by Frank Pollard

Matthew 5:1-12
I will certainly admit to having some
difficulty with a title for this lesson. I
thought about calling it "Who the Happy Ones
Are " or "Where Happiness Is Found." I know
those are awkward arrangements of words. I
have a friend who says no matters what your
business is your sentence structure ought to be
the proudest thing you are of.
Sometimes my sentence structure is not a
thing to be proud of. I finally decided to
borrow the words of an old TV jingle, "That's
What Happiness Is." Jesus is saying your problem
is you don't know what happiness is nor where
it can be found and that's why you can't find it.
Would you look with me to Matthew, Chapter 5.
We'll begin reading with verse 1. "And when he
saw the multitudes,He went up on the mountain; and
after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. And
opening His mouth He began to teach them, saying,
'Blessed are the poor i n spirit, for theirs is the
niritilom of heaven. Blessed are those who motirn,
for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the
gentle, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed
are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness
for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the
merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Blessed
Blessed are the poor in heart, for they shall
see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they
shall be called the sons of God. Blessed are
those who have been persecuted for the sake
of righteousness, for there's is the kingdom
of heaven. Blessed are you when men shall
revile you and persecute you and say all
manner of evil against on account of Me#.
Rejoice,and be glad, for your reward in heaven
is great. For so persecuted they the prophets
who were before you." (Matthew 5:1-12)
As Matthew introduces the Sermon on the
Mount and tells what happens, sort of sets
the tone for us, he uses some words that are
more important than they may appear to be at
the very first sight of them.
It says that Jesus sitting do ...

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