Pastor Pete

Last week we ended with Matthew 5:3

Truly blessed are the poor in spirit….

This simply means that the poor is completely dependent upon someone for their needs, and when we have this kind of dependency upon God we will be be blessed by God Himself with His very own kingdom now and forever think about it Jesus Himself taught us to pray thy kingdom come and thy will be done.

Thought; this is not our final home, there is a greater one just up a head!

Before we move on look at the most destitute of the N.T. the woman at the well, the woman with the issue of blood, Mary Magdalene, Matthew the tax collector, Zacchaeus, they were all poor in spirit, you see the poor in spirit is one of many of our Heavenly Fathers speciality’s.

“Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.”
Matthew 5:4 NKJV

I know and I agree none of us likes to mourn.

Now remember who Jesus was speaking to, a depressed people under Roman rulership which was extremely cruel, harsh, and over oppressive.

The Greek word here for mourn is the strongest in the Greek, like that of the lost of a loved one.

Now look how our Lord turns this around even when we are found in devastating situations we are promised by God Himself to personally comfort us.

Never lose sight of Your Heavenly Fathers promise to you…

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
II Corinthians 1:3-4 NKJV

“Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.”
II Corinthians 2:14 NKJV

“Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.”
Matthew 5:5 NKJV

Aristotle defines meekness this way Blessed is the man who is always angry at the right time, and never angry at the wrong time. (Barclays commentary page 96)

Another translation: blessed is the man who has every instinct, every impulse, every passion under control. Blessed is the man who is entirely self-controlled.

The best way to translate the Greek word praotes; true humility which banishes all pride,

Declare with me, Blessed is the man who has the humility to know his own ignorance, his own weakness, and his own need.
Now let’s put it all together;

O the bliss of the man who is always angry at the right time and never angry at the wrong time, who has every instinct, and impulse, and passion under control because he himself is God controlled, who has the humility to realize his own ignorance and his own weakness, for such a man is a king among men.

Remember Jesus Himself declared;

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”
Matthew 11:29 KJV

The meek man of God is guaranteed by God Himself to inherit the earth.