A Tale of Two Cities - Jerusalem and Babylon
The first of His five great discourses in Matthew, this rich message comes straight from the heart of the Master Himself. Since the Kingdom Jesus spoke of is “not of this world” (Jn. 8:36), we must expect His principles to be different from all others.
In this section of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches on mercy, purity, peacemaking and persecution.
In these three verses, Jesus makes allegorical use of light. “You are the light,” Jesus said, but exactly what is light?
Six times in this chapter, Jesus refers to things the Pharisees taught, and then gives God’s viewpoint in contrast. The King James expresses it, “Ye have heard it said…but I say….” Here in the first part of the Sermon on the Mount, as Jesus begins His public ministry, it was essential He give this foundational teachings concerning true righteousness.