Friday, 6 April 2018

The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:6) #BEDA 2018


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For the series on the beatitudes we have established that the blessing declared are for those who are focused on obtaining the kingdom, are repentant of their sins and those who have a gentleness in spirit. 

 

In this post we are looking the first part of the fourth blessing:

 

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Matthew 5:6 
If you have been following this series, you will know that “blessed” in this context means happy. “Happy are they which do hunger…after righteousness”. What is it to hunger after righteousness?

Source:https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G3983&t=KJV

To hunger is to crave and to eagerly desire. 
Have you ever had a food craving? How did it feel? Your whole being is fixated with satisfying that craving. You will do all that is possible to get that dish you salivate about. All other dishes will not bring you as much satisfaction as that which you crave for.
Now let us apply this to the idea of seeking after righteousness. But first let establish what righteousness is.
I quite like example B i:
Source:https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G1343&t=KJV

To be righteous is to have a life of purity and correctness of thinking feeling and acting. If we combined both phrases it can be said;
Happy is a person who craves a life of purity and right doing.
How can I crave after virtue? Let us go back to the food example, part of the reason one may crave food so much is because they have constantly eaten that dish (or the food is filled with additivities) and a day without it seems bizarre. If we want to live righteously then we are to immerse ourselves in doing that which is right. In the comments below write a practical way you could live more righteousness.  
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