In reading the authorized version of the books of the New Testament, it has to be remembered that the message which they contain was delivered nearly two thousand years ago to a people in whom the moral sense was more highly developed than in any other people in the world. Christ Himself did not seek to destroy the old Law which He claimed to supersede, but He taught His disciples to find in the books of the Old Testament new meanings which were not discernible by those for whom they were written. The Sermon on the Mount begins by explaining that in material matters the smaller a man's possessions the easier is it to give him possessive happiness. The sermon is applicable both to the disciples and to the people generally. The great discourse may be divided into six portions: the beatitudes, the charge to the disciples, the new law, prayer, the new morality, and the new service.