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Backwards Beatitudes

In Luke 6 Jesus preaches a sermon very similar to the sermon on the mount. It may be the same sermon from a different man’s point of view, or it may be that Jesus preached this content a number of times.
In any case there is something very interesting about Luke’s account. As with much of Luke’s gospel there is an edge to Jesus' words that is not always present in some of the other accounts.
When Jesus gives the Beatitudes in Luke, He first pronounces blessing, and then the turns them around. Here he says “Woe to you…”
So today, I am going to take the liberty of turning Matthew’s beatitudes around. I know this is not scripture, but it makes an impact on me when I think about these things.
Woe unto those who are the rich in spirit, for they have no part in the kingdom of heaven.
Woe unto those who do not mourn over sin, for they shall receive torment.
Woe unto those who will not submit to the will of God, for they shall inherit eternal destruction.
Woe unto those who hunger and thirst for wickedness, for they shall never be satisfied.
Woe unto those who are unmerciful, for they shall receive no mercy.
Woe unto those with impure in hearts, for they shall never see God.
Woe unto those who are troublemakers, for they shall be called sons of the devil.
Woe unto those who have persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for they will never see the kingdom of heaven.
And as Jesus himself gave this last one “Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for in the same way their fathers used to treat the false prophets.” (Luke 6:26)
BenI hope this impacts you as much as it impacts me. Do you think this goes too far? I don't, but let me know what you think.
Thanks for reading.

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  1. Ben Nelson

    Eva comments from face book: The "woes" of Luke 20 center around people who are only looking to gratify their temporal lives with no concern for eternity or for others. Jesus is targeting the selfish and arrogant nature of man who looks only to himself to navigate this world...the simple definition of humanism. Indeed there is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiates).

  2. Stephen

    It won't surprise you to hear that I take a rather liberal view. Reading both accounts makes me think the liberals got this one right.In this case, I think the theory is they are both compilations of Jesus' boiled down teaching. In other words there was no actual "sermon" and there was no actual "mount"... OK now I've gone and made you mad 🙂

  3. Ben Nelson

    You probably have a lot to do with why I am mad - LOL but seriously - i have no problem with that idea. End of Matt 4 basically says he went around preaching and healing, and then there are 3 chapters of preaching and a few of healing. So i can definitely live with it being a compilation.


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