Daily Reading: 4th 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.
Matthew records that the disciples came to Him. We can imagine that as he wrote these words he may have recalled the occasion when, along with the other disciples, he went up the mountainside to meet with his Lord and Master.
It is in chapter 9 of his gospel that Matthew recounts the time when Jesus called him to be a disciple, which might seem as though he was not one of the disciples when Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. However, Matthew has not written his gospel to follow a strict chronological order. Therefore, it would seem as though he has placed this most important teaching of Jesus towards the beginning of his gospel, before the majority of the ministry of Jesus and the call of most of the disciples.
It would have been a memorable occasion.
Perhaps many of us have great memories of going up a mountain. I have been up Snowdon three times. Each occasion brings back memories, as does walking up Helvelyn on a glorious summer day.
Matthew would have been looking back to this momentous occasion when he heard and received the greatest teaching the world has ever been given.
By going up to Jesus the disciples were placing themselves in the best position in order to hear and receive what He had to say. They were getting direct and immediate revelation concerning the righteousness of Heaven, because they went to Jesus.
Paul did much the same thing, as we read in Galatians:
 Dear brothers and sisters, I solemnly assure you that the Good News of salvation which I preach is not based on mere human reasoning or logic.
 For my message came by a direct revelation from Jesus Christ Himself. No one else taught me – (NLT).
In verse 17 he states that he went to Arabia, where Jesus revealed to him the gospel.
As the disciples of Jesus we must also be in the habit of going up to Jesus so that we can learn from Him. As we do we can be sure that He will lead, guide, and inspire us for living His life here on earth.