The Beatitudes

 

The-Beatitudes

 

Think of a moment you wouldn’t want anyone to know about and was at the height of your rebellion against God? How do you believe God reacts when he catches you in this moment? This is very important because our view towards God is the most important thing in our life. In the midst of sin, do the majority of us run to God or away from him? Maybe you could care less what God thinks about you? Or maybe you just fail to believe in God? To those who struggle with this, I would say that the shame you feel when you have done wrong or when someone has done wrong to you is an emotion intrinsically within us all because of sin entering the world and our seperation from God. But there is good news, something happened over 2000 years ago on a cross. It was an act of love that mankind has yet to see to this day. It was an event so significant that it reset the world’s calendar. It was God taking our punishment so that we can all be reconciled back to him. But let’s rewind back to pre-crucifixion, where we see God’s chosen people, the Israelites.

Israel: a rebellious nation

We know from the Old Testament that God has a special relationship with the Israelites because of Abraham’s faithfullness. God promises that he will make this great nation through Abraham’s offspring because of his obedience (Genesis 22:18). Unfortunately, all throughout the Old Testament, this nation of Israel is disobedient towards God. Rebellious would be defined as an understatement when describing the Israelites. Throughout its history, God uses godly men, judges and kings to lead this nation. But in the end, they still continue to be disobedient. They worshiped false gods, were ungrateful, and most importantly, constantly refused to obey God’s commandments. Because of this nation’s continuous rebellion, God is silent for 400 years before the coming of the messiah promised in the Old Testament scriptures. In the last book of the Old Testament,Malachi, God warns the Jews of this great and terrifying day of the Lord. He basically tells his people to get right with him because the return of the Lord is coming.

“See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.”

Malachi 4:5-6 NIV

Let’s go back to the question I asked at the beginning of the post: how do you think God reacts when he catches you red-handed at the height of your rebellion? I ask this question because we are all very similar to the Israelites. At some point in our life or even now, we have run astray from our loving creator, but do we know how God feels about us during our sin?

The Beatitudes

The answer to the question is in Matthew Ch.5, when God speaks for the first time after his 400 years of silence to the Jews. You would think God shows up angry, but we see in the Beatitudes that God became a man, dwelt among us and said that he is not angry with us. He wants to be reconciled back to his people. In the Beatitudes we see what a loving relationship with God looks like. In the Beatitudes, God is speaking, and we should listen. Because of what Christ did on the cross, we are under a new covenant. We are under the covenant of grace, and see this displayed in the Beatitudes. We see a God that is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.(Psalm 145:8).

Click on each Beatitude to know the true meaning of it.

The Beatitudes reveal to us the kind of person who’s a son/daughter of God:

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

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

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”

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

Matthew 5:2-6 NIV

The Beatitudes reveal to us what a son/daughter of God looks like:

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

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

Matthew 5: 7-8 NIV

The Beatitudes reveal to us what a son/daughter of God will actively do:

Blessed are the peacemakers,   for they will be called children of God.

Matthew 5:9 NIV

The Beatitudes reveal to us what a son/daughter of God should expect from the world:

“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.”

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

 

Any thoughts on this post? Feel free to comment or message me.

 

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2 thoughts on “The Beatitudes

  1. This post taught me so much. The second to last beatitude “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness…” made me think of the court clerk (Kim something?) who didn’t want to marry that gay couple. It really makes you think about how different the world’s expectations are from God’s. Great post! Thanks, Jeremy! 🙂

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