Matthew 7:21

SEE THE CONTEXT - Who, What, Where, When, and Why

When learning, we are so adapted to studying books and writings that are addressed to anyone in twenty-first century America. Because of this, we often go to the Bible with the same mindset. The fact is, the Bible is not a school book written for learning and it’s not a book addressing the twenty-first century, America, our questions, or anything like that. The Bible is a series of different genre’s of text’s that read differently based upon the genre. They are text’s that was written to a different culture, a different time, a different people, and a different language, answering their questions and addressing their issues. Because of this truth, we must ask a series of questions to the Bible: Who said it? Why did they say it? Who were they talking to? What as going on? When did this take place? What happened that caused this event or cause them to say this?

When it comes to Matthew 7:21 and the Father’s will, I’ve seen people go to different passages in different genre’s of text, addressing different questions to a different audience and struggle to try and answer the question that’s presented from Jesus’ statement. The truth is when we understand and grab all this context of the Bible the answer is not as elusive as people make it.

Messiah Yahshua did not speak in a bubble and He did not just spat off random truths. If your Bible has subject titles dividing the text, ignore those. If Jesus said that many will not make it because they did not do the will of the Father, He is either going to reveal that will to this audience or He already has.

If you look at the very next statement, in verse 24, we see that very important word we talked about a few days ago - Therefore. He says, “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them,…” This places a connection between the sayings of Christ and the will of God. But, what sayings is He talking about?

Jesus has not been in His ministry for long. In fact, this is the first recorded sermon by Messiah Yahshua. The sermon was not to His disciples that He’s been teaching, it’s to a multitude of people who’ve come to listen to Jesus speak. This places the “sayings” He’s talking about right in the very context of the teaching He’s been given. In fact, when you get to verse 28, the red letters stop: which means, Jesus is putting a conclusion on the sermon. Thus, we start following the red letters back to that last place in which we see black letters and we find the beginning of this sermon in chapter five. From chapter five to chapter seven is what we call “the sermon on the mount” and it’s a sermon that is so tough and so hard that most people would get up and walk out of any church that sermon would be taught in today. Therefore, based upon His statement in verse 24, if you want to know the will of the Father, a good place to start is in Matthew 5:1 and slowly dissect each saying of Christ to the end of chapter seven. It is at this point you start to see and understand “these sayings of [Christ]” and can start to make a connection with the will of the Father.