Posts Tagged ‘Beatitudes’

Luke 6:24-26 The Woes Are Mirrors

Which side of the mirror will you feed?

Which side of the mirror will you feed?

Luke shares Jesus’ pronouncement of woes right after sharing the blessings. The woes shared are the mirror opposites of the blessings. I had never notices this before.

The first blessing Luke shared was for those who are poor. The first woe is for those who are rich. Jesus is not saying that being rich excludes a person from God’s blessings, but that trusting in man’s riches leaves no room for God in such a life. He addressed this when He talked about the rich man, the camel and the eye of the needle. Jesus said it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God. The rich man is receiving his “consolation” on earth. He has no “need” for God in his life. That makes him the poorest of all.

The second blessing was for the hungry man. The second woe is aimed at the full. Another word for full is satisfied. The person receiving this woe is satisfied with their life on their own terms. They again see no need for God and no advantage to having Him as part of their life. They will be eternally hungry once they leave this life. They will hunger for relief from torment and rest. These will be denied them just as it was in the story of the beggar Lazarus and the rich man. The rich man saw the comforts Lazarus had and desperately wanted them. Abraham rightly told him that he had his comforts in life and was not entitled to any in this second life. His treatment of Lazarus while alive was proof of his lack of compassion and godliness in his life. Read more »

Luke 6:20-23 Beatitudes Revisited

I'll go where You send me

I’ll go where You send me

Luke brings us Jesus’ message of the beatitudes again. We did a very slow study of them from Matthew’s writings. Luke pared his narrative down to four of the nine that Matthew lists. We know the Holy Spirit inspired each of the gospel writers. I wonder why He chose this smaller list for Luke. Was it because of the intended audience? Or was it because Matthew had already done an in-depth accounting of Jesus’ words?

Luke will carry this abbreviated version of the rest of Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount. Since Luke is using an abbreviated version, and we covered Matthew’s account pretty deeply, we are going to cover all of Luke’s highlighted beatitudes in one setting. Read more »

Matthew 5:9-12 Be Attitudes: Peace minded, Persecuted, and Reviled

Horns and halo

My good side won this round

We have arrived at the last three beatitudes.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God” (verse 9). A peacemaker sees both sides of a position or conflict as valuable. The peacemaker values the personal relationship more than individual points in an argument. He doesn’t seek agreement on every point, but strives to reconcile the two sides through peaceful compromise.

For a LONG time in my life (all the way into early adulthood and then some), the attitude of a peacemaker was foreign to me. I was stubborn and I had a temper. I also had an entitlement attitude that was bigger than I was. People were supposed to listen to MY needs and act in accordance with MY wishes, no matter what. When things didn’t go my way I would blow up. Not quite “Katie Kaboom” but certainly not pleasant either. Read more »

Matthew 5:2-5 The Be Attitudes: Poverty, Mourning, & Meekness

The foundation of them all

The Foundational Piece

I feel ill-equipped to try and bring anyone the all-encompassing answers on what Jesus meant when He taught these attitudes. I was unable to find my workbook that I referenced in yesterday’s writings, so I turned to my other resources; my bible’s notes and Google. They provided me with a lot of answers in my search to understand what I’m reading. I’m going to share some direct quotes from my Google sources and links to the websites I found them on, in case you want to check them out too. So let’s dive into the deep end and trust God’s previous swimming lessons to get us safely back to shore.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven” (verse 3). Understanding what “poor in spirit” meant was the hardest one for me. Not the hardest to do, but initially unsure of the meaning. In searching Google, I found an article from the Billy Graham Organization that helped me understand the meaning of being poor in spirit. The article says that to be poor in spirit means to recognize one’s need for God. Read more »

Matthew 5:1 Settle in brothers and sisters, because we’re going to be here a while.

jesus teaching 6

Jesus sitting down to teach

Once upon a time, I found an awesome book on the Beatitudes. I was in a pretty dark place in my life when I found this book and it helped me a lot. I am still trying to locate it in all my old writing stuff. If I do locate it I will find it on Amazon and give you a link to it.

After reading that book, I feel ill-equipped to do justice to Jesus’ sharing of the BE attitudes in His sermon on the mountain that day. BUT here we are anyway. I’m going to dive in and see where God takes us. I don’t know how long it will take us to get through this deep water but I plan on staying the course and going as slow, or fast, as He sees fit.

First thing I notice is that Matthew doesn’t break things down into: this happened, then this happened, then this happened. He lumps a LOT of time together into a few verses. Yesterday when Matthew talked about Jesus’ increasing fame, he didn’t put time qualifiers on it. So as we approach the mountain today I have no clue how many months have passed since Jesus started teaching. How many disciples were included in the statement “his disciples came to Him”? Read more »