- Verses 19-24 are a word to the rich. What should be the Christian’s attitude to material possessions?
In what way do these verses portray the character and danger of worldliness?
- Verses 25-34 are a word to the not-so-rich.
Note the recurrence of the phrase ‘Do not worry’, and list the reasons given why anxiety is wrong.
- Verse 23. An eye which is ‘bad’, ‘not sound’ (RSV) or ‘evil’ (AV, RV) signifies a covetous or niggardly disposition. Cf. Deut. 15:9; Prov. 28:22; Matt. 20:15 (RSV mg).