And I say to you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.…
Consider the use which is here made of human nature by our Saviour in the interpretation of God. By direct analogy our Master taught us to infer the nature of God. If ye, then, being evil, being selfish, imperfect, give good gifts to your children; if parental love, poor as it is, is not so poor but that it will give to the child what the child wants and asks for, within the limits of his own benefit; if ye, being low down in giving power, do these things; if it is simply impossible for a child to appeal to a father or a mother for necessary things without a response, and without the benefit, how much more shall your heavenly Father, &c. Jesus stands and says, "Your Father is ineffably more a Father than you." Here, then, is our Master taking the great facts of human experience, and laying them as a part of the argument over against the Divine nature, and saying, "This which in you exists in miniature, in the imperfect condition, exists in God in transcendent measure, magnified, augmented, deepened, enriched, more fruitful and more powerful. If we have the products of the temperate zone out of our half. developed affections, God is tropical, eternal summer.
(H. W. Beecher.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.