We are all familiar with this scripture passage. Jesus clearly defined our identity as Christians – we are the salt of the earth, we are light of the world. We must take note of a very important verb in this passage, “are”. We are the salt of the earth. We are the light of the world. Jesus is not saying we must be the salt and light of the world. This is an issue of life – if we are not salt, we are not light; no matter what we do we cannot become salt and light. Salt and light are our identity, we are salt and light. Salt cannot lose its saltiness, light cannot be hidden. We are salt, we are light. What are the uses of salt and light?
David was the greatest king of Israel, and he is called the man after God’s own heart. Everyone admires David, but actually, David had many weaknesses, just like you and me. David had similar weaknesses that we in our humanity have, but David had one thing which we don’t have, he treasured the Lord in his heart, God was David’s beloved
Today we continue our Sermon on the Mount series by discussing the last three of the eight Beatitudes.
When we talk about Moses, we immediately think of a great spiritual leader, a man who stood by the Red Sea holding up his staff and parted the waters, a man who stood before God 40 days, a man who spoke to God face to face and whose face became radiant from his meeting with God. Moses was indeed a great man. But at the end of the first 40 years of his life, he was but a murderer, a fugitive pursued by Pharaoh who escaped into the wilderness. At the end of his 2nd 40 years, Moses was but a shepherd in the wilderness. He was an old man waiting for his time. He said, “The length of our days is seventy years or eighty, if we have the strength.” He was still strong at 80, but he was an old man waiting for his end; nobody thought that by the end of his 3rd 40 years, Moses would become the hero of 2 million Israelites. What happened during Moses’ 3rd 40 years, what happened to this old man in his last 40 years?