God on the Mountain. Jesus (God) leading 3 of his disciples up the mountain to teach them. This was the first time God talked from on top of a mountain since the recorded time in Exodus 19.
Let's pretend there is a job opening for a Peacemaker for God.
You must fill out a form to apply. Here is the first question.
A Peacemaker must tell both parties the following:
A). God has a wonderful plan for your life.
B). God loves you very much.
C). Repent! The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.
The answer is C. That is what these 8 verses in the Sermon on the Mount are all about.
If you are shocked, think about His disciples! They thought Jesus would be their leader into war. They expected to be men of war, not peacemakers. What kind of expressions did Jesus see on their faces? They must have looked at each other in disbelief as He kept talking. Not only the disciples were perplexed but the other people gathered around as well. Today, as well as back then, peace needs to be made between each other as well as peace between each person and God.
Jesus said "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God."
Last week I ended with a question . . what do these 2 have in common: The Ten Commandments and these 8 verses from the Sermon on the Mount?
Answer: The first 4 of the 10 commandments deal with our relationship to God.
The last 6 deal with our relationships to each other.
The first 4 of these 8 verses of the Sermon on the Mount deal with our relationship to God.
The last 4 deal with our relationships to each other.