The Sermon on the Mount is a House

The structure of the Sermon on the Mount is important for interpreting its various parts. I like to think of the Sermon (Matt 5-7) as a three-room house with a front porch and back porch. Here’s how that works out.

FRONT PORCH: Matthew 5:1-16 (Beatitudes and the Salt and Light passage)

FRONT DOOR: Matthew 5:17-20 (Jesus came to fulfill the Law and Prophets)

THREE-ROOM HOUSE: Matthew 5:21–7:11 (The body of the Sermon)

  • ROOM 1: Matthew 5:21-48 (Six subsections)
  • ROOM 2: Matthew 6:1-18 (Three subsections)
  • ROOM 3: Matthew 6:19–7:11 (Four subsections)

BACK DOOR: Matthew 7:12 (The essence of the Law and the Prophets)

BACK PORCH: Matthew 7:13-29 (Three pairs of contrasts)

What a beautiful home!

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