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Monday, 2 April 2018

The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3) #BEDA 2018

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As part of BEDA (Blog Every Day in April) I have decided to look at The Beatitudes in the Bible. The Beatitudes can be found in Matthew 5. Jesus went up into a mountain with his disciples where he taught them the many things which constitute blessings. This blessed experience was known as the sermon on the mount
In this post we will be focusing on the first blessing pronounced in this sermon
 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5:3

In this text another word for blessed in this text is happy or happier:


Source: https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G3107&t=KJV
So, the Lord is saying happier are those who are poor in spirit. But what does it mean to be poor in spirit? When I looked at a concordance (https://www.blueletterbible.org/) I found the phrase connotes the following; being reduced to beggary, destitute of wealth or influence, needy or afflicted. Would Christ declare it as good that one is reduced to beggary? No not the case. If you read on, you will note that the phrase also refers to those who set their mind on heavenly things as opposed to those which are temporal and see their constant need for Christ.





























Source:https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G4434&t=KJV

Colossians 3:2 King James Version (KJV)
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

Hebrews 11:25 King James Version (KJV)

25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
“Those who are rich and honorable in their own eyes do not ask in faith, and receive the blessing of God. They feel that they are full, therefore they go away empty. Those who know that they cannot possibly save themselves, or of themselves do any righteous action, are the ones who appreciate the help that Christ can bestow. They are the poor in spirit, whom He declares to be blessed.”- Ellen White
Do we see that without God we are nothing? Or do we kid ourselves that we are rich whilst we are in spiritual beggary?

Revelation 3:17-19

17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Does my life mirror the blessing spoken of by Christ?
Challenge: reflect on the above question
Giveaway: I will be giving a copy of the bookThoughts from the mounts of blessing By Ellen White. If you are interested please leave a comment and send an email to show your interest (Giveaway ends May 1st 2018)

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References

Thoughts from the mounts of blessing By Ellen White
King James Bible
Concordance: Blueletterbible.org

Extra Reading: 
https://www.slideshare.net/253023/blessed-are-those-48777699


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