BSF Matthew Lesson 5 Day 2
Answers to BSF Bible Study Questions Matthew Lesson 5 Day 2
3. Blessed means happy, fortunate, to be envied—
spiritually prosperous regardless of the outward circumstances, content, favored by God, and at peace.
4. a. Explanation of the phrases used in the beatitudes:
Blessed are the Poor in spirit:
Contrite and lowly in spirit; humble; rate themselves as insignificant; penitent; meek; not boastful or confident in their own strength and righteousness
Blessed are those who Mourn:
Those who grieve; those with a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit; those in misery; those feeling dejected with heartfelt shame due to their sin. (A step beyond poor in spirit) I never connected these other passages which show it is mourning in recognition of our sin. It reminds me of David’s state after Nathan the prophet confronted him about Bathsheba and Uriah.
Blessed are the Meek:
Humble; lowly in heart; gentle; the antithesis of proud, arrogant, and haughty; in need of a safe refuge. Hunger and thirst for righteousness: A desire to know and understand God’s truths and His ways; A desire to be perfect as He is perfect; A longing to see our flesh come into alignment with the new man; renewing our mind. When we are born again, our old thought patterns—sometimes referred to as stinking thinking—persists unless we make a concerted effort to renew our minds with the help and guidance of the indwelling Christ.
I think the scripture references in Psalms are old covenant longing for an infilling of the Spirit of God. Jesus said, those who thirst for righteousness will be filled. He told the Samaritan woman, “But whoever takes a drink of the water that I will give him shall never, no never, be thirsty any more. But the water that I will give him shall become a spring of water welling up (flowing, bubbling) [continually] within him unto (into, for) eternal life.” John 4:14 AMP (italics added) I think in the new covenant, zeal for God is sometimes misrepresented as hunger and thirst for God.
Blessed are the Merciful:
Forgive without setting limits and without keeping track of the number of times—even those who habitually treat us atrociously. It really says that, doesn’t it? I could name some names, but I won’t. Oh to be able to forgive and forget!
Blessed are the Pure in heart:
A heart that is undivided in its love for God.
A pure heart leads to bearing good fruit—the end result is clean hands.
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim…in the light of His glory and grace.
Blessed are the Peacemakers:
Reconciliation; Death of hostility; Unity through a bond of peace; Because we are justified by faith, we have peace with God.
Blessed are those Persecuted because of righteousness:
Threatened; slandered; share in Christ’s suffering; hated; reviled
b. I memorized this passage when I was 11 or 12. It should still be in there somewhere, right?
c. I hate conflict, so I’m always trying to keep peace. However, I don’t seem to be very good at it.
I need the wisdom to know how and when.
Jesus confronted people regularly. It was the right thing to do.
Sometimes I need to be confrontational—when it’s the right thing to do.
Avoiding conflict isn’t always the correct path, I’m learning. Slowly.
MY answers — not THE answers — to study questions on BSF Matthew Lesson 5 Day 2