Beatitudes - Priestly Blessing
Topics: Beatitudes, Blessing, Sermon on the Mount
Series: General Sermons
He begins preparing them for the Kingdom.
- Matt 5 (blessings only); Luke 6 (blessings and cursings)
- Mumford calls this the “Bylaws of the Kingdom”
- Fundamentals of the Kingdom (foundational for the kingdom)
- In the Beatitudes Jesus teaches:
- Character (vss. 3-8)
- Conduct (vss. 5-12)
- Influence (vss. 13-16) – our influence on the world instead of the world being an influence on us.
- Before we begin, I need to briefly describe the meaning of this word “blessed.”
- There is a desire today to translate the word with “happy.” However, this is not a good correlation.
- The term “blessed” is an exclamation of the inner joy and peace that comes with being right with God.
- Happiness may indeed be a part of it; but it is a happiness that transcends what happens in the world around us, a happiness that comes to the soul from being favored by God.
- That is why it can call for rejoicing under intense persecution.
- So, the Lord’s declaration of “blessed” is a pledge of divine reward for the inner spiritual character of those who are right with God.