When I was reading this passage, Matthew 6, to my son one morning for school.
This word kept popping out at me. The word REWARD.
[on giving to the needy]
6:1 “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.
2 “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
16 “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
This is the meaning of the word reward from where it says ‘received their reward’
This the meaning of the word reward from where it says ‘And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.’
|Strong’s Number: 591||a)podiðdwmi|
|Original Word||Word Origin|
|a)podiðdwmi||from (575) and (1325)|
|Transliterated Word||Phonetic Spelling|
|Parts of Speech||TDNT|
|KJV (48) – give, 9; misc, 9; pay, 9; render, 9; reward, 7; sell, 3; yield, 2;NAS (49) – account, 1; award, 1; fulfill, 2; gave…back, 2; give, 4; give back, 1; given, 1; giving, 1; make some return, 1; must, 1; paid, 3; pay, 2; pay back, 3; pay…back, 1; render, 6; repay, 8; repayment to be made, 1; repays, 1; returning, 1; reward, 3; sold, 3; yielding, 1; yields, 1;|
The hypocrites receive their earthly reward or due payment.
What do the hypocrites do that is wrong?
Do they seek mans approval and not God’s?
What do these 3 things Jesus tells us have in common?
I would like to be counted among the blessed few who receives her reward from the hand of the Father.
XO, The Home Engineer