New Testament Lesson

Come Follow Me for February 18-24 Matthew 5; Luke 6

Come Follow Me for February 18-24 Matthew 5; Luke 6

This lesson focuses on Jesus’ great sermons, which are full of instruction, hope, grace, symbolism, and temple themes.

“Luke 6:20-49, The Sermon on the Plain,” excerpted from The Testimony of Luke, by S. Kent Brown.
This post begins with an introduction, the New Rendition (a new version of the Greek text by Eric D. Huntsman), a verse-by-verse commentary, and finally an analysis. The Sermon on the Plain, it seems, is aimed as much at the Twelve as it is at the crowd, plainly setting out the rules for his community. He intends that the Twelve do as he will teach, offering them his  guidelines as he and they step off together in their joint efforts to reach the hearts of others in both word and deed. The  sermon itself stands as a sleepless sentinel within the recorded words of the Savior, casting its reassuring gaze across his disciples and their lives. Its robust requirements touch much of how people live their lives and interact with others, lifting away the dazzle and heartache of this world and allowing a peek into the life to come. The command to love one’s enemies in imitation of the Father graces the most important part of the sermon. His command to “do good,” and then his illustrations of what it means to do exactly that, impart an enabling power and dignity into the lives of anyone who will follow this directive. The differences in the content and recoverable setting between this sermon and the Sermon on the Mount point to the distinctiveness of the two sermons rather than to their unity. [Click the link above to read more.]

“The Temple, the Sermon on the Mount, and the Gospel of Matthew,” by John W. Welch
This is a chapter from the book Mormonism and the Temple: Examining an Ancient Religious Tradition, ed. Gary N. Anderson. The whole book is available for download. This chapter contains these sections:

What Is Temple Theology?

Temple Theology, TempleStudies, and the Sermon on the Mount

What Is a Temple Text?

The Sermon and the Temple Mount: A Tale of Two Mountains, or One?

Word-level Relations with the Temple, Especially with the Psalms

Table 1:Temple Themes and Texts in the Sermon on the Mount. This table looks at Matthew 5-7 verse by verse.

Example: “Into the mountain” (Matt. 5:1) reflects the Mountain of the Lord in Psalm 24:1 and Isaiah 2:2.

Further Connections with Other Old Testament Temple Texts

Sermon on the Mount as Preparation for a Ritual of Initiation

Sermon on the Mount as Ritual Ascent

Table 2: The Sermon on the Mount Seen in Twenty-Five Stages of Ascent

Table 3: Individual Themes Escalating up the Path of Ascent in the Sermon on the Mount

Table 4: Ceremonial Actions That could Have Accompanied Uses of the Sermon on the Mount

Table 5: Temple of Solomon, Mountain of the Lord, and the Sermon on the Mount

Table 6: Other Texts Based on the Temple Floor Plan

Was the Sermon on the Mount a Pre-Matthean Text?

Table 7: Quotations or Echoes

from the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 10-25

Table 8: Use of the Sermon on the Mount in Mark, Luke, Peter, James and Paul

Was Matthew a Levite?

Table 9: The Duties of the Levites

Table 10: Does the Gospel of Matthew Reflect Letivical Concerns?

But Could a Levite Have Been a Tax Collector?

A Temple Harvest: Seeing the Temple in the New Testament and the New Testament in the Temple