Thursday, September 21, 2017
Key Bible Verse: “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.” (Matthew 5:3)
Dig Deeper: Matthew 5:1-12
So Jesus continues preaching the kingdom and then we come to this part in Matthew 5: “Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him” (v. 1, ESV). It is critical for us to realize that the target audience of the Sermon on the Mount is not primarily the masses who showed up hoping for a miracle. The focus is on his disciples. The message is for God’s people — those whom he is calling out, those who have trusted in him, those who are willing to take up their cross, deny themselves, and follow him. As Jesus starts his teaching, he begins with the Beatitudes. Within these Scriptures lies a heart posture that God is calling his people to live with.
First, the Sermon on the Mount calls God’s people to identify with blessedness. What does it mean to be blessed? To be blessed is to be happy. But this is not a circumstantial happiness. It is a happiness coming from the experience of God’s divine favour. Jesus is making it very clear, the “secret” to happiness, to experiencing blessing, is not a secret. Those who have a heart posture that is poor in spirit, meek, merciful, and tender to the Lord, these are the people who experience the blessing and favour of God.
– Dhati Lewis in Among Wolves
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