Sunday, January 10, 2016

Bible Quotes Matthew 6:19-21


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“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” - Matthew 6:19-21

The Gospel of Matthew is the shortest of the four Gospels. It gives a bare bones account which is embellished differently in the rest. Mark explains a bit more with detail that one might not think important, but is. Luke is historical, deeply addressing questions and sources. John is more prophetic, in line with his letters and Revelations. Matthew is written by an anonymous Greek writer who was clearly aware of Mark, but not copying it. It is also written after the destruction of the Jewish Temple. 


The Roman destruction of the Temple and the dispersal of Jews throughout the empire was harrowing for Jews. It is wrong to not let Jews rebuild the Temple. But in Christian terms the Temple is surpassed. Matthew comforts the early Christians and gives them a response that lets all Christians do as humans must. They build. Everyone builds in their life. But it is important to not build with personal ambition. Build with the bricks that are heaven made. They will last. 

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