Devotions for June 5, 2017

MATTHEW 5:1-12

The Sermon on the Mount

One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him, 2 and he began to teach them.

The Beatitudes
3 “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him,[a] for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
4 God blesses those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 God blesses those who are humble,
for they will inherit the whole earth.
6 God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice,[b] for they will be satisfied.
7 God blesses those who are merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 God blesses those whose hearts are pure,
for they will see God.
9 God blesses those who work for peace,
for they will be called the children of God.
10 God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right,
for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
11 “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. 12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.

THE BEATITUDES

Jesus wasn’t teaching ethics just to teach ethics, but He was teaching them to work out exactly what His kingdom would look like. There is a long history of the blessing in Jewish culture. Jesus was repurposing this idea for His needs.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: Who is Jesus speaking to as he preaches this portion of the sermon on the mount?

Q: Are you #blessed? Do you read these as goals to achieve in order to find blessing, or do you see the blessing in just being in relationship with Jesus?

Q: How does your attitude or posture towards God’s blessing speak of your faith to the people that we are in contact with, especially those who see you everyday?

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