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02 Blessed are Those Who Mourn and are Meek

Conrad Vine
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Conrad Vine

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  • June 16, 2020
    9:45 AM
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Today I'm going to be looking at the 2nd and 3rd Beatitudes in Matthew chapter 5 and yesterday we looked at the structure of the Beatitudes in Luke we see that Jesus is in the heart of the Beatitudes he's in the 4th be as to the message being that our lives are to revolve around the teachings of Jesus we also looked at the structure of the Asked use in Matthew where he said Jesus is in the last of the Beatitudes in the beatitude related to persecution and again the message there is that our lives focused on meeting Jesus himself yesterday we spoke about the 1st of the Beatitudes blessid are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of God and they were going to focus on the 2nd and 3rd Beatitudes the 1st of which is blessed and all those who mourn for they shall be comforted and so invite you to open your Bibles to Matthew chapter 5 and we're going to be looking through this beatitude and the following want to gather this morning we ask ourselves why do we talk about the Beatitudes Adventists we like talking about Jacob's time of trouble the little time of trouble in the significant time of trouble and the time of trouble in the end in the time of the end and the end of time and we love talking about prophesying but just as important as knowing where we are in history it's important to know how we are to live in this stage of history and in a polarized world is my invitation to all of us to refocus on the teachings of Jesus in the Gospels and particularly in the Sermon on the Mount and in this seminar on the Beatitudes because Jesus explains to us what it means to reflect our heavenly Father what it means to live out his character in a world that is your earning for manifestation and demonstration of His love for lost humanity and so I invite you wherever you are to bow your heads with me will invite the presence of the Holy Spirit to open our hearts and our minds so shall we pray. Our Heavenly Father I thank you for these teachings of Jesus I thank you that we have the freedom to gather here today whether in person or online to hear an exposition of what Jesus was talking about I pray Father that the same spirit who inspired Matthew to write these words that your same spirit will move upon our hearts and our minds today wherever we may be that we indeed will reflect the love of God more perfectly more fully more beautifully within our homes within our marriages within our communities in our countries I ask father that your spirit will speak through me that you will anointed me for the words I speak will be straight from the Throne of Grace thank you Father for hearing this prayer because I pray in the name of Jesus our Lord and Savior man so 1st the attitude that we are looking at today is found in Matthew chapter 5 and verse 4 and if we have the screen there it is there on the screen blessid are those who mourn for they shall be comforted. Some years ago in 2015 it was my privilege to be in northern Iraq and Isis was conquering their way across northern Syria into northern Iraq and I found myself in the city of Erbil herbal is in northeastern Iraq it was in what is known as the Kurdish autonomous region and Isis and just conquered the city of Mosul which was about 4050 miles to the west of Erbil when ISIS came to Mosul they gave the Christians 48 hours they had a choice to make you leave you die or you convert and overwhelmingly the Christians simply left and I arrived a few days later there were really very very few defenses between Mosul and ergo ISIS were no more than 45 minutes drive away they were hunting for Westerners and I was spending time with some of the displaced people in one of those warehouses of Erbil and I came across a lady sitting on the floor and she had a bowl of beans in front of her and some rice she was sitting on a mat and I sat down beside her and I could see that she was lost in thought and so I asked to my translator I said Could you just tell me your story is an important part of ministry to give people time and space simply to tell their story to vocalize what they have gone through and so she told her story of how she left with her husband and her daughters and how when they got the outskirts of Mosul intercepted by ISIS her husband was taken from her behind the son June and she never seen him again they took everything of value of her body her wedding band to watch Issues her glasses and she was left with her 2 daughters had they had her daughters were age 10 and 12 those daughters were also taken by ISIS for other purposes and she was now sitting in grief overwhelmed the loss she had experienced at the hands of ISIS when you're faced with such depravity and such evil it's hard to know what to say in fact in the Book of Job. Says that this is perhaps most helpful thing Job's 3 friends did when they came to job in chapter 2 and they saw the extent of his suffering they sat in silence with him for 7 days there are times in life where our grief and our mourning and the reality of evil is so immense that silence is the only response that we can do to sit in silence in human solidarity with those who mourn and this beatitude of geezers blessid of those who mourn for they shall be comforted it touches deeply on the reality of human suffering in all of its forms this beatitude touches the human experience of every human or in our planet today or not it represents the fulfillment of more humanity's hopes than