9: Attitudes in the Kingdom (Mt 6:19-7:12)
In this section
of His teachings on the mount, the Lord instructed us about our attitudes
toward material possessions, life, others, and God. In addition to providing us
practical guidelines, He also guided His listeners to see the logic and reason
behind His commands.
“No one can serve two masters;
for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to
the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon” (6:24).
“Therefore, whatever you want
men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law
and the Prophets” (7:12).
Did You Know…?
Mammon (6:24): “Money” renders
Greek mam-ona (“mammon”), itself a transliteration of
Aramaic m-am^on-a, (in the emphatic state; “wealth,”
“property”). The root in both Aramaic and Hebrew (’mn)
indicates that in which one has confidence; and the connection with money and
wealth, well attested in Jewish literature… is painfully obvious. Here it is personified.
Dogs (7:6): “Dogs” must not be
thought of as household pets: in the Scriptures they are normally wild,
associated with what is unclean, despised…. 6/185
Swine (7:6): The “pigs” are not
only unclean animals but wild and vicious, capable of savage action against a
List the reasons
for the following teachings:
1a. Lay up
treasures in heaven:
1b. Do not worry:
1c. Do not judge:
1d. Ask, seek,
2. Jesus made use
of many comparisons and contrasts to bring out His teachings. Write down the
comparisons and contrasts that you notice.
1a.What does it
mean to love or serve mammon?
1b.Why can’t we
serve both God and mammon? Can we love one without hating the other?
1c.How do we “hate” or “despise” mammon?
1d.How should we
lay up treasures in heaven?
2.Why did Jesus talk about the eye
when teaching about storing up treasures? What was He referring to?
1. How can we
seek God’s kingdom and His righteousness?
1. When we assert
a certain view on something, we inevitably make a judgment about others who do
not conform to our principles. So does the Lord’s teaching about not judging
others include standing up for our moral principles?
2. Explain the
analogy of giving what is sacred to the dogs and throwing pearls to the pigs.
1. What actions
and attitudes does each of the following involve?
2. In the context
of this passage, what are we to ask, seek, or knock for?