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7 perspectives on the beatitudes

Christian Family Fellowship

7 Perspectives on the Beatitudes

July 31ST 2011

Matthew 5:4

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

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7 Perspectives on the Beatitudes

The Jubilee Diamond – 245.3 carats E color

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7 Perspectives on the Beatitudes

The Sermon on the Mount is:

The Greatest Speech ever given

The Greatest Treatise against Legalism

The Greatest Encouragement to be Genuine

The Beatitudes are:

The Most Profound Statements Ever Uttered

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7 Perspectives on the Beatitudes

The Sermon on the Mount was:

Delivered in the Christ Administration when the Law of Moses was still in effect

The Sermon on the Mount was:

The Zenith of Judaism

The Seed of Christianity

Contained many Timeless Concepts

NOT hyperbole, but attainable

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7 Perspectives on the Beatitudes

The 3 keys to unlock the Sermon on the Mount:

The Historical Background

Judaism Hijacked by Pharisees

The State of the Audience

Expecting the Messiah (John the Baptist)

Practiced in Hearing Semitic Rhetoric

The Role of Repetitions to Indicate Structure

8 Sections

Alternating Between Preaching-Evangelism

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Matthew 5:3-10

3 Blessed are the poor in spirit [humble]: for

theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

9 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.

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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 sake.

12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

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7 Perspectives on the Beatitudes

Seven Levels of Understanding in the Beatitudes

1.) The Implied Contrast with Pharisees

2.) The Rhythm Building to a Climax at #9

3.) The “Kingdom of Heaven” Bookend

4.) The King’s Proclamation Numerical Order

5.) The ABAB-CDCD Alternation

6.) The Cure for Religious Repression

7.) Faith 101 – The Virtues of Faith

There are more facets than these…

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7 Perspectives on the Beatitudes

1.) The Implied Contrast with Pharisees

Were the Pharisees humble?

Were the grieving being comforted?

Were the believers inheriting anything?

Were the believers being filled?

Were the believers obtaining mercy?

Were the believers comprehending God?

Were the peacemakers allowed to make peace?

Were the persecuted exonerated?

NO!

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7 Perspectives on the Beatitudes

2.) The Rhythm building to a Climax at #9

1 Blessed are the … for theirs is … G

2 Blessed are they… for they shall ... E

3 Blessed are the … for they shall ... N

4 Blessed are they … for they shall ... E

5 Blessed are the … for they shall ... R

6 Blessed are the … for they shall ... I

7 Blessed are the … for they shall … C

8 Blessed are they … for theirs is ...

9 Blessed are ye …SPECIFIC

Asking for their commitment to him

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7 Perspectives on the Beatitudes

3.) The “Kingdom of Heaven” Bookend

1 Blessed are the … for theirs is the kingdom of heaven

2 Blessed are they… for they shall ...

2 Blessed are the … for they shall ...

4 Blessed are they … for they shall ...

5 Blessed are the … for they shall ...

6 Blessed are the … for they shall …

7 Blessed are the … for they shall …

8 Blessed are they … for theirs is the kingdom of heaven

The “Rosetta Stone” of the Beatitudes

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7 Perspectives on the Beatitudes

3.) The “Kingdom of Heaven” Bookend

1 Blessed are the … for theirs is the kingdom of heaven

2 Blessed are they… for they shall ... Context:

3 Blessed are the … for they shall ... What is

4 Blessed are they … for they shall ... their signi-

5 Blessed are the … for they shall ... ficance in

6 Blessed are the … for they shall … the kingdom

7 Blessed are the … for they shall … of heaven ?

8 Blessed are they … for theirs is the kingdom of heaven

The “Rosetta Stone” of the Beatitudes

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7 Perspectives on the Beatitudes

3.) The “Kingdom of Heaven” Bookend

The Kingdom (or sovereignty) of HEAVEN

It has Messiah for its King;

It is from heaven; and under the heavens upon the earth;

It is limited in scope;

It is political in sphere;

It is Jewish and exclusive in its character;

It is national in its aspect;

It is the special subject of the Old Testament prophecy;

It is dispensational in its duration.

Bullinger:Companion Bible

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7 Perspectives on the Beatitudes

3.) The “Kingdom of Heaven” Bookend

The Kingdom (or sovereignty) of GOD

Has God for its Ruler;

It is in heaven, over the earth;

It is unlimited in its scope;

It is moral and spiritual in its sphere;

It is inclusive in its character (embracing the natural [Jews; and spiritual [Christians] seeds of Abraham…), Hence, It is universal in its aspect;

It is the subject of New Testament revelation;

And will be eternal in its duration.

Bullinger:Companion Bible

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7 Perspectives on the Beatitudes

3.) The “Kingdom of Heaven” Bookend

The Kingdom (King in his Domain) of Heaven

“His kingdom shall have no end.” Luke 1:33

The Gospel | | The Book of Universe II

Administration | | Revelation Admin.

