"Today we continue our reading of the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew chapter 6 verse 5 to chapter 7 verse 29. In this reading Jesus provides his disciples with a model prayer and encourages them to express their reliance upon God through persistent prayer and fasting. There is no room for anxiety in the life of a disciple for they know that the Lord will take care of their needs. Jesus encouraged his disciples to attentively listen to what he said and build their lives upon the Word of God." (New Zealand's Rhema Radio)We ended the previous passage reading with this challenging verse.
Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matthew 5:48)And started this passage with this strong warning.
"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others.Today's passage is the second half of what is referred to as the Sermon on the Mount. I find his teaching here pretty intense and extremely challenging. We go from his opening words of "blessed are the poor in spirit" to "fell with a great crash" and right in the middle "be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect". Woe! Wow!
Sometimes I try to imagine living during the days Jesus lived. Here I imagine that I am in this crowd and know only of the Old Testament writings. Imagining I know nothing of the death of Jesus and his resurrection. The crowd that I am apart of is sitting all around Jesus and some in the crowd are even referring to him as a great prophet from God. Jesus is sitting and teaching us about blessings, God's commandments, the world, and life. What would be my reaction to this message given by Jesus on these rolling hills not too far from Capernaum. To be honest I am not sure I would have