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MatthewFriday, May 7, 2021

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Meaning of the Sermon on the Mount

A single text from the Torah summarizes the Master’s approach to kingdom-living: “You shall do what is right and good in the sight of the LORD, that it may be well with you and that you may go in and possess the good land which the LORD swore to give your fathers” (Deuteronomy 6:18).

A single text from the Torah summarizes the Master’s approach to kingdom-living: “You shall do what is right and good in the sight of the LORD, that it may be well with you and that you may go in and possess the good land which the LORD swore to give your fathers” (Deuteronomy 6:18).

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The Sermon on the Mount

The Sermon on the Mount began Rabbi Yeshua’s formal education of His disciples. The Master laid out the practical applications of His gospel message: “Repent, the kingdom of heaven is near.” It’s Yeshua’s guide on how to “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33). It’s His prescription for the path of repentance that leads to the redemption.


Choosing the Twelve Disciples

Yeshua called the Twelve “to be with Him,” implying full-time service and discipleship. He commissioned them to preach His message of repentance and the imminence of the kingdom. He granted them special, supernatural authority akin to that which He Himself exercised: “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons” (Matthew 10:8).


The Politics of Yeshua

We attach ourselves to political agendas and worldly ideologies in the guise of piety and godliness, misusing the name of God and the name our Master in the process. In our zeal to advance the kingdom, we tread upon the principles of the kingdom.


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