It’s been while since I have read these:
What came to me is that as Jesus preaches from the hill he addresses all sorts of people.
The very people sitting there
(And those who will read the text years later)
He invites them in. He realizes people are at different spaces in their lives.
And that’s fine…
Each person who accepts the invitation will receive something. They will receive the thing that Jesus knows is best for them at that time.
So they come – the:
poor in spirit
the ones who hunger and thirst for a deeper faith (more righteousness)
(there is a few more to the list.)
Note that these “positions” or “postures” vary.
Some are a good place to be – others, not so much.
YET, all are welcome.
How about you, reading this today? Where are you at?
Will you accept Jesus’ invitation?
And then you know what comes next?
It’s a mandate.
It’s an invitation to a lifestyle.
He uses imagery relevant to those times (and even today)
“…so that they may see your good deeds and praise Your Father in heaven.”
Now, that’s something I want to be part of.