Luke's Role Reversal In The Beatitudes

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The role reversal motif is an important aspect in Luke’s beatitude because it was important aspect to Jesus’ teachings. We see this motif in several parts of the Gospel, in the story of Lazarus and the Rich man and in the Beatitudes. In the Beatitudes we see, “Blessed are you who are now hungry, for you will be satisfied.” This is compared to “But woe to you who are filled now, for you will be hungry.” Here we see the roles of the hungry and the full switched. It also applies to the rich and the poor; the poor gain the kingdom of God, whereas, the rich have already received their consolation. We see the reversal in the first four verses compared to the woes. In Luke’s beatitudes those who are unloved are promised the kingdom, food, laughter,…show more content…
When they all saw this, they began to grumble, saying. ‘He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner.’” From this passage we see Jesus associating himself with a tax collector whom was disliked by many in Jesus’ time. Jesus asks to stay at his house and when Jesus said this Zacchaeus was overwhelmed with joy and declared he would give away half his possessions and repay anyone he may have cheated. In this story Luke shows two aspects of Jesus’ teaching based on the beatitudes, giving to the poor and loving the outcasts. This story shows us two teachings, the first teaching is how Jesus wanted us to act towards the poor and the second teaching is how we are supposed to love the outcasts just as Jesus loved them. After Jesus reached out to Zacchaeus by inviting himself to Zacchaeus’ house, Zacchaeus realized he had not been living in the way Jesus was preaching. Zacchaeus then told Jesus, he would give half his possessions away and double the repayment of anyone whom he cheated, meaning the

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