I honestly have no idea when I first heard or read the beatitudes found in Matthew chapter five, I must have been a child. All the words of the Bible seem so simple to a child yet little did I know that the first time I ever read anything in the Bible that is the least I will ever know or understand! Every time we hear, read or memorize any scripture in the Word of God it hides itself away in the recesses of our heart and mind. And we aren't even conscious of it. The Holy Spirit is the One who brings to our remembrance all of the Word of God that we have hidden away in us, just as Jesus promised, in John 14:26; "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you." When little children are taught to memorize scriptures, they never forget them, they only think they have but get any group of adults together of all ages and start quoting well known passages like the 23rd Psalm and most will be able to quote them even if they don't remember memorizing them! That is the work of the Holy Spirit!
While I don't remember when I learned certain passages in the Bible I am very aware of those times, which are all most every day, that the Holy Spirit of God brings them to my remembrance and makes application of them to my or someone else's life circumstances! No longer do the scriptures remain simple as when I first read them, now I was stunned to know and realize what Jesus was truly teaching and how that effects the way I look at my circumstances, my view of the world and my reaction to it is totally turned upside down! Then the next time I return to these now familiar passages additional truth begins to surface, Jesus means what He says, the sermon on the mount wasn't just an outline of a lofty goal that was that was completely unattainable. Far from it, that is exactly what He meant and with that understanding my Teacher, the Holy Spirit made known to me that if I was ever to live that way there was only one way and the first truth I must realize is no matter how fervently I try, I never will! But on the heels of that first truth came the next truth; namely that the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ living within me could live that way through me!
The first time we read a scripture is the least that we will ever know...every time we return to it we will know more, the simple becomes impossible, the difficult becomes known and in the circumstances of our lives the application reveals itself.
Start reading the living Word of God and never, ever, stop it will transform your mind, change your life and show you great and mighty things that you do not know.