almost any of the other Beatitudes So what does this beatitude teach us 1st of all here in the West many people love watching Hollywood movies and it is a tragedy but a Hollywood is built on our fallen desire to enjoy the suffering of others blockbusters are built on the assumption people will pay to watch gory deaths and the more gory The more the laughter within the cinema but nothing could be further from the character of Jesus on the other extreme our Western societies are built we have many social paths some cushions because we don't like pain or suffering in any form and so we have pain pills we have dieting fads we have exercise fads and so forth that promise to reduce human suffering its all you like never act wisely never exercise yet take this pill and everything will be Ok but this beatitude of Jesus blessed are those who mourn or Blessed are those who grieve it has nothing to do with these fallen attitudes there is mourning in our world because there is suffering and God never created us to suffer yet through the divine passive. Grammatical way of understanding this this be asked to do for they will be comforted Jesus is telling us. God personally will bring comfort to his children as they go through seasons of grief God looks to comfort us in the midst of distress God is not blind to our distress when Hagar is driven away from Abraham by Sarah and she's in the wilderness and she's she sitting and watching her boy Ishmael dying there is a name for God in that chapter of Genesis Chapter 16 I believe and God reveals himself to Hagar as well Roy in Hebrew which means the God who sees it means God sees us in our distress God is not asleep he is not blind he's not elsewhere in the midst of the chapters of pain in our lives one of the names for God is El Roy the God who sees us in our distress. We also learn from this beatitudes that suffering is an extraordinary teacher suffering can open the door to profound wisdom when I 1st got married to my wife was raised in the Soviet Union when I got married when we were married my wife gave me a book for a 1st Christmas it was by Tolstoy it was called War and Peace and I thought was a nice book and for the 2nd Christmas for my wedding present wife gave me another book by Dulce ascii code crime and punishment and I thought oh maybe she's trying to send me a message here for a 3rd Christmas as she gave me another book by I think it's by Tolstoy called the idiot idiotic part russkie in Russian it's called in the art and the idiot is kind of this this religious simpleton who acts like a court jester and everybody doesn't take him seriously but he can speak truth to people it's called the idiot and so I said to my wife are you trying to send me a message through these books of how classical works of Russian literature she said No not at all the next year for Christmas I got a book entitled histories 100 worst tyrants and which point I really started to commit paranoid about the state of our marriage but the truth is is that suffering opens the door to profound wisdom we know little about the depths of the human spirit and so we have endured suffering which is why some of the Russian literature that was born of the concentration camps of the SOLs in the communists is so profound in its understanding of the human condition to become a refugee is horrible but refugees very quickly learn what is important in life it is not your house it is not your car it is not your job it is not your clothes but it is life itself. Pain rearrange is priorities whether we like it or not great natural disasters to strike our world we have tsunamis hearkens and earth quakes typhoons I remember one of the speakers speaking out yes they down there in Guam Micronesia but as a broad generalization and this is a generalization and I've spent many years working in disaster zones of quakes impacts dance Nami in Sri Lanka starvation Ethiopia and so forth I've seen a lot of human suffering in my life and ministry I've learnt this that there is a striking different this difference between the survivors of a disaster and those who arrive shortly after the disaster those who arrive after a disaster such as an earthquake or tsunami awestruck with they're overwhelmed with the horror of the devastation and it is true there is profound devastation when a tsunami hits or when an earthquake destroys your town but those who remain those who went through the disaster those who survived they are not struck with a sense of horror of the devastation overwhelmingly they have a sense of gratitude that they made it out alive there is a difference between those who go through disaster and those who arrive after the disaster and only see the physical aftermath. We also see in this beatitude is that the healing of human brokenness nail a nation in all of its time mentions was and remains of the hearts of Jesus' ministry they will be comforted is his promise to us today since in the time of Jesus sin was popularly believed to be the cause of human suffering Jesus all 30 over sin was manifest so demonstrated by his ability to heal disease if sin is sin causes disease. Then if Jesus was of 30 to heal disease that means he can eradicate sin as well Jesus says in Matthew 8 verse 17 took our infirmities bore out diseases in the Gospel of Matthew Jesus is the only human the only person the only person human history who is able to heal all of our causes for morning including a nation from ourselves from others and from God in the book of Matthew and as you go through it if you take the time to study it there are 3 layers of infirmity or physical disease the 1st kind of disease is known in the Greek is not sauce translated as disease or ailments you find that for instance