Show more Item Number 005644876 Length 9. However, Jesus' agenda is rarely in line with our expectations. So it makes more sense to see that to be blessed here and now is to find we are being made ready to receive all these things. A kingdom has a king, subjects, a place, and the ways of the king and his kingdom. The work of the Holy Spirit is always to test the works of man--consider the Spirit driving Jesus into the wilderness. Jesus says that those who are blessed are empty, incomplete, and lacking. Certainly the second part of the last Beatitude promises the persecuted a great reward in heaven, and this must be future.
Each brings a blessing from God. This section of teaching, recorded in Matthew , chapters 5 to 7, is the longest piece of teaching from Jesus in the gospels. Because of the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives, the people of God can have the love and holiness of God dominate their lives. They are uncomfortable because they are about lacks we are currently experiencing in our lives. We will explore each of these beatitudes in depth in the next few studies, but take a moment to consider the riches of His blessings. The risk here is two-fold. Well, what is a kingdom anyway? He is telling them that the ways of the kingdom are very different from what they are used to in the world.
It will keep their focus fixed on the coming kingdom. It begins and ends in the same place. We learn about who the subjects of this kingdom are: the poor in spirit, those who mourn, etc. They were not meant to hide away in a safe kingdom, but by their very nature of being God's righteous people they were supposed to stand out and be targets for the unscrupulous. The entirety of the beatitudes is Jesus telling them that persecutions result in blessing and if you are persecuted, it is not a problem, but rather a sign that they were on the right track. Jesus is telling us about His kingdom.
It became such a part of the member's identities that when the denominational leaders attempted to reform the denomination it took the local pastors well over a decade to change the mindsets of those who were willing to listen to the Gospel message. First, in Matthew 6:1-7:7, he shows them seven aspects of what correct righteousness looks like note the numerological significance of six aspects of not being able to follow Torah versus the perfect number of seven aspect of true righteousness. Jesus promised all these blessings to his followers in the here and now. As I have pondered over these beatitudes this summer and fall, I can see how God is indeed answering my heart prayers for my children. He knows how we work best.
He is both supportive of the law and subversive towards their view of it. What about the Old Testament? Notice that these beatitudes are statements, not commands. According to retributive theology, this was unjust and thus had to be corrected. They will invariably twist biblical instruction to satisfy their own selfish desires. Jesus uncovers these false life styles so that His own disciples will be shielded from them. But the greatest fulfillment of having this kingdom will, for us, come in the future.
Further, the group exhibiting these marks is not an elitist set, a small spiritual aristocracy remote from the common run of Christians. He begins this section by encouraging them towards Torah obedience in verses 17-20. But what if we navigated these three chapters as they were originally heard: as one cohesive, well-ordered message, intended to challenge us to think differently about repentance, salvation, and sanctification? The blessing he gives them is that in this risk they will be purified of the temptation towards corruption. After the temptations are over he began to preach and gather disciples. Jesus does not simply tell his disciples to stop doing something. The words of the prophets resonated in their ears and they realized that their downfall was in their failure to follow the Torah. Jesus comes along and tells them that what they viewed as the problem was in actuality the natural outpouring of a holy life and was a blessing to them.
Well, in looking over the list, we are immediately struck that Jesus is saying the unexpected, to say the least! These are the qualities we tend to associate with being blessed. We enjoy the firstfruits now; the full harvest is yet to come. Do you notice in looking at this list that these are descriptions of a lacking or a longing? You can see that Jesus speaks about all these things in the beatitudes. We are tempted to feel that our mourning is not a good thing. What is God like as a king? The way a leader goes is often times the way the people go.
As one can see by the intentions of Jesus in this first major section of the Sermon on the Mount, trying to figure out how to walk these traits is to ask the entirely wrong questions. However, the worship of Torah that seemed to dominate the Pharisaical mindset was not one of adoration, but rather as one worships a pagan God--it was a relationship of manipulation and control. He reveals the emptiness of spiritual disciplines and scriptural admonition when ones heart is not right. This article highlights the key points for proper Bible study and sermon preparation for each of the three-parts of the Sermon on the Mount: Know the Principles, Fashioned by the Truth and Examine Heart Motivation. These pretences of true religion are devious because it is so easy to imitate them. It is a humbling practice of war against the flesh. Jesus has been baptized by John and has been tempted by Satan in the wilderness.
To be truly comforted, to see all things set right, to inherit the whole earth, and to be His true children. Seat yourself on a mountainside to learn at the feet of Jesus. In the next section He restates how to gain salvation by saying that only those who know Him will enter the kingdom. Judging is very much a part of who we are and Jesus knows this. In the second half of this section Jesus addresses the real issue in a very subversive manner.
True spiritually for fallen creatures can never involve building up, but must always be focused on diminishing. Here is where he deconstructs their religious worldview. This included examining the superstructure of the Sermon as well as looking at its place within the whole of the Gospel of Matthew. It is also interesting that in our society with the most abundance of food, fasting is one of the least practiced spiritual disciplines in many lives. He is One who gives the kingdom, who comforts, gives the earth to His children, and so on.