Saturday, June 14, 2008

Beatitude Thoughts

If you get a chance, take a quick look at the Beatitudes:

Do you think there is any flow or reason to the ordering? Do they each just stand alone as nice postures to be in or is there a grander theme by what is chosen and the order they are chosen in?

What do you think about this:

There are 9. The first 4 seem to argue that those who are blessed are in a posture of need (poor in spirit, mourning, meek, hungry and thirsty). The middle one is mercy. Perhaps all 9 turn on the entrance of mercy into the equation. The last 4 seem to argue that those who are blessed are in a posture of righteousness (pure in heart, peacemaking, persecuted, persecuted again).

Could this not be the Gospel? Sin and Recognized Need --> Mercy and Conversion --> New Heart and Sanctification

Am I oversimplifying the ordering or imposing on it what I want to see?

1 comment:

Jeff said...

Makes sense to me dude.