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Daily Reading: 1st August 2016


Matthew 5.1 cont.

1 Then, seeing the crowds, He went up into the mountain; and sitting down, His disciples came to Him.

We may wonder why it was that Jesus went up a mountain to give His teaching. Luke records things in a different way:

17 And coming down the mountain He stood with them on a level place, and there was a large crowd of His disciples there, also a vast number of people from all of Judea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon,

18 They came to listen to Him and to be healed from their diseases, and those who were tormented by unclean spirits were healed.

19 And the whole crowd tried to touch Him, because power was going out from Him and healing them all – Luke 6.17-19.

From this we can see that Matthew records Jesus as going up a mountain to teach His disciples, whereas Luke records Jesus as coming down to a level place.

Are we able to explain these differences? Probably not.

It is possible that Luke records Jesus coming down from a higher part of the mountain, a place where He had been praying throughout the night in preparation for choosing His disciples.

What we can learn from this is that there are those times when we need to go to higher ground in order to be able to receive from Jesus. Going up higher lifts us out of the hustle and bustle of life in general. The higher ground removes us from the distractions that we face, and we all get distracted. This is particularly true with the faster pace of life that we live in.

We often quote the Psalm:

[1] I look up to the mountains; does my help come from there?

[2] My help comes from the LORD, who made the heavens and the earth! – Psalm 121.1-2 (NLT).

The Psalmist was not saying that his help came from the mountains, but it may be that in the mountains he met with the Lord to receive his help.

Also we can learn that Jesus came down to a lower place. He has come down to us in order to lead us to Himself. He has come down to us, He did not wait for us to ascend to Him.

Such is the love and grace of God that He comes to each one of us.


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