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measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out, the mote out of thine eye, and behold a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
Christ forbiddeth the prostitution of holy things.
Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
How does Christ point out the kindness of men to their children?
What do men give to their children?
To whom will our heavenly Father give good things?
But how must we ask favours of God?
A. In faith and humility What must you do to men ?
Our Saviour says that this rule, to do to others, as you would have them do to you, is the law and the prophets. What is meant by this? A. It contains every thing which the law commanded, and the prophets taught respecting our duty to our neighbour.
Ask, and it shall he given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them; for this is the law nd the prophets.
VER. 13, 14.
VER. 13, 14.
What is the head of this Christ exhorteth to enter in
Repeat the head of this To beware of false prophets,
who may be known by their
fruits. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit: but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
What can a good tree not bring forth?
What can a corrupt tree not bring forth?
What does a good tree represent?
A. A good man.
What does a corrupt tree represent?
A. A wicked man. What does the good or evil fruit represent?
A. Bad or good works. What is done to every tree that does not bring forth good fruit?
What will be done to every man whose actions are not good?
A. He will be cut down or destroyed.
How then will you know either a good tree or a good man?
VER. 21-23. Repeat the head of this
What does that " day" mean?
A. The day of judgment. What will he profess to them?
What is the meaning of "I never knew you?"
A. I never acknowledged or approved of you.
Whom will he command to depart from him?
What is the meaning of "working iniquity?" A. Leading wicked lives. VER. 24-27.
What is the head of this section?
To whom does our Saviour compare the man who hears his sayings, and does them?
Was this man wise or foolish?
What is said to have come against the house?
What became of the house?
To whom is the man likened, who hears the sayings of Christ and does them not?
Was this man wise or foolish?
What became of this latter house?
A. Because it was built on sand.
What did our Saviour mean to represent by storms and floods?
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name; and in thy name have cast out devils; and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them I never knew you; depart from me ye that work iniquity.
VER. 24-27. Christ compareth doers of the word to houses built on a rock, those that are hearers only to houses built on the sand.
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand.