Blessed are the poor in spirit. For their is the kingdom.

Dale A. Arnold

Blessed are the poor in spirit. For their is the kingdom.
Monday, November 16, 2015

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven". What does this statement mean really? What was Jesus saying to this crowd? Let me start by looking at this phrase " poor in spirit". The Greek word is  ptochos. The meaning of this word is "reduced to beggary, begging, asking alms. 2. lowly, helpless, powerless to accomplish and end. Jesus using this word seems to be saying you are blessed "happy" when you accept the fact that as a human being you are in total dependence on God for your "salvation" and pretty much everything!

This was a radical statement at the time. Think about it. He was talking to a crowd steeped in mosaic law. steeped in traditions and commandments. Cause we humans don't want a "free" ride. We want to do something to earn our keep, Right? Religion has a long list of stuff for us to do to be "right" with God. The more shit the better. So we can look down on anyone not a "spiritual" as we are. Which is a circle cause that is the sin of pride.

There is just this one little problem. God is holy! We are not! But what does holy mean?  God, as separate, apart, separate from human infirmity, impurity, and sin. We and everything around us on earth and in the heavens are all dependent on something.

God is not. WE are the creatures. He is the creator. Jesus is quoted to have said this about mankind ""Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Matthew 18:3.

Become like children? But what is it about children was he referring to ?  Is it there total dependence on the parents? A new born is at the mercy of his mother . They need to be touched and held and fed. They look to us for language, for faith, for protection and love. So everything really.  WE have this saying that we repeat after we have "done" all we can do. Well it's in God's hands now." The truth is it has always been in God's hands! We also have one more saying " God helps those who help themselves".

Not according to Jesus! If we continue to act as if we are rich in spirit  and not look to God as a child does to his father we will continue to grind against God's kingdom!

I leave you with the words of Jesus while he was dying on the cross " IT IS FINISHED".