Before understanding the verse in its legitimate context, I never really noticed how much it is abundantly asked in, but now that I know the context, I scream a little when I hear well-meaning Christians throw it into well-intentioned prayers. The problem with the abuse of this verse is that the people who abuse it are not necessarily wrong what they say (that Jesus is with us when we pray and swear); They just took it out of context. Verses 1-6 Christ said many of his sufferings, but only one of his glory; but the disciples attach themselves to it and neglect others. Many like to hear and talk about the privileges and glory that are willing to miss the thoughts of work and effort. Our Lord introduced them to a small child and solemnly assured them that they would not be able to come to his kingdom if they were not converted and made as young children. Children, when they are very young, do not want authority, do not see external distinctions, are free from wickedness, are educated and willingly dependent on their parents. It is true that they soon begin to show other predispositions, and other ideas are taught to them at an early age; but they are signs of childhood, and they make them true emblems of the spirit of the lower of true Christians. Certainly, we must be renewed daily in the spirit of our mind, in order to become simple and humble, as little children, and ready to be the smallest of all. Let`s study this every day and look at our own minds. We have learned that Matthew 18:20 is part of the broader context of Matthew 18 as a whole; There is a subject that runs through the whole chapter, and that passage is not excluded. We learned that the original Jewish public had taken up the references of the Alttestamentation, which helps us to link verse 20 in the larger passage.
By understanding the context, we are able to understand the full meaning of the verses, as did the original audience. Jesus is always present with the faithful, but he is also present in the special circumstances of ecclesial discipline when it occurs according to the Word of God and his glory. The difference in this case is that Jesus does not speak of bringing the guilty before earthly church leaders to argue your case. It places more emphasis on the spiritual aspect. If we ignore the context in which a passage from the Bible is written, we can literally let it say anything. One of the simplest and most important things we should do when reading the Bible is to consider the context. Read the verses before and after. Thank you, I cannot express the impact of your contribution to me. I`ve always had problems with it, but I prayed in faith, believing that I didn`t need anyone to be there.
My heart knew that this « proverb » could not be right. I use the word « say » because it is the writing that has taken it out of context. I knew in my heart that God did not tell me as an individual that I was less than a coupled person. If we say that 2 or more are necessary for your prayers to be heard, then we will personify and limit God. Of course, God can hear our prayers one by one. Many of us thought, Matthew 18:20 speaks of the presence of God, if we pray, then what does this mean for our life of prayer? Does God hear us when we pray or do we need a prayer partner? Does it matter if we pray alone? This is post #4 in the series « Frequently Abused Bible Verses. »