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信仰百川編輯室官方戶口(這戶口前身是「國際基督教消息」,隨著發放方式轉變,這戶口的用途也更改了。)

違反常情的八福

No preacher today is likely to open a sermon with a list of aphorisms, but in the Sermon on the Mount this is precisely what Jesus did (Matt. 5:2–12). Maybe it’s because these rich statements—these “Beatitudes”—sound more like Confucius than the Jesus we’re used to—and particularly unlike the theological elaborations of Paul or John—that we simply find it easier to avoid elaborating on them in depth.

Or maybe it’s their remarkable clarity that makes them seem so obvious as to not be worth discussing. After all, the one-for-one simplicity of “blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy” doesn’t exactly beg for a lengthy theological treatise.

Conversely, what exactly does it look like to be meek or poor in spirit? It’s complicated. To truly understand the meaning, context, and intent of each unique beatitude takes some work, making the whole process of learning from these memorable statements more complicated than it might seem.

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