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Giving it away

04/02/2024 - Matt Destry

Matthew 5:1-3

Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.

And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

A tale of two mountains

Mount Sinai

Mount of beatitudes

Old Covenant

New Covenant



10 Commandments

9 beatitudes

Written on tablets of stone

Written on human hearts

Set free from slavery in Egypt

Set free from slavery to sin

The kind of world that God is making

The kind of world that God is making


What does it mean to be ‘blessed’?

A quick look at μακάριος

ahh… that is the good life!

What does it mean to be ‘poor in spirit’?

Powerless = the good life?

Empty hands for holding something better

We inherit the Kingdom of God by giving our power away

1/ Give your ear away

2/ Give your money away

3/ Give your influence away

4/ Give your grudges away