‘And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine; for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes’ Matthew 7:28,29
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33)
In the last lesson, we saw that Jesus the Messiah was visiting the towns in the land of the Jews, teaching the multitudes, healing the sick, and driving out demons. People were amazed and asked each other,
“What thing is this? What new doctrine is this? For with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him” (Mark 1:27)
We plan to continue in the Gospel and to hear
one day when He was in the countryside with His disciples and a great crowd. We do not have time to read everything that Jesus taught His disciples on that day; however, anyone who wants to, can read the whole message in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter five to chapter seven.
The Scripture says: (Matthew 5) “And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was seated, his disciples came unto him. And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake
12 Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets who were before you.
(Matthew 5:17 – chapter 7) “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets;
but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no way pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever, therefore, shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven; but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees,
ye shall in no way enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Ye have heard that it was said by them of old, Thou shalt not kill and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of judgement; but I say unto you that whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of judgement; and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council; but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. Therefore, if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there remembereth that thy brother hath anything against thee, leave thee thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and
then come and offer thy gift.
Agree with thine adversary quickly, while thou art in the way with him, lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out from there, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.
Ye have heard that it was said by them of old, Thou shalt not commit adultery; but I say unto you whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if thy right eye offend thee,
pluck it out,
and cast it from thee; for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee,
cut it off,
and cast it from thee; for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement; but I say unto you that whosoever shall put away his wife,
except for the cause of fornication,
causeth her to commit adultery; and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced commiteth adultery.
Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old, Thou shalt not break thy oath, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths; but I say unto you,
Swear not at all;
neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; nor by the earth, for it is his footstool; neither by Jerusalem, for
it is the city of the great King.
Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair whiter or black. But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay; for whatever is more than these cometh of evil. Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth; but I say unto you that ye resist evil, but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek,
turn to him the other also.
And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile go with him two. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy; but I say unto you,
bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them who despitefully use you, and persecute you, that ye may be the sons of your Father, who is in heaven; for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them who love you,
what reward have ye?
Do not even the tax collectors the same? And if ye greet your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even the heathen so? Be ye, therefore, perfect, even as your Father, who is in heaven, is perfect.
Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen by them; otherwise ye have no reward of your Father, who is in heaven. Therefore, when thou doest thine alms,
do not sound a trumpet before thee,
as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth, that thine alms may be in secret, and thy Father, who seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are; for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Verily I say unto you,
They have their reward.
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy room, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father, who is in secret; and thy Father, who seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the pagans do; for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye, therefore, like unto them; for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
After this manner, therefore, pray ye: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come.
Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Moreover, when ye fast, be not as hypocrites, of a sad countenance; for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face, that thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father, who is in secret; and thy Father, who seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth,
where moth and rust doth corrupt,
and where thieves break through and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal; for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The lamp of the body is the eye; if, therefore, thine eye be healthy, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If, therefore, the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
No man can serve two masters;
for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and money.
Therefore, I say unto you, Be not anxious for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not life worth more than food and the body raiment?
Behold the fowls of the air;
for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by being anxious can add one cubit unto his stature? And
why are ye anxious for raiment?
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin, and yet I say unto you that even Solomon, in all his glory, was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you,
O ye of little faith?
Therefore, be not anxious saying, What shall we eat? Or, What shall we drink? Or, with what shall we be clothed? For after all these things do the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. Be, therefore, not anxious about tomorrow; for tomorrow will be anxious for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is its own evil.
that ye be not judged. For with what judgement ye judge, ye shall be judged; and with what measure ye measure, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull the mote out of thine own eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
first cast the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to cast the mote out of thy brother’s eye. Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast your pearls before the swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and lacerate you.
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you; for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and
to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Or what man is there of you whom, if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father, who is in heaven, give good things to them that ask him?
Therefore, all things whatever ye would that men should do to you,
do ye even so to them;
for this is the law and the prophets.
Enter in at the narrow gate; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be who go in that way; because narrow is the gate, and hard is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so, every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, but a corrupt tree bringeth forth bad fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth bad fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore,
by their fruits ye shall know them.
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father, who is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out demons? And in thy name have done many wonderful works? And then I will profess unto them,
I never knew you;
depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Therefore, whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, who built his house upon a rock. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, and it fell not; for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not,
shall be likened unto a foolish man,
who built his house upon the sand. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it.
And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings,
the people were astonished at his doctrine;
for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes”.
In the next lesson, we will think together about the wonderful words of Jesus, the Great Teacher from heaven.
We end with this wonderful word spoken by the Lord Jesus on the mountain:
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33)