The Beatitudes are linked to the Ten Commands. We are to obey the Ten Commands, and in the Beatitudes Jesus showed us how we are to obey the Ten commands in the new covenant Jesus preached.
Matthew 5:17-19 spoke about Jesus who said He was here not to abolish the Law but to fulfil the Law. Therefore, Matthew 5:17-19 are linked to Matthew 5:1-12.
The Beatitudes seem to be impossible to comply and they seem to contradict what we are being told now a days.
What is Jesus saying in the Beatitudes?
These are spiritual characters of the kingdom of heaven. According to Dr. Chung, the Beatitudes are the living out of the Ten Commands in the New Covenants of Jesus Christ. If we want to fellow Jesus we must obey the Law.
Dr. Chung said, “The Ten Commands is like going the first mile, and the Beatitudes are going the second mile”.
The Word of God are like our compass, we are guided by God’s Words.
The word “Blessed” in Greek is “Makarios”. According to Dr.Chung the land of Greece is very blessed because they have the most fertile land in the world. “Blessed” is everything good, also means fertile, and what desired for us. It is from God and not of us. A blessed person is a person whose life is in God.
In Luke 11:28 Jesus said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the Word of God and obey it”.
The blessings of God are to be enjoyed.
Matthew chapter 5: 1-12
V.3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
The “poor” here does not refer to just economic disadvantage. It also refers to spiritual deficiency. People who are poor and have nothing they depended on God. Dr. Chung quoted Mother Teresa who said, “you will never know Jesus is who you need, until Jesus is all you have”. ( paraphrase ).
John 15:5 is about abiding in Jesus
Luke 12:32 do not be afraid God is pleased to give us His Kingdom
V.4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
According to Dr. Chung “mourn” means a) mourn during hard times, like family members who died b) mourn with deep sorrow due to wickedness and evil.
Those who mourn are blessed, and there is the spiritual side. Because as they mourned, they will be comforted. This comfort is from God, and is not from us. God knows how to comfort us in our time of sorrows.
V.5 “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”
“Meek” refers to gentleness. Also means humility towards God and others. It is not weakness. A meek person is blessed and happy. It is not about ourselves but meekness is about God’s given grace.
V.6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
a) Those who are in need materially
V.7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy”
a) To act justly
b) To love mercy
c) To walk humbly with God
V.8 “Blessed are the pure in heart as they will see God”
Don’t look at God will a squint eyes, where the images are distorted. Look at Him for who He is in reality. Praise Him too.