And having called His twelve taught ones near, He gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every bodily weakness. And these are the names of the twelve emissaries:
First, Shim’on, who is called Kepha, and Andri his brother; Ya’aqov the son of Zavdai, and Yochanan his brother; Philip and Bartholomi; T’oma and Mattithyahu the tax collector; Ya’aqov the son of Alphai, and Lavai whose last name was Taddai; Shim’on the Kena’anite, and Yehudah from Qerioth, who did also deliver Him up.
But when He saw the crowds, He went up on a mountain. And when He was seated His taught ones came to Him. And having opened His mouth, He was teaching them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, because theirs is the reign of the shamayim.”
“Blessed are those who mourn, because they shall be comforted.”
“Blessed are the meek, because they shall inherit the land.”
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, because they shall be filled.”
“Blessed are the compassionate, because they shall obtain compassion.”
“Blessed are the clean in heart, because they shall see Elohim.”
“Blessed are the peacemakers, because they shall be called sons of Elohim.”
“Blessed are those persecuted for righteousness’ sake, because theirs is the reign of the shamayim.”
“Blessed are you when they reproach and persecute you, and falsely say every wicked word against you, for My sake.”
“Rejoice and be glad, because your reward in the shamayim is great. For in this way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
“But woe to you who are rich, because you are receiving your comfort.”
“Woe to you who have been filled, because you shall hunger.”
“Woe to you who are laughing now, because you shall mourn and weep.”
“Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for thus their fathers did to the false prophets.
“You are the salt of the land, but if the salt becomes tasteless, how shall it be seasoned? For it is no longer of any use but to be thrown out and to be trodden down by men.”
“You are the light of the world. It is impossible for a city to be hidden on a mountain. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it shines to all those in the house. Let your light so shine before men, so that they see your good works and praise your Father who is in the shamayim.”
“Do not think that I came to destroy the Torah or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to complete. For truly, I say to you, till the sky and the land pass away, one jot or one tittle shall by no means pass from the Torah till all be done.”
“Whoever, then, breaks one of the least of these commands, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the reign of the shamayim; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the reign of the shamayim.”
“For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall by no means enter into the reign of the shamayim.”
“You heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder,’ and whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.”
“But I say to you that whoever is wroth with his brother without a cause shall be liable to judgment.”
And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raka!’ shall be liable to the Sanhedrin.”
But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be liable to fire of Gehenna.”
This portion of The Good News Series is found in the Gospel of Mattityahu (Matthew) 5:1-22 (With the remainder of chapter 5 to follow in the next portion). This portion of scripture, know commonly as the “Sermon on the Mount,” is widely known and heavily preached in the churches, so I will not attempt to be heavy handed with it. I will point out to you a single picture – personal responsibility and accountability. Messiah is showing us the connection between the fleshly aspects that translate to the heavenly riches in which we should seek. He is trying to humble us, and in so doing, build us up in His Kingdom (and not our own)! We must be responsible for our words, actions and deeds to preserve the seed of Yahweh placed within us and not cast stumbling blocks before those who wish to seek Him and follow in His ways. We should not go of way of the hypocritical Pharisees and Saducees, but seek the true righteousness that comes from the Father and His spiritual Torah of Freedom. I challenge you, in your meditation, to examine yourself with this scripture as the lens, and see yourself how you truly are! You have the ability to transform yourself into a beautiful shining example of the Father’s love, compassion, and mercy. May He bless your mind with His Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) and lead you in the path of righteousness. Shalom Aleichem!