Wednesday, June 22, 2011

How Much More

Matthew 7:7-11
(a message in notational form)

The Knock at the Door, and the cleaning product saleswoman

Ask, Seek, Knock: The Problem
Un-answered Prayer (blaming God, blaming ourselves/others)
Un-prayed Prayer (no faith)
For Jesus, un-prayed prayer was a much bigger issue than un-answered prayer. The saleswoman . . .

The Beggar on the Street
A judgment: “He probably makes more than me”

The Beggar in the household, children obsessing
My reaction: NO!!

Ask, Seek, Knock: The Promise
three-fold command
six-fold promise

“Those that would be rich in grace must betake themselves to the poor trade of begging, and they shall find it a thriving trade” (Matthew Henry, cited in Bruner, 342).

For us, this kind of asking is rude, “troublesome and disgusting”, but with God, “not to come asking eagerly is displeasing” (Bruner/Chrysostom, 344).

I was ready to be sought by those who did not ask for me; I was ready to be found by those who did not seek me. I said, “I am here, I am here,” to a nation that did not call on my name (Isaiah 65:1, Bruner 346).

Story: Slugs for Sisters
You who are EVIL
Give GOOD things – any good thing in Scripture, God’s will
“The secret of prayer is not the disciples ‘much’; it is the Father’s ‘much more’” (Bruner, 343).

Frederick Dale Bruner, 2004 (1987), Matthew: A Commentary, Volume 1:The Christbook, Matthew 1-12, revised and expanded edition, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

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