Every word in the Bible is breathed out by God and is “useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” (2 Timothy 3:16 NLT) This is the case even for verses we might quickly read over and consider insignificant. This is certainly the case with the first two verses in Matthew 5. Yet these verses are not just an ornamental introduction to the Sermon on the Mount. These sentences are important and foundational to understanding the teaching that follows, so it’s good for us to give them closer attention.
Duration:59 mins 19 secs

On the Mountain with the New and Final Moses

Matthew 5: 1-2

Every word in the Bible is breathed out by God and is “useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives.  It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” (2 Timothy 3:16 NLT) This is the case even for verses we might quickly read over and consider insignificant. This is certainly the case with the first two verses in Matthew 5. Yet these verses are not just an ornamental introduction to the Sermon on the Mount. These sentences are important and foundational to understanding the teaching that follows, so it’s good for us to give them closer attention. Writing as a Jew to Jewish believers, Matthew will make it clear that Jesus is the final fulfillment of Moses. He also wants us to see that the word Jesus gives us on the mountain is the fulfillment of the word Moses first received from God on Mt. Sanai. What was true for the people of Israel is also true today: what we hear today “is no empty word for you, but your very life (Deuteronomy 32:47 ESV)

We will also take a closer look at two particularly significant words that are seen throughout the Sermon. These concepts are important to grasping the meaning of what Jesus is teaching in the Sermon on the Mount. Like many Hebrew and Greek concepts, these words are not easily translated into English. Makarios (translated into English as “blessed” or “happy”) and teleios (typically translated as “perfect”), when properly understood, stand as God’s answer to one of most basic questions that humanity has always faced: How can we experience true human flourishing and wholeness? What is true happiness, fulfillment and peace, and how can it be obtained and sustained? 

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