Day 1 Read: Matthew 5:3
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Reflect: How is the way Jesus defined blessing different than the way the world typically thinks of blessing? What does this difference tell us about the nature of God’s kingdom?
Consider: The poor in spirit (Matt. 5:3) are those who consciously depend on God, not on themselves; they are “poor” inwardly, having no ability in themselves to please God (Rom. 3:9–12).
Respond: Read Matthew 5:3 again. What does it mean to be “poor in spirit” (v. 3)? What would the opposite of this quality be? In your opinion, what does our society treasure instead of being poor in spirit? The reward for those who are poor in spirit is that “the kingdom of heaven” is theirs. What does this mean, and why is it a reward?
 Louis A. Barbieri, Jr., “Matthew,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 29.