Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Group or personal study: Matthew 5:5-6

For the next few months (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday), I am going to present a small class Bible study looking over Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. 

Group/private Study

SCRIPTURE Matthew 5:6-7

God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice,
for they will be satisfied.
God blesses those who are merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.

QUESTION: What are you hungry for in life?

Jesus teaches that we need to be hungry and thirsty for Justice (right living/righteousness). The idea is that we don’t have this in ourselves we need it from God and we want it like a starving person wants food or a thirsty person wants water. This is not a desire for everyone else to be right or just but a desire for us personally to live right.

Perhaps the Apostle Paul was thinking of this verse when he wrote; “For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”(Romans 14:17).

The question this verse maybe asking is: “How badly do you want your life to be right with God and others?”

The danger with someone who begins to think they are “Righteous” or “Right” is they may look down on others. The next verse deals with this and keeps a balance.

Along with wanting to live a just life, Jesus teaches us to show mercy and we will receive mercy.

QUESTION: What is mercy?

Mercy is defined as “having compassion and patient restraint.”

Jesus here as later in the Sermon on the Mount (specifically in what has been called the “Lord’s Prayer”), makes it clear only those willing to give mercy will get it.

To say it another way, if you want God to have mercy on you, you need to have mercy on others. Since none of us are perfect, we all need mercy, so we all must be willing to show it.

Other Scriptures (for personal study)
Matthew 18:21-35 (parable of the unmerciful servant)
Matthew 6:12, Luke 11:4 (Pray Jesus taught the disciples)

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