Matthew 6 Reading Guide

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Chapter Summary

We're continuing our overview of the Sermon on the Mount, which we started yesterday.

  • v1-18 - KEEP IT TO YOURSELF:

  • This passage contains three sections that follow the same pattern:

  • Opening prohibition: When you [give/pray/fast]:

  • do not be like the hypocrites who are just showing off

  • they've received their wages in full.

  • Ongoing imperative: When you [give/pray/fast] (notice that Jesus has an expectation for us to do these things. It's not if you give/pray/fast):

  • Do these things in such a way that God is the only one who sees what you're doing.

  • Then your Father will reward you!

  • This passage contains the Bible's clearest teaching on how we pray as well. We'll summarize this below in the AAA prayer section.

  • v19-34 - DON'T MEANS DO:

  • This section can seem awful negative:

  • DO NOT store up treasure on earth

  • If your eyes are focused on unhealthy things, your whole body will be full of darkness.

  • If you try and serve both God and worldly treasure, you will end up hating God and loving treasure.

  • DO NOT worry about your life (v25)