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Blessed Are the Gentle (4 of 9)
*I heard a story about a man out West who owned a junkyard. He worked hard to make a living buying and selling all the salvaged junk he could find. But one day, while working into the late hours of the evening, he discovered that his junkyard was located on an oil field. He hired a drilling crew, and soon the black gold flowed abundantly from the earth. His junkyard was transformed into an gold mine. black gold, Texas-T.*
In the Beatitudes we have a mine of spiritual gold. But many people go on with their life, scratching around on the surface, picking up salvaged junk and they never get beneath the surface and discover the key to a blessed life.
Jesus goes well beneath the surface; He goes right to the heart. You need to remember, what happens in you is more important than what happens to you. Jesus has promised a blessed life and He shows us the way. It's not through external circumstances but an internal change of heart. READ TEXT
Once again, Jesus challenges the preconceived notions of the day. The Pharisees wanted a miraculous kingdom, the Sadducees wanted a materialistic kingdom, the Zealots wanted a military kingdom but the humble Jesus offered a meek kingdom.
The natural irony of meekness: ''blessed are the meek…''
There is a strange paradox and natural irony to all of these Beatitudes. They are distinctly spiritual and contrary to our natural way of life.
*Two men faced each other before the governor's palace. One was Jesus Christ, the meekest man who ever lived. The other was Pontius Pilate, a man of extraordinary pride. Jesus appeared as the epitome of weakness, a poor Jew caught in the tides of Roman history, frail and powerless, destined to be obliterated from the earth. Pilate was the personification of Roman power. The tides of history were with him. As part of Rome, he was heir to the earth. The two figures are opposite ends of a tra ...
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