When Jesus saw a crowd gathering, he went up on the hillside and his disciples came to him. He taught them saying . . . (Eyewitness Matthew 5:1-2a).
Eyewitness: p. 62.
In your Bible: Matthew 5:1-12.
Most believers know about the Beatitudes and some have memorized them. Yet often we do not understand how they apply to our life today. A few Bible commentators * say these verses reveal the righteousness of God. Some add the word “blessed” is better translated as godlike joy ** from the Greek word markarios.
Joy belongs to believers. They enter this capability as soon as they believe Christ is Lord and Lord their life. Embrace this joy now.
To help understand the meaning of each of the first four “beatitudes,” I’ve taken the liberty to add a word “why.” Lets look at them.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, those who recognize their need for God, [why?] for the Kingdom of God belongs them.
Blessed are the mourners, those who are grieving [why?] for God will bring comfort, joy, and laughter to their aching hearts.
Blessed are the humble, those who are content with their identity [why?] they will inherit the land.,
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst to please God and live a righteous life (my wording) [why?] they’ll receive true satisfaction. (Eyewitness Matthew 5:2-6).
Now, use this exercise to amplify the meaning and understanding. Read the second half of the verse, then read the first part of the verse. An example using Matthew 5:3 try this out:
The kingdom of God belongs to those who are poor in spirit, to those who recognize their need for God (my wording).
Blessed are the poor in spirit, those who recognize their need for God [why?] for the Kingdom of God belongs them(Eyewitness Matthew 5:3).
Now, if this exercise intrigues you, try this for the first four beatitudes.
Prayer: Father, thank you that Your Word is alive, at work, and useful to me. Let me ever be mindful of it.
Questions: If you tried this exercise, how did it open your eyes to each attitude God wants for a believer? Why is it important to meditate or ponder scripture for its deeper meaning?
* Comments from the Ryrie Study Bible, Charles Caldwell Ryrie, Moody Press, Chicago, 1978, p. 1451
* The Daily Study Bible Series, The Gospel of Matthew, Volume 1, William Barclay, The Westminster Press, Philadelphia, 1975, pp. 88,89.