Blessed…. Jesus Teaches

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them” (Matthew 5:1-2a, New International Version). 

Today we reached the chapter that lended its name to this particular series, “Blessed…” when we start looking at The Beatitudes tomorrow we will read again and again, “Blessed are the….” the blessed are the people we most likely would consider those who are not blessed. Jesus would say we are wrong, without a doubt. 

What grabbed me with today’s very short reading (we will have very short readings for the next several days) was the idea of being taught by Jesus. 

Jesus had just recruited the first few disciples and before they could be of much use to him they had to learn. So, they gathered on a hillside and Jesus began to teach in what we call “The Sermon on the Mount.”

Can you imagine the thrill of learning from Jesus? Can you imagine the blessing? Wow. What a great opportunity. 

Yet I can’t help but think the overwhelming majority of us would miss out. Why? Well, we take a pass on the opportunities that are given to us now.  We can learn from Jesus today by simply picking up a Bible and reading from Matthew, Mark, Luke or John. Yet how often to we read and learn from the Master?

We all need to become more faithful in our devotion to Christ by studying the things He had to say. All it takes is a little time to read and respond. Andrew, Peter, James and John responded to the opportunity given to them and they didn’t really know who Jesus was. 

We have an advantage. We know who Jesus was and is. Now we just need to learn what he had to say. When we learn, we will be blessed. 

When was the last time you studied the words of the King?

Have a blessed day in the Lord. 

Joy and Peace,

Keith 

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved. 

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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