Chapter # 6 Paragraph # 5 Study # 9
November 25, 2007
Lincolnton, N.C.

<396> Thesis: The greatest danger facing people is their willingness to be dishonest. Introduction: We have been considering the "seeds of Truth" that Jesus planted in His sermon on the mountain as recorded by Luke. We have seen that the first two beatitudes and the first two declarations of woe were metaphorical and parallel. We have also seen that the third beatitude and the third "Woe" address a fundamental attitude regarding the nature of Hope and its implications for Wisdom. Weeping over the losses which sin creates and laughing over the defeat of one's adversaries is heavily tied into the attitude which one takes toward the "Source of Life". If a person is not grieved by the violation of the Truth about Jesus, and if a person can laugh when that Truth seems to have been defeated, there is a huge eternal disaster awaiting: this is the denial of Hope. If, on the other hand, a person weeps over the impact of evil and anticipates getting to have the last laugh in regard to what proves to be true, Hope is established -- Blessed are you. This morning we have come to the final declaration of "Woe". It is given in terms of how a person thinks about how others think of him/her. In the corresponding beatitude, the "blessing" was upon those who, for the sake of Jesus, are hated, ostracized, ridiculed, and slandered. In this antithetical announcement, "Woe" is pronounced upon those who are "well spoken of" by "all the men". We are going to give a few moments of thought to this issue so that we may better understand the true nature of the Kingdom of God. This is the eighth "seed" of Truth, and is the most crucial of them all.