A Simple Exegetical Exposition: Beatitudes of Jesus
Prepared by: Rodriggs Cyrus
Text: Matthew 5:3-12
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you.
The audience of Jesus in this gathering were the multitudes and His disciples.
Jesus mentioned the Kingdom of heaven because He perceived the true need of the people is to taste and see the Kingdom of God. He directed the people to seek this most important thing more than anything else because this is what they truly needed.
The eight beatitudes mentioned by Jesus here are the natural states of men leading to seek the Kingdom of God and when they are in one of these states or situations Jesus said the Kingdom of God which is the answer of God to their cries is available for them. But they do not perceived it that time yet because they do not understand yet that Jesus is the answer of God for He himself is the manifested Kingdom of God that will bring Salvation and Redemption in His death and resurrection.
Verse 3 – the poor in the spirit – people lacking spiritual strength, those souls looking for a true God but do not find the answer to an emptiness inside their hearts.
Verse 4 – those who mourn, those souls whose hearts are full of agony and pain and their only hope is God to comfort them.
Verse 5 – those who are meek,those who are submissive and soft hearted souls and true seeker of righteousness of God.
Verse 6 – those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, those who are desperately looking for a way to live a righteous life or those who wanted to live a godly life even in the midst of evil surroundings.
Verse 7 – the merciful, the merciful are righteous softhearted souls, the God fearing people who understand the law of Yahweh they themselves seeking mercy from God.
Verse 8 – the pure in heart, the same category as God fearer, merciful and meek.
Verse 9 – the peacemakers, those who advocate and promote peace while waiting for the promised Messiah who will bring peace on earth.
Verse10 -those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, those who are truly devouted to be called righteous.
All these hearts of men have one thing in common they are seeking for a true God who will deliver them from their captivating sufferings and struggles.
In this very timely hour where everyone is anxious about the future, are you in one of the kind of seekers Jesus mentioned? The Good News is God is waiting and available for you. He will honor and reward you if you truly seek Him with your heart and mind.
Seek the Lord while He maybe found call upon His name while He is near. Let the wicked forsake His way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. (Isaiah 55:6-7)