Day 5 Read: Matthew 5:1-12
Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.
2 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons[a] of God.
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Reflect: Each week, you will read through these twelve verses. Hopefully you are making good progress memorizing them. Which one brings you the most personal comfort?
Consider: This first section, the introduction of Jesus’ message, is typically called the Beatitudes. It amounts to a description of the character of those who are in the kingdom, servants of the king. Jesus always starts with the heart. These verses are progressive, following logically one after another, and they form something of an outline for the sermon in Matthew 5–7. Verses 3–5 deal with the individual’s heart personally, as does Matthew 5:13–20. Verse 6 deals with our genuine relationship with the Lord, as does Matthew 6. And verses 7–12 deal with our relationships with others—how we may impact them, and how they might relate to us—as does Matthew 7.4
Respond: How do these verses change your mind set for what is important in life? How might you live differently if you were to implement these more into your life?
4 Stuart K. Weber, Matthew, vol. 1, Holman New Testament Commentary (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2000), 57–58.