Matthew 7

Matthew 7 is the final chapter in the sermon on the mount.  Although it is called this, it was only delivered to a few disciples as Yeshua was sitting down rather than standing up.  And He actually went up the mountain to get away from the multitude.  His disciples followed Him and He began to speak.  Matthew 7 will complete the discussion.

Matthew 7:1

1 Judge not, that you be not judged.

  • Many believe that this means that we should not others judge, especial them for that matter.
  • That is not a well thought out idea.
  • When in fact, Christians seem to be the most judgmental people.
  • We make judgments all the time.
  • Every time we hear a statement we judge whether it is correct or not.
  • We are not to be the garbage can world allowing people to fill us up with whatever nebulous thought they want to pass our way.
  • We must judge, but we must judge in a particular way.
  • The meaning of this statement is, if you judge you will be judged according to your own measure of judgment.

Matthew 7:2

2 For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged: and with what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you again.

  • If we judge, we will be judged in the same manner.
  • If we judge righteously, then we will be judged righteously.
  • If we judge with mercy, mercy will be afforded to us when we are judged.
  • However, if we judge unrighteously, then when we are judged; we will in turn be judged in the same manner, unrighteously.

Matthew 7:3-4

3 And why behold the mote that is in your brother’s eye, but consider not the beam that is in your own eye? 4 Or how will you say to your brother, Let me pull out the mote out of your eye; and, behold, a beam in your own eye?

  • Before we judge anyone on any level, we ought to take inventory of ourselves.
  • Many times people will complain about others not realizing that they are the same, but even worse.
  • Before any of us judge anyone on a particular matter, we ought to take care of our own problems first.
  • It is a common ailment for humans to focus on others’ problems, rather than correct ourselves or even take responsibility for an issue.

Matthew 7:5

5 You hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of your own eye; and then shall you see clearly to cast out the mote out of your brother’s eye.

  • Yeshua is telling us, if we judge; we should first take inventory of ourselves and correct our issues.
  • Once we have learned to do for ourselves, we will be able to more effectively help others
  • Hopefully, we have learned to be more compassionate in our delivery of the message after we have corrected our own issues.

Matthew 7:6

6 Give not that which is holy to the dogs, neither cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

  • What is holy?
  • Holy is sanctified, set apart to God.
  • Holy is something that fits the description of Leviticus 21:8.

8 You shall sanctify him therefore; for he offers the bread of your God: he shall be holy to you: for I Yehovah, which sanctify you, holy.

  • It is God that sanctifies and makes things holy. We cannot decide on our own what is holy.
  • We must learn the lesson that Haggai taught the priests in Haggai 2:11-14.

11 Thus says Yehovah of hosts; Ask now the priests the law, saying, 12 If one bear holy flesh in the skirt of his garment, and with his skirt do touch bread, or pottage, or wine, or oil, or any meat, shall it be holy? And the priests answered and said, No. 13 Then said Haggai, If unclean by a dead body touch any of these, shall it be unclean? And the priests answered and said, It shall be unclean. 14 Then answered Haggai, and said, So is this people, and so is this nation before Me, says Yehovah; and so is every work of their hands; and that which they offer there is unclean.

  • If something is holy and it touches something acceptable or common, it is not holy any more.
  • If something is unclean or defiled in any way and it touches something holy or acceptable, it is all unclean and defiled.
  • One should understand from this that only Yehovah declares what is holy and anything else will defile something holy unless it too is holy.
  • The people in Haggai had not sanctified their lives to Yehovah first. As such, all they did was defiled worship.
  • So what is a pearl?
  • Many think of is as wisdom; however that may not be true.
  • The idea of a pearl being wisdom is from Job 28:18.

18 No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies.

  • Pearl is from the Hebrew word Gabiys (H1378).  It is in the Bible one time.  However, it is from an unused root (probably meaning to freeze); crystal (from its resemblance to ice).
  • This translation has unfortunately led to a misunderstanding of what a pearl symbolizes.
  • Many relate a pearl to wisdom.  Yet, Job never makes that connection, he just states above the value.
  • Yeshua does relate a pearl to the kingdom of heaven in Matthew 13:45.

45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like to a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:

  • What is interesting about this parable, it never states if the merchant is a believer, Matthew 13:46.

46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

  • The merchant sold all he had to purchase this pearl.  This pearl represented something essential to the kingdom of heaven or God, Revelation 21:21.

