Exegesis of Matthew
Exegesis of the Gospel according to Matthew Chapter 5:3-12
The Eight Beatitudes
In Matthew's Gospel, starting with Chapter five verses three through twelve, Jesus tells us of the Eight Beatitudes. These verses are much like The Ten Commandments in nature, but more philosophical:
· "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven."
· "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."
· "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the Earth."
· "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied."
· "Blessed are those who are merciful, for they shall obtain mercy."
· "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."
· "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they
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Matthew's interpretation of Jesus' saying does seem more accurate. It makes more sense that people should concentrate more on what their lives are like on the inside, on what their heart thinks and feels. God does know what everyone is thinking and feeling, and God does know everyone's true self. Neither material nor spiritual poverty is blessed, but ones honest and humble acknowledgement of his own impoverishment.' (Broadman 105) Weather you are "poor in spirit" or just plain poor, both Gospels teach that Jesus wants us to separate ourselves from the burden of material things and allow our hearts to be more pure. It is precisely when man realized his own nothingness that God can give out of his own fullness.' (Broadman 105) There is more than enough material, and literature to argue whether one should give up everything they own for God. The Beatitudes in the Gospel of Jesus according to Matthew, whether there are in fact eight or nine of them, teach Christian's to be not concerned with how you are viewed by the eyes of the world, but to be concerned, and motivated by the only eyes on you that count; God's. Bibliography
1. Life Application Bible: New International Version. Copyright 1998. Tyndale House Publishers Inc. Wheaton, Illinois.
2. Broadman Bible Commentary's: St. Matthew. Copyright 1969. Broadman Publishers Inc. New York, New York.