15:33; Phil. For they shall be called sons of God: The reward of peacemakers is that they are recognized as true children of God. God's Word was given to comfort us: it tells us about God's love, forgiveness, help, encouragement, and presence. (9:9-13) 5. I will want more than anything else is to be filled with Christ. The promise “they shall inherit the earth” proves that God will not allow His meek ones to end up on the short end of the deal. Modern man – at least in the western world – is often so distant from the basic needs of hunger and thirst that they also find it difficult to hunger and thirst after righteousness. God intends for all believers to experience some persecution. Verse 10 and 11 begin with the word "blessed" - it's as if they need a double blessing because of their circumstances! "To the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet." It is by faith that God makes us pure--not by personal achievement. We commonly think of this peacemaking work as being the job of one person who stands between two fighting parties. If I am only rejoicing when good things happen and react with resentment when things get rough then I am chasing after superficial happiness. e. Give to him who asks of you: The only limit to this kind of sacrifice is the limit that love itself will impose. The early Christians make constant reference to it and their lives display the glory of radical disciples. If I am a merciful person, what are some of the things I would be doing? iv. b. Johannine Writings He does know; and he knows when his sun shines on yonder miser’s acres that it is bringing forth a harvest for a churl. a. Note: MLA no longer requires the URL as part of their citation standard. As the great Son of God he had a very sensitive perception of the presence of his Father in all the scenes around him, and hence he calls the sun God’s sun- ‘He maketh his sun to rise. If you meet someone who claims to be a Christian but displays and desires none of these traits, you may rightly wonder about their salvation, because they do not have the character of kingdom citizens. 1. Wisdom Literature Our Lord was the most merciful person who ever lived yet people wanted him killed. He is blessed to be among the children of God, adopted into His family, surrounded by brothers and sisters through the ages. i. Historical Books Christlike people end up being chased out of the worldly groups they were a part of. It speaks of compassion in action with a pure and unselfish motive that reaches out to help those in need. Galatians 5:22 says, "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, [and] peace. In the same way, Jesus wanted the people of His kingdom to live visible lives that attracted attention to the beauty of God’s work in the life. The Beatitudes. “Again an unqualified statement, to be taken not in the letter as a new law, but in the spirit as inculcating such a love of truth that so far as we are concerned there shall be no need of oaths.” (Bruce), c. But let your “Yes” be “Yes”: Having to swear or make oaths betrays the weakness of your word. “So the King adds an eighth beatitude, and that a double one, for those who because of their loyalty endure suffering.” (Morgan). -------------------- “He hungers and thirsts after righteousness. He does not hunger and thirst that his own political party may get into power, but he does hunger and thirst that righteousness may be done in the land. Instead, it is a confession that he is sinful and rebellious and utterly without moral virtues adequate to commend him to God. "Blessed" appears twice in Matthew 5:10-11. Trapp names some men who did in fact rejoice and were exceedingly glad when persecuted. Salt is needed because the world is rotting and decaying, and if our Christianity is also rotting and decaying, it won’t be any good. “One day, at an hotel dinner table, I was talking with a brother-minister about certain spiritual things when a gentleman, who sat opposite to us, and who had a serviette tucked under his chin, and a face that indicated his fondness for wine, made, this remark, ‘I have been in this world for sixty years, and I have never yet been conscious of anything spiritual.’ We did not say what we thought, but we thought it was very likely that what he said was perfectly true; and there are a great many more people in the world who might say the same as he did. Cookie Notice: (child of God). With great pomposity they spoke of Rabbi Judah, or Rabbi Jochanan, as the lamps of the universe, the lights of the world. Who was he teaching? i. He would not act on his own behalf--only God's. 4. c. Unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven: Considering the incredible devotion to the law shown by the scribes and Pharisees, how can we ever hope to exceed their righteousness? Mt 4:17; 5:3,10,19-20; 6:10,33; 7:21).Jesus began with "The Beatitudes," describing the character and blessedness of those who would be citizens of the kingdom (1-12) and … This mourning is the godly sorrow that produces repentance to salvation that Paul described in 2 Corinthians 7:10. b. MATTHEW 5:9 - DISCUSSION QUESTIONS BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS - (SERMON MP3) Review and respond to the following main points from (Matthew 5:9). To help