When Jesus ended His sayings, people seem most impressed by the note of authority in His teaching. It was as if what He said was true simply because He said it!
When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his
teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers
of the law.
I suppose the teachers of the law taught as most preachers do today - basing their remarks on recorded Scriptures.
However, as people listened to Jesus, they were conscious His teaching was not primarily based on the authority of previously recorded words.
They were right!
In fact, The Teacher was speaking the very words that would become the new message of Scripture!
I suspect the people also felt something else that day. Even as we still do! Something answering within their hearts - This is true!
Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into
practice is like a wise man who built his house on a rock…