Miracles and the Sermon on the Mount

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The miracles of Christ were not always met with adoration. When he healed on the Sabbath (Saturday) religious leaders questioned his authority.

Jesus selected 12 disciples to train and to spread his message. After choosing the twelve he delivered his most famous sermon, the Sermon on the Mount.

Monday - Jesus performs 3 miracles and visits Matthew.

Luke 5:1-39

Tuesday - Jesus is persecuted for healing a man at the pool of Bethesda.

John 5:1-47

Wednesday - Sabbath controversies

Mark 2:23-28, Mark 3:1-12

Thursday - Jesus selects 12 disciples.

Luke 6:12-49

Friday - Matthew records the Sermon on the Mount.

Matthew 5:1 to Matthew 8:1

Eyewitness: Matthew

This eyewitness wrote the gospel of Matthew. John and Matthew were the only apostles to write gospel accounts of the life of Christ.

Matthew was a tax collector whose name meant, "gift of God." He was also called Levi, and may have been from the Israeli tribe of Levi.

Matthew collected taxes on a road near Capernaum. Tax collectors bid for the right to assess levies in Palestine. To generate income, they collected more money than was owed to Rome. Jewish tax collectors were considered traitors by the Israelites. Matthew may have been wealthy. He hosted a large feast for tax collectors, scribes, and Pharisees in his own home.

Matthew and James were brothers. Compare Mark 2:14 and Matthew 10:3.

Did you know?

New wine would cause an old wineskin to burst because of the fermentation process. Wineskins were made from animal hide. A new skin could stretch to accommodate the gasses produced during fermentation. An old hardened skin would burst under the pressure. See Luke 5:37-38.

Salt was plentiful in Palestine. It was used to season food, preserve meats, and pickle vegetables. It was also used in sacrifices and in remedies for toothaches. Since salt prevents plants from growing, it was often put on roads. See Matthew 5:13.

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