The mountain sermon;no wait…The hill preach?

Posted: February 23, 2010 in The flippin Great news...Matt's angle
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Alright, alright you got me – its called the ‘sermon on the mount’. For what reason I don’t know – part from the fact Jesus gave a sermon on a mountain, I’m stuck on how its a relevant title. Quite frankly, I find it misleading…did he have a lecturn up there? was he using powerpoint? Na, i reckon his communication and storytelling skills would’ve held a crowds attention just fine without.

So ramble over Matthew 5: 17 Jesus says this…

I’m not here to jack in the law, I’m here to fulfill it.’

This was proper important for the Jews to get – there’s a big difference. God doesn’t back peddle, he doesn’t stick his hands up and say…’sorry, guys – it was me, I messed up…can we try again?!’ Why? Well,Ā simply cos he doesn’t mess up – he knows what he’s doing.

So, whenĀ the Son of God (who is God in flesh) enters planet earth – he doesn’t come as a contradiciton, he comes as a fullfillment; not plan A – 10 commandments, plan B – Jesus…its all plan A.


‘heĀ elaborates on the rules they claim to know so much about.’

Ā Matt 5: 21-22

1. Ā Donā€™t murderĀ = donā€™t get angry

How huge is this? Making the comparison of murder and anger.

Now, sometimes I could murder a Hot Chocolate with whipped cream and hazlenut syrup…but I’d like to think i wouldn’t have it in me to murder someone…I’d feel like killing a conversation on somehting likeĀ extreme chess, I’d happily shoot clay pigeons on the wii, but guys killing someone? Who do you think I am here Stacey Slater?!

I wouldn’t…(so no need to sleep with one eye open tonight!) And, lets put this into context –

if I was one of the Jews munching away on some manna, what would I say when Moses comes down with 10 tablets?

Ā ‘cheers for the asprin Mos, my heads pounding’…maybe

But after the pain relief gagĀ – I’d take a look at the 10 golden rules…look up Number 6 and think…

‘Yeah,Ā even if I am forced to watch Eastenders, I reckonĀ I can hold to that!’

But this is where Jesus shakes it up, where he fills in the gaps – its not just what we do large scale, Its what we do fullstop.Ā If the motive’s there, its just as bad as the action. And getting angry, its just as much a sin as murder. I may not strike people as the most angry person, but I do have my moments. And from this – I think two things…

1) I’m challenged to not lose my rag (maybe I could invest in a stress ball?)


2) I am grateful that I’m made righteous through faith in him,Ā cos if I’d be seeking to be sorted with God solely on the law, I’d be screwed!

What’s your thoughts?


  1. Hi Dai,

    I was there on Saturday at the Zion Christian Centre in Aston, I loved your ‘left and right’ thing and really everything you did and said. And reading this post on the ‘Hill Preach’ I’m thinking the same again. Here are some of my thoughts on the same passage from Matthew –

    You might also like Henry Drummond’s assay on 1 Cor 13 –

    And I think you’d like Chris Duffett’s blog too, some practical ideas to try out in Cardiff? –


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