Come Follow Me LDS- Feb 25-Mar 3, Matthew 6-7: He Taught Them As One Having Authority Pt 2

‘Wolves, Fruits & A Rock’

– Being in the minority is good     – Wolves, Wolves & Wolves, Oh My!

– Fruits and Practical Knowledge     – Words as ‘Triggers’

– The Rock!

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“He Taught Them As One Having Authority” Part 2

 

and then in verse 13 we have another

temple reference where it says enter ye

in at the strait gate for wide is the

gate and broad is the way that leadeth

to destruction and many there be which

go in thereat like because Strait is the

gate again STR AIT meaning narrow strait

is the gate and narrow is the way which

leadeth unto life that’s eternal life

and few there be that find it there’s a

couple of well there’s a one very

important principle I think here that we

learn and that is if we are following if

we’re trying to work our way through the

strait gate and we’re on the right path

we are a minority we need to keep that

in mind we will always be a minority if

we are doing that and not just at a

level of in the church and out of the

church I don’t think that’s right I

don’t think that’s fair but somewhat but

actually within the church as well right

there are there are conditions there

this is a a we can think about

parallelism this is a universal truth

that it may be sometimes within the

church that you might be a little bit of

a minority in the church in your

thoughts in certain things even if

you’re doing the right thing and so I

think that’s an important principle to

understand that you may have a lot of

opposition when you are hanging on to

the iron rod and having the idea and

knowing upfront that you’re probably

going to be in the minority or sometimes

you’re in the minority when you’re doing

that that’s okay that that is

going to happen and somehow you need to

kind of toughen up

a little bit and understand that that’s

sometimes going to be the position that

you’re in

and then in 15 another universal

principle that he gives it it’s

something specific but again when we

look at these scriptures they are

principles and so it’s not just a matter

of kind of a churchy thing it’s

practical knowledge this is stuff that

happens with us every day in many

different ways verse 15 says beware of

false prophets so are we thinking just

someone who’s telling us how to get into

heaven and a different way to get there

or how to do what is right

I don’t think so the second half of that

verse says which come to you in sheep’s

clothing but inwardly they are ravening

wolves that’s such a great imagery isn’t

it it’s such a great imagery so beware

of that that doesn’t mean just in the

idea of the church I think that’s in

every facet of life there are people

that are going to have views on things

and their main agenda for whatever

reason it seems that human nature works

like this for whatever reason it’s very

important to them that you follow what

they believe and if they’ve got that

agenda and that’s up at the top of their

values hierarchy they’re going to push

it and they are going to try and

convince you and they are going to shame

you perhaps they’re going to argue and

debate with you to try and have you

shift your values hierarchy and that

could be something that has to do with

politics that could have something to do

with church that could have something to

do with your job that could have

something to do with your role as a

parent or as a sibling but there’s a lot

of ideas out there a lot of ideology but

it seems that these ideologies are

getting stronger and stronger and have

more and more of an appeal or a some

type of strength to them a almost a

gravity pull to them today

and it looks to me like they’re just

going to get stronger so we watch out for

wolves that are in sheep’s clothing and

then in verse 16 is something that’s

very kind of near and dear to me and

that is you know the name of this

podcast is quick media culture and

practical theology and I believe that

our theology our that that our belief

that the gospel is very practical and I

try to point that out as much as I can

and right here I see a truth that lines

right up with that and it says here in

verse 16 ye shall know them by their

fruits do men gather grapes of thorns or

figs of thistles in other words that’s

how you know if something is true or not

more than anything else I think is you

hash it out you take a look at what are

the results you can listen to someone

and they can be very flowery they can be

very convincing with something but what

are the results of this what are the

fruits that have happened from this

that’s how I think you ought to look at

things think about ideologies today and

we’re seeing that the in politically the

left and the right so if we look back

and we look at Marxism with Lenin

and then later with Stalin and Mao and

Pol Pot and etc Venezuela right now we

see an ideology there that people seem

to want to continue to return to over

and over again because up front you have

the sheep’s clothing it is this is

empathetic this is fair for everybody

but what are the fruits of this ideology

to me there’s a ravenous wolf behind it

and the same goes on the other eye

end of the political spectrum when we

when we focus too much on nationalism or

we focus too much on a fundamental view

of judgment and order even too much and

there’s no we don’t give an

leeway two things then there’s a lot of

things in sheep’s clothing that you

could say hayward taking care of things

so that you don’t need to or we are

making things right or yes you need to

be judgmental against somebody who does

something wrong but behind that what are

the fruits of that are people hurt

because of that or are do people suffer

because of that is there what happens to

you when you adopt that as a person into

your heart and so these ideologies can

go out there and the fruits of these

things that we look at in anything in

life and just politically here I’m just

giving an example but anything in life

we can look at the fruits to get a much

better idea of what is the truth of

something an idea the words that are

coming from someone I think that’s what

matters the most words are very much

secondary they’re important they’re

important but moving into this trigger

culture that we’re going into where

we’re offended by what everybody says

let’s look at what the what the meat is

behind it I think we look there first

and then we talk about speech and he

follows up with a phrase that says

wherefore by their fruits ye shall know

them I think that’s a really good

principle to follow a very practical

principle to follow and then he says

something going back to the speech part

important but secondary he says not

everyone that saith unto me Lord Lord

shall enter into the kingdom of heaven

but he that doeth the will of my father

which is in heaven so the speech is

important but it matters pretty much to

nothing if there isn’t any meat behind

it if there isn’t any practical use

behind it if you are if you are pure

theory if you are pure words but there

is no meat behind it then watch out then

there is a problem you could we see

examples of this people sitting in ivory

towers

where this happens or they are made up

