GOD TREATS YOU THE WAY HE WANTS TO BE TREATED

GOD TREATS YOU THE WAY HE WANTS TO BE TREATED

If you have been with us long enough, you would’ve realized that this is one of my favorite passages.

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:7-11

I call it God’s own 7-11, His storehouse of blessings, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Sabbath included; for we remember that Jesus did heal, more than once, on the Sabbath.

But did you ever realize that this passage ends with another one of the most famous verses known to man?

“Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12

Therefore, consequently, if you want in on this, then you better do to others as you would have them do to you. Strange, isn’t it? What does ‘doing to others’ have to do with receiving from God? Is this another demand? Is this yet another condition that Jesus uses to qualify us from God’s blessings? Well, let’s find out.

First of all, ‘therefore’ suggests that the ‘doing to others’ is a consequence of what came before, not the cause. What Jesus is saying here is, because you will get what you want when you ask of the Father; therefore, consequently, as a result, there is no excuse for you to withhold anything from your fellow man. You can afford to be generous, preemptively generous even, to all those around you, because your supply comes not from man, but from your heavenly Father who loves you.

It’s a bit like this. You know how there is nothing that you won’t do for your spouse or children? I mean, really, in your heart of hearts, there really is nothing that you won’t do for them, right? They don’t even need to ask; but because you love them so much and know them so well, you can predict what they want, when they want it. So

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will you Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:11

Now, when your loved ones live in that consciousness, knowing that their needs will be met fully by you, they don’t worry, they have peace, they can get on with their lives, and they are happy. So imagine how you will feel when you live in that consciousness, knowing that because your heavenly Father is all-powerful, all-knowing, and loves you more than you can ever love your family; all your needs will surely be met by Him? Imagine the peace and joy that will fill your heart? Beautiful, isn’t it?

But that isn’t even the half of it. Because that verse then goes on to say

“…for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12

Other translations have it as

“…This ·is [sums up; is the essence of] the ·meaning of the law of Moses and the teaching of the prophets [Law and the Prophets; referring to the OT].” Matthew 7:12 [EXB]

Doing unto others as you would have them do to you is the meaning, the very essence of the Law. But how can that be? Isn’t the Law about ‘do good, get good; do bad, get bad’? How is it about ‘doing to others as you would have them do to you’?

Well, there are some obvious areas of application.

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
“You shall not murder.
“You shall not commit adultery.
“You shall not steal.
“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.” Exodus 20:12-17

These are straightforward, aren’t they? If you don’t want anyone to steal from you, don’t steal from them. If you don’t want anyone to kill you, don’t kill them. If you want your children to honor you, set the example, honor your parents. Simple.

But what about this?

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.” Exodus 20:8-11

Remember what Jesus said?

“Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12

What did God want to do? God wanted to rest after the work was done. That is how He wants to be treated, so also He tells us to rest. And when we rest, we should also ‘pay it forward’ and have those who work with us and for us rest as well. In so doing, we remind ourselves of our Father’s heart for us.

Then what about this?

“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.” Exodus 20:7

What does, ‘take the name of the Lord you God in vain’ mean? Well, it means this.

“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain [that is, irreverently, in false affirmations or in ways that impugn the character of God]; for the Lord will not hold guiltless nor leave unpunished the one who takes His name in vain [disregarding its reverence and its power].” Exodus 20:7 [AMP]

Now, when we apply Jesus words to this commandment, we get an even more beautiful revelation. Because if God doesn’t want you to make false affirmations with His name or use His name irreverently, He will not do that to Himself in the first place, will He? So fundamentally, that simply means that God will not lie, He is good for every word.

Then pause for a moment and think about this. If God will not lie, because He doesn’t want you to use His name to give false affirmations and guarantees, that means that every single promise made in the Bible is true for you! And we don’t need to look very far for a promise, do we?

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:7-11

He’s good for every word!

And extending our understanding a little, we realize that if God doesn’t want you to use His name flippantly or irreverently, He will neither treat you flippantly nor irreverently. He will not take you for sport, nor treat your life like a game. Instead, He will treat you with the same love and respect that He wants accorded to Himself, because Jesus said,

“Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12

Then there’s this.

“…For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.” Exodus 20:4-6

Many read this passage and quake with fear. But we should read this verse and rejoice. For we, beloved child of God, do not hate our Father; instead, we love Him, and we know that we love Him because we have kept this commandment of His.

“Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”
Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” John 6:28-29

Now I know what you are thinking. This is only one. What about the other commandments? Don’t we need to keep the other commandments?

Well, beloved, keeping the law of Moses is no bad thing, that’s true. But look at what Jesus is saying. Did He say ‘believe in Him whom He sent AND keep the law of Moses’? Did He add anything else on? No, beloved,

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

‘Whoever believes in Him’, that’s all. Not ‘believes in Him and stays sinless’, nor ‘believes in Him and lives a good life’, nor ‘believes in Him and gives tons of offering’. I mean think about it, if we are sinless, if we are already living the perfect life, why would we need Jesus? Why would Jesus need to come and die for us and sort out our sins? Surely we can get to heaven on our own, can’t we?

But because we are sinful, because we are imperfect, we are the very ones whom Jesus came for, for He did say that,

“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” Mark 2:17

So then, because we have kept His commandment, we are they to whom He will show mercy. Isn’t that a cause for rejoicing? But why would God do that? Just why are we so important? Well, beloved child of God, remember that our Father said,

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
You shall have no other gods before Me.” Exodus 20:2-3

God wants to be exclusive in our lives. So again, apply the words of Jesus,

“Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12

We are exclusive to God.

On this side of heaven, our vision is often tunneled. We can’t see past ourselves, and so we see each and every instruction from our Father as a demand of obedience, a demand of good behavior.

But if we pause for a moment and consider the true intent behind our Father’s words, we will see that it belies a loving Father, not a demanding deity. For as much as Jesus tells us to

“Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12

So too has our Father shown that He has told Himself to

‘Therefore, whatever You want men to do to You, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.’

We have done the only thing that is needful. So now rest in the realization that our Father loves you more than you can ever imagine.

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