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Part 3: Sermon on the Mount

Beatitudes (Part 2)
Matthew 5:1-12 (NIV)
Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him,
and he began to teach them. The Beatitudes He said:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Salt and Light

Beatitude (Lt)
Beatitude / “the blessed’s”
(Lt. beātitūdō)
happiness or blessedness

Understanding the Beatitudes
8 Beatitudes (v.3-12) broken into 2 parts:
   * First 4 (v.3-6) are CONDITIONAL or PASSIVE
        *  How GOD meets US
        *  An ANNOUNCEMENT of God’s blessing
   * Second 4 (v.7-12) are RELATIONAL or ACTIVE
        * How WE meet OTHERS
        * An INVITATION to bless others

Frederick Dale Bruner
“God helps those who cannot help themselves, and God also helps those who try to help others, but he does not in any Beatitude help those who think they can help themselves…
“…Jesus wants faith and love. Only faith justifies; only love proves faith real.”

(Frederick Dale Bruner)

The Relational Beatitudes (v.7-12)
Mercy / Merciful
(Gk. Eleos, ἔλεος)
Kindness for those who are afflicted (Compassion)
joined with a desire to relieve their affliction (Action)

Ephesians 2:1-5
Ephesians 2:1-5 (NIV)
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,
in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.
All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,
made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.

Mercy, means the ability to get right inside the other person's skin until we can see things with his eyes, think things with his mind, and feel things with his feelings.
(William Barclay)

If being pure in heart is the condition for seeing God, then who actually gets to see God?
Matthew 23:25-28 (NIV)
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.
Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.
In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

(Gk. Kardia, καρδία) (Lt. cor, cord)
the centre and seat for spiritual life; the home of personal feeling, willing, and thinking

What is meant by ‘pure heart’ is this: a heart that is watching and pondering what God says and replacing its own ideas with the Word of God.
(Martin Luther)


There is a relationship between PEACEMAKING and being a CHILD OF GOD.

Shalom (Hb.)

Peace, Everything in it’s right place

If we could translate “Blessed are the circle makers” and make sense, we would.

Peacemakers are RECONCILERS.
Be a reconciler and mediator between your neighbors. Carry the best to both sides; but keep quiet about the bad, which the devil has inspired, or explain it the best way you can. But if you must talk about an evil deed, do as Christ said; go straight to the party and admonish.

(Martin Luther)

Christians will always be falsely labeled, accused for being judgmental bigots, hypocrites, and socially-intolerant. However, those accusations should ALWAYS be false.

Persecute (Gk. Dioko, διώκω)

to make run or flee; to drive away; to pursue in a hostile manner;
to harass, mistreat or trouble

(Gk. Poneros, πονηρός)

full of labors, annoyances and hardships; pressed and harassed;
of a bad nature or condition

WHEN these things happen, REJOICE.


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