may 27

The Word Comes to Us

By: Pastor Dennis Yim

Key Passage: Matthew 5;1

1 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to


After being tested in the wilderness for forty days and forty nights, Jesus returns to civilization,

calls a couple of His disciples to follow Him and then begins His Kingdom-proclamation ministry.

Many readers would usually not think much of Matthew 5:1; most simply skim it and go straight

to the Beatitudes, but let’s take a moment and reflect why this verse is so important. It was

important for Matthew to record so it’s important for us to reflect on this simple yet profound


In Exodus 34, Moses descends from Mt. Sinai with the Ten Commandments that were engraved

on two stone tablets. Moses was there for forty days. Interesting! When Moses returns to the

people, he doesn’t come empty handed, but he comes with God’s authoritative word. There

was almost a transformational event that was taking place when Moses descended from the

mountain; nothing was going to be the same again. God would mold and change His people so

that they would reflect His Shalomic-Kingdom in the world.

Matthew knew Exodus 34 and he knew that Jesus going up to the mountain was not some

random act, but it was deliberate. Jesus was reenacting the Exodus events. Jesus going up to

the mountain meant this: He was bringing another powerful word, but this time it’s His words

so that He may bring renewal to His people. The words of Christ would reveal the Kingdom of

God and what it means to be His vessels of Shalom. The words of Jesus would not be good

advice, but they would be life changing because it’s the good news of the Kingdom! As the

greater Moses, Jesus has come to us with His Word so that we would be transformed and

become His Kingdom people so that we may love and bring shalom to a broken and chaotic

world. Abide in Christ by abiding in His Word.