Good morning! Have you had the pleasure of speaking with an individual who experienced life on earth for 60+ years? Have you heard their life stories? Were you amazed by some of the things they’d experienced? Are you often amazed by the details that they share and how it impacts your life or the way that you see things? Today’s devotion concludes our study through Matthew chapter 7 with Jesus finishing his teachings to a particular crowd.
Bible Verse – Matthew 7:26-29 NLT
“28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching,29 for he taught with real authority—quite unlike their teachers of religious law.”
Over the past few weeks we read on Jesus’ teachings at the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus’ teachings shifted the atmosphere and region. He showed the gaps in the Pharisees’ religious system and explained how the system and their self-righteousness was not enough to get them into the Kingdom of Heaven. He provide examples and gave people an opportunity to make a choice.
In chapter 7 alone, Jesus shared several topics such as:
Judging Others (vs. 1-6)
Effective Prayer (vs. 7-11)
The Golden Rule (v. 12)
The Narrow Gate (vs. 13-14)
The Trees and Their Fruit (vs. 15-20)
True Disciples (vs. 21-23)
Building a Solid Foundation (vs. 24-29)
The crowds were certainly amazed by Jesus’ teachings because their eyes had been opened and their hearts had been challenged. The authority in which Christ spoke was as a spokesman for God. The Pharisees and teachers of the time, had only reflected the authority of Law, where Christ came with authority to fulfill the Law (Matthew 5:17-20) and to set captives free (Isaiah 61:1, Luke 4:18).
Wednesday, we were instructed to build on the rock. Jesus is our rock and our foundation. Keep building your life the rock, so that when the waves of life crash over you, your faith will not erode, but your hope will be found in Him.
Sisters and brothers, stay focused. Keep your eyes on Jesus. Stay amazed by Jesus’ teachings (just like the crowd) and live accordingly.
Father God, we thank you for the firm foundation we have in you. Thank you for your love and mercy toward us. Lord, you are the one consistent and faithful thing we have in this world. Lord, keep us amazed by your teachings. Lord, penetrate our hearts and minds so that we may remain focused on you. Help us to see things clearly. Help us to see you in all things. Lord, protect us and keep us attuned to your direction and will for our lives. Lord, be with all of us this weekend. Lord, keep us safe. Keep us motivated toward growing closer to you and studying your word. Lord, remind us daily that you love us. Lord, give us wisdom and understanding on the appropriate ways to teach others the word of God and remain faithful to the word of God. Lord, protect us from predators and violence. Lord, we pray for you to scatter any plans/plots that would harm us or those we love. Lord, give us favor today as we go throughout the day. We pray over the women’s retreat this weekend. We pray for the speakers, the singers, the volunteers, the attendees, the broken, the seekers, the curious, and ask that you meet every need. Lord, cover us this day and protect us all, in Jesus name, amen.
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