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Daily Reading: 14th August 2016


Matthew 5.4. cont.

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

In Isaiah 40.1 We read verse 1-2:

[1] Comfort, comfort My people, says your God.

[2] Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the LORD’s hand double for all her sins.

These are familiar words, since they are quite often quoted at Christmas time, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, our Saviour.

They are words of prophecy that Isaiah was ordered to bring by God.

Most of the people of Israel had been taken captive and had lived in Babylon for over fifty years.

These words of God brought comfort to the people that their time of hardship was over. The day was approaching when Israel would be returning to her homeland. The date is probably around 712 BC.

The comfort spoken of is that of relief from the deprivation of captivity and all that this involved. The comfort they were to receive was to be the revelation of the glory of God, as we see from the rest of the chapter.

Now the fulfilment of this prophecy for every believer comes through Jesus. His coming and His death and resurrection are the ultimate comfort in that He delivers us from our captivity to sin.

His comfort is that He delivers us from the fear and dread of death.

His comfort brings relief to our souls in the knowledge that as Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5.8:

 Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord.

The chapter goes on to say that the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and John wrote about His glory in His gospel these words:

And the word became flesh, and lived amongst us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the unique Son of the Father, full of grace and truth – John 1.14

Along with Peter and James, John had the great privilege of seeing something of the glory of Jesus as they were together on a mountain top. There these three saw Jesus gloriously transformed.

This event would have been a great comfort to those three, especially as they witnessed the suffering of Jesus on the cross.

We also benefit from the comfort that God brings to us through Jesus, because He has been raised and seated at the right-hand of the Father.


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