Happy Are the Hungry (Podcast)

Happy Are the Hungry Podcast by Pastor John MacArthur for Grace to You

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Take your Bible, will you?  And look with me at Matthew chapter 5 and verse 6.  Matthew chapter 5, verse 6.  As you know, we’ve been studying the Beatitudes, been studying the Sermon on the Mount.  Let me read verses 1 to 6 to set the pace for what comes in verse 6.  “And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain and when He was seated, His disciples came unto Him and He opened His mouth and taught them, saying, ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted.  Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.  Blessed are they who do hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled.’”  Let’s pray together as we begin our study tonight. 

Father, we thank You for this tremendous truth that we’re going to be looking at tonight, and Father, we would desire above all things that the Holy Spirit would teach us.  Lord, help us to really get a grip on what this is saying.  Help us to dig deeply into the mine of Your truth and deeply into our own lives to search out to see if we respond in the way we ought to.  Minister to us, Lord, as we consider the words of Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray.  Amen. 

In studying this Sermon on the Mount, Matthew chapter 5 through 7, we are studying the teaching of Jesus Christ, the first great sermon our Lord gives in the New Testament.  Now, you’ll remember that the overall theme of Matthew is to present Christ as king.  I only want to remind you of that.  Matthew is presenting Christ as king.  And so repeatedly through the first part of Matthew as through all the remainder, he emphasizes some element of the kingliness of Christ.  Whether it’s a kingly line in His genealogy, whether it’s the worship of the Magi who are the official king makers, whether it’s the fulfilling of the kingly prophecies of the Old Testament, whether it’s the dominion that He has over Satan which shows Himself to be a greater ruler than even Satan, whatever it is, Matthew’s perspective is to present Christ as king. 

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