Matthew 5 Bible Study: Blessed Well Beyond Our Persecution
A LOOK INSIDE
Today's scripture begins a study of wisdom in Matthew. Although these are the teachings of Jesus, He uses opposites in some of these scriptures; similar to the writings of Paul. The contrasts used in the early scriptures are explained in the later scriptures and elsewhere in the Bible. In Matthew 23:11 Jesus says "he that is greatest among you shall be your servant." This was unthinkable in that period of time. Servants were the lowliest class of people. How could they ever be described as "great?" Keep in mind that Jesus, son of God, did the work of a servant when he washed the disciples' feet.
BREAK IT DOWN
Matthew 5:1,2And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
Have you been to a play or rock concert recently? Did you notice how the seats were arranged and how good the sound was in the building? Jesus didn't have an amphitheater so he used the next best thing - a mountain. This would have put him above the people so that everyone could see him. As far as sound and amplification goes, we can be sure that he was spiritually endowed with a strong voice.
Notice in verse 1 that the number of people is mentioned as "multitudes." Have you ever spoken to a group of people? You are the center of everyone's attention. They have all gathered to hear what you have to say. Do you get nervous?