Matthew 5 – Observations
Blessed are those who would be considered 'less than' the world for God sees them in a different light. That is the overall lesson of the Beatitudes and so God's people are called to be different - to be salt and light. That additional flavor that makes everything delish, that bright example leading the way.
Verses 21-26 stood out to me because they took me back to Leviticus 6:1-7 - sin requires restoration. If you are not reconciled with your brother, then do that before seeking God's face.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,” the sermon began, “For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.
"Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled.
"Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God.
"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Did you get that? Let’s go over it in slow motion:
The word translated as “blessed” is the Greek word makários (pronounced mak-ar'-ee-os). It could also be translated to mean: supremely blest, fortunate, well off or happy.
Jesus was saying:
Supremely blessed is the man who is poor in spirit – the man who recognizes that he is afflicted, humble and needy…
Fortunate are those who wail and mourn for they shall be encouraged and called near…
Happy is the man who submits and is humble…
Well-off is the person who seeks the righteousness of God above the things of this world…
Happy are those who show compassion…
Supremely blessed are those whose hearts are pure before God…
Well-off are those who pursue peace…
Fortunate are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake...
We live in a world that tell us that our possessions make us happy; the food we eat makes us happy; the amount of money we have in the bank makes us happy… but the truth is – it doesn’t.
God has compassion on the needy.
I’s not that he doesn’t love those who are rich. No. but God rewards the man who is able to subject himself totally to Jehovah. The person who is able to say, “I have nothing. I can nothing. I am nothing. Here I am, use me Lord.”
It is our brokenness that attracts the favor of God. When we are broken before him then he can use to do great things.
Yahweh, forgive my uplifted heart. Search me and find all those things that are unlike you and root them out of my life. Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me. Teach me to be broken. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Oct 31, 17 06:32 AM
Isn’t it interesting that when David wished for the wings of a dove the thing he wanted most was to be at rest?
Oct 30, 17 06:40 AM
We are refined through affliction. I wish I could tell you otherwise but faith grows in those hard to bear moments.
Oct 29, 17 10:47 PM
Follow me. If you were to make the request, are you worth following?