April 23, 2017 - Sunday Morning Adult Class
- Series-- Matthew's Gospel: Christ the King
- Lesson 17: Sermon on the Mount--Beatitudes (Part 2, Matt. 5)
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Summary: First 4 beatitudes deal with comfort in suffering, and the next 4 with gaining a new way of life after fulfilling certain conditions. These beatitudes are poetic or metaphorical in nature rather than literally. In this class, Curtis begins to examine each verse of the beatitudes. “Poor in spirit” refers to humility and provides an undergirding for the rest, serving a foundational role. Matthew 11:29 records Jesus’ beatitude to those who need “soul rest.” Religion at that time had become a significant burden on people. This came from humans adding requirements, misinterpreting scripture, and failing to have an accurate understanding of God’s will. The idea of rest for a soul was never discussed. Thus, Jesus’ words were startling in their difference to the norm, and probably felt like water falling on parched earth.