What Did Jesus Say about Persistence (13 of 15) by Rick White

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What Did Jesus Say about Persistence (13 of 15)
WWJD: The Series
Rick White
Matthew 7:7-12

(Mat 7:7-12 NIV) "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. {8} For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. {9} "Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? {10} Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? {11} If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! {12} So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Introduction:
Perhaps this is the most universally famous statement that Jesus ever made. It is a distillation of the entire Sermon On The Mount in one statement. Most people can give you some form of the Golden Rule. It is a surprise to many believers that Jesus was not the first to present a thought like this:
1. Confucius, "What you do not want done to yourself do not do it to others."
2. Athenian orator, Isocrates (4th B.C.), "Whatever angers you when you suffer it at the hands of others, do not do it to others."
3. O.T. Apocrypha. "Do not do to anyone what you yourself would hate."
4. Rabbi Hillel (20 A.D.) "Whatever is hateful to you, do not do to anyone else. This is the whole law, all the rest is only commentary."


Transition: The shift from the negative to the positive is very significant.

I. A FRESH LOOK AT AN OLD SAYING
A. In it's negative form it could be satisfied by doing nothing.
B. It represents a move from passive justice to active kindness.
C. It calls for a far-reaching de ...


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