Understanding the Scriptures
|Take heed (v. 1)||Make sure|
|Alms (vv. 1–4)||Help for the poor|
|Synagogues (vv. 2, 5)||Churches, places of worship and study|
|Vain repetitions (v. 7)||Repeating the same things over and over in a way that does not mean anything|
|Heathen (v. 7)||People who do not believe in the true and living God|
|Hallowed (v. 9)||Holy, sacred|
|Debts (v. 12)||Sins, faults, offenses|
|Trespasses (v. 14)||Sins|
|Countenance (v. 16)||Appearance, especially the expression on the face|
|Disfigure (v. 16)||Make it look bad|
|Corrupt (v. 19)||Ruin|
|Despise (v. 24)||Strongly dislike, hate|
|Mammon (v. 24)||Worldly riches|
|Raiment (v. 25)||Clothing|
|Sow (v. 26)||Plant|
|Reap (v. 26)||To pick or harvest ripe fruits or vegetables|
|Add one cubit to his stature (v. 27)||Increase his height|
|Toil (v. 28)||Work|
|Spin (v. 29)||Make yarn or thread for cloth|
|Arrayed (v. 29)||Clothed (meaning taken care of)|
|Wherewithal (v. 31)||How|
|Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof (v. 34)||Take care of today’s work and don’t let the problems foreseeable in the future rob you of what you can accomplish today.|
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity C and one other activity (A or B) as you study Matthew 6.
Find the Pattern
What was similar in the counsel Jesus gave about giving alms (Matthew 6:1–4), praying (vv. 5–15), and fasting (vv. 16–18)? What do you learn from this repeated idea about what Jesus considers true righteousness?
The Lord’s Prayer
Matthew 6:5–15 contain some of Jesus’ most basic teachings on prayer. Verses 9–13 have commonly been called the Lord’s Prayer. Consider each verse of the prayer and write in your notebook what you think we are to learn from that specific part of Jesus’ example of prayer. For greater understanding, you may want to look up “amen” and “prayer” in the Bible Dictionary (pp. 607, 752–53).
Scripture Mastery—Matthew 6:24
Considering what Jesus said in Matthew 6:24, how is the person in each of the following three examples trying to serve two masters? What might eventually happen in each situation?
Michael (age 18) chose to have a job that requires him to work every Sunday so he can save money for his mission.
Donna (age 16) says she is doing missionary work by having a steady boyfriend who is not a member of the Church.
Brother Smith (age 35) pays tithing and extra fast offerings on the money he makes selling products in which he is not entirely honest with his customers.
How could Jesus’ counsel in Matthew 6:19–23, 33 help solve the problem spoken of in verse 24?
What did Jesus promise to those who chose Him as their Master? (see Matthew 6:20, 22, 33).