22nd January 2011, mgh
1) Seek First the Kingdom
Some of the earliest words of the Messiah that are recorded are in Matthew chapters 5 and 6. The day to day necessities of life are eclipsed by the ultimate promise to the faithful. We are assured that Yahweh knows our day to day needs and they will be supplied if we place our confidence in Him.
The appeal is that we “seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness” and it is then that “all these things shall be added unto you”.
Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:31-33)
The blessing of Yahweh is “salvation” and “even life for evermore”. This is the promise recorded in the Psalms. Those worthy of such a blessing must be a person who has,
“clean hands, and a pure heart; who has not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.” (Psalms 24:4-5)
Psalm 133 also states that the blessing promised to man by Yahweh is “life for evermore”.
As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore. (Psalms 133:3)
Just as the opening quotations from Matthew's gospel are qualified by a life of faithfulness the quotations from these Psalms are also qualified by the requirements of Yahweh, which are also clearly described in Deuteronomy 28, which states that it is essential that one listens ”diligently unto the voice of the LORD your God”, and to obey his voice and all his commandments.
And it shall come to pass, if you shall hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command you this day, that the LORD your God will set you on high above all nations of the earth: And all these blessings shall come on you, and overtake you, if you shall hearken unto the voice of the LORD your God. (Deuteronomy 28:1-2)