Beatitudes Lesson Six: Blessed are They Which do Hunger and Thirst After Righteousness

In the previous talk, I have drawn attention to the fact that Jesus’ seven Beatitudes are carefully structured. You recall, hopefully, that I compared them to a person with a rib cage of six ribs, with a breastbone connecting in the middle—the fourth one, and then three on both sides. Let me add a differ- ent mental picture, and this is the picture of a fruit tree. The first three of the Beatitudes, compare those to the roots feeding into the trunk—poor, mourning, meek. The second set of the three are the fruit bearing branches that come out of the trunk. That makes the fourth Beatitude a massive, solid tree trunk.

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