Did You Know? Edition Two

Matthew 18: 21-22 “21 Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus *said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” Seventy times seven is 490 if you do the calculation. However, that is not what the scripture means in context. It is a typical graphic usage saying that the Jews used to state “Thou shall not ever hold a grudge,” as true repentance involved a total turning from sin.

It is often written of people tearing their clothes in the Bible, and I have to admit I found it amusing in a sense, however, the reason they did so was not in anger as I thought it was but it was a traditional way of displaying mourning or repentance.

Matthew 7: 6 (NASB) 6 “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” In Proverbs 26:11 it is written that swine and dogs were thought of as unclean animals and had no recognition of valuable items. This verse might mean that we should give to those who want what you have to offer.

Matthew 10: 37 “37 “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.” In Judaism it is a high honor to love the members of their family. Jesus hammers his message and with great clarity that you must have the greatest love for God himself over everything else.

God Bless

Brian Mason