Once after a long sermon series a member wondered why there was not a summary at the end. So this week, at the end of the SOM, here is a summary. It also fits the final verses of the text which call the reader not only to be aware of the words of Jesus, but to listen to them.
Sermon on the Mount Outline is here: summary-of-the-sermon-on-the-mount The texts of the sermons are available at www.bethanyfreechurch.org under “recent sermons”.
What I am now going to work on is a 50day study, suggested by the comments of U. Luz that the Lord’s Prayer is the center of the sermon. It would see that a study of the 7 parts of the prayer by means of the various parts of the sermon would be a good spiritual exercise. Stay tuned. An outline of that idea is here: lprayerdiagram
So, to follow up the idea of reading in another language. I found that in this passage, that the movement is from the eternal, heavenly realm to the earthly. I noticed that there is an internal logic to the effects: redeemed AND forgiven (so not merely a change of slave ownership). Informed (so as to be agents no objects) and Sealed by the Spirit (so as to be marked in the terrestrial with the celestial). It reminds us of the title “Redemption: Accomplished and Applied” that we read in Seminary. It was accomplished in eternity and applied in time.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,  even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love
 he predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,  to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.  In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,  which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight
 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ  as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,  so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.  In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,  who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
For Lent, FR decided to keep a diary of the book of James in Spanish. Having been working on Spanish for a few years, it seemed like a good idea. What I have noticed is that reading a familiar text in another language forces you to notice what you might otherwise skim over.
If you know another language, consider reading the text in that language.
Que Dios te bendiga.
After the current studies in the Sermon on the Mount, Fresh Read will turn his attention to the first nine chapters of Proverbs. This is the most crafted portion of the book, where other sections are small clusters of proverbs related by topic, word play and other means of connection.
We have already noticed that Proverbs 1-9 is as is the great Mosaic speeches found in Deuteronomy are re-cast in the language of Wisdom. There are the same concerns for following the right path, for choosing life or death, prosperity or destruction.
So get an little ahead and start reading.
H. Shepherd* claims that there is a strong connection between James and Matthew – especially the Sermon on the Mount. Here are his 8 divisions of James (key verse in italics) and the passages from the Sermon.
James 1:1-18 – Matthew 5:11,12
v.12 Matthew 6:13
“Trials” Matthew 7:7
James 1:19-27 – Matthew 5:23
v. 25 Matthew 7:21
“Listening & Doing” Matthew 7:26
James 2:1-13 – Matthew 5:1-16
v. 5 or 10 Matthew 5:17-20
James 2:14-26 – Matthew 7:21,26
v. 20 or 26
“Faith & Works”
James 3:1-12 — Matthew 7:16-20
James 3:13-4:12 – Matthew 5:1-12
v. 4 Matthew 6:24
“Humility” Matthew 7:1-5
James 4:13-5:6 – Matthew 6:19-24
James 5:7-20 — Matthew 5:33-37
*H. R. Shepherd,”Epistle of James and the Gospel of Matthew” JBL (75) p. 40-51