Sermon on the Mount is more difficult to keep than the Ten Commandments.
Anger is murder in the heart
Lust is adultery in the heart
What true righteousness is (Matt 5:1-6) MacArthur
positive emphasis on righteousness
e.g. pharisees-external righteousness
Rule & regulations - Jesus described Christian character that flowed from within.
1.Our attitude toward ourselves (v3) "humble"
correct estimate of oneself - honesty with ourselves (Rom. 12:3)
know ourselves & be ourselves (Acceptance) to glory of God
2.Our Attitude toward our sins (4-6) "Mourn" "Meek"
mourn, grieve over sin and despise it
see sin the way God sees it.
meekly submit to God - Power under control
3.Our Attitude toward the Lord (7-9)
We exp. God's mercy when we trust X. (Eph. 2:4-7)
He gives us a clean heart (Acts 15:9) peace within (Rom. 5:1)
Having received mercy, we share it with others
We become peacemakers in a troubled world and channels of God's mercy, purity & peace.
4.Our Attitude toward the World (10-16)
Not easy. Society isn't a friend to God or the Christian conflict with the world.
World praises pride, self-assertion
World endorses sin
World is at war with God.
Expect persecution if we live for God
Note: Just make sure it is not suffering because of foolishness or failure to obey God.
e.g. Raymond Johnson
Poor in spirit - Aware of their spiritual need
Those who mourn - Godly sorrow for their sins
The meek - The God - controlled
The merciful - Show mercy to others
Mercy:Pivotal word, over 150 times in O.T.
Describes God's kindness & steadfast love for his people
e.g. God showed mercy on lot, Joseph, Moses, and David.
Describes God's covenant love for His chosen people - Israel
e.g. Dramatic Exodus
Prophetic return from Babylonian Exile
New Testament:Sympathy, comfort - ability to suffer with another. Kindness of attitude and sensitivity that allows us to get i ...
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