A Scripture for Saturday (The Beatitudes)

Jesus Manifesto

Here is a piece of scripture to encourage and speak to you through your day. The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) is probably my favorite portions of scripture, and is the closest thing Jesus has to a “manifesto” during his three year ministry. Take a look at these (Beatitudes) passages and pick one out to meditate on through the rest of your day.

Matthew 5

The Sermon on the Mount

1 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them.

The Beatitudes

He said:

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.

5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.

6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.

7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.

8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.

9 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.

Which one spoke to you today? Why do you think?

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  • Matthew Kim

    Hey Barry,
    I was just reading through this post while brainstorming for the ppt slides… and verse 3 really caught my attention. I was struck by how the “poor in spirit” could receive the kingdom of heaven. So I Googled it, as I’d do with any questions I have and I found this:

    http://www.gobible.org/bible/sermon_on_the_mount/the_poor_in_spirit.html

    It’s really interesting you should check it out!!