21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every one gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

  • The gates of New Jerusalem are pearls.  As such, a pearl is a gateway to something.
  • So who is the dog?
  • It is an unclean animal or it may be referring to a male prostitute.  An individual who is willing to sacrifice themselves in various ways for money.
  • The pig is an unclean animal. One can clean a pig, but it is still a pig, a defilement.
  • A pig will eat just about anything and is willing to live under conditions a conventional human would not.
  • We are not to give what is holy to one who would profit from it.
  • Neither are we to show the way to the kingdom to one who is unwilling to be sanctified.

Matthew 7:7-8

7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you: 8 For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened.

  • This is an important concept for us to learn.
  • If we ask the Father, He will guide us.
  • However, we must understand; it must be in the will of the Father, 1 John 5:14-15.

14 And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask any thing according to His will, He heareth us: 15 And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.

  • There is another side to this. We should not answer questions that are not being asked.
  • Do unload all your great spiritual knowledge and power on someone not asking for it.

Matthew 7:9-11

9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?

  • If we ask within His will, God will give us all in His time.
  • You may wonder why things are not happening for you.
  • We all must keep in mind, Romans 8:28.

28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.

  • If we love God, we must understand that all things work together to bring His will in His time.
  • Sometimes we have to wait.
  • If we are patient in His way, in time, we will understand why it was better to wait.

Matthew 7:12

12 Therefore all things whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do you even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

  • The interesting thing is that, it does not state that they would do good to us.
  • It is what you would have them do.
  • Such that we would want good for us; therefore, we do good to them regardless.
  • When we have been offended, we do not return in kind. We do what is right.
  • We do this, because that is what we would have them do to us.

Matthew 7:13-14

13 Enter in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to life, and few there be that find it.

  • This may be one of the hardest things to comprehend for most young believers.
  • The straight gate is found by walking the narrow way. Few of us will walk the path to enter it.
  • It is hard to believe that with so many people who name the name of Christ, Yeshua states few.
  • He did not state millions, He stated few.
  • This would mean that many who claim to be believers, may not be true believers or at least not practicing the faith.
  • In fact, Yeshua backs this up in many ways, Luke 6:46.

46 And why call Me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

  • Today so many call Him Lord, but how many actually walk as He walked? Very few.
  • If we are to be footstep followers, we would have to do what He did.
  • If not, then we would have a hard time overcoming sin, 1 John 1:7.

7 But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Yeshua Messiah His Son cleans us from all sin.

  • If one does not walk as He walked, then they will not be cleansed by His blood and their sin remains.
  • It was Peter who told us in 1 Peter 4:18.

18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

  • The righteous are scarcely saved, meaning hardly or with much work. Then we may be in for a surprise on His return.
  • Remember few find the way.
  • As such, praise God for the Restitution of All Things that will rectify the few into many.

Matthew 7:15

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

  • So many more false prophets today.
  • It was a problem that Paul warned us about in His day. And, it has only gotten worse, Acts 20:27-31.

 27 For I have not shunned to declare to you all the counsel of God. 28 Take heed therefore to yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to feed the assembly of God, which He has purchased with His own blood. 29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. 30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. 31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

  • Paul told this to the Elders of Ephesus.
  • This was not something to happen way off in the future, it was to occur in their present day.
  • Wolves would enter in appearing to be in sheep’s clothing as Yeshua warned. These would rip apart the congregations.
  • Even believers would rise up and take away disciples to another faith. These would be immature believers, not grounded in the faith of Yeshua and the Apostles.
  • Paul also warned us in 2 Corinthians 11:13-15.

13 For such false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Messiah. 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

  • There will be many who will appear to be as minister of light, but in actuality, they are workers of iniquity.
  • In our day, there are whole denomination that have gone from the faith. Simply because, they were led astray and they are totally unaware of what has happened.
  • Sad to say, Yeshua warned us and so few understand.
  • He gave the parable of the tares for our benefit. Yet few know the remedy for it.
  • Simply 1 Corinthians 14:20.

20 Brethren, be not children in understanding: but in malice be children, but in understanding be men.

  • Our greatest protection against the workers of iniquity and carnal believers is to grow in understanding and be mature in all spiritual ways.

