I can't help but focus on right after Jesus ends the sermon on the mount. It says "the people were amazed at his teaching." It goes on to say that he spoke with authority. I wonder what that means. The pharisees had the authority to teach. They certainly were devoted to what they taught.
I think the difference was the passion. Jesus taught with a passion that we can only hope to grab. That's one of the things that I need to work on. Being passionate when I speak. I'm good at being funny and making points, but I don't make them passionately. I can't wait until I get to craft passionate messages every week to help people meet and love the God who created them. What an awesome privelege. JM