(From: MATTHEW #9 - 6:19-34)
E. 6:19-34 A TREATISE ON WORRY AND NEEDS
a. 6:19 THE THREE-FOLD THREAT TO EARTHLY TREASURE
Methe-sauRIze-te  huMIN the-sauROUSePI tes ges, HOpou ses kai BROsis  a-phaNIzei ,
Treasure not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth consumes and rust,
kai HOpou KLEPtai  di-oRUSsou-sin  kai KLEPtou-sin .
and where thieves dig through and steal.
b. 6:20-21 A SURE WAY TO SET YOUR HEART ON HEAVEN
the-sauRIze-te  de huMIN the-sauROUS  en ou-raNO,
But treasure up for yourselves treasures in heaven,
HOpou OUte ses OUte BROsis a-phaNIzei,
where neither moth nor rust consumes,
kai HOpou KLEPtai ou di-oRUSsou-sin ouDE KLEPtou-sin:
and where thieves do not dig through nor steal:
HOpou GAR es-tin ho the-sauROS  sou, eKEI EStai kai hekarDIa  sou.
21 for where your :treasure is, there will your :heart be also.
c. 6:22 THE ADVANTAGE OF A ONE-TRACK MIND FOR GOD
ho LUCHnos  tou SOmaTOS  es-tin ho oph-thalMOS :
The lamp of the body is the eye:
eAN oun heho oph-thalMOS sou hapLOUS, HOlon to SO-MA sou pho-tiNONEStai.
if therefore your :eye be single, your whole :body shall be of light.
d. 6:23a But if your :eye be evil, your whole :body shall be of darkness.
eAN de ho oph-thalMOS sou po-neROSe HOlon to SO-MA sou sko-tiNON  EStai.
e. 6:23b If therefore the light :in you is darkness, how great the darkness!
ei oun to phos  to en soi SKOtos  esTIN, to SKOtos POson!
f. 6:24a THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF A DUAL ALLEGIANCE!
ouDEIS DUna-tai  duSI kuRIois douLEUein :
No one can serve two lords:
egar ton HEna miSEsei , kai ton HEte-ron a-gaPEsei ;
for either he will hate the one, and love the other;
eheNOS anTHExe-tai , kai tou heTErou ka-ta-phroNEsei .
or he will hold to the one, and despise the other.
g. 6:24b You cannot serve God and mammon.
ou DUnas-the TheOdouLEUein  kai ma-moNA .
h. 6:25a THE ABOVE: AN ARGUMENT TO SET ASIDE EARTHLY WORRIES
diA TOUto LEgohuMIN, meme-rimNAte  tepsuCHE huMON,
Therefore I say unto you, Be not anxious for your :soul,
ti PHAge-te , eti PIe-te ; meDE toSOma-ti huMON, ti enDUses-the .
what you shalleat, or what you shall drink; nor yet for your :body, what you shall put on.
i. 6:25b Is not the soul more than the food, and the body than the raiment?
ouCHI hepsuCHEPLEI-ON es-ti tes troPHES , kai to SOma tou enDUma-tos ?
j. 6:26a AN ARGUMENT FROM THE BIRDS
emBLEpsa-te  eis ta pe-teiNA  tou ou-raNOU, HOti ou SPEIrou-sin ,
Behold the birds of the heaven, that they sow not,
ouDE theRIzou-sin , ouDE suNAgou-sin  eis a-poTHEkas ;
neither do they reap, nor gather into barns;
kai ho paTER huMON ho ouRAni-os TREphei  auTA.
and your :heavenly :Father feeds them.
k. 6:26b Are not you of much more value that they?
ouch huMEIS MALlon di-aPHEre-te  auTON?
l. 6:27 And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit unto his :age?
tis de ex huMON me-rimNONDUna-tai prosTHEInai ePI ten he-liKIan auTOU PEchun HEna?
m. 6:28a And why are you anxious concerning raiment?
kai peRI enDUma-tos  ti me-rimNAte ?
n. 6:28b-29 A LESSON: GOD’S PROVISION FOR LILIES
ka-taMAthe-te  ta KRIna  tou agROU, pos auXAnou-sin ;
Learn from the lilies of he field, how they grow;
ou ko-piOsin , ouDE NEthou-sin :
they toil not, neither dothey spin:
LEgode huMIN, HOti ouDE So-loMON en PAseteDOxe auTOU
29 yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his :glory
pe-ri-eBAle-to  hos hen TOUton.
