The Beatitudes, Part I

And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for their’s is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.  Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.  Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.  Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. 

Matthew 5:2-7

When the Bible tells us that Jesus “opened his mouth,” we should sit up and listen.  This passage of Scripture (along with verses 8-12) are usually called the “Beatitudes.”  Every verse contains a condition and a promise based on the condition.  Most of them contain what would seem to be contradictions.  They are all important and we will consider a few of them today.

“Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.”  To our minds, mourning would not be a good thing.  But here, it says that those that mourn will be comforted.  I don’t profess to understand everything about this passage, but I think it could apply to many things.  We could be mourning for our sins.  If we are repentant, we will find forgiveness and comfort.  We could be mourning over a loss.  It is in the times of loss that God shows Himself to us and comforts us.

“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”  Again, our minds would not equate meekness with “inheriting the earth.”  We usually think of meekness as “weakness.”  The word “meek” means “Quiet, gentle, and easily imposed on… submissive.”  That doesn’t sound like the people who are going to own the earth.  The current people who exert the most power in the earth are certainly not that type of people.  But God says that it will be the “quiet, gentle, and submissive” people who will inherit the earth.  Maybe, instead of trying to conquer everything and impose our will on everything, we should work on being a little more meek.  To me, meekness implies a certain amount of selflessness.  I think that is also important.

The Beatitudes might not make a whole lot of sense to our human minds, which is why we need to approach them in faith.  We need to believe that what God has said is true and we need to act upon it.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Ben, I think once you defined meekness here as enduring injustice without resentment. That really touched me. As do the Beautitudes. Thanks so much and God bless you and your faith in Jesus.


    • That is a great definition that I had forgotten about. 🙂 I should have included it in this post! The Beatitudes are great to think about and even more great to actually live. God bless you too!


  2. There is much to this meekness thing! The Bible describes both Moses and Jesus as meek and they were hardly weak. Both men displayed great power veiled so even the weakest person could feel strong in their presence. I must meditate more on this! Thanks!


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