Key Verse | Matthew 7:13-14

"Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few."

Scripture | Matthew 7


Judging Others

Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.

Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.

Ask, and It Will Be Given

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are 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!

The Golden Rule

12 So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

13 Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy 1 that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

A Tree and Its Fruit

15 Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.

I Never Knew You

21 Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

Build Your House on the Rock

24 Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

The Authority of Jesus

28 And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, 29 for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.

Footnotes

[1] 7:13 Some manuscripts For the way is wide and easy

Our Beliefs Drive Our Responses!



Devo | Matthew 7

Throughout my life I've heard friends and family say, "Treat others as you want to be treated," or, "Judge not, so you won't be judged," but I treated these sayings as...

Throughout my life I've heard friends and family say, "Treat others as you want to be treated," or, "Judge not, so you won't be judged," but I treated these sayings as casual pieces of advice. It took 28 years before God showed me that these common phrases were actually the teachings of Jesus.

The first time I read the Sermon on the Mount I was shocked. How did I not know that the Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) and the Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12) were both written in the Bible? Why was I amazed even though I had heard these teachings many times before? This time, Jesus had revealed to me His authority over everything, and I believed it. What we believe about Jesus' authority makes a difference in our response to His Word.

The Holy Spirit often reminds me of the amazement I had during that first reading. It now serves as a benchmark to help me check who has authority over my life: Jesus or myself. When I'm not astonished after reading God's Word, I believe that the Holy Spirit is warning me that I'm taking control and believing that I have authority over my life. When I'm believing in my own authority, I find myself on the wide path that leads to destruction. This motivates me to ask God to point me back toward the narrow gate that leads to life (Matthew 7:13-14). When I believe in Jesus' authority, He makes me a wiser man who is moved to action, produces good fruit, and stands firm on His solid foundation.

Were you filled with wonder when reading the teachings of Jesus today?

Be astonished!

Discussion Questions

1. Are you astonished when you hear God's Word? Does it move you action? Why or why not? (Matthew 7:28-29)

2. Is there a log in your eye that you need to ask God to help you remove? (Matthew 7:4-5)

3. Are there people in your life with specks in their eyes? Are they waiting for you to remove the log out of your own eye so you can clearly see how to bless them? (Matthew 7:4-5)

4. When you ask God, do you expect that He will give you good things? Why or why not? (Matthew 7:7-10)

5. Do you recognize people more by what they say or by what they do? How does Jesus recognize you? (Matthew 7:21-23) Would people recognize you through the "fruit" of your spirit if they could also see your private thoughts and motives? (Matthew 7:15-16)

Meet Adam Torma

Hello, my friends! God has blessed me in many ways, and I need reminding that those blessings only come from the Lord, not my own ability. Since I have moved to Texas, God has blessed me with the opportunity to perform with a funk band, sell microchips, and referee football under the Friday night lights. These blessings have helped me connect and have conversations about the gospel with many different types of people. For those of you in Dallas, I serve with the Watermark Membership team and look forward to connecting during The Porch, men's Summit, or Sunday worship.

9 Comments available

Linda Green 9 days ago

Bet God enjoyed your wonder at discovering Jesus’ words and acknowledging the authority of His Son!

Sounds like your struggle is with the authority of God- my struggle has always been with His goodness. Think Matthew 7:9-11 was written for people like me.

And on another track, Matthew 7:21-23 is quite a sobering truth. Am so thankful to know my Savior and am waiting eagerly to finally see Him!

Michael Scaman 11 days ago

“Depart from me” maybe is a reference to the samek stanza of Psalm 119:113-120 and Psalm 119:115 in particular

Jesus did not say 'you never knew me" rather “I never knew you” when speaking to those who lacked fruit evidence of salvation.

Greg Jones 12 days ago

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Be astonished!

That’s great. I love that.

I hear Jesus saying the same here going back and picking up on things his listeners hear in the moment and know otherwise.

Two gates-Matthew Two paths-Deuteronomy30:15

Deuteronomy30:11,12,13 three things concerning two future paths that were received in the wilderness. Matthew4:1-11, three temptations encountered in the wilderness concerning two future paths.

“No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.” Deuteronomy30:14 Considering everything said and scripture quoted during the temptation that verse becomes amazing.

Layered on top of that, these words of Jesus Matthew records become more amazing.

Matthew4:3 “Tell these stones to become bread.” Temptation in the of ear of Jesus. Matthew7:9 “Who gives a stone to a son who ask for bread? IDK but if your convinced bread is stored in stone palaces you choose the stones.

Greg Jones 12 days ago

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The parallels between Deuteronomy30, the temptation Matthew4, and Matthew 7 are amazing to me.

Considering the golden rule and judgement I would also put Psalm1 (Psalm1:1 two choices) the interaction between JTB and the Pharisees (Matthew chapter3), and who we will see Jesus interacting with later, both Pharisees and sinners, in that same amazement category.

Great devotional and questions, thanks again.

Jermaine Harrison 12 days ago

Appreciate your thoughts Adam! As I strive to be filled with wonder when reading God’s word because of your encouragement to do so, the thought came to mind: what was different about the way Jesus taught that everyone noticed a difference between his authoritative teaching and the teaching of the other teachers of the law?

Praying I stay curious and amazed when reading God’s word.

Sue Bohlin 12 days ago

Thanks, Adam! Loved reading about how the Lord blessed you with the illumination that He has the authority. Just like the crowds who heard Him preach.

His teaching about looking for good fruit, and the man who built his house upon the rock by obeying His words, reminded me of how important obedience is to my Lord. I love Him through obedience, submission, and abiding–that is HIS love language. Staying close and responsive to Him, and repenting of my flesh’s tendency to rebel and want things my way.

Hugh Stephenson 12 days ago

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Recently I heard a sermon whose premise is that this passage presents something different; three ways to approach God depending on your closeness to Him.

Ask: If you are quite close to Him- then ask. He’s right beside you.

Seek: If you are distant form Him, go find him.

Then ask.

Knock: If you are distant from Him & can’t get to him then get as close as you can and knock. Loudly and persistently.

Then ask.

If I synthesize there two ideas, I come up with one consistent premise:

My father knows what is best for me.

I am to persist and preserver in confident prayer.

He will answer me in His way and in His time with His provision that will most bless me.

Hugh Stephenson 12 days ago

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GM Adam. Count me with you as a person who week after week was astonished at what God’s Word taught me. It seems the most frequently occurring phrase was, “How did I not know that?”

Today I am focused on “ask, seek, knock".

The SB notes seems to indicate that this is a sequence of actions, (paraphrasing);

ASK - Come to God in “humility and in awareness of need”.

THEN

SEEK - Pray responsibly and in the action of pursuing the will of God

THEN

KNOCK - Persevere and persist in prayer while staying confident that my Father will provide whatever is best for me.

Michael Scaman 12 days ago

DA Carson points out the immediately after Jesus says ‘judge not’ , he also says 'don’t throw your pearls before swine". Someone has to call a pig a pig.

Discernment and judging are different things.

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