Matthew 5.8