Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them, saying: . . .
5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled. (Matthew 5:1–2, 5–6 NIV)
Psalm 37 is an entire psalm devoted to the idea that the way of the world, in which men trust in their own strength to reward them, is really futile. The blessing of God comes to those who live in humility before God and trust in His way. In Psalm 37:11,29 it is the meek/righteous that inherit the land and peace, God’s promise to them. It seems that Jesus declares to His disciples that God has not changed with this coming kingdom, but that in His kingdom the blessed are still those who are humble enough to trust in God instead of themselves. Blessing in the coming kingdom will be as it has always been for God’s people. The blessing of God comes to those who choose to trust and obey Him rather than self!
The blessed of the coming kingdom are those who choose to pursue righteousness over worldliness. They hunger and thirst for the things of God rather than the things of men. God satisfies their desire for Him and His rewards!
I have said the coming kingdom, meaning still coming at the time of Jesus speaking the Sermon on the Mount, but now the kingdom from heaven is here in the reign of Messiah/Christ. Peter declares Jesus to be crucified, buried, resurrected, ascended, reigning as Christ at God’s right hand, and the source of authority for his sermon in Acts 2:14-39. In doing this Peter has proclaimed the King to be reigning and the kingdom to be no longer near, but here! Christ now reigns over all things for the church (Eph 1:20–21) and His kingdom that was preached, as coming, came within the very generation that heard Jesus preach about His kingdom and its blessings (Mark 9:1). Now, is the time of blessing (cf. 2 Cor 6:2); now, is the time of meekness and hungering and thirsting for righteousness. May God bless each of us with a faith that longs for God’s blessing and avoids the temptation of looking to ourselves for inheritance/blessing, Amen!