- Matthew 6:26-30
- Mat 6:26 (KJB)
- Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor
gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much
better than they?
- Jesus now offers an example from the animal world. He points out the
fact that the birds of the air, do not sow seeds and then wait a few months
for harvest. Once the harvest comes, the birds do not gather it into barns
which must be built. The birds fly around and look for food and will find it
without any thought of sowing, reaping, or storing. God the Father feeds
them or in other words, He already has their food prepared and waiting for
them. Then Jesus makes the comparison that people are more important to the
Father than birds of the air. When an animal dies, it ceases to exist but if
a person dies, they continue to live on in their soul existence, either in
hell or in Heaven in their glorified bodies. Jesus is assuring them that God
knows what they need and will supply those needs and therefore if God is
handling the food and water, we need not be anxious about finding them. If
that anxiety is missing from our life, then we can have peace and can serve
the Lord without worry.
- Mat 6:27 (KJB)
- Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
- Does being anxious have any advantage? The answer is no. Jesus asks the
question that if you live in anxiety, can it add one cubit to your height.
The cubit was about 18 inches (46 cm) and no one could add even one inch to
their height from being anxious. In fact, a person who lives in high anxiety
will normally find themselves, not in good health, but continually sick
until their body finally gives up and they die from it.
- Mat 6:28 (KJB)
- And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field,
how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
- Jesus now picks another example from the world of botany. He asks the
question, why would you be anxious for the clothing that you need? He points
to the lilies of the field, and states that they grow and they grow without
toil. They donít spin either, that is, they do not make their own clothes.
The lilies grow according to the way God created them and in the environment
He created for them. In other words, the lilies grow without any effort on
their part. God brings the rain and the sunshine and the combination allows
them to grow without them doing one bit of work. In the same manner, God
supplies our clothing as well. He knows how He created us and the needs we
have to sustain our lives and He will not forsake us.
- Mat 6:29 (KJB)
- And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not
arrayed like one of these.
- Then Jesus brings up King Solomon of which all the people would have
been familiar. They would have known about his wealth and his wives and his
opulent lifestyle. Yet, the possessions which Solomon had and all that
surrounded him could not amount to the beauty of one of the flowers. When
you look at the White House in Washington, D.C. and then see an Arizona
sunset over the prairie, you tell me which would offer more beauty and
inspiration? Godís natural creation always outshines the things created by
man. What offers more beauty, a picture of Lower Manhattan in New York City
or the Grand Tetons in Wyoming? What God creates, God can sustain without
- Mat 6:30 (KJB)
- Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and
to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe
you, O ye of little faith?
- Jesus now takes the most common item being grass and states that God
clothes the grass of the field with the beauty of the color green and then
soon after it is cast into the oven when it is dry. In that area of the
world, people used to use dry grass and straw to fire up a furnace or a
stove to cook with. So one day, the grass is green and the next day it is
dry, usable only for fire, and since God allows this cycle to continue,
would He not clothe His children. Then Jesus makes it a question of faith
because anxiety and anxiousness are totally opposed to faith in God. One
cannot claim to have faith in God while they are anxiously toiling for the
worldís goods, even the necessities of life. If one can have faith that God
can save you for eternity, donít you think He could supply clothes and food?