I posted earlier (on facebook) that I was studying the Beatitudes and had a few people ask if I would post my notes..so here goes…hopefully someone gets something out of them 🙂
Matthew 5:3-4 (the first 2)
1. “Blessed are the poor in Spirit” (verse 3)
*Poor in Spirit: Seeing our desperate need for a Saviour/Jesus.*
Mark 2:16-17 “I came for the sick and not the healthy” Jesus said.
1 Corinthians 1:26
Mark 8:34-36 “Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?”
Psalms 40:17 and Psalm 109″21-22…David said, “I am poor and needy”.
David continuously recognized his desperate need for God.
The man who is “poor in spirit” acknowledges/recognized all the great attributes of God and that without God, he is nothing.
Being poor in spirit requires a heart of humility.
PROMISE: Those who are “poor in spirit” will inherit the Kingdom. (Salvation)
2. “Blessed are those who mourn” (verse 4)
To Mourn: to feel or express great sorrow, to grieve or lament
I believe Jesus was referring to us mourning over sin, rebellion, etc…
(Check out this INCREDIBLE youtube video of snippets from a David Wilkerson teaching on “Anguish in the House of God”…it will definately stir your spirit to mourning. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rzxPHDjf4U)
Jesus mourned over Jerusalem in Matthew 23:37-39-He was mourning the lost souls and over the sin of his chosen people.
Mourning (despair) makes us more aware of out need for Christ (verse 3).
Spiritual mourning follows with repentance. When we begin to recognize our need for Jesus and mourn for the lost souls, our own hearts condition before God, etc it will bring us to repentance.
Philippians 2:12 “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.”
Isaiah 6:5 ““Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”
Isaiah saw his own desperate need for God (verse 3-poor in Spirit) and mourned his own hearts condition and the people of Israels condition before God.
The Lord then sent a seraphim and touched the coal from the alter to Isaiah’s lips and said in the next verse “your guilt is taken away”.
The 2 thieves on the cross…the one saw his own need for salvation and mourned his own hearts condition and asked Jesus to remember him in paradise.
Psalm 51- David, again, recognized his hearts need for God and was grieved and mourned and God heard him.
PROMISE: “For they (those who mourn) shall be comforted.
2 Thessalonians 2:16 “May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope.”
Mourning requires humility which God honors. (James 4:10, the woman in Luke 7:36-50, Luke 15:19)
This comfort can come in the different forms: forgiveness (Romans 4:7-8), peace (Philippians 4:7), etc
So, this is all I have so far on the first two verses.
Would love some discussion, thoughts, opinions or insight from others!