Someone who is blessed of God and someone whom we think is blessed of God are often two very different people. In this lab, John Piper clarifies that if we are Christ’s disciples — whether poor, hungry, weeping, or persecuted — we are blessed.
Some questions to ask as you read and study Luke 6:20–26:
- Are you blessed of God? How do you know if you are?
- Read Luke 6:20–26. How would you summarize the relationship between poverty, hunger, weeping, and being hated with God’s promise of being blessed?
- Should you seek poverty, hunger, weeping, and being hated as a way to secure blessings for God? What kind of people does God bless?
Principle for Bible Reading
Mine Within the Context First
Making connections to other passages enriches Bible study. We need to make connections, but we also need to be careful not to import other passages into the one we are studying before we have given the passage itself its proper due.
The problem with moving all over the Bible too quickly is that we can miss what the particular author wanted to communicate. In many cases, the author could have brought in other passages or made connections, but that might not have been his point.
Study cross-references and perform word searches, but let each author speak for himself without making a collage of other passages too quickly.