Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Matthew 5:1-12

5:1 In both this week's readings from Revelation and Matthew, a crowd (ochlos) is beheld.

5.3 and 5.10 The tense of the second part of the beatitude, unlike the other beatitudes, is in the present tense.

5.4 The word for comfort here is "parakale-oo" the same root as "paraklehtos," or Advocate, ie, Holy Spirit (John 14:26) or from Isaiah 40:1, Comfort, Comfort me people.

5.5 Jesus will refer to himself as meek in Matthew 11:29

5.8&9 The word "seeing" and the phrase "children of God" link nicely to the book of Revelation.

5.11 Jesus himself will be reviled (Mat 27.44)

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