Summary of passage: Jesus is speaking on a mountain with his disciples to a crowd (this is also known as his sermon on the mount). He says blessed are the poor in spirit, those who mourn, and the meek for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who search for righteousness, who are merciful, who are pure in heart, who are peacemakers, and who are persecuted for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
You are blessed when people insult you and persecute you because of Jesus because great is your reward in heaven.
5) Poor in Spirit receive the kingdom of heaven
Mourners receive comfort
Meek shall inherit the earth
Hunger and thirst for righteousness will be filled
Merciful will be shown mercy
Pure in heart will see God
Peacemakers will be called the sons of God
Persecuted because of righteousness receive the kingdom of heaven
Matthew 25:34 says those who are blessed will inherit the kingdom of God. Matthew 25:40 says those who help others (any kind of help) are doing it for God.
Luke 17:21 has Jesus saying the kingdom of God is within you (referring to the Holy Spirit).
John 17:20-26 essentially repeats Luke as Jesus prays that God’s love will be inside of us and that he himself will be inside of us and his glory as well. And Jesus prays that non-believers will see this love and come to him as well.
The Revelation passages speak of the Second Coming and how all of those who are blessed, who are believers in Christ, will reign on earth alongside Jesus.
6a) Opposite of poor of spirit: Those who do not repent over their sins, who do not fear God, who are prideful, and self-reliant. This is most people today. They think the world revolves around them and they can do whatever they want without consequences.
Opposite of mourn: Those who do not feel, are unsympathetic to others, are indifferent to others and their suffering. Those who are unrepentant and who truly don’t care mourn their sins. Who chuck it up to life. Those who don’t strive to be more like Jesus. Again, this is a lot of people who are too selfish to notice others in the world are suffering and frankly don’t care to help.
Opposite of meek: Prideful. The need to be right and not submit. A natural human condition we all must fight to overcome. Most of us suffer from pride in some form during our lives. It’s a daily battle to overcome.
Opposite of hunger and thirst for righteousness: Those who disregard God’s laws. Who commit adultery, who think homosexuality is okay, who take His name in vain, who worship other idols, who covet what they do not have. Who submit to Satan’s lies in essence. Those who do not seek to fill themselves up with God but instead use drugs, alcohol, sex, and evil to fill their emptiness inside of them. This is a lot of people today as well.
Opposite of merciful: Unmerciful. Those who hold grudges and refuse to forgive. Those who act out of spite. Those who are mean and get some kind of sick pleasure out of it. Bullies come to mind. Many today do not forgive and it is one of God’s most important commandments as He forgave us everything.
Opposite of pure in heart: Those whose treasure is of the world. Who values material things over God’s things such as compassion and mercy. The unrighteous. Those whose heart serves two or more masters. These again are many in this world.
Opposite of peacemakers: Troublemakers! Those who stir up dissent. Who are infected with evil and thus do evil. Those who reject God and are not reconciled to Him. Of the world today, there are many.
Opposite of persecuted because of righteousness: Those who will not suffer for God. Who have not accepted Him wholeheartedly. Who have limits on their faith. Who will not go out of their way for Him. It can be as simple as not attending church on Sundays because it’s an “inconvenience”. Those who put their needs above Him. Or those who renounce Him on penalty of death. Or those who ignore Him when He speaks. This is many today.
b) Personal Question. My answer: I would like to say I hunger and thirst for Him and try to be pure of heart. I try to do what is right in this world and what Jesus would do. I study His word like I would anything else: with the goal of knowing Him and understanding as much as He will allow me to. And I try to share Him with others as difficult as this may be (see HERE for a recent story on this).
I consider this a blessing because then I am able to share what I learn with others and my kids in a meaningful and understandable way in order to bring others to Him. I write this blog in order to share my knowledge and have you all thirst for more!
In return, as I learn more and share more, I am encouraged and motivated to do His will and discover Him.
Conclusions: Question 5 is very similar to Question 4 and I found myself repressing the scowl on my face. For it was different. Yesterday we examined the blessing. Today we examined the reward for keeping the blessing. And BSF took it one step further, asking us the opposite of the blessing, which allowed us to see our faults.
I thoroughly enjoyed this in-depth analysis of the Beatitudes and how I’m supposed to live my life. I have never studied this before so it was exciting to say the least! I learned some new stuff, was reminded of some stuff, and encouraged to keep plugging away at my goal of being more Jesus-like. And I hope you all were as well. Long lessons but worth every minute!