- Having a Right Focus Will Cause Us to Avoid Avarice (vv.19-24)
- Having a Right Focus Will Cause Us to Avoid Anxiety (vv.25-34)
Having a Right Focus Will Cause Us to Avoid Avarice (vv.19-24)
Two Treasures: Our Focus Affects Our Future Gain / Loss (vv.19-21)
Two Eyes: Our Focus Affects Our Moral Discernment (vv.22-23)
Two Masters: Our Focus Affects Our Faithfulness to God (v.24)
Having a Right Focus Will Cause Us to Avoid Anxiety (vv.25-34)
Examples from Nature showing that Anxiety is Pointless (vv.25-30)
The expression "O ye of little faith" is a gentle rebuke, repeated four times in Matthew: first in Matt. 6:30 in regard to care; second in Matt. 8:23 in regard to fear; third in Matt. 14:31 in regard to doubt; and fourth in Matt. 16:7-8 in regard to reasoning in divine things. All four instances have to do with failure in simple faith. And yet the Lord never says to His own "O ye of no faith".
Our Focus will Mark us as Either a Heathen, or a Christian! (vv.31-32)
The Proper Focus for Subjects in the Kingdom (vv.33-34)
- As Nietzsche put it: “What were we doing when we unchained this earth from its sun? Whither is it moving now? Whither are we moving? Away from all suns? Are we not plunging continually? Backward, sideward, forward, in all directions? Is there still any up or down? Are we not straying, as through an infinite nothing? Do we not feel the breath of empty space? Has it not become colder? Is not night continually closing in on us? Do we not need to light lanterns in the morning? Do we hear nothing as yet of the noise of the gravediggers who are burying God?” – Nietzsche, Friedrich. The Parable of the Madman. 1882.
- As Voltaire put it: “When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.” – Voltaire, 1760