BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO HEAR AND HEED

THE BIBLICAL MEANING OF BEING BLESSED

The Popular Concept Is That “Blessed” Means “

“Blessed” Has The Idea Of Having (Being The  Of) God’s Favor Or Approval – Mt. 5:4; Jam. 1:12; Pss. 1:1-2; 32:1-2; 34:8

Biblical blessedness                         our circumstances

“Blessed” In Revelation

In Revelation μακάριος is used in similar fashion to the beatitudes of Mt. 5 and Lk. 6

The blessing texts are linked to the  purpose of the book

The blessing texts summarize the  and rewards of overcoming

BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO FAITHFULLY HEAR AND DO

A  Blessing – 1:3

The first blessing  the reason readers should take the message seriously

A blessing on the one who       it aloud (in the assemblies) – Col. 4:16; 1 Thess. 5:27; 1 Tim. 4:13; Rom. 10:17

A blessing on those who gather to  and            the message they hear – Rom. 10:17; Deut. 6:4; Ezek. 40:4; Mt. 13:9, 13-16

Blessed Are The  – 22:7; 2:26; 3:10; 14:12; Acts 8:30-31; Dan. 7:15-17; Rev. 7:13-14

Jesus                 this prophecy to be obeyed

The message of Revelation is not                          to provide fodder for intellectual speculation about the end times but is rather a series of commands addressed to the present-day lives of all who read it

The message of Revelation is a call to                         and                        in light of past, present, and future realities

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION

Why is the public reading of Scripture important?

Why is hard to be attentive listeners (what hinders listening)?

What can help us be attentive listeners? (get us into the world imagined in Scripture)

What does the phrase “being a people under the Word” communicate to you?

What should our motivations for engaging God’s Word be? (why do we read the Bible?)

Why is Revelation so neglected when it is the one New Testament document that pronounces a blessing on those who read, hear, and keep what is written in it?

Do you agree or disagree with the statement, “There is a correlation between understanding the ‘words of this prophecy,’ ‘keeping the words of this prophecy’ and the blessings that are given”? Why do you agree or disagree with the statement?

 

  1. A blessing on those who gather to  and            the message they hear – Rom. 10:17; Deut. 6:4; Ezek. 40:4; Mt. 13:9, 13-16

 

 

  1. Blessed Are The  – 22:7; 2:26; 3:10; 14:12; Acts 8:30-31; Dan. 7:15-17; Rev. 7:13-14

 

Jesus                 this prophecy to be obeyed

 

The message of Revelation is not                          to provide fodder for intellectual speculation about the end times but is rather a series of commands addressed to the present-day lives of all who read it

 

The message of Revelation is a call to                         and                        in light of past, present, and future realities

 

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION

 

  1. Why is the public reading of Scripture important?

 

  1. Why is hard to be attentive listeners (what hinders listening)?

 

  1. What can help us be attentive listeners? (get us into the world imagined in Scripture)

 

  1. What does the phrase “being a people under the Word” communicate to you?

 

  1. What should our motivations for engaging God’s Word be? (why do we read the Bible?)

 

  1. Why is Revelation so neglected when it is the one New Testament document that pronounces a blessing on those who read, hear, and keep what is written in it?

 

  1. Do you agree or disagree with the statement, “There is a correlation between understanding the ‘words of this prophecy,’ ‘keeping the words of this prophecy’ and the blessings that are given”? Why do you agree or disagree with the statement?

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