Matthew 5:38-48, To Love As God Loves

[February 23, 2014] We have been considering the Sermon on the Mount and we are halfway through the six antitheses in the first chapter. They are called “antitheses” because Jesus is contrasting the true interpretation of the Halakah (the Jewish law, literally, how we should “walk”) to the common interpretations of others: thus, “You have . . . → Read More: Matthew 5:38-48, To Love As God Loves

Matthew 5:21-37, Understanding God’s Law

[February 16, 2014] A week ago we considered Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:17-19. He had not come to abolish or annul the Law or the Prophets, by giving them a false interpretation, but to complete them—have the arrow hit the target (which is the meaning of Torah)—by giving their true interpretation. He speaks . . . → Read More: Matthew 5:21-37, Understanding God’s Law

Matthew 4:24—5:10, The Promised Land

The Theme

[February 2, 2014] Today Jesus begins the Sermon on the Mount, which is the first of five long discourses that Jesus gives in the Gospel according to Matthew. The Sermon on the Mount describes the Promised Land, which is Jesus himself in his relationship with the Father and the sphere of . . . → Read More: Matthew 4:24—5:10, The Promised Land

Luke 6:27-36, A New Kind of Reaction

[April 28, 2013] Today’s passage began with beatitudes and woes in verses 20-26. Jesus said that the poor, the hungry and the weeping who become His disciples are blessed even when human beings hate and ostracize and insult them and scorn their name as evil for His sake. But even if you . . . → Read More: Luke 6:27-36, A New Kind of Reaction

Matthew 7:1—8:11, Authenticity in Christ

[April 29, 2012] Jesus concludes the Sermon on the Mount by teaching about authenticity. When Jesus emerged from the wilderness He announced to Israel that the Kingdom of the Heavens had drawn near, and—as we would soon see—He meant it had drawn near in His own Person as the Son of God . . . → Read More: Matthew 7:1—8:11, Authenticity in Christ

Matthew 7:1—8:1, Appeal to Believers

[June 29, 2008] Today we finish the Sermon on the Mount. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus describes the way of life for all whom He has called to be in His sphere, that is, the way of life for all who believe into Him. Everything Jesus says in Matthew chapter 7 . . . → Read More: Matthew 7:1—8:1, Appeal to Believers

Matthew 6:19-34, Depending on the Father’s Provision

When we belong to Jesus, God becomes our Father and we His children. Then we have the right to let go of anxiety about material things. Seek first the kingdom of God in Christ and His Father will take care of you.

Introduction

[June 22, 2008] Today we continue to . . . → Read More: Matthew 6:19-34, Depending on the Father’s Provision

Matthew 6:1-18, Living Before the Father

[April 22, 2012] At the end of the Gospel according to Matthew, the victorious resurrected Jesus—who is here with us—sends the listener back to the beginning of His ministry in Galilee, to observe all that He commanded and to teach it to others (28:20). We read, then, the Sermon on the Mount . . . → Read More: Matthew 6:1-18, Living Before the Father

Matthew 6:1-18, Living before the Father

Introduction

[June 15, 2008] This morning we come to the center of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:1-18). After Jesus was baptized and came out of the wilderness, He began to proclaim that in His own person the kingdom of the heavens had come near. He embodied the fulfillment of the . . . → Read More: Matthew 6:1-18, Living before the Father

Matthew 5:33-48, Speak Truly, Do Not Resist One Who Is Evil, Love Your Enemy

[February 12, 2012] In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus addresses His disciples, those who have come to Him and given Him their personal commitment, who have placed their own personhood within the space of His Person and His relationship to the Father. His coming is the nearness of the Kingdom of . . . → Read More: Matthew 5:33-48, Speak Truly, Do Not Resist One Who Is Evil, Love Your Enemy