Bible Study Lesson: Beatitudes
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”
Meaning of being Merciful:
- Meaning: Compassionate, helpful, kind, giving towards the weak, sick and the poor
- This beatitude hardly seems as paradoxical as some of the other beatitudes. Today, most of us would agree that it is good to be merciful to others. However, when Jesus spoke these words, it was as shocking to the audience, as some other beatitudes.
- The Romans despised pity. Being merciful was rather exception. (It reminds me of a scene in coliseum from the movie ‘Gladiator’, when the crowd cheered Maximus for sparing life of Tigris, bestowing him the title “Maximus the Merciful”.)
- The Pharisees were also very judgmental to others and showed little mercy. These could also be due to the common perception, that suffering was the result and deserving punishment of personal sin. Jesus accused and condemned the Pharisees for not showing mercy. (Matthew 23:23) [Read more…]