was not arrayed like one of these.
o. 6:30 APPLICATION: GOD WILL CLOTHE US!
ei de ton CHORton  tou aGROU, SEme-ron  ONta,
But if :God does so clothe the grass of the field,
kai AUri-on eis KLIba-non  balLOme-non ,
which today is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven,
ho TheOS HOUtos am-phiENnu-sin , ou polLOMAlon huMAS, o-liGOpis-toi ?
shall he not much more clothe you, Oyou of little faith?
p. 6:31 APPLICATION: WE ARE NOT TO FRET OVER MATERIAL NEEDS!
meoun me-rimNEse-te, LEgon-tes, Ti PHAgo-men?
Be not therefore anxious, saying, What shallwe eat?
e, Ti PIo-men ? e, Ti pe-ri-baLOme-tha ?
or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewith shall we be clothed?
q. 6:32 DISCIPLES: FOLLOW NOT WORLDLY ATTITUDES OF NATIONS
PANta gar TAUta ta ETHne e-pi-zeTOUsin ;
For after all these dothe nations seek;
OIden  gar ho paTER huMON ho ouRAni-os HOti CHREze-te TOUton haPANton.
for your :heavenly :Father knows that you need all these.
r. 6:33 TWO CONDITIONS FOR HAVING MATERIAL NEEDS MET
zeTEI-te  de PROton ten ba-siLEIan , kai ten di-kai-oSUnen  auTOU;
But seek you first his :kingdom, and :righteousness;
kai TAUta PANta pros-teTHEse-tai  huMIN.
and all these thingsshall be added to you.
s. 6:34a Be not therefore anxious for the morrow: for the morrow will be anxious for itself.
meoun me-rimNEse-te  eis ten AUri-on ;: hegar AUri-on me-rimNEsei  hauTES.
t. 6:34b Sufficient to the day is the evil thereof.
ar-keTON  teheMEra  hekaKIa  auTES.
NOTE:People of the world are caught up in worrying about future food, drink, clothing, shelter, etc. Unfortunately, many professing believers move in this same pattern.
But believers, who are discipled into intimacy with Jesus, are 180 degrees different from the above. Like Oswald Chambers, they enter into “personal, passionate devotion to Jesus.” As Norman Vincent Peale puts it, they experience the “expulsive power of a new affection.” As Maria Woodworth-Etter testifies, old things have passed away – all things have become new . Such converts have experienced a “Bright Conversion.”
When one considers the life of Rees Howells, Intercessor – of J. Hudson Taylor of the China Inland Mission, of Amy Carmichael of Dohnavur, of George Muller of Bristol and his 10,000 orphans – thenwe can tangibly understand the reality of which Jesus alludes here. “Worry” becomes a term of a previous life. Trust in our Heavenly Father takes over.
People wonder when reaching this portion of the Sermon on the Mount if such a life is possible. Certainly not on the human plane. But for the countless thousands who have moved from mere conversion to joyful and full discipleship – yes – this is the Normal Christian Life for all such. Watchman Nee of China was another who experienced this.
Again – this portion of the Sermon on the Mount as well as all of it – is a picture of the normalChristian who enters the “Halls of Highest Human Happiness.” This is what Peter Marshall called marriage. With deference to Peter, I also wish to apply it to the believer who has experienced Galatians 2:20 – “I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live – yet not I – but Christlives in me: and the life I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God – who loved me and gave Himself for me!”
This is not only the testimony of the apostle Paul – but of all those who have learned the secret of being grafted in as a branch into Christ the true vine (See John 15:1-16).
Were Jesus’ early disciples like this from the beginning? No – a thousand times, No! Judas never did enter in. But after Pentecost the remaining 11 with the 120 all entered in. And what a transformation! The Sermon on the Mount then became the life and testimony for them all, as Christ by the Holy Spirit lived out His marvelous divine life through them.
But the promise was not only to them, but to their children, their children’s children, and as many afar off as the Lord our God should call.
Brothers and sisters! We are of that latter number. Don't settle for an Outer Court life and ministry. Press on into the Holy Place, and then right on into the Holy of Holies! We are a Kingdom of Priests! Press in. Don’t be satisfied by anything less! God is waiting for us to believe – press in – and appropriate the full potential and possibility of all of the Sermon on the Mount! J.A.W.