Before we begin, please read Matthew 5: 1-12 and also Luke 6: 20-23.
In The Beatitudes, Jesus reveals the “topsy-turvy” values and logic of the Kingdom of God which are so evidently contrary to the ways of the world. Jesus sat down on the side of a hill to teach these truths. Opening His mouth, he addresses His disciples who came to Him. He also addresses the multitudes who were beginning to follow Him and had gathered to hear Him speak and witness His miracles. This audience is indicated in Mt. 7:28-29.
BLESSED: Happy and to be envied. As the Amplified Bible renders it: “With life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, apart from your outward condition”. From the Greek: Makarios meaning to be happy and spiritually fortunate.
Beatitude #1 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven” (From Matt. 5 :3)
Being poor does not automatically qualify one for blessedness or the Kingdom of Heaven, but rather being poor in spirit does. However, financial poverty can cause a person to be humble and desperate and realize his or her need for God as a provider of the material needs of life. These poor folk may then make the “spiritual switch” and realize that He is their provider of spiritual life as well. David discovered this truth in Psalm 51:17, which is I believe, akin to what Christ was talking about here in Matthew 5. It reads, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.” Only as we are contrite in spirit-poor in spirit-realizing and coming to terms with our spiritual poverty can we discover the riches in Christ Jesus and the Way into the Kingdom of Heaven! Rom. 10:12; Eph. 1:7; 2:4-7; 3:14-19 NASB
Next Time: “Blessed are those who mourn”