Thursday, January 30, 2014

Blogging toward Sunday

The Sermon on the Mount (1896), Károly Ferenczy via Wikimedia Commons

In preparation for worship this Sunday, read Micah 6:1-8. This text contains some of the most frequently quoted words of the Hebrew Bible. What are they?

Now let's turn our attention to the gospel reading for the day: Matthew 5:1-12. You will notice that this, too, is a well-known text. Take time to read it a couple of times and then reflect on the following:
  1. What is this sermon often called?
  2. Jesus begins teaching here at the beginning of chapter 5. Where does this section of teaching end?
  3. The Beatitudes begin with the word "Blessed," in some Bible translations, while the word is interpreted as "Happy" in others. In your opinion, which translation of the word better fits the teaching? Why?
  4. What strikes you as most important about The Beatitudes?
On your journey toward Sunday, I hope you are able to sit a while with Scripture and the above questions. Then join us in worship so we can continue the discussion.

May you and those you love know the power of God's blessings this week.


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