Some of the ladies in our church are doing a little informal study on Matthew, and we’ve just gotten through Matthew 5. This passage, known as The Sermon on the Mount, is a masterpiece of discourse, given by Jesus. I think Christians often ignore it (I have), because it’s so hard to imagine ever living up to it. I’ve been unsatisfied by some of our lack of conclusions, as I’m sure the others have as well, so I decided to ask Jesus about it. (What a novel idea!) 😉 This is what I believe I heard from Him, in my heart. It’s not a commentary–just some things He said to me, and there’s a lot more than this in the text, certainly, but this is what He said to me:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs”
(me) “The poor in spirit . . .What does that mean, Lord?”
(Him) “You are all poor in spirit if you do not have Me. You are now blessed–extremely, abundantly blessed, for I pour out My Spirit upon you (all). I bless you. Receive, then, the blessing. Hold on to it with all your strength, for it is the gates of life. The kingdom of heaven is yours. Enter in and receive your abundant supply of welcome, love, fellowship, and joy in unity, not only with Us, but with one another. No longer will you be alone. No longer empty. Be filled–take your fill of love.”
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
I was wondering–who do you mean, those who mourn?
“You mourn–all of you (all humans was the connotation). You mourn deeply your loss, and it is great–so great and so complete that you don’t even remember what it was that you had with us before the world began. But you were made of stuff that wants to find its way home, and We–I–am home. No one can know or find this way home who does not perceive his loss. If you hide yourself away in a shell, how will you understand the greatness of your loss? No, only those who expose themselves to the sorrow, who mourn the great, gaping wound and separation, can join the ranks of the comforted, of those to be healed and rejoined in the One.”
To insert a word of clarification, I felt He was talking about that sense of emptiness we’ve all felt from time to time, when we allow ourselves to become quiet. The emptiness that only He can fill. When we truly join ourselves to Him, He fills that void which has swallowed up everything else we have ever thrown into it. Only He is sufficient.
“Blessed are the gentle, because they will inherit the earth.” (You’ve likely heard “meek” rather than gentle. I was reading the Holman.) As I meditated on this, I thought of our gentle brothers and sisters who live under the oppression of cruel persecutors.
“Do not look only at what violent men can do to the flesh, for the more violence they do, the more they yield themselves to hatred, the more they blind and betray their own hearts. You cannot take poison into your heart and not be defiled. You cannot hurt and defile and assault without causing great damage to your own soul. My people do not love violence.
“Gentleness cares, caresses, and heals that which is precious and dear. No more do I turn from the kindling of unrighteousness (from beginning to purge it with fire). Gentleness heals, even if it must, for a time, cause hurt. The healers, the lovers, the restorers of dwelling places–those who repair breaches and rejoin ancient enemies, those who heal relationships, these must inherit the earth. I will allow no others to rule it.”
(Note: While we are to love our enemies as well as our friends, this was not what came into my mind here. Relationships can only be truly healed when we join one another in Him.)
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, because they will be filled.”
“Those who long for–who feel the need for righteousness–need hunger no longer. I will take away the impurity of the impure–I will wash them with water and with blood and they will be filled and clothed in My righteousness. Moreover, I will, in the time decreed, cleanse the whole earth of impurity so that only the righteous dwell there. No more place will be found for unrighteousness, and it will be no more. I will take it; I will gather it; from the highest heaven to the depths of the abyss, and I will cast it away into a place that is not a place. It will be removed, and trouble the righteous no longer.
“But you, be filled from the vessel of My righteousness now and forever more. Vessels (containers) of My glorious Son–yield to His righteousness–hold nothing back–and be made pure.”
“Blessed are the merciful, because they will be shown mercy.”
“The judgmental have no capacity to receive mercy. Walking with harsh and rigid rules is akin to stone, cold and dead. It cannot be changed or shaped except by harsh means–the chisel, the hammer, the saw. Living stone is what? The giving clay–the malleable clay that willingly submits to shaping and molding. Mercy bends. Mercy gives way and accommodates others’ weaknesses. The merciful, who always offer mercy, can imagine being offered mercy. The harsh who offer only the letter of the law, will be judged according to their own standards. The merciful keep the law better than the harsh. If only the harsh knew it. The harsh do not understand My law.”
At this point, I regrettably had to go to work. Hopefully, He’ll tell me more later. 😉 The hard stuff is closer to the end of the chapter. Anyway, please feel free to add your own insights and discuss what you think of this–whether God gives you a check in your heart or a confirmation.