He saw the Crowds

Matthew 5:1 One day as he (Jesus) saw the crowds gathering, Jesus
went up to the mountainside and sat down.

He saw the
crowds--people like you and me were in those crowds.  Married people,
single people, happy people, sad people.  People who knew they had needs
and people who were quite self-contained.   I believe he saw the individuals who
made up the crowds.  He saw their strengths and their weaknesses, those
who knew they needed him and those who didn't.  

He sat down and began to teach. I believe he taught those who
were there.  

Matthew 5:3 God blesses those who are poor and realize their
need for him.  The Message Bible writes it this way: You are blessed when
you're at the end of your rope.  With less of you there is more of God and
his rule.  (Matthew 5:3)  Jesus was addressing the people in the
crowd who knew they were at the end of their rope and he offered them hope.

Matthew 5: 4 God blesses those who mourn, for they will be
comforted.  Jesus was aware there were grieving people in the crowd and he
addressed their concerns.

Matthew 5:5  God blesses those who are humble, for they
will inherit the whole earth. Yes, there probably were people there who knew
their identity and walked with humility in their sphere of influence.
They weren't necessarily people who would stand out in a crowd, but Jesus
saw them.

Matthew 5:6  God blesses those who hunger and thirst after
righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.  These are promises to us, but
they heard them first and to those who were in the crowd, they would be
encouraged.

There are five more "beatitudes" in the fifth chapter
of Matthew.  If you read them carefully, none of these people described
are necessarily those who stick out in a crowd, but Jesus saw them.  

He sees us.  He knows what we need and has promised
blessings will come to those who mourn, are humble, thirst and hunger after
him.  Those who are merciful, and those who seek to have a pure heart are
all promised blessings.  I believe he knew who the peacemakers were in
this crowd as well as those who were being persecuted for doing right.  He
knew they were there.  He saw them.  He sat down to teach them.

I do know there were probably those in the crowd who had no clue
about many of the things he was talking about, so he gave them new thoughts to
live new ways.  I think we most of us are somewhere in the middle.
We walk in some of these areas, but maybe not in all.  What a joy to
know that as he sat and saw the
crowd, he sits and sees us.  He longs to teach us from these very
scriptures, his truth and ways.  What a joy to say, Jesus teach me!

Take the time to quietly read through Matthew 5 asking him to teach His ways, it will add much value to your life.