Matthew 5:10-12 (ANIV)
10 [Jesus said] “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
TIME OF DAY:
I’ve set the scene in the late morning.
The sun is high in the sky, on the left of the scene.
Jesus, sitting on a rock, with 5 of the Apostles visible (the others are there too, behind the viewer!)
There is a large crowd of people in the background.
Matthew chapters 05:01–08:01 is called “the Sermon on the Mount” because Jesus gave it on a hillside near Capernaum, which was a town/city on the north coast of the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret.) This sermon probably covered several days of preaching, if not more, & the content was probably repeated by Jesus (at least in part) many times, as the message contained in the sermon is central to his gospel message.
I decided I would create a “thought bubble” in the top right hand corner of the scene, and illustrate the various people Jesus describes in his famous sermon on the mount. This scene shows two men pointing, shouting and throwing a stone at another man, representing the phrase “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.”
For notes on the possible location of Capernaum, see Matthew 05 – The Beatitudes – Scene 01 – Blessed are you.
Here’s the scene without the figures.
Matthew 05 – The Beatitudes – Scene 01 – Blessed are you – Landscape