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?