in Matthew 423324 Matthew 817 Matthew 935 or Matthew 11 this is a problem of the body Now where does it hurt does it hurt here Yes ouch this is a physical ailment like having bumps and bruises in the school playground the 2nd level of infirmity in disease is a problem of communal relationships and the question here is who is to blame you find this expression used in the Gospel of Matthew through the word cackles in the Greek you find it in Matthew 2141 and in Matthew 2448 but the most serious kind of alienation and illness defined in the Gospel of Matthew is is is is when Jesus has to bring not just therapy Wayne that means that means to cure we get the word therapy from it Jesus. Provides therapy way not therapy for not source and caucus that is physical ailment and communal problems but when it comes to the most serious kind of illness the great cause that Malak here in the book Book of Matthew we find out in Matthew $423.00 Matthew $935.00 Matthew $101.00 Jesus does not just merely provide therapy Wayne or curing he provides Catherine which is cleansing at its deepest level so lepers experience cleansing they don't experience healing they experience cleansing because this is a disease on to death and requires a deeper level of intervention from Jesus only Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew is able to heal all the various levels of human suffering whether it be physical suffering whether it be communal suffering or whether it be alienation of the heart and wherever we are today is as we watch this this this seminar I want to invite you to open your hearts to Jesus as the divine healer who indeed can bring comfort for all these levels of alienation and healing and disease so what are the implications of this b.x. you will firstly while we live in an entertainment oriented society and it is true Hollywood and the mass media and Youtube and all the online streaming services who ruin Netflix and so forth this dominates our western society the reality is that excessive entertainment only leads to boredom it doesn't lead to joy entertainment leads to boredom and ultimately to a sense of meaninglessness. Whereas suffering reveals a depth of meaning that we may never otherwise achieve and if in our entertainment we choose to revel and enjoy the sufferings of others not only are we fostering meaninglessness within our own lives but we are separating ourselves from Jesus who never looked on a suffering crowd with anything other than compassion Jesus never said to the disciples you see this crowd do you see this suffering let me give used let me feed you new can watch their suffering and enjoy it for the day Jesus never looked on a crowd with anything other than compassion and this hard heartedness to the sufferings of others means that we close our selves to God's comfort and the promise of being blessed by God ourselves so if we are to experience God's comfort in the midst of our suffering Jesus is inviting us in the beatitude to look with compassion on others who are suffering and to slow down and to take note of it and to minister where we can and the right just mourn over injustice and they do not come succumb to compassion fatigue in turning a blind eye and switching channels and looking the other way we are actually closing ourselves to God's blessings and comfort in the midst of our own pain the more that we focus on our own need for comfort and ignore those who mourn around us the more we close ourselves to God's blessing and actively bringing comfort to those who are suffering we are actively opening our own hearts to the promise of comfort that only God can give. And secondly the one who is lashed by the storm is the one who is most grateful to God while we are not to seek suffering nowhere does Jesus commanders to seek for suffering we do tend to grow the most spiritually during the storms of life when people make their new year's resolutions and they think what do I dream for in the next year most people dream well maybe I could have a nice vacation maybe I could finish off a project in the house maybe want to lose some weight I want to feel better about myself I want to get that promotion we're looking for the good things of life but if you ask somebody when was the time you grew the most spiritually it was not when they got the promotion it was not when they got the new job it was not when they went on vacation and it wasn't when they finished the extension to their home it was when they journeyed with their spouse through a cancer diagnosis it was when they nurtured their children through an illness or challenges cool we grow the most in the difficult stages of life and yet nobody asks for that in the New Year's resolutions we want the good things of life and we want to grow at the same time spiritually but the reality is that the greatest spiritual growth is in gendered by the reality of human suffering. The 3rd right just mourn over their own sin at the heart level and they are comforted through the forgiveness that only God can bring in embracing the world's brokenness and mourning as Jesus did in Matthew $817.00 Jesus is able to cure all who are experiencing human alienation in all of its forms and so we're invited in this beatitude So maybe join with David in his psalm of Pentateuch in Psalm 51 we admit the most significant sin an alienation in our lives is not the externals of life but it's those parts of our lives as parts of our hearts where we have yet to allow God to rule where the Kingdom of self rather than the Kingdom of God is supremum as we withhold parts are in the most beings from our heavenly Father we are actually alienating ourselves from our heavenly Father and unable to receive the full wonder of his comfort