Was Jesus' First Sremon on the Plain or Mount?


Supposed contradiction and verses:

 Was Jesusí first sermon on the plain or mount?

 Matthew 5:1-2

1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:

2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

 Luke 6:17 & 20

17 And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases;

20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.


   Who said this was His first sermon? The atheist tries to make a claim on something without reading what is before it. Earlier passages in both books show Jesus preaching before this sermon. Just read chapter 4 in both Matthew and Luke. So what the person has done here is started the whole thing out with a false assumption.

   Now, what may trouble people regardless, is that in one passage He says mount and the other he says a plain. If you donít read the surrounding verses, you wonít see that these are two separate instances. In chapter 4 of Matthew we see that this describes when Satan tried to tempt Jesus as well as Jesus taking disciples with him and preaching, healing, etc all over the land. This is a prelude to chapter 5. Now in Luke, the scene is different. We have a scene where the Pharisees had become enraged with Him do to what they called work as well as Jesus healing a man on the Sabbath. Jesus then gathers His disciples at day and teaches them.

   What does this mean? It means it is two different events. It is not uncommon for preachers to use the same sermon to different crowds on different days, and the words are not always exactly the same. Looking at the content of these passages the wording is different which would be the case for different crowds, different days, etc. No different than teachers in school.

   No contradiction!

In His Grace,

            Mike Harris


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