Blessed: An Introduction

We had a great month in February looking at several different aspects of generosity. This was really a blessing because we were able to see the various aspects of generosity in a different light and hopefully we were also able to clarify some of these topics for you. As you can see this month’s topic is the chapter in the gospel of Matthew that was a part of Jesus’ sermon on the mount–the Beatitudes.

“The Beatitudes are eight blessings recounted in the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew. Each is a proverb-like proclamation, without narrative, ‘cryptic, precise, and full of meaning. Each one includes a topic that forms a major biblical theme’”

The passage in the Bible so often quoted, the words we so often see written on doors, in halls, used in lessons, sermons etc. But you might be wondering, what does it all really mean? There is often a chance of misinterpretation or even lack of clear explanation. As a Christian blog we strive to clarify some difficult aspects for you. This passage in Scripture is so full of treasures, and we are going to break it down verse by verse (verses 3-10). In this way we will be able to dig deeper and more thoroughly into what is truly said. I don’t know about you, but I am excited to see what God will reveal to each of our writers as they seek His opinion on what they should say on each verse.

But for a good introduction let’s look at the entire passage so long:

The Beatitudes

And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    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.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
    For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.”

~ Matthew 5:1-11

I’ve heard it said that this refers to ‘be your attitudes’- this personalised view turns it around to be applied in our own lives. These should ‘be our attitudes’ (merciful, peacemaker, hunger for truth, meek etc)

May God bless you through this month as we study this great chapter and learn to understand His Word better.

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