Summary: We live in a World of many troubles, trials and tribulations. Seems like one problem after another. It seems as if the dark cloud will never go away.
9/24/2006 - Marsing, ID
Ricardo Rodriguez – firstname.lastname@example.org
“1And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: 2And 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 they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. " 5"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. " 6"Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. " 7"Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. " 8"Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. " 9"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. " 10"Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. " 11"Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. " 12"Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”
“1Y VIENDO las gentes, subió al monte; y sentándose, se llegaron á él sus discípulos. 2Y abriendo su boca, les enseñaba, diciendo: 3Bienaventurados los pobres en espíritu: porque de ellos es el reino de los cielos. 4Bienaventurados los que lloran: porque ellos recibirán consolación. 5Bienaventurados los mansos: porque ellos recibirán la tierra por heredad. 6Bienaventurados los que tienen hambre y sed de justicia: porque ellos serán hartos. 7Bienaventurados los misericordiosos: porque ellos alcanzarán misericordia. 8Bienaventurados los de limpio corazón: porque ellos verán á Dios. 9Bienaventurados los pacificadores: porque ellos serán llamados hijos de Dios. 10Bienaventurados los que padecen persecución por causa de la justicia: porque de ellos es el reino de los cielos. 11Bienaventurados sois cuando os vituperaren y os persiguieren, y dijeren de vosotros todo mal por mi causa, mintiendo. 12Gozaos y alegraos; porque vuestra merced es grande en los cielos: que así persiguieron á los profetas que fueron antes de vosotros.”
There are 8 simple textual expositions yet spiritually profound treasures in the Sermon that Jesus preached on that Mountain.
It was on a mountainside, with the scenery much as we have here. Jesus was not speaking with a purpose to entertain or fill in some time, what Jesus the Preacher of preachers was talking about was the way to eternity in the Kingdom of Heaven.
During this time that Jesus began to preach the Romans had occupied Palestine and there were four main groups in the Jewish Religion. These all presented a different viewpoint to the Jewish people.
The Pharisees and the Sadducees were very strict in the law of Moses as well as the observances of the Jewish people. The Zealots were a militant Jewish people who wanted freedom for their homeland which was Nazareth in Galilee. The Essenes were a group of Israelites that were waiting for the Messiah who would establish a Kingdom on Earth and free them from oppression.