Readers Theater - Matthew 6:1-4
Give in Secret that You Might Receive Your True Reward

by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson

Part of a study on the Sermon on the Mount

READER 1 Be careful not to do your acts of righteousness before men, to be seen by them.
READER 2 To be seen by them.
READER 3 To be noticed and praised.
READER 1 If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
READER 2 No reward.
READER 3 No notice.
READER 2 No notice by your heavenly Father.
READER 3 No reward from the One who really matters.
READER 1 So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets,
READER 2 Ta-ta-TAAH [simulating a trumpet]
READER 1 Do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men.
READER 2 To be considered men of honor.
READER 3 Honored by men.
READER 1 I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.
READER 2 In full.
READER 3 Completely.
READER 1 But when you give to the needy,
READER 2 The poor,
READER 3 Those without enough to eat,
READER 1 Or enough clothes to wear,
READER 2 Who lack what you have.
READER 3 The needy.
READER 2 The poor.
READER 1 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.
READER 2 Secret.
READER 3 Private
READER 2 Unnoticed.
READER 1 Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
READER 2 He sees what is done in secret.
READER 3 He notices.
READER 2 He sees.
READER 3 And will reward you.
READER 2 He will smile.
READER 3 He is pleased.
READER 1 Your Father,
READER 2 Who sees what is done in secret,
READER 3 Will reward you.

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Part of a study on the Sermon on the Mount found at http://www.jesuswalk.com/manifesto/

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