The Sermon on the Mount, Part 8

Sunset through chainlink fence - Sermon on the Mount Part 8, why does Jesus bless the merciful?

Why does Jesus bless the merciful?


Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
Matthew 5:7

For I desire mercy, not sacrifice…
Hosea 6:6

The Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8

Some people love to give and receive mercy. Others, not so much. I say that because most of the folks I talk with think they don’t need mercy. Mercy is for victims and losers. Mercy is for wretched and miserable people. In other words, mercy is for people who are poor, mourning, meek, and hungry. And these are the people Jesus describes as “blessed.”

The Sermon on the Mount, Part 7

Loaf of bread - blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness from Sermon on the Mount, part 7

Why does Jesus bless those who hunger and thirst for righteousness?


Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Matthew 5:6

Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.
Luke 6:21

As a deer longs for streams of water, so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
Psalm 42:1-2

O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you; my soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water…. I lift my hands to you in prayer; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land thirsts for rain.
Psalms 63:1; 143:6

Hunger and thirst are metaphors we can all relate to. We know how satisfying a cool drink of water is when our throats are dry and how welcome a good meal is when we haven’t eaten in a while. But how many of us have ever hungered and thirsted for righteousness? What would that even look like?

The Sermon on the Mount, Part 6

hand holding a sleeping sparrow; why does Jesus bless the meek?

Why does Jesus bless the meek?


Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Matthew 5:5

How would you feel if someone described you as meek? Most of us define “meek” as timid and subservient. We see meekness as ineffectiveness–people who don’t have the courage, willpower, or resources to stand up for their rights. But while most of us associate meekness with weakness, Jesus associated it with godliness.

The Sermon on the Mount, Part 5

Blessed are those who mourn

Why does Jesus bless those who mourn?


Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Matthew 5:4

You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one. You do not want a burnt offering. The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.
Psalm 51:16–17

The dictionary defines mourning as a feeling of grief or sorrow that is the result of a profound loss. Most of us associate mourning with the death of a loved one, but the mourning Jesus speaks of is entirely different. He is referencing one of his favorite Bible passages. In Isaiah 61:2–3, God says he will “comfort all who mourn” and replace their mourning with “the oil of gladness.”