Matthew 5:1 How Jesus Responded to Difficult Days

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

And seeing the multitudes…”

Those were difficult days in Israel.
The government was under the thumb of Rome.

  • Roman soldiers, 
  • Roman leadership and 
  • Roman influence 

permeated the city. It would have been humiliating nationally and distressing spiritually. Israel, a nation proud of their heritage and believing they had spiritual justification for it, were dominated – by Gentiles.

The Temple was divided
There were at least three sects among the Jews: Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenes. There were likely zealots in all three sects. The Temple was not what it once was, and though it was impressive, the discerning had to have been burdened that it was an Edomite who had commissioned its construction.

The people were spiritually blind
This is plainly true, given that they could not see the Messiah so long promised them even when He walked among them.

Jesus saw this messed up multitude and delivered to them the Sermon on the Mount.

  • He did not lead a campaign to drive away the Romans
  • He did not rally them to resist authority

He preached

  • He gave them the Word of God
  • He called them to a higher standard of living.

Preachers today would do well to do the same.

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Matthew 5:1 How Jesus Responded to Difficult Days

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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