BIBLE: Matthew Chapter 7 – Headline “Ask For More”

Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.

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Matthew 7:1 “Judge (condemn) not, that you be not judged.

“Judging a person does not define who they are. It defines who you are.”— Jonathan Kestenbaum

Matthew 7:2 For with what (Condemnation) judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.
Matthew 7:3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?
Matthew 7:4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye?
Matthew 7:5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

A young couple moved into a new house. The next morning while they were eating breakfast, the young woman saw her neighbor hanging the washing outside.”That laundry is not very clean; she doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better soap powder. Her husband looked on, remaining silent.Every time her neighbor hung her washing out to dry, the young woman made the same comments.A month later, the woman was surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband, “Look, she’s finally learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this?”The husband replied, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.”And so it is with life… What we see when watching others depends on the clarity of the window through which we look.So don’t be too quick to judge others, especially if your perspective of life is clouded by anger, jealousy, negativity or unfulfilled desires.

Matthew 7:6 “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.
Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

► Keep On Asking, Seeking, Knocking

► Not only ask but seek. Not only seek but knock. Not only knock but open.

Ask, Seek, Knock.

Matthew 7:8 For everyone who asks, receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

► God always says yes.  Yes, always. Always yes.

How does He do it? If what you ask for is selfish or immature, He will begin to prepare you to receive your “yes”.  Like a good parent, He will work in you until what you want you will use in a mature way. God does not reward bad behavior.

However; if you ask for your enemies to be destroyed, He will give you the root of your need: justice.

Sometimes, you may not get what you ask for until you’re in heaven.

►God loves to give. It thrills Him to give you the desire of your heart. Don’t disappoint the Spirit. Be an avid learner. Wisdom is the key to get everything else. Pray for the key that opens the door.

► Was Solomon wise because he asked for wisdom, or did getting wisdom make him wise?

Solomon took the first wise step and God took it from there.

► The Declaration of Independence declared All men were created equal with certain inalienable rights (including) life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” is a well-known phrase in the United States Declaration of Independence. The phrase gives three examples of the “unalienable rights” which the Declaration says have been given to all humans by their creator, and which governments are created to protect. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life,_Liberty_and_the_pursuit_of_Happiness

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

What are the OTHER rights? I presume one of them is the right to “ask”. Another would be the right to say “no”. This is a healthy relationship. It is reasonable and right to be free to make an outrageous request.  It is also healthy to allow the other person to say “yes” or “no”.

We have the right to make a request of God, even an outrageous request. God has the right to say no. But He would rather give the requester the desires of his or her heart and, as a good Father would do, He prepares his children to be able to receive that request.

  1. I asked God to make me wiser than Solomon.
  2. I asked God to reverse my DNA and make me younger.

What is your outrageous request? How big is your faith?

► God told King David if he would have asked, God would have given him more.

2 Samuel 12:8 “You are the man! Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8 I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your keeping, and gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if that had been too little, I also would have given you much more!

► King Solomon is a symbol of the Jewish King Jesus. The Queen of Sheba is a symbol of the Gentile bride of Christ.  (Egyptians are gentiles)

Their relationship was one of enduring love: See Song of Solomon.

2 Chronicles 9:12 Now King Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all she desired, whatever she asked, much more than she had brought to the king.

VERSES ABOUT ASKING AND RECEIVING

* Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
* Matthew 7:9-10 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent?
* Matthew 7:11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
* Matthew 7:12 Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

The Narrow Way

“The way” is extremely important to God. Their are many ways but only one way will lead to God.

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am THE WAY, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Types of “Ways”

* Esau’s Way: Genesis 33:16 So Esau returned that day on his way to Seir (Strong’s defines it as the place of demons)

* Jacob’s Way: Genesis 35:3 Then let us arise and go up to Bethel; and I will make an altar there to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and has been with me in the way which I have gone.”

* Baalam’s Way: Numbers 22:32 And the Angel of the Lord said to him, “Why have you struck your donkey these three times? Behold, I have come out to stand against you, because your way is perverse before Me.

* God’s Way: Deuteronomy 31:29 For I know that after my death you will become utterly corrupt, and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you. And evil will befall you in the latter days, because you will do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke Him to anger through the work of your hands.”

Matthew 7:Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?
Matthew 7:10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent?

Jesus is symbolized by a fish while Satan is symbolized by a serpent. If you ask for Jesus God will not give you Satan.

Matthew 7:11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
Matthew 7:12 Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
Matthew 7:13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.
Matthew 7:14 (How narrow is the gate !) Because narrow is the gate and difficult (confined) is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

You Will Know Them by Their Fruits

Matthew 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.

Such a one will be the coming Antichrist. He is called the “worthless shepherd”.

Zechariah 11:17 “Woe to the worthless shepherd, Who leaves the flock! A sword shall be against his arm And against his right eye; His arm shall completely wither, And his right eye shall be totally blinded.”

Matthew 7:16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles?
Matthew 7:17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
Matthew 7:18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.
Matthew 7:19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Matthew 7:20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

I Never Knew You

Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
Matthew 7:22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’
Matthew 7:23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

Lawlessness does not respect the authority of God. Grace does not cover lawlessness.

Below alludes to the end times, during the tribulation and Jesus’ second return to earth.

Matthew 7:24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:
Matthew 7:25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
  • ►Symbolism
  • The Rock is Jesus; a Rock, a Stone, the Cornerstone, the Capstone, and the unhewn Stone that grows into a mountain.
  • The Rock is a foundation. A rock, unlike sand, is “One”.
  • A House is a family. The term “the House of (last name ie: Winsor)” is a royal family name. * A royal family protects the family name. Proverbs 22:1 [The Value of a Good Name] A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,
  • The Rain is Jesus. He is the “Faithful Rain”, the “Early” and the “Latter” Rain which comes down from heaven.
  • The floods are an invasion of “a sea of men, military men”
  • The winds, in this case, are the changing forces
  • The remnant house of believers are saved because they were grounded on the Rock.

Conclusion:
A house of the righteous (wise, obedient) will not be destroyed. The “House of Noah” (Noah’s family) prevailed and survived.

Cross References verses concerning wisdom:
* Deuteronomy 32:29 Oh, that they were wise, that they understood this, That they would consider their latter end!
* Job 9:4 God is wise in heart and mighty in strength. Who has hardened himself against Him and prospered?
* Proverbs 10:8 The wise in heart will receive commands, But a prating fool will fall.
* Proverbs 14:1 [The Ways of Life and Death] The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish pulls it down with her hands.
* 1 Corinthians 3:10-11 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Matthew 7:26 “But (the flipside is …) everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does NOT do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

A great fall is something that started very high and ended very low.

“Sand” shifts. It is not unified; it can pull in many directions following whatever elements (fads, cultures) come along. It is unstable and untrustworthy.

►Conclusions
When the storm (the day of wrath) comes, his house will be torn apart. Like the great world wild flood, every family was destroyed except Noah and his family because he was found righteous.

Notes
The storm doesn’t have to be on the massive scale of the seven year tribulation or the great worldwide flood. Unrighteousness within a family creates its own storms. That family will eventually be destroyed, destroying itself.

The man who is his own god, creates his own storm.

Matthew 7:28 And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching,
Matthew 7:29 for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
Build on the Rock
The house built on the rock is built with due diligence: a study of the foundation, cost, competent workmen, task assignments and time.
Jesus is the foundation, his blood is the cost. His resume of competency is perfectly sinless. Jesus is able to direct us in our task assignments so that in due time we have a house that will withstand the storms in our lives. The Rock is stable.
The house that is built on the sand is built haphazardly without insight, without wisdom, and without competent help. Sand shifts.
Jesus is the Word and the Word is our foundation.
To build on the sand is like only studying the New Testament without the Old Testament, or only studying the Old Testament without the New Testament. You cannot understand Revelation without Daniel. You can’t understand Hebrew without Leviticus. And visa versa.
The Rock is the whole unified “Word”. If you break the Rock apart you create unstable shifting sand, the un-unified Word of God.
The Word is BOTH the Old Testament AND the New Testament.
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