Who is really blessed!
Did the Holy Spirit speak to you about anything today?
The word blessed (makarias) is difficult to translate and has been translated as “happy,” “fortunate,” or even “congratulations.” No matter which translation you choose, it invites questions. What are some of yours?
There are eight beatitudes in Matthew (notice that verses 10-12 represent an expansion of the last one). The verb tenses of verse 3 and verse 10 differ from verses 4 through 9. What do you think that might be telling us?
How do you define blessing? Do you feel blessed in your life? What is the source of that?
How does understanding what real blessing is lead to deep transformation?
Read ahead in next week’s text: Matthew 5:3-12