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  1. Matthew 5:7-8(NKJV) 7 Blessed are the merciful,
    For they shall obtain mercy. 8Blessed are the pure in heart,
    For they shall see God.

  2. Sermon on The Mount:Merciful & Pure Matthew 5:7-8

  3. SOM: Merciful & Pure • Tonight we continue our Sunday Night Series on the Sermon on the Mount • We began in Matthew 5 and are in the midst of studying together the Beatitudes • Beatitude is simply a word that reflects those who are blessed, happy or fortunate

  4. SOM: Merciful & Pure • Jesus is giving us a formula for living a blessed or happy life • It may seem like the opposite of what the world touts as a happy person • We know that in any situation, God certainly knowsbest, so we follow His formula for true contentment

  5. SOM: Merciful • Jesus says in verse 7, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” • We all understand the meaning behind mercy, but let’s properly define it • Merciful (Greek word – eleemon) – actively compassionate (not just possessed of pity)

  6. SOM: Merciful • Mercy is kindness or goodwill towards the miserable & afflicted, joined with a desire to help them • Mercy is often times depicted as being for those who perhaps do not deserve it • Certainly we think of Jesus, who was called a merciful HighPriest (Heb. 2:17)

  7. SOM: Merciful • What made Jesus merciful? • It was because He would “make propitiation for the sins of the people” • We obviously didn’t deserve His mercy because we were sinners (Rom. 3:23; 5:8) • The mercy of Christ was showing good will to the undeserving afflicted w/sin

  8. SOM: Merciful • Jesus here calls upon you and I to be merciful • That mercy we show to others will lead us to a blessed and happy life • God has alwaysrequired us to be a merciful people (Mic. 6:8); which derives from the 2nd greatest command(Matt. 22:36)

  9. SOM: Merciful • Look at the wisdom of the words of Solomon in Proverbs 11:17 & 14:21 • God promised to bless His people if they would become a merciful people (Is. 58:6-12) • Daniel told Nebuchadnezzar to stop sinning by being righteous & showing mercy to the poor (Dan. 4:27)

  10. SOM: Merciful • Paul said when we belong to Christ that we put off our old sins and put on tender mercies (Col. 3:12) • James said that the wisdom that comes from God is “full of mercy” (Js. 3:17) • Jesus goes on in the SOM to tells us 2 ways that we often don’t show mercy

  11. SOM: Merciful • The first is when we do not forgive others (Matt. 6:14-15; Matt. 18:33-35) • The second is when we judge others harshly and unfairly (Matt. 7:1) • If we are willing to be kind and compassionate towards those who need it, the blessing we receive is mercy in return

  12. SOM: Merciful • “For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” (Js. 2:13) • It’s a simple illustration of the game mercy that can help us understand this • Onesiphorus received mercy because he showed mercy to others (II Tim. 1:16-18)

  13. SOM: Pure In Heart • Jesus then said in verse 8, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” • Pure (Greek word katharos) simply means “clean” • It means free from corrupt desire, sin and guilt • It is a heart blameless and innocent

  14. SOM: Pure In Heart • Jesus here refers to the pure or clean of heart • The Pharisees were obsessed with how clean the outside was (Matt. 23:25, 28) • Jesus stressed that defilement came from the inside, not the outside(Matt. 15:17-20)

  15. SOM: Pure In Heart • The heart is the root of all that we do in this life • There should be much emphasis placed upon protecting our hearts • “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life” (Prov. 4:23)

  16. SOM: Pure In Heart • David understood the importance of the heart • He asked God to give him a clean heart following his sin with Bathsheba (Ps. 51:10) • David was concerned about the heart of his son Solomon (I Chron. 29:17-19)

  17. SOM: Pure In Heart • Following their sin, God wanted to give the COI a new heart (Ezek. 36:25-27) • James urged the double-minded to purify their hearts (Js. 4:8) • Those who are the pure in heart will certainly receive a reward (Ps. 24:4-5)

  18. SOM: Pure In Heart • Jesus says the reward is that they shall see God • The pure in heart will be able to see God in this life (through those around them) • The pure in heart will also be able to see God in the next life (living in His presence in heaven)