Category Archives: Biblical Studies

BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS Matthew 5:9

This is the seventh beatitude. It says that a characteristic of the child of God is peacemaking. The characteristic shows a “family resemblance” to the Father, for God is not characterized by disorder but by peace. (1 Corinthians 14:33) I … Continue reading

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BLESSED ARE THE PURE IN HEART Matthew 5:8

This is the sixth beatitude. It says that the pure in heart are blessed. Looking at the heart first, it is good to note that the cosmology (or is it anthropology?) of Jesus’ day was different than ours.

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BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL Matthew 5:7

The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, (Exodus 34:6 ESV) The Exodus quote shows that the characteristic in fifth Beatitude is a characteristic of God, one that he proclaimed about himself … Continue reading

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BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO HUNGER AND THIRST FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS – Matthew 5:6

The fourth Beatitude is Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be satisfied. (Matthew 5:6) Like the first Beatitude, a physical circumstance – one that few of us would want to be in – is … Continue reading

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BLESSED ARE THE MEEK Matthew 5:5

So far in the Beatitudes, there seems to be a progression of thought. The Poor in Spirit are those who recognize the paucity – the nonexistence – of their spiritual resources apart from God which leads to Mourning for their … Continue reading

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BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO MOURN Matthew 5:4

The second Beatitude is Blessed are Those who Mourn (Matthew 5:4). Commentators like to emphasize the paradox, “Happy are the Sad”. Many wish to apply this to people who are suffering some calamity, as if Jesus is making a blanket … Continue reading

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FOR TO THESE BELONG THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN Matthew 5:3

This is a making up for an omission. In my introduction, I said that I would not be spending time on the “for theirs (yours) is …“ sections of the Beatitudes. I still won’t but I feel I must look … Continue reading

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BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT Matthew 5:3

The common name for the first verses of the Sermon on the Mount is The Beatitudes. This comes from the Latin Vulgate translation of the Bible where these verses start with beati (blessed). The Greek word is makarioi (μακάριοι). According … Continue reading

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The Sermon on the Mount: an Introduction

Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount is recorded in Matthew 5-7. There is a retelling of it (or a likely second recorded occasion of Jesus preaching it) in Luke 6. Plus, it is an interesting study to find references to this … Continue reading

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Flesh vs Faith Part 8: Belief In The One Who Justifies The Ungodly

And God said to Abraham, “So shall your descendants be.” Genesis 15:5 In the previous article, I ran through three events in Abraham’s life. They all appeared to be Abraham living his life of faith without direct leading from God. … Continue reading

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