students understand the context of the Sermon on the Mount, have … Even though the crowd of people were a secondary audience they were what prompted Jesus' message. a. Where? David - spared Saul's life twice (1 Sam. It is true that Jesus gave this teaching to His disciples, but this use of the term is probably broad, including many among the great multitudes that followed Him mentioned in Matthew 4:25. He did not come to destroy the word of God, but to free it from the way the Pharisees and Scribes had wrongly interpreted it. One passage that explains this is Galatians 2:21: For if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain. God told Adam and Eve to "be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth" (Gen. 1:28). '” (Spurgeon), iv. Please see Blue Letter Bible's Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. What/who comforts us? What is the Meaning of the word "Pure"? It is wrong to think that Jesus means a physical attack cannot be resisted or defended against. These are only a blessing for the spiritual man, those who are new creatures in Jesus. -------------------- Till all is fulfilled: This is true in a few different senses. Ephesians 2:14 tells us that Christ is our peace. 37. What will characterize a person's life or my life if I am hungering and thirsting for righteousness? Jesus has demonstrated that we need a righteousness that is apart from the law (Romans 3:21-22). Tradition also records that Peter was crucified upside-down after nine months in prison. i. i. “Jesus fulfills the Law and the Prophets and they point to him, and he is their fulfillment.” (Carson). d. If the salt loses its flavor…it is then good for nothing: Salt must keep its “saltiness” to be of any value. a. The twelve disciples were persecuted just as Jesus told them they would be. Jesus pointed to a breadth in the impact of disciples that must have seemed almost ridiculous at the time. One way we accomplish this is through spreading the gospel, because God has entrusted to us the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18). A merciful person will not hold grudges, retaliate, be vengeful, or recite the failures and the sins of others. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake: Jesus brings insults and spoken malice into the sphere of persecution. He spoke with energy, projecting His thoughts with earnestness. Jesus brings the law back to the matters of the heart. “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. There is no mercy without love. For it is from within, out of a person's heart, that evil thoughts come-sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. The Pharisees lacked showing mercy so Jesus provided them truth but not with mercy. How much better it is to let your “Yes” be “Yes” and “No” be “No.“. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, The Whole Bible And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.". Luke-Acts 1. They are not blessed because they mourn but because they are comforted. Barclay, commenting on the specific ancient Greek word translated angry: “So Jesus forbids for ever the anger which broods, the anger which will not forget, the anger which refuses to be pacified, the anger which seeks revenge.”, iv. iv. Each lesson has questions, fill in the blank; matching, true false; etc., on one chapter of the Bible. It was used, for instance, of the saying of an oracle. i. He did this more or less in all the Beatitudes, and this one strikes the very center of the target as he says, not ‘Blessed are the pure in language, or the pure in action,’ much less ‘Blessed are the pure in ceremonies, or in raiment, or in food;’ but ‘Blessed are the pure in heart. “When one seemed to pity a one-eyed man, he told him he had lost one of his enemies, a very thief, that would have stolen away his heart.” (Trapp). In this world you will have tribulation, but I have overcome the world. True peace is when conflict is resolved and the parties become friends. Sarah, Pride, taking control, disobedient, impatient, defensive, insisting on your own way, To "inherit" means "to receive an allotted portion." The meek person knows that in the end God will give him everything. b. What does it mean to be poor in spirit? The Old Testament Individual instructors or editors may still require the use of URLs. iii. We usually think of persecution as punishment. But the most loving, gracious, kind, and peaceful Person who ever lived created antagonism wherever He went because He confronted unrighteousness. b. They will forgive, restore others, and make peace. Poetical Books ii. e. That they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven: The purpose in letting our light so shine by doing good works is so that others will glorify God, not ourselves. They have and are learning these character traits. Luke says that this same basic material was, on a different occasion, spoken to a crowd of His disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and from the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases (Luke 6:17). “In the first century there was little agreement among Jews as to what the messianic kingdom would be like. Those who recognize they are spiritually destitute will go to heaven. Yet his response to all he had was, "Vanity of vanities; all is vanity". It was customary for the teacher to sit and the hearers to stand. ii. Jesus could stand up to the winds and the waves. “The salvation of our souls is to be preferred before all things, be they never so dear and precious to us; and that if men’s ordinary discretion teacheth them for the preservation of their bodies to cut off a particular member, which would necessarily endanger the whole body, it much more teacheth them to part with any thing which will prejudice the salvation of their souls.” (Poole). “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I only want Christ. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us how to live. Why? Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. (Mat 5:27-28) Jesus interprets the law against adultery. When the rain is falling yonder upon the oppressor’s crops, he knows that the oppressor will be the richer for it, and means that he should be; he is doing nothing by mistake and nothing without a purpose.” (Spurgeon), iii. Bruce comments on this first reference to God as Father: “God, we learn, as Father delights in noble conduct; as human fathers find joy in sons who acquit themselves bravely.”. Major Prophets Home >> Bible Studies >> Matthew >> Matthew 5:13-16 These small group studies of Matthew contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, teaching points, and applications. “Jesus’ disciples, if sued for their tunics (an inner garment like our suit but worn next to the skin), far from seeking satisfaction, will gladly part with what they may legally keep.” (Carson), ii. i. 3. All sin, not the least sexual sin, begins with the imagination. (Proverbs 27:7) Everything is sweet to the hungry soul because God is making that person more and more righteous. i. (Romans 12:21). It is not ‘Blessed shall be,’ but ‘Blessed are. That being in our souls a settled matter, we can go on to peaceableness towards men.” (Spurgeon). Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? Major Prophets “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”. 5" " STUDY!1)!MATTHEW!5:1016!KINGDOM!PEOPLE! When Jesus speaks of a slap on your right cheek, it was culturally understood as a deep insult, not a physical attack. 45. Acts 13:22 - After removing Saul, he made David their king. A person who is poor in spirit will not be self- centered. He helps us, hears our cries, and meets our needs. c. One jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled: The jot and the tittle were small marks in Hebrew writing. iii. b. Whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven: The Christian is done with the law as a means of gaining a righteous standing before God. Group Questions | Matthew 5:1-12. Why is understanding our spiritual inadequacy so liberating? Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. We should do what Paul commanded in Romans 12:18: If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 3) Vs21-48. He showed meekness in not retaliating or holding a grudge or being glad they were punished for their opposition to him. ( John 14:26; 2 Corinthians 1:3-4). If you are merciful, you will be happy. conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.”. When you preach Christ, you preach peace. Everyone else in the world lives without relief from the guilt of sin. 1999 online Bible study. a. a. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments: The commandments are to be obeyed as explained and fulfilled by Jesus’ life and teaching, not as in the legalistic thinking of the religious authorities of Jesus’ day. in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry. It is profoundly morally confused to think that someone who shouts at another person in anger has sinned as badly as someone who murders another person in anger. is a deep inner sense of well-being regardless of what is happening around us and to us. In both examples meekness is power under control. Do not even the tax collectors do the same? Will always want to keep growing spiritually. ), the smallest letter in the Hebrew alphabet; it looks like half a letter. At the cross peace became a reality again-- Christ became our peace (Eph. It is wrong to think Jesus means evil should never be resisted. Jesus, though tempted in all ways (Hebrews 4:15), endured such temptations but did not yield to such sin. i. In regard to the law, the two errors of the scribes and Pharisees were that they both restricted God’s commands (as in the law of murder) and extended the commands of God past His intention (as in the law of divorce). The mourning in this verse is not human sorrow which may be caused by the conditions of life. Johannine Writings Hebrews 13:20--The author of Hebrews described God as "the God of peace.". a. “The look is supposed to be not casual but persistent, the desire not involuntary or momentary, but cherished with longing.” (Bruce), iii. Why can the Law not be distorted or changed? Things that hinder us from mourning are: love of sin, despair, pride, hardheartedness, procrastination, think life is one big party, The reason those who mourn over sin are happy is that their sins are forgiven. iii. Pentateuch i. Minor Prophets 1. The theme of peace dominates the Bible. Yet we can also regard this as Jesus training the disciples in the message He wanted them to carry to others. What does the world think will make a person happy? -------------------- '” (Spurgeon). The ultimate penalty one pays at the hands of the judge, the officer, and in the prison could never be satisfied with money (the last penny). “The Jews fiercely resented such impositions, and Jesus’ choice of this example deliberately dissociates him from militant nationalists. The weeping is for the low and needy condition of both the individual and society; but with the awareness that they are low and needy because of sin. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. In his own person there was a nature which was perfectly conformed to the law of God; and as was his nature such was his life.” (Spurgeon), iii. 2:16). "When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart's delight..." I don't need to be told to read and study my Bible. Poverty of spirit cannot be artificially induced by self-hatred; the Holy Spirit and our response to His working in our hearts bring it about. i. Christians should be a “flavorful” people. What is God's promise to peacemakers? Are we sharing with others how to receive this wonderful peace with God? v. “In a word, Christ completed the law: 1st. v. Finally, when it comes to understanding the interpretation and the demands of the law, we do well to remember another aspect of Jesus’ teaching on the law: in focusing on the command to love God and our neighbor, we will rightly understand the demands and details of the law (Matthew 22:37-40). Thank you for registering. He does it deliberately. We will receive comfort in the eternal kingdom. a. A merciful person reaches out to forgive, care for, and help others. He could wait on the Lord's timing because he knew God would fulfill His promise. b. “The kingdom of heaven is not given on the basis of race, earned merits, the military zeal and prowess of Zealots, or the wealth of a Zacchaeus. Those who express sorrow for their sins will receive comfort. When a rabbi stood whatever he said was considered unofficial. But over time religious teachers moved this command out of its proper sphere (a principle limiting retribution for the civil government) and put it in the wrong sphere (as an obligation in personal relationships). This shows that Jesus expected that their righteous lives would be lived after His example, and in honor to Him. “You have not failed to notice that the last word of the Old Testament is ‘curse,’ and it is suggestive that the opening sermon of our Lord’s ministry commences with the word ‘Blessed. C. Read God's Word and Pray - John 15:3 "Now you are clean through the word. The new says, Suffer wrong, and lavish your love on all.” (Morgan). God doesn't lower His standards to accommodate us but we can ask Christ to enable us to meet God's standards. Peacemakers are indeed blessed! For they shall inherit the earth: We can only be meek, willing to control our desire for our rights and privileges because we are confident God watches out for us, that He will protect our cause. To them, the law was really only a matter of external performance, never the heart. All men’s eyes will be upon you.” (Poole), ii. The peace of the Bible conquers relationship issues and builds bridges between people. It isn’t always loving to give or to not resist. Luke Simmons / August 28, 2016 community, discussion, sermon on the mount. Where did Jesus choose to teach? He is always at our side admonishing, consoling, strengthening, and forgiving us. Righteousness will bring about right relationships. “The meek of England, driven by their native land by religious intolerance, have inherited the continent of America.” (Bruce), iii. It has the idea of the proper balance between anger and indifference, of a powerful personality properly controlled, and of humility. i. In this particular matter, the people had heard the scribes and Pharisees teach “You shall not murder.”, i. Christ presented a kingdom in which persecution was to be endured without retaliation--a devastating blow to those who wanted a political Messiah. But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.”. Does it? ii. 5:1, 17-21; 2 Cor. Even Jesus said "I can of my own self do nothing." Why is Jesus criticized for spending time in the house of Matthew? Those who mourn can know something special of God; the fellowship of His sufferings (Philippians 3:10), a closeness to the Man of Sorrows who was acquainted with grief (Isaiah 53:3). Trust in God's promises is the motivating factor behind meekness. It is likely that every disciple was martyred except John, who died after exile on the island of Patmos. c. Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny: Jesus here spoke with figures of speech. i. After Moses built the Tabernacle according to God's commands and God's glory took residence in it, Moses still wanted to see more of God's glory (. Jesus’ point is not to say they are the same things, but to say they are both sin, and both prohibited by the command against adultery. Discussion Questions. General Epistles If you want to be miserable, then be merciless. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. Why did He start teaching? If not, why not? 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