alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no This word «reward» is always taken in the scriptures for a free recompense, and therefore the schoolmen fondly set it to be answerable to a deserving, which they call «merit». reward of your Father which is in heaven.
geneva@Matthew:6:2@ Therefore when thou doest [thine] alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the
(note:)Counterfeits, for hypocrites were players that played a part in a play.(:note)
hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
geneva@Matthew:6:3@ But when thou doest thine almes, let not thy left hand knowe what thy right hand doeth,
geneva@Matthew:6:4@ That thine almes may be in secret, and thy Father that seeth in secret, hee will rewarde thee openly.
geneva@Matthew:6:6@ But when thou prayest, enter into thy chamber and when thou hast shut thy doore, pray vnto thy Father which is in secret, and thy Father which seeth in secret, shall rewarde thee openly.
Notice that the heavenly reward is not based upon the deed but upon the heart from which it was issued. That is not to say that we should avoid doing good deeds being fearful of our hearts intent, it is to say search the intents out and do these good deeds right and one will be all the better off.
The 'therefore' here seem to point back to the singleness of eye and one master service preciously discussed. The key verse appears to be the 'seek ye first'. If you seek the food and raiment first then the worry for it becomes your master. It is not that you don't need these things for the Father knows that you have need of these things. It is not that the birds do go about the task of seeking out a field in which to eat, it is that it doesn't worry them. Serving two masters makes us to hate the one (most likely our Father) should the worry consume us.
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