RE Verse reading–Matthew 5:17-48 (day three) A great help for reading and interpreting the Sermon on the Mount is to ask yourself, “What kind of world is Jesus describing?” What would it be like if people were moral/good/loving not because they were forced to do so by the Law? What if an inner change made us walk with God in ways that pleased Him? What if no hatred (no malice, no contempt) was the rule rather than no murder? What if purity of eye and imagination was regarded as essential for the protection of marriage? No adultery AND no unrighteous fantasies! What if every divorce was regarded as a sin against God’s creation plan? What if every word was required to be true, not just the ones sworn “on a stack of Bibles”? What if no retaliation was the normal response and love the deepest burden? One good question leads to the next. HOW could this ever happen? The Lord will answer soon. Right now, He wants us to imagine and believe!