TODAY’S STUDY is one of the most important of the time we’ll spend in the New Testament. We focus on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, which may be another account of the sermon Luke recorded in Luke 6 (which we studied last week). We discuss God’s standard of righteousness, which none of us can reach, and our relationship to the Law, and we look at the Lord’s Prayer as a pattern for prayer rather than a formula to repeat by rote.
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OUR NEW TESTAMENT study this week clearly illustrates the viewpoints of the gospel writers with parallel accounts of the disciples eating grain plucked from the stalk (on the Sabbath–oh, no!) and the healing of a man with a withered hand (also on the Sabbath–oh, no!). Matthew draws on the Torah to validate Jesus’ claims of divinity, Mark offers a condensed, almost bullet-point account, and Luke, the careful historian, is the only one to mention that it was the man’s right hand Jesus healed.
We also cover the calling of the twelve apostles, the only unforgivable sin, Luke’s account of the Sermon on the Mount, and we discuss the favorite Bible verse of people who don’t know anything about the Bible.