The sermon on the mount is difficult to completely grasp, especially as it applies to one's self. It is a picture of what the Kingdom of God. What does the Kingdom of God look like to us? What does it mean to be a City on the Hill, to project Kingdom values? Issues we learn form this sermon are personally troubling, counter intuitive. Inwardly we are to live by God's promise; outwardly we declare God's promises, not commandments to the world.
Matt 5: The Beatitudes: Jesus starts the sermon on the mount with promises. "Blessed are the poor in spirit because theirs is the kingdom of God..." God leads us by His promise, not commandment. The Beatitudes are an upside down blessing. When we say that we are blessed, it usually equates to material things we have received. The word "blessed" was originally used to describe how the Greek gods lived. Jesus uses the word "blessed" to refer to the lowly, the pour in spirit, the downtrodden; to those at the bottom of humanity, according to human s