August 26th

Matthew 5-6

  • 5:2-12 – These are The Beatitudes, which means “blessings”. Jesus offers up very counter-cultural blessings, which go against who we think receive our earthly blessings. These saying nothing about success, wealth, or fame.
  • 5:16 – When we have and know the love of God and salvation of Jesus, they should be things we want to share because we recognize how powerful and necessary they are.
  • 5:17-20 – Jesus didn’t negate any of the laws, he simply took them further. Also, both Jesus and the writer of Matthew found it important to frequently remind the reader of the various ways Jesus fulfilled Old Testament prophecies.
  • 5:23-24 – Jesus calls us to love first and then to fulfill our religious obligations. We can show our love for God by loving others.
  • 5:29 – What lengths are we willing to go to in order to be blameless?
  • 5:31-32 – In Deuteronomy Moses gives the hard-hearted Israelites instructions on how to divorce because they were doing it anyway. Jesus makes divorce that much more difficult.
  • 5:33-37 – Letting your ‘yes’ be ‘yes’ and your ‘no’ be ‘no’ asks you to be trustworthy on your own merit so you don’t have to put the responsibility on something else.
  • 5:38-42 – This kind of teaching would be jarring to the Jewish religious leaders because Jesus is changing up the teachings of Moses. The religious leaders did not realize that he wasn’t negating the laws, only making them more difficult by asking his followers to display additional mercy and grace.
  • 5:43-48 – It’s easy to love those we like. Jesus calls us to love like God loves.
  • 6:1 – Our good deeds should not be for show.
  • 6:9-13 – The Lord’s Prayer. This is a perfect example of how to pray: adoration, asking for what we need, asking for forgiveness, and asking for God to lead us towards holiness.
  • 6:19-21 – What we treasure is where we place our value. It is not wrong to have things, but we should hold God and his will high above anything we could possess.
  • 6:24 – It seems so easy to split our loyalty, but we are not truly loving God if we are loving something else equally.
  • 6:25-33 – One of the major tensions in the Bible is God proving himself faithful and asking humanity to trust him and then humanity failing to trust. This passage is a very practical representation of why we should trust God and how futile it is to worry.

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