There is much bad news currently. Evil seems everywhere we look, but let us just look at our promises from Divine Elohim coming for those who follow Him. We can certainly look at the great blessings to come from our Messiah.

The people who follow the Messiah are simple people who love God, each other, and follow His rules. They will be blessed among all others in the world tomorrow.

When my second parent died, the family bible was given to me. In the middle of our old family bible is a section written in large fancy letters titled “the four gems of the bible”. It lists these gems or jewels as The Ten Commandments, The 23rd Psalm, the Beatitudes, and The Lord’s Prayer.

I love the idea of these four gems sectioned off in the middle of the bible because it reminds me of our Messiah’s words directly to us.

We are to follow the ten commandments to live peacefully with both God and man, we have the promises of the 23rd psalm that Yahweh is our Sheppard and will take care of us if we follow Him, and we have our divine pattern of prayer in the Lord’s prayer. And, the beatitudes give us more about who we are as followers of our Savior.

These writings are not for the world, yet the world would prosper and become a beautiful place if people would just follow these four gems that take such a small portion in the middle of my old family Bible.

Our Messiah spoke of beatitudes or blessings directly to us- His people. Matthew 5:1-12 states:
5 And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. 2 Then He opened His mouth 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 shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the [a]earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

In the sermon on the mount or the beatitudes as many know these verses, our Messiah is speaking directly to all His people that will follow Him through time, and He is speaking to all of us today.

We are to be meek and simple. We are not to complicate our lives with lies and other complications. We are to speak the truth and be humble and meek. We are to be peacemakers, and we are to forgive others. We are also to remember that many who followed before us were persecuted and not get upset when evil things happen to us. We are to work for righteousness’s sake which means trying to practice right ways.

Messiah is not speaking in these verses to the world. He is speaking to His dedicated followers who will continue to follow Him throughout the ages. Usually, the groups will be small, devoted, and loving both our Savior and His laws. Our Messiah wants us to know about these things, and he is giving us the speech even today- the words are just as direct and loving as when He spoke them on the mount over two thousand years ago.

We also notice in verse 10 the most wonderful promise of all, “For theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven”.

I am a simple person with simple thoughts. The Kingdom of Heaven denotes a King or divine ruler over all. Our King will have His subjects that He will give His Kingdom to- these ten verses should describe us and is our promise of all that is to come.

I was given a cassette tape once from a Messianic Jewish friend by the late Zola Levitt; Pastor Levitt was speaking about the Beatitudes and used that term.

This Beatitudes, as he pointed out, is the way that Kingdom people should treat each other. We should be humble and meek to each other. We should practice the right ways with each other. We should apply all these things to our lives.

In 1 John 2: 6-11 we read:
6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked. 7 Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. 8 At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because[a] the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. 9 Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. 10 Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him[b] there is no cause for stumbling. 11 But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

We are to care for and love each other. We are to do good things for each other.

Our Messiah told Pilot in John 18:36 that His Kingdom is not of the world, or His servants would fight: “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”

If our Messiah’s Kingdom is not of this world, and we are kingdom people who have already declared Christ our King, then we are not of this world either.

This world will not feel exactly correct as our home. We look ahead to a better world that will not have the strife, the murders, the politicians that lie, and all the other worries of the flesh.

We are a people set apart, not by complicated laws and promises, but by a few pages of written jewels in the middle of my family bible.

We are set apart by God’s laws and promises to us- His Kingdom people.

We will not fare as well on this earth as those who are friends with the world and its actions. But we are not of this world anyway. We are of the Kingdom and the coming world tomorrow as was said. I love to read the simple big words in the middle of my family Bible. The words are simple, and we are simple. Yet, between the pages of our simple worded Bibles, lies the hope for all people and the world. Simple jewels that are our steadfast hopes and blessings, and we await the days of peace and prosperity that these simple words will bring when our Messiah will set up His Kingdom on the Earth- the earth that we will inherit.
Pastor Nick