When He saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain, and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. Then He began to teach them, saying: “The poor in spirit are blessed, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs.”
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For 7 weeks, we will take a break from our written devotionals and read through the Sermon on the Mount in short passages, allowing us to meditate on these truths for spiritual formation. We will return to our regular written devotionals on September 8, 2014.
Read the scripture above and use the questions below to meditate on today's reading.
- Who would you say is blessed in our society? How do we typically measure blessings?
- Jesus makes a surprising pronouncement that the “poor in spirit” are blessed. What do you think it means to be “poor in spirit”?
- Why do you think Jesus said such people are blessed?
- The poor are often both afflicted and unable to save themselves, and have nowhere else to turn but to God. How might this shed light on this verse?
- Being “poor in spirit” may include the idea that we recognize our spiritual poverty before God. Why can this be a good thing?
- Psalm 51:17 says: “The sacrifice pleasing to God is a broken spirit. God, You will not despise a broken and humbled heart.” How does this verse help to explain the blessedness of those who are poor in spirit?
- How can recognizing your own spiritual poverty remind you of your need for Jesus?
- In what ways can you rely less on your own righteousness today and seek the righteousness that comes through depending on Jesus?
- Meditate on Matthew 5:3 and memorize it so you can call it to mind throughout the day.