This week, Pastor Byron taught on Matthew 6. One of his points was to go through the Lord’s Prayer. He taught it in a wonderful way, by connecting each part of the Lord’s prayer to an element in the Beatitudes in Matthew 5. The way the verses line up are a wonderful way to view our relationship to the Father, as exemplified by Jesus.
This post will be relatively brief, because seeing the verses paralleled goes a long way in understanding the layout. I will give a brief commentary below the table on a few examples. For a greater breakdown, along with Pastor Byron’s other points, you can listen to the full sermon here. Without further ado, I present to you, the parallel of the Beatitudes and the Lord’s Prayer.
|Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.||Our Father in heaven|
|Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.||Hallowed be your name|
|Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.||Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven|
|Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.||Give us today our daily bread|
|Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.||And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors|
|Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.||And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one|
Point 1: Blessed are the Poor in Spirit, Theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven—Our Father who is in Heaven
–Here we see Jesus declaring that the poor in spirit will have the kingdom of heaven. Heaven is where the Father dwells. In the end, it is the Poor in Spirit who will reside with their heavenly Father.
Point 2: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, they shall be filled—Give us this day our daily bread.
–The Lord is our provider. From physical food to eternal yearnings, the Father provides for us. In God’s presence, there is a filling to contentment.
Point 3: Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy—Forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven our debtors.
–Forgiveness requires a constant flow. We do not receive forgiveness from the Father without giving forgiveness to those who have hurt us. The only way we can remain guilt free with God is to release those who have wronged us from their guilt to us.
It is a wonderful reflection on the Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount. In it we see the heart of God and how he desires to relate to us.
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