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Luke 6:17-26; Matthew 5:1-12; Matthew 5:13-42.

READ and STUDY the WORD

Jesus Gives The Beatitudes

Luke 6:17-26 (KJV) 17 And He (Jesus) came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of His disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear Him, and to be healed of their diseases; 18 And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed.  19 And the whole multitude sought to touch Him: for there went virtue out of Him, and healed them all.  20 And He lifted up His eyes on His disciples, and said, “Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.  21 Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.  22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.  23 Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.  24 But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.  25 Woe unto you that are full for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.  26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.”

Matthew 5:1-12 (KJV) 1 And seeing the multitudes, He (Jesus) went up into a mountain: and when He was set, His disciples came unto Him: And He opened His mouth, and taught them, saying, 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.  Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.  Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.  Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.  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. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”

Jesus Teaches About Salt And Light

Matthew 5:13-16 (KJV)  13 “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.  14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.  15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Jesus Teaches About The Law

Matthew 5:17-20 17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.  18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.  19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.  20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. 

Jesus Teaches About Anger

Matthew 5:21-26 21 Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:  22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.  23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; 24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.  25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.  26 Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.

Jesus Teaches About Lust

Matthew 5:27-30 27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.  29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.  30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. 

Jesus Teaches About Divorce

Matthew 5:31-32 31 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: 32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery. 

Jesus Teaches About Vows

Matthew 5:33-37 33 Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:  34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne: 35 Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.  36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.  37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

Jesus Teaches About Retaliation

Matthew 5:38-42 38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: 39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.  40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.  41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.  42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.”

1. Who did a multitude of people come out to hear (Luke 6:17)? Jesus

2. What did Jesus do for them (Luke 6:18-19)? Jesus healed them.

3. What did Jesus say about the poor (Luke 6:20; Matthew 5:3)? They are blessed for theirs is the kingdom of God.

4. What did Jesus say about the hungry (Luke 6:21a; Matthew 5:6)? They are blessed for they shall be filled.

5. What did Jesus say about those who weep (Luke 6:21b)? They are blessed for they shall laugh.

6. What did Jesus say we should do when men hate us (Luke 6:22-23)? Rejoice and leap for joy for our reward is great in heaven.

7. What did Jesus say about those who are rich (Luke 6:24)? Woe to them for they have receive their comfort.

8. What did Jesus say about those who are full (Luke 6:25a)? Woe to them for they shall hunger.

9. What did Jesus say about those who laugh now (Luke 6:25b)? Woe to them for they shall mourn.

10. What did Jesus say about those spoken well of (Luke 6:26)? Woe to them for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets.

11. Who did Jesus teach (Mathew 5:1-2)? His disciples.

12. What did Jesus teach His disciples about those who mourn (Matthew 5:4)? They are blessed for they shall be comforted.

13. What did Jesus teach His disciples about the meek (Matthew 5:5)? They are blessed and they shall inherit the earth.

14. What did Jesus teach His disciples about the merciful (Matthew 5:7)? They are blessed and they shall obtain mercy.

15. What did Jesus teach His disciples about the pure in heart (Matthew 5:8)? They are blessed and they shall see God.

16. What did Jesus teach His disciples about the peacemakers (Matthew 5:9)? They are blessed and they shall be called the children of God.

17. What did Jesus teach His disciples about those persecuted for righteousness’ sake (Matthew 5:10)? Theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

18. Why should we rejoice and be exceedingly glad when men revile us, persecute us, and say all manner of evil against us falsely for Jesus’ sake (Matthew 5:11-12)?  For great will be our reward in heaven.

19. What did Jesus call His disciples (Matthew 5:13a)? The salt of the earth.

20. What good is salt once it loses its savor (Matthew 5:13b)? It is good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under men’s feet.

21. What did Jesus call His disciples (Matthew 5:14)? Light of the world.

22. What should His disciples do with their light and why should they do that  (Matthew 5:16)? Let it shine before men so that their good works could be seen and would glorify their Father in heaven.

23. What did Jesus come to do (Matthew 5:17)? Jesus came to fulfill the law and the prophets.

24. What will not pass from the law until it is fulfilled (Matthew 5:18)? Not a letter, not a word of the law.

25. Who shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:19)? Those who do and teach the commandments.

26. How can we enter into the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:20)? By our righteousness exceeding the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees.

27. Who is endanger of the judgment (Matthew 5:22)? Whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause.

28. What should I do if I realize my brother has something against me (Matthew 5:23-25)? Go and reconcile with him.

HEAR the WORD

Matthew 5:11-12 11 “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My (Jesus’) sake.  12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”

Luke 6:22-23 22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.  23 Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.

My thoughts: We are blessed by God when we stand strong in our faith against insults, persecution, and false accusations that come into our life because of our faith.   

My Bible notes say: The word “blessed” means praiseworthy, divine favor.  Blessedness is that basic condition created by Christ’s indwelling in man’s heart which brings a fundamental satisfaction in the life of a believer. This satisfaction is not due to the circumstances of life nor the fulfillment of the conditions prescribed in these Beatitudes, but are due to Christ’s indwelling.  People can be “happy” because of favorable circumstances, but they can only be “blessed” because of Christ.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Matthew 5:14-16 14 “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.  15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”   

MEMORIZE the WORD

Matthew 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”  

EASY MEMORIZATION DIRECTIONS

1. Copy a verse you want to memorize on three individual index cards.

2. Choose three places you frequently go to each day and place one of the memory cards in view.

3. Each time you find yourself near one of the memory cards read it aloud.

4. After a week of reading the memory cards you will most likely be able to recall the verse/s without reading them.

5. Try it for a week and find out.

LOVE AND LIVE the WORD

Love the Word not because you want things, love the Word because You love the Word – Jesus.  Live the Word not because you believe you’ll receive things, but live the Word because it will bring You into God’s presence. God’s way of living usually contradicts the world’s way.  If we want to live for God, we must be ready to say and do what may seem strange to the world. 

TEACH AND SHARE the WORD

Jesus taught that though His disciples would be rewarded, it might not be in this earthly life.  We need to be willing to give when others only take, love when others hate, help when others abuse. Then one day we will be rewarded by God for serving our fellowman.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we, Your children, will trust You to be with us when we’re sad (Luke 6:21b). Lord, I pray for the salvation of those who are right now living their life without You (Luke 6:24-26). Lord, I pray we, Your children, will seek to live according to the Beatitudes.  I pray we will humbly submit to Your plan for our life (Matthew 5:4). I pray we will hunger and thirst for You (Matthew 5:6).  I pray we will show mercy (Matthew 5:7).  I pray we will seek to have a pure heart before You (Matthew 5:8). I pray we will seek to be peacemakers (Matthew 5:9).  I pray we will trust You to be with us when we are insulted, persecuted and falsely accused (Matthew 5:11).   Lord, I pray we will be a light to the world around us.   I pray they see our good deeds and praise You (Matthew 5:14-16).  I pray we will live righteous lives before You (Matthew 5:19-20).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I live righteous lives before God.” <>< Dona