25 Oct 2015 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are Those who are Persecuted because of Righteousness

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

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

In an earlier post we’ve already looked at what the word “righteousness” means. If you missed that one, I recommend going and reading that post first. For this verse, I want to take a closer look at what “persecution” means. In the original Greek, it is διώκω and is transliterated “diókó” (pronounced dee-o’-ko), which means to “persue with haste” or “aggressively chase.”  It can be used in a positive way, such as to “earnestly pursue,” or a negative way, such as to “zealously hunt down” or “earnestly desire to apprehend.”

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19 Oct 2015 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Blessed are the Peacemakers

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

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

The word “peacemaker” in the original Greek is εἰρηνοποιοί and is transliterated “eirénopoios” (pronounced i-ray-nop-oy-os’), which is an adjective describing someone who “makes peace” or “loves peace.”  The same word, used as a verb, is εἰρηνοποιέω and is transliterated “eirénopoieó” (pronounced i-ray-nop-oy-eh’-o), and means to “make peace” or “reconcile.” Another similar verb, εἰρηνεύω, is transliterated “eiréneuó” (pronounced i-rane-yoo’-o), means “to be at peace” or “to keep the peace” or “I am at peace.”

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9 Sep 2015 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Blessed are the Pure in Heart

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

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

What does it mean to be pure in heart? What does it mean that those who have a pure heart will see God? The word used in this verse for “pure” in Greek is καθαροὶ and is transliterated “katharos” (pronounced kath-ar-os’), which means “pure,” “clean,” “unstained,” “guiltless,” “innocent,” and “upright.” In Hebrew the word for “pure,” in the spiritual sense, is זַ֥ךְ and is transliterated zaḵ, meaning “pure” and “clean.”

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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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