Acts of Righteousness – Matthew 6:1-4
October 4, 2020

Matthew begins his sixth chapter with some teaching that is as straightforward as anything he ever writes.  There is very little needed to understand the thrust of this text, but there is quite a bit of depth if you consider the entire Sermon on the Mount from the beginning.

Matthew 6 : 1 – 4

“Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

New International Version, 1984 Edition