Inheriting the Kingdom

July 23rd, 2012 by MMiller

Rev. Dr. Melanie Miller

July 22, 2012

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Contemporary Testimony: one more excerpt from The Land by Walter Brueggemann

The church is immobilized by the phony polarizations, as though the issue was liberal/conservative, revolutionary/reactionary, when in fact the real radicalness is the agenda of land that undercuts all other postures.  We have yet to face how odd and discomforting is the biblical affirmation that God wills land for his people and he will take it from others for the sake of the poor.  We have failed to maintain the land/landless dialectic, so that we are immobilized on the issue without power to invite the landed to landlessness or to include the landless in the land.  The good news is not that the poor are blessed for being poor, but that to them belongs the kingdom, that is, the new land. Similarly the meek are not simply blessed but are identified as heirs to the land.

Biblical Testimony: Matthew 5:1-11

When Jesussaw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

3 ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

5 ‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

6 ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

7 ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

8 ‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

9 ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

10 ‘Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 ‘Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.

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