Oh the delight of the pure in heart, for they will see God.
These are tremendous words from the lips of Jesus that bring an assurance of the pure in heart seeing God.
There are three words that stand out in this verse and they are:
Katharos, which means: clean, pure, unstained, ceremonially, and spiritually clean; guiltless, innocent, and upright.
From Katharos we get the ‘catharsis’ and it has various meanings means:
- The purging of the emotions, or relieving emotional tensions, especially through certain kinds of art, such as tragedy or music.
- Medicine/Medical = purgation.
- In these days in psychiatry it is used in the following ways:
- the psychotherapy that encourages or permits the release of pent-up feelings that have socially unacceptable affects.
- the release of pent-up emotions so as to result in the alleviation of symptoms, or the permanent relief of the condition.
Jesus died on the cross to pay the price of our sins and, therefore, to cleanse us.
Then there is the word kardia, which means the heart; mind, the character, inner self, will, the intentions, centre of our being.
We are probably all aware that we get the word cardia from Kardia. Medically we know that this is matters concerning our physical heart.
34 For wherever your treasure is, you heart will also be there – Luke 12.34
Opsontai, and this means to see, look upon, experience, perceive, discern, beware.
People not only saw Jesus, but they experienced Him as well.
How do we understand the word ‘pure’?
The dictionary definitions:
- free from anything of a different or inferior nature, or contaminating in anyway; free from unrelated matter: pure gold; pure water.
- unmodified by an admixture;
- of unmixed descentor ancestry: a pure breed of dog.
- free from foreign or inappropriate elements;
- clear; free from blemishes: pure skin. clear;
However, the people listening to Jesus would understand the word ‘pure from the perspective of the Old Testament. Therefore, we need to delve into the Old Testament to see what the word ‘pure’ means.