Not everyone who says, “Lord, Lord,” is a true teacher of God’s Word. Believers need to beware whom they follow.

BibleGateway: Matthew 7:15-29

ESV Text: Matthew 7:15-29

Matthew 7:15–29

A Tree and Its Fruit

15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.

I Never Knew You

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

Build Your House on the Rock

24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

The Authority of Jesus

28 And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, 29 for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.

(ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 7

     15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

     21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. 28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: 29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 487:
How Beauteous Are their Feet

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1. How beauteous are their feet 
Who stand on Zion’s hill; 
Who bring salvation on their tongues 
And words of peace reveal! 

2. How charming is their voice! 
How sweet their tidings are! 
“Zion, behold thy Savior-King; 
He reigns and triumphs here.” 

3. How happy are the ears 
That hear this joyful sound 
Which kings and prophets waited for 
And sought, but never found! 

4.How blessed are the eyes 
That see this heavenly light! 
Prophets and kings desired it long, 
But died without the sight. 

5. The watchmen join their voice 
And tuneful notes employ; 
Jerusalem breaks forth in songs, 
And deserts learn the joy. 

6. The Lord makes bare His arm 
Through all the earth abroad. 
Let every nation now behold 
Their Savior and their God. 


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Surely it is God who saves me!

BibleGateway: Isaiah 12:1-6

ESV Text: Isaiah 12:1-6

Isaiah 12

The Lord Is My Strength and My Song


12:1   You1 will say in that day:
  “I will give thanks to you, O LORD,
    for though you were angry with me,
  your anger turned away,
    that you might comfort me.


  “Behold, God is my salvation;
    I will trust, and will not be afraid;
  for the LORD GOD2 is my strength and my song,
    and he has become my salvation.”

With joy you3 will draw water from the wells of salvation. And you will say in that day:


  “Give thanks to the LORD,
    call upon his name,
  make known his deeds among the peoples,
    proclaim that his name is exalted.


  “Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously;
    let this be made known4 in all the earth.
  Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion,
    for great in your5 midst is the Holy One of Israel.”

Footnotes

[1] 12:1 The Hebrew for you is singular in verse 1

[2] 12:2 Hebrew for Yah, the Lord

[3] 12:3 The Hebrew for you is plural in verses 3, 4

[4] 12:5 Or this is made known

[5] 12:6 The Hebrew for your in verse 6 is singular, referring to the inhabitant of Zion

(ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 12

     1 And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me. 2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. 3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

     4 And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted. 5 Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth. 6 Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.(KJV)


Hymn: WS 742:
Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven

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1. Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven; 
To His feet your tribute bring. 
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven, 
Evermore His praises sing: 
Alleluia! Alleluia! 
Praise the everlasting King. 

2. Praise Him for His grace and favor 
To His people in distress. 
Praise Him still the same as ever, 
Slow to chide, and swift to bless. 
Alleluia! Alleluia! 
Glorious in His faithfulness. 

3. Father-like He tends and spares us; 
Well our feeble frame He knows. 
In His hands He gently bears us, 
Rescues us from all our foes. 
Alleluia! Alleluia! 
Widely yet His mercy flows. 

4. Frail as summer’s flower we flourish, 
Blows the wind and it is gone; 
But while mortals rise and perish 
Our God lives unchanging on, 
Alleluia! Alleluia! 
Praise the High Eternal One! 


Hymn: LSB 927 First Song of Isaiah
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