Today I want to start to take a look at Matthew 6. I want to look at what it meant in context, and to carry that truth in a direction that I think is really important today.
Matthew 6 is in the middle of what is known as the sermon on the mount. I want to be clear to state that it is always a little risky to pull parts of a sermon out. There is an actual rhythm and order to this sermon from Jesus. And this is in the middle. However, there are also truths that we can pull out from the parts.
Chapter 6 starts out with a main statement in verse 1 and then gives three examples to explain it in the following verses. Here is the overall point:
Don’t perform righteous deeds for other people to see them, if you do you will have no reward from God.
That’s the opening line in my language. Feel fee to check your version.