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The big idea of this passage is that Jesus inverts our world. He pushes against everything else we would trust in so that we will trust in Him. Are you trusting Jesus? How are you trusting Jesus? This leads to your greatest joy, your greatest happiness.

Eric talked last week about how the Beatitudes mean Happy or Joy.The reality is that we are the greatestenemy ofour own Joy. I have stood in the way of my own joy more than anyone else.Through the chasing and acceptance seeking. The reality is that if you chase enough, you'll never catch it.The greatest path to joy, is trust in God. He satisfies the most.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Matthew 5:5-8

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Matthew 5:5Now, when some of you hear meek, you think of something other than what this means.For most of us this brings images of weakness and passiveness.Rightly so, that's how it's used today.You probably have an image that's something like...

awwwwww...How cute!!That's not really accurate. The biblical greek word for meek is different from the common English. When we think of meek, we think of those who are timid. That's not a good picture. The better picture is that of a bridled horse, or a commanding military officer sparing a prisoner. Power under control. Biblical meekness is not weakness but rather refers to exercising God's strength under His control i.e. demonstrating power without undue harshness.I tried to find something similar to that, to give you a new image, and for some reason I just couldn't escape this...

Right?!?! Maximus Decimus MeridiusOr, wait, wait, even better...

Yeah, I remember that. Just before he went Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris combined on anyone in his way.Like another guy from the bible I can think of...You see David played the harp, but you didn't want to mess with him 'cause you'd lose your teeth.The dude lead men who fought so hard their hands stuck to their swords.7Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

8Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fretit leads only to evil. 9For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.

10A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found. 11But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity.

12The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them; 13but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming.

Psalm 37:7-11Now David was mighty but did he trust God for everything?How many times could he have killed Saul?13It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.

Romans 4:13If you're like me this is hard. Trusting God is hard. It's easy to get impatient, say what are you doing God?It's easy to think He doesn't know what you need more than you.(Difference between wrestling in security or insecurity.)Our inheritance comes from Him, and is found in Him. Without Him it wouldn't be worth it.46And Mary said: My soul glorifies the Lord 47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, 49for the Mighty One has done great things for me holy is his name. 50His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. 51He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. 52He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. 53He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. 54He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful 55to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors. Luke 1:46-55

Sometimes it's helpful to think of the bible as happening on musical version of Jerry Springer.She trust's God.Filled the Hungry with good things.Sometimes I think we can read the bible, and just go "oh, ok." and move on.Not let it actually affect us at a heart level, at a root level. Part of that is because it's just text. I think that's part of the reason The Bible on the History Channel was so powerful. It put it out in front of you.These were real words, spoken to real people, in a society where lack of food meant starvation.In Rome there were food rations to help keep people weak so they don't raise up.So I want to try an experiment. Let you get an idea of whatI mean. Give you an idea of the emotion behind this statementThis isn't mine, it's a friends

The Boys Are Hungry.

2After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.

Matthew 4:2The word Hungry in Matthew 5:6 is the same word used when Jesus ended his fast.Here's what came to mind2Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

1 Peter 2:2-3

Now this is Beeshe now loves milkshakes, and she cry's a lot, but she definitely might cry without this.2Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

1 Peter 2:2-37 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Matthew 5:7

Obviously Pigeons have no knowledge of God.Mercy compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one's power; also : lenient or compassionate treatmentMercy requires forgiveness14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Matthew 6:14-15What happens if you don't forgive?

8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Matthew 5:8

24 For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. 25I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. 26I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

Ezekiel 36:24-2613And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are Gods possessionto the praise of his glory.

Ephesians 1:13-1414For Christs love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 16So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:The old has gone, the new is here! 18All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting peoples sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20We are therefore Christs ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christs behalf: Be reconciled to God.

2 Corinthians 5:14-20

1Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.3For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh,God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Romans 8:1-4

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