Luke 6:20–26 // The Kind of People God Blesses

this passage in Luke chapter 6 verses 20 to 26 has been called the Beatitudes of Luke with the corresponding woes so blessed are you and woe to you the woes start here and take up verses 24 to 26 and the blessings or Beatitudes are here we usually think of the Beatitudes is coming from Matthew five blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven etc this is Luke's report probably of a different situation where Jesus spoke similar words he says blessed are you poor he doesn't say poor in spirit and I just want to suggest as we look at the structure of the whole that you not try to force them to mean the same thing as though Jesus could only mean one thing when he spoke in two different ways about the blessings so let's be very careful not to say what Matthew means by poor in spirit is what Luke here reporting Jesus means by poor treat each section of the gospel according to its own context and you'll be a lot closer to the truth I think then if you try to press them together to mean the same thing to be different is not to be contradictory so father as we as we look at these verses and try to understand the the blessings that he pronounces and the woes that he pronounces grant that we would be very careful very alert very observant very wise in the way we put this together so that we understand how we might enjoy the blessing and avoid the cursing that's in this text I pray this in Jesus name Amen so what I want to do in this session I think we'll spend three sessions on this passage is to simply get the overall structure so let's read it together and I'll point out the structure as we go and then we can look at details from that larger structural understanding Jesus lifted up his eyes on his disciples and said blessed are you who are poor for yours is the kingdom of God blessed are you who are hungry now for you shall be satisfied blessed are you who weep now for you shall laugh blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name is evil on account of the Son of Man rejoice in that day and leap for joy 4 so we underlined hungry here and poor here and weeping here we probably should underline here they hate you they exclude you they revile you they spurn you as evil on account of the Son of Man rejoice in that day for behold your reward is great in heaven for supporting this for why is your reward great in heaven an added confirmation because their fathers did the same to the prophets and we know that the prophets are going to be rewarded for this and of the blessings so that's the first unit the blessings the Beatitudes now corresponding to these four one two three four blessings come for woes but woe to you who are rich for some rich corresponds to poor and this blessing corresponds to this woe for you have received your consolation woe to you who are full now for now you shall be hungry and this full here corresponds to this hungry here and this now corresponds to this now I want all the lines we'll get too messy if we do that and this blessedness corresponds to this whoa third woe to you who laugh now for you shall mourn and weep and this laughing now corresponds to number three up here weeping and this woe here corresponds to this blessing fourth woe to you when all people speak well of you for so their fathers did to the prophets and this speaking well corresponds to this excluding and reviling and hating and this four corresponds to that argument for great is your reward in heaven and this being so their fathers did to the prophets meaning you put yourself in the class of false prophets if you are spoken well of all the time and never slandered so there's the general structure of the whole with those now and later two times in both cases now let's step back and make some observations these blessings are pronounced to the disciples and to the disciples the warnings of the woes that's the first observation these are blessings not pronounced on the poor in general like everybody who's poor has the kingdom if you took it like that all poor people belong in the kingdom of God you would have haters of God in many cases in the kingdom of God that's not the point the point is these are disciples and they happen perhaps to be poor they happen to be hungry they happen to be weeping and they happened to be hated and he's addressing well huh sure they feel about that how should they think about that so that word disciples there is all important lest we generalize about the poor and about the hungry and about the weeping in a naive simplistic way a second observation it says rejoice in that day he didn't say that with regard to the other three blessings but he could have here he says blessed before blessed are you when people hate you rejoice in that day and leap for joy and then he gives the ground he could do the same thing here he could say blessed are you who are poor rejoice in that day for yours is the kingdom or blessed are you who are hungry now rejoice in that day for you should be satisfied and he and and so on but he does it here I'm not sure why except that this is drawn out in a more painful way perhaps to be hated to be excluded to be reviled to be spurned you would think that's gonna make you absolutely miserable if everybody views you that way and so he feels no no I've got to correct that impression rejoice in that day in fact he goes so far as to say leap for joy I mean this is just over-the-top amazing that he would say to us under the condition of being hated and reviled and excluded and spurned as evil because of Jesus that he would say leap for joy when that happens that's just amazing to me so that's a third or second observations a third observation in verse 26 he says woe to you when all people speak well of you which is the negative counterpart of blessed are you when they hate you and and exclude you and revile you woe to you when they speak well of you and and there's nothing corresponding to this rejoicing that day he doesn't say we've been that day for so their fathers did to the prophets he could have but perhaps he didn't because he's already said you couldn't mourn and weep at least noticing the kinds of non parallels amidst the parallels sometimes tips you off to various emphases here's a fourth observation the reward promised to the first blessing is yours is the kingdom of God so blessed are you who are poor for yours is the kingdom of God what's the counterpart to that the counterpart is it I put two here when I met one okay that's supposed to be a one right there woe to you who are rich for you have received your consolation it's interesting he doesn't make a promise there like you're gonna go to hell or you're gonna be poor someday which he could have said instead he says woe to you who are rich now because that's what you get this just as we is is not just future yours is presently in your poverty you are the beneficiaries of the kingdom Jesus is your king you are rightful heirs of all that the kingdom of God is all that the king can do for you he is doing for you for your good right now even in the midst of of poverty and weeping and slander and so similarly here when he says woe to you who are rich he says what is your portion right now that's it you get it riches you want it you get it then in the end that's all yours is the consolation you have received your consolation this is what you get and that will be the end of it so what's the what's the main point before we look at some details next time the main point is not that poverty poverty and hunger and weeping and being hated are the the way you become blessed the means of blessing the qualification you meet in order to get the blessing that's not the point here that might be the point in Matthews forum where Matthew says blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom it may be that in this case Jesus meant there's a certain quality of Spirit which sets you up to be a rightful recipient of this blessing that's not the point here Jesus is not saying everybody if you want to be blessed you better be poor if you want to be blessed you better not have any food if you want to be blessed you better be a weeper and not have any joy if you want to be blessed you better get yourself hated that's not the point the point is many disciples are in fact poor how should you think about it think that yours is the kingdom many disciples are in fact hungry how should you think about it you will someday get the reward of satisfaction many disciples are now weeping in all kinds of difficulties and pressures and afflictions how should you think about it the day is coming when that's all going to be passed and you're going to laugh and so on the of this text is not to give us qualifications for how to receive the blessing the point is to say you are my disciples and therefore you are blessed you are following me you are trusting me therefore whether you are poor whether you're hungry whether you're weeping whether you're hated you are blessed for all these reasons we're gonna look at some details next time and that are that are very important to keep us from misunderstanding like what what are we to make of the fact that he pronounces a woe on being full or a woe on those who are laughing it's wrong to laugh that's where we're going next time

