Salt and Light

Week 42 | Section 54cd

Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth.  You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill.  – Jesus, The Message, Mt 5:13a,14a 

Remembering that this is the inaugural message to the new anointed apostles helps us understand the importance of this message and the pattern identified below. What good would it be if Jesus apostles were considered hypocrites?  What good would it do the world if they secluded themselves and meditated among themselves in solitude the wisdom of God. No the apostles and today’s disciples must allow the transforming power of God to work in and through them.

In the second lesson recorded in what’s been called the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus continues to explain to the newly appointed apostles their calling and concern. It is in this second message we see an explicit pattern in his sermon series of form and then function. In this pattern Jesus expresses the importance of ones being and doing. The transformational sequence is outlined below and will guide this section of our study through the Harmony of the Gospels.

Section Title Section # Scriptures  Form/Function
 Beatitudes  Sec 54 a,b  Mt 5:3-12;  Lk 6:20-26   Being
 Salt & Light  Sec 54 c,d  Mt 5:13-16; Mt 5:17-20  Doing
 You’ve heard it said  Sec 54 e  Mt 5:21-48; Lk 6:27-30,32-36  Being
 Acts of righteousness  Sec 54 f  Mt 6:1-18  Doing
 Three prohibitions  Sec 54 g  Mt 6:19-7:6  Being
 Conclusion  Sec 54 h  Mt 7:7-27; Lk 6:31, 43-49  Being & Doing