Pastor Nadia is one of my favorite bloggers. But his week her message made a greater than usual impression on me. I recommend it highly, and I suggest you consider listening to her speak as you read along.
Pastor Nadia discusses Matthew chapter 5:
You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Pastor Nadia says:
The last verses of chapter 4 say this: Jesus fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought to him all the sick, those who were afflicted with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, and paralytics, and he cured them. Great crowds followed him from a bunch of places I can’t pronounce. (which is where chapter 4 ends which is stupid because the first verse of chapter 5 says)…
When Jesus saw the crowds, (when he saw the demoniacs and epileptics and people in pain) he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying…
You can read and hear the rest of Pastor Nadia’s touching explanation by clicking the link below: