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Matthew 6:25-34. Enemies to Righteousness: Unbelief

When God’s word repeats something three times, you had better listen up.  When God wanted to vocalize his commitment to holiness, he had the seraphim repeat the Trisagion: “Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory” (Isa. 6:3).  And Isaiah listened: this moment turned out to be a turning point in Isaiah’s life and ministry.  In the same way, in our text, our Lord repeats important truths to underline their importance.  We saw last time that our Lord warns his disciples against the dangers of worldliness, and he does this three times using three different metaphors.  In the passage before us, we see this threefold emphasis again.  This time, the indicator is a phrase which is repeated three times: “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought . . .” (ver. 25, 31, and 34).
This phrase, which begins with the word “therefore” also governs the structure of the text.  “Therefore” points to the argument that has gone before and draws a conclusion from it.  Our …