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Daily Reading: 12th August 2016

 

Matthew 5.4. cont.

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

Periods of mourning in Bible times varied:

Joseph was mourned for 70 days, Moses 30 days, and Saul 7 days.

We know that mourning is something that affects every human being and no one looks forward to it because of the grief that accompanies it.

It brings great anguish to our soul. Therefore, it is not surprising that God has something to say about mourning in His word.

And the word of Jesus is that there is blessing for those who mourn, and it is the blessing of being comforted.

Perhaps we should realize that the tense is a future one: those who mourn will be comforted.

This is a sure promise that when the followers of Jesus go through that time of mourning they will receive comfort. It is a promise that is continually being fulfilled, and was not just for that time.

Comfort is a word with which we all may feel secure, but what does it really mean to be comforted? We may have a number of different ideas as to what comfort means, and they will all probably be complimentary.

Once again our English word ‘comfort’ is like ‘love’ in the sense that it has to mean a number of different things. We think of comfort as being at ease. We like to sit in a comfortable chair, or lay on a comfortable bed.

We find different words for comfort in the Scripture (the underlined words are various meanings of comfort):

  1. This is an easything in the eyes of the LORD; He will also hand Moab over to you – 2 Kings 3.18
  2. And the men of Gibeon sent to Joshua at the camp in Gilgal, saying, “Do not relaxyour hand from your servants; come up to us quickly, and save us, and help us; for all the kings of the Amorites that dwell in the hill country are gathered against us.” – Joshua 10.6

iii.            [14] But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?” – Galatians 2.14

  1. He who fears the LORD has a securefortress, and for his children it will be a refuge – Proverbs 14.26.

cont. tomorrow.

 

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