September 9: A New Greatness: Humility (Matt. 5:1-3)
This week we will return to our study in the gospel of Matthew. In the first four chapters, Matthew recorded the events of Jesus’ life with the intention to teach us about the glory and coming of God’s kingdom. As we move forward, we enter what has come to be known as the Sermon on the Mount. This sermon teaches us the etiquette of God’s kingdom and is intended to reveal the difference between life in his kingdom and life in the world. The series of blessings in verses 1-12 serve as an introduction to the sermon and really as an introduction to the type of conduct that is fitting for citizens of Jesus’ new kingdom. This is life in the upside down kingdom. In the first beatitude, Jesus calls the people of God to be unique by their display of humility. A biblical humility promises the blessedness of participating in and enjoying God's kingdom.
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