When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law. (Matthew 7:28–29, NIV 1984).
My Musings – And so concludes the Sermon on the Mount. The people of the day were used to hearing “thus saith the LORD.” Here was this itinerant preacher from backwater Nazareth (“does anything good come from Nazareth?“) saying, “but I tell you.” Not with braggadocio, but “as one who had authority.” No footnote or annotation of a cited authority. None was necessary. His Word was all the authority needed. The “teachers of the law” could not handle it, but the “crowds were amazed at His teaching.”
And why not? The religious leaders’ teaching came from the written law handed down through Moses. Jesus’ authority came…
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