My Hi-lite: Matthew 5:1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
The Sermon on the Mount - Note: Jesus seeing the multitudes that had followed him from Galilee chose to leave them behind going up into the mountain where only his disciples came to him to hear him teach.
Most people would have us believe that the "Sermon on the Mount" was taught to a large group of people, who had gathered around him, but we find here that he left the people behind and was speaking to his disciples only.
Here we see that only His disciples came to Him for they also went up into the mountain to seek after Him to receive the deeper truths (meat) from the Word of God. The multitudes rarely if ever take the time to go to Him privately, to His Word, to sincerely gain the rich wisdom and deeper understandings which He "speaks" to those who seek to know Him. We will address this subject of the "multitudes" in greater detail when we get to the 13th chapter and discover why it is that Christ always spoke to them in parables.
It is commonly taught that Christ spoke in parables to make things clearer, which is true concerning His disciples, but not true when it comes to the "multitudes". Again, we will address this subject at a later time when we will also learn about the love Christ has for the multitudes who simply do not have eyes to see nor ears to hear. However, the point we are making here is that it is His true disciples who always "come unto Him" seeking wisdom and understanding from the Word of God.Matthew 13:34-35
All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:
Furthermore, the very word "disciple" means "a learner" which is a pupil or student, i.e. one who is schooled or "disciplined" in the Word of God. Ask yourself: Are you a student of His Word or do you follow the multitudes, the majority, who are followers of men's traditions? Are you one who goes regularly to church every Sunday but don't take the time to read the Bible during the week.
In other words, do you study His Word, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Tim. 2:15), or do you just go to church and get involved in goodly works instead of the "wonderful works of God" He has ordained for this final generation in the pouring out of His Spirit upon all flesh?
To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits;
to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.
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