Matthew 7:7-29 – February 29
Our online study in the Gospel of Matthew is intended to prepare our hearts and minds to celebrate Jesus’ death and resurrection on Easter. Read today’s scripture, journal on it using SOAP, then please share as we encourage one another in this one thing. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.
Ask, Seek, Knock
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
The Narrow and Wide Gates
13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
True and False Prophets
15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
True and False Disciples
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
The Wise and Foolish Builders
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.
7-11 Lesson | Becky Newman
Jesus is still providing lesson after lesson in what is known as the Sermon on the Mount, giving us a lot to chew on. I’m going to call verse 11 the 7-11 verse because it reminds me of the interaction between me and my kids in a convenience store and it’s the address of the verse. When we ask, seek, and knock, we are building a relationship with our Father in heaven. And the more we ask, seek, and knock, the more we grow, the more we abide, and the more fruit we produce. It doesn’t mean God’s going to answer my asking exactly like I think He should. But it means He loves me so much that He’s going to answer it in accordance with His will. Just like when my kids are in a convenience store asking me for lollipops, and I re-direct them to choose a healthier snack instead. Who am I kidding, most of the time I just get them the lollipop.
And how much more will my Father give me good gifts when I ask! So, keep asking, seeking, knocking, around the clock, well at least 7AM-11PM.
God, You made me laugh with this one! Thank You for this 7-11 lesson! Perfect timing too as I spend the weekend with my family having a little spring fever fun in Kearney. Of course this verse about my children would speak to me in this place; You love me and You meet me where I am. Thank You for Your good gifts to me! Help me persevere in asking, seeking, knocking, more abiding, less of me.
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