and his blessedness Jesus speaks a lot in Matthew's Gospel about the cardiac does a Greek word it means heart we have cardiac arrest today but Jesus speaks a lot about the Cardia That way your treasure is there your Cardia will be also as an example later in the Sermon on the mount unless we open our hearts to God our fallen hearts will be at the center of our lives and they will bring nothing but that which causes suffering as Jesus says in Matthew 1519 forges out of the cardiac the heart comes evil intentions if God is not the treasure of my heart Matthew 621 then I will be alienated from God Thus to mourn for our own alienation from God and to mourn the suffering of others requires the miracle of the new heart and without this new heart experience we cannot experience the blessedness and comfort that only God can give. When Jesus announced his ministry in Nazareth in Luke Chapter 4 he was basing his announcement on what Isaiah prophesied about Messiah in Isaiah Chapter 61 and we see there that the morning is turn to comfort by the presence of Jesus in our lives we see that oppression is replaced by the announcement of good news we see that the broken hearted a promise that they will we receive a binding up from the Heavenly Father we see that the captives are promised the proclamation of liberty we see that the prisoners are promised release we see that those with faint of spirit are promised a mantle of praise with those who experience ashes today are provided a galant a gallon of flowers them they may praise God and those who are experiencing morning today are promised the oil of gladness and of comfort and we each of us we experience life in many ways I just want to use a simple example here I want to encourage you most people watching this we tend vegetables and cans at home most of us have pots and pans and I'm banned from cooking at home over one infamous incident when my wife was recovering from surgery and she asked for a vegetable soup and so I went down to do to flee prepare it as I was some scraping the carrots in on the greater into the soup I shaved about a 3rd of my big thumbnail off and it went into the pot and allow a copious amount of blood flowed in I couldn't find it in the pot so I decided to blend it all up my wife ate it she asked me what the magic ingredient was and why I was bleeding from my thumb I confessed and since then I've never been allowed to cook again it's a great trick if you never want to be allowed to cook again so anyway most of us we come to life like this can all right now this is a standard aluminum can and we come to church we live our daily lives and on the outside we look nice and shiny unclean just like this. And yet the reality is that inside there's a lot of stuff going on but we rarely open up to anybody about it doing we have a public persona we have a public image we have a public face oftentimes we don't even know ourselves what's in the Can we don't like to admit what's going on and we have these public shiny personas but we rarely we don't know who we can open up to in these days of social media you tell someone a secret and he goes there $5000.00 friends within a few minutes there is no such thing as really confidentiality anymore including sadly many parts of the Body of Christ but when we turn to God for comfort we find that God is infinitely greater and has the capacity to hold all of our problems when we turn to God for comfort and I just need to make sure I don't drip all over the. All over the podium here when we turn to God in our hour of grief and. We ask for the promise of comfort we find that we can indeed give everything over to God when we give everything over to God we discover we discover that God is capable of holding everything we can possibly give him. We discover that God is so big that he's not going to leak it out anyway he's going to broadcast on social media God is confidential he's large enough to cope with all of our problems there's no big problem in our little life is too big for him to hold and when we give everything over to God We find that he actually can drain the pain and in the empty space that is left he promises to fill up with the comfort only he can give next time you're preparing something in the kitchen ladies and gentlemen those of you who are still required to cook that is next time you're preparing something in the kitchen you look at those pots and pans I want you to remember that God is large enough and big enough and safe enough to take anything we can give him and he promises as we empty out os souls to Him as you pour out our souls to him he indeed can fill us with comforts the comfort that we need to there are some questions from His Beatitude a want like to invite you to reflect on this morning 1st of those is this Is there a form of comfort for all kinds of morning as a question for us to ponder this morning Secondly Matthau May I bring God's comforts to those who are mourning today who today can I bring God's comfort to is as somebody that you know in life that is suffering today I want to encourage you from a pastoral perspective as you seek to minister to someone who is comforting he was mourning God will bring you the comfort you need in your own life for you are experiencing a nation of pain yourself the best way to receive healing as a disciple of Jesus is to minister to those who are hurting and in turn God will minister to you bless it said Jesus all those who mourn for they will be comforted and then we come to the 2nd of our Beatitudes for today and this is found in Matthew chapter 5 and this is found in verse 5 it says blessid are the meek for they will inherit the earth. There it is on the screen bless it all the meat for the day will