The first six verses of this chapter talk about performing your "alms
" without fanfare. I'm caught wondering why this is important. What's the concept behind the action?
Well, I think that's the very essense of it. - "Why are you giving?" "Why are you charitable?" Is it so you can appear to be charitable to win friends? Or so people will like you? Or for politics?
Or are you doing it because it's the right thing to do, because you honestly love your neighbor, and because it's a commandment?
As far as charity goes, that's a whole other ball of wax. Intent
is everything with charity.
Interesting verse, verse 8 is. He already knows what we need.. We just need to ask for it. Leads to the question - do *we* know what we need, and would there be sense in asking to know that?
"For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also" - how true it is.
From verse 25 to 34 - I could type a novel on how much these verses mean to me. I believe it applies still today. The more we do God's work, the more God will take care of all else. We've just got to trust that this really applies to our lives (as well as to be moderate, and wise, which means we probably should't quit our jobs, and leave our families to preach the word of God the rest of our lives.)