Matthew 7:16

16 You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

  • These we will know by their fruits
  • But if we do not know the way of the faith, the narrow way, how will we know that their fruits are evil?
  • That is the problem, one must be mature to know if one’s fruits are God’s fruits of righteousness.
  • There are actually those who gather thorns, Matthew 13:22.

22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that hears the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.

  • One way to know their fruit is bad, if they are more concern with the world than with Messiah’s word and Spirit.
  • If they declare riches of the world, rather than spiritual righteousness.
  • We have been warned by Paul in 1 Timothy 6:5.

5 Perverse disputing of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw yourself.

  • We are to stay away from these.
  • Yet many Christians have been drawn into a preaching that declares prosperity for all.
  • Many are more concerned with their bank account and retirement, than placing riches in heaven.

Matthew 7:17-18

17 Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

  • James expounds on this in James 3:10-12.

10 Out of the same mouth proceeds blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. 11 Does a fountain send forth at the same place sweet  and bitter? 12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.

  • One cannot be both.
  • It is one or the other.
  • If one acts like they are sweet and bitter comes out, then they are really just bitter.
  • James continues with James 3:13.

13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

  • A wise man, sweet water will show forth in his life of humility.
  • One who is bitter is James 3:14-15.

14 But if you have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. 15 This wisdom descends not from above, but earthly, sensual, devilish. 16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

  • These are carnal Christians as Paul described in 1 Corinthians 3:1-3.

1 And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual, but as to carnal, as to babes in Messiah. 2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for as yet you were not able, neither yet now are you able. 3 For you are yet carnal: for whereas among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are you not carnal, and walk as men?

  • These are the same as those in James 3:14-15.
  • James tells us that these do not hear from God. They hear from themselves, the world and even Satan himself.
  • They may be a believer, but there is not much difference between them and an unsaved individual.
  • These are troublemakers in the assemblies.
  • Just because one is loud, it does not mean that they should be given equal importance.
  • As for those that put forth sweet water, James 3:17-18.

17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

  • Their wisdom is from God above.
  • Their words can be trusted, because they actually walk out the faith.
  • They do not taint the word of God in any way for their benefit.
  • They look for a way to make peace in the assembly of believers.

Matthew 7:19-20

19 Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them.

  • But to know them by their fruits, one must know what righteous fruits are.
  • One must be mature to safeguard against bad fruit.

Matthew 7:21

21 Not every one that says to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of My Father which is in heaven.

  • This is very key in determining truth in the faith.
  • Just because one acts nice, it does not make them a candidate for the kingdom of heaven.
  • One must do the will of the Father.
  • For one to do this, they must know the will.
  • One cannot do this unless, they know the word in the spirit and they will not know the spirit unless, they know the word.
  • One cannot have one without the other.

Matthew 7:22-23

22 Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name? and in Your name have cast out devils? and in Your name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from Me, you that work iniquity.

  • This has been a constant issue in the faith.
  • Just because one performs a miracle and claims it in the name of Jesus; it does not necessarily mean it was.
  • Again, it is those that do the will of the Father.
  • A miracle although it can be from God, it does not mean all miracles are from God.
  • Even Satan has power and can give that to his ministers.
  • One must always ensure that the will of the Father is proclaimed and practiced consistently.

Matthew 7:24-25

24 Therefore whosoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

  • If we build solidly on Messiah with His words, we will be secure in this lifetime and the one to come.
  • Those who do this will always be able to weather the storms of life.
  • They will be like Noah and the ark, they will ride above the waters and will out survive those of the flood.

Matthew 7:26-27

26 And every one that hears these sayings of Mine, and does them not, shall be likened to a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

  • Those who do not heed Messiah’s words, will be washed away in the storms of life.
  • They will forever be fighting one storm after another.
  • They will not know what it is like to rest in total assurance in Messiah with peace.

Matthew 7:28-29

28 And it came to pass, when Yeshua had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at His doctrine: 29 For He taught them as having authority, and not as the scribes.

  • They were astonished not because Yeshua taught something new, but because it was taught with power.
  • Possibly for the first time, these heard the words of Torah without traditions of the elders interwoven into them.
  • When we interweave our personal doctrine into the word, it weakens it and does not have the same effect.
  • So many write books, Ecclesiastes 12:12

12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books no end; and much study a weariness of the flesh.

  • Study is wearisome to the flesh when it is men’s teachings.
  • When we study the word of God it brings life to our spirit.
  • Yet, most study men’s book rather than the Bible
  • It should not be that way.

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