inherit the earth now I think it's a fair assumption or fact inclusion that today meekness is not celebrated Would you agree with me we don't celebrate those who are meat the those who are me are viewed as being timid or submissive easily dominated as I was a very famous story there was a man called Charles Keating here in the States who headed Lincoln Savings and Loans and he sends an in-house memo before the Savings and Loan scandal of the 1980 s. in 1900 s. he sent an in-house memo to his stuff and this is what he said my quote Remember the week the meek and the ignorant are always good targets. This man Charles Keating was ultimately sent to jail for his role in the banking in the savings scandals in the eighty's and ninety's here in the States but when Jesus said Blessitt of the me what and who was he talking about see the Greek word land that he uses is gay we get the word geography from it I mean there is the Hebrew word Arabs like address Israel the land of Israel and in general these words in the Old or New Testament refer to the land in general they refer to the promised land the land of promise they refer to the inhabited a and they refer to the earth as the theater of God's actions in salvation history and in this beatitude here Jesus is drawing extensively on Psalm 70 some 37 invites you to turn your Bibles to Psalm 37 to understand way Jesus is coming from with this particular beatitude you see some 37 says this but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land but the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant prosperity the right to show inherit the land and live in it forever so Psalm 37 talks about the me inheriting the land and some 37 talks about 2 ways in which we may live in the land there are 2 ways the 1st of those ways is through violence and the 2nd of those ways is through meekness you see those who seek security. Often manifest in excessive desire for power for material possessions and honor and this results in various forms of worry and envy look at some 37 verse one says Do not fret because of the wicked do not be envious of wrong doers seeking to control the land through power often these are anxiety verse 7 says Be still before the Lord wait patiently for him do not fret over those who prosper in their way over those who carry out evil does evil devices. Leads in verse 8 to anger verse 8 of the Psalm $37.00 says refrain from anger forsake wrath do not fret it only leads to evil and again in verse 12 the wicked plot against the right chips and gnash their teeth at Sam this false sense of security this false security that I'm going to own the land I'm going to grab the land and it's mine and you cannot take it from me this leads to evil doing as a way of protecting our lifestyle as opposed to others it leads to using forces within society to protect my position rather than to look out for the needs of everybody the Psalmist is warning against using such land based attitudes against as the foundation of our lives rather in verse 3 the Psalmist says this trust in the Lord and do good so you will live in the land and enjoy security so scripturally speaking earth and land are almost synonymous concepts but in Jesus' day and in our day today we have separated these things out how is that so Psalm 24 verse one with many with verses as the earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof that is the earth and everything within it belongs to God and we all say amen to that the problem is is the Israelites and come to distinguish between the Earth belongs to God and this bit of land belongs to me and even in our own day we say yes the earth is God's But this bit of land with my title need this belongs to me I'm sovereign over this vital land when the land is mine and does not belong to God then we must offended at all costs and this is leads to the inherent potential for land based violence and when land based value systems are paralleled with concepts of national honor or personal prestige the national leaders are all too willing to go to war over an insignificant loss of land. And so this is viewed as a matter of national honor within societies violence is often initiated by one group against another through fear of loss some examples just within my lifetime example such as apartheid in South Africa ethnic cleansing in Rwanda policies that load leads to social exclusion discrimination off in the West and regressive taxation regimes these all come about when one group feels threatened by the loss of its control of the land with its productive capacity and wealth making capacity to another group at a national level this underlying fear of loss or lack of trusting God for our national security serves as a justification for preemptive strikes now in Jesus day return back to Matthew chapter 5 when Jesus said blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth Judea Galilee in some area were inhabited by the Romans occupied by the Romans they were men of military mind they were opposed by the the zealots they were also men who said well we're going to claim the land through military might so there was one group in the time of Jesus who said that military might will ensure the inherit the land there was another group of pharisees they insisted that the land was the Jews by virtue of descent from Abraham alone but Jesus denies in this beatitude that the land will be divided according to biological descent or military might rather the land will go to the meet and the meek are blessed precisely because they do not require force to develop to just provide their own security their lives are built around trusting God God will take care of them God will meet their basic needs as such the meek are not