This year we are covering the four Gospel Accounts together in chronological order.
In the previous post, we covered Matthew 7:3-6. Here was the conclusion:
Believers ought to overcome their own problems before they initiate help in the same area on other believers. Believers shouldn't initiate helping unbelievers.
During the Matthew Series, we covered these chapters in detail. Remember, the purpose of this year's Series is to show the chronology and the role of each passage relative to the occurrence of other passages. For the rest of this Series, with each post I will provide a link to the associated Matthew Series post for those who want to go in depth with each passage. For example, here is the link to the Matthew Series for today's post: Matthew 7:7-12.
"7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8 for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened."
(The transition appeared to be abrupt. Jesus began this chapter stating we shouldn't judge...and then explained how to HELP other believers. After Jesus stated not to cast your pearls before swine...not to initiate helping unbelievers...Jesus suddenly spoke of asking and seeking. Jesus stated that if anyone asked, they would receive...and if anyone sought they would find. It would appear that Jesus steered the focus from taking from others to receiving...from whom?)
"9 Or what man is there of you, who, if his son shall ask him for a loaf, will give him a stone;
10 or if he shall ask for a fish, will 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 who is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?"
(Jesus encouraged believers to ask of God and seek from God instead of taking from others through judging! In fact, Jesus blatantly summarized this section with the following...)
"12 All things therefore whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, even so do ye also unto them: for this is the law and the prophets."
(This sentence tied the previous eleven verses together! The first verse said not to judge so that you wouldn't be judged. The next section stated that you ought to help yourself if you want to help others. This final section stated that God would certainly give to you if you asked or sought because you would certainly give to your children if they asked or sought! Jesus concluded that the Law and the prophets all pointed to this summary.)
Jesus stated that God would certainly give to you if you asked or sought because you would certainly give to your children if they asked of sought. The conclusion of this section was that you ought to do to others whatever you would want done to you for this was the Law and the prophets.