Sitting at the Feet of Yeshua
In this post, we continue our study of the Sermon on the Mount by turning to Matthew Chapter 6.
As a quick reminder, in Chapter 5 we learned about the characteristics of a blessed Believer. We learned how blessed are those who wait upon the Lord; who passionately pursue God; who truly live out the Golden Rule; and, who make peace even when confronted with persecution. We also learned that by our character and deeds, we are to make our influencing faith a force for good in the lives of our neighbors by being salt and light.
We also concentrated on what I called the Eternal Torah. In the Torah, God reveals His standards for holy living. Yeshua completed the Torah; He did NOT abolish the Torah. He came to bring us back to God’s original intent of His instructions to Israel, so that by grace we may learn to live a Torah-observant lifestyle. We also looked at Yeshua’s teaching on murder, adultery, divorce, taking of vows, retaliation and loving our enemies. In this post, we will concentrate on Yeshua’s teaching regarding acts of righteousness.
Acts of Righteousness
“Be careful not to parade your acts of tzedakah in front of people in order to be seen by them! If you do, you have no reward from your Father in heaven. So, when you do tzedakah, don’t announce it with trumpets to win people’s praise, like the hypocrites in the synagogues and on the streets. Yes! I tell you, they have their reward already! But you, when you do tzedakah, don’t even let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Then you tzedakah will be in secret; and your Father, who sees what you do in secret, will reward you” (Matthew 6:1-4). Continue reading “Doing Right Things Right”