Contributed on Oct 15, 2011
What do we mourn? Loss of loved ones, jobs, opportunities and the like. We are called to mourn our loss of our relationship with God.
To Be Mourning. Illust: I helped him cry. Some commentators deny that this mourning is for sin (e.g., Bonnard). Others (e.g., Schweizer) understand it to be mourning for any kind of misery. The reality is subtler. The godly remnant of Jesus' day weeps because of the humiliation of Israel, but ...read more
Contributed on Oct 21, 2011
To want righteousness more than anything else.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Hunger and Thirst are powerful motivators. "Hunger and thirst" vividly express desire. The sons of Korah cried, "My soul thirsts for God, for the living God" (Ps 42:2; cf. 63:1) for the deepest spiritual famine is ...read more
Contributed on Oct 29, 2011
Mercy is for the weak, we are weak because of our sins. Others need to have that same mercy for they too are weak from sins.
Blessed are the Merciful… Matt 5:7 Many years ago, executives of the Time-Life publishing organization discovered that the company’s profit margin had shrunk to an alarmingly low level. Consequently, they began an intensive effort to try to cut costs. Efficiency experts suggested ...read more