Matthew 5:6-8  “Blessed are the those that hunger and thirst…merciful…pure in heart…”

Matthew 5:6-8 “Blessed...

Notice the choice of the words of Jesus. Hunger and thirst but the object is righteousness, not filling. Righteousness – in its simplest form, means to conform to God’s standard. Justification in the Bible is explained in two ways: 1. Justifying Righteousness-Given to us/Imputed...
Matthew 5:3-5 The Ethics of the Kingdom of Heaven

Matthew 5:3-5 The Ethic...

Are you a poor, mourning, meek person? Jesus begins this sermon by telling the crowd something they rarely heard from anybody. “Blessed…” Crowds that followed Jesus were not always part of the elite city crowd. People at that time were not really happy, nor did they feel blessed. In...
Matthew 5:1-2 – Sermon on the Mount

Matthew 5:1-2 – S...

Every time I read this sermon, I am both drawn to it and deeply convicted by it. These opening 12 verses are the introduction to this sermon. Note the plural, not just one crowd, but crowds and crowds. No political campaign was equal to this outpouring of the people to hear Jesus and to...
Psalms 40:1-5 – The Benefits of Waiting in God

Psalms 40:1-5 – The Ben...

A Psalm of David This Psalm follows the struggle of Psalm 37-39. In Psalm 40, God answered. There are really 3 parts to the Psalm. Deliverance is given but not completely. The tone is set. “I waited patiently…” The answer came after he learned to wait. Hebrew is written in doubles...