Saturday, July 22, 2006

Sons of God

In my devotions in the morning I am going through the New Testament chronologically. After James and Galations, the gospel of Matthew was written to the same audience: the young, mainly Jewish, church. I am presently reading in the fifth chapter:

1 ¶ And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
3 ¶ Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Today I read and dwelt on verses 6-7. These tell us of the character of a "kingdom citizen." Verses 3-6 laid down the requirement to be prepared to meet God: poor, mournful, and meek. The verses following verse 9 deal with the consequences of following Christ, but I will get to that tomorrow (possibly posting my thoughts on that as well). Anyway, the following poem (done in my favorite style - haiku) speaks to this passage:

Sons of God

Poor, mourning, and meek,
It is righteousness we seek.
We receive mercy.

Seeking righteousness,
full of mercy, pure of heart,
we are peace-makers.

Finding righteousness,
In His mercy, we see God.
We are sons of God!

My prayer is that someone will stumble across this site and be blessed as sons of Gods. "Sons" includes all "children," used in context as a generic term (uios is better here than paidion, for instance).

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