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Lesson # Matt. 5:1-2
Study Material - Matt. 5:1-2
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1 And when He saw the multitudes, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. 2 And opening His mouth He began to teach them, saying,
Most Bible commentaries place the sermon on the mount after the second Passover during Jesus' ministry. But since we have studied a great deal of the first years ministry of Christ, we will complete the sermon on the mount segment now, then in our next rotation through the Bible, we will get back into the other three gospels and catch them up chronologically.
Jesus had been teaching in the synagogue's, in private homes, and such places, but now his reputation has grown. The miracles and the doctrine have begun to attract all kinds of attention. The audiences are not just small local ones, but now have swelled to much larger ones, where now a small church or building of any kind was inadequate for Jesus teaching.
The temple in Jerusalem was small now by contrast. But there are even more contrasts set before us. Note. Jesus was in the country, not in the city. He had no chair 'of Moses' to leisurely settle back into. He had no chair of rank, that was the right of only the High Priest to use. He was not even in a grand temple constructed by Solomon or anyone else for that matter. He was not on a holy mountain, not on a mountain in Jerusalem, but on a common mountain. A hill that can be found anywhere. A hill of otherwise insignificance.
In the past, when God spoke to the people, He came down onto the mountain from heaven in all His power and glory. Jesus walked up as a mortal man in total humility and helplessness. God in the past spoke with earth shaking thunder and lightning to gain attention and to terrify any and all who might listen. Jesus spoke with a voice of a man, certainly much softer, but a mans voice, not that of the thunder of God. In the past people were ordered to keep their distance on penalty of instant death, for man can not approach God in mans own energy, but only through the single and only means that God has authorized - faith in Christ. Now Jesus calls on all to draw near, for He is the living word, the reality of which all those shadows of the Old Testament spoke of.
Many came for the pure love and desire of learning Gods Word. They had no alternative motives and certainly had not thoughts of getting all they could for now, then going away until their needs arose again. While others in the crowd came for the show or the miracles only, to get what they could and then move on. Some would be impatient - 'Get to the miracle. I have better things to do. Get to the story punch line. This part is boring.', kind of attitude. Others had the patience of their desire to learn. They did not want to get to the more cool stories, but hungered for every single word that came from Jesus' mouth. Learning one thing, then building on that as they went to the next concept.
People were astonished. They had been used to being told to stay away. That there were dark secrets concerning God that only the priests had access to. That God was not for the common folk, but that the common folk had to seek an audience with God through the more 'qualified' priests, a group for which God had specifically appointed because of their more highly specialized skills and abilities. But here is Jesus Christ in the flesh, speaking directly and calling directly to the common folks. Not going through any privileged third party, but giving everyone equal access to His teaching and to a direct relationship with Him.
Many hungered for what He had to say. Their souls were starving for spiritual food. As His words rolled through their minds, they felt like they had been charged or engorged with a tremendous amount of food at a feast. The food so good, but still stuffed to the gills, yet they were wanting to eat more.
In times past God spoke through prophets, then to the people through those prophets. Now His speech was direct to them from Jesus' own mouth. Before them was a man who had performed great miracles, and greater miracles were yet to come. But the greatest of miracles was right inside of them - the transforming of their own minds, from the human viewpoint that they had been used to for so many years, to divine viewpoint, which was available to any who wanted to learn.
Many probably had lived in their dreary lives from day to day, not knowing or even caring what was to happen to them. They had been stuck in their own rut for years (many people live their lives this way) just as Nebuchadnezzar got stuck (for seven years) from his negative attitude, and now here was their opportunity to get free from that prison of worthlessness. They had always known something about the scriptures, but did not have enough interest in learning the complete truth, nor in even pursuing it.
They were babe's in their spiritual lives and they were ready for baby food. Advanced doctrines would be a bit much for them to digest, so Jesus Christ was about to give them all a basic lesson in Bible Study 101. And that is where we begin tomorrow. 'Blessed are the poor in spirit...'.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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