Thursday, July 18, 2013

Jesus' "Sermon on the Mount" study

"Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Jesus speaking in Matthew 5:3.

Cross references for definition purposes based on the principle that a text must define itself whenever possible -

'The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise." Psalm 51:17

"The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit." Psalm 34:18

For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones." Isaiah 57:15

A broken heart is synonymous with a contrite heart in the first passage and a broken heart is synonymous with a contrite spirit in the second which is synonymous with a humble spirit in the third.

Is your spirit poor? Do you realize that without Christ you are spiritually bankrupt? Are you sorry, not only for your sin, but the wicked sins of the world? The murders, the rapes, the cruel, abusive treatment of those without the strength to resist the powerful.

And you, are you not sad at what you've done to others and to yourself? Just think of the lies and the pain you've caused those you love and even your own self. To understand this is the beginning of blessings to come.

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