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Listen. After giving us a vision for life in the kingdom of heaven, Jesus, in Matthew 5:13-20, paints us a picture of what it looks like to be a faithful disciple. He calls us the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world.”
Read Matthew 5:13-16. Salt was valuable both as a seasoning and to preserve food.
- What is salt good for if it can no longer fulfill its purpose?
- If lamps are designed to give light so that people can see, what are disciples for?
Read Matthew 5:17-19. to be great is to live according to your purpose. Great lamps are lamps that give off a lot of light. Great salt is salt that gives lots of flavor and preserves food for a long time.
- What makes a disciple great?
- How is a disciple’s greatness tied to their purpose?
Read Matthew 5:20.
- What does Jesus expect from his disciples?
- What is needed in order to enter the kingdom of heaven?
If you read the rest of Matthew 5, Jesus will show us what it means to exceed the righteousness of the pharisees and scribes. He will repeatedly use two phrases: “You have heard that it was said…” is the the righteousness of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law. “But I tell you…” is Jesus’ superior teaching and righteousness.