Thursday: October 8, 2020
Matthew 7:8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Lets focus on the third of the three steps highlighted in today’s text: knocking. Police raids are characterised by forceful entries particularly because those behind the door will be unlikely willing to just grant them access. Yet, in the words of Jesus, doors are intended to be opened when one knocks on them. Even more interestingly, as the definition goes, it isn’t the one knocking who does the opening, but the door is opened unto them.
The dictionary refers to knocking as ‘striking a sounding blow with the fist, knuckles, or anything hard, especially on a door, window, or the like, with the intention of seeking admittance, calling attention, or giving a signal”. In effect therefore, once knocking is done, the response is required from the other end.
It matters not who stands guard, once knocking occurs, the door must be opened. However, we ought to bear in mind that there is a reason why when a person loses their keys, even after breaking the lock, a replacement is put at the earliest opportunity; often immediately after the breaking in. This is simply because doors need to be opened and not simply torn down.
That system of authorization called “a door” is two-way, to allow in or to keep out. A door simply torn down to grant access can also allow admittance to others unauthorised to enter. Beloved, knocking will cause a door to be opened unto you, but when through it, obtain the keys to that door so that your next entry through the same door is made easier.