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Lesson # Matt. 6:31-34
Study Material - Matt. 6:31-34
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
31 'Do not be anxious then, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'With what shall we clothe ourselves?' 32 'For all these things the Gentiles eagerly seek; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 'But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you. 34 'Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
In summary, if we know any Bible doctrine at all, then we should know that there is no basis for worrying about anything in this life. God will take care of all our needs.
But there is more in these last few verses in chapter 6. Note that the comparison for worrying about the basic needs of life is ascribed to the 'gentiles', and the word for gentiles is, 'ethnos' meaning a race of the same habit, foreign, pagan, heathen, something bound by similar manner or custom.
So what is a gentile? Someone who is non-Jewish? No. Again this is illustrative of the concept of spiritual vs. non-spiritual. And again this is a concept of doctrine that has been distorted into meaning something that it does not really mean. Most people, when they think of gentiles, think of any race being referred to which is not of the Jewish race. So, over the centuries, the concept of the Jewish race and everyone else being Gentiles, has evolved. But is that what it really means? No.
God has divide up the human race into two categories - those who believe in Christ, and those who do not. Those who believe in Christ are further divided up into at least two categories as well - those who are positive and advancing toward spiritual maturity, and everyone else (within the believer group) who are not advancing in their spiritual life.
So those believers are said to have learning (Bible doctrine), therefore we are not heathens. And heathens are all peoples who lack learning (Bible doctrine). So even a Jewish person who has rejected Christ and therefore is an unbeliever in Christ, is a gentile. He is a heathen. He lacks learning. He lacks Bible doctrine. So Biblically speaking any person who has rejected Christ is a gentile. And any person who has believed in Christ is a Jew. The gentiles being those who are rejected. The Jews referring to those who have been chosen.
In many passages we are told that there are many in Israel who are not the true Israel, because the word Israel is met for those who are spiritually reborn, and has nothing to do with the genetic ancestry of physical birth. So you can see, that over the centuries these terms have been all botched up, because the common man often refers to things on his own level, which is the worldly level.
Gentiles, those who lack Bible doctrine (unbelievers), as well as those believers (non-gentiles) who also lack Bible doctrine because they are negative toward God and learning Bible doctrine, and therefore imitate the gentiles, these peoples all have their minds on the details of life. They live in the jungle of life, and by the rules of the jungle. They are susceptible to the worries and anxieties that life gives due to the uncertainties of life. Some people are very weak mentally. They worry about everything. They are paranoid to the max. Then there are those who seem to worry very little perhaps because they have wealth on which they rely, or maybe because they lack the common sense to worry. Regardless of their state, all peoples are subjected to uncertainties in life even if it occurs when approaching ones death.
But, if you have Bible doctrine in your soul, if you maintain your fellowship status, if you are advancing toward spiritual maturity, then you have no need to worry, because you rely on God for all your needs.
'Seek first', seek what? Seek God. Seek God by means of a regular Bible study, by means of the proper study habit, and means of learning via fellowship, and then the application of what you have learned to your daily life. What is one of those applications? No worry!
Seek God first and He will provide all you need, and more. Those who lack doctrine have to hustle for anything they have, or so they think. God really provides for everyone's needs, but many don't see it that way, of course. Here Jesus teaches us that provisions for our basic needs are always going to be there. That we need to focus on our spiritual lives because they will apply to our eternal inheritances which contain infinitely more than this life. Let God take care of all the little details, because He will anyway. But here the audience is immature, and can think of little more than the basics of life - food, drink, clothing. Once these things have been taken care of, then we naturally move on to the non-basic things in life - the pleasures, the benefits, the extras, and God takes care of these as well. But first things first. An infant needs to become a child, then a teenager, before it can become an adult. So it is in the spiritual life. At the moment of our spiritual birth (that moment when we first believed in Christ), we were all infants in our spiritual life. This is totally unrelated to our physical age. We all learn gradually, and we all grow up gradually through the stages of the maturity process. If we reject God and Bible study then we remain in the spiritual infant stage. The only way to advance to spiritual maturity is to follow a regular daily study schedule.
The only way to become relaxed in our life, is to learn Bible doctrine, to gain the 'peace' of God.
Soooo....., memorize this ...
'Delight (study) thyself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of heart. Commit your way (application) unto the Lord, trust also in Him and He will bring it to pass. For Thou (God) will keep him (believer) in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusts in Thee. Trust ye in the Lord God, for in the Lord God is ever lasting strength. Cast your burdens upon the Lord and He will sustain you, He will never suffer the righteous to be moved. Stop worrying about anything, but in everything, through prayer and supplication (humility, spiritual growth), with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace (maturity) of God, which surpasses all understanding (human viewpoint), shall garrison your hearts and minds, through Christ Jesus. For of Him (Christ), and to Him and through Him are all things, to whom belong glory, dominion , and power, forever. Amen (believe it, because it will be done).
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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