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Bible Study




Matthew 5:1-12
October 27, 2020




The theme of worship this week is All Saint’s Day. The text from the gospel will be taken from Matthew 5:1-12, commonly called “The Beatitudes.” From the Latin Bible the term “beati” is translated as “blessed, happy, rich.” If Jesus spoke Aramaic and Hebrew the term would be fully translated as, “on the right road.” These instructions in how to live reveal Jesus the teacher as fulfilling the Law of Moses not replacing it. All Saint’s Day which has its origins before the 8th century, the church celebrates and remembers those who have gone before us and shown us how to live by faith. Both the big Saints and the ordinary saints are remembered from St. Mary to a beloved grandmother who gave us the faith and did great acts of love and service. The beatitudes are meant to shape our attitude, our approach, our daily living, and so form our core identity as the faithful.

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will see God. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Which term speaks to you or challenges you the most: “Blessed, Happy, Rich, On The Right Road?”
Does it surprise you who the recipients are of all these blessings?
Does it surprise the world who the recipients are? People of power? People of little power?
In keeping with many parables, this teaching of Jesus describes the great reversal. Does that energize us?
Jesus is fulfilling the Ten Commandments in his teachings. Are the beatitudes “easier” to hear and follow?
Jesus teaches “The kingdom of God is at hand.” How do the beatitudes describe heaven on earth?
Have you ever been “poor in spirit” and then through a time of transformation felt “heavenly grace?”
Do these blessings create a contentment and peaceful life, or one of challenge, striving, and difficulty?
Jesus values the term “righteousness” as a motivator. What standards do we use to measure the “right?”
How do we participate in persecution? Individually, Corporately, as the Church? Are we persecuted?
The “poor in spirit” and the “persecuted” receive the same reward. How are they the similar?
How do you respond when someone or a point of view describes you falsely or not what you are?
I don’t feel “Happy” when someone heaps evil on who I am, but, how are we blessed to be in that position?
I was bullied in school for my joy of learning and lack of athleticism. That taught me compassion and mercy.
Faith informs us to “rejoice and be glad” in face of great obstacles. How can the church be joyful now?
Have you ever known someone who was “pure in heart” and did they help you to see God?
Those who mourn are blessed. Which saints in your life do you like to recall on All Saint’s Day?
Those who mourn are blessed. Does our society do a poor job in allowing the grieving process to happen?
What words bring comfort to those who grieve? What words are the worst thing to say?
Is our nation mourning right now and experiencing great grief? How are we blessed?

Dear God, in a broken and hurting world so in need of a blessing, send us out to bless with great love. Amen.