As we go through Jesus’ teachings in the Bible, you’ll notice that He loves to teach in surprising contrasts, He often puts white against black or good versus evil. We see that also in this astonishing Scripture of the Beatitudes. There are some amazing contrasts that we would usually not combine together. Who of you would call someone blessed (the word blessed you find in these Beatitudes and in every opening word—that means supremely happy)—would you call someone blessed who is poor? Or sad? mourning? Or someone who is hungry (and the word is starving)?