Come Follow Me LDS- Feb 25-Mar 3- PT 1, Matthew 6-7: He Taught Them As One Having Authority- Pt 1

‘Actors, A Prayer & A Priority’

– Hypocrites

– Checklists vs Change

– The Lord’s Prayer

– The Aaronic Law, on its own, eats itself

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“He Taught As One Having Authority” Part 1

 

okay so this is the come follow me

series this episode is entitled he

taught them as one having Authority and

this is focused on Matthew six and seven

it is the continuation of the Sermon on

the Mount we’re going to focus on three

things here number one is the Lord’s

Prayer will have a unique look at that

secondly the golden rule is taught here

but we’re going to talk about what we

might call the Platinum rule as well

the Jesus covers here and also we’re

going to talk about Peter and the rock

and what this might really mean here we

go okay so when this part of the Sermon

on the Mount Jesus moves from what we

might call a little bit more of a

temporal introduction that he went over

in Matthew five to more of the spiritual

part which is now in Chapter six and

seven and one of the things he starts

off with is not being a hypocrite what

is a hypocrite well in Greek what that

really means is to be like an act or a

play actor you’re being something you’re

trying to act in front of other people

and that’s kind of what he focuses on in

my day we used to call people like that

posers I love that name but or a

pretender you might call them this is

something that Jesus comes out and says

look I mean the more you focus on just

temporal things and checklists the more

internal you get and the more your

acts are going to be the focus and so

you’re going to try and put those acts out

in front of other people to show how

good you are so you look at all the acts

that I’ve done and by doing this then

you show how righteous you are to

someone else he’s going to move beyond that

and he’s going to show how these rules are

not for demonstration right they are for

internalization they are for your spirit

for your heart and it matters about

these rules are for you

to progress and to grow and become more

like Jesus Christ so he talks about the

hypocrites doing their alms out in the

streets and showing everybody how great

they are praying out in front of

everyone remember that in in Jewish

culture you would be praying three times

a day at least

and how you’d be out you know I’m just

saying hey look at me look at me look

how good I am and we all probably catch

ourselves a little bit in that

sometimes and looking at well how much

do I care number one about how somebody

else thinks about me and is that based

on how that other person perceives me

and my family or my spouse or how much

do I not care about what they think and

where is the right place to be in

between those of course it’s important

for us to be a part of a culture and to

be part of the church in a certain way

but what Jesus is saying is look if you

are actually doing your acts of goodness

to show everybody else how good you are

then there’s a real problem here it’s

not the acts themselves that matter but

what matters is who you’re helping with

them and how that is changing you and

who you’re becoming by producing these

acts and so it’s the alms it’s the

prayers and this is a big focus of what

he goes over now there’s a lot in

chapters 6 & 7 so we’re not going to

cover everything because Jesus really

packs it in here in these two chapters

several several points on how to behave

and what kind of a person you should be

one of the things he covers here is vain

repetitions of prayers and we might ask

ourselves sometimes well why don’t we

say the Lord’s Prayer which is found in

chapter 6 here why don’t we repeat that

and yet right above that he says

specifically not to have vain

repetitions what does vain mean vain

means empty that means without meaning

and so in the church we teach that we

should have a prayer typically from our

hearts in what we need and in our

gratitude and in trying to build a

relationship it’s like anything you know

it’s hard to build a relationship with

someone when you just repeat the exact

same thing all the time

and so to build a repetition to build a

relationship repetition is probably not

a positive thing so we teach in the

church that you pray from the heart of

course there are a few prayers that are

specific because they typically have to

do with ordinances such as the sacrament

and baptism etc but for the most part we

follow Jesus’s recommendation here on

not having vain repetitions now one of

the things in going over the Lord’s

Prayer here is that when he talks about

thy kingdom come Thy will be done we can

see throughout all of Jesus’s teachings

that these are two things that he really

focuses on all the time

that the kingdom of God is at hand right

so that’s one thing and the second thing

would be and thy will be done

that’s a baseball – by the way that thy

will be done

and so he’s saying the priesthood is

here the fullness of the gospel is at

hand the fullness of the temple

ordinances are here and it’s the will of

the Father

that I do even that even Jesus Christ

does he does the will of the Father and

that we should all do so it’s a position

of I’m bringing in the Melchizedek

Priesthood but I am still in a position

in a hierarchy even of submission so he

is showing where he is both as we’ve

spoken up before a king over us if we

accept him but he’s also won in a fluid

hierarchy we’ll go over this another

time

a fluid hierarchy where he submits also

he submits to the Father and he shows us

that so that we have an example

and because that’s the way the eternal

truth works you must show humility and

an ability to bend yourself to true

principles and to the gospel and then it

