Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Thursday March 6, 2014 Matthew 5:1-3
And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain,and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. (1)Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: (2)“Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.(3) (Matthew 5:1-3 NKJV).
I like to read a couple different translations of the Bible because it helps me to understand better. In doing that I discovered that the word "happy" is sometimes used for "blessed"; "happy" in the sense of joy which is independent of circumstance. When Jesus says "poor in spirit" I believe he was talking about common people who felt they had nothing of value spiritually. It seems a lot like when, referring to little children ,He said "to such belongs the kingdom of heaven". In contrast would be the religious leaders who considered themselves "all that" and believed they had no need of spiritual teaching. Just as those who are materially poor must rely on others to help them, the poor in spirit must rely on God's grace through the person of Jesus to be included in the kingdom of heaven. If we don't realize we need Jesus to get there, the kingdom is unattainable. Nothing we can do can buy heaven for us...only our faith in Jesus can do that.