Matthew chapter 6

The Lord Jesus teaches us how to give to the needy, how to pray, and how to fast. He tells us to live for heavenly treasures, and to seek God not money. [UPDATED]

 


 

HOW TO GIVE TO THE NEEDY

 

VERSE 1. “Be careful that you don’t do your charitable giving before men, to be seen by them, or else you have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.

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VERSE 2. Therefore when you do merciful deeds, don’t sound a trumpet before yourself, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may get glory from men. Most certainly I tell you, they have received their reward.

don’t sound a trumpet. This verse makes it seem like we should hide the “light” of our good deeds. But compare with Matthew 5:16:

Matthew 5:16. Even so, let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

 

VERSE 3. But when you do merciful deeds, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand does,

Sirach 12:1. If you do good, know to whom you do it; And your good deeds will have thanks.

 

VERSE 4. so that your merciful deeds may be in secret, then your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

Sirach 12:1. If you do good, know to whom you do it; And your good deeds will have thanks.

 

HOW TO PRAY

This passage reminds us of the “The Way of a Pilgrim.” That is a famous book about praying continually.

 

VERSE 5. “When you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites, for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Most certainly, I tell you, they have received their reward.

 

VERSE 6. But you, when you pray, enter into your inner room, and having shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

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enter into your inner room. Jesus calls us to a prayer life that is hidden from the public eye. But what is this “inner room?” What does that mean? Where is your “inner room?”

Some poeple say the “inner room” means to have a room in the house dedicated to prayer: a bedroom, a closet. It would be somewhere to hide away from activity and secretly commune with God. Some people find that sort of isolation quite helpful for their time of prayer.

Other people say the meaning of “inner room” is their interior self. They withdraw from the exterior world and commune with God inside them. You could go to that “inner room” any time you like, simply by closing your eyes.

 

VERSE 7. In praying, don’t use vain repetitions, as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their much speaking.

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don’t use vain repetitions. The human tendency during prayer is to use words, and lots of them. In our day, many professing Christians use repetitive prayers.

Sirach 7:14. Prate not in the multitude of elders; And repeat not your words in your prayer.

 

VERSE 8. Therefore don’t be like them, for your Father knows what things you need, before you ask him.

don’t be like them. We are not to pray with repetitive words. Jesus calls us to a prayer life that is not repetitive. We are commanded to not pray with repetitive words.

Isaiah 65:24. It will happen that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.

 

VERSE 9. Pray like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.

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VERSE 10. Let your Kingdom come. Let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

 

VERSE 11. Give us today our daily bread.

 

VERSE 12. Forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors.

 

VERSE 13. Bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen.’

 

VERSE 14. “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

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Sirach 28:2. Forgive your neighbor the hurt that he has done you; And then your sins will be pardoned when you pray.

 

VERSE 15. But if you don’t forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

 

HOW TO FAST

 

VERSE 16. “Moreover when you fast, don’t be like the hypocrites, with sad faces. For they disfigure their faces, that they may be seen by men to be fasting. Most certainly I tell you, they have received their reward.

 

VERSE 17. But you, when you fast, anoint your head, and wash your face;

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Psalm 109:24. My knees are weak through fasting. My body is thin and lacks fat.

 

VERSE 18. so that you are not seen by men to be fasting, but by your Father who is in secret, and your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.

 

LIVE FOR HEAVENLY TREASURES

 

VERSE 19. “Don’t lay up treasures for yourselves on the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal;

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Don’t lay up treasures for yourselves on the earth. What are “treasures on earth?”

Does this verse mandate no possessions? Does it call for getting rid of bank accounts?

In our day, many Christians look up to rich people as role models, even thought rich people have laid up treasures for themselves on earth.

Sirach 29:11. Bestow your treasure according to the commandments of the Most High; And it shall profit you more than gold.

Matthew 6:19. Don’t lay up treasures for yourselves on the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal;

Luke 12:33. Sell that which you have, and give gifts to the needy. Make for yourselves purses which don’t grow old, a treasure in the heavens that doesn’t fail, where no thief approaches, neither moth destroys.

 

VERSE 20. but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consume, and where thieves don’t break through and steal;

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lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven. How can we lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven?

Sirach 29:11. Bestow your treasure according to the commandments of the Most High; And it shall profit you more than gold.

 

VERSE 21. for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

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where your treasure is. To simplify your life is a way to store up treasures in heaven. That is because you give away possessions.

Sirach 29:11. Bestow your treasure according to the commandments of the Most High; And it shall profit you more than gold.

 

VERSE 22. “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light.

 

VERSE 23. But if your eye is evil, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

 

SEEK GOD NOT MONEY

 

VERSE 24. “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You can’t serve both God and Mammon.

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Proverbs 23:4. Don’t weary yourself to be rich. In your wisdom, show restraint.

 

VERSE 25. Therefore I tell you, don’t be anxious for your life: what you will eat, or what you will drink; nor yet for your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

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don’t be anxious for your life. Are you able to live without worry?

 

VERSE 26. See the birds of the sky, that they don’t sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns. Your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you of much more value than they?

 

VERSE 27. “Which of you, by being anxious, can add one moment‡ to his lifespan?

 

VERSE 28. Why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They don’t toil, neither do they spin,

 

VERSE 29. yet I tell you that even Solomon in all his glory was not dressed like one of these.

 

VERSE 30. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today exists, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, won’t he much more clothe you, you of little faith?

 

VERSE 31. “Therefore don’t be anxious, saying, ‘What will we eat?’, ‘What will we drink?’ or, ‘With what will we be clothed?’

 

VERSE 32. For the Gentiles seek after all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

 

VERSE 33. But seek first God’s Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well.

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seek first God’s Kingdom. Seeking the kingdom of God is the priority. Everything else is subordinated to that. Yet for many of us, seeking the kingdom of God is our last priority. It ends up subordinated to everything else. Here are two powerful ways to determine your actual priorities:

Look at your calendar. How much time to you give to the kingdom of God, compared with the time you give to other priorities?

And look at your checkbook. How much do you invest in the kingdom of God, compared with what you spend on other priorities?

Psalm 141:8. For my eyes are on you, LORD, the Lord. In you, I take refuge. Don’t leave my soul destitute.

Wisdom 7:11. All good things came to me with her, and innumerable riches are in her hands.

Sirach 51:21. My whole being was stirred to seek her; therefore I have made her my prize possession. (NAB translation)

Matthew 6:33. But seek first God’s Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well.

Luke 9:61. Another also said, “I want to follow you, Lord, but first allow me to say good-bye to those who are at my house.

Luke 12:31. But seek God’s Kingdom, and all these things will be added to you.

 

VERSE 34. Therefore don’t be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Each day’s own evil is sufficient.

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