October 26

Today’s Reading: Matthew 5, 6, 7:6-29, Luke 6:20-26, 6:37-49

Highlights: Today we read the “Sermon on the Mount”. Yesterday we read about the opposition Jesus received from the scribes and pharisees. We shouldn’t miss the point that much of this sermon is contrasting the mess their religion had become with what God really wants of us. “For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:20).

At the end of Matthew 6 Jesus talks about worrying about material things, and in chapter 7 he speaks about the need to hear and obey His teachings.

Toward the conclusion, in Matthew 7:21, Jesus says, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” The Pharisees of course wouldn’t call him Lord – but even among those who will, that is not enough. What is the lesson there for us?




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2 Responses to October 26

  1. Sandy Steinman

    Jesus was saying that a lot of people make verbal confessions of faith but that is not enough. It is about us showing our devotion to Jesus through our actions and through our heart.

  2. Andrew

    Some people claim to follow Christ, and do indeed try to live a “good” life. However, even doing good deeds in the name of Christ is not enough, if we have not followed what Christ taught in the bible. The bible is clear on what is required for salvation and how Christians are supposed to live their lives. We have to apply all of Jesus teachings and not pick and choose ones that are convenient for us. There are a lot of teachings in today’s readings. Some may be more difficult to apply than others, but none of them are optional.

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