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Lori Bolinger

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Re: Parables of Jesus bit by bit
« Reply #52 on: June 07, 2021, 12:51:22 pm »
The Parable of the BuildersÖ
   As I was preparing to study the parable of the builders, I read the first sentence, Matthew 7:24 ďTherefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on the rock.  I suddenly realized that we had to know more in order to fully understand this parable.  We had to know and at least to some degree understand the teachings that precede this parable.  Since the study is centered on the parables, the preceding teachings will be simple and not as deep.  To that end, the first teaching we  have not yet touched on is Matthew 6, the giving to the poor. 

6 ďBe careful not to practice your righteousness[a] in front of people, to be seen by them. Otherwise, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 So whenever you give to the poor, donít sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be applauded by people. I assure you: Theyíve got their reward! 3 But when you give to the poor, donít let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.  What we want to focus on here is giving to the poor.

 The account of course says not to give to be seen by others but as we study more on giving we learn a bit more.  We also want to see a consistency in scripture which tells us that we are understanding it correctly.  So letís roll up our sleeves and dig into giving.
 We are to give to the poor without making a show of it.  (Matthew 23:5)  If we make a show of it, we have already received our reward rather than to wait for Godís reward. (Luke 6:24; Luke 16:25; Luke 6:24) We are to give out of a willing heart that gives without reservation. (Matthew  10:8 )  Many people give out of compulsion, Christ teaches that we are to give out of our own hearts conviction not because of anything anyone says or does to try to convince us to give. (II Corinthians 9:7; Exodus 25:2; Deuteronomy 15:10; I Chronicles 29:9; Romans 8:12)
Our giving should be done with lavishness. Itís a giving that is generous. (Matthew 5:42; Luke 6:30)   God lavishes us with Love.  As such we too are to lavish the poor with Love.  In lavishing our Love giving, we will be measured by that same measure. (Luke 6:38)  We do not have to worry about giving it all because God generously gives to us. (Luke 11:3)  Getting away from our bondage to our possessions in exchange for giving as Christ instructs us is building treasures in heaven. (Matthew 19:21; Mark 10:21) One day someone challenged me by claiming that Christianís donít give as they are commanded in scripture.  I told him there were some who did and asked him what he wanted from me. He told me and I assured him I didnít have it to give but if I did it would be his. Our giving needs to be from what God has given us, consider the woman who gave her two mites. (II Corinthians 8:12; Luke 21:1-4; Mark 12:43)
Acts 2:41-47 shows us this principle carried out in an entire body where the early believers were devoting themselves to the apostles teaching, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer, so much so that they sold all their possessions and held everything in common so that they could care for the poor.  As we move through Acts into chapter 5:1-11 we see that God is more concerned about the truth of our hearts than the amount of our giving. 
When we give to the poor it is like giving to Christ Himself. (Matthew 10:42; Mark 9:41; Matthew 25:31-46)  We can give generously, with a willing heart, we can give for all the right reasons and in all the right ways, but the bottom line is that we need to give out of Love; Love for God and Love for the one whom we are giving to.  (I Corinthians 13:3)  A Love that is the heart of the entire law and teaching of Christ.
« Last Edit: June 08, 2021, 10:53:13 am by Lori Bolinger »

 

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