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Archive for February 2015

“Blessed is he who does not take offense at Me.”

February 27, 2015

When we think of beatitudes, we normally think of those in Matthew 5 in the sermon on the mount that we have just considered, but they are not the only beatitudes mentioned by Jesus.  We find another one a few chapters later, in Matthew 11:6, where Jesus said, “And blessed is he who does not […]

“Blessed are those who have been persecuted”

February 25, 2015

For the last beatitude in the sermon on the mount Jesus said, “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:10).  He elaborated on this beatitude by adding, “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of […]

“Blessed are the peacemakers”

February 24, 2015

Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9).  Later in the chapter He said that being a peacemaker with others comes before being a worshipper of God (:23-24).  Paul wrote, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.” (Romans 12:18).  […]

“Blessed are the pure in heart”

February 23, 2015

Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8).  The pure in heart are innocent in their thoughts and single-minded in their focus.  This is why James wrote to “purify your hearts, you double-minded” (James 4:8).  To be pure in heart is to be like Jesus.  “And everyone who […]

“Blessed are the merciful”

February 20, 2015

Jesus said, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” (Matthew 5:7).  This is the first beatitude that deals directly with others.  Being merciful is defined as kindness or good will towards others, joined with a desire to help them; the outward manifestation of pity.  Mercy involves both feeling (emotion) and action.  We do […]

“Blessed are those who hunger”

February 19, 2015

Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled/satisfied.” Hunger and thirst are signs of health.  People who are physically healthy have hunger and thirst.  The same is true spiritually.  Peter wrote to “long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow […]

“Blessed are the meek”

February 18, 2015

Jesus said, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5).  The NASB translates the word “meek” as “gentle.”  This may be a better word, since many people associate meekness with weakness.  Instead of weakness, the word refers to strength under control.  The Greek word originally referred to a wild animal that […]

“Blessed are those who mourn”

February 17, 2015

In the sermon on the mount Jesus said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4). He used the strongest word for mourning in the Greek New Testament.  It was used for mourning of the dead, sometimes being translated as “wailing.”  In the Septuagent, the Greek version of the Old Testament, […]

“Blessed are the poor in spirit”

February 16, 2015

Today’s message begins a multi-month look at what Jesus said in the sermon on the mount.  That sermon began with the beatitudes.  “He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying, ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3).  The word Jesus used for “poor” refers to […]

“God so loved”

February 13, 2015

What do you plan to give your loved one(s) for Valentine’s Day?  Jesus said, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16).  No love can match this love, and neither can any gift match this gift. […]