" This is not merely a nice opening line, but it actually tells of the culmination of God's redemptive plan for mankind as well." This the pagans lack." The way you treat God and His people now determines how He will treat you later. The bottom line is this: you either fix your eyes on hoarding money as a means for getting more immediate pleasure in this life (serve Mammon and have an evil [stingy] eye toward your neighbor), or you trust God to provide for you and focus your efforts on doing works of faith, hope and charity -- with a "good eye" toward your neighbor.

In this context, to tell people "life is more than just food and clothes" would not have met with the yawning consent moderns give this saying. Mammon -- hoarding money for one's own personal gain.

This is the central point of the text.

God relates to others in an orderly way (though He is seldom predictable) by a principle called "Lex Talionis." It is the primary subject of the entire book of Revelation, though most seemed to have missed the obvious for the subtle on that point. And yet, God commands men to get money." And if you Glorify God through persistent, faithful obedience, He will also glorify you. If you read the Older Testament, you will find that it refers to a lack of CHARITY -- where charity means giving away money to the needy -- as an evil eye toward your neighbor. He will be a king, shine with great glory, be full of wisdom, and be called "Jedidiah," which means "Beloved of the Lord. That is called "resurrection. What was Joseph's special "coat of many colors" about? Noah's rainbow? Moses' shining face? Why do the martyrs in Revelation get handed "White robes??"" Why is the kingdom of heaven like "A buried pearl later taken from the ground to show its light to the world?" What color are sheep? Why did Jesus say, "No one hides a lamp under a bushel?" Why did he say to his disciples "You are the light of the world"? Why does Scripture -- for all its emphasis on inner beauty -- go High Mast Lamp out of it's way to mention the great outward beauty of women of faith like Sarah, Esther, and Bathsheba? Why are Christians promised to be made "pillars in the temple of My God" by Jesus? What color are pillars? Why did Jesus tell a parable where a man was tossed out of the wedding party for wearing the WRONG CLOTHES? Why was the high priest clothed in so dazzling an array of costly luminous stones? Why did Jesus choose the word "glory" to characterize Solomon in a single word? Why is the Church described in terms of precious gems at the end of the Revelation? How is wisdom better than "rubies," and the tongue of the righteous like "choice silver"?? Why are wisdom and righteousness always so shiny in the Bible?Why did Solomon say that the END of a matter was better than its beginning?

I suggest that the reader interpret the sayings of Jesus, the Lord of Glory, in the context of this theme when you next read his words, and, if the Lord blesses, you might find yourself pleasantly surprised by the clarity of his sayings where they once seemed more difficult.

Solomon was a "type," a graphic picture of what a believer will be like in the resurrection. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. After all, says John, "God is light, and there is no darkness in Him at all.e. And the lilies were clothed BY GOD, and not by men. And then what?"

You see, Solomon was arrayed in GLORY. The evil eye presents us with the problem. This is what work is all about." Lampstands give light, they shine." Hope means the future expectation that God will raise those who have served him from the dead unto glory and immortality.

Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. Sometimes they died because they didn't have clothes enough to keep warm, or food enough to eat. resurrection of the body unto glory, honor, riches, wisdom, etc] . Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them.. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. They can read, re-read, and read some more, still too many trees dot the forest. After all, here, you have stuff about money, worrying about tomorrow, clothes and pagans, Solomon and grass, birds of the air, eyes and bodies, etc. Life was then as Thomas Hobbes described it: Nasty, brutish and short." Don't worry about getting money to provide for the basics, instead work hard and pray hard (knowing that God will provide) and get about doing works of faith, hope, and especially charity."

It's hard to blame them." What was this "joy" he had set firmly in front of his eyes (meaning that it occupied His thoughts and perspective)?? You guessed it. This is why Paul was fond of the metaphor of "putting on Christ," as though Christ were like clothing -- holy clothing -- like a priestly robe or a king's best. Pagans would instead strive to get MONEY, and store it up, so that they could meet life's demands of food and clothing." (Romans 2:7)." This is why the lampstands of Solomon's Temple represent the Church. "Who for the JOY SET BEFORE HIM endured the cross, scorning it shame.

Jesus was always thinking of resurrection unto glory, of His own and of that of His people.

Now we simply have to ask the question here, "What was Jesus talking about?" Most people probably would strive to give an answer they could offer with confidence. They put mammon on the top of the list so they could make ends meet, and get a little insurance against fickle fortune. They kept dying. So by doing good works now, Christians "Glorify God.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. This made them greedy for money.

Jesus had said, "You Christians (their faith may have been little, but these were those who had faith) can trust God to provide you with temporary food and clothes because he will clothe you in the resurrection with greater glory than Solomon had. But I also see that these people, should they live like kings today, having their needs met like Solomon did, will still DIE. For, as Paul said, "To them who by patient continuance in well doing [i. And charity means "practical kindness," the only kind of love Scripture approves.e. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. This is why they laid up treasure here and now. They would have thought -- "You must be crazy! Don't you see all these people dropping like flies because they don't have the necessities of life?" And he would have answered them, "Oh yes, I see it.

By contrast, the Christian life builds others up by "faith, hope, and charity. 19), Jesus had entered into one LONG monologue about God vs. Jesus was here, and most everywhere else, TALKING ABOUT RESURRECTION UNTO GLORY. You see, people in that day had a common problem." For Jesus said, "let your LIGHT SHINE before men that they may see your good works, and [so] GLORIFY your Father who is in heaven. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! 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. And remember, the Solomonic Temple was characterized by "glory and beauty. doing good works] seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: [i. The opposite of an evil eye finds expression in Scripture as an open hand and an enlarged heart, or largesse.

Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. But simply getting money differs from hoarding it for personal use."

I believe that the key to understanding this text flows from the theme of resurrection, and I'll try to explain this as clearly as I am able.

Matthew 6: 19-34

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not China Emergency Light break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Most moderns too probably see this as a kind a rant posted online entitled "random thoughts about life. Royalty, in the ancient near East, preeminently concerned itself with showing what today we would call "extreme charity. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. What you sow now, you reap later." Here, faith means "faith in the redemptive work of Christ and all the promises of God.

Now let's carry this idea forward just a bit, looking at other instances of this theme in the Bible..." Amen.

Thus from the very beginning (v.

In the Bible, God's creative activity begins with the sentence, "Let there be light. How do I know this? Because the author of Hebrews said so. Certainly this was true of the guys who arranged this text into its various sections. The necessity of understanding this important biblical theme takes us to the gospel of Matthew. Apparently, to them this simply looked like "various sayings of Jesus lumped together about how to get along in life" -- something a bit like "Don't worry, be happy.