The Be Attitudes ~ By Eudora

Matthew 5:3
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

The Old Testament anticipation:

Isaiah 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

This is how Yahowah relates to those who are humble and repentant. The high and Holy God came down to our level to save us because it is impossible for us to go up to His level to save ourselves. This can not and never could be done.

The beatitudes are like a code of ethics for the disciples who follow Yahshua. Kind of like a standard of conduct for all who believe. There are Kingdom values and there are worldly values and these two clash. The Pharisees had superficial ‘faith’ and this is one of the reasons why Yahshua referred to them as vipers. These values that Yahshua was teaching were anticipated from the Old Testament to be fulfilled in the new Kingdom. Of course you already know that they are not multiple choice, that you could pick what you like and leave the rest.

Each beatitude teaches us how to be blessed, to live a happiness life. This is our state of mind here as training for the new Kingdom of Yahowah. (God) They do not promise prosperity, laughter or pleasure here on earth. What they do teach is the hope of all things through Yahshua. The reward of following these teachings is the Kingdom of Heaven.

How do we develop this attitude to be in at all times?

James 4:7-10 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

We must realize our need for Him.

Matthew 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Isaiah 61:1-2 ¶ The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

The words that Yahshua began this sermon with, seemed to contradict each other. But His way of living, which He intends for us to do as well, does contradict the world’s view of living. We must be ready to do and say what may even seem strange to the world because His ways are not our ways. We must be willing to give, when others take, to love when others hate and to help when others abuse. The anticipation of the prophet Isaiah spoke of in chapter 61 above was repeated by Yahshua in Luke 4:18-19. As He read to the people in the synogogue, He stopped in the middle of 61:2 after the words, “the time of the Adonis’s favor has come.” As He rolled up the scroll He said, “This scripture has come true today before your very eyes!, and with it, the day of God’s anger against His enemies”. This prophecy will come true when Yahshua returns to earth again. God’s reward here is comfort.

2 Corinthians 1:4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

We can develop this attitude again by reading: This time finding comfort in these words.

James 4:7-10 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

We can be of an attitude of the gentle and lowly understanding the anticipation of the Psalm of David.

Psalm 37:5-11 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. ¶ Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be. But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

The clashing worldly value here would be power. We as believers delight in the Lord and take great pleasure and joy in His presence. What brings me for instance this type of delight and joy is the ‘knowing’ that He loves me. He can care for me better than I can or ever could care for myself. This is my power. The world seems to think that having power over each other brings delight and some even think success, but for the believer, we know the Greatest Power this side of heaven. The kingdom of heaven… is with in us. When we submit all our cares to Yahowah, trusting in and believing in His guidance, waiting patiently, He will work out what is best for us. He has never failed me. When we put our faith in His word in ’all’ the details of our life, we receive the earth because He makes it work for us instead of us working for it. Our reward here is that we can see this happen, time and time again. He is faithful.

If we have not yet learned to develop this attitude, we can read Matthew 11:27-30 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

All things have been delivered unto me of my Father. The Lord speaks, in part, in anticipation. It was the divine purpose, in sending the Son, to deliver “all things,” the gospel, salvation, judgment, the rule of heaven and earth, to him. No one knoweth the Father but the Son. He only is in the secret of the Divine counsel. And he to whom the Son willeth to reveal him. Christ is the revelation of God to man. “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father” [John 14:9]. Those who “know” Christ by humble obedience and docility learn to know the Father also. This is one of the sweetest passages in the New Testament. It shows the willingness of the Lord. The kings and earth and the great are usually difficult to access, while Jesus is not only willing, but invites us, to come to him.

How gracious is the invitation! It is the Lord who speaks. He invites to come to him. The invitation is to those who labor and are heavy laden. He promises, to all these weary ones who come, rest. The offer is not that of a man, but of the Divine Savior. Millions in all ages since can bear witness that the promise is sure.

