01/05/20: Genesis 13-15; Matthew 5:1-26


I can think of few scriptures that are as well know and as quoted as often as the following — known as the “beatitudes.”   As you read keep in mind that the Greek word used her for “Blessed” means “happy, regardless of the circumstances.”  And when you look at the circumstances described in these verses it is obvious that to be “happy” in all of these cases we must be prepared to realize that the Lord is with us and will help us through all of these trials — another reason why we need to stay in his Word.

Matthew 5 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. He said:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.
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. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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