When Jesus finished these words, the crowds were amazed at his teaching because he was teaching them like someone with authority and not like their legal experts (Matthew 7:28-29, Common English Bible).
There is a You Tube video available for viewing that shows J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans leaping onto a box that is some five feet from the floor. I was amazed by what I saw this world-class athlete do. Even when I was in the best shape of my life, I doubt I could leap from the floor onto a two foot high box. I have never had much jumping ability.
I still find it amazing when I see old video footage of Michael Jordan jumping from the free throw line and slam dunking a basketball. I know I could go further in a broad jump than in a vertical jump but that seems like a super-human feet.
When I worked as an adult Cub Scout leader I saw a pinewood derby car that was built as a cross-section of a B-52 bomber wing. I was amazed to watch that car. When it was coming down the track it was a bit slow from the top to the curve. But, by the time it hit the bottom, it took off as the aerodynamics kicked in. It was very difficult to beat.
I can’t recall a time when a teacher amazed me when I was a student. Today, as an adult who has watched many teachers do their jobs, I am continually amazed at what they are able to get done under some very difficult circumstances.
If a teacher ever amazed you, you might have some idea of what the people who were around Jesus as he closed The Sermon on the Mount might have felt. Our lesson reminds us that people were amazed at Jesus’ teaching because he taught with authority.
I really don’t think this meant that the legal experts lacked knowledge. That is far from the case. The legal experts knew and understood the law better than any other normal humans. But, there is some kind of disconnect between the mouths of the legal experts and the ears of those listening. That disconnect didn’t exist between Jesus and those who heard The Sermon on the Mount.
I think most of us have had the “Ah-ha” experience. We have been going along and something just doesn’t make any sense. Then, suddenly, we read the right article, we hear the right teacher, we see the right demonstration and everything seems to fall into place. The light bulb goes on and there is somebody home. We get it. We understand. And, if we are honest, most of the time when things like that happen, we are amazed.
I would like to think, at least some of the time, the same God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) who amazed the people with His teachings in The Sermon on the Mount, is the same God who amazed us when the light bulb went on during our “Ah-ha” experience.
What revelations have you experienced when faced with one who has authority?
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
Joy, Grace and Thanksgiving,
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