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Matthew 7 Reading Guide


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Chapter Summary

We're continuing our overview of the Sermon on the Mount. Chapter seven contains almost a dozen rapid fire, seemingly unrelated teachings. It's hard to find a pattern, but we can see three distinct aspects:


PROHIBITIONS:

  • Do not judge;

  • Do dot throw to the dogs or pigs what is sacred (In other words, don't waste the gift of salvation);

IMPERATIVES:

  • Take the plank out of your own eye so you can help your brother remove his;

  • Ask, seek and find;

  • Do unto others what you would have them do to you;

  • Enter through the narrow gate;

  • Watch out for false prophets;

  • You must both hear and put into practice the words of Jesus.

PROMISES

  • You will be judged in the same way you judge others;

  • The dogs and pigs will trample what you throw to them and tear you to pieces;

  • Everyone who asks receives, seekers find, doors are opened to those who knock;

  • Your heavenly Father will give good gifts to those who ask Him;