Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Tim. 2:15

King James AV1611


The Book of Matthew
Matthew was taught by Dr. James Modlish


5:1,2 A mountain (Mt. Zion) is for a king who "sets."

Intro: thoughts to the Sermon on the Mount.

[1]. If (Ch. 5-7) are reliable (as all liberals would want us to believe) then why are (Ch. 13,23,24,27).
[2]. There are no Christians present - no one is born again - there are no New Testament writings.
[3]. To apply this doctrinally to the Christians is nuts!

5:3 Poor in spirit, as in broken or contrite - (Ps. 34:18, 66:2).

5:4 A lot of people mourn who are never comforted - (Matt 13:42; Jn. 16:20; Isa. 57:15-18).

5:5 Quote from (Ps. 37:11) with reference to (Zeph. 2;3) (1376).

5:6 (Prov. 21:21) is a good inspirational passage for this, again a promise future reward for doing right now. This was literally fulfilled in (Acts. 4:31).

5:7 General spiritual truth is found in (Rom. 12:8; 19-21; Ps. 18:25,47; Jas. 2:12,13). To assume general mercy at last judgment is in error.

5:8 2nd Advent doctrine based on (Ps. 24:3,4,6). Everyone will see God at one time or another - (Rev. 20, Rom. 2:16, 3:19). A born-again Christian has a pure soul and heart, (1 Pet. 1:22,23).

5:9 Notice Jesus was not a peacemaker, (Lk. 12:51-53; Jn. 7:43; 10:19). But He gives peace to those who believe, (Jn. 14:27).

5:10,11 Men are not saying evil against the liberals because of Jesus sake. (Rom. 10:1-9) is a good discussion of righteousness.

5:12 "Rejoice" - (Rom. 12:12; 1 Pet. 3:14-18). "Prophets" - (Lk. 6:26) false prophets.

5:14 Light of the world also Christian - (Phil. 2:15; 1 Thess. 5;5). Can be a doctrinal application if it can be found in Paul's Epistles.

As Christians we reflect the "light of the world" (Christ Jn. 9:5).

Sun is a type of Christ - (Ps. 84:11; 19:2-5; Mal. 4:2).
Moon is a type of the church - (Song of Sol. 6:10).
The moon is for night, so this age is called night, (Mk. 12:35).
The believer is Dead in Christ - moon is a dead planet - (Job 25:5).
Craters and spots, marks of sin.

(1 Jn. 2:15) - eclipse

5:15 Two great obstacles to witnessing (Mk. 4:21) - candle under bushel or bed) commercialism or laziness.

5:16 Notice the works don't shine, just the light. (Vs. 16) obviously addressed to believing Jews, consequently "Your Father." Father relationship to Israel - (Ex. 4:22,23).


[1]. If Christ did not come to destroy the law or the prophets, then everything that follows in the rest of the Sermon is not an abridgment of the law but an embellishment of it.

[2]. The Sermon on the Mount is a dissertation on righteousness and the passage shows that the law and prophets (where the speak of righteousness) are fulfilled in Jesus Christ (Rom. 10:1-4; 3:25).

[3]. Jot or title - Hebrew characters in which the Old Testament is written.

    (a). Example of job - (Ps. 119:73). J O D over verse.

    (b). Title is the horn-like projection.

The idea is even the heading must find fulfillment.
[4]. The only part of the law was fulfilled in Christ first coming was righteousness, but heaven and earth do not pass away until (2 Pet. 3 and Rev. 20) - there are approximately 700 verses waiting to be fulfilled.

5:19 The 17th Day Adventist build their plan of salvation on (vs. 18-20) and put their people back under Old Testament bondage, but we are obligated to make some sense out of this.

[1]. (Rom. 3:31) makes it clear has not been destroyed.

[2]. (Rom. 7:12,14) tells us the law is good and spiritual.

[3]. The New Testament Christian is not under the law. (Rom. 6:14-17; 7:3-6, Gal. 3:22-26)

[4]. The law that Jesus is discussing are the Ten Commandments as clearly demonstrated in (vs. 21,27).

[5]. The reason these commandments are still in effect is they will judge the unsaved - (Jn. 5:45-47; 12:48), and the Gentile as well - (Rom. 2:15-16).

[6]. Which commandment is the least? Observing the Sabbath is omitted and warned against in the church epistles. (Rom. 13:8-10; Col. 2:16). The first day is observed (Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 16:1,2). We are told that the Sabbath was not a moral command but a ceremonial one (Mk. 2:26,27, 3:1-5; Jn. 9:16). See also (Eze. 20:20, Neh. 9:14).

Why did Jesus and Paul omit the Sabbath when discussing righteousness? (Lk. 18:20; Rom. 13:8-10). The least shows up again in Matt. 24:20 (Trib) and eternity (Isa. 66:22-24).

