Sermon on the Mount: The Beatitudes

Seeing the crowds, ohe went up on the mountain, and when he psat down, hisdisciples came to him.2 And qhe opened his mouth and taught them, saying:3 r“Blessed are sthe poor in spirit, for utheirs is the kingdom of heaven.4 “Blessed are vthose who mourn, for they shall be comforted.5 “Blessed are the wmeek, for they wshall inherit the earth.6 “Blessed are those who hunger and xthirst yfor righteousness, for they shall besatisfied.7 “Blessed are zthe merciful, for they shall receive mercy.8 “Blessed are athe pure in heart, for bthey shall see God.9 “Blessed are cthe peacemakers, for dthey shall be called esons1 of God.10 f“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for utheirs is thekingdom of heaven.11 g“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evilagainst you falsely hon my account. 12 iRejoice and be glad, for your reward is great inheaven, for jso they persecuted the prophets who were before you.Matthew 5:1-11 ESV Throughout the New Testament one of the key themes that is repeated is that Jesus was the promised prophet who arise and be greater than Moses. The sermon on the Mount is on of the foundational ways that Matthew's Gospel tries to hammer that point home for us. Jesus, like Moses, ascends … Continue reading Sermon on the Mount: The Beatitudes

On Forgiving and Forgetting

Does the Bible teach "Forgive and forget?" Some would say no, because it doesn't ever literally say the words "forgive and forget." This, however, is an insufficient reason to claim that something is not taught by the Bible. For example, the word "Trinity" is not anywhere to be found in the New Testament, but all … Continue reading On Forgiving and Forgetting

The Danger of Wasted Talents

  In Matthew 24 Jesus tells his disciples that the temple in Jerusalem will be utterly destroyed. This gets them thinking of them thinking in terms of the end of the world, and so they ask Jesus when these things will happen and what will the signs be. Jesus proceeds over the next two chapters … Continue reading The Danger of Wasted Talents