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Daily Play Call #90

3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Matthew 5:3-11 KJV

Who is Blessed?

In Matthew 5 we see the beatitudes of Jesus. Jesus teaches us the true meaning of being blessed. In Jewish society, those who were wealthy and well off were considered blessed and highly favored. Many of the Pharisees and Sadducees were wealthy. A majority of them gained their wealth from extortion or greed (reference Matthew 23).

Jesus says, Blessed are the poor in spirit, Blessed are those that mourn (mourning was connected with repentance), Blessed are the meek (humble), Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (deep hunger and desire for God), Blessed are the merciful (Be merciful as our Father is merciful Luke 6:36), Blessed are the pure in heart (transparent and open with God not hiding sin), Blessed are the peacemakers (make peace and reconcile with others), Blessed when persecuted for righteousness (standing up for the Word of God regardless of the dangers), and Blessed when people hate you and slander you.

  • I do not see one time where Jesus says Blessed are those who are rich or are financially stable.

  • In some churches today, if someone is not financially stable or have wealth, many Christians will not see them as blessed. They will think you are under a curse or lazy.

  • Let's always rely on the words of our Master Jesus.

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