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.