Matthew 7a

Join Beth Tikkun as we continue our study in Matthew’s gospel. In this study we consider what Yeshua means when He says ‘Do not judge…”. We also look into His cryptic statement about not throwing “the holy” to the “dogs”, and not casting one’s “pearls” before “pigs”. What was He teaching through these instructions? The answer is fascinating!

Visuals: Matthew 7a

Categories Apostolic Writings, Audio, Matthew | Tags: , , , , , | Posted on March 15, 2015

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10 Comments

  1. by Charlotte Gunther

    On March 18, 2015

    Grant, you mentioned the Sabbath as a Holy Thing that we might throw to the dogs, so to speak. Are there other examples of what Yeshua might have meant when he said don’t give what is holy to the dogs?

  2. by L. Grant Luton

    On March 22, 2015

    Charlotte, I think that anything that can be “set apart” to God (i.e. holy) can also be squandered by misusing it for things that do not contribute to building the Kingdom Of God. This can be done with our finances, our time, and our efforts. To walk as a holy people in this world (as Yeshua modeled for us) means to always be vigilant as to how we expend our “S.T.P.” (strength, time, and possessions). But I know that in my own life there have been many failures as I try to learn this. I have a long way to go yet! Shalom, Grant

  3. by Charlotte Gunther

    On March 22, 2015

    Thank you. I struggle with trying to find the freedom/release/peace that Messiah promised!

  4. by Lavar Simmons

    On March 28, 2015

    Mr Grant, In one of your commentaries of the ten words, you spoke about the Sabbath and refraining from working. I am a police officer and sometimes my schedule requires me to work on Shabbat. I remember you clarifying the issue of working on a job that may require saving a life but I have not been able to locate that teaching to hear it again. I was wondering if you can again share your thoughts on the subject of working on Shabbat. Shalom,Lavar

  5. by L. Grant Luton

    On March 29, 2015

    Lavar, Thank you for your question. I am frequently asked this question by people who desire to please God with their lives and obedience to His commandments, especially the commandments concerning Sabbath. You may put your mind at ease. Saving a life always takes precedence over the Sabbath. This is based upon the principle found a number of places in the Torah that God’s commandments are for life, and not for death. And example is Deuteronomy 5:33 – “You shall walk in all the way that the LORD your God has commanded you, that you may live…” In fact, Yeshua demonstrated more than once than even healing takes precedence over the Sabbath. Furthermore, the Yeshua instructs us that the welfare of our animals takes precedence over the Sabbath (Luke 13:15; 14:5). So, I hope this brief explanation helps alleviate any guilt you may have about doing your lifesaving work on the Sabbath!

  6. by Lavar Simmons

    On March 29, 2015

    Thank You Mr. Grant!

    Lavar

  7. by Yousef Hai

    On April 10, 2015

    Shalom, Mr. Grant,

    I am a Messianic Chinese Arab who is a friend of David D. A Chinese theological doctor educated in U.S., I was filled with anger because the thought in Jewish thought is Gentiles were all “pigs”. But I never say that, it is just their feeling. So how to avoid the conflict by the concept of “spiritual pigs” that results in hatred and persecution to Jewish or others?

    Thanks,
    Yousef Hai

  8. by L. Grant Luton

    On April 12, 2015

    Yousef, You raise a very good question about how to deal with persecution that may come from the Jewish community. (Usually it is the Jews who are experiencing persecution from the Gentiles!) I think our response is laid out for us in the words of our Rabbi: “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Mat 5:11-12) In other words, our best response is not a verbal one, but rather an attitude of love, forgiveness, humility, and blessing. How can anyone argue against these?! Thank you for your comment and I hope to hear from you again. In the meantime, I will tell David that I have heard from you. Shalom, Grant

  9. by Yousef Hai

    On April 13, 2015

    Sorry Mr. Grant, Maybe because my English is not very well, you misunderstand what I mean.

    The Chinese theological doctor (not me)educated in U.S. was filled with anger because he thought in Jewish thought Gentiles were all “pigs”. But I never say that, it is just his feeling. He thinks Messianism is a heresy and drove me out of the church, later he also had to leave the church. I don’t know how to forgive him.Now I have another church, I find some of them love Israel.

    Yes mainly gentiles persecute Jewish. Jewish persecute gentiles is another topic. Thank you for your explication that “pig” means people who does not know the truth of God, but not a calling to insult somebody. I still remember before in the concentration camp Jewish were called “a group of dirty pigs”.

    Maybe I can go to visit Kehillat Beijing (http://www.sinogogue.org/) later.

    Best regards, to you, to David and Beth Tikkun.
    Yousef Hai

  10. by L. Grant Luton

    On April 14, 2015

    Thank you, Yousef, for the clarification. Blessings to you, Grant

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