Anxious About Nothing Mt. 6 #1

Do Not Worry

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

Matthew 6:25-27 NIV

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Do Not Worry

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

Matthew 6:25-27 NIV

[Y]our heavenly Father feeds [the birds]. Are you not much more valuable than they? – Matthew 6:26

Don’t worry about money! Nothing but anxiety. God will take care of you

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Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican — Penitence, Humility & Virtue! Teachings of Truth — Word of God Jesus Christ — Lessons from Luke 18

The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Luke 18:9-14

9To some who trusted in their own righteousness and viewed others with contempt, He also told this parable: 10“Two men went up to the temple to pray. One was a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.11The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed,a ‘God, I thank You that I am not like the other men—swindlers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12I fast twice a week and pay tithes of all that I acquire.’

13But the tax collector stood at a distance, unwilling even to lift up his eyes to heaven. Instead, he beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner!’ 14I tell you, this man, rather than the Pharisee, went home justified. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

References & Reflections

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pharisee_and_the_Publican
[2] https://biblehub.com/bsb/luke/18.htm

Parable of the Lost Son — Lessons from Luke 15 — Son of Man and God Jesus Christ

Parable of the Lost Son

Luke 15

11 To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story: “A man had two sons. 12 The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons.

13 “A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living. 14 About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. 15 He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. 16 The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything.

17 “When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! 18 I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, 19 and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’

20 “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. 21 His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.[b]

22 “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. 23 And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, 24 for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.

25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the fields working. When he returned home, he heard music and dancing in the house, 26 and he asked one of the servants what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother is back,’ he was told, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf. We are celebrating because of his safe return.’

28 “The older brother was angry and wouldn’t go in. His father came out and begged him, 29 but he replied, ‘All these years I’ve slaved for you and never once refused to do a single thing you told me to. And in all that time you never gave me even one young goat for a feast with my friends. 30 Yet when this son of yours comes back after squandering your money on prostitutes, you celebrate by killing the fattened calf!’

31 “His father said to him, ‘Look, dear son, you have always stayed by me, and everything I have is yours. 32 We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!’”

References & Reflections

[1] https://biblehub.com/bsb/luke/17.htm

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parable_of_the_Prodigal_Son

Advantages Of Poverty And Pretend Prosperity — Proverbs 13 — Solomon’s Advice

King’s Advice — Vice and Virtue — Advantages And Pitfalls Poverty And Prosperity

Proverbs 13:7-9

Some who are poor pretend to be rich;
    others who are rich pretend to be poor.
The rich can pay a ransom for their lives,
    but the poor won’t even get threatened.

References & Reflections

[1] http://bible-illustrated.blogspot.com/2019/10/Pr1308.html
[2] https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+13%3A7-8&version=NIV

Down Size Your Life! Save Your Soul — Luke 17:33 — Francis Chan Christ’s Crazy Love Television Interview Video

The Rich Young Ruler


28“Look,” said Peter, “we have left all we had to follow You.”

29 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers orparents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God

30 will fail to receive many times more in this age—and in the age to come, eternal life.”

Luke 18:28-30

Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

10 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”

11 He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables:

“Though seeing, they do not see;
    though hearing, they do not hear or understand.

Psalm 78:2

14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:

“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
    you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
15 For this people’s heart has become calloused;
    they hardly hear with their ears,
    and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
    hear with their ears,
    understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.’[a]

Isaiah 6:9-10

16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. 17 For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.

The Coming of the Kingdom

32Remember Lot’s wife!
33 Whoever tries to savehis life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve it.
34 I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed: One will be taken and the other left.

References & Reflections

[a] https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+6%3A9-10&version=NIV

[1] https://slideplayer.com/slide/13192604/
[2] http://BibleOpia.wordpress.com
[3] https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+13&version=NIV
[4] https://biblehub.com/luke/17-33.htm

Perfume of Great Price — Anointing of Jesus

Matthew 26:6-13 New Living Translation (NLT)

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

Meanwhile, Jesus was in Bethany at the home of Simon, a man who had previously had leprosy. While he was eating,[a] a woman came in with a beautiful alabaster jar of expensive perfume and poured it over his head.

The disciples were indignant when they saw this. “What a waste!” they said. “It could have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor.”

10 But Jesus, aware of this, replied, “Why criticize this woman for doing such a good thing to me? 11 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me. 12 She has poured this perfume on me to prepare my body for burial. 13 I tell you the truth, wherever the Good News is preached throughout the world, this woman’s deed will be remembered and discussed.

Remembrance, criticism, discussion?

References & Reflections

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anointing_of_Jesus
[2] https://inspired2think.wordpress.com/2015/04/11/understanding-the-significance-of-jesus-being-anointed-by-oil/
[3] https://bible.org/article/anointing-bethany
[4] http://answersfromthebook.net/what-is-the-significance-of-anointing-the-feet-of-jesus/
[5] https://www.gotquestions.org/anointed.html
[6] https://www.biblestudy.org/question/woman-washing-jesus-feet-and-its-meaning.html
[7] https://mylordkatie.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/jesus-and-mary-of-bethany/
[8] http://yahwehishisname.blogspot.com/2013/08/study-of-mary-of-bethany.html
[9] http://pavilionedinpraise.blogspot.com/2009/08/letters-to-jesus-mary-of-bethany.html

Achan’s Sin Against Upholding God’s Word — Wisdom’s Treasury Not Greed’s Thievery! — Joshua 7

Joshua 7:16-9:2 New Living Translation (NLT)

Achan’s Sin

16 Early the next morning Joshua brought the tribes of Israel before the Lord, and the tribe of Judah was singled out. 17 Then the clans of Judah came forward, and the clan of Zerah was singled out. Then the families of Zerah came forward, and the family of Zimri was singled out. 18 Every member of Zimri’s family was brought forward person by person, and Achan was singled out.

19 Then Joshua said to Achan, “My son, give glory to the Lord, the God of Israel, by telling the truth. Make your confession and tell me what you have done. Don’t hide it from me.”

20 Achan replied, “It is true! I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel. 21 Among the plunder I saw a beautiful robe from Babylon,[a] 200 silver coins,[b] and a bar of gold weighing more than a pound.[c] I wanted them so much that I took them. They are hidden in the ground beneath my tent, with the silver buried deeper than the rest.”

22 So Joshua sent some men to make a search. They ran to the tent and found the stolen goods hidden there, just as Achan had said, with the silver buried beneath the rest. 23 They took the things from the tent and brought them to Joshua and all the Israelites. Then they laid them on the ground in the presence of the Lord.

24 Then Joshua and all the Israelites took Achan, the silver, the robe, the bar of gold, his sons, daughters, cattle, donkeys, sheep, goats, tent, and everything he had, and they brought them to the valley of Achor. 25 Then Joshua said to Achan, “Why have you brought trouble on us? The Lord will now bring trouble on you.” And all the Israelites stoned Achan and his family and burned their bodies. 26 They piled a great heap of stones over Achan, which remains to this day. That is why the place has been called the Valley of Trouble[d] ever since. So the Lord was no longer angry.

Proverbs 15:27

 27  Whoever is  greedy for unjust gain  troubles his own household,

but he who hates  bribes will live.

References & reflections

[1] https://www.gotquestions.org/sin-of-Achan.html

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achan_(biblical_figure)
[3] https://www.themoorings.org/Bible_commentary/Joshua/typology.html
[4] http://docshare04.docshare.tips/files/8801/88012940.pdf
[5] https://sermons.faithlife.com/sermons/122865-jesus-the-true-joshua