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Charity, Prayer, and Fasting: How not to lose your rewards. The Mechanics of Love. Motivation: The Reason Why Volition: Your Responsibility Means: God’s Enablement. 6:1. Be vigilant not to perform your righteousness before men for the purpose of being seen by them;

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Charity prayer and fasting how not to lose your rewards

Charity, Prayer, and Fasting: How not to lose your rewards


The mechanics of love

The Mechanics of Love

  • Motivation: The Reason Why

  • Volition: Your Responsibility

  • Means: God’s Enablement


Charity prayer and fasting how not to lose your rewards

6:1

Be vigilant not to perform your righteousness

before men

for the purpose of being seen by them;

so if indeed you do not maintain this vigilance,

then reward you do not have from your Father Who is in Heaven.


3 categories of practicing righteousness

3 Categories of “Practicing Righteousness”

Prayer

Fasting

Giving Alms

6:16-18

6:1-4

6:5-15


Charity prayer and fasting how not to lose your rewards

6:2

Therefore

when you perform charitable giving,

do not sound a trumpet before you,

like the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets

so that they may be glorified by man!

Amen I am telling you, they have received in full their reward.


The wisdom of charity

The Wisdom of Charity

Prov 22:9

The one with a good eye, he will be blessed,

For he gives some of his food to the poor/low/helpless (DAL).

Prov 22:16

He who oppresses the poor/low/helpless to make himself increase,

Who gives to the rich, certain decrease/lack!

Prov 28:27

He who gives to the poor (ROSH) will never want,

But he who shuts his eyes will have many curses.


Charity and culture

Charity and Culture

  • Most givers do so for the purpose of self-advancement.

    • “It makes me feel good”

    • “If I give, I will get something I want”

  • Most poor people despise the notion of “charity.”

    • “We don’t want your charity.”

    • “I’m not some charity case!”

  • Yet the same people have no problem with government entitlements!


Charity prayer and fasting how not to lose your rewards

  • Q: What does the Mosaic Law call it when there is a mandated tax, part of which goes to feed the poor? A: “an offering to the Lord.” Num 18:24, cf. Dt 26:12

  • Yet in our governmental structure of taxing some to feed others we say the “others” are entitled.

  • The false dignity of the “entitled” dishonors the Lord who has established charitable giving as a form of worship.

  • In general those in power who mandate entitlements for the able-bodied are trying to get their vote.

  • Yet ironically, most of the poor who begin taking their “entitlements” never escape from their poverty.


Charity prayer and fasting how not to lose your rewards

  • Giving can become a system of control. Remember Gen 14:23.

  • All sustainment comes from the Lord, who gives freely.


Vv6 3 4 the real secret

vv6:3-4: The real “Secret”

So when you perform charitable giving,

it must not know,

your left what your right is doing!

In order that your charitable giving will be in secret,

and your Father Who sees in secret will reward you!


Secrets

Secrets

  • The test of faith in “secret” acts of righteousness is:

    • Do you really believe in the existence of God? (even when things don’t go your way??)

    • Do you really believe that He is a “rewarder of those who seek Him?”

  • If you really believe what God has said, then there is no need to go after blessings from another source.

  • If you bless yourself, you will not be blessed by God. Mt 6:1-4, cf. Gen 14:23


Charity prayer and fasting how not to lose your rewards

6:5

And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites

Because they love

in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets having stood,

to pray

in order to be seen by men.

Amen I say to you, they have in full their reward.


Worship

Worship?

  • If performing charitable giving is a matter of faith and obedience between you and the Lord, how much more is PRAYER?

  • Yet, as with all their worship, religious “hypocrites” will take what rightfully belongs only to God and give it to people.

  • Their motivation is self-advancement because they “think more highly of themselves than they ought to think.”

  • Jesus is teaching a lifestyle of self-advancement through “self-abasement” or humility.

  • Don’t sell out for anything less than eternal reward.


Charity prayer and fasting how not to lose your rewards

6:6

6 σὺ δὲ ὅταν προσεύχῃ, εἴσελθε εἰς τὸ ταμεῖόν σου καὶ κλείσας τὴν θύραν σου πρόσευξαι τῷ πατρί σου τῷ ἐν τῷ κρυπτῷ· καὶ ὁ πατήρ σου ὁ βλέπων ἐν τῷ κρυπτῷ ἀποδώσει σοι.

But when you pray, go into your inner room and after closing your door, pray to your Father Who is in secret and your Father who Sees in secret will reward you.


When you pray

“When” you pray

  • “When” is an important word in these passages.

    • WHEN you give

    • WHEN you pray

    • WHEN you fast

  • These things are expected by cultural conditioning from the Mosaic Law

  • However each of these things is part of the Law as a component of personal, internal-external righteousness.


Charity prayer and fasting how not to lose your rewards

v6

But

when you pray,

go into your inner room

and

after closing your door,

pray to your Father Who is in secret

and

your Father who Sees in secret will

reward you.


