2.17.21 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on Matthew. Part 22. Mourning.

Matthew 5:4 – ““Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

This is from Bibleref.com – A really good resource.

At the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is teaching a series of statements often referred to as the Beatitudes. Each starts with the words “blessed are.” Blessing, in this sense, refers to a declaration of what is good and why. It does not mean that the blessed person will feel happy, necessarily.

The difference between happiness and being “blessed” is especially obvious in this verse. This beatitude states that those who mourn are blessed. Those who mourn, by definition, are not happy. Jesus wants His followers to understand that those who experience mourning are not hopeless.

The Jewish people experience a state of mourning under the harsh oppression and occupation of Rome. Those faithful to God and Scripture understood this to be a result of Israel’s sin and unfaithfulness, since God had promised to prosper them when they were faithful and to judge them when they were not.

Both John the Baptist and Jesus preached that Israel must repent. Repentance involves sadness as we recognize and confess our sinful selfishness. Those who mourn while repenting of their sin are blessed, however, because the kingdom of heaven will come; they will be rescued. The season of judgment will end.

“Those who experience mourning are not hopeless.” This is such a crucial point. Just because we mourn does not mean that we are hopeless. It’s a current condition, not a definition of who we are. Mourning doesn’t define, us, the feeling of hopelessness doesn’t define us.” We are children of God. Plain and simple. He defines us.

Today. Be defined by the One who defines us all. We are children of the most High God. That is who we are.

5 Comments

  1. Peggy F on February 17, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    Amen! And causes me to rest in one of my most favorite verses in Isaiah 61 1-3 “To appoint those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. !

    • Dave Pettigrew on February 23, 2021 at 5:54 pm

      Great verse! So much in Isaiah.

  2. Suzanne on February 17, 2021 at 4:10 pm

    >>>>Today. Be defined by the One who defines us all.<<<<<

    There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
    Gal 3:28

    • Dave Pettigrew on February 23, 2021 at 5:54 pm

      Amen. So very true. The way that God sees us, not the way that we have defined each other here on Earth….

  3. Sherri H on February 18, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    Amen!

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