Sermon on the Mount bookends

August 16th, 2011

My wife and I finished reading the Sermon on the Mount from Matthew chapters 5-7 this morning. We really enjoyed reading one heading per day over the last few weeks.

An interesting thing we noticed to today was how Jesus started and ended His teaching. It was like it had “bookends”.

Jesus started with this…

Matthew 5:3 NLT says, “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs”.

Jesus ended with this…

Matthew 7:24-27 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”

Jesus started with the idea that we need to realise our need for Him and He ended with the thought of building our lives on the solid foundation of His teachings.

I had never noticed that before. Today it really jumped out at me. It was a nice reminder.

God Bless,

Dave