The Sabbath Dispute and the Sermon on the Mount

Matthew 5-7; Mark 2; John 5

1. What was important in Jesus’ healing of the sick man at the pool of Bethesda?

Jesus healed the man on the Sabbath day. John 5:9

2. What was Jesus’ purpose in healing the man on the Sabbath?

He sought an occasion to speak of the true meaning of keeping the Sabbath day.

3. Did Jesus break the Sabbath as the Jews charged?

No, Jesus kept the Sabbath by doing the works of God. John 5:16-23

4. Why did the Jews hate and oppose Jesus?

Because Jesus said He was the Son of God, thus making Himself equal with God. John 5:18

5. Whom did Jesus choose at this time?

He chose His twelve disciples, whom He also named apostles. Luke 6:12-16

6. What important instruction did Jesus give toward the end of this first Galilean tour?

The instruction concerning the kingdom of heaven in the Sermon on the Mount.

7. What is the chief subject of the Sermon on the Mount?

The kingdom of God, which is both spiritual and heavenly.

8. Of what does Jesus speak first in this sermon?

He describes the true citizens of the kingdom and their calling.

9. What does Jesus say about the righteousness of the kingdom?

“Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:20

10. What is the calling of the citizens of the kingdom?

They must seek first the kingdom and its reward, and not Mammon.