Matthew 5:2-3 The Beatitudes #1
Mat 5:2-3 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
This is the first beatitude and focuses on our attitude and posture toward God. The first four beatitudes focus on your relationship to God. What does it mean to be poor in spirit Matthew 5:2? In the book of Matthew, the author consistently makes stark contrasts. Therefore, it might be good to ask yourself what does it mean to be the opposite of poor in spirit? Many biblical scholars will contrast poor in spirit with the idea of having a hardened heart. Other contrasts might include prideful or having a haughty spirit. This basically means seeing yourself above others. Jesus consistently in Matthew contrasts what he wants from His disciples with the haughty spirit of the Pharisees.
Matthew uses the term poor in spirit as a religious designation. It means people that are spiritually humble before God. It is a person with the right disposition before God. For those with the right disposition the blessing is given from Jesus, “for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Lord, Grant me the strength today to discuss my weaknesses. Give me a humble spirit and right disposition toward you. Help me to grow closer to you every day. Amen!