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The Upside-Down Values of Jesus

Micah 6: 1-8

The Lord’s Case Against Israel

Listen to what the Lord says:

“Stand up, plead my case before the mountains;    let the hills hear what you have to say.

“Hear, you mountains, the Lord’s accusation;    listen, you everlasting foundations of the earth.
For the Lord has a case against his people;    he is lodging a charge against Israel.

“My people, what have I done to you?    How have I burdened you? Answer me.
I brought you up out of Egypt    and redeemed you from the land of slavery.
I sent Moses to lead you,    also Aaron and Miriam.
My people, remember    what Balak king of Moab plotted
    and what Balaam son of Beor answered.
Remember your journey from Shittim to Gilgal,    that you may know the righteous acts of the Lord.”

With what shall I come before the Lord    and bow down before the exalted God?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,    with calves a year old?
Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,     with ten thousand rivers of olive oil?
Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression,    the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.    And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy    and to walk humbly[a] with your God.

Matthew 5: 1-12

Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount

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.

The Beatitudes

He said:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,     for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,     for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,     for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,     for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,     for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,     for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.

12 Rejoice and be glad,because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.