Bible Walks & Talks: Matthew 5, part 1

Posted 2/18/22

SUGGESTED READING: Matthew 5:1-16

EDITOR’S NOTE: In this column Annette Dammer examines the New Testament one chapter at a time. If you’d like to join Dammer’s fellowship group, …

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Bible Walks & Talks: Matthew 5, part 1

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SUGGESTED READING: Matthew 5:1-16

EDITOR’S NOTE: In this column Annette Dammer examines the New Testament one chapter at a time. If you’d like to join Dammer’s fellowship group, email her at dare2tri2001@yahoo.com with BIBLE in the subject line.

Matthew 5 is all Jesus. His “Sermon on the Mount” is complicated, encouraging and sometimes harsh. I am not comfortable editing it down to one column, so I’ve split it into two.

So, let’s join Jesus. Be there. The crowds are so great that he has to climb a mountain, some say a hill, to be heard. Always humble, and like a rabbi, He “sits down” to teach. The disciples, the 12 and maybe others, join Him on the mountain and Jesus begins to teach. (Matthew 5:1-2)

A “beatitude” declares blessedness, so, Jesus begins with them. He says, “’Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.’” (Matthew 5:3-4) We should be part of that comfort in prayer and fellowship. But it is God, ultimately, who will bless them with complete comfort.

Ever feel “meek”? It’s okay, you’ll be blessed and “inherit the earth”. “Hunger and thirst for righteousness?” You’ll be blessed to “be filled.” The merciful are “shown mercy”. Honestly, this is not my gift. It is, however, what I need. (Matthew 5:5-7)

“Pure in heart?” Not without God’s help. But those of you that are “‘will see God’”. (Matthew 5:8)

I love the “peacemakers” and am grateful that they are “blessed” – and “will be called children of God”. And at some time, most of us are “persecuted because of righteousness.” In the end, it will be wonderful, “’for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.’” (Matthew 5:9-10)

What about when others insult, persecute and lie about all “kinds of evil against you” – because of Christ? “’Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven.” You’re never alone in this, it was the same for “‘the prophets who were before you.’” (Mt 5:11-12)

So, what are we as Christians? We are the salt of the earth – we flavor and preserve things. In Jesus’ time, there were no refrigerators, salt was the only means to preserve meat and fish. It was critical to survival. So are we. (Matthew 5:13)

We “are the light of the world,” and no matter how much we may want to hide, that is not Christ’s role for us. Like a lamp in a home, we are to rise and shine before others. Not in a boastful way, but in a useful one. Many Christians feel lonely and hurt – they will be drawn to your light. So, “‘let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.’” In this way, shining is good – because it glorifies God, not ourselves. (Matthew 5:14-16)

There are so many blessings that wait for us as Christians. It is not only good to claim them, it is Jesus’ promise! And we’ll look at the rest of Matthew 5 next week…

Copyright 2022 by A. Dammer

Annette Dammer is a columnist, teacher, former children’s minister and author of the book “Ready, Set, Go! A Year of Object Lessons.” You may reach her at dare2tri2001@yahoo.com.
Scripture notations taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version, NIV, Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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