Week 32 Day
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Matthew 5: 5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Jesus saw in the world of that day a marked difference in the pretentions and self-importance of the Pharisees and scribes, the Sadducees and the Roman occupiers and the people they believed they ruled. In the latter group, those being “ruled”, there were many angry, many living in despair, but there were a few, just a very few, that had in mind the real things of God. The grace, forgiveness, the love, and the contentment in the provision of the Lord. It was to these few that Jesus spoke. They recognized then, as people do today the truth Peter later wrote about when he said (2 Peter 1:3) His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
Not to get the current eschatological views mixed up, to the people of that day Canaan, as in the day of Moses should symbolize for us today a type of heaven. But in that day, it was a Roman province. To inherit the earth meant to the people of that time who sought after the things of God, a time when the promises of God would be fulfilled. Some people saw in Jesus a fulfillment of those promises. They looked forward to a time when the inheritor of the crown would be seated on the throne. With hindsight we understand that the “throne of David” would be located in a far different place than the Jerusalem temple.