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The Golden Rule
Matthew 7:1-14, 24-29 Commentary
by Warren Carter
These selections come from the third of the three chapters that comprise Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7).
I understand the Sermon to provide examples of and instruction for Jesus-followers who live on the basis of their encounter with God’s reign or empire. Jesus announced and demonstrated the presence of God’s reign/empire at the end of Matthew 4. The Sermon beginning in Matthew 5 addresses the question -- very fruitful for preaching -- what sort of life does God’s reign shape?
The preacher might elaborate these readings as envisioning life in the community shaped by God’s empire and justice. Matthew 7:1-6 delineate interactions among Jesus’ followers marked by self-awareness and humble, compassionate correction of the other rather than condemnation. Matthew 7:7-11 link prayer and faithful living. Matthew 7:12 provides a generalizing axiom for human interactions. Matthew 7:13-14; 24-27 contrast two ways of life and destinations. They highlight accountability to God for how people live. Matthew 7:28-29 conclude the Sermon by describing responses to it.
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NL Podcast 348: The Golden Rule
February 10, 2019
Podcast on Matthew 7:1-14, 24-29, the Narrative Lectionary readings for Feb. 10, 2019 (The Golden Rule) featuring Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Kathryn Schifferdecker. Recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn., for Working Preacher.