“And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching." Matthew 7:28a
We have come to the end of the Sermon on the Mount, and it’s no surprise to find out that all the people listening to Jesus were left astonished at His teaching. The word “astonished” means “to be so amazed as to be practically overwhelmed.” Everyone was overwhelmed by Jesus’ insightful words of wisdom, His straightforward teaching of scripture, His fearful warning of the consequences of turning away from God, but most of all, they were overwhelmed by the authority with which He taught. I don’t know about you, but I have been overwhelmed too!