Author: Ron Graham
This page begins to study Matthew chapter 7 and more of the Sermon on the Mount.
1 In the Mind’s Eye
Matthew chapter 7 is rich in images or "word pictures".
- The merchant measuring out the buyer’s purchase at the market place.
- Having a log in your eye while trying to remove a speck from someone else’s eye.
- Feeding dogs and pigs and being attacked by them.
- Knocking on a door and waiting for it to be opened with a welcome.
- A son asking his dad for food and being given good things.
- Two gates and two roads, one broad, the other narrow.
- Wolves disguising themselves in sheep skins.
- Fruit trees producing fruit. The bad trees being cut down and burned because they produce bad fruit.
- People on Judgment day pleading and clamouring for acceptance with the Lord.
- Two men, one wise and one foolish, who built homes whose foundations were tested by storm and flood.
2 Outline of Matthew 7
|Third part of the Sermon on the Mount|
|Casting pearls to pigs||7:6|
|Ask of God||7:7-11||11:9-13|
|The Golden Rule||7:12||6:31|
|The two gates||7:13-14||13:24|
|Doing God’s will||7:21-23|
|The two houses in the flood||7:24-27||6:47-49|
|The authority of Christ||7:28-29|
3 Deep Thought
1. Matthew chapter seven is rich in imagery. It is a chapter that shows Jesus’s amazing ability to make ideas come to life in the mind’s eye. There are ten "word pictures" in the chapter. I have identified them for you, but can you tell me what idea or lesson each word picture is meant to convey?
2. A person’s reputation or usefulness can be ruined because of hasty or shallow judgments which someone makes and expresses about that person. Verses 5 and 20 give us principles upon which to make good judgments. What are these principles?