Author Michael Furlonger opens up a new sub-series of the Revive Us Again series called Salt & Light. In this video, Michael discusses who the Salt And Light is as we are called to be the Salt & Light. So Michael backtracks to Matthew 4 to see who Jesus is addressing:
Matthew 4:23-25 says, Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them. Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him.
Jesus is talking to a Jewish crowd. And while some of the religious zealots (Pharisees and Saducees) are likely among them, he’s talking to the people who believe in God, but are likely unwelcomed in the “church” (temple) of the day because of the Pharisees and Saducees.
Understanding who Jesus is addressing will help us grow in our 2021 faith as this message carries through all generations.