4.19.21 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on Matthew. Part 77. Stone.

These next three days will look at Matthew 7:9-11. Oh….how the Father loves us.

Matthew 7:9 – “Or what person is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf of bread, will give him a stone?”

Jesus has made an amazing and expansive promise to His followers: Every one of them who asks will receive. Everyone who seeks will find. Everyone who knocks will experience the door being opened (Matthew 7:7–8). He now makes clear that He is saying these things within the context of children of God making requests of Him. This is not a blind, mindless guarantee that God will give anyone anything they ask for in prayer. The context of asking, seeking, and knocking is the very person of Christ, Himself (John 14:6).

Christ asks His audience (Matthew 5:1–2) which of them would give their son a stone when asked for bread. This shows exactly what kind of relationship Jesus is describing. When we ask something of God, we are not submitting a request to a corporation or a government or a religious system. We are asking our Father for something. That’s why God stands ready to hear and answer our requests.

Jesus’ negative examples in this and the following verse demonstrate the character of God. If a human parent would not give their son a stone when asked for bread, the only perfect Father would certainly never give a worthless thing when asked for something that was truly good. Jesus’ example may even suggest something worse. Scholars point out that small loaves of bread in Jesus’ day often looked like large stones. That creates a picture of a human father intentionally tricking his son with false food. Almost no human dad would do that, and neither would the Father give false things or lie to His children.

Oh…how great is the Father’s love for us. We are His children, He will give us all that we need. Today…let your faith dive deep into Him. Into His promises for us and His love for us. He will never leave us….

8 Comments

  1. Patti S on April 19, 2021 at 7:27 am

    This devotional caused me to pause it is one that has significance and is a beneift foŕ me.

    Dave, I am grateful you listened to God and wrote it.

    Because of Him

    • Dave Pettigrew on April 20, 2021 at 9:28 am

      Thanks Patti. Just trying to keep us all focused on Him.

  2. Peggy F on April 19, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    Jesus came to earth to show us, to demonstrate, to share the Love of the Father, to us. John chapter 14 Jesus is telling his disciples, his friends that He is going back to the Father, when Philip says in vs 8, ” Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us” ……, ” Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in Me. The words I say to you, I do not speak on my own authority. Rather it is the Father, living in Me, who is doing His work!!! Just thinking on all this…………..

    • Peggy F on April 19, 2021 at 3:46 pm

      And continuing to think on the vastness of the love the Father has for us I read a quote by Brennan Manning in one of my favorite books by him, ” Souvenirs of Solitude” that just seems to fit here, so would love to share it………….The Father gave you as a gift to Himself. You are a response to the vast delight of God. Out of an infinite number of possibilities, God invested you with existence. Regardless of the mess you may have made out of the original clay, wouldn’t you agree with Aquinas that ” it is better to be than not to be”?

      • Dave Pettigrew on April 20, 2021 at 9:28 am

        Thanks for sharing Peggy. So great. I really do love Brennan’s take on our relationship with our Father.

    • Dave Pettigrew on April 20, 2021 at 9:28 am

      Amen. So good!

  3. Beth l on April 20, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    thank you very much for offering yourself to be a blessing to others

  4. Sherri H on April 20, 2021 at 7:51 pm

    amen definitely thoughts to reflect on thank you Jesus

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