Matthew 7:1-6; Luke 6:37-42; Matthew 7:7-20; Luke 6:43-45

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READ and STUDY the WORD

Jesus Teaches About Criticizing Others

Matthew 7:1-6 (KJV) Judge not, that ye be not judged.  For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.  And why beholdest thou the mote (speck of sawdust) that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam (plank) that is in thine own eye?  Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?  Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.  Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

Luke 6:37-42 (KJV) 37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:  38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. 39 And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch? 40 The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.  41 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?  42 Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother’s eye.

Jesus Teaches About Asking, Seeking, Knocking

Matthew 7:7-12 (KJV) Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.  Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?  10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?  11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?  12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

Jesus Teaches About The Way To Heaven

Matthew 7:13-14 (KJV) 13 Enter ye in at the strait (narrow) gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Jesus Teaches About Fruit In People’s Lives

Matthew 7:15-20 (KJV) 15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.  16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?  17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.  18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.  19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.  20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Luke 6:43-45 (KJV) 4For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.  44 For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.  45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

1. How will we be judged (Matthew 7:1-2)? We will be judged the same way we judge others.

2. When seeing a mote (speck of sawdust) in someone’s eye what might we be overlooking (Matthew 7:3; Luke 6:41)? The beam (plank) in our own eye.

3. When are we a hypocrite (Matthew 7:5; Luke 6:42)? When we try to remove a mote from another’s eye before we remove the beam in our own eye.

4. What shouldn’t we do (Luke 6:37a)? We shouldn’t judge or condemn others.

5. What should we do (Luke 6:37b)? We should forgive.

6. What happens when we give (Luke 6:38)? When we give we receive.

7. Why ask, seek, knock (Matthew 7:7-8)? When we ask we will receive, when we seek we will find and when we knock the door will be opened.

8. Who gives good gifts to us when we ask (Matthew 7:11)? Our Father in heaven gives good gifts.

9. What is the sum of the law and the prophets (Matthew 7:12)? Treat others as we want to be treated.

10. What leads to destruction (Matthew 7:13b)? The wide gate, the broad way leads to destruction.

11. Where should we enter (Matthew 7:13a)? We should enter at the strait gate (the narrow gate).

12. Why should we enter at that gate (Matthew 7:14)? Because strait is the gate and narrow is the way which leads to life.

13. Why beware of false prophets (Matthew 7:15)? Because they come in sheep’s clothing but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

14. How will we recognize false prophets (Matthew 7:16)? By their fruits we will recognize false prophets.

15. What will good trees produce (Matthew 7:17a/Luke 6:43a)? Good fruit.

16. What will corrupt trees produce (Matthew 7:17b/Luke 6:43b)? evil fruit.

17. What happens to those trees that don’t bring forth good fruit (Matthew 7:19)? They are cut down and cast into the fire.

18. What does a good man bring out of his heart (Luke 6:45a)? That which is good.

19. What does an evil man bring out of his heart (Luke 6:45b)? That which is evil.

20. Out of what do we speak (Luke 6:45c)? The abundance of our heart (that which is in our heart).

HEAR the WORD

Matthew 7:6 “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.”

Jesus spoke this to those who followed Him.  What do you believe this verse means?  My Bible notes: It is futile to try to teach holy concepts to people who don’t want to listen and will only tear apart what we say.  We shouldn’t stop giving God’s Word to unbelievers, but we should be wise and discerning in what we teach to whom.

My thought: We only have a limited time on this earth so we need to be careful where we spend our time and what we spend our time doing.  In my opinion praying for the salvation of the inhabitants of planet earth is still a good choice.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Read Luke 6:38 below and ponder what and how you can give to others.

MEMORIZE the WORD

Luke 6:38 (NIV) 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

EASY MEMORIZATION DIRECTIONS

1. Copy a verse you want to memorize on three individual index cards.

2. Choose three places you frequently go to each day and place one of the memory cards in view.

3. Each time you find yourself near one of the memory cards read it aloud.

4. After a week of reading the memory cards you will most likely be able to recall the verse/s without reading them.

5. Try it for a week and find out.

LOVE AND LIVE the WORD

If we give to others without looking for a return, we will receive because giving will be our reward. If this doesn’t make sense, just start giving every chance you can and see what I mean. 

TEACH AND SHARE the WORD

Teaching and sharing God’s Word is a way of giving.  Once you see the blessings you’ll receive through giving, you’ll be hooked on giving.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will not judge others (Matthew 7:1-2). Lord, help us to remove the beam in our own eye (Matthew 7:3; Luke 6:41). Lord, I pray we will be quick to forgive others (Luke 6:37).  Lord, I pray we will give of ourselves daily (Luke 6:38).  Thank You Lord for giving us good gifts (Matthew 7:11). Lord, I pray we will treat others as we want to be treated (Matthew 7:12). Lord, help us to recognize false prophets (Matthew 7:15-16).   Lord, I pray we will provide good fruit in our life (Matthew 7:17; Luke 6:43). Lord, I pray we will speak forth good from the abundance of our heart (Luke 6:45).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I speak encouragement to all those around us.” <>< Dona