Wow! I am blown away by all the teachings of Jesus in Matthew 5 and 6. We truly could live on His words alone, as He fulfills the Old Testament and Law. One thing that I didn’t really realize before is how concise Jesus is in His teaching… a take-it-or-leave-it sort of thing.
5 Jesus spoke to His disciples: blessed are the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who seek righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, peacemakers, the persecuted
5:13-16 As salt and light, we can bring out the best in others, just as seasonings bring out the best in food. Our light should illuminate the goodness of God.
5:17 Jesus has come to fulfill the law and the prophets.. there is no need for ceremonial law because it is no longer necessary to sacrifice animals, etc, because Jesus came as the Ultimate Sacrifice. However, Jesus did follow completely the moral law.
5:21 We are subject to judgment if we hate our brother — we should reconcile with him and bring our sacrifice to the alttar
5:27 If you look at someone with lust, you have already committed adultery in your heart.
5:37 Be honest: Let your “yes” be “yes” and your “no” be “no”.. keep your word.
5:38 Do not retaliate — turn the other cheek. If someone sues you for your shirt, give him also your coat.
5:43 Love your enemies and pray for your persecutors. “If you love those who love you, what reward will you get?” Even the pagans do that…
6:1 Don’t parade around when you give to the needy; be humble.
6:6 Pray in secret, not standing in the streets in order to look righteous; be humble.
6:9-13 the Lord’s Prayer — simple, sincere, and succinct.
6:14 Forgive men as the Father would forgive them so that you may also be forgiven.
6:16 Do not make a public declaration of fasting; be humble.
6:21 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
6:22 Keep your eyes clean.
6:24 “You cannot serve both God and Money.” We must choose a master.
6:25-33 Do not worry about money, or food, or clothes — pagans run after those things. Seek first His kingdom.
6:34 Tomorrow will worry about itself.