23 Aug 2015 Blessed are the Merciful, for they will be shown mercy

Blessed are the Merciful

Jesus’ first public sermon was recorded in the Gospels of Matthew (Matthew 5) and Luke (Luke 6).  His fifth blessing from God, called the “Beatitudes,” that Matthew recorded was:

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

We all have an idea of what it means to be merciful, so what I want to do is examine what the Bible says about mercy. In the Old Testament, the word “mercy” in Hebrew is חֶמְלַת, transliterated “chemlah” (pronounced khem-law’) and “merciful” is חָסַד, transliterated “chacad” (pronounced khaw-sad’); meanings are to “be good,” “kind,” “pious,” “compassionate” and to “bow in courtesy to an equal.”  In the New Testament, the word “mercy” in Greek is ἔλεος, transliterated “eleos” (pronounced el’-eh-os), and “merciful” is ἐλεήμονες, transliterated “eleémón” (pronounced el-eh-ay’-mone); meanings are to have “pity,” “compassion” or “covenant-love” for someone. Additional words we can look at in Hebrew are חַנּוּן, transliterated “channun” (pronounced khan-noon’), meaning “gracious,” and רָ֫חַם , transliterated “racham” (pronounced rakh’-am), meaning “compassionate.”

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10 Aug 2015 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled

Blessed are Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

Jesus’ first public sermon was recorded in the Gospels of Matthew (Matthew 5) and Luke (Luke 6).  His fourth blessing from God, called the “Beatitudes,” that Matthew recorded was:

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

What does it mean to hunger and thirst for righteousness?  What is righteousness?  In the original Greek, “righteousness” is δικαιοσύνην, or transliterated, “dikaiosuné,” or “dikaiosýnē” (pronounced dik-ah-yos-oo’-nay) meaning “justice,” “justness,” “righteousness,” a “verdict of approval,” or more specifically, “God’s judicial approval.”  So we can see, righteousness involves being just and on the side of right in God’s eyes, should we be judged.

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27 Jul 2015 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth

Blessed are the Meek

Jesus’ first public sermon was recorded in the Gospels of Matthew (Matthew 5) and Luke (Luke 6).  His third blessing from God, called the “Beatitudes,” that Matthew recorded was:

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

What does it mean to be meek, and what is this promise of an inheritance?  The word “meek” in Greek is πραεῖς or transliterated, “praus” or “praeis,” (pronounced prah-ooce’) meaning to be mild or gentle.  The world often views meekness as weakness, but what is weak in man’s eyes are really strengths and vice versa.  To be meek means that you hold strength in truth, but do not use your power with harshness.  We can be in the “right” but use it wrongly, being cruel and vain, whereas God wants us to be gentle and humble.

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20 Jul 2015 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted

Blessed are Those Who Mourn

Jesus’ first public sermon was recorded in the Gospels of Matthew (Matthew 5) and Luke (Luke 6).  His second blessing from God, called the “Beatitudes,” that Matthew recorded was:

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

The subject of human suffering is a stumbling block to a great many people, tripping people up in their understanding of who God is.  The oldest conundrum that people have mulled over for generations boils down to this one thing:  If there is a God that is all powerful how can he allow suffering?  Either he isn’t all powerful and can’t stop suffering, or he is all powerful and chooses not to stop suffering, and either way they don’t want to follow “that kind” of God. Read More “Blessed are Those Who Mourn” »

22 Jun 2015 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven

Blessed are the Poor in Spirit

The first time it was recorded that Jesus spoke in front of a crowd, it was immediately following a night that he spent in prayer to God, apparently praying over which of his estimated 120 believers (Acts 1:15), called disciples, would be chosen to be the apostles that would help Jesus spread his message to the world after he died.  In the morning, Jesus declared God’s decision on the 12 apostles and then all the disciples, the apostles, and a great number of people from all over Judea, Jerusalem, Tyre and Sidon followed him, seeking healing from diseases and to hear what he had to say (Luke 6:12-19).

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