Monday, September 22, 2014
Matthew 7:15-29 (Good News Translation)
God’s Word: Filling Us With God’s Wisdom
Matthew 7:15-29: Final warnings bring Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount to a close, and his teachings amaze the crowd.
Today's Scripture: Matthew 7:24
“So then, anyone who hears these words of mine and obeys them is like a wise man who built his house on rock.”
15 Be on your guard against false prophets; they come to you looking like sheep on the outside, but on the inside they are really like wild wolves. 16 You will know them by what they do. Thorn bushes do not bear grapes, and briers do not bear figs. 17 A healthy tree bears good fruit, but a poor tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a poor tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 And any tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown in the fire. 20 So then, you will know the false prophets by what they do. 21 Not everyone who calls me “Lord, Lord” will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only those who do what my Father in heaven wants them to do. 22 When the Judgment Day comes, many will say to me, “Lord, Lord! In your name we spoke God's message, by your name we drove out many demons and performed many miracles!” 23 Then I will say to them, “I never knew you. Get away from me, you wicked people!” 24 So then, anyone who hears these words of mine and obeys them is like a wise man who built his house on rock. 25 The rain poured down, the rivers flooded over, and the wind blew hard against that house. But it did not fall, because it was built on rock. 26 But anyone who hears these words of mine and does not obey them is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain poured down, the rivers flooded over, the wind blew hard against that house, and it fell. And what a terrible fall that was! ” 28 When Jesus finished saying these things, the crowd was amazed at the way he taught. 29 He wasn't like the teachers of the Law; instead, he taught with authority.
What warnings are given in today’s reading? Which of these warnings (verses 15-27) do you find most challenging? Why? Why do you think the crowd was amazed at the way Jesus taught? What was the most important thing you learned from the last five days’ readings?
Lord Jesus, you teach with authority. May I always listen for your voice so that I hear and obey your words. Guide me today as I seek to do your will. Amen.
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