01/05/19 Matthew 5:1-26; Psalm 5:1-12; Proverbs 1:24-26
Matthew chapter 5 begins the “Sermon on the Mount,” which will continue through chapter 7. One of the first teachings we see are the “Beatitudes,” each beginning with the word “Blessed.” Have you ever reflected on the word “Blessed?” The Greek word used is makarios and the translation implies “happy – regardless of the circumstances.”
A precept to remember — even when some of the situations appear dire we are blessed because we are loved …
Matthew 5: He said: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.