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28 Days of Bible Study: Day 5

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The People of Saint James and The Gospel of Matthew

March 20, 2020

Step 1: Read Matthew chapter 5

Read or Listen or Watch or See

Step 2: A little teaching...

Chapters 5, 6 & 7 are Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount,

And they’re best read together in one sitting.

Go ahead, do it now. It will only take you 15 minutes.

Have you done It? Wasn’t it beautiful? Wasn’t it majestic?

Matthew scholars notice Jesus going up a mountain and then by sitting down and teaching, effectively bring the law down to the people. Do you remember when we talked about Joseph leading his family into Egypt? Do you remember how we similar we notice this Joseph is the Joseph of Genesis? Do you remember when I asked who Jesus might be compared to as the one who brought his people out of Egypt? The answer is Moses, the law giver, who once upon a time went up a mountain and brought God's law down to the people. In this sermon, Jesus looks like he might be a new Moses.

Those same Biblical scholars noticed something else that is curious about Matthew's Gospel. In it, unlike Mark, Luke and John, Jesus' teaching is collected in 5 Sermons. Those sermons are often referred to as follows:

  1. The Sermon on the Mount in chapters 5, 6, 7

  2. The Missionary Discourse in chapter 10.

  3. The Parabolic Discourse in chapter 13

  4. The Discourse on the Church in chapter 18

  5. The Olivet Discourse in chapter 24

Those biblical scholars think this is suspiciously reminiscent of the Pentateuch, i.e. the first five books of the Bible. Can you guess who wrote the Pentateuch, by tradition? That's right, Moses!

Step 3: Discuss, Doodle, Draw or Journal...

What do you like best about the Sermon on the Mount?

What passage or idea would you most like to understand better?

What do you remember about Moses?

Have you ever what The 10 Commandments as a family?

Since there's no basketball on TV and we're all locked up inside,

why not watch it tonight?

Can you think of any other ways, that Jesus is like Moses?

Step 4: Pray

Dear God, You are always delivering your people. You have saved us from famine, from pursuing armies, from starvation in the wilderness. In Jesus Christ you save us from our sin and the judgment that it merits by forgiving us. Teach us to forgive and to turn to you in every time of calamity and need. In Jesus name, Amen.

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