The Sermon on the Mount, Part 1: The Beatitudes – Matthew 5
Note: there will be no questions and answers here, but comments by way of explanation. I have leaned on Matthew Henry’s commentary for guidance on the Beatitudes (the blessed are verses), and have also somewhat condensed them, (comments are in italics)
Matthew chapters 5, 6, and 7, is the story of the Beatitudes, also called the Sermon on the Mount. Our bible tells us that “seeing the great many people, he (Jesus) went up into a mountain: and when he had sat down, his disciples came to him, and he taught them but perhaps a great many people also heard what Jesus taught the disciples. And this is what he taught them..
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (That means to think little of ourselves, of who we are, or what we do, to be content with whatever God gives us.)
Blessed are they are mourn for they shall be comforted. (Those are people who are sad because of sinful things they see in the world, as well as people who are sad because a loved one has died.)
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. (Meek people are not weak people, they are gentle towards all men, but strong in the ways of the Lord. Strength under control)
Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. (These are people who have a great desire for learning and living the things of Christ.)
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. (Merciful people are those that have compassion on others, and help them.)
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. (The pure in heart love God, they have only good things and honesty in their heart).
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. (These are people who love peace, and try to make things peaceful for those around them.)
Blessed are those that are persecuted (treated very badly) because of righteous things, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you, when men shall hate you, and treat you badly for Jesus sake (that means because you are a Christian, one who has believed the gospel and trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior). Be very happy because you will have a great reward in heaven.
(the Lord Jesus continues on with his teaching)
You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden (because of the lights) and men do not light a candle and hide it, but they put it on a candlestick so it gives light to everyone that is in the house. Let your light (a Christian has a special way about them that others can see) shine so much before men, that they may see your goodness, and glorify your Father (God) which is in heaven.
Don’t think that I have come to destroy the law, I have not come to destroy but to fulfill. Whoever breaks one of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whoever shall do and teach them, that person shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of judgment. Therefore, if you bring a gift to the altar, and remember that there is a problem between you and your brother, go and make things good and right again between you and your brother, and then offer your gift. (the words “without a cause” are very important)
If anyone asks you to help them, help them twice as much as they asked for. If someone asks you for something, give to them what they ask for. It has been said You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy. But I say to you Love your enemies, bless them that say bad things to you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that use you, and do mean things to you, so that you may be the children of your Father (God) in heaven. Because if you love those only which love you, what reward have you? Be perfect, even as your Father (God) which is in heaven, is perfect.