August 3 – Beatitudes Study Day 62

This summer, we are studying the Beatitudes that start-off Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:1-12. These ways that Jesus tells us we should act as Christians are counter-cultural, with blessings or rewards that will come in eternity, not here. We’ll be digging deeper into each of the 9 Beatitudes, looking at other verses in the Bible that describe each characteristic, Biblical characters that exude the Beatitudes, and the blessing that comes from it. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:11-12)

2 Kings 2:23-25

Elisha Is Jeered

23 From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some boys came out of the town and jeered at him. “Get out of here, baldy!” they said. “Get out of here, baldy!” 24 He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the Lord. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the boys. 25 And he went on to Mount Carmel and from there returned to Samaria.

SOAP Note

Rejoice and Be Glad | Dyea Rowland

Scripture

2 Kings 2:23-25

Observation

This was ultimately a bad situation; Jericho was a place that God did not want His people to live, as Joshua had placed a curse on this city – the water supply. Elisha, who had the power of God, was informed of the problem, which he fixed. Elisha did want God’s power to help the people out of the curse and rescue all from their sin. But now in Bethel that was not the case. Idols, sin and mockery were rampant. Elisha mocked, could see that God was being insulted, and people did not want to turn towards God. There was nothing Elisha could do to help them see what they were doing was wrong; God acted against them.

Application

Just as the prophets were mocked and persecuted, turning towards You eventually makes things right. Days are tough; days are heavy; and days gets long, but I can rejoice and be glad. Jesus came to carry the curse that was placed on this world, believing and trusting in Him and turning towards You takes it all away. Let me remember the reward.

Prayer

Father, I have a reward here, and I can’t wait for the reward in heaven. Let me not be foolish and always obey, never insulting. Thank You for taking away my sin; help me always walk blamelessly. In Jesus’ name…Amen.

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  1. We talked a little in group yesterday about how this last Beatitude relates to bullying . Right here in today’s reading, we see Elisha getting bullied. Our culture talks about ridding the world of bullying, but that just ain’t gonna happen (Matthew 5:11 doesn’t say “if”; it says “when”), so we have to figure out how to deal with it and pass this wisdom onto our kids. This week’s Bible verses give us that wisdom, advice, and encouragement for dealing with bullies in a Christian way. First, God is the ultimate disciplinarian and authority. God will judge and punish; that’s not my job. Yes, Elisha called down a curse, but if you read the rest of the chapter, it’s clear that he was in the Holy Spirit and God’s will at the time, on a holy journey, and it was God’s power that judged and punished those bullies. How encouraging to know that God will remove obstacles if I stay on His path too, just like He did for Elisha! Second, my job is to repay evil with blessing (1 Peter 3). That can be through praying for the bully or finding something to do for him/her that is kind and loving, maybe not in immediate response but ready for God’s nudge on the what and when.

    I pray that we can apply this wisdom together and pass it on to our kids!

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