Presentation on theme: "Matthew 5:1-12 1When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. 2 He opened His mouth and began."— Presentation transcript:
Matthew 5:1-12 1When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. 2 He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying, 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 5 “Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth. 6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. 7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. 8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. 9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. 10 “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
A Superior Group Rich Famous Powerful Intelligent Good-looking Humorous Athletic As Defined by Hitler: The Aryan Race “The Aryan race is tall, long legged, slim. The race is narrow- faced, with a narrow forehead, a narrow high-built nose and a lower jaw and prominent chin, the skin is rosy bright and the blood shines through… the hair is smooth, straight or wavy- possibly curly in childhood. The colour is blond.” Description of a ‘pure’ Aryan. From a leaflet ‘The Nazi Race’, 1929.
Digging Deeper What are the Beatitudes? – Beatitude: comes from the Latin adjective “beatus” which means happy, fortunate, or blissful. – Favored by God. Perhaps a shocking list even for Christians What do some of these mean? – Poor in spirit? – Those who mourn? – Meekness?
The Beatitudes are possible for anyone to have Not the case with the qualities the world sees as important/essential – I can’t change what I look like – I can’t change my race These are character qualities. – They deal with the heart
If you fulfill these Beatitudes, You have everything necessary to fulfill the Sermon on the Mount The Building blocks to the Sermon on the Mount Much like the Ten Commandments are the foundation to the “Book of the Covenant”, The Beatitudes provide the building blocks to what is necessary in being a kingdom citizen.
Having these characteristics Results in incredible blessing by God
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