says in the in the Lord’s Prayer in

earth as it is in heaven so again in

earth as it is in heaven in other words

we’re trying to make earth like heaven

so now that the kingdom is here and

we’re going over the fullness of the

gospel we’re going to take this these

temporal surroundings that we have here

and these temporal rules that we have to

live with and we’re going to try and

raise it up into an a heavenly existence

yeah that’s what Zion would be the ideal

is getting that to where that is a

heavenly existence in a heavenly

community and that’s why eventually Zion

with Enoch was taken up right that’s the

idea it was taken up to heaven because

it overcame the temporal surroundings

and the earthly rules that we live

within also in the Lord’s Prayer

something we’re all familiar with is

give us this day our daily bread now

again if we’re thinking about going back

to Latin the last lesson about how Jesus

might have set things up up on the Mount

where he’s going through a ritual

scenario then we might think about the

shewbread

that would be in the temple of Solomon

and this would be something perhaps he’s

in front of something like this at this

point set up on the Mount in the hill

and he’s talking then about the

shewbread and again going around these

different places that have been set up

that our temple like and ritual like

where he then would address the

disciples in front of those pieces those

emblems as you as you might call them

and then he also brings up something

really important here about forgiving

others right forgive their debts forgive

their wrongs and if we forgive others

then we can be forgiven right in other

words it’s the other way around

then what we might not usually think in

following a principle where there

is an example given to us and then we

follow it

of course Christ gave us this example

but what he’s saying here is you need to

first clean the inner vessel so to speak

as we as we talked about in the Book of

Mormon you need to forgive someone else

and then you will be forgiven so in some

ways we might call that the Platinum

rule in other words doing to others as

you would have them do unto you is it is

a correspondence directly with our

fellow man but do unto others as you

would have God do unto you is also

pretty impactful right and we might call

that the Platinum rule because if I

forgive somebody else doing to others

then that’s how God is going to treat me

however I treat those around me the

goodness that I have for others the

positive influence that I might have for

others the mercy and the comfort and the

love that I have for others well maybe

that’s the way I’m treated by God if I’m

giving those things if I can do that

first then I can receive that from

Heavenly Father both in this life and in

the life to come

and then he also gives us some contrast

here with a higher in the lower law

where we have again fasting and prayer

if we’re out doing this in front of

other people showing how righteous we

are again that’s one way of

demonstrating our good deeds to those

around us and he’s saying look enough of

that we’ve had enough of that what these

rules are for or these principles these

gospel principles are for you to

grow spiritually for your heart to

change

and for you to progress into something

better and better and better and so the

temporal view would be hey these are

just X and they are used to demonstrate

how good you are to those around you

whereas the spiritual view is hey it

doesn’t matter if anybody knows about

this in fact it’s better that they don’t

and that only your heavenly father knows

because this is about your heart and

this is about you becoming a better more

Christ-like person and then he goes over

a couple of things that I really like in

verse 24 he says no man can serve two

masters for either he will hate the one

and love the other or else he will hold

to the one and despise the other you

cannot serve God and Mammon this is such

a true principle we all have within us a

values hierarchy and we may know that

consciously or we may know that we may

have that subconsciously but when things

come up around us where we have to make

decisions or we have to act things out

it’s going to be based on our values on

the hierarchy that we have set and if we

have God up at the very top all the time

then everything else seems to fall into

place we can have something really

important second and something really

important third and if those things can

work but if we try and bring one of

those second or third things up even

with God and try and work with those

both at as the most important things in

our life it doesn’t work because

eventually one the hierarchy says one

will be more important than the other

because eventually you’re going to have

to have decisions and eventually you’re

going to have to choose one over the

other maybe in a specific circumstance

maybe in several circumstances or maybe

in a way of being but you’re going to

have to have a choice and there is a

psychology behind this studies behind

this that show that when you have

certain values and things you focus on

then that’s what determines your life

whatever is at the top the very top

value so you could have other ideologies

political ideologies you could have

vices that become more important to you

you could even have certain

relationships that are not as important

as a relationship with God and as you

try and keep those straight if you don’t

have God at the high the high end of

that values hierarchy then everything

else starts to fall apart and then in

verse 25 there’s a there for a

transition something that’s tied to this

idea of not serving two masters and that

is take no thought for your life so

that’s what you’re going to eat what

you’re going to drink or anything else in

other words I think that what he’s

saying here is all of those temporal

things will be okay

they’ll all fall into place if you have

the heavenly things at the top just

worry about that if you focus on that

first then all of the temporal things

will fall into place

you don’t need to worry about it and

then at the end of chapter six he says

something very similar again and he says

but seek ye first the kingdom of God

so it’s God and the kingdom of God the

ordinances the temple the fullness of

the gospel the heavenly things and His

righteousness and all these things shall

be added unto you so again put that at

the top of your values hierarchy and all

these other things will come to you in

verse 34 right after that another

transitional phrase says take therefore

no thought for tomorrow I don’t think he

means don’t be prepared but I think what

he’s saying is let me read the rest of

it it says for the morrow shall take

thought for the things of itself

sufficient unto the day so that would be

today is the evil thereof well I think

what he means by the evil thereof is

look you’ve got enough pressure

you have enough things you need to

overcome today and so focus on keeping

God at the top of your focus and all

those things will take care of

themselves and you don’t need to worry

about it if you do that you don’t need

to worry about your future you don’t

need to worry about what’s going to

happen if you have things straightened

out in verse 7 Jesus starts off again

talking about kind of that Platinum rule

and he says for with what judgment ye

judge ye shall be judged so however you

judge others let’s say that you’re a

really harsh critic of those around you

and you look at the glass half-empty

with people you’re going to receive the

same half-empty glass half-empty

judgment as what he’s saying so or if I

judge people and because we all judge

people we need to judge but if I judge

people with mercy and put my arm around

them and try and help and give love to

them then that’s the way that I’m going

to be treated by God so again a platinum

rule if we can call it that type of an

example and then down in verse 7 we get

this that we hear all the time something

that’s for me anyway I mean it’s really

important to grab on to this principle

and to learn it and it says ask and it

shall be given you seek and ye shall

find knock and it shall be opened unto

you

we can think about how this is a

principle of progression I have a hard

time asking for things even probably in

my prayers and so this is a principle

that says look if you will ask for these

things then it will be given to you now

does that mean hey just say the word and

here you go it’s like a wish and a genie

and boom it’s done

you’ve got a million dollars or whatever

it is I don’t think so but I think it is

a great principle if I’m asking for

something then I think that I’m putting

my mind into a certain state where I am

looking

for that where I am asking for that and

if I kind of solidify that wish in my

heart with words especially outward

words in prayer then I think that that

gives it some backing and it is

interesting that when you have a spoken

word things change to me they do I feel

different about it if I’ve actually said

something out loud so let’s say in

prayer if I actually say something out

loud and ask for something then at least

I think I’m putting myself on the right

path and I know there’s a lot more that

may go into that, there’s other

things that I need to do to put things

into place but I think it’s an ideal I

think it is a principle that hey this is

something you need to live by asking it

shall be given you think about going

through the temple and the words

that are used here and it is it’s about

progressing and moving forward by you

know we’re asking you know we’re

knocking so that it can be open for us

so that the door can be opened and then

we get to the golden rule down here in

verse 12 and it says therefore all

things whatsoever ye would that men

should do to you do ye even so to them

and he equates that with something he

says for this is the law and the

prophets well this is the entire amount

of scriptures that they have and so he’s

saying look all of the prophets have

been talking about this everything in

the Old Testament that you have is about

the golden rule you need to treat others

the way that you would want to be

treated and I find that pretty

interesting because that’s he feels like

that is something that really needs to

change that that is not something that

is occurring and is not a part of the

fabric so to speak at least in Jerusalem

circles but again this is what we have

when you get rid of the higher law the

lower law eats itself and when you’re

only focused on a temporal law then it

no longer continues to look forward to

anything because you’ve gotten rid of

the other thing you’ve gotten rid of

what you’re

looking forward to and therefore it eats

itself and his focus just on itself and

again the best example of this I think

is a Bennett I and King know on his

priests they were focused on the law of

Moses on the lower law without having it

look forward to something if you’ve got

two things you’ve got two laws and you

get rid of the top law where the lower

law is supposed to look up and look

forward to the upper law and then you

get rid of the upper law so you get rid

of Christ you get rid of the King you

get rid of the atonement and the idea

the theological idea of living of using

something by proxy which is really

important here then all of a sudden the

lower law has nothing to look forward to

it’s got nowhere to go it’s just

enclosed here by itself and it starts

eating in on itself

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