(Part A) | | Period (B) (Part C)

| |

The Mystery – The Church Age

Why is the name of Jesus Christ still effective now?

He has not abdicated…

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Blessed are They that Mourn

3.) The “Kingdom of Heaven” Bookend

Matthew 5:4

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

When?

What is its significance in the kingdom of heaven?

They will be comforted in the Resurrection.

(During Part B of the Kingdom)

The “Rosetta Stone” of the Beatitudes

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Isaiah 61:1-3

1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the

prison to them that are bound;

2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of

the Lord, that He might be glorified.

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Blessed are They that Mourn

3.) The “Kingdom of Heaven” Bookend

Matthew 5:4

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

They will be comforted in the Resurrection.

Isaiah 61:2

Part A Part B-1 Part B-2

Acceptable Year Day of To Comfort

of the Lord, Vengeance all that mourn

(Gospels) Plagues) (Ressurrection)

The “Rosetta Stone” of the Beatitudes

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Blessed are They that Mourn

4.) The King’s Proclamation Numerical Order

Matthew 5:4

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

The significance of #2 = “Difference”

The greatest difference of all time is between the Resurrection of the Just and the Unjust

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Blessed are They that Mourn

5.) The ABAB-CDCD Alternation

A Humble (an attitude of believers)

B Mourn (a need)

A Meek (an attitude of believers)

B Hunger and thirst (a need)

C Merciful (a giver)

D Pure in heart (an attitude of givers)

C Peacemakers (a giver)

D Persecuted for sake of right (an attitude)

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Blessed are They that Mourn

6.) The Cure for Religious Repression

Matthew 5:4

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Coming to God to mourn, not being angry with Him

I Peter 5:6,7

6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time:

7 Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.

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Blessed are They that Mourn

7.) Faith 101 – The Virtues of Faith

Jesus Theology

1 Humility to God

2 Mourning to God Hope

3 Meekness to God Prudence

4 Hunger & Thirst for Righteousness

5 Merciful to Others Love

6 Pure in Heart Temperance

7 Peacemaking Justice

8 Persecuted for Righteousness’Sake Courage

9 Faith in Christ Faith

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Blessed are They that Mourn

7.) Faith 101 – The Virtues of Faith

Matthew 5:4

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

The Virtue of going to God for help

The Virtue of Equanimity

The quality of an inherent evenness of temper that is not easily disturbed

The Virtue of Composure

The quality of disciplining one’s emotions in a trying situation

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Don’t be angry with God. He stands ready to help.

James 1:13-16

13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.

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Don’t be angry with God. He stands ready to help.

James 1:17

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

I John 1:5

This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and

in him is no darkness at all.

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Don’t allow the evil to be perpetuated via your reaction to it.

Evil is analogized to water. Reacting with more evil makes bigger waves.

Psalms 69

1 Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul.

2 I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.

13 But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O Lord, {in} an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation.

14 Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.

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Don’t allow the evil to be perpetuated via your reaction to it.

Evil is analogized to water. Reacting with more evil makes bigger waves.

Psalms 69

15 Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me.

16 Hear me, O Lord; for thy lovingkindness {is} good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.

17 And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily.

18 Draw nigh unto my soul, and redeem it: deliver me because of mine enemies.

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Don’t allow the evil to be perpetuated via your reaction to it.

Evil is analogized to water. Reacting with more evil makes bigger waves.

Psalms 18:14-17

14 Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them.

15 Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were discovered at thy rebuke, O Lord, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils.

16 He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.

17 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.

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Job 1:6-9

6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.

7 And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

8 And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?

9 Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?

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Job’s Example

10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.

11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.

12 And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.

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Do not allow evil to make you sin

Job 1

(Satan destroyed all Job had and killed all of his children)

20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,

21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.

22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

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Job 2

4 And Satan answered the Lord, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.

5 But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.

6 And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, he {is} in thine hand; but save his life.

7 So went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.

8 And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.

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Job 2

9 Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? Curse God, and die.

10 But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.

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Job 38

38:1 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,

2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?

3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.

4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.

5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?

6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;

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Job 38

7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

8 Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?

9 When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it,

10 And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,

11 And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?

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Job 40

6 Then answered the Lord unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,

7 Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.

8 Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?

9 Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?

10 Deck thyself now with majesty and excel-lency; and array thyself with glory and beauty.

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Job 40

11 Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one that is proud, and abase him.

12 Look on every one that isproud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.

13 Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces in secret.

14 Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee.

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Job 42

1 Then Job answered the Lord, and said,

2 I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.

3 Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.

4 Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.

5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.

6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

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Job 42

10 And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.

11 Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the Lord had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.

12 So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.

13 He had also seven sons and three daughters.

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Romans 12

14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.

15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

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Romans 12

18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

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7 Perspectives on the Beatitudes

Matthew 5:4

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Christian Family Fellowship

July 31ST 2011