KNOWLEDGE OF GOD
My son, if thou wilt receive My words, and hide my commandments with thee, So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yes, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.
In the preceding verses of Proverbs chapter l:1-5, is the beginning of learning the reward of heeding wisdom. We must earnestly seek for wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and discernment of God’s word.
The purpose of the instrutions of God’s words in proverbs is to know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity, To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.
Proverbs l:5,6 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understandisng whall attain unto wise counsels. To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
The Lord tells us in Proverbs l:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
I love the beatitudes in chapter 5 of Mathew. And seeing the multitudes, He went up into a mountain; and when he was set, His disciples came unto Him. And He opened His mouth; and taught them, saying; Verses 3-12, and we find that what He taught us in the beatitudes is the whole essence of christianity! If we strive to follow and obey Christ Jesus, and obey His instructions that He taught us on the mount, we would do well.
Now doesn’t it seem odd to you, that when Jesus taught on the mountain, that He didn’t have benifit of powerful speakers, or microphones. Multitudes mean many, perhaps thousands of men, women, and children had come to hear our Master speak. I know from fact and experience that when we speak God’s word, that the Lord draws whom He wants to hear, and He also amplifies His word that we who want to, can hear.
In verse 13 Jesus told us, that when we are a true disciple, that we will be the salt of the earth, but if we revert back to the ways of the world, we lose our strength, and we would be fit for nothing; And again in verse 14 the Lord tells us that we are the light of the world, and when we obey, and by our light draw out people of the world; That we glorify our Father in heaven. Jesus related that we are like a light set on a hill, and cannot be hid. There again, Jesus warned us about the deminishment of His light, by trying to hide the light God has given to us.
Now lets go to what Christ has told us about the law, and this is very important to know and put in our hearts, despite what a lot of false doctrines are telling us. Verses 17-20
THINK NOT THAT I AM COME TO DESTROY THE LAW, OR THE PROPHETS; I AM NOT COME TO DESTROY, BUT TO FULFILL. FOR VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, TILL HEAVEN AND EARTH PASS, ONE JOT OR ONE TITTLE SHALL IN NO WISE PASS FROM THE LAW, TILL ALL BE FULFILLED. WHOSOEVER THEREFORE SHALL BREAK ONE OF THESE LEAST COMMANDMENTS, AND SHALL TEACH MEN SO, HE SHALL BE CALLED THE LEAST IN THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, BUT WHOSOEVER SHALL DO AND TEACH THEM, THE SAME SHALL BE CALLED GREAT IN THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. FOR I SAY UNTO YOU, THAT EXCEPT YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS SHALL EXCEED THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE SCRIBES AND PHARISEES, YE SHALL IN NO CASE ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.
Because of the seriousness fo the law, Jesus emphasizes the importance of keeping even its smallest details. However, in the ultimate plan of God, the law was not to become an extra burden on the souls of men, Rather than pointing the way to salvation, the law convinced men of its need of the Savior. Therefore, whoever shall teach men so but shall not live what he teaches, he shall be made least in the kingdom of heaven. But whosoever shall do and teach the principles and precepts of the law shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. God will reward the faithfulness and effectiveness of our lives, and there will be varying degrees of blessing and reward in the kingdom.
As we see in verse 21, Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill, and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment. But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment; and whosoever shall s;ay to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: BUT WHOSOEVER SHALL SAY, THOU FOOL, SHALL BE IN DANGER OF HELL FIRE.
The mosaic law, the law of sin and death declares, “Thou shalt not kill.” Jesus says not to be angry at a brother, as the scripture says, Be angry, but do not sin. In verses 23-26 it is talking about, if we have something against one another, that it is to be resolved quickly, even before God can accept any offering we may have. These offerings can be anything, even prayers if left at the altar of God. If our heart is not pure, our offerings cannot be accepted.
Verses 27-32 Jesus teaches us on adultery and divorce. Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery. Jesus tells us not to lust. verse 28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. And on divorce in vs 31-31 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement. But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery; and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.
Jesus spoke on taking oaths in 33-37. We are to answer truthfully yes, yes, or no, no. This is not in reference to cursing, as such, but to oath taking. When you say yes, make sure this is what you mean, when you say no, make sure you mean no. The disciple is to speak the truth. Anything that is more than a simple affirmation ot the truth comes from evil. The law says No oath-taking, Jesus says, Speak the truth.
In conclusion of the sermon on the mount Jesus says that we are to love our enemies, as it is written: 38-47
Ye have heard that it hath been said, AN EYE FOR AN EYE, AND A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH. But I sy unto you; But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of theek turn not thou away. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thous shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefull use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven; for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
Jesus reminds us that love is a necessary proof of salvation. An initial reading of these verses out of context might seem to imply that loving one’s neighbor automatically makes one a child of God. However, the New Testament is clear that love is the evidence that one is already saved by the grace of God (1 John 3:14). Therefore Jesus reminds us that we are to love our enemies as our brethren.
In conclusion verse 48:
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
The conclusion of the sermon on the mount is summarized with the above statement. Since the New Testament is clear that even the believer is capable of sin, the term perfect is not to be taken as sinless perfection. Perfect as it is written means complete. that is possessing a complete love that like God’s love embraces those who love you as well as those who do not.
God bless us all, in our endeavor to become complete in our Father in heaven. Amen