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The Beatitudes

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Pre-Personal Reflections

There's very little that I understand about his passage, other than that those who seeks God's Will, and Kingdom will be blessed or happy. What I always found disturbing is the part where Jesus says "“Happy are you when people insult you and persecute you and tell all kinds of evil lies against you because you are my followers. Be happy and glad, for a great reward is kept for you in heaven. This is how the prophets who lived before you were persecuted." I've never had such a situation before, where someone has threatened my life. The msot I get is a smug of "I can't believe that you believe that." Outside that nothing else is going on. 

I speculate that Jesus says such a statement because first it could be implying about his life, and then the fact that there will be persecuted Christians even to this day.

From my own world, I feel guilty that I have never had such an experience, for Jesus explains that Christians are to suffer for their belief, yet there seems to be very little of it.
Today’s Focus

Happy are those who look through eternal lenses.
Outline of the Lesson:
I.   The beatitudes are defined as to be blissful or to be in bliss.
II. A good definition for blessed can be Happy
A. “Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor;

the Kingdom of heaven belongs to them!

   Happy are those who mourn;

God will comfort them!

     Happy are those who are humble;

they will receive what God has promised!

     Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires;

God will satisfy them fully!

     Happy are those who are merciful to others;

God will be merciful to them!

     Happy are the pure in heart;

they will see God!

     Happy are those who work for peace;

God will call them his children!

     Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires;

the Kingdom of heaven belongs to them!

  

“Happy are you when people insult you and persecute you and tell all kinds of evil lies against you because you are my followers. Be happy and glad, for a great reward is kept for you in heaven. This is how the prophets who lived before you were persecuted.[1]
III.  The certain verses from the beatitudes are in reference to the future also used in Old Testament.

B.  Is 55.1, 2 (cf. Mt. 5.6)

 “Is anyone thirsty?
      Come and drink—
      even if you have no money!
   Come, take your choice of wine or milk—
      it’s all free!
 
Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength?
      Why pay for food that does you no good?
   Listen to me, and you will eat what is good.
      You will enjoy the finest food.

B.      Is 61.2 (cf. Mt. 5.4)

 He has sent me to tell those who mourn
      that the time of the Lord’s favor has come,
      and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies
.

C.        Ps 37.11 (cf. Mt. 5.5; also go to Psalm 75.10; 146.6 149.4)

 The lowly will possess the land
      and will live in peace and prosperity.

IV.   To be happy according God’s standards, we are to look through eternal lenses.
Happy are those who are poor, who mourn, who work for peace, and who are martyred for their faith. These are virtues opposite to those who seek happiness here on earth, for they want happiness now, instead of looking through eternal lenses. People who find happiness through God because they are obedient to God’s will, and carry the hope that the world will become new and sin will be wiped away. So if any Christian struggles here on earth, there’s the hope that everything will be made new during the second coming of Christ.

Group Questions:

1.      Does your happiness come from success here on earth, or with the hope to come (i.e. the Kingdom of Heaven)?

2.      Which blessing stands out for you?


[1]The Good News Bible : Today's English Version. (New York: American Bible Society, 1992). Mt 5:3.

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