Matthew 6:33 is a favorite children’s bible memory verse, but how many know the story behind this verse?
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Matthew writes to Jewish (God’s Old Testament people) readers to convince them that Jesus is the King prophesied in the Old Testament.
It has been 400 years since the last prophet, Malachi, wrote. It is important to note that most Jews had been long expecting a King who would take leadership of the nation immediately, throw off the Roman government and reestablish the God’s people as the dominant force here on earth.
Matthew quotes Jesus as He describes a new kind of kingdom. A kingdom where relationships are more important than perfect obedience. Where peace reigns over anger. Where loving your neighbor is like loving yourself. Where giving to the needy is giving to God. Where childlike prayer is life giving, and where we don’t need to worry about our possessions, because God knows and will take care of our real needs.
It is this last aspect of the kingdom that Matthew 6:33 addresses. Jesus tells His disciples that their first desire is to be God’s kingdom and His plan and God will take care of the rest. No need to worry about anything else.
Now you know the story behind Matthew 6:33.
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