HOW DO I KNOW THAT I AM ONE WHO IS GOING TO ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD? God’s intended character?
Matthew 5 and Luke 6
Charles e Whisnant, Pastor/Teacher/ Supplier/Shepherd
2A THE HISTORY OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND THE ROMAN GOVERNMENT
3A JESUS ARRIVES ON THE SCENE: Mark 1:14-15
4A GOD’S PLAN WAS NOT WHAT THE JEWS THOUGHT IT WOULD BE, OR EVEN WANTED:Isaiah 40-66, Luke 24:25-27; I Corinthians 1:26-27
5A THE JEWS MISSED THE POINT OF WHAT JESUS CAME FOR: HUMILITY AND SELF-DENIAL.
6A THE SERMON WAS TO TELL THE JEWS HOW TO ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD
The broken, the mourning, and the meek, are those who enter the Kingdom. Broken in spirit focuses on my sinfulness. Meekness focuses on God’s Holiness My spirit is broken because I am a sinner. Meek because God is holy in comparison. Broken in spirit is negative and results in mourning. Meekness is positive and results in seeking righteousness.
7A GROUPS WANT A DIFFERENT KIND OF MESSIAH:
8A THE KIND OF MESSIAH GOD WOULD HAVE FOR US: Ephesians 4:1-2; Titus 3:2; Colossians 3:12.
9A GOD’S STANDARD HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE SAME: Psalms 22:26; Psalms 25:9a, Psalms 147:6a Isaiah 29:19; Psalms 18:21-23; Psalms 107:8-9; Psalms 17:3-5, 15.
The centrality of God’s way to the beatitudes should be readily apparant from their focus on blessedness, for blessing, in the Hebrew Bible, is intimately related to walking obediently. To translate the word “blessing,” suggests meanings akin to “on the right path” or “on the way the Creator wants us to go”
Isaiah notes a call to prepare the way (Isa 57:14) and explains that the humble (or lowly or poor) in spirit share God’s abode, i.e. the Kingdom of Heaven (Isa 57:15), cf. Matt 5:3;
The psalmist urges us to commit our ways to the Lord (Ps 37:5), and not be concerned because the way of the wicked prospers (Ps 37:7), for those who wait on the Lord will inherit the land (Ps 37:9), the wicked will soon be cut off (Ps 37:10), but the humble/meek will inherit the land (Ps 37:11) cf. Matt 5:5.
The psalmist reminds us that, hungry and thirsty, God’s people wandered in the wilderness (Ps 107:4-5). Then they cried out to God (Ps 107:6), who lead them by a straight way (Ps 107:7), so praise him because he satisfies the soul and fills the hungry (Ps 107:8-9), cf. Matt 5:6.
The psalmist has kept the ways of the Lord and resisted the temptation to stray (Ps 18:21-23), therefore God has rewarded him according to the cleanliness of his hands, for God shows himself merciful with the merciful (Ps 18:24-25), cf. Matt 5:7.
God has tried the psalmist’s heart and found it pure (Ps 17:3), for his feet have held firm to the path (Ps 17:5). After appealing to God to arise against the wicked, the psalmist reflects that in the morning he will see God’s form (Ps 17:15), cf. Matt 5:8.
The Sons of Levi, the peacemakers (see notes on Matt 5:9), once walked in peace (Mal 2:6), but they have turned aside from God’s way and corrupted the covenant of peace (Mal 2:8, cf. Num 25:11-12), if God is Heavenly Father of all (Mal 2:10), then why is there partiality in judgement, asks Malachi (Mal 2:9). It follows that returning to God’s way will stop the peacemakers corrupting the covenant of peace and ensure they act like children of God, cf. Matt 5:9.
QUESTION ONE: WHAT DOES IT MEAN REALLY TO BE MEEK?
Meek: Meekness is a gentleness, and a mildness, a subdued character, but it is not weakness. It is power under control
2 Corinthians 10:1; Matthew 21:5; Proverbs 16:32; Proverbs 25;28
Meekness is a person who has died to self. he bears no grudges, does not worry about his own injuries. Hebrews 10:34, First Peter 2:21,23
QUESTION NUMBER TWO: HOW DOES MEEKNESS MANIFEST ITSELF?
Abraham: Genesis 12; Genesis 13:7-9. Joseph. David in First Samuel 26, Moses in Numbers 12:3
2 Chronicles 26 Uzziah
When a man is meek he will defend God because he has no need to defend himself.
Paul: Philippians 3:3 and Philippians 4:13.
QUESTION NUMBER THREE: WHAT IS THE RESULT OF MEEKNESS?
Blessed and Happy.
Meek shall inherit the earth: Psalms 37:11, I Corinthians 3:21-23; Psalms 149:4
QUESTION NUMBER FOUR: WHY IS MEEKNESS NECESSARY?
Psalms 149:4; Zechariah 2:13; James 1:21; First Peter 3:15
QUESTION NUMBER FIVE: HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M MEEK?
Do I experience self control
Do you get angry only when God get’s dishonored
Do you always respond humbly and obediently to the Word?
Do I make peace?
Do you receive criticism well and love the people who give it