Ask and it shall be given?
Updated: Mar 22
Digging deeper into Matthew 7:7-8 and Luke 11:9-10
We have all heard this common reading of Matt. 7:7-8 to;
“Ask and it shall be given you; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you. For everyone that asks shall receive, and he that seeks shall find, and him that knocks it shall be opened.”
I have learned that such translations don’t render the full meaning. Over my years of seeking Elohim and redemption, I have learned the most common reason of failure for those who claim to be Christian (or any similar faiths). Once we believe we have some level of “truth” from Elohim (God), people let up and stop seeking new truths. This helps explain all of the thousand of so called Christian denominations around the world with all differing creeds of faith. They hang their hat on such creeds instead of focusing on God's commandments. Sounds a bit familiar to what Yahusha Messiah accused the Pharisees of following the traditions of men rather then God's commandments.
I prefer the following translation from the Jewish New Testament by David H. Stern;
"Keep asking, and it will be given to you; keep seeking, and you will find; keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps asking receives; he who keeps seeking finds; and to him who keeps knocking, the door will be opened."
This provides us a much more realistic and clarifying translation. For those who seek initially, then stop seeking are akin to the seeds in Messiah's parable of Matt. 13 that fall on the road and eaten by birds, or among the rocks which got scorched by the sun, or even the seed that fell among the thorns and were choked out. These all explain those of little faith in Elohim and His Son. The cares of this world and pride of life will consume those not on guard against the temptations of the enemy.
So, I tell you all: Keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking! Just make sure you are seeking the virtuous things of God, such as righteousness, love, peace, and truth.
- Be blessed in Yahusha the Messiah,