It is an acknowledgment that man’s sin is the primary cause for the tragic condition of the this fallen world – and sin is the disease that has infected every human heart. However, the mourning in this verse is primarily connected with the inner spiritual grieving of a broken and contrite heart. Are you tired, not just of the consequences of your sin, but also of the fact that it keeps happening? As I read Matthew 5:4, I say to myself, “Those who mourn must surely be defined by this text.” Remember that in the context of Isaiah 61, we have been told about Israel’s sin. Israel had been called to repent nationally by John the Baptist before being introduced, by him, to their promised Messiah – Light of the world. 5 seemed to be more closely parallel to ver. It appears that Christ’s ministry began at the very point that His faithful forerunner, John the Baptiser, was flung into prison by king Herod – after which he was brutally beheaded. Are you brokenhearted over your inadequacy to be genuinely good to others? It is the word used for mourning for the dead. It is the innermost garment of a sinner, separated from the God Who made them. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 7:10, “For godly sorrow produces repentanceRepentance is the act of regretting sincerely the sin in your past with the goal to never do it again. Do you have a longing for your spiritual homeland? III. Jesus was that true Light. 7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. The kingdom of heaven was here, as John had announced, and Jesus began to proclaim His mission far and wide. This is mourning over loss of fellowship with the Lord. Matthew 5:4 Yves I-Bing Cheng, M.D., M.A. W e will continue today our exposition of the teaching of our Lord Jesus on the Beatitudes. It is important to remember that this portion of Jesus’ teaching was directed toward His closest friends, not the general population (verse 2). 7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. It is making a decision to turn away from evil and to serve God. Matthew 5:4 Context. This is why it is written in Ecclesiastes 7:3, “Sorrow is better than laughter, for by a sad countenance the heart is made better.” Your mourning will be replaced with the oil of joy and gladness. Verse 4 says, "Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted." A despairing spirit as to their acceptance with God. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Answer: Matthew 5 records the part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount known as the Beatitudes. And here is the second Beatitude that we find in the gospel of Matthew. If you can answer yes, you will be comforted because your godly sorrow will produce repentance, which leads to action, to obedience and, ultimately, to salvation – to life. Isaiah 61:3 says that Jesus came with glad tidings: “To comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning.” Are you one who mourns in Zion? Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessing, in this sense, refers to a declaration of what is good and why. Sorrow for wounded pride. Question: "What does ‘blessed are those who mourn’ mean?" Thank You that Jesus was not only Israel’s Messiah-King… but that He is also our heavenly Saviour. Heavenly Father, we praise and thank You that You gave Your only begotten Son to be born into the human race. Purchase or download Christian literature at Christian BookShop, the online bookstore for Hidden Treasures Foundation Publishers (HTFP)/Stiftelsen Skjulte Skatter Forlag (SSSF). In difficult times, or even when going through life’s mundane situations, it is sometimes hard to imagine that God cares for “little me.”. - In some, especially "Western" authorities, vers. The Holy Spirit begins His work of sanctification within us at salvation, but He will continue to convict us of sin afterward as part of the on going work of sanctification. I. ActiveChristianity® by Brunstad Christian Church aims to show how God’s word challenges and empowers followers of Jesus to live 100% according to God’s will, so we no longer need to fall in sin, but can come to a life of victory. Meyer, Weiss), and also those of ver. It is those that grieve over the sorrowful state of their sinful heart who will enjoy the comforting grace and consoling mercy of the Lord. Yes, the promised Kingdom was on offer, and those who acknowledged their helplessness before God’s omnipotence, and recognised that their spiritual supply comes from Him alone, would be the beneficiaries of Christ’s coming kingdom.

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