Speaker: Lukus Countermant - In the Sermon on the Mount so far, we have taken notice of Jesus’ teachings often referred to as the BEATITUDES. Careful observation exposes the fact that they are divided into two categories. The first four beatitudes describe a Kingdom citizen’s relationship to God. Remember the flow: (1) Blessed are the poor in spirit – those who understand that they are beggarly destitute and utterly dependent on God. They are humbled by the reality of who they are before God. (2) Blessed are those who mourn – those people respond to the intellectual knowledge of their impoverished spiritual state by mourning and repenting and grieving over their sin. (3) Blessed are the meek – those who have now released their grasping for rights, their attempts to control and now they trust God, they are teachable and tamed. (4) Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness – those who have a change of appetite. Their new longing is for the standard of God to be worked out in their life. They long for His will. As you review those first four, you see a kingdom citizen rightly related to God. Now there is a transition. As Jesus continues to teach, we see a change from the vertical to the horizontal. The Kingdom citizen is not only rightly related to God, but also to man. The next four beatitudes deal with horizontal relationships. This order is so important. To be rightly related to man, you must first be rightly related to God. So here we are – Beatitude #5: blessed are the merciful. We’ve leaned what it means to love God, and now Jesus wants to teach us how to love people. He starts with mercy of all things.