Bible Affirming Truth

Sermon on the Mount (The Beatitudes)

Matthew 5: 1-3 “When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven......”

Matthew 7:28-29 “When Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were amazed at His teaching; because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teacher of the law”.

Luke 5:1-3 “ So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat.”

You will hear it yourself...... on the slopes next to the The Sea of Galillee on the left and the Mount in the middle of the picture, now the site of the Church of the Beatitudes.

Church of the Beatitutes (built 1938 near 4th century Byzantine ruins that commemorated the site. Early pilgrims marked a rock as the actual location.

Sit by those flowers and hear the beatitudes from an ordinary voice blown in from the Sea of Galilee.

The traditional location for the Mount of Beatitudes where the “Sermon on the Mount” took place (Matthew 5) is on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee, between Capernaum and Gennesaret . Its highest point is about 500 ft above the surface of the lake. The actual location of the Sermon on the Mount is not entirely certain, but the present site (also known as Mount Eremos) has been commemorated for more than 1600 years.

Were the multitudes able to hear Jesus’s sermons without a microphone as we have now? The landscapes on these few slopes appear to have special acoustic properties and seem perfect for a spontaneous amphitheater. The Sea of Galilee is shaped like a bowl and has strong winds that serve as a natural amplifier. A firm voice spoken downwind carries a fair distance. So when Jesus preached on a mountain near the Sea of Galilee at a crowd seated below Him, the wind is likely to have been blowing toward the Sea of Galilee. And when Jesus preached from a boat facing a crowd on the shore, the wind is likely to have been blowing in from the Lake.

Hear it for yourselves when you are there.