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Daily Reading: 11th August 2016

 

Matthew 5.4

[4] The contentment of those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

What is it to mourn?

Perhaps most people would regard mourning as referring to a specific time that affects us after someone dies, because it is usually a very traumatic time for us.

Some believe that mourning can refer to various other things that may happen to us in life.

This would include: losing a job (redundancy), divorce, poor health (illness) or the loss of a friendship.

However, there may be other emotions that we would use to describe how we feel on these occasions.

It will be good for us to look into God’s word and see the times and circumstances when the word  ‘mourn’ or mourning is mentioned.

In the Old Testament the word is ‘caphad’, (pronounced sa-fad) and it means: to wail, lament, mourn.

In the New Testament there are four words which are translated as mourn, but in Matthew 5 it is the word ‘pentheo’, also meaning  mourn, lament. It can also mean ‘feeling guilty’.

Maybe lament is not a word with which we are familiar, but it is to grieve, particularly in an expressive way, such as weeping and wailing.

What does it mean to wail?

It is to cry out, or shout in a kind of deep moan.

This is not the moaning of complaining, but the moaning which expresses the torment of the soul.

In some cultures wailing is expressed through screeching, or yowling.

Wailing expresses the distress of the heart, which we may also call heartache. It is an emotion that is felt in the pit of the stomach as well as in the caverns of our minds.

Maybe lament is not a word with which we are familiar, but it is to grieve, particularly in an expressive way, such as weeping and wailing.

In our times of mourning we can be sure that Jesus is with us, because He said that He is with us even unto the end of the age (Matthew 28.20). He also said that the Holy Spirit will never leave us – John 14.16.

 

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