• Focus,  Scripture

    Scripture Studies: Matthew 5

    Scripture Studies is a series where we look at what God has to say about our money, time, belongings, and focus. In other words, what does the Bible say about minimalism? Let’s find out.

    Matthew 5

    “And [Jesus] opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
    ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
    ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
    ‘Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
    ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
    ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
    ‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
    ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall 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 others 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 so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.'”

    (Matthew 5:2–12, ESV)

    What does it say?

    The poor, the mourning, the meek, the hungry, and the persecuted are not being punished. The flip side of that would be that the wealthy, the fortunate, the influential, the healthy, and the protected aren’t necessarily experiencing God’s blessing.

    For the former, as well as for the merciful, the pure in heart, and the peacemakers, the reward will come. When we seek after God, God will meet us there. 

    What does it mean?

    “Up is down. Left is right.” That’s kind of what it sounded like as Jesus originally preached this famous passage, the Beatitudes. It took what the Jews of that day knew well, the Mosaic Law, and flipped it on its head.