Scripture: Matthew 5:5
The Pharisees dominated the training of rabbis and held nearly total control over what was taught week by week in the synagogues. If you asked anyone in the crowd who was the most spiritually mature, they would direct you toward the nearest Pharisee. They wanted a king who would validate them for their zeal to show how righteous they were by keeping minutia of spiritual rules and regulations they came up with. The Pharisees and what they taught were the primary targets of this sermon. It was a bombshell to this crowd when Jesus stated the theme of this entire sermon.
1 - who is blessed?
2 - what does the blessing include?