Blessing in Disguise (Part 2)

We began looking at the Beatitudes from Luke 6:20-26 last week. We will continue that focus today as we take a closer look at the four values of money, comfort, success, and acceptance from the standpoint of the gospel.

The first beatitude is, “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.” (v.20)

  • What does it mean to be poor? Consider a range of definition, taking into account what it means to be rich (v.24)
  • According to Luke, the blessing of the poor is not in the future but in the present. How is poverty a present blessing?
  • Is every poor person blessed? If not, then describe the person that is poor and not blessed (i.e. not possessing the kingdom of God).
  • How does this beatitude set the stage for all the other beatitudes?

The second beatitude is, “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.” (v.21)

  • What does it mean to be hungry? Consider a range of definition, taking into account what it means to be full (v.25)
  • According to Luke, for those who are hungry now, there will be a future satisfaction. What future satisfaction is Luke referencing? (See the story of Lazarus and the rich man from Luke 16:19-31)
  • If you reworded this beatitude attempting to draw out its spiritual perception, how would you reword it?

The third beatitude is “Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.” (v.21)

  • What does it mean to weep? Consider a range of definition, taking into account what it means to laugh (v.25)
  • Like the second beatitude, Luke says that those who weep now will laugh in the future. What future laughter is Luke referencing?

The fourth beatitude is, “Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil on account of the Son of Man.” (v.22)

  • What does it mean to be hated, excluded, reviled and spurned? Consider a range of definition, taking into account what it means to be accepted (v.26)
  • Jesus says the hated and excluded have “a great reward” in heaven (v.23). What does that mean?
  • How does the mention of “their fathers” and the “prophets” (v.23, 26) illuminate this beatitude?

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