Rev. Aaron Eime continues with the theme of the ‘Sermon on the Mount’, which he says is a collection of teachings, not just a sermon.
He points out that The Gospels are finely crafted texts put together in a certain way. Each miracle and teaching is in a certain place at a certain time for a reason and there is much more that could have been written about Jesus. Matthew presents five big discourses of Jesus …. each one concludes with the words, “When Jesus had finished saying these things.”He asks, “Why five”? and surmises that this reflects the five books of The Torah and that Jesus is, “The prophet like unto Moses” who would expound the Torah. The primary audience at this point is the disciples.
Readings: Leviticus 9:1-2; 9-18 Psalm 119: 33-40 Matthew 5: 38-48