When we take it sorrows and sin all upon ourselves, we feel heavily the burdens of life. This is not His way. He has given this sermon for us to utilize daily, and walk in His light.. He says, “this is the way children, try it my way instead“ … He has first asked us to come, and made a gracious promise. He next shows us how to come. We are to come by taking His yoke upon us. Taking on the yoke is a symbol of submission. The two steps by which we come, and secure the promise of “rest unto our souls” are then submission to Christ, becoming His disciples.

Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

To be filled and fed by the Word is so fulfilling and satisfying. Hunger is a real felt want, in this case a want of righteousness before God, the righteousness that comes from the forgiveness of sins.

Isaiah understood and anticipated this too. Isaiah 11:4-5 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. Isaiah 42:1-2 ¶ Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.

We do not need to pursue our personal needs. He will see to our every need. When my brother was alive, he lived a life in submission to Yahowah, giving all that he had and all of himself to those around him. He had very little to his own self. When he died, his wife had absolutely no money to bury him. He was so respected in his little surroundings by all of his peers and co-employees that one of his friends called his wife asking if there was anything that he could do. She told him, “I do not have any money to bury Harry”. That fella went to his employer and asked him if he could help. My brothers employer paid for every single part of the service, the casket and the plot in which he was laid to rest. The casket? Well in my opinion, it was the most beautiful one that I have ever seen. It had three crosses at the right side of where his head laid. When the door was open above his face, there were two hands folded together in prayer. The casket it self was white with a pearlized glow to it, with chrome handles. God saw to all of his needs, right up and even beyond the grave. This is our hope. Beyond the grave.

I am a living witness to seeing Yahowah move on my behalf. many a time, I have just to ask and he is right there to see to my need. At the time, I fell like, well he says that we are to call upon Him for everything, so I never take it for granted that he would not keep His word to me. All we have to do is ask. Some might think the things I ask are silly, but ask I do anyway. I have long since come to understand that if I can not do it in His power, why do it? He makes a way when there is no way, so why not. He is gracious and He loves to take care of us. He is our Father. Our Dad. I had no problems asking my dad for anything when he was alive because the least he could do was say no and I can accept that.

John 16:5 -11 But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou? But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart. ¶ Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

When Yahshua spoke of going away, the disciple were concerned. They wondered what would become of themselves. Thank the Lord we do not have to walk in their shoes, but in a small sense, we can learn from their experience.

Yahshua died for us and because of Him, we walk in the grace of Yahowah. If He hadn’t of died, He could not have removed our sin and He could not rise again and defeat death. If He hadn’t of died, He could not have went back to His Father and sent the Holy Spirit. His presence on earth was limited in that He could not be everywhere all the time and His leaving meant that He now can be present with us always. He ascended into the Sanctuary as our High Priest and represents all of us before His Father, the God of Israel.

Philippians 3:7-11 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

These things which were counted as a gain He now counts as nothing. What is our real need anyway? Our need is salvation. If we had needed a scientist, Yahowah would have sent one, but He didn’t. We needed healing, salvation and restoration.

Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

The merciful, those who, instead of resenting injury, are ready to forgive, shall obtain the Divine mercy. The fifth petition of the Lord’s prayer here implies that we must forgive if we expect to be forgiven. Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. (Psalm 41:1) There are many reasons why Yahowah would lay His hands on us and then afterwards, He restores us. My understanding of mercy is to give to another who is in need, and expect nothing in return. Even if that person perceives themselves or poses to be an enemy. One of those random acts of kindness thoughts, put into action. Anything that shows evidence of favor upon the one in need; all in His power of love. God’s reward is mercy to us. He even shows us in His word how to develop this attitude to be in.

Ephesians 5:1-2 ¶ Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour.

All we gotta do is walk in His shadow and live the example that He gave us. The sacrifice that He laid on the altar was His own life. This encourages us to want to live the eternal life. If we developed this attitude and show it to others, they will want to live the eternal life too. A love that goes beyond affection to self sacrificing service to others.

Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Pure in heart… our reward is to see God, wow!

Psalm 24:3-4 ¶ Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

The worldly value is that deception is acceptable. What a lie that is huh? What greater glory than to be acknowledged as sons of the King of Kings! We do not have to wait until His return. Already we have the great privilege of being sons and daughters in my humanity thinking, yet in paradise, we are all sons for there is no difference, like that which is no different between Jew and Gentile. Yahowah is no respecter of persons. One day we will figure out how to become the One that Yahshua spoke of in the garden. “That they all may be one; . . . that they may be one in us.” (John 17:21)

This is a prayer for the unity of the saints. The Lord all through this discourse has shown the intimate union between the Father and Himself. The Father is in Him and He in the Father, all that is the Father’s is His, and His is the Father’s. They have no separate will, kingdom, or interests. Such a union is demanded among the disciples of Christ. Such union is impossible while we are divided into various denominations, with separate work, property and interests, separate churches, colleges, papers and missions. Denominationalism is utterly opposed to this prayer, and every apologist for it is disloyal to the spirit of the prayer. Nor is it fulfilled in any church where there are factions, where “all are not perfectly joined together, of the same mind and the same judgment” (1Co 1:10). If Christ abides in the heart, the ‘one’ life will draw all who have Christ formed within them into ‘one family‘. This unity is needful, and for it the Lord prays while He sweat what appeared to be drops of blood.

1John 3:1-3 ¶ Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Not the soldiers of a warrior king, such as the Jews expected but the men who, in the ‘name’ of the Prince of Peace, go forth to proclaim peace and good will among men. Christ is the great Peacemaker. WAR distracts and divides nations, families, and individuals, from each other, inducing them to pursue different objects and different interests, so PEACE restores them to a state of unity, giving them one object, and one interest. One day we will lay down our weapons and meld them into plows and we will work side by side in the common goal, all to the sweet smelling aroma of which Adonai delights in. The gospel is sometimes referred to as the gospel of peace. It re-unites us with our Creator and with each other too. Our personal peace is pursued without concern for the worlds chaos. The world powers seem to dominate and oppress, but we walk in freedom and we are released from it’s power. Even when the worse is still yet ahead, it is not ours to fear. We fear in awe of what a mighty God we serve. We are called the children of Yahowah because we belong to Him. We are hidden in Yahshua.

Romans 12:9 -21 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affection one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Hebrews 12:10-11 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

Matthew 5:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Isaiah 52:13 For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the LORD will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your rereward. ¶ Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.

The people at this time were fearful and felt they should run away but Cyrus was anointed and he decreed that the exiles could return safely to Jerusalem. Yahowah had gone before them and prepared the way. We don’t have to run away from our commitments or problems, and we never have to be in a hurry. Our God is patient. He goes before us and will also protect us from behind. He sent His son who would be prosperous from the one single seed that He sewed into the womb of Mary. From that one seed, many shall come. He is highly exalted because of His sacrifice. Now because Yahshua has paved the way for us, and we are now called the sons of God, we have an inheritance. We shall inherit the Kingdom. We may at times be persecuted for our faith and some may have to die, but ours is still the kingdom.

2 Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

In His longest sermon, Yahshua began by describing the traits He was looking for in His followers. He called those who lived out those traits, blessed because His Father had something special in store for them. Each beatitude is an almost direct contradiction of our society’s typical way of life. In the last beatitude, Yahshua even points out that a serious effort to develop these traits is bound to create opposition. The best example of each trait is found in Yahshua Himself. If our goal is to become like Him, the beatitudes will challenge the way we live, every single hour of every single day.

This is our path. It is in the Christ, our Messiah; that we have and keep our faith. Our hope and our promise, lay before us beyond the grave.

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About eudoranachand

A Spirit filled disciple who continually seeks His kingdom and His righteousness.
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