Search The Scriptures —Study 10 — Matthew 7:13-29

798b3-search-the-srcipturesStudy 10 From the Book of Matthew is: Matthew 7:13-29

With this study we will pause briefly to study the small book of Jonah

  1. In verses 13-23 what threefold responsibility does our Lord lay upon those who would enter His kingdom (verses 13-14); (b) as to a right discrimination between false and true (verses 15-20); and (c) as to the condition of being acknowledged by Him at the last (verses 21-23)?
  2. To what categories of men do verses 24-27 refer? In what way do the two houses differ? How is it possible to be building – yet building foolishly?
  3. Verses 15-20. In what way, may we tell the false prophet? Cf. Dt. 13: 1-5; 1 Jn. 4-6. Can you think of any modern guise in which he appears?

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Search The Scriptures —Study 9 — Matthew 7:1-12

798b3-search-the-srcipturesStudy 9 From the Book of Matthew is: Matthew 7:1-12

  1. Compare verses 1-5 with verses 6, 16; and see Jn. 7:24. If judging is not always wrong, what is our Lord here condemning?
  2. What is he teaching of verses 7:12 on the practice of prayers? What place is there for persistency, and what place for trusting? Is there any conflict between these two ideas?

Note. Verse 6.  This indicates that, while Christians must not be guilty of condemning anyone, they must learn to discriminate in their witness cf. Pr. 9:8.

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Search The Scriptures —Study 8 — Matthew 6:19-32

798b3-search-the-srcipturesStudy 8 From the Book of Matthew is: Matthew 6:19-32

  1. Verses 19-24 are a word to the rich. What should be a Christian’s attitude to material possessions? In what way do these verses portray the character and danger of worldliness?
  2. Verses 25-34 are a word to the not-so-rich. Note the recurrence of the phrase ‘Do not be anxious’, and list the reasons given why anxiety is wrong.

Note.  Verse 23. An eye which is ‘not sound’ or ‘evil’ signifies a covetous or niggardly disposition. Cf. Dt. 15:9; Pr. 28:22; Mt. 20:15. (mg.)

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Search The Scriptures —Study 7 — Matthew 6: 1-18

798b3-search-the-srcipturesStudy 7 From the Book of Matthew is: Matthew 6: 1-18

  1. What was wrong with the religion of the scribes and Pharisees, here called ‘hypocrites’ and what kind of religion does our Lord commend in contrast? Je. 17:10.  How do you ‘practice your piety’ (verse 1)
  2. In the Lord’s prayer, what may we learn (a) from the order of the petition, and (b) from the kind of subjects which are particularly mentioned? What must be our relation (a) to God, and (b) to our fellow-men, if we are to make it our prayer?

Note. Verses 2, 5, 16. The word ‘hypocrite’ means an actor, i.e., one who plays a part. 

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Search The Scriptures —Study 6 — Matthew 5: 17-48

798b3-search-the-srcipturesStudy 6 From the Book of Matthew is: Matthew 5:17-48

  1. Our Lord demonstrates His respect for the law in verses 17-20. What does verse 20 mean? What does verse 20 mean? Does it leave us any hope? Cf. 3: 20-22; 8:3, 4. In what way does our Lord make the law more demanding?
  2. What is the relevance in our modern world of Christ’s teaching in verses 33-48 on the subject of oaths and taking vengeance? Consider the application of the question in verse 47, ‘What more are you doing than others?’ to the whole subject of Christian love.
  3. Comparing verses 31, 32, with 19: 3-9, what is our Lord’s teaching on the sanctity of marriage and the possibility of divorce?

Notes

  1. Verse 18. ‘Not an iota, not a dot’: a reference to the smallest letter or significant part of a letter in the Hebrew language.
  2. Verse 48. ‘perfect’ has more the meaning of ‘mature’ or full -grown than any concept of sinless perfection. Cf. Lk. 6:36.

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Search The Scriptures —Study 5 — Matthew 5: 1-16

798b3-search-the-srcipturesStudy 5 From the Book of Matthew is: Matthew 5: 1-16

  1. Describe the qualities of the happy life as detailed in verses 1-12. What makes them such?  To what rewards do they lead, and why?
  2. Verses 13-16. What is the significance of the two metaphors with which our Lord describes the relation to the world of those who belong to the kingdom? And in what ways does He warn them that they may fail to exercise their proper function?

Note Verse 3. ‘Poor in spirit’: i. e., aware of their spiritual poverty and of their need of divine help. Cf. Is. 57:15; Lk. 18:13.

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Search The Scriptures —Study 4 — Matthew 4

798b3-search-the-srcipturesStudy 4 From the Book of Matthew is: Matthew 4

  1. Consider the temptations of Jesus as a testing of the kind of ministry He was going to exercise. What was the special point of appeal in each temptation? Can you link these three typical temptations with the threefold division of 1 John. 2:16?
  2. In what way do verses 1-11 help us to understand the meaning of temptation and the way in which Satan may be defeated?
  3. What was Christ’s first message? Try to define repentance. Cf. Acts 2:38; 20:21; Lk. 15:18; Mt. 3:8. What further demand did He make on those who became disciples and why? Has your response to Christ been of this kind?

Note. The incidents recorded in Jn. 1:29 – 4:3 must have happened between verses 11 and 12 of this chapter.

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