Prayer phase 2 of a 3 step process

PRAYER: Phase 2 of a 3-Step Process

  • Phase 1: God Has Spoken

  • Phase 2: You pray, as commanded by God

  • Phase 3: God rewards you!


Charity prayer and fasting how not to lose your rewards

6:7

7 Προσευχόμενοι δὲ μὴ βατταλογήσητε ὥσπερ οἱ ἐθνικοί, δοκοῦσιν γὰρ ὅτι ἐν τῇ πολυλογίᾳ αὐτῶν εἰσακουσθήσονται.

Now when you pray, do not BATTALOGEW, like the Gentiles/Heathen/Nations/Everyone else,

For they think that because of their many words they will be heard!


Battalogeo

Battalogeo

βατταλογέω (βαττολογέωv.l.; s. Rdm. 44; Mlt-H. 272) 1 aor.subj.βατταλογήσω onomatopoetic word; to speak in a way that images the kind of speech pattern of one who stammers,use the same words again and again,speak without thinking

  • Q: How are all the other people doing this when they pray?

  • A: They are casting spells by just repeating words without thinking!


Charity prayer and fasting how not to lose your rewards

v7

Now when you pray,

Do not BATTALOGEW,

like the Gentiles/Heathen/Nations/Everyone else,

For they think that because of their many words they will be heard!

Command

Explanation


Prayer and thought

Prayer and Thought

  • The Lord wants us to think when we pray.

  • Saying the same thing over and over again is in direct opposition to the command of the Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Why? Because He wants you to mean it.

  • God’s philosophy of language is simple: Words have meanings that are construed by their authors.

  • So when you author a prayer, make sure you mean to say what you are saying!


Charity prayer and fasting how not to lose your rewards

6:8

8 μὴ οὖν ὁμοιωθῆτε αὐτοῖς· οἶδεν γὰρ ὁ πατὴρ ὑμῶν ὧν χρείαν ἔχετε πρὸ τοῦ ὑμᾶς αἰτῆσαι αὐτόν.

Therefore do not imitate them;

For your Father knows the things you need (have need of) before you ask Him


Charity prayer and fasting how not to lose your rewards

6:9

9 Οὕτως οὖν προσεύχεσθε ὑμεῖς·

Πάτερ ἡμῶν ὁ ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς·

ἁγιασθήτω τὸ ὄνομά σου·


Charity prayer and fasting how not to lose your rewards

6:10

10 ἐλθέτω ἡ βασιλεία σου·

γενηθήτω τὸ θέλημά σου,

ὡς ἐν οὐρανῷ καὶ ἐπὶ γῆς·


Charity prayer and fasting how not to lose your rewards

6:11

11 τὸν ἄρτον ἡμῶν τὸν ἐπιούσιον δὸς ἡμῖν σήμερον·


Charity prayer and fasting how not to lose your rewards

6:12

12 καὶ ἄφες ἡμῖν τὰ ὀφειλήματα ἡμῶν,

ὡς καὶ ἡμεῖς ἀφήκαμεν τοῖς ὀφειλέταις ἡμῶν·


Charity prayer and fasting how not to lose your rewards

6:13

13 καὶ μὴ εἰσενέγκῃς ἡμᾶς εἰς πειρασμόν,

ἀλλὰ ῥῦσαι ἡμᾶς ἀπὸ τοῦ πονηροῦ.


Charity prayer and fasting how not to lose your rewards

6:14

14 Ἐὰν γὰρ ἀφῆτε τοῖς ἀνθρώποις τὰ παραπτώματα αὐτῶν, ἀφήσει καὶ ὑμῖν ὁ πατὴρ ὑμῶν ὁ οὐράνιος· 15 ἐὰν δὲ μὴ ἀφῆτε τοῖς ἀνθρώποις, οὐδὲ ὁ πατὴρ ὑμῶν ἀφήσει τὰ παραπτώματα ὑμῶν.


Charity prayer and fasting how not to lose your rewards

6:16

16 Ὅταν δὲ νηστεύητε, μὴ γίνεσθε ὡς οἱ ὑποκριταὶ σκυθρωποί, ἀφανίζουσιν γὰρ τὰ πρόσωπα αὐτῶν ὅπως φανῶσιν τοῖς ἀνθρώποις νηστεύοντες· ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν, ἀπέχουσιν τὸν μισθὸν αὐτῶν.


6 17 18

6:17-18

17 σὺ δὲ νηστεύων ἄλειψαί σου τὴν κεφαλὴν καὶ τὸ πρόσωπόν σου νίψαι, 18 ὅπως μὴ φανῇς τοῖς ἀνθρώποις νηστεύων ἀλλὰ τῷ πατρί σου τῷ ἐν τῷ κρυφαίῳ· καὶ ὁ πατήρ σου ὁ βλέπων ἐν τῷ κρυφαίῳ ἀποδώσει σοι.


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