This week’s lesson – The Sermon on the Mount

“When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law” (Matt. 7:28, 29, NIV).

Multiple times throughout the Bible God shared His law with us. From Exodus, when He wrote out the Ten Commandments, to Matthew, when, in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus shed light upon the law and opened our eyes to the love that had been overlooked. “The truths He taught are no less important to us than to the multitude that followed Him. We no less than they need to learn the foundation principles of the kingdom of God.”1

From the very beginning of the sermon, the tone was set for a lesson steeped not in legalism, but in love and hope. “In the Sermon on the Mount [Jesus] sought to undo the work that had been wrought by false education, and to give His hearers a right conception of His kingdom and of His own character.”2

Jesus’ message helped even the unlearned to understand their role in spreading God’s message wherever they went. He empowered all in attendance, from rabbis and teachers to peasants and the poor, to spread God’s message of grace and salvation simply by living in God’s love and sharing that love with all whom they came into contact.

“The ways of the Lord are obscure to him who desires to see things in a light pleasing to himself. . . . But God’s ways are ways of mercy and the end is salvation.”3

1. Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages, p. 299.
2. Ibid.
3. Ibid., p. 301.