Exegetical Study of Matthew 7:7-11 and Luke 11:9-13

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Exegesis Paper

God’s Answering of Prayer

9 “So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.
10For every-one who asks receives, and everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
1 1Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for x a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish?
12 Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? 13 If you then, who are evil, know how much to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Luke 11:9-13

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This paper will present an exegetical study of Matthew 7:7-11 and Luke 11:9-13, God’s Answering of Prayer. The genre and form
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11 Is there anyone among you who if your child asks for a fish, will give you a snake instead of a fish? (Luke 9:11). Alternatively Matthew asserts, “Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread will give a stone? (Matt 7:11). In the time of Jesus, the limestones were the same shape and color of bread. In Luke the serpent or eel resembled fish. In Jewish law the eel would be considered unclean and not fit for consumption. This passage stresses, “An earthly father will not give a son who begs of him something for sustenance (a fish or an egg) something similar-looking, but which is a possible source of evil to him” (Luke X 914). Just as an earthly father will protect their child, our Heavenly Father and His infinite wisdom will only answer prayers in an infinite way. He will give to them the extreme gift of the Holy Spirit from those that seek it.

12 Or if a child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion (Luke 9:12). When a scorpion is curled up it is a dangerous small animal. If a father gave his son a scorpion instead of an egg and the scorpion stung him, the sting would be extremely painful and quite possibly lethal (Barclay 271). The metaphor of the scorpion and an egg clearly shows the deception of how a gift can ultimately be deceiving and evil. Man fails to see how these greater gifts will affect his life. In this passage about the scorpion and the egg Jesus is trying to convey the importance of the Holy Spirit. Spiritualism is

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