It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.
Good Morning! I pray this finds you having a blessed day!
The Beatitudes are a select group of teachings that Christ did in Matthew chapter 5. It is also covered a little in Luke 6. The word “Beatitudes” is derived from a Latin word meaning “happiness” or “blessedness.” Essentially, there are 8 blessings, or beatitudes. Matthew has all 8 and Luke talks of 4. These are written by two different people and they have, for the most part, 2 different meanings yet the same. I’m sorry if that sounds confusing.
The Word of God is called Living (Hebrews 4:12) and it has the ability to cover many subjects and issues we experience and come to understand in life. For instance, one verse may mean one thing to one person and something completely different to someone else. That doesn’t mean we can abuse the purposes of scripture. It simply means that the Bible is God’s Word for us today as much as it ever was and is NOTHING like any other book ever written. And that is because God is the author of it (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
So, the Blessings, Beatitudes, are like proverbs and they are not really easily understood. It’s not that they are mysterious and beyond comprehension, it’s that we have to keep a few things in mind.
- Jesus was using much of the culture of the time in His teaching. It doesn’t lessen the lesson for us today. It means just as much to us as it did to the people He taught then. We just need to understand the culture then and see it for us today.
- These verses use common and prevalent things and issues of that time to make a spiritual point. Jesus was literally saying, “Here are few things that will teach you how blessed you may or may not be.”
- Jesus constantly referred to the time and what He was bringing as the Kingdom. These are Kingdom principles. Keep that in mind while you read. The Kingdom of God is a real place that those who follow God live in. It is a spiritual place. And, if that doesn’t confuse you, this will: The spiritual world is the real world and the mortal, natural is not. I will try to do an exchange on that another day. Maybe that will peek your interest?
Matthew 5:3/Luke 6:20
“Blessed are the poor in spirit for their is the Kingdom of Heaven”
Matthew 5:4/Luke 6:21b
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.”
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”
Matthew 5:10/Luke 6:22
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Now, there is way too much to get this done in one blog, so I am going to let these stew in your heart a while and come back to them. If you did follow along or know the passages well, you know the wording isn’t exact and that there was much more spoken by Jesus on that day. This will be a fun to explore. I will leave you with one of my favorite Proverbs:
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter,
But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.
We are going to search out all that God has hidden in the Beatitudes.