is white simple curse as Jesus says

later on and it reminds me a little bit

of Joseph Smith history where he’s in

the first vision and he’s being told

look there’s a lot of people that are

going to honor me with their lips right but

they’re I’m paraphrasing here but their

hearts are far from me I think it is

where their minds or hearts are far from

me and that’s a great example of exactly

what Jesus is saying here not everybody

who says Lord Lord is going to enter

into the kingdom of God but the people

that do the will of the Father and that

kind of brings us back up to those two

things that he was talking about the

kingdom of heaven is at hand and the

will of the Father

those are the two things that he really

focuses a lot on throughout the Gospels

and then he finishes up the Sermon on

the Mount was something really

interesting and that is he starts here

in verse 24 and he says therefore

whosoever heareth these sayings so he’s

wrapping up these sayings of mine and

doeth them I will liken him unto a wise

man which built his house upon a rock

well again going through the geography

of the temple the rock would be at the

base of the holy of holies I guess even

said that they were there’s probably a

cut in the rock on the Mount where the

Jerusalem Temple was but King Solomon’s

Temple was and in this cut which has cut

exactly proportionately to the Ark of

the Covenant the Ark of the Covenant

sits down inside of it not that deep but

somewhat deep and then the throne of God

is behind that and the Ark of the

Covenant acts as the footstool to the

throne and so here as you move through

this ritual with Jesus eventually you

end up at the rock you end up at the

pinnacle at the Holy of Holies at the

throne of God the representation of the

king of Jehovah there at the end and

then he says that and the rain descended

and the floods came

and the winds blew and beat upon that

house and it fell not you can say your

own house your own life you could even

talk about the temple here that house of

the house of the Lord for it was founded

upon a rock so are we founded upon that

rock

what rock is he referring to while being

specific he’s talking about I think

seems to me that he’s talking about the

rock of the temple he’s talking about

the rock in the holy of Holy’s are we

are we based on Christ where he is

sitting on his throne there on the rock

at the center of our lives and if we’re

not at that rock if it’s not built if

our lives our house our bodies our

Spirit is not built on that rock he is

the rock then it’s like building our

house on sand again going back to the

values hierarchy if he’s not at the top

then something else is and then our

entire level our entire totem pole of

values hierarchy is suspect and it’s

like it’s in Tolliver tis built on sand

because it’s not focused on an eternal

principle and an eternal end and I also

think about the temple specifically

again with this because he says here in

verse 27 and the rain descended and the

floods came and the winds blew and beat

upon that house and he’s talking now

about the house built on sand and it

fell and great was the fall of it and so

going back to Lehigh’s time where I

believe from my research I believe that

at Jerusalem they took Christ out of

their theology or lowered him

significantly in their values hierarchy

and that was why Lehi had to leave

because he was preaching about Christ

and how important Christ was and yet

then after he leaves

of course Babylon comes King

Nebuchadnezzar comes and destroys the

temple and so the fall of it was great

and then of course about

forty-five years probably or so after

Christ here is saying this the second

temple falls to the Romans as well and

so he could specifically also be using

this as a foreshadowing of what’s about

to happen with the second temple here

and of course what had happened to the

Temple of Solomon with the Babylonians

as well but the principle here is what

are we built on are we built on Christ

or not and I don’t know what the reason

is for Peter being called Peter remember

he’s Simon Peter so he was Simon and

apparently Jesus gave him the name Peter

which really means Rock and so here

you have Peter as a rock who is at the

at the Holy of Holies he’s going to be

the prophet and he calls him the rock in

a sense as well Peter think of the

city may be of Petra if you know of the

city Petra in Jordan I think that’s

where the third Indiana Jones was filmed

with Sean Connery and they go into that

that city built in the hills built in

the rock where they have to cross the

the invisible bridge that’s Petra in

Jordan I believe that’s where it was

filmed and so it means rock or petrified

it means you know something that has

been has been formed into rock and so I

wonder if that’s where maybe the thought

is of Peter is being called Peter I

don’t know that but again at the end

here the people are astonished at

Jesus’s doctrine and what he’s teaching

them and again wrapping up what is he

teaching he is saying that the lower law

is not enough that we have a higher law

the kingdom of God is at hand

and all these things that are happening

around you where people are showing

themselves as being righteous are not

righteous at all and they are they are

limited in their capacity because they

are simply part of a lower law the

higher law teaches us that it’s about

our hearts in our minds and about how we

change and that fasting and prayer

and our alms and all that we do is to

try and grow and progress while we serve

others and serve God and this is a

message that they have not received in a

very very long time inside of mainstream

at least Judaism at the time and this

isn’t something new we need to remember

that Jesus is not here teaching

something new there I’m sure there’s a

few things here that he’s revealing but

he’s restoring what has been lost this

had existed previously it has always

existed when the people are willing to

accept it it existed with Adam it

existed with Enoch it existed with Noah

and Abraham these are all Melchizedek

priests these are all prophets that had

the fullness of the gospel and taught

the fullness of the gospel but like

everything in the world here things

break down and get corrupted and it

takes a massive effort a dispensational

effort to bring them back up and focus

things on heavenly things because as is

with as nibbly would say with the second

law of thermodynamics everything breaks

down water runs downhill and it requires

a restoration from time to time till it

to lift them back up so in the end the

Lord’s Prayer the Golden Rule and the

Platinum rule if you will and Peter and

all of these teachings that Jesus packs

in here in the Sermon on the Mount are

about living a higher law the law of the

gospel of Jesus Christ and restoring

these things to the Kingdom of Jerusalem

and to mankind in general

and with this sermon or ritual that he

has now gone through he now after

already announcing himself as the

Messiah he basically announces over all

the doctrine that he is going to be

teaching throughout the rest of the New

Testament and you’ll see that as we go

through the New Testament thank you for

your time we’ll talk to you again next

time

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