Matthew

Mathew 5-7

Capernaum

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.

So we call this the Sermon on the Mount because of the landscape.  Jesus would speak to the 12 but because the sea was recessed, the mountains would act as a microphone (echo) and the crowds would hear His every word.

Matthew 5-The Beatitudes are the eight declarations of blessedness spoken by Jesus at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:3-12), each beginning with “Blessed are…” The Greek word translated “blessed” means “happy, or blissful” In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus uses the word to refer to more than superficial happiness that only He can give.

The first 4 blessings are reversals that will happen with the arrival of God’s reign.

The next 4 blessings speak to those who live according to the Law.

Free Beatitudes Printable

Wait!  I know what you are thinking: the Law is the Old Testament. Jesus fulfilled the Law. The Book of the Law consisted of 3 parts: ceremonial, moral, and civil law.   After the crucifixion, the ceremonial law is fulfilled.  However, the New Testament actually expands the moral and civil law for believers through Jesus’ teachings such as this.  He raises the bar even higher!  Read 17 (below again).  I get very concerned that people hear “Jesus fulfilled the Law” as a Willy Wonka ticket to “try your best” to live according to the scriptures.


The Fulfillment of the Law

17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.


Read Chapter 5 and in the comments talk about at least one verse that fell new on you or caught your eye (no pun intended for verse 38).  Feel free to write 10 comments, I am in the car all day.  IF none did, then pray the Lord to open your ears to hear and your eyes to see and try again.  (I have mine already…I will put it in the comments)  When you read these you will notice the Sermon on the Mount is the great equalizer.  Example: Murder or calling someone “Raca”-fool (we do this when we are self-righteous and may not have all the facts first when you call someone a fool-gasp!!).  Both are a sin.  Sin is Sin-it separates you from the Lord.  (Consequences my vary) But each sin is still a brick in the wall between you and God.

Before I go- just in case we have some first-time readers…and DON’T laugh at me…It is called the Bee AAA ta tudes.  I called it the Booo ti tudes. (Ummm phonetically it looks like Beautiful).  Listen, we all start somewhere…mine looked like a Reality Show for the Trinity to enjoy.  Here are a few notes to first-time readers.

  • An eye for an Eye was so that people would actually be treated fairly…not harsher than they deserved.
  • Prayer:  This is ‘how’ you should pray- not “what” you should pray.
  • Judgment and discernment are 2 different things  (arg, that’s a hard one)
  • The gate:  Think about all the times we talked about the gates of the Tabernacle (Temple) facing East (Judah) or recently the Sheep’s Gate.

Have a wonderful day:  Read slow today!  Re read maybe more than once.  Be changed.  And for Heaven’s sake comment!!  You can even put a fake name in like Wilma Flinstone if it will help.  😝

5 thoughts on “Mathew 5-7

  1. Wow, I LOVED the reading today! Even though I’ve read through this before, I felt like I read it in a different light today and about half seemed new to me. I read and re-read today. So much of this spoke to me today! The Beatitudes didn’t ring a bell to me like I’ve read them before, but the way I read them today I know they will be edged in my brain and stick! So powerful!
    Chapter 6 verses 43-48 spoke deeply to me today. I’ve got some mixed feelings with a current situation and I feel confused, angry, hurt, sadness for the situation and pain all at the same time but then I feel I want to resolve this as well and forgive and move forward. I’d like others to as well, but I can’t control other people. The devil is working overtime in this situation, but I know God is working on us and will succeed! Reading this section gave me hope for a resolution.
    I pray we all read chapter 7 verses 1-6 over and over until new light is shed on all of us! I’m just as bad at times to judge things/people but I pray I’m doing a better job of recognizing it and praying for forgiveness and changing my ways now and I pray for continuous growth for me! It is a personal goal for me!
    My favorite part of the reading today was chapter 6 verses 25-34. A wonderful reminder to not worry about tomorrow as today has its own troubles. It is usually easier for me to tell a friend not to worry about something that I know I would struggle with worrying myself. I will continue to do better!! I can and will!
    I really could comment on every section of this reading today.
    I’m so very thankful for this reading today and for this blog (and time to respond in the comments today!!). I can’t imagine not being in the word daily this year. ❤️❤️❤️

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    1. I am looking up your references…Loving Enemies….arg! Tough one for everyone.
      Here is a Proverb that I misunderstood until this year:

      Proverbs 25:21-22
      21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;
      if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
      22 In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head,
      and the Lord will reward you.

      So when someone was in need (your enemy), you would fill their bucket with coals, and they would carry it back to their home for warmth and food. I have to say this over and over in my head (when I wish burning coals would fall out of the bucket and burn their toes!) I say “God calls me to be Holy not Happy over and over….”

      7:1-6. I sat awhile on that one. The fact they have a speck…a speck and yet I see it. How hard am I looking to find faults in someone? Why do I have them under a microscope in the first place??

      THEN the word Hypocrite! Do you know the translated Greek word refers to “acting to being an actor”? Oh that makes my stomach hurt. The Lord knowing that we put on a “show” at times. Ok….I wasn’t going to comment till someone else did…so now I will write mine…

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  2. Here are some thoughts I had:
    13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

    So I thought about the audience Jesus was talking to, and really Salt back then was a preserver (not really for taste). So what does God want us to preserve? Many things came to my head…my testimony. If I am not living according to HIs ways, it’s like throwing His work in me underfoot! useless. Or the Scriptures….we as Christians are the preserver of HIs teachings by bringing them forward to others.

    He doesn’t say try to be Salt and Light….He says We Are already.

    “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
    “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others.

    This is a big one for me- I am trying to teach my kids this one. We may not even realize we are doing it but when we serve and we post a picture on social media. Or a church posts a picture of a group serving. Listen, we can agree to disagree on this one BUT 9 out of 10 times the motive is not for God’s Glory but our own.

    The one that made me self reflect was Prayer. I am a “spare tire” prayer person. I don’t think about it often until I blow a tire and need it. 😢

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  3. The section about fulfilling the law was new to me because, like you said, we always hear “Jesus fulfilled the law.” So I had always looked at it as something of the past that stayed in the Old Testament.

    Very good read day.

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  4. V11 “ you are blessed when they insult you and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of me. Be glad and rejoice”

    Just reminds us that the biggest reason we keep silent about our faith or don’t speak up about Jesus is fear of how others will respond -is a terrible reason to keep silent.

    And v16 “ In the same way let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works and give glory to your father in heaven“

    Is what we all should be doing…

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