I wonder if any of the West will be taking notice of what are known as the Beatitudes? In Luke 6:20-26, I was confronted by some very difficult truths. First of all, we are told that Jesus was looking at His disciples when He spoke. Then, we are given 4 blessings and 4 woes. It reminds me very much of Deuteronomy 28 where the Lord gives the blessings and the cursing’s. Can we be sure that things are any different today?
Look at verse 20. Blessed are you who are POOR, for yours is the kingdom of God.
That reminds me of: “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19:24; Mark 10:25).
Luke 6:24: “But WOE to you who are rich, for you have ALREADY RECEIVED your comfort.” Now, that also speaks of James 5:1-6. That’s an astonishing Scripture passage. Read it!
Luke 6:21: Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be filled. Compare that with verse 25: Woe to you who are WELL FED now, for you will go hungry.
I’m reminded of all the dreadful news surrounding Spain, Greece, and what is now spilling into England and other places. America constantly talks about the economic crisis and it seems people’s heads are already spinning because of what they see in the immediate future. Some are living the economic woes now. What will those without Christ DO?
Isn’t some of that up to us who believe? Are we not called to bring comfort and hope as Jesus did when He walked this earth?
Luke 6:21b: Blessed are you who weep now, for you WILL laugh.
Friends, there ain’t much to laugh about these days. I see so much persecution of God’s people everywhere, and I hear case after case of God’s people falling down sick. Very sick, and it makes for very painful reading. The confusion upon many of us gets incredibly difficult to bear. Yet we’re told to have faith. Yet we’re told to OVERCOME. How is this done? By grabbing hold of every single word God has given to us to read and to hold in our hearts. We WILL laugh. It is written. Believe it.
Against that, though, from verse 25b comes this warning: WOE to you who laugh now, for you will (do two things), mourn, and weep.
Those who think they won’t be affected by anything will eventually MOURN and WEEP.
Know what that reminds me of? “There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Luke 13:28).
Those who live without Christ now, and into the future, however long that future turns out to be, will eventually mourn and weep and gnash their teeth. Their pain and woe will not be dealt with. They will be left to mourn and weep. Here’s what the Lord says: Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great wealth with TURMOIL! (Proverbs 15:16).
I really think Western religion has got a lot to learn.
Luke 6:22: Blessed are you when men HATE you, when they EXCLUDE you and INSULT you, and reject your name as EVIL because of the Son of Man.
Can anyone be comfortable with that? Well, compare that with verse 26: WOE to you when all men speak well of you, for that is how they treated the FALSE PROPHETS.
If we go back to verse 23, it says this: Rejoice on that day (when verse 22 happens), because GREAT is your reward in heaven. For that is how their fathers treated the prophets.
Prophets of olden times came speaking for God, warning and encouraging people to serve Him only. We know what happened there, many times over.
Just read Jeremiah!
False prophets, on the other hand, come to tickle people’s ears. There’s so much of that today that 2 Timothy 4:3 has been fulfilled many times over by now.
Well, what are we waiting for? To have our ears tickled? Or to hear the words of Christ and do something about them?
Woe to those who hear only and don’t DO, deceiving themselves. (James 1:22).
May He bless His people. (All emphases mine).