This reading emphasizes the general rule of action and reaction. This passage brings to our attention the need for us to be aware that when it comes to asking and receiving, /getting answers and having access and relationship comes first. It is quite amazing that we want to give those we love what they have asked us and not what will harm them. This clearly shows that we are compassionate to those we love; how much more God to us His children. The fruitfulness or otherwise of a tree was used in describing kingdom potential of believers. The axe will be laid to trees that produce corrupt fruits while only those that produce the right fruit will be kingdom bound. What we nurture within will be produced without.
There are two categories of people, those that simply hear the Word and those who go further to do after hearing. These two are likened to foolish and wise who build on the sand or rock.
God has given us a responsibility we need to leverage on; the power of relationship!. There is a need for us as believers to walk in total obedience to God which shows our trust in Him. It takes trust in the ability and love of the Father to keep asking until you have received. You won’t have to seek too long because you will surely find and there will be an answer behind your knock.
Fruit bearing as kingdom bound Christians becomes much more relevant than what we simply profess.
The Word of God in the heart of a wise man is like a rock that won’t be shattered amidst challenges; however a foolish man who doesn’t do the Word has such a fragile faith and will be moved by the challenges of life.
I bear fruit unto righteousness and walk in true obedience to God’s word and will.
Reading – Matthew 7:7 to Matthew 8:4
Ask, Seek, Knock
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
The Narrow and Wide Gates
13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
True and False Prophets
15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
True and False Disciples
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
The Wise and Foolish Builders
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.
Jesus Heals a Man With Leprosy
8 When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him.2 A man with leprosy[a] came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
3 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. 4 Then Jesus said to him,“See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
- Matthew 8:2The Greek word traditionally translated leprosy was used for various diseases affecting the skin.
All scriptural passages are taken from the NIV version of the bible.