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The 'Sermon on the Mount'
Matthew 5

The disciples came to Jesus and He began to teach them what has become known as 'The Sermon on the Mount' or the 'Beatitudes':

3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven.

These eight Beatitudes, portray and describe the godly characteristics and moral qualities of the righteous whom Jesus would approve as being worthy of His Father’s Kingdom.

Matthew 5

  • God blesses those who in this world’s eyes are seen as weak.

  • He promises them healing and a future in His kingdom. These characteristics are all components of humility.

  • Those who follow God should expect some hardship in their life because of their faith, because that is the way mankind has treated God’s followers (and prophets) throughout history.

  We see in this account a Bible echo of another servant of God, Moses, who was a type of Christ. Both Jesus and Moses ascended mountains and delivered God’s law to His people.  Both delivered what we could call “a Sermon on the Mount.”  Moses stood  before God as Israel’s representative to receive commands and Laws which he was to pass on to the people.

Moses was a mediator, who “received the law by the dispensation of Angels.” (Gal. 3:19; Acts 7:38, 53) However, in contrast God’s communication through Jesus was direct. Jesus “opened His mouth” and God’s words came forth. (Hebrews 1:1-4; Acts 3:22-23).  Moses regarding the Messiah who would be eventually provided by God, and who would be a greater Prophet than Moses himself (Deut. 18:18-19)

Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount, echoed the sermon of Moses, while fulfilling the prophecy of being that Greater Prophet who was to come. Moses’ law listed blessings for the obedient and offerings for the disobedient. (Deut. 28) However, Jesus spoke of blessings only. The Lord Jesus Christ will banish the disobedient when He returns. Thus they are not considered in His Sermon of Blessing.

 

 

 

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