Come Follow Me Matthew 6-7 // Take a Second41m | Feb 17, 2023
The Sermon on the Mount PART 2! As the Savior continues His sermon, it is important to remember that there is no break in the sermon between chapter 5 and 6 or 6 and 7. Scholars have broken the sermon into chapters to make reading and digesting the sermon easier. The themes, however likely carry through from chapter to chapter.
With that in mind, we should consider the apparent contradiction in the Savior's message. In chapter 5, Jesus said, "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. . . . Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works..." (vs 14, 16)
Then, in chapter 6, he says that we should serve others and say our prays in secret and not let anyone know when we are fasting.
Well what is it? Should we do our good works in public or should we keep them hidden?
In this discussion, Stuart and I discuss this and the impact of our motivations on our good works as well as a tip from Elder Robert D. Hales on how to measure our motives.
Another great point from this epic sermon is the idea of judging others. The Joseph Smith Translation seems to make allowances for "righteous" judgment, but what is that and what does it look like?