And turning His gaze toward His disciples, He began to say, “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man. Be glad in that day and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven. For in the same way their fathers used to treat the prophets. But woe to you who are rich, for you are receiving your comfort in full. Woe to you who are well-fed now, for you shall be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep. Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets in the same way. (Luke 6:20-26 NASB)
It doesn’t take a pair of loops, a lifetime of review, and a PhD to notice that Luke’s “Sermon” is different than Matthew’s. One of the most obvious differences in in their set of “Beatitudes”. Luke clearly has a different use and point to make from these statements of Jesus. Part of that comes from the inclusion of “Woes” in Luke’s set missing from Matthew’s.
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It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God. And when day came, He called His disciples to Him and chose twelve of them, whom He also named as apostles: (Luke 6:12,13 NASB)
It seems that Jesus had quite a crowd of devoted followers around Him by this time in His ministry. There was a great crowd of them when He descends to the plain. But in Acts we are told that there were enough followers who were with Jesus from His baptism that they needed a selection process. Paul says there were over 100 in the upper room where Jesus appears to the disciples after His resurrection. I think it’s an error to think there were only twelve guys on the road with Jesus.
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Jesus came down with them and stood on a level place; and there was a large crowd of His disciples, and a great throng of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon, who had come to hear Him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were being cured. And all the people were trying to touch Him, for power was coming from Him and healing them all. (Luke 6:17-19 NASB)
The “Sermon on the Plain” roughly corresponds to the “Sermon on the Mount” in Matthew 5 through 7, but only roughly. The parallel isn’t all that new to me, but this setting for Jesus speaking to His disciples is. Jesus speaks to His disciples, like in Matthew. But here Jesus has just selected the Twelve, and He is working with people in a very dynamic way. It’s as if to say and show what it means to be designated an apostle.
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On another Sabbath He entered the synagogue and was teaching; and there was a man there whose right hand was withered. The scribes and the Pharisees were watching Him closely to see if He healed on the Sabbath, so that they might find reason to accuse Him. But He knew what they were thinking, and He said to the man with the withered hand, “Get up and come forward!” And he got up and came forward. And Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save a life or to destroy it?” After looking around at them all, He said to him, “Stretch out your hand!” And he did so; and his hand was restored. But they themselves were filled with rage, and discussed together what they might do to Jesus. (Luke 6:6-11 NASB)
This account closely follows another which takes place in fields where Jesus’ disciples are picking, rubbing and eating heads of the grain as they go. There Jesus says that the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath. It’s a cryptic statement in which Jesus asserts His deity, but does so within the context of the Sabbath. But this account is very different.
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