People that were hungry for truth. Matthew 5 tells about it.
Jesus sat down, opened His mouth and began to fill them with truth.
Listen to this beautiful promise:
"Blessed...........happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous [that is,
with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, regardless of
their outward conditions].......are the poor in spirit (the humble, rating themselves
insignificant), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven! (Amplified)
There is a whole sermon in that one verse.
Was Jesus commending them?
I think He knew that these words would be written down for us. The message was not
spoken just for the crowd that was seated before Him. It was spoken for us as well.
I would like to quote Bob Sorge from his wonderful life changing book: In His Face.
"Christians are easily tempted to compare themselves with other Christians. Using the terminology of Jesus' parable in Matthew 25:14-30, the two-talent guy looks at the one-talent guy and feels a little bit superior. But then the two-talent guy looks at the five-talent guy, and suddenly feels very inferior. As long as we allow ourselves to compare ourselves with others, we will have constant struggles with our self-image. We'll be torn between the extremes of pride and insecurity. The Scriptures constantly urge us to keep our focus on Jesus.
Look at yourself and you'll see an earthen vessel and get depressed. Look at other people and you'll either get arrogant or discouraged. Look at Jesus and you'll flourish in the radiance of His face."
When we are looking at Jesus we find that we are "spiritually prosperous with life-joy and satisfaction". So today I am focusing in on the One who is so full of rich life promises. I feel as if I have been in His audience on the mountain. He has spoken directly to me.
How has this amazing verse spoken to you today?
I always love hearing from you!