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“An Analysis of Matthew Chapter 7:25-34,” by Andrew J. Schatkin

“An Analysis of Matthew Chapter 7:25-34,” by Andrew J. Schatkin

Ladies and gentlemen: My fellow readers, discerners, and who choose to accompany me on this intellectual journal beyond the shallow surface of thinking presently offered by our present society and our system’s talk of us embracing political code words, political hype, and political correctness, I ask you my fellow thinkers that you give consideration to getting to truth and facts and perhaps giving thought to taking up political incorrectness as a solution and engaging in critical thinking leading to light and enlightenment and a vision of truth to rescue us from a world of gross intellectual confusion.

The saying of Jesus I wish to seek to analyze and interpret and attempt to explain and understand is found in the following verses in the gospel of Matthew verses 25-34: ‘Therefore I tell you do not be anxious about your life what you shall drink nor about your body what you shall put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life? And why are you so anxious about clothing? Consider he lilies of the field how they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed as one of these. But if god so clothes the grass of the field which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious about saying, What shall we eat? What shall we drink? or What shall we wear? For the gentiles seek all these things and your heavenly father knows that you need them all. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things shall be yours as well. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let he day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.’

So my dear friends, readers, and thinkers, what are we at make of these sayings and advisements of the son of god, the only begotten? Is he telling us to give no thought to our daily needs of clothing and food? Perhaps Jesus is telling us to look to and at the true values of life our moral spiritual and ethical lives. Jesus comments here on basic human needs, eating and drinking and clothing, and says they should not be used as false idols to stand between us god. I do not think he means to recommend giving up food, shelter, and drink, but is saying I think these needs, which are completely necessary and good, should not be used to separate from the eternal god and his only begotten son. The passage makes clear that we are not to worry and be anxious because the world and our necessities will be provided and come from god. Jesus assures us that god the creator loves and will preserve his creation so we have no reason to be anxious. Jesus speaks of the birds being fed and so will be his creation be provided for and if god clothes the grass and lilies will he not do so for us. Our trust must be in god and his providence and remain so. Jesus advises us to place our trust in him and if seek the kingdom of god and his righteousness all these things will be ours.

How will I conclude this interpretation of what is certainly a radical vision of the order of things? First, Jesus says for us not to be anxious for our basics which can stand in the way of our relationship with god as some sort of idols in a sense. He tells us that god will provide for our needs just as he does for and maintains his creations, whether the birds of the airs or the grass of the field, and reminds us that if first we seek his kingdom and righteousness, all our needs and necessities will be provided for.

This ends my interpretation analysis and attempt at understanding the words and sayings of the eternal god from heaven as he speaks to all of us in his holy word. I approach what I do here with humility and hesitation and welcome from my readers any comments or thoughts at a.schatkin48@gmail.com and 718-229-2761.