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Daily Reading: 13th August 2016

 

Matthew 5.4. cont.

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

We build relationships with those with whom we feel comfortable. We talk about the comfort of our own home, where we can do whatever we like.

Yet these are circumstances that do not describe the comfort with which those who mourn are comforted.

Let us look to God’s word.

The word ‘comfort’ occurs 58 times on the Old Testament, appearing as comfort, comforts, comforted or comforting.

The Hebrew word is ‘nacham’ and it means the following

1) to be sorry, console oneself, repent, regret, comfort, be comforted

2) be moved to pity, have compassion

3) rue (remorseful), suffer grief, repent

4) to comfort oneself,

5) to  ease oneself

6) console

The following Scriptures describe comfort:

  1. She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said – Exodus 2.6
  2. “So how can you console me with your nonsense?” – Job 21.34

iii.        Therefore this is what the LORD says: “If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me; Jeremiah 15.19

  1. To this very hour you have shown no remorse or reverence – Jeremiah 44.10.
  2. Remember, O LORD, Your unfailing love and compassion, which You have shown from long ages past – Psalm 25.6

In the New Testament ‘comfort’ appears 47 times. This is according to Young’s Literal Translation.

The Greek word is  ‘parakaleo’

This is two Greek words: ‘para’ – alongside; and ‘kaleo’ to call. Therefore it general meaning is: to call to one’s side, call for, summon.

It also means to address, speak to, (call to, call upon), which may be done in the way of exhortation, entreaty, comfort, instruction, etc.

  1. a) to admonish (rebuke), exhort
  2. b) to beg, entreat, beseech
  3. c) to strive to appease by entreaty (request)
  4. d) to console, to encourage and strengthen by consolation,
  5. e) to receive consolation, be comforted
  6. f) to instruct, teach.

The comforting of those who mourn is by Jesus and the Holy Spirit, whom Jesus described as the ‘counsellor’, which also means ‘comforter’.

With the Holy Spirit within us we have the greatest bereavement counsellor there is to aid us in our mourning.

 

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