BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT
Leslie M. John
“And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:1-3)
Lord Jesus taught His disciples the essentials, which not only His disciples should have in order to belong to the “kingdom of heaven”, but every follower of Him should have. None of the philosophies of any great men in the world that taught about the good character people should possess to live a happy life in the world, or good works men should do, will exceed the simple teachings Lord Jesus, who taught in the first century as recorded in the “Sermon on the Mount”.
The word “Blessed” used by the Lord means “Happy”. The first beatitude is:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”. Matthew 5:3 Lord Jesus said happy are those who humble themselves and depend upon God for all their needs, whether they are of temporal or of Spiritual. More so of sinners who depend on Lord Jesus for their spiritual needs and look to Him earnestly. Jesus promises them the “Kingdom of heaven”.
While men taught that blessedness is in achieving honor, or wealth, or grandeur, or sensual pleasure, Lord Jesus focused His teachings to the humble in heart and said that blessedness is in being humble in spirit. Humbling is not feigning ignorance or behaving like a fool, but being like Moses, who was the meekest among all men on the earth, and yet was very tough leader.
“(Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)” (Numbers 12:3)
“And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strawed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it” (Exodus 32:20)
Humbling is like Lord Jesus washing the feet of His disciples to teach what the service is like, and yet being tough when it comes to showing that the temple The Father’s house cannot be defiled.
“And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves” (Matthew 21:12-13)