I recently learned something. But let me back up.
More than likely, you are familiar with the Beatitudes found in Matthew.
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 inherit 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 you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
The Beatitudes can be found in Matthew chapter 5 and are the opening lines of what we call The Sermon on the Mount.
In that sermon Jesus spoke about being the salt and the light of the world. He spoke on how He came to fulfill the Law. He compared thoughts to actions and said they were pretty much the same in God’s eyes as far as sin and judgement is concerned. He spoke on the sacred bond of marriage, forbidding oaths, and loving your enemies and praying for those who use you and persecute you.
But who was Jesus speaking to? And this brings us back to the start, this is what I recently l learned.
I have always had this image of Jesus addressing a large crowd, in fact the Bible calls it “multitudes”.
A multitude is a great number of people. I’m not sure how many you would have when the word becomes plural.
Verse 1: “And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him.”
Those words suddenly took on a new meaning.
He didn’t sit down with the multitudes. He went up on a mountain to escape the multitudes AND THEN His disciples approached Him.
The entire chapter is Jesus speaking privately to His disciples! That amazed me. I love learning new things from the Bible.
The Reformation Study Bible says, “We must recognize that the sermon is directed to the disciples and through them to the whole church today…”
In a world where you can be anything, be meek.
In a place where you can seek revenge, show mercy.
When those around you are being dishonest and deceitful, remain pure of heart.
Be the peacemaker in your family and in your neighborhood.
Turn the other cheek, don’t take offense, speak softly and kindly.
Be better; be the blessing to someone today.
This is what will attract others to you. Like a moth to the flame, people will be drawn to you. They may not even understand why other than you are different, and it feels good.