5:20 The righteousness of the Pharisees was considerable as in reference to the Ten Commandments - for more than most of today's Pharisees - its obvious Jesus is beginning a discussion about another kind of righteousness which is going to have to come from a different source.

5:21 The judgment is discussed in (Num. 35:24; Deut. 19:18); - he also is in danger of being executed - (Num. 35:16-31; Deut. 19:15-20).

5:22 Liberals, who love the Sermon on the Mount have some problems with this verse:

[1]. When were you tempted to call Raca?

[2]. When and who is the council?

[3]. How can it be hell fire when most liberals don't believe in it?

Most new bibles eliminate "without a cause" thereby making Jesus a sinner and trying to usher in a nondiscriminatory, love everybody, no matter what mentality.

Jesus and Paul both disobeyed - (Lk. 25:25; 1 Cor. 15:36);. Christians are told to be angry at times. (Eph. 4:26)

5:23,24 If passage applies to Christians, where is altar (not in a building - Heb. 13:10).

It shows up in (Rev. 11:1-3) (Trib) and (Eze. 44-48) (Mill).

Inspirationally, we shouldn't try to impress God when there is a problem with a brother.

5:25,26 There are two adversaries in the Bible:

[1]. The Devil (1 Pet. 5:8)

[2]. The law (Jn. 5:45)

The entire picture is given in (Matt. 18:23-25). (Prov. 6:1-5) in a perfect illustrations of the saying. Typified by Israel saying "All that the Lord hath spoken we will do." (Exe. 19:8) and thus putting themselves in debt (Gal. 5:3).

5:27,28 with her - if she fails to dress modestly or act properly (1 Tim. 2:9) the woman participates in the sin - eyes (2 Pet. 2:14) watch what you put before your eyes.

Why did the man look - he might be solely responsible, but she may share in the blame, (Prov. 6:25; Eze. 23:40).

5:29,30 Jesus is not embarrassed to mention hell (vs. 22). He quotes (Isa. 66:24) more than any other verse in the Old Testament.

It might be that hell is not the grave, for why then would you cut something off to prevent you from going somewhere that all are going to.

5:31,32 See: (Matt 19:3-12; Jer. 3:8) every cause (vs. 3) comes from (Deut. 24:1,2).

[1]. Jesus narrows the field to fornication's which is defined as a body activity - (1 Cor. 6:13; 16-18).

[2]. Paul is instructed to add one thing more (1 Cor. 7:15).

[3]. What about remarriage because of a scriptural divorce (Matt. 19:10) - answers follows and is also found in (1 Cor. 7:27,28).

5:33 To "forswear" is to swear falsely or to perjure oneself. (Deut. 6:13).

5:34,35 "Swear not at all" is qualified in (Matt. 26:63), so the JW's miss it again.

Did you ever wonder why people say "Heavenly days," "My heavens," "My stars," "Thank Heavens." etc.

My lands, Lan-o-goshen, Land's sakes. See (Isa. 66:1; Ps. 110:1)

5:36,37 Further oaths include, "By my head," "As sure as I live," "As sure as your breath." Man's mouth is a sure indicator of his depravity, Gosh, Goodness, Golly, Geminny, Gee Whiz, Gee Whilikers, My Goodness, My Gracious, Gracious me.

Your yes should mean yes, and no should mean no, so an oath is not necessary to supplement the language.

5:35,38 The quote from (Deut. 19:21), but the liberals forget the setting is a court of law (vs. 18). The New Testament Christians approach is (Rom. 12:17-21). Jesus did not always recommend passivity - (Lk. 22:36).

5:40-42 The so-called strict adherents of the "Sermon on the Mount" initiate more law suits over church property, leaving conventions, etc. The borrowing, means without interest, (Deut. 23:19; Ex. 22:25).

5:43 This verse is called a Rabbinical addition, for this is not exactly what God said, even though it would be easy to assume that hat can include a correct attitude - (Deut. 7:1-3, 20). However, this verse is never pointed out by Bible critics in the light of (Gen. 15:16), or what that entire culture was guilty of.

The correct hatred of the Old Testament is against the enemies of God, not an individual's enemies. (Ps. 139:21-24).

5:44,45 Jesus is teaching nothing new - (Job 31:28-30; Prov. 25:21,22).

Love is the only new note injected, for that goes beyond tolerating - it exceeds (Rom. 12:20). To this point the only mention of God being Father to anyone is Israel - (Ex. 4:22,23; Isa. 46:3).

Sun to rain... the mercies of God are not to be confused with salvation - (Rom. 2:4). God puts up with a lot of things He doesn't approve of - (Eccl. 5:8; 8:11).

Church age application - (Rom. 13:8-11; 1 Jn. 3:23).

We should love the Saints in a special way - (1 Jn. 5:1).

Perfection - (Deut. 18:13) indicated "perfect" has nothing to do with sinless perfection - see (Col. 1:28; Phil. 3:12-15).

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