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    “See to it no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

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    Apr032013

    Ask, Seek, Knock: Matthew 7:7-12

    Matthew 7:7-8, "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened..."

     

    I could sing you the hymn that goes along with this verse, but until now I couldn't have told you what this passage means. I've heard some say it means we can ask God for anything in His will and He'll give it, but that doesn't jive with what I know about the rest of Scripture. (see On Word of Faith).

    Well, you know those tiny Scripture references in the margins? I've been reading my Bible for years, and just recently decided to try and decipher those. Guess what I found?

     

    Proverbs 8:17, "I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me." The full context of chapter 8 is all about seeking truth and Wisdom personified.

    Jeremiah 29:12-14, "Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”

    Matthew 7:9-12, “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets."

     

    So really, the whole "Ask, Seek, Knock" is about seeking wisdom (one of the greatest gifts of God), truth, and God, and the rest of passage (Matt. 7:9-12) is about seeking Jesus, who is "The way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6) and God's greatest gift!

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