181. Consider the ravens
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If God feeds the ravens and clothes the flowers, won't he look after you? So seek his kingdom first (Luke 12:22-34).
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May 29, 2008
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MP3 2.1 MB, bitrate 128 kbps.
2:17 minutes
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John Hartley © John Hartley 2008
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Consider the ravens: they don't sow or reap, no storing in barns, but their food comes: "Cheep, cheep!" For God feeds them all, and you're worth more than they. So first seek his kingdom, and live life his way. Seek your Father's kingdom, and he will give all the other things that you need as you live. All the pagan world runs after those things, but God will look after you, for he's the King of kings. Consider the lilies: they don't spin or sew, yet Solomon's clothing can't match what they grow. God dresses the flowers which last just a day, so surely he'll clothe those who live life his way. Seek your Father's kingdom ... Fear not little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you his kingdom. So trust and believe, and sell your possessions and give to the poor: your treasure in heaven will grow all the more. Seek your Father's kingdom ... Words and music copyright © John Hartley 2008. All rights reserved. Based on Luke 12:22-34. Story behind the song The song "Seek ye first the kingdom of God" (Karen Lafferty 1972 Maranatha Music, Mission Praise 590) is a great favourite on Jesus' teaching about getting our priorities right in Matthew 6:33 and 7:7. But I always think there is room for alternative songs to put across the bible's teaching, and when the parallel passage in St Luke's Gospel came up in a reading for Morning Prayer, I decided to set it to music.