of living that heretofore had never even been imagined. While the Old Testament and the Law of God as given by Moses was primarily focused on the physical, this new way of interpreting and keeping God’s law is spiritual.

Some, many, think falsely that God exacted more from those souls of the Old Testament than He does in the New Testament. But consider this, in the Old Testament breaking the law of God was based upon that which a person did. In the New Testament, breaking the law of God is based upon that which a person thinks. The morality of the New Testament age is based first and foremost on that which a person thinks, imagines, or desires in their heart. Frankly, this is stricter than the mere keeping of the law physically.

Yes, the Sermon on the Mount is amazing! If the only part of the Bible we had were these three chapters, we would have all we need to learn how to live moral, upstanding, and socially just lives. He touches on it all, the thought life, prayer, forgiveness, the strait gate, the proper foundation, and certain promises based upon meeting the conditions; I say again, it’s amazing! Just consider this one verse: Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

Do you fully understand the power and promise of that verse? The next verse makes an even bolder promise: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Notice the scope of this verse - every one! Each and every person, every person, any person, all persons, no one is disqualified. Anyone and everyone that honestly asks, seeks, and knocks shall receive. The problem is not the promise, the problem is either not asking, not seeking, not knocking, or asking amiss. James warned us about this: Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. (James 4:3).

Well, this is not necessarily a devotion about prayer, but rather the significance of the Sermon on the Mount. It alters everything. Some say that this sermon lays forth the groundwork for the “constitution for the millennial age”. I don’t know if that is true, but I do know that one thing is true. It would be nice to live in a society that is filled with people living up to the wonderful teachings of Jesus Christ as given in this sermon. That would definitely be amazing!

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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