Luke 6:23-24

Luke 6:23-24

Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets. “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.

In Matthew’s gospel the Beatitudes (The Blessings!) stand alone and affirm the commitment of God to simple. peaceful and faithful obedience to the kingdom of God. In Luke’s gospel though they are set along side a set of matched warnings that call the reader to demonstrate the consequences of presuming that you will be treated well simply because you claim faith in God. Luke’s intent is to show that there are checks and balances in life. And those who write the checks and pay attention to their balances will get what they deserve if they neglect to share with those less well off. This is a more confronting observation than the way Matthew uses Jesus’s words. That’s probably why Matthew’s version is used more often.