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Seek, Matthew 7

Posted by adventbiblestudy on October 29, 2010


This study demonstrates the advantages of organization. One of the problems people face when learning to study the Bible is an overwhelming flow of thoughts, ideas and new concepts. A number of references on different subjects may enter the mind on a consistent basis. Some of these references and subjects may be related, while others have little or nothing to do with the subject. The challenge is to learn to organize these concepts and references into a coherent order others are able to understand. The most efficient method is to learn to rely upon the Holy Spirit for guidance. This can be accomplished by focusing on your preparation.

Begin each study with prayer. Focus your attention on one particular subject, a single text, and let the Spirit lead in the final analysis. At times I find it easier to choose a text for study, identify the key words and collect reference texts during the first day of the study. Take a break from the study for a day or two. This gives the Spirit time to fine tune and adjust the ideas and concepts within your mind. The Spirit may wake you up an hour early with new details to consider. Given the time, the Spirit can find a number of ways to illustrate lessons through out the day. Interaction with others, personal experience, reactions to situations are all methods the Spirit may use to direct a study, establish the direction, and order. You will notice this happening when the details lead back to the study, and help illustrate details you did not see at first.

This lesson follows a method recorded in the book of Revelations, which begins with a detailed description of Christ in chapter 1. That description is broken down into sections and repeated within the messages to the seven churches. When these texts are collected and reorganized, they not only reveal the full description of Christ, but a description of Heaven, a message praising the churches and a series of warnings.

This method of organization is also taught in the prophecy of Habakkuk 2:2-3. And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Revelation supplies a detailed example showing how to combine texts into a chart to reveal the messages God has placed within His written word. Matthew 7:7-8 contains a message which is revealed using this method of organization.

KJV Matthew 7:7. Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Although this verse contains a number of key words this particular study will look at only one word. Although key words are ordinarily nouns, this study will focus on the verb, seek. After collecting a series of texts containing the word seek, it is plainly seen, many of these texts fit into three main categories, those who seek after God, others after false beliefs and of course, Jesus. Each will reveal its own spiritual meaning.

Seeking God

KJV 2 Chronicles 7:14. If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

KJV Deuteronomy 4:29. But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

KJV Psalms 40:16. Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The Lord be magnified.

KJV Proverbs 2:4. If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; 5. Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. 6. For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

KJV Proverbs 8:17. I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. 18. Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness. 19. My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.

KJV Lamentations 3: 25. The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. 26. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.

KJV Matthew 6:33. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

At each stage it is a good idea to write a brief summary, listing the attributes found in the proof texts.

God promises, all those who seek after Him will find Him. Seeking God is not a part time job, but requires a dedicated effort which will be rewarded with knowledge, wisdom, understanding, and salvation, which are true riches and glory, better than silver and gold.

Seeking False Beliefs

KJV Leviticus 19:31. Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God.

KJV 1 Samuel 28:7. Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and inquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor.

KJV Isaiah 8:19. And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? 20. To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

KJV Isaiah 29:15

15. Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the Lord, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?

KJV 2 Chronicles 12:14. And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the Lord.

KJV Psalms 10:4. The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.

KJV Psalms 119:155. Salvation is far from the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes.

KJV Hosea 7:10. And the pride of Israel testifieth to his face: and they do not return to the Lord their God, nor seek him for all this.

KJV Romans 3:11. There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 13. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: 14. Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: 15. Their feet are swift to shed blood: 16. Destruction and misery are in their ways: 17. And the way of peace have they not known: 18. There is no fear of God before their eyes.

KJV Philippians 2:21. For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.

People do not seek after God for a number of reasons. They seek after other gods, or sources of power. They think they can hide their sins from God, or do not believe He can see them. People who do not seek God have a limited understanding, and no spiritual light. They lie, curse, and cause misery. Salvation is far from them.

Seek after Christ

KJV Psalms 38:12. They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.

KJV Psalms 40:14. Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil.

KJV Psalms 54:3. For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah.

KJV Psalms 71:13-15

13. Let them be confounded and consumed that are adversaries to my soul; let them be covered with reproach and dishonour that seek my hurt. 14. But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more. 15. My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof.

KJV Psalms 71:24. My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded, for they are brought unto shame, that seek my hurt.

KJV Matthew 28:5. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

KJV Mark 1:37. And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee.

KJV Mark 8:11-12

11. And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him. 12. And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, Why doth this generation seek after a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation.

KJV Luke 11:29

29. And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet.

KJV Mark 16:6. And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.

KJV Luke 11:54. Laying wait for him, and seeking to catch something out of his mouth, that they might accuse him.

KJV Luke 24:5. And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? 6. He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,

KJV John 1:38. Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?

Two groups of people sought after Jesus, some to destroy Him, and others to learn from Him. Those who wanted to destroy Him spoke lies and imagined deceitful things about Him. They will become ashamed and confounded. This group does not know God, nor the Son of God. One of the major reasons they sought to kill Him, is because they did not believe He could forgive sins.

The second group sought after Jesus for an entirely different reason. Neither group believed Jesus would rise from the grave. The second group sought after Him because of what He did for them, and what He had taught them. They sought after Him because they loved Him. This is why they were the first people to see Christ in all His glory, risen from the grave. Even the angel of beaming light, His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: (Matthew 28:3 KJV) did not compare with Christ when He showed Himself to those that sought after Him the day He rose from the grave. They never turned to look back at the angel at the tomb. Their eyes were fixed on Jesus.

And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me. (Matthew 28:9-10 KJV)

KJV Matthew 7:7. Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Why do we need to look at all the spiritual definitions of seek to understand, what appears to be a simple text? Everyone will find what they seek after, one way or another.

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. (Hebrews 4:12-14 KJV)

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