Matthew 7:24-2924 “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.
What do we know about Matthew who was chosen by Jesus to walk His Life and Victory? Quite a lot. Matthew was the son of Alpheus. As a tax collector he would have been literate in Aramaic and Greek. His early icons show Matthew has long, wavy, white beard and closer-cropped hair.
The tax collector who became an evangelist, by way of giving Jesus a party as a disciple celebration - St. Matthew is said have preached in Ethiopia, where he was martyred as he said Mass. In 954, the relics of St. Matthew were translated from their tomb in Ethiopia to the city of Salerno in Italy. The relics are venerated in the crypt of Salerno’s Cathedral of St. Matthew.
The historian Origen Adamantius who knew the library of Alexander in the late 2nd century said Matthew's Gospel was composed in Hebrew near Jerusalem for Hebrew Christians and translated into Greek, but the Greek copy was lost. He lists the original copy was held in the Library at Caesarea.
2 Timothy 3 tells us about the Way, Truth and Life direction of our Households.
~ From infancy you are to know the Holy Scriptures, to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
~ Looking for the Good Work given to us by Father God. To be equipped:
Use a way of life, faith, patience, love, endurance, to have hope in persecution and in suffering.
In righteousness - teach, rebuke, train. Expect to do every good work God equips us to do.
A house that will fall is this:
Having a form of godliness, but denying the Power of God and the Scriptures. Self lovers, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.
Jesus did give a List To Do. Matthew was pleased to write the list down for us today:
1 Worship the Lord and serve him only. Matthew 4:10
2 Repent. Matthew 4:17
3 Follow me. Matthew 4:19
4 Shine your light before me and do good deeds. Matthew 5:16
5 Your righteousness must surpass the Pharisees Matthew 5:20
6 Settle matters quickly. Matthew 5:25
7 Give to those who ask, and don’t turn away from those who want to borrow from you. Matthew 5:42.
8 Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Matthew 5:44
9 Give to the needy. Matthew 6:2
10 Pray. Matthew 6:5
11 Forgive people who sin against you. Matthew. 6:14 Matthew 18:35
12 Fast from food once in awhile. Matthew 6:16
13 Treat people the way you’d like to be treated. Matthew 7:12
14 Enter through the narrow gate. Matthew 7:13
15 Do God’s will. Matthew 7:21
16 Acknowledge Jesus before men. Matthew 10:32
17 Honor your father and mother. Matthew 15:4 Matthew 19:19
18 Be humble. Matthew 18:4
19 Confront the person you have a conflict with. Matthew 18:15
20 Love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 19:19 Matthew 22:39
21 Serve everyone. Matthew 20:26-28 Matthew 23:11
22 Love God with all your heart, soul and mind. Matthew 22:37
23 Feed, clothes, visit and invite in the poor and needy. Matthew 25:35
24 Make disciples of Jesus and baptize them. Matthew 28:19
Father God, help us to Love you with all our hearts, souls and mind. To dwell on the wonderful loving aspects of You, the disciples record about You.
1 Corinthians 13 says without Love - nothing is right. Love grows cold in wickedness. Lovingly pray for enemies. I like the advice for prayer to take dislike, coldness far away to receive new blessings there!
You spoke to say how much You Love Jesus and how well He pleases You. We tend to love more when we are fully able to open the floodgates of forgiveness. The people closer to Jesus loved Him more. Love is listening and doing the Words of God. Help us to live in this Lord Jesus Christ. We ask this for ourselves, for our family members, for our friends, neighborhood, Churches, work places, State and Nation. For those with specific prayer requests Jacks, Fred, and the friend on the way to the doctor. In Jesus we place All our Cares knowing His Love. Amen.
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