In these verses, Jesus gives us a simple yet profound way to interact with God. In doing so, he helps to reform our view of God. Is God stingy? Does he withhold good things? Or is he a generous giver? Jesus concludes by broadening the discussion to the way we relate to each other through the famous Golden Rule.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus shares the surprising idea that it is possible for us to live our lives on earth, but actually, be living as part of the kingdom of the heavens. Jesus shows us the path to living in his kingdom through a series of shocking statements and vivid illustrations. His words help us to complete the sentence, "Blessed Are…"