Week 32 Day 1
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Matthew 5 And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. 2 Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:
This classic imagery of Jesus sharing an intimate moment with the twelve is burned well into the minds of most believers. There are a few things here that are notable. First, Jesus sat down. This is significant because in the long tradition of rabbinical teaching when the Master sat down it meant that something of great importance was about to be said. Jesus establishes here that He is the master teacher, the disciples gathering around him establish their willingness to be taught. This is extremely important to you and I today. We must submit ourselves to sit at the Master’s feet and learn from Him.
The second important thing to note here is the place where Jesus chose to do this teaching. This “sermon on the mount” took place as is supposed in a place where people came and went and gathered for information sharing and sociability. What we learn from this is that Jesus knew full well the compelling nature of what He was saying to the disciples, and the power of “eavesdropping”. People listen in to conversations heard and what they hear is forever imprinted on their brains.
How many people were listening in that day? We’ll never know. But I believe that many, many people were impacted that day as is borne out by the “multitudes” that followed Jesus wherever He went. How important are your conversations?