Greetings, friends! This study will be on Matt. 5:1-10.
The sermon on the mount begins with what are known as the Beatitudes. What do you suppose Jesus’s reason was for starting his instruction with them?
What does it mean to be poor in spirit?
Verse 4 states that those who mourn are blessed. Why? The reason provided is the fact that they will be comforted. But to mourn is to grieve deeply — and no one enjoys having things to be sad about. Wouldn’t it be better to not have things to be grieved about than to be comforted after the fact? What do you think this verse really means? In the context of the sermon, might there be specific things we ought to be mourning if we are to be considered as blessed? If so, what might they be?
How do you define meekness? How does it differ from being poor in spirit?
What does it mean to be pure in heart? What do you think Jesus meant when he said the pure in heart will see God?
Now step back from viewing each beatitude individually and examine them collectively. Do you see a logical progression to the Lord’s train of thought? Please elaborate on your answer.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts!