Today’s Reading is Matthew 5:1-12
1 And when He saw the crowds, He went up to the mountain. And after He sat down, His disciples came to Him.
2 And opening His mouth, He taught them, saying,
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of the heavens.
4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
7 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of the heavens.
11 Blessed are you when they reproach and persecute you, and while speaking lies, say every evil thing against you because of Me.
12 Rejoice and exult, for your reward is great in the heavens; for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
I have a new Bible teacher who pointed out to me that as a Westerner, I tend to read Scripture and ask myself what it says about me. I think that is true with this passage. I tend to ask what I should be doing in response to this passage or am I measuring up to the behavioral expectations of these verses.
A Middle Eastern approach to Scripture is to read it and ask what it says about God. As I read over the Beatitudes while asking myself that question, I see God who sits down with His people and willingly teaches them. What He shares with them is a picture of His kingdom. Go back and read it through that lens. What do you see?
Lord, open our spiritual eyes to see You. Help us to know You more fully in Your Word. Amen.
Paula Barney firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern: That our living would be a shining testimony of the kingdom of which we are a part for the duration of 2020