Matthew 5:1 His disciples… 2 He taught them, saying:
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
12 Great is your reward in heaven
THE PURE IN HEART
I Samuel 13:14 “The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart.”
16:7 “The Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Psalm 51 A Psalm of David when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.
3 I acknowledge my transgressions… 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation. 14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed. 16 For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart—These, O God, You will not despise.
Psalm 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts; 24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
QUESTIONS FOR LIFE
1.Please read this promise made by Jesus: Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8
2.Please review the significance of these passages about David as you consider this picture:
“The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart.” 1 Samuel 13:14
“The Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
3.What do you think the Lord is saying to you personally from these two verses?
4.Please review the story behind this picture of David and his introduction to Psalm 51: A Psalm of David when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.
5.Can you tell about a time that you were like David in this passage and picture?
6.Please read these words of David in Psalm 51 I acknowledge my transgressions… Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation. Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed.
7.Can you tell about a time you prayed for and experienced what David prayed for and experienced in these verses?
8.Please read these passages: By faith Moses… seeing Him who is unseen. Hebrews 11:24, 27 He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.” John 14:21
9. Do you think you have experienced what these passages refer to? Please explain.
10.In what way do the words of Jesus in Matthew 20:23 help you to better understand what He means in Matthew 5:8? To sit on My right and on My left… is for those for whom it has been prepared by My Father.” Matthew 20:23 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8
11.What do you sense God is saying to you personally in Matthew 5:8, and how important is this to you?