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B@E2d: the wrap-up

February 5, 2010

i think i should point something out that hasn’t exactly been blatant in this series: all the graphics i came up with are comprised of complementary colors. for those of you that aren’t art majors, complementary colors are those that are opposite on the color wheel; essentially supplementing and contradicting each other at the same time. as a rule, complementary colors used together are aesthetically pleasing (though you can decide that for yourself).

the pleasing factor was not my reason for using these color schemes, however (not that i don’t want to please you, but let me continue). my main reasoning was this: these concepts of “blessed are the ______, for they will be ______” outline an idea that these things that we do are empty, earthly actions that are brought to meaning through their subsequent blessings. in other words, these poor in spirit, people who mourn, meek, who hunger and thirst for righteousness, merciful, pure in heart, peacemakers persecuted because of righteousness are all present, momentary states that will be complemented by the Kindom of Heaven, comfort, New Earth, fulfillment, mercy, God-sighting, sons of God, and again, the Kingdom of Heaven, which are all substantial and eternal. the first half of all these promises are all thing that we do only in this present life, but their complements will last forever.

another point to consider is this: Jesus says that all these characteristics are blessed. aka, all these results come from an undeserved gift from God. being poor in spirit doesn’t earn us the Kingdom of Heaven, but that state will be recognized by God and, in turn, blessed with an everlasting Gift. by mourning, we are blessed with comfort; by showing mercy, we are blessed with mercy; by making peace, we are blessed with being counted as God’s children.

one thing that prompted me to write this series is that i have never heard the Beatitudes preached as doctrine before. almost anytime i have heard someone talk about them, they are outlined more as poetry or inspiring words, which is not to be discounted, but at the same time should not get in the way of the Truth of Jesus’ words. in fact, this is true for a lot of scripture. the Psalms, Proverbs, and plenty of other scripture which is written in poetic prose and verse sound nice, but are still part of God’s infinite and true Word which is “living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword.” let us not be bogged down with the way something is said, and try to focus on what it is saying.

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  1. February 8, 2010 10:03 am

    Joel,

    Ridiculously solid wrap-up. The explanation of your choice of colors was extremely helpful in making the larger focus of the series come through. Thanks for pointing us to the fact that the Beatitudes (and the Psalms and Proverbs) are not just poetic, artistic language, but truth and doctrine. They are not beyond-lofty goals, but are meant to be lived out, implemented, and applied to daily life. Thanks for your labor in this series. It has blessed me.

    Adam

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