The Good News – How to Act and How to Pray

 “If, then, you bring your sacrifice to the altar, and there remember that your brother holds whatever against you, leave your sacrifice there before the altar, and go, first make shalom with your brother, and then come and offer your sacrifice.”
   “Be well-minded with your opponent, promptly, while you are on the way with him, lest your opponent deliver you to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.”
   “Truly, I say to you, you shall by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.”
   “You heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’
   “But I say to you that everyone looking at another’s wife to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
   “And if your right eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and throw it away from you. For it is better for you that one of your members perish, than for your entire body to be thrown into Gehenna. “And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away from you. For it is better for you that one of your members perish, than for your entire body to be thrown into Gehenna.”
   “And it has been said, ‘Whoever puts away his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’
   “But I say to you that whoever puts away his wife, except for the matter of whoring, makes her commit adultery. And whoever marries a wife who has been put away commits adultery.”
   “Again, you heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to Yahweh.’
   “But I say to you, do not swear at all, neither by the sky, because it is Elohim’s throne; nor by the land, for it is His footstool; nor by Yerushalayim, for it is the city of the great Sovereign; nor swear by your head, because you are not able to make one hair white or black. But let your word ‘Yea’ be ‘Yea,’ and your ‘No’ be ‘No.’ And what goes beyond these is from the wicked one.”
   “You heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth,’ but I say to you, do not resist the wicked. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.”
   “And he who wishes to sue you and take away your inner garment, let him have your outer garment as well. And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks of you, and from him who wishes to borrow from you, do not turn away. And from him who takes away what is yours do not ask it back.”
   “You heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’
   “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those cursing you, do good to those hating you, and pray for those insulting you and persecuting you, and as you wish men should do to you, you also do to them in the same way, so that you become sons of your Father in the shamayim. Because He makes His sun rise on the wicked and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.”
   “For if you love those loving you, what reward have you? Are the tax collectors not doing the same too?”
   “And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive back, what favour have you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back.”
   “Rather, love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting none in return. And your reward shall be great, and you shall be sons of the Most High. Because He is kind to the thankless and wicked ones.”
   “Therefore be compassionate, as your Father also is compassionate, be perfect, as your Father in the shamayim is perfect.”
   “Beware of doing your kind deeds before men, in order to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in the shamayim.”
   “Thus, when you do a kind deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do, in the congregations and in the streets, to be praised by men. Truly, I say to you, they have their reward.”
   “But when you do a kind deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your kind deed shall be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret shall Himself reward you openly.”
   “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the congregations and on the corners of the streets, to be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have their reward.”
   “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and having shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place. And your Father who sees in secret shall reward you openly. And when praying, do not keep on babbling like the gentiles. For they think that they shall be heard for their many words.”
   “Therefore do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. This, then, is the way you should pray:
   ‘Our Father who is in the shamayim, let Your Name be set-apart, let Your reign come, let Your desire be done on land as it is in sky.’
   ‘Give us today our daily bread.’
   ‘And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.’
   ‘And do not lead us into trial, but deliver us from the wicked one – because Yours is the reign and the power and the esteem, forever. So be it.’
   “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your skyly Father shall also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither shall your Father forgive your trespasses.”
   “And when you fast, do not be sad-faced like the hypocrites. For they disfigure their faces so that they appear to be fasting to men. Truly, I say to you, they have their reward.”
   “But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place. And your Father who sees in secret shall reward you openly.”
   “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on land, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in sky, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart shall be also.”
   “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, all your body shall be enlightened. But if your eye is evil, all your body shall be darkened. If, then, the light that is within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!”

Exposition

  This portion of The Good News Series is the continuation of the Gospel of Mattityahu (Matthew) 5:23 – 6:23. We must “die to ourselves” in order to be true vessels of the Almighty. We must seek righteousness for righteousness sake, for it is pleasing to the Father to do so. In all things give Him honor and esteem, reserve none for yourself, for the greater reward and favor is in the Kingdom to come, which is eternal and not fleeting like life on the Earth is! In All things, let Him be your guide – Your thoughts, your words, your actions, and your deeds, and you will be perfect as your Father in Heaven is perfect. These scriptures are truly transformative if you let them. I pray that you are challenged by them, edified in your strivings, and humbled in your self-righteousness. May Yahweh bless you and keep you in Yahushua’s name. Shalom Aleichem!