Understanding the Scriptures
|What measure ye mete (v. 2)||The way you measure (or judge) things|
|Rend (v. 6)||Tear or rip|
|This is the law and the prophets (v. 12)||This is what the scriptures teach (basically the Old Testament)|
|Strait (vv. 13–14)||Narrow|
|Ravening (v. 15)||Fierce, hungry|
|Profess (v. 23)||Say|
|Work iniquity (v. 23)||Do evil things|
|Liken (vv. 24, 26)||Compare|
|Founded (v. 25)||Built|
|Astonished (v. 28)||Surprised|
Studying the Scriptures
Do three of the following activities (A–E) as you study Matthew 7.
After reading Matthew 7:1–5, summarize in your notebook Jesus’ teachings by completing in your own words the following sentences:
As you judge others so will God …
Before you criticize others you should …
We can clearly see in Matthew 7:1 what we should not do. Read the Joseph Smith Translation for this verse and write what we should do. Explain how you think we can do this (see Matthew 7:15–20 and Moroni 7:12–19 for additional help).
What Difference Does It Make?
Draw a Picture
Draw a picture that represents the ideas found in Matthew 7:13–14. Label the parts of your picture.
An Important Conclusion
The discussions of trees, entering the kingdom, and building houses in Matthew 7:16–27 all have one major idea or theme. What is it?
In the story of the wise and foolish house builders the storm “beat upon” both houses, but only one remained standing afterward. Write about how living the gospel has helped you in a “storm” of life.
What Does This Mean for Me?
Write about at least two areas you want to improve in your life as you strive to follow Jesus Christ because of what you studied in the Sermon on the Mount.