Summary: Examination of the fourth BE-Attitude: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
PURSUING HAPPINESS: Starving for Righteousness
Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be satisfied”
1. You would not be unique if the thought has crossed your mind, of what relevance is this study on the Sermon on the Mount at a time when our world is being engulfed with a deluge of war, terrorism, violence, brutality, selfishness, greed, and political, social, economic, and environmental problems that completely dwarf anything we have ever encountered before?
• Are we Christians simply seeking to bury our heads in spiritual sand, hoping that if we do so the problems will eventually go away?
• Are we guilty of focusing on heaven because the problems of earth have become too overwhelming for us?
• Or do we really need to pay closer attention to this word as the one and only certain cure for this world’s madness?
2. I firmly believe that the children’s nursery rhyme, "Humpty Dumpty", with a slight modification and extra verse I composed, is a descriptive parable of our world.
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
All the world’s horses and all the world’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.
But Humpty’s Creator looked down from above
And sent His own Son as the gift of His love
He took all our brokenness as He suffered in pain
And where He is welcomed, Humpty’s made whole again.
3. All our councils, committees, conventions, and conferences seem to be able to do is try to medicate the symptoms instead of getting at the root cause. We prescribe temporary pain killers or band-aid patches for the endemic, deadly, and oozing wounds of our planet and refuse to face the origin of our brokenness and disease which is our sin and rejection of God and His ways.
• When you reject the light, you have to suffer the consequences of living in the darkness.
• When you reject the air that sustains you, the natural consequence is asphyxiation and death.
• When we reject God’s righteousness, it is no wonder why we are neither blessed nor satisfied.
4. We turn this morning to the fourth “be-Attitude” in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount – His instruction manual for entry into and living the Christian life – “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”
• We’ve already seen how the first Beatitude describes the doorway to the Kingdom of God or entry to the Christian life – that of acknowledging our utter spiritual poverty or bankruptcy before God.
• Building on that attitude we mourn our condition and experience sorrow over how our sin has separated and alienated us from God. As we do so in repentance and faith, God comforts our hearts.
• In that posture of meekness – strength under control – we allow God to place His bit in our mouths and willingly place the reins of our life in His hands.
• Now, because we have acknowledged that true and abundant satisfaction is the blessed reward of loving and obeying Him, we become aware of our need of a passionate hunger and thirst for His righteousness.