consumed by the fear of loss which dominates the lives of the wealthy and the powerful Have you ever noticed that those with extreme wealth are dominated by fear of loss. They watch the stock market by the minute I've been in some offices where people have that the Dow Jones Index which is ticking along on the bottom of their screen they have millions in the bank and they are consumed every day by fear of loss rather than their wealth as a means to bless society their whole life is consumed about prove how to preserve their wealth and how to diversify their wealth so they don't have to experience loss so fear of loss is a paradox the companies have an incredible wealth and when you no longer trusting God for your financial and physical security so what are the implications of this beatitude Firstly Well according to the Scriptures we owe nothing of ourselves when we get into our stage of life we have a condo we have a holiday home we have a tenured position we live in a good neighborhood we have a terminal degree we have 3 cars in the garage we have social on a it is easy forget to forget that it was God and not ourselves who brought us to this point of life we need to remember that the land is always a gift from God It is an inheritance from God It's not ours to take but it is God's to give Thus we have no absolute right over it we are merely stewards of what passes through our possession on a day to day basis and our inheritance of any lands depend depends upon fidelity to God's vision for how we are to use resources to bless those in need turning your Bibles to Deuteronomy Chapter 6 we see there how God describes this responsibility that we face Deuteronomy Chapter 6 in verse 10 it says that when the Lord your God has brought you into the land that he swore to your ancestors to Abraham to Isaac and Jacob to give you a land with fine large cities that you did not build in verse 11 houses filled with all sorts of goods that you did not fill human systems that you did not Hugh vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant and when you have eaten your fill and we say Amen that verse 12 take care that you do not forget the Lord. Take care in the midst of your material wealth fellow Americans people watching around the world take care than the midst of your physical abundance never forget that everything we have is a gift from God If we start being ruled by fear of loss this will result in social violence one way or another as we feel threatened by financial loss at a personal level as our stewards rather than absolute owners we represent God to His creation the good union army just over the page chapter 8 and verse 9 God promised his people that when they got to the promised land it says there in verse 9 a land where you may eat bread without scarcity where you will lack nothing it is God's purpose for his church for his people that we live in a way that we alter our lives that those around us lack nothing and God is not honored by poverty or human deprivation or want or need God will provide the fundament resources of life for his people and God promised his people in the promised land all the resources they would need for that so that nobody would like anything here in Deuteronomy Chapter 8 if they would order their lives and their economy after God's will. But when the land becomes ours rather than gods we're focused on the bottom line rather than God's will when we forget that I was him we have is an inheritance from God we become self delusional in our pride and we separate off the shoot ourselves from God The pursuit of land becomes an end in itself the pursuit of wealth takes precedence over seeking God's will it's interesting that later in the Sermon on the Mount there in Matthew chapter 6 Jesus specifically talks about those who worry about what they're going to eat what they're going to drink and what they're going to wear people who worries about the finance the the material aspects of life he says Seek 1st the Kingdom of God and all his righteousness and I will take care of your basic needs is an invitation to all of us to reorder the priorities in our lives the Greek word for houses cos the Greek word for household is or economy and that is where we get the word economy from the national economy is similar to the household economy how we all draw households how we all draw national economy is as ideally to be a reflection of God's will that we take care of the poor and the marginalised that we do not seek to use violence to exclude but we use the blessings God has put upon us to lift everybody within society but when we operate from pride we operate Holtzman from fear of loss and we are no longer counted among the meek. The meek work to ensure that they have all their basic needs met and everybody else has their basic needs met the meek are those who challenge physical structures that perpetrate violence on minority or marginalized group the meat today cannot support structures or systems whose stewardship of the earth's resources these environmental degradation and displaces the poor and the voiceless the meek ask themselves Is it better to have what they want or is it better for the poor to have what they need the meek are invited as well as the rich young ruler later in the Gospel of Matthew to use our resources sacrificially on behalf of the poor while governments have social security systems this does not remove the responsibility of the me to share on a personal level with those who have not and many years ago I was working in a former Soviet Republic and my salary was $200.00 a month I paid $100.00 rent it was a war zone there was a lot of refugees it was a desperate economic situation and I went down to about $110.00 pounds I