The Good News – Fear not tomorrow, Withhold judgment, Bear Good Fruit

   “No one is able to serve two masters, for either he shall hate the one and love the other, or else he shall cleave to the one and despise the other. You are not able to serve Elohim and mammon. Because of this I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you shall eat or drink, or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than the food and the body more than the clothing?”
   “Look at the birds of the sky, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into storehouses, yet your skyly Father does feed them. Are you not worth more than they?”
   “And which of you by worrying is able to add one cubit to his life’s span?”
   “So why do you worry about clothing?”
   Note well the lilies of the field, how they grow. They neither toil nor spin, and I say to you that even Shelomoh in all his esteem was not dressed like one of these. But if Elohim so clothes the grass of the field, which exists today, and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more you, O you of little belief!”
   “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ “For all these the gentiles seek for. And your skyly Father knows that you need all these.”
   “But seek first the reign of Elohim, and His righteousness, and all these matters shall be added to you.”
   “Do not, then, worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow shall have its own worries. Each day has enough evil of itself.”
   “Do not judge, lest you be judged. For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged. And with the same measure you use, it shall be measured to you. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned at all. Forgive, and you shall be forgiven.”
   “Give, and it shall be given to you. A good measure, pressed down and shaken together and running over shall be put into your lap. For with the same measure with which you measure, it shall be measured back to you.”
   And He spoke a parable to them, “Is a blind able to lead a blind? Shall they not both fall into a pit?”
   “A taught one is not above his teacher, but everyone perfected shall be like his teacher.”
   “And why do you look at the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the plank in your own eye? “Or how is it that you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the splinter out of your eye, and not seeing the plank in your own eye?’
   “Hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you shall see clearly to take out the splinter that is in your brother’s eye.”
   “Do not give what is set-apart to the dogs, nor throw your pearls before the pigs, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.”
   “Ask and it shall be given to you, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you.”
   “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it shall be opened. Or is there a man among you who, if his son asks for bread, shall give him a stone? “Or if he asks for a fish, shall he give him a snake? “If you then, being wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father who is in the shamayim give what is good to those who ask Him!”
   “Therefore, whatever you wish men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Torah and the Prophets.”
   “Enter in through the narrow gate! Because the gate is wide – and the way is broad – that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter in through it.”
   “Because the gate is narrow and the way is hard pressed which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
   “But beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are savage wolves.”
   “For a good tree does not yield rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree yield good fruit. For each tree is known by its own fruit. For they do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. So every good tree yields good fruit, but a rotten tree yields wicked fruit.”
   “For a good tree is unable to yield wicked fruit, and a rotten tree to yield good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”
   “The good man brings forth what is good out of the good treasure of his heart, and the wicked man brings forth what is wicked out of the wicked treasure of his heart. For out of the overflow of the heart his mouth speaks. So then, by their fruits you shall know them.”
   “But why do you call Me ‘Master, Master,’ and do not do what I say?”
   “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Master, Master,’ shall enter into the reign of the shamayim, but he who is doing the desire of My Father in the shamayim. Many shall say to Me in that day, ‘Master, Master, have we not prophesied in Your Name, and cast out demons in Your Name, and done many mighty works in Your Name?’
   “And then I shall declare to them, ‘I never knew you, depart from Me, you who work lawlessness!
   “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine, and does them, shall be like a wise man who dug deep, built his house and laid a foundation on the rock, and the rain came down, and the floods came, and the stream burst, the winds blew and beat against that house, and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.”
   “And everyone who hears these words of Mine, and does not do them, shall be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand,  and the rain came down, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and the stream burst, they beat on that house, and immediately it fell, and great was its fall.”
   And it came to be, when Yahushua had ended these words, that the people were astonished at His teaching, for He was teaching them as one possessing authority, and not as the scribes.”
   And when He came down from the mountain, large crowds followed Him.

Exposition

   This portion of The Good News Series is found in the Gospel of Mattityahu (Matthew) 6:24-8:1.
 This beginning of this portion starts with the Messiah giving a warning about coveting possessions, particularly in the form of food and covering, for more information on this particular part see my study of Food and Covering.
 Messiah warns us to be weary of casting judgment without self-examination. It is better to withhold judgment of a brother or sister than to stand before them as an unrighteous hypocrite. While reproof and rebuke is necessary for accountability, growth, and wisdom, we must always evaluate our motives, put on Messiah, and edify and love one another as Messiah loves the Body.
 Ask and you shall receive, pray to the Father as if He will grant your request – for He knows your needs and will provide for them. Do this with a humble and contrite heart, have thankfulness in your words, mind, and heart, and above all things – be selfless, pray for your brethren around the world.
 The final spiritual thought I will impress upon you is don’t mix worship, don’t mix your words, be a whole and complete being in Messiah. Double-mindedness leads only to destruction. Be “on fire” for Yahweh and Yahushua, place them as your foundation so that your spiritual temple may founded on rock and not sand. Many blessings to you in your meditations on this portion, there are many wonderful nuggets of truth, many of which was not covered, to apply to your daily lives. Shalom Aleichem!

 

 

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