13 thoughts on “Luke 6:20–26 // The Kind of People God Blesses”

  1. So having watched the video, I wouldn't say it's about the kind of people God blesses. Piper is saying that's more Matthew's beatitudes. The point is what blessings are on the people of God already who may be poor, hungry, weeping and/or persecuted.

  2. Hello Pastor, I am new here so I don’t know if I can find it from you. I am a Christian I believe That God And Jesus will come and take us to heaven… so here is my question: Can My Religion Make the Catholic Sign Of The Cross?

  3. Looking forward to parts 2 and 3 as this sets them us nicely. Knowing John Piper it'll probably end up being more!

  4. I rarely disagree with Piper, but if the hungry are disciples based on context then the full who get no future reward would be also. I don't see that being true with other scripture. While it is true that Luke doesn't have to match the Matthew 5 Beattitudes, in this case that seems to be a better interpretation because it holds the test of unity within and with other scripture.

  5. 2000 + yrs ago Jesus spoke this to His disciples and told them of the blessing for being poor because they traded
    their fishing careers for "The Kingdom of God". The hunger they, the disciples, have is for Jesus and His teaching,
    the Gospel, for they will be satisfied for following hard after God. The Disciples weep now because the Temple Jews
    are against them and shun them, persecute them BUT when "THAT DAY" comes when all that they have known, the
    "Old Covenant" will pass away in 70AD ratifying the Kingdom and the New Covenant. That they, with faith as small
    as a mustard seed, will pray and see Mt Zion (the evil Jewish system) cast into the sea, and the New Covenant take its
    place. Every Disciple there, save John, are martyred following in Jesus footsteps.
    All the "Woes" are for those listening that adhere to the Temple system and have gotten rich by it. "You vipers who
    turn this house of prayer into a den of thieves" and Jesus whipped them and drove them out.
    You cannot take these scriptures out of the context of the date and time of when they were written and to whom they
    are written about.
    The correlation to us today is to understand the context first and then apply it to us today but it was said directly
    to Jesus Disciples 2000 + yrs ago. We apply the story to our lives today for there are no longer any Pharasies nor
    Sanhedrin chasing us down. There are Godless baby killing Democrats though.

  6. Acts 3:25-26 KJVS
    [25] Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. [26] Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.
    Galatians 3:14 KJVS
    [14] That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

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