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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Matthew Chapter 7

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Matthew (Levi)
Date Penned: (60-65 AD)
Overview: Jesus Christ the King (c 1-28)
Theme: Message and Ministry of Jesus, The King (c 4-25)
Message: Jesus teaches about criticizing others (v 1-6) Jesus talks about asking, seeking, knocking (v 7-12) Jesus teaches about the way to heaven (v 13-14) Jesus teaches about fruit in people's lives (v 15-20) Jesus teaches about those who build houses on rock and sand (v 21-28)

Matthew 7 Commentary
(7:1-6) Jesus’ words about judging may be the most-often-misquoted text from the Bible. People frequently apply it as if it were a flat command against all moral judgment. In fact, people use it to judge what they consider a judgmental attitude on the part of another. Jesus, however, gave these words as one negative application of the Golden Rule. That is, we should not treat others as we do not want to be treated. We should seek to measure ourselves and others by the same standards.

(7:7-12) Beginning in chapter 5, the Sermon on the Mount has thus far explained to Jesus’ followers the lifestyle and life attitudes that he expected from them. Some may have heard and thought the demands to be impossible. Here Jesus gave the answer to those thoughts and questions—ask, look, knock. The ability to live for God is only a prayer away.

(7:13-14) In the closing verses of the Sermon on the Mount, four different contrasts represent four warnings that focus on future final judgment. Jesus was speaking about the Kingdom of Heaven and describing clearly that some will enter it and some will not. The basis for a person’s final destination begins with that person’s decisions about Jesus himself.

(7:15-20) Jesus warned against false teachers. Many powerful speakers claim to have important ideas for Christians to hear. There are literally hundreds of cults vying to recruit new members. Add to the list those who present special angles on church doctrine coming from big and small denominations—there’s a dazzling array of choices. Jesus wanted his followers to be able to separate the good (teaching that leads to Christ), the bad (off-center but benign ideas tacked on to the gospel), and the ugly (false teaching).

(7:21-29) Jesus is more concerned about our “walk” than our “talk.” He wants his followers to do right, not just say the right words. Your house (which represents your life) will withstand the storms of life only if you do what is right instead of just talking about it.


David Burnette's Life Application

Right and Wrong

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of Matthew with Chapter 7. In our text today we see Jesus teaches about judging others, seeking the Lord, the way to Heaven, False Prophets, and man's False assumptions on Salvation. In making application we see that the Lord has a right and wrong. Today people make their own system of right and wrong but the truth is the Bible is clear on right and wrong. Do not be deceived with man's philosophy all the issues of life are outlined in the Scriptures. How about you? How do you define right and wrong? Let us learn from our text today and the Words recorded here of Jesus Christ who give us absolutes of right and wrong if we are wise to read and heed the Word of God.


Matthew 7

Matthew 7

 1Judge not, that ye be not judged.

 2For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

 3And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

 4Or 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?

 5Thou 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.

 6Give 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.

 7Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

 8For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

 9Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?

 10Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

 11If 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?

 12Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

 13Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

 14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

 15Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

 16Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

 17Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

 18A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

 19Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

 20Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

 21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

 22Many 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?

 23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

 24Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

 25And 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.

 26And 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:

 27And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

 28And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:

 29For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.