“An Analysis of Matthew Chapter 7:7-12, Ask, Seek, and Knock, and It will be Given to You,” by Andrew J. Schatkin

“An Analysis of Matthew Chapter 7:7-12, Asking, Seeking, and Knocking, and It will be Given to You,” by Andrew J. Schatkin

 

My dear friends, readers, thinkers, you who choose to reflect and reject political hype, political code words, and wish to engage in critical thinking and honest discernment: I ask all of you to join me in another intellectual journey where all of us can come together and find the truth and the facts and clear our minds of falsifications and the false and misleading messages we are bombarded with which serve, if listened to, to only confuse and destroy our thinking faculties.

 

Today I will attempt to explain and analyze and understand and grasp and comprehend within my limited human understanding one of the most important and stimulating and provocative of the sayings of Jesus. This saying is found in Matthew, chapter 7 verses 7-12, where Jesus advises and tells us the following: ‘Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; and he who seeks finds and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man of you if his son asks him for bread will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish will give him a serpent? If you then who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your father in heaven give good things to those who ask him? So whatever you would wish that man would do to you do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.’

 

What, then, are we poor humans to make of these advisements and messages? Is Jesus saying on some general basis that on some general basis if we ask, seek, and knock it will be opened to us and we will, so to speak, get whatever we may want. But then Jesus to apparently enforce this perhaps confusing message that we can in this world get anything we want with the analogy that if one’s asks for bread or a fish we as the father and family member will not give him a stone or a serpent. He then most startlingly refers, and this is a shock, that if you who are evil know how give good things to your children how much more will your father in heaven give good things to those who ask him? This saying ends with the golden rule that whatever you would wish men to do to you do so to them, for this is the law and prophets.

 

These passages clearly refer to prayer and our relationship to god the lord god. He will, Jesus tells us, grant our petitions much as the father in the verses always gives good things to his children. If the parent will provide for and help and assist his children so much more, so will god do the same for his creation his children, so to speak. Perhaps these verses should be interpreted that we should always seek to know god and seek his kingdom and justice in prayer foremost and, with this relationship, he will grant our petitions as we are his sons and daughters. The rather shocking phrase, you who are evil, seems to suggest, and this is an intellectual shock, the doctrine of original sin and sinfulness embedded in the adult souls and spirits. The insertion of the conclusion with the words of the golden rule is somewhat surprising; the golden rule is found in Deut 15:13 and in other places in the scriptures but the ending here seems to lack connection with the previous verses. I would add that these verses as seem to be original possible interpretation that we can ask and get anything we want refer not to our functioning in the world but to our relationship to god in prayer in our petitions which like the father of the children spoken of here gives and grants to his children their requests and provides their material needs and in the end with the golden rule again Jesus informs us in some sense that as we treat our fellow man in our lives so we will be treated by god, although this is not specifically stated and said.

 

Ladies and gentlemen this concludes my weak and vulnerable attempt to understand and grasp and comprehend the word of the living and eternal god as reported in holy scripture and I do hope that I have shed some light on these passages and welcome any responses and comments to my email address a.schatkin48@gmail.com.