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The Sermon on the Mount's "Hidden" Structure

How the Sermon on the Mount is Structured by the Beatitudes in Reverse.
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"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 inherent the earth."

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled."

"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy."

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."

"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Can any one of
you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow.
If that is how God clothes the grass of the field
will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given
to you as well.
"Be still before the LORD
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.

Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.
For those who are evil will be destroyed,
but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.

A little while, and the wicked will be no more;
though you look for them, they will not be found.
But the meek will inherit the land
and enjoy peace and prosperity."
"Be still before the LORD
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret



do not fret—it leads only to evil.

but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.



But the meek will inherit the land
and enjoy peace and prosperity."
"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 inherent the earth."

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled."

"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy."

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."

"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy









"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth."
The Sermon on the Mount
Begins with the 8 Beatitudes
Is structured by them
in reverse
The Sermon on the Mount
Matthew 5-7
"Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down.
His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them..."
Matt 5:1-2
The Beatitudes
"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 inherent the earth."

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled."

"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy."

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."

"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
Matt 5:3-10
The Beatitudes
"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 inherent the earth."

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled."

"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy."

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."

"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
Matt 5:3-10
"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
The Sermon on the Mount
Begins with the 8 Beatitudes
Is structured by them
in reverse
(Matt 5:11-20)
"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
persecuted
righteousness
theirs is the kingdom of heaven
8th Beatitude:
"Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all
kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward
in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were
before you."

"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless... It is no longer
good for anything..."

"You are the light of the world... Let your light shine before men... that they may
... glorify your Father in heaven."

"Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to
abolish but to fulfill... For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses
that of the Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven."
persecute you
your reward
in heaven is great
salt/light = "the righteous"
salt
light
your righteousness
the kingdom of heaven
Matt 5:3-10
The Beatitudes
"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 inherent the earth."

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled."

"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy."

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."

"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
(Matt 5:11-20)
"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs
is the kingdom of heaven."
"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 inherent the earth."

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled."

"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy."

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."

"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
The Beatitudes
Matt 5:3-10
(Matt 5:11-20)
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."
(Matt 5:21-26)
Matt. 5:11-20:
persecuted the prophets
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."
7th Beatitude:
Matt. 5:21-26:
"You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.’

But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty... and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty... and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.

Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you... first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.

Make friends quickly with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way, so that your opponent may not hand you over to the judge...Truly I say to you, you will not come out of there until you have paid up the last cent.
if
your brother has something against you... first be reconciled to your
brother
Make friends quickly with your opponent
peacemakers
Opposite
The Beatitudes
Matt 5:3-10
"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 inherent the earth."

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled."

"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy."

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."

"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."
(Matt 5:11-20)
(Matt 5:21-26)
The Beatitudes
Matt 5:3-10
"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 inherent the earth."

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled."

"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy."

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."

"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
(Matt 5:11-20)
(Matt 5:21-26)
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."
(Matt 5:27-37)
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."
6th Beatitude:
Matt. 5:27-37 (1 of 2):
pure in heart
“You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY’; but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell...

“It was said, ‘WHOEVER SENDS HIS WIFE AWAY, LET HIM GIVE HER A CERTIFICATE OF DIVORCE’; but I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for the reason of unchastity, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
makes her commit adultery
commits adultery
than for your whole body to be thrown into hell...
opposite:
"Cursed are the impure in heart,
for they shall be thrown into hell."
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."
Matt. 5:27-37 (2 of 2):
6th Beatitude:
pure in heart
“Again, you have heard that the ancients were told, ‘YOU SHALL NOT MAKE FALSE VOWS, BUT SHALL FULFILL YOUR VOWS TO THE LORD.’ But I say to you, make no oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, or by Jerusalem, for it is THE CITY OF THE GREAT KING. Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil."
YOU SHALL NOT MAKE
FALSE VOWS
“Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD?
And who may stand in His holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood
And has not sworn deceitfully.”
Psalm 24:3-4:
Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD?
a pure heart
Who
has not sworn deceitfully.
they will see God
And who may stand in His holy place?
Matt 5:3-10
The Beatitudes
"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 inherent the earth."

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled."

"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy."

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."

"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."
(Matt 5:21-26)
(Matt 5:11-20)
(Matt 5:27-37)
Matt 5:3-10
The Beatitudes
"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 inherent the earth."

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled."

"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy."

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."

"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
(Matt 5:11-20)
(Matt 5:27-37)
(Matt 5:21-26)
(Matt 5:38-48; 6:14-15)
"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy."
"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy."
5th Beatitude:
Matt 5:38-48:
the merciful they will be shown mercy.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘AN EYE FOR AN EYE, AND A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH.’ But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.”

“You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Give
to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from
you.
But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you
For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have?
Matt 6:14-15:
For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.
For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
Matt 5:3-10
The Beatitudes
"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy."
The Beatitudes
Matt 5:3-10
"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 inherent the earth."

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled."

"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy."

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."

"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will
be filled."
(Matt 5:38-48; 6:14-15)
(Matt 5:27-37)
(Matt 5:21-26)
(Matt 5:11-20)
(Matt 5:38-48; 6:14-15)
(Matt 5:27-37)
(Matt 5:21-26)
(Matt 5:11-20)
(Matt 6:1-18)
4th Beatitude:
Matt 6:1-18:
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled."
righteousness
“Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.   So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

“When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

“And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.   “Pray, then, in this way...

“Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
"Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have
no reward with your Father who is in heaven.
and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward
your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
your Father
who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
they will be filled.
you.
Matt 5:3-10
The Beatitudes
"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 inherent the earth."

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled."

"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy."

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."

"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
(Matt 5:11-20)
(Matt 5:21-26)
(Matt 5:27-37)
(Matt 5:38-48; 6:14-15)
(Matt 6:1-18)
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will
be filled."
Matt 5:3-10
The Beatitudes
"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 inherent the earth."

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled."

"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy."

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."

"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
(Matt 5:38-48; 6:14-15)
(Matt 5:27-37)
(Matt 5:21-26)
(Matt 5:11-20)
(Matt 6:1-18)
(Matt 6:19-33)
"Blessed are the meek, for they will inherent the earth."
3rd Beatitude:
"Blessed are the meek, for they will inherent the earth."
Psalm 37:11:
“But the meek will inherit the land
and enjoy peace and prosperity."
the meek will inherent the earth.
the meek will inherit the land
First, the source...
Psalm 37

Then it's Themes:
Matt 5:5
"Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of the wicked;
for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous."
(Psalm 37:16)
(Psalm 37:7-11)

Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong;for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.

Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this:

He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.
(Psalm 37:1-6)
"Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of the wicked
Do not fret because of those who are evil

like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.

Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.






He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys...
"The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness...   
"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth."
Righteousness
vs.
Wealth
Do not Fret
rather
Wait on the Lord
God's Providence
observed in Nature
(Matt. 6:19-24)
(Matt. 6:25-33)
Finally,
Psalm 37 and
Matt. 6:19-33

1
2
3
Matt 5:3-10
The Beatitudes
"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 inherent the earth."

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled."

"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy."

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."

"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
(Matt 5:11-20)
(Matt 5:21-26)
(Matt 5:27-37)
(Matt 5:38-48; 6:14-15)
(Matt 6:1-18)
(Matt 6:19-33)
"Blessed are the meek, for they will inherent the earth."
The Beatitudes
Matt 5:3-10
"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 inherent the earth."

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled."

"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy."

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."

"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
(Matt 5:11-20)
(Matt 5:21-26)
(Matt 5:27-37)
(Matt 5:38-48; 6:14-15)
(Matt 6:1-18)
(Matt 6:19-33)
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted."
(Matt 7:1-6)
2nd Beatitude:
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted."
Matt. 7:1-6:
those who mourn
“Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that even pagans do not tolerate: A man is sleeping with his father’s wife. And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have gone into mourning and have put out of your fellowship the man who has been doing this?
It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you
And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have gone into mourning
"Mourning" over one's wrong - or part in a wrong


Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye?
1 Cor. 5:1-2:
(Greek meaning of word "mourn" shown in usage)
The Beatitudes
Matt 5:3-10
"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 inherent the earth."

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled."

"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy."

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."

"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted."
(Matt 5:11-20)
(Matt 5:21-26)
(Matt 5:27-37)
(Matt 5:38-48; 6:14-15)
(Matt 6:1-18)
(Matt 7:1-6)
(Matt 6:19-33)
The Beatitudes
Matt 5:3-10
"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 inherent the earth."

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled."

"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy."

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."

"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
(Matt 5:11-20)
(Matt 5:21-26)
(Matt 5:38-48; 6:14-15)
(Matt 5:27-37)
(Matt 6:1-18)
(Matt 6:19-33)
(Matt 7:1-6)
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
(Matt 7:7-11)
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
1st Beatitude:
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened... If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!
the poor in spirit
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened...
Poor = with some type of need
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
(Matt 5:11-20)
(Matt 5:21-26)
(Matt 5:27-37)
(Matt 5:38-48; 6:14-15)
(Matt 6:1-18)
(Matt 6:19-33)
The Beatitudes
(Matt 7:7-11)
(Matt 7:1-6)
Summary Statement:
"So in everything, do to others what you would have
them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
Matt. 7:7-11:
Matt. 7:13-28:
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them... every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit...    “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord... I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock... But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down... and the winds blew... and it fell with a great crash.”
(Matt. 7:12)
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.



“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock... But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.
3 Closing Teachings
"When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law."
Matt. 7:29
The End.
Reference:

Goulder, Michael - "Midrash and Lection in Matthew." Chapter 12 - Pentecost: The Unity of the Sermon.
All 8 Beatitudes have now been addressed.
What's left?
1
2
3
"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 inherent the earth."

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled."

"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy."

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."

"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
The Beatitudes
So What?
Consider how the Sermon
on the Mount actually clarifies
the meaning of the Beatitudes
themselves...
About mourning over one's sin - and not simply with the lost of a love one as we might think culturally today.
Meekness as a matter of humble dependence on God - and not aggressively and anxiously scheming to look out for ourselves - not a matter of being wimpy ; )
Not just to thirst for righteousness but how to truly pursue it in the way God rewards
Examples of ways to show mercy, be pure
in heart and make peace - and also what
not to do in order to avoid the opposite.
The hope of those in need - given they have a Father in heaven who is sensitive to those needs and well able to provide.
How even the righteous prophets were
persecuted before, the encouragement to not loose your "saltiness" or "hide your light" - (as being persecuted might encourage one too) - and what the standard of righteousness itself is.
Gospel Truth
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A fascinating and often overlooked
insight into the Gospels.
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righteousness
Note: It's the same exact greek word behind "mourn" here in both 1 Cor. 5:2 and Matt. 5:4!
http://biblehub.com/greek/3996.htm
your Father who is in heaven
Matt 5:3-10
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