Hebrew Scripture: Matthew 6:19-24- Where Is Your Treasure?                                

Where Is Your Treasure?

19) Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth[1], where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20) But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21) For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 22) The light[2] of the body is the eye[3]: if therefore thine eye be single[4], thy whole body shall be full of light[5]. But if thine eye be evil[6], thy whole body shall be full of darkness[7]. 23) If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! 24) No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon[8].” - Matthew 6:19-24 KJV

Matthew 6:19-24 THV Version 1

:19 Do not live from day to day to accumulate riches, as if your life and happiness is tied to them. On this physical plane of existence, things corrode, people steal, and nothing lasts forever. With it comes the illusion and distraction that matter is (physical things and objects are) most important.

:20 You should spend your time accumulating true riches that cannot fade, spiritually, in the Field of wave existence, where there is no corrosion or theft. With this accumulation comes the constant reminder that you, everyone, and all things are connected to The Invisible Source.

:21 Wherever you store the things you consider good and precious, there your energy, life, and existence will truly be.

:22 Your ability to understand (perceive)[truth] is what brings illumination to your soul-self. If the eye of your mind, your ability to understand (perceive) is clear and simple, without complication or confusion, your soul-self will be full of illumination, composed of light (of bright character), healthy, connected.

:23 But if your way of perceiving, if the eye of your mind is full of labors, annoyances, hardships, mistruths, diseased and blind, your whole soul-self will be full of ignorance. If then the knowledge (of truth/reality) you possess is obscure with loss of perceptive power, it is worse than physical blindness.

:24 You cannot subject, bind yourself, and obey two authorities. You will dislike one and love the other. You cannot agree with The Highest (heaven) and simultaneously agree with your deified confidence in wealth and the comfort it brings (earth).

Matthew 6:22-24[9] THV Version 2

:22- The eye of the mind- the ability to understand, perceive, view things properly, and make sense of existence, is what brings illumined energy to the physical body. If your ability to understand, perceive and view things is whole- simple and clear with nothing complicated or confused (misunderstood), then your body will be composed of the illuminating energy that comes from the power of spiritual truth bringing health, and happiness.

:23- But if the eye of your mind, the ability to understand, perceive, and view things properly, is dis-eased, full of annoyances, hardships, out of sync with life’s rhythm and boundaries, your body will be composed of and overtaken, by misery, stress, unhappiness, disorder, decreasing mental, spiritual and mental health. So, if your reasoning- power of understanding moral and spiritual truth, be obscure, lacking perceptive power, it is worse than physical blindness (literal darkness of the eyes).

:24- No one can be under the decision-making authority of two masters because you’ll prefer one of them more than the other.[10] You’ll enjoy one of them less than the other. You cannot serve and have confidence in The Divine Will, Highest Consciousness, Infinite Intelligence, Creative Voice, Life-Initiator and also serve and have confidence in money, personifying and deifying it- giving your focus, will, and trust to it.

Matthew 6:22-24 THV Version 3

:22- Your ability to understand and perceive Truth is what brings illumination to your soul. If your ability to understand and perceive is clear and simple, without complication or confusion, straight and harmonious with Reality, your soul will be composed of light having bright character. :23- But if your way of perceiving and understanding is full of difficulty, disorder, and/or chaos, your soul will be well acquainted with the stress of sorrow and misery. If your sense of Truth is obscure or ignorant you will lack power to truly see what Is. That state of mind is worse than physical blindness! :24d- You can not serve The Most High and your deified confidence in the comfort wealth/money brings.

Commentary

The only thing you can never lose is who you truly are. Why, then, should you put your highest effort into anything else?

See:

Take Your Cross and Follow

Deny Yourself

Lose Your Life to Find It

God IS One


[1] G1093 gē, ghay; contracted from a primary word; soil; by extension a region, or the solid part or the whole of the terrene globe (including the occupants in each application):—country, earth(-ly), ground, land, world. Has the implied idea of frailty and weakness.

[2] H216 ʼôwr, ore; illumination or (concrete) luminary (in every sense, including lightning, happiness, etc.; roots indicate illuminating intelligence that moves straight and harmoniously;(awakens and makes sense of existence).

G3088 lýchnos, lookh'-nos; from the base of G3022; a portable lamp or other illuminator (literally or figuratively):—candle, light.

[3] H5869 ʻayin, ah'-yin; an eye literally or figuratively; figuratively showing mental qualities; of mental and spiritual faculties

G3788 ophthalmós, of-thal-mos'; the eye (literally or figuratively); by implication, vision; figuratively, envy (from the jealous side-glance):—eye, sight.

[4] G573 haploûs, hap-looce'; simple, single (in which there is nothing complicated or confused; whole; of the eye, good, fulfilling its office, sound

[5] G5460 phōteinós, fo-ti-nos'; from G5457; lustrous, i.e. transparent or well-illuminated (figuratively):—bright, full of light. light, i. e. composed of light, of a bright character

G5457 phōs, foce; from an obsolete φάω pháō (to shine or make manifest, especially by rays; luminousness (in the widest application, natural or artificial, abstract or concrete, literal or figurative):—fire, light.

[6] G4190 ponērós, pon-ay-ros'; hurtful, i.e. evil (properly, in effect or influence; figuratively, calamitous; also (passively) ill, i.e. diseased; but especially (morally) culpable, i.e. derelict, vicious, facinorous; neuter (singular) mischief, malice, or (plural) guilt; masculine (singular) the devil, or (plural) sinners:—bad, evil, grievous, harm, lewd, malicious, wicked(-ness); full of labors, annoyances, hardships; pressed and harassed by labors; bringing toils, annoyances, perils

Aramaic- bisa; unripe, not fit for its intended purpose, not ready, out of rhythm

[7] G4652 skoteinós, skot-i-nos'; from G4655; opaque, i.e. (figuratively) benighted:—dark, full of darkness.

G4655 skótos, skot'-os; shadiness, i.e. obscurity (literally or figuratively):—darkness.

H2822 chôshek, kho-shek'; the dark; hence (literally) darkness; figuratively, misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness:—dark(-ness), night, obscurity; roots indicate disorderly, chaotic movement, an inner force that attempts to extend itself out of harmony with its surroundings

[8] G3126 mammōnâs, mam-mo-nas'; of Chaldee origin (confidence, i.e. wealth, personified); mammonas, i.e. avarice (deified):—mammon; treasure, what is trusted in

[9] See Proverbs 15:30

G4192 pónos, pon'-os; toil, i.e. (by implication) anguish:—pain.

[10] Logically, to attempt to serve two masters is to put oneself in a position of double-minded or half-hearted servitude. It places the individual in a position of being pulled in two different directions at the same time. The stress of this would be unhealthy. The treachery of this would be dishonorable. The consequence of attempting this, and dealing with the frustration of two masters, would be an unwise and potentially detrimental decision.