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What is the head of this section?
Whom must you not be like, when you fast? What do the hypocrites do?
What have they?
A. The praise of men. What then must be your conduct when you fast? What is the meaning of that?
A. Not to make any play of it to men.
To whom must you appear to fast?
What then will your Father in heaven do to you? VER. 19-21.
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VER. 14, 15. Forgiving our Brethren. For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
VER. 16-18. Fasting. Moreover, when ye fast, be not as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; that thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
VER. 19-21. Laying up Treasures in Heaven.
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.
What will be the advantage of that?
Where will your heart be fixed?
What is meant by 66 our hearts?"
A. Our thoughts and affections.
When do we lay up treasures in heaven?
A. When we do good for the love of Christ.
VER. 22, 23.
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What is meant by "single ?"
A. Entire, sound, free from disorders.
What is the light of the body?
If your eye be single, what will your whole body be?
If your eye be evil, what will your whole body be? What is meant by " evil?" A. Dim, defective; that sees not clearly.
What is to be understood by this?
A. That as the eye is to the direction of the body, so is a true judgment respecting earthly and heavenly treasures to the soul.
A. Adviseth, or strongly cautioneth.
What do you mean by " anxious?"
A. Over careful.
Whom can no man serve? What will be the consequence of a man's serving two masters?
Which are the two masters whom you cannot serve?
What is meant by " Mammon ?"
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. Ye cannot serve God and Mammon. Therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what ye shall
A. The world, or worldly eat, or what ye shall drink : riches.
What are you not to take thought for?
What are you to understand by not taking thought for it?
A. Not being over anxious about it.
Why should we not be too anxious about what we eat?
A. Because the life is of more value than meat.
Why should we not be too anxious about what we put on ?
A. Because the body is of more value than raiment or clothes.
What does Christ tell us to look at ?
What must we observe in them?
Who feeds them? What are you, when compared with them?
What do you learn from this?
nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. 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. 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. Wherefore if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?