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Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

The NIV calls them “the poor in spirit” but I have also found transaltions that call the ” The Modest” and “The Humble” so I looked it up in the dictionary.

Humble: adj -meek,weak,modest,anassuming,poor,unfortunate-

So it is safe to say that these are the people Jesus is refering to in this verse. I like the word humble the best becuse it sums up all of these thigns in a word that when you say it, it even feels humbeling to say.

Much of what Jesus said in his 3 years of ministry is clear and to the point. Even his parables were. The meaning were relatively clear and when explenations were needed, he gave them. This first verse of the sermon on the mount is clear as day. Jesus is saying that if you keep yourself modest and do not brag, then your inheratance will be the kingdom of heaven. It will be as wonderful, flashy, exhuberant and showy as you are not.

In Matther 6 Jesus talkes about modesty. In verse 1 He says ” Take care! Do not do your good deeds publicly, to be admired, for then you will loose your reward from your father in heaven.” He talks about giving to the poor and tithing and prayer. We are instructed to do these things in secret. In fact, be so secrative about it, He says “do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.” He calls the people who shout their prayers in public and advertise their phelanthropy to get attention hypocrites, and says that the attention they get will be their ONLY reward.

No one likes a bragger. It just makes for show, hence the word showoff. Jesus said that these types of people only bringtrouble on themselves. Now dont misinterppet what I am saying. There is nothing wrong with praising loudy and worshiping exhuberantly. Just dont do it to get atention from anyone but God.

Remember, keep your hearts humble and your eyes fixed on Him.

now, go live. 🙂