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!