Luke 6:20–23 (ESV)
he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said:
“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
21 “Blessed are you who
are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.
22 “Blessed are you when people hate you and
when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! 23 Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.
This is a big teaching moment (which actually goes on for a while) and is called the Beatitudes. What is a Beatitude? It is interesting that we call these the Beatitudes, but this word does not appear in the English Bible. It is Latin
based and means “blessedness”, which means a divine favor conveyed on man. Luke lists four blessing and balances them with four woes. This is different from Matthew’s listing has nine beatitudes. Why do they not match
up? Well, remember that two people writing about the same event will have differences in perspective, purpose, and memory. It’s not a matter of which is it, four or nine. It’ more like Luke writes about four of the nine.
Jesus is says Blessed are you who are poor (poor in spirit), for yours is the kingdom of God. This may be talking about spiritual humility. He says “poor”, but looking at this in contrast
with the rest of the teachings, I think it went deeper to “poor in spirit”.
Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied. I believe again that he is speaking of a
deeper hunger, a spiritual hunger.
Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. Is the weeping for those who mourn or a spiritual weeping (mourning) over those who have been hurt, persecuted,
denied, on account of Christ. In heaven there will be no tears.
“Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of
the Son of Man! This fits more in with the weeping. The weeping could also be over those who have died outside of faith in God.
However you interpret these, the reward does not come now, but
in heaven. “Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven.” This one reason I see a deeper spiritual meaning going on. He is talking about the Kingdom of Heaven.
I pray: Lord, I know I have been poor, hungry, weeping and persecuted. Help me to not focus on my problems, but to trust in the Lord who has prepared a place for me in heaven where there will be no poor, no hungry, no
mourning, no hatred, but I will be able to rejoice and leap for joy. Thank you for all you have done for me. Amen.