Matthew 5:1 When He Was Set

Matthew 5:1 (KJV)
And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:

We might think that the phrase, “when he was set” means when he had sat down. I think the context implies much more than that. 

Seeing the multitudes:

He set a place to meet with them
There is no way to get around the plain teaching of the Bible. God does not work through an invisible universal phenomenon. He always sets up a place.

There was a set gathering
The multitude was to gather, to come to Him. They were to assemble in an organized manner. There was one body, not many doing their own will.

There was a set message
He opened His mouth and taught them. The nature of the Sermon on the Mount is such that no clear thinking person believes it to be “off the cuff.” Of course, Jesus is God and as such He is omniscient. I know He didn’t have to study as we do. But neither was He simply responding to the circumstances or to their questions. This was a purposeful message designed to teach them very specific lessons.

God uses organization. It’s best when we do too.

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Matthew 5:1 When He Was Set

Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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