Rev. Dr. Matthew Heise, Executive Director of Lutheran Heritage Foundation in Macomb, MI joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:1-12. Learn more about Lutheran Heritage Foundation at lhfmissions.org.
We are those who are poor in spirit and, in Christ, we are blessed. The weakest, meekest, and most needing righteousness are the greatest in the kingdom of God. In this blessed state, we mourn, seek peace, and face persecution with hope. Hope that He makes our hearts pure and provide strength even in persecution for we are blessed by the grace and mercy of Christ. “Lord God, despite being poor in spirit, You call us blessed. Shower us with Your mercy and peace to be strengthened in persecution and trial as we rejoice knowing our reward is great in heaven. In Christ, Amen”
Thy Strong Word reveals the light of our salvation in Christ through study of God’s Word, breaking our darkness with His redeeming light. Each weekday, two pastors fix our eyes on Jesus by considering Holy Scripture, verse by verse, in order to be strengthened in the Word and be equipped to faithfully serve in our daily vocations.
Thy Strong Word is hosted by Rev. Brady Finnern, pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church in Sartell, MN, and graciously underwritten by the Lutheran Heritage Foundation.
The Sermon on the Mount
5 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.
2 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons[a] of God.
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
- Matthew 5:9 Greek huioi; see Preface
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