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Poor in spirit, and an easy yoke

The Word Without Walls Podcast

Release Date: 09/23/2020

Bible Study: Matthew 5:23-26 show art Bible Study: Matthew 5:23-26

The Word Without Walls Podcast

In these verses, Jesus guides us to reset our thinking about our relationship with God and others, on the basis of how we see ourselves under the law.  Are we self-righteous, or honest about our condition under the law?    

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Bible Study: Matthew 5:21-22 show art Bible Study: Matthew 5:21-22

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Jesus starts on a refrain that He continues for the rest of the chapter: “You have heard that it was said to those of old … but I say to you…”. What is His point with these statements, and how can it transform our thinking, both about ourselves and others? How can we be ambassadors for God’s kingdom, not acting as judges, but helping others who are suffering?

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Bible Study: Matthew 5:17-20 show art Bible Study: Matthew 5:17-20

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What do we do with the Law? How are we to understand it?  Jesus articulates this in these verses from the Sermon on the Mount.  That's what we'll discuss in this episode.

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Bible Study: Matthew 5:11-16 show art Bible Study: Matthew 5:11-16

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At the end of the beatitudes, the tone shifts to being persecuted.  How are to be encouraged by Jesus' promises in these verses?  Where else is “salt” mentioned in the Bible?  What uses does salt have, and how can we can apply that idea to our lives?

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Bible Study: Matthew 5:1-12 show art Bible Study: Matthew 5:1-12

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This passage is the beginning of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, the beatitudes.  How can we understand these?  What do "blessed" and "happy" mean in the Greek text? And "poor in spirit"??  How can we understand the first beatitude?

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Bible Study: Matthew 4:18-25 show art Bible Study: Matthew 4:18-25

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Jesus begins to call His disciples. What is notable about this passage and these men?  How will God will use their experiences and background for extending His kingdom?

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Bible Study: Matthew 4:12-17 show art Bible Study: Matthew 4:12-17

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After Jesus is tempted in the wilderness, He begins His ministry in the north.  Why is that important?  

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Bible Study: Matthew 4:5-11 show art Bible Study: Matthew 4:5-11

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In this text, we see Jesus experiencing the second and third temptations from the devil in the wilderness. The devil tries to use God's Word, but out of context and for the opposite of its purpose.  That worked with Adam and Eve; why didn't it work with Jesus? 

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Bible Study: Matthew 4:3-4 show art Bible Study: Matthew 4:3-4

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In this passage, Jesus experiences the first of three temptations in the wilderness.  The first—turning stones to bread—is the temptation to become selfish and succumb to intense longings for food. Yet, that is not the most important thing in life. What is the one thing that man can’t live without?

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Bible Study: Matthew 4:1-2 show art Bible Study: Matthew 4:1-2

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Why was Jesus tempted in the wilderness?  Why did the Holy Spirit lead him there?  Learn about this, and how Jesus retraced the steps of Israel (but perfectly) in His early life.

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One of the challenges of our ambassadorship is constantly resetting our consciousness to be the consciousness of Christ.  Part of that is slowing down in reading the Bible, really swimming around the verses we encounter.  We’re going to slow down and think about two different texts: the first beatitude—blessed are the poor in spirit—from Matthew 5, and Matthew 11’s account of the yoke of Jesus being easy and light.