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The weirdest people in the world?
Behavioral scientists routinely publish broad claims about human psychology and behavior in the world’s top journals based on samples drawn entirely from
Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic (WEIRD) societies.
HOW WEIRD ARE YOU?
If one were to make a comparison of the culture traits of the Bible with those of all the existing cultures of today…one would find that in certain respects the Bible is surprisingly closer to many of them than to the technological culture of the western world. It is this “western” culture that is the aberrant one in the world. And it is precisely in the western world, and in the growing number of persons in other parts of the world, that the Scriptures have seemingly the least ready acceptance.**
SO – HOW EFFECT US HEARING JESUS? WHEN HEAR JESUS SAY:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is [THEY ARE?] the kingdom of heaven.”
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:3,5 DO WE GET IT? SEE IT?
The Poor in Spirit by Lois Tverberg
Who are those who are the poor in spirit, and how do they possess the kingdom of heaven? It helps a lot to know the idioms of Jesus’ time and his references to the scriptures. The phrase “poor in spirit” is an allusion to Isaiah 66:2: This is the one I esteem: he who is humble (poor, ani) and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word.
The word “poor” is ani in Hebrew, and is also often translated “afflicted,” and often used to refer to groups of people like widows and orphans who were dependent on charity to survive. A person who is “poor in spirit” sees himself as needy and helpless without God, and yearns desperately for God’s presence in his life. Like a recovering addict, he can only survive each day by leaning on God. The opposite type of person is someone who is “great of spirit” who is bold and self-reliant, who has no need of anyone’s help, especially not God’s. He is one who feels that he is “the captain of his fate, the master of his soul.”
PICTURE – God looks with favor on those who know they are inadequate to run their own lives,
JESUS – the Kingdom of Heaven IS OF SUCH – THOSE WALKING HUMBLY, DEPENDANT GOD
WE PROBLEM – I CAN DO IT MYSELF – PRIDE
The “kingdom of Heaven” is the same thing as the “kingdom of God” — it is not being used to refer to heaven after we die. Rather, it describes God’s reign over the lives of people here on earth.
A person who is poor in spirit is one who sees his need for God’s reign over his life, and submits to his ways. God’s kingdom consists of exactly this kind of people — those who are humble and needy enough to yearn after him.
The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth by Lois Tverberg
All of the beatitude sayings are very Hebraic, and somewhat difficult for Western Christians to grasp. The saying above, that the “meek shall inherit the earth” is widely quoted, but barely understood.
HELPS KNOW – a quote from Psalm 37:11. In that verse the Hebrew word for “meek” is anav. It is also translated humble, afflicted or poor. Moses was called the most “anav” (humble) man on earth. It is often used to describe the people who called out to God for help in their difficulty, instead of being aggressive in fighting for their own way.
The theme of Psalm 37 is to remind us that when we are wronged, we shouldn’t try to get revenge, but to trust in the fact that God will someday set the world straight. It says,
… Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret – it leads only to evil. For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land… the meek (anavim) will inherit the land and enjoy great peace. (Psalm 37:7-11)
“inherit the land” (yirshu aretz, to inherit or possess the land/earth).
That phrase is very significant, having first come up when God made the great promise to Abraham that he would “give him this land to possess/inherit” (Genesis 15:7). Then, later in Deuteronomy, more than a dozen times, Moses tells the people that only by being obedient would they be able to remain in the land:
Deuteronomy 8:1 “All the commandments that I am commanding you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD swore to give to your forefathers.”
EXAMPLE: MOSES –
Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth. Numbers 12:3
Exodus 33:1 The LORD said to Moses, “Depart; go up from here, you and the people whom you have brought up out of the land of Egypt, to the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, ‘To your offspring I will give it.’ I will send an angel before you, and I will drive out the Canaanites… but I will not go up among you, lest I consume you on the way, for you are a stiff-necked people.”
Stiff necked – severe harsh – hard –
NOT GO WITHIN YOU – inward part, midst
Exodus 34:6 The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands,a forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin…”
8 And Moses quickly bowed his head toward the earth and worshiped. 9And he said, “If now I have found favor in your sight, O Lord, please let the Lord go in the midst of us, WITHIN US! for it is a stiff-necked people, and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for your inheritance.”
MAKE US KIND – COMPASSIONATE, MEEK – CAN POSSESS, BE BLESSED IN LAND