was the tree skin and bone back then and when I showed a picture of myself to my wife she almost didn't recognize me and and so it was it was a desperate situation there was fighting within Communists and the jihad is and the people were desperately poor people were selling their household furniture on the streets in order to buy a loaf of bread at the end of the day and one day I was walking down the street and I had I thought I had in my pocket a 100 of the local currency Google Amana showing and I had a 100 minutes which was basically cents a couple of cents. And I see this pensioner and she comes up to me she's an old published and she comes up to me and you see the desperation on her face the Social Security system and collapsed pensions were not being paid she was selling a few of all socks and a few pots and pans on the side of the street all her household possessions that she had left and she came up to me with a hands out like that and I was busy I was going places and things to do people to see and places to go so I reached into my pocket and without really thinking about it I just passed it on to her and I walked on thinking it's just a few minutes a few cents she'll get in the p.r.c. that surround loaf of bread she'll live today from what I gave her but as I walk down the road I heard this expression of joy behind me and wonder what is she upset about what is she crying about I look behind and she was following me as best she could she was a slow walker and she was crying out God's blessings upon me push bloggers of it to be a May God bless you the book I'm go with God's Inox in UK means my son in Russian and she was saying Go with God May God bless you thank you so much now it is coming down her eyes and I looked around so what is she talking about and then she waves in my eyes what I just given her it was my $100.00 it was all I had to live on that month I'd given her enough bread for the for the rest of that year and she was overwhelmed with emotion that somebody had just given her a bread to live on for the rest of that year and in that moment even though she was from a former Soviet Republic and she was culturally from a Muslim background in that moment the presence of God was experience between both of us all she could say was. Thank God may God be with you walk with saw walk with God cynic that means my son there was a connection that God's presence was mediated by that act of kindness unwitting though it was and I've never forgotten that experience bless it all the meek said Jesus for they shall inherit the earth when we act in meekness we follow in the footsteps of Jesus who later in this gospel describes himself as I am me and humble of hot and so blessed it all to me is an invitation to has a day by day may there be less of me and more of Jesus and as I express the meekness of Jesus to those around me I actually start to experience the presence of God in my life in a beautiful way in the same way that unintentionally unwittingly I experienced it without old grandma in the former Soviet Union when she received from me an incredible gift and all she could do was express her gratitude to God for what I'd done for her that day bless another me says Jesus for they shall inherit the earth as we come to the end of time this earth is looking for a manifestation of God's character a manifestation of God's character that will cross the polarization of our world that will that will seep through the boundaries of hatred and bigotry and prejudice we see around us that will melt the hearts of the separated into political camps where nobody wants to talk with each other anymore God's character is to be manifest in our world through a revelation through his servants of the goodness and the character of God bless it all to me says Jesus they do not live in fear of loss they trust God that their daily meet needs will be met and because they do not live in fear of loss but they live with trusting God they can be a blessing within their community and so some final questions for reflection as we wrap up here do I own my property or my god steward of those assets. In what ways do I and my family marginalize the poor and the voiceless to take note do we stand up for them or do we just walk by on the other side of the road what do the meekness of nonviolence of Jesus teach us today and finally what promise or invitation is there in this beatitude for me Jesus concludes the Sermon on the Mount by talking about a man who built his house upon a rock and you contrast that with a man who builds his house upon the sand and in our own lives if you apply that in a personal sense if I build my life if I stand on sand and that Sunday sinking sand the only way I can stand upright and retain my posture is if I push down those around me if I build my life I stand on a rock that is the teachings of Jesus Christ including these Beatitudes my footing is sure I'm not afraid that I'm going to sink into the sand where my footing is sure I can now little of people out of the sun and blessid other mixes uses for they shall inherit the earth. It's my prayer that as we live in these last days to Jesus comes again people will see in us an expression of the meekness of Jesus who himself is meek and humble of hops and in so doing their lives we turn from fear of loss to trusting God and they will experience a blessedness that only God can give May God bless and may bring us the promise of these Beatitudes as with the day until Jesus comes again. This media was brought to you by audio verse a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse if you would like to listen to more sermon leave it w w w dot audio Verse dot org.

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