I’ve been taking a closer look at the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chapters 5-7). The first part of Jesus’ message (Matthew 5:1-12) is known as the Beatitudes. It’s a series of eight blessings for certain attitudes Jesus seeks to instill in His followers.
Jesus was announcing the arrival of the Kingdom of God and these are the values of the new Kingdom. It’s not so much that we have to do these things because with Christ in us, He is already working these new attitudes into our hearts and minds. But the more we become aware of the ways of the Kingdom, the more we cooperate with the work God is doing in our lives to make us more like Christ.
Here are the eight attitudes Jesus described. Be sure to download the chart of this information at the bottom.
God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
Example: Paul (2 Corinthians 1:8-10)
God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Example: Hannah (1 Samuel 1:1-28)
God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.
Example: Moses (Numbers 12:3)
God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied.
Example: Nehemiah (Nehemiah 2:1-6)
God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Example: Elisha (2 Kings 4:1-37)
God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.
- Culturally Relevant
Example: David (Acts 13:22)
God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.
Example: Jeremiah (Jeremiah 38:14-20)
God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
- “Don’t rock the boat”
Example: Stephen (Acts 7:55-60)
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