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MeeknessMatthew 5:5 Excerpt ‎In the NT meekness (prautēs and adjective praus) refers to an inward attitude, whereas *gentleness is expressed rather in outward action. It is part of the fruit of Christlike character produced only by the Spirit (Gal. 5:23, [AV]). The meek do not resent adversity because they accept everything as being the effect of God’s wise and loving purpose for them, so that they accept injuries from men also (as Moses above), knowing that these are permitted by God for their ultimate good (cf. 2 Sa. 16:11). The meekness and gentleness of Christ was the source of Paul’s own plea to the disloyal Corinthians (2 Cor. 10:1). He enjoined meekness as the spirit in which to rebuke an erring brother (2 Tim. 2:25, [AV] and when bearing with one another (Eph. 4:2). Similarly, Peter exhorted that the inquiring or arguing heathen should be answered in meekness (1 Pet. 3:15, [AV]). Supremely meekness is revealed in the character of Jesus (Mt. 11:29, [AV]; 21:5, [AV]), demonstra…


SolomonMatthew 6:28 Excerpt ‎The third king of Israel (c. 971–931 bc), son of David and Bathsheba (2 Sa. 12:24); also named Jedidiah (‘beloved of the Lord’) by Nathan the prophet (2 Sa. 12:25). Solomon (šʾelōmōh, probably ‘peaceful’) does not figure in the biblical narrative until the last days of David (1 Ki. 1:10ff.) despite the fact that he was born (in Jerusalem; 2 Sa. 5:14) early in his father’s reign.
Hubbard, D. A. “Solomon.” Ed. D. R. W. Wood et al. New Bible dictionary 1996 : 1116. Print.

What is a Disciple?

What is a Disciple?Matthew 5:1 Excerpt ‎A disciple (from Lat. discipulus, ‘pupil, learner’, corresponding to Gk. mathētēs, from manthanō, ‘to learn’) is basically the pupil of a teacher. The corresponding Heb. term limmûḏ is somewhat rare in the OT (Is. 8:16; 50:4; 54:13; cf. Je. 13:23), but in the rabbinical writings the talmîḏ (cf. 1 Ch. 25:8) is a familiar figure as the pupil of a rabbi from whom he learned traditional lore. In the Gk. world philosophers were likewise surrounded by their pupils. Since pupils often adopted the distinctive teaching of their masters, the word came to signify the adherent of a particular outlook in religion or philosophy.
Marshall, I. H. “Disciple.” Ed. D. R. W. Wood et al. New Bible dictionary 1996 : 277. Print.

What is God's Kingdom?

What is God's Kingdom?Matthew 5:3 Excerpt ‎The kingdom of God is the major theme of Jesus’ teachingin the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. This concept, expressed in various ways, had been a central part of Jewish religious aspirations for generations. At the time of Jesus, it was popularly anticipated as a time when the promises of the Hebrewscriptures concerning the place of Israel in God’s plan would be fulfilled in a dramatic way: the hated Romans would once and for all be driven out of their land, and the people would enjoy a new period of political and religious freedom, and self-determination.
‎It is no wonder, then, that when Jesus emerged as a travelling prophet after his baptism and the temptations, and declared that ‘the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand’ (Mark 1:15), people of all kinds showed great interest in what he had to say. This was what they were waiting for: a new kingdom of God that would finally crush the old kingdom of Rome. Moreover, …


PersecutionMatthew 5:10-12 Excerpt ‎Jesus spoke of ‘persecutions’ coming upon his followers (Matt. 5:10-12; 10:23). This is best understood as the domestic hostility in family and synagogue caused by conversion to a new faith. Jesus did ‘not come to bring peace, but a sword’ (Matt. 10:34), dividing households and causing financial and social loss to his followers. Because of their distinctive faith, Jesus’ followers might lose ‘house, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children, and lands’ (Mark 10:29). The problem is domestic: ‘a man’s foes will be those of his household’ (Matt. 10:36). 
Achtemeier, Paul J., Harper & Row and Society of Biblical Literature. Harper’s Bible dictionary 1985 : 772. Print.

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Matthew 5:11-12King James Version

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

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“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you."

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“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you."

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Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

October 1: The Real Reality
Ezekiel 1:1–3:15; Revelation 1:1–20; Job 32:1–10

John and Ezekiel open their prophetic books in a similar fashion—to prepare us for an unexpected view:

 “The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his slaves the      things which must take place in a short time, and communicated it by sending      it through his angel to his slave John, who testified about the word of God and      the testimony of Jesus Christ, all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads            aloud and blessed are those who hear the words of the prophecy and observe        the things written in it, because the time is near!” (Rev 1:1–3).

“And it was in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, and I was in the midst of the exiles by the Kebar River. The heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. On the fifth day of the month—it was the fifth year of the exile of the king Jehoiachin—the word of Yahweh came clearly to Ezekiel the son o…