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Sermon from MOUNT LEVEL plateau : blending the essential reports of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, into a single account of these core ethics teachings of Jesus (“the Sermon”). Translated from Greek, reading between the lines. (Don’t let your spiritual life go flat!)
Jesus came down to the shore of a lake with his students, to speak to a large crowd, inviting anyone far & wide — up, to listen and to be healed. Each member of the gathering pressed to touch Him, for they sensed they were consumed with their own distractions, needing whatever it was he had – feeling by it they could attain to their true potential – and noticing a powerful peace enveloping them. He got into a boat, pushed off a bit, and settled into his peaceable kingdom – to address them freely, summoning their attention in order to share his dominion – saying :
The Beatitudes : An inverted kingdom of beautiful attitudes
Divinely happy are you – powerless. For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to the powerless!
Divinely happy are the sad! (?) Be encouraged that comfort beckons from within, – closer than your very own breath. Laugh, even!
Divinely happy you, starving. Yet real satisfaction (manna!) is right within you.
Divinely happy are those who claim nothing as their own; they shall receive graciously, and go gently.
Divinely happy are the helpful, for they shall be helped.
Divinely happy are you who are purified from desire, by fire. Right now you have opportunity to behold your own true Nature.
Divinely happy are you utterly-dependent children-of-God — as you resemble the peacefulness of your Father.
Divinely happy are those who are driven away, tossed out, rejected – for all of heaven is their home.
Divinely happy are you when you are hated, insulted, abused, falsely accused for My sake. Celebrate! – and be deeply grateful, as your reward is now, heavenly – for I count you precious, along with the prophets who testified before you, who were also abused. You needn’t be ashamed, with Me!
Divinely happy you, who are the spice of the domain. However, if seasoning is either excessive, or withheld, it spoils the flavor of the dish, rendering it useless.
Divinely happy you, an elegant portal thru which light passes to the inhabitants of a hilltop community — light which can neither be obstructed, nor overlooked. ¶ Nobody would hide a lamp beneath a tub – but rather, position it centrally, to shine for the entire household. So, let your (our!) light shine for everyone, enabling them to notice the beauty of The Source, as reflected by your beautiful attitude.
Divinely happy are your smilin’eyes for they see Me (Us!) everywhere they look.
Divinely happy are those who hear the words of God, and honor them.
Divinely happy are my slaves [*see comment section] who are alert, watching for Me, your Master, coming to serve you a meal which you’ll never forget – and it’s always on the house!
Divinely happy are those who come in my Name, my Nature.
So come!– you who are awakening into divine delight – come to the blessing offered by Our Father, receiving the Kingdom prepared for Us, which is already here since before the world was impregnated. We can live large together, as family!
But don’t suppose I’ve come to dismantle the Teachings [of Moses] and the prophets. (Such would-be dismantlers ruin their calling, for I tell you truly that heaven and earth would perish before the Teachings could ever be dismantled.) Instead, I’ve come to bring even the tiniest details of those Teachings fully alive. Let’s be clear: adhering to basic teaching and learning has benefits in God’s kingdom, inviting us higher.
However, unless your integrity surpasses that of many legalistic church folk or grandstanding do-gooders, your warfare with yourself to attain that inner kingdom could fail, due to inattention. Yes, we’re acquainted with the teaching prohibiting murder, but if we lose our peace, becoming angry towards brother or neighbor, we invite crisis. Worse yet, if we announce our anger loudly, calling someone thoughtless, that will surely invite public scrutiny of both parties. But denouncing someone as a moral slob taints you with the same smoldering stench of which you complain. So, approaching the altar to make an atoning sacrifice for words or thoughts at large, first requires that we re-think our differences, and make amends. Then a gift is acceptable, and receivable.
BEWARE, WOE. The Greek translated woe sounds like why in English. KJV translates it alas; it means weariness, grief, pitiable, awful.
Why? You sold out so soon, getting rich quick, when you could have had so much more! Why did you fill up on junk instead of favoring real nourishment? Why have you built your own reputation rather than Mine?
¿ Got woe? It’s not too late, if you have ears. Love those who are hostile towards you, pray for those who damn you, Continue reading