10 February 2013

Theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven

"Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."  (Mt 5:3)  

Although I am not an English scholar, I do appreciate the language and enjoy looking at the written word from a deeper place than the average person.  Finding original root meanings often brings clarity to the words we read.  In the case of scripture, this understanding can bring us new revelation.

Defining words is common to most of us and many already know that 'blessed' means 'empowered to prosper' or having 'ability to succeed'.  What you may not know, is that the word 'poor' has a significant meaning beyond 'lack'.

Poor actually means to 'light upon'. It indicates the place where one comes to rest, like a bird lights upon a branch.  There is an connotation of dependency, this is where the idea of lack is introduced.  If a person is dependent on finance as their support, the way the bird is dependent on the branch, then a lack of finance leaves them with no place to rest.  They are poor in finance.  They light upon or rely upon finance.

The word 'theirs' means to unconsciously and gently breathe back

We've already talked previously about the 'kingdom of heaven' being the ability to enforce the word of God.  And we know that the words of Jesus are "spirit and life" and that He only spoke what He heard the Father speak. So, we can read Matthew chapter 5 like this:

"Blessed (empowered to succeed) are the ones dependent on the Words that Jesus speaks, for the words they speak (gently and unconsciously) enforce of the word of God."

Likewise, "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Persecution is an attack against innocence.  Righteousness is the justification that comes through the blood of Jesus.  That righteousness is what declares innocence. Persecution is false accusation and action declaring guilt where God declared innocence. You are empowered to succeed  in the very thing the enemy is trying to stop you in, when people come against your innocence.

The point being, when we rest on the word of God, even when we are persecuted, we will unconsciously, or naturally, speak back the word of God into the situation.  When we speak back the word of God it will sound like Jesus, having His spirit of gentleness. In so doing, we bring the kingdom of heaven and the works of the enemy are destroyed.

So, today be poor in spirit and rejoice when men revile you and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, for the sake of Christ Jesus. Let the very breath you breathe bring forth the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus said, "Go, preach the kingdom of heaven is at hand..."  To preach is to declare.  As you go, you are to declare that you have the authority of heaven to do what you have seen the Father do and speak the thing you have heard the Father speak. The very words that you speak will be the action of breathing back the breath given to you.  The spirit that has come into you will come out of you, healing the sick, cleansing the lepers, raising the dead and casting out demons.

You received it without cost, now go and give it away without cost!

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