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There are many instances in the Bible where Jesus addresses groups of people and a lesson is learnt. Jesus's moral standpoint is unquestionable as he even speaks to "tax collectors" who become his greatest friends and allies. Jesus told Matthew to "follow me" even though he knew he would be criticized as tax collectors were despised. As we know Matthew became one of the apostles. Jesus really did "live amongst us."
In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus, upon seeing the people gathering on the mountainside, goes to talk to them. This is The Sermon on the Mount. He sees the opportunity to address many people of all different beliefs and is careful to make references to all the things they are familiar with such as the Law, the Commandments, and so on. Jesus ensures that the people understand so that they can act accordingly and not because the law says so.
A social worker is often called to work in situations where it would be easy to judge others. Jesus reinforces his teachings and warns the people not to judge unless they themselves are free from guilt of any kind. He talks to the people about things that he knows are most relevant and important and that can often be confusing, just as a social worker does, whose advice often saves people from making poor or wrong choices.
The people who listened to the Sermon were amazed at the insightfulness of Jesus and how he spoke with passion and understanding. They recognized that he was unlike their leaders and rulers although he spoke with authority. He was able to earn respect.
Jesus also realized that, it is no use simply preaching and telling people how to be , or how not to be. Basic needs also have to be met. Jesus and his teachings in the Bible and in this gospel of Matthew
continues to be a source of light to many seeking a sense of purpose, meaning, and value in their lives.
An example can be seen in the feeding of the multitude whereby Jesus feeds a large group of people. This is seen in Luke 9:10-17.
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