Matthew 5:6-8 “Blessed are the those that hunger and thirst…merciful…pure in heart…”

Matthew 5:6-8  “Blessed are the those that hunger and thirst…merciful…pure in heart…”

Notice the choice of the words of Jesus. Hunger and thirst but the object is righteousness, not filling.

Righteousness – in its simplest form, means to conform to God’s standard. Justification in the Bible is explained in two ways:

1. Justifying Righteousness-Given to us/Imputed by God/Legal/Brings Salvation

2. Sanctifying Righteousness-developed in us/we participate/experienced continually/ongoing all your life

Which one was Jesus talking about? The answer is both but especially the Sanctifying Righteousness. What is really taught here is the ethics for developing a spiritual life. Why did Jesus use these types of terms? Because hunger and thirst are the necessities of life and need attention regularly in order to be healthy.

Psalm 42:1 As the deer pants, people that hunger and thirst return to be filled over and over. Have you ever lost your appetite? Why did you lose it?

v. 7 Blessed are the merciful,…will be shown mercy.

Merciful because he has experienced the first 4 beattitudes. Poor in spirit, mourn, meek, hunger and thirst. Biblical mercy is holy compassion whereby a person is moved by God to relieve another person’s need. 1 John talks of the relationship to a brother 12 x. “If anyone sees his brother in need and has no pity (sympathy) on him, how can the love of God be in him.”(3:17) The Pharisees had so much trouble with Jesus because He was so merciful. Psalm 30:5 “His angers last for a moment, by His favor lasts a lifetime.”

If you have not read Psalm 136, note that 26x David speaks that His love (mercy) endures forever. Message in this Psalm: In every experience with God, His mercy endures forever.

Abrahm was wronged but helped Lot. Joseph was wronged but helped his family. What does this verse say to us?

1 They are moved from passive to active.

2. Merciful people have, in many cases, faced the same struggles.

3. Blessed (happy) people will be merciful even to their enemies.

4. Merciful people are promised a reward by God of more mercy.

v. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart,…they will see God.

The Bible teaches us the heart is really the essence of man. “As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man.” Prov. 27:19 You can be pure in doctrine and outwardly pure in behavior, but not pure in heart.

Pure in heart means:

1. authentic cleansing- justifying cleansing but also sanctifying cleansing Titus 3:5 “He saved us through the

washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.”

2. authentic honesty (of heart) (single-minded Matt. 6:24 “No man can serve two masters. Either he will

hate the one…”

1 Peter 1:22 “Now that you have been purified,…love one another deeply from the heart.”

Moses asked to see the gory of God but not a picture of his home in heaven. The Bible describes heaven with streets of gold, but even that imagery will pale when we see His glory. We will behold His glory. If your heart is focused on God and this world, you really are not pure in heart. If your eyes are on the things of this world and the things of God, you will not see God.

Life Principles

1. People that hunger and thirst after righteousness will be filled over and over again.
2. People that are merciful know that mercy follows more mercy.
3. People that are pure in heart desire to be authentically single-minded.

Leave a Reply