The Be-Attitudes {Matthew 5:1-12}

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Today I have a special guest post, My mom :-) who'll be tackling Matthew chapter 5  ...
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Today I’m closing our first week of study on the book of Matthew, and let me tell you it’s been an awesome week! Today’s chapter is so rich… so much to write about, but I’m so glad we will be able to take a closer look at the Beatitudes with Sandra as she leads us through them on “Scripture Saturday”. 

On chapter 4, we read that Jesus had been announcing that the kingdom of heaven was at hand, and He had been calling for people to repent (4:12-17). Then He called His first disciples (18-22), and ministered to great crowds in different regions (23-25). 

In today’s chapter, we find Jesus up on a mountain by the Sea of Galilee (Mat. 5: 1-2, 15:29) teaching the eight principles of the Kingdom of God, better known as the Beatitudes, which means "The Blessings" but can also be understood as giving the believer his "be - attitudes" - the attitudes he should "be." 

1“When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and when He was seated, His [a]disciples came to Him. 2 Then He began to teach them, saying 
3 “Blessed [spiritually prosperous, happy, to be admired] are the poor in spirit [those devoid of spiritual arrogance, those who regard themselves as insignificant], for theirs is the kingdom of heaven [both now and forever].
4 “Blessed [forgiven, refreshed by God’s grace] are those who mourn [over their sins and repent], for they will be comforted [when the burden of sin is lifted].
5 “Blessed [inwardly peaceful, spiritually secure, worthy of respect] are the [b]gentle [the kind-hearted, the sweet-spirited, the self-controlled], for they will inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed [joyful, nourished by God’s goodness] are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness [those who actively seek right standing with God], for they will be [completely] satisfied.
7 “Blessed [content, sheltered by God’s promises] are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
8 “Blessed [anticipating God’s presence, spiritually mature] are the pure in heart [those with integrity, moral courage, and godly character], for they will see God.
9 “Blessed [spiritually calm with life-joy in God’s favor] are the makers and maintainers of peace, for they will [express His character and] be called the sons of God. (AMP)

This great message tells us how we must live and how these principles (spiritual attributes) will bring a true meaning to our lives. When we abide in Him and are able to give as a result, the fruit of His Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, we are blessed and we are to teach others these same principles to others with our lives (testimony). “In the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew shows us Jesus instructing his disciples in the message which was His and which they were to take to men." (Barclay) 

In vs. 13-15 Jesus teaches His disciples that they (us) are salt and light of the world. "This title had been given by the Jews to certain of their eminent Rabbis. With great pomposity they spoke of Rabbi Judah, or Rabbi Jochanan, as the lamps of the universe, the lights of the world. It must have sounded strangely in the ears of the Scribes and Pharisees to hear that same title, in all soberness, applied to a few bronzed-faced and horny-handed peasants and fishermen, who had become disciples of Jesus." (Spurgeon)

Salt is the opposite of corruption, and it prevents corruption from getting worse. Light gives the gift of guidance, so that those who have lost their way can find the path home.

16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that[a] they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

We have been blessed by His Saving Grace, now He is our King and it is our turn to take this message to others and give Him Glory!

(1Pe 2:9 “ But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light”)
In vs. 17- 48 Jesus continues in this second section to clarify His position with the Word of God, how His teachings are founded upon the truth of the scriptures (the 'Law and Prophets'). 

At the same time He exposes how common it is to falsely base ones principles on scripture (21-42). Jesus teaches that we must do all the real kindness we can to all and we must pray for them. Note the repeated, "You have heard..." and "But I say to you..." phrases. Jesus lifts Himself up to being of equal authority with the Holy Word of God! Yes, He is our KING!!

Now it’s your turn to comment your findings! 
Blessings,
Mari

*** From Angie:

I'd never thought of the beatitudes as the be-attitudes! That's powerful! I love how the amplified version helps to get so much more understanding. I'm really looking forward to going deeper in each of them as we also memorize them on Saturdays. This chapter is packed of Jesus teachings and I found it interesting and beautiful what you said about Jesus saying "you've heard"..."but I tell you..." I believe in our days we're surrounded with an overload of information...experts, doctors, scientists, trends...they all have something to say...we get to "hear" so many things but we should surely hear what Jesus is saying...what is He telling us??

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