Sermon on the Mount, Part 3 – Matthew 7

Read the Passage: Matthew 7

Judging Others (7:1–6)

Probably one of the most quoted and misapplied verses in the Bible is Matt. 7:1, “Judge not, that you be not judged.” It seems that some people understand this verse to be teaching that we are never to make moral evaluations of others. Of course, this is a ludicrous idea, as even the idea that we are not to make moral evaluations is a moral evaluation. Continue reading Sermon on the Mount, Part 3 – Matthew 7

Sermon on the Mount, Part 2 – Matthew 6

Read the Passage: Matthew 6

Good Deeds (6:1–4)

In the first section of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus was correcting bad interpretation and teaching from the Old Testament. This is seen in the repeated use of the phrase, “You have heard it said . . . but I say to you.” In the second section of Jesus’ message, recorded in Matthew 6, Christ teaches on additional areas of behavior and living in which a believer’s faith has an impact. These areas are good works, prayer, and material possessions. Continue reading Sermon on the Mount, Part 2 – Matthew 6

Sermon on the Mount, Part 1 – Matthew 5

Read the Passage: Matthew 5:1-48

Characterization of Believers (5:1–16)

Matt. 5:1 begins the first of five teaching and narrative cycles in Matthew’s Gospel. The teaching section covers Matt. 5–7, and the narrative covers Matt. 8–9. Continuing to draw parallels between Moses and Jesus, Matthew describes Jesus as ascending up a mountain, as did Moses, in order to disclose principles of conduct. A major difference, however, is that whereas Moses ascended Mt. Sinai alone, Jesus was accompanied by the multitudes. Continue reading Sermon on the Mount, Part 1 – Matthew 5