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Ep. 146 – Highlights From the Sermon on the Mount

The Sermon on the Mount was no ordinary sermon, it was the greatest sermon preached by Jesus, the greatest preacher. Today the guys look at these words of the Savior to discover what truths and guidance they have for us today.

Show Notes

In this episode, the guys discuss the Sermon on the Mount, which is the greatest sermon ever preached by Jesus. When studying this sermon, it’s important to understand who Jesus is preaching to and why. Jesus is preaching on a mountain in Israel that overlooks the sea of Galilee outside of the city. Matthew 5:1 states, “Seeing the crowds, He went up on the mountain, and when He sat down, His disciples came to Him.” This first shows us that Jesus was preaching to the disciples; He was not intending to teach to a big crowd, but was teaching His friends.

In biblical times, revolutions would often be started by someone preaching outside of the city and here we see Jesus starting a spiritual one. Jesus was ushering in a new covenant for His Kingdom and this sermon completely changed the ethical values of the entire world. In this sermon, we see intentional parallels between Jesus and Moses. Both of them went up a mountain and Moses brought down the Ten Commandments, while Jesus brought down the Law to our hearts. Jeremiah 31: 33 states, “‘I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, “Know the LORD,” because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,’ declares the LORD.” In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus talks about the beatitudes, which are defined as a state of great joy, blessedness, or extraordinary happiness. There are eight beatitudes that Jesus proclaims and these laws point us to Jesus, bring hope, and speak to our hearts inwardly.

Next, the guys talk about how the beatitudes are a way of salvation before God and revealed Jesus’ authority. Jesus spoke with authority because all authority has been given to Him. His preaching and the light of the law shows us that we’re poor in spirit. When we realize that, it gives us a mournful heart and a deeper thirst for righteousness. The more we’ve been forgiven, the more we will be gracious to those around us. There are five different perspectives on the beatitudes including: Catholic, Lutheran, Calvinist, liberal, and dispensational views. The one thing in common across these views is that all the scholars and theologians in these fields recognize the “already, but not yet” status of the beatitudes. These beatitudes make everyone equal in this new inverted Kingdom.

As Christians we will be persecuted, but God will reward us for following His word. This is why you can leap for joy the next time someone is persecuting you! Leaping for joy is also a way of having an eternal mindset that someday we will all be together in heaven with Jesus. The guys also talk about the reality of hell and how the most loving thing we can do is to tell others about it so people will repent and come to the Lord. Breaking these beatitude laws has everything to do with an individual’s heart towards their neighbors. Obeying these laws will not get us into heaven, but they will sustain us until the day we get to heaven. God wants us to see that when we hate our neighbor, we are hating the God-image version of them. Even though we fall short of loving our enemies or any of these other laws, God does not fall short in loving us. He has forgiven and freed us and has already paid the price of death on the cross for our transgressions.

We would love to hear from you. How has the podcast encouraged you? Are there any subjects you’d like the guys to cover or questions you’d like them to answer? Email us at Podcast@LivingWaters.com and you may hear your feedback and questions quoted on the next episode!

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