Why Are we Acting so Strange? Why Are we Acting so Strange?


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Jesus saw the crowds and went up a hill, where he sat down. His disciples gathered around him, and he began to teach them: True Happiness Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor; the Kingdom of heaven belongs to them! Happy are those who mourn; God will comfort them! Happy are those who are humble; they will receive what God has promised! Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires; God will satisfy them fully! Happy are those who are merciful to others; God will be merciful to them!

— Matthew 5: 1-7 (GNT) “The Sermon on the Mount”

 

The blessings of the beatitudes are for a people ready for the coming of God’s kingdom. This passage demonstrates what kingdom-ready people should be like; hence it shows us the prerequisites for the kingdom as well as kingdom promises.

 

Jesus lists promises that pertain to the coming kingdom:

• Theirs is the kingdom of heaven frames most of this section.

• In due time, the Kingdom God will “comfort all who mourn in Zion.”

• (Is 61:2): “He will satisfy the hunger and thirst of his people. At that time, he will ultimately declare the righteous to be his children. “

The blessings Jesus’ promises come only by God’s intervention. Because the future kingdom is present in Jesus, who provides bread and comforts the brokenhearted. We participate in the spiritual down payment of these blessings in Christ in the present. But such blessings come to the meek: those who wait on God to fight their battles. The blessings of the beatitudes are for people who are ready for God’s Kingdom coming.

First, kingdom people do not try to force God’s will on a world that is unprepared for it. But Jesus promises the kingdom to those who will patiently and humbly wait for it: the meek, the poor in spirit, the merciful, and the peacemakers. Peacemakers means not only living at peace but bringing harmony among others; this role requires us to work for reconciliation with spouses, neighbors, and all people.

Second, God favors the humble, which trust in Him rather than in their own strength as the humble are not easily provoked. This passage reflects upon biblical images of passion for God, longing for Him more than for daily food or drink. God and His Word should be the ultimate object of our longing.

 

Why Are We Acting So Strange?

When people come into the knowledge of whom they are in Christ Jesus they will act strange because: They will have a new walk, a new talk a new life, and a new heart. The Word says: Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. (Ps 51:10). Why are we acting so strange? There is a song that says: I’ve got a new walk, I’ve got a new song over in Glory and its mine, mine O mine. When we began to live out the beatitudes, we are new creations in Christ Jesus and we will act strange.

The church works in a strange way! We may think that the pastor is not doing what needs to be done but the question is about you. Did you go back to the pastor when the results were not what you expected? The thing is the pastor can enlighten you but you must be willing to follow God and trust in God’s Word. God is teaching me to trust Him and follow His Word. Adam and Eve did not obey God’s Word they followed the voice of Satan. As Christians we must hunger and thirst after God’s Word.

Amen

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