The Sermon on the Mount is the one complete dissertation of our LORD Jesus Christ. In His words are addressed the essential
blessings and warnings for every man and woman. All that Jesus said, taught and demonstrated was all drawn
from those timeless lessons of the Old Testament. Even in His most famous beatitudes we can see how Jesus
tapped into the wellspring of the Old Tesatament Scriptures.
Let’s see just where each of Christ’s beatitudes are found in the Old Testament.
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is
the kingdom of heaven.
57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the
high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive
the heart of the contrite ones.
are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Jeremiah 31:13 Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old
together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit
Psalms 22:26 The
meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after
righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Psalms 42:1,2 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after
thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Psalms 18:25 With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright
man thou wilt shew thyself upright.
are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
32:2 Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be
called the children of God.
Proverbs 16:14 The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness'
sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Psalms 9:9,10 The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times
of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
Jesus then gave extended emphasis on the persecution
that would come as a response from men and women demonstrating the love born of heaven in their sharing GOD’S call to
repentance and salvation.
Each blessing seen in the LORD’S beatitudes are found throughout the Scriptures. And those who seek every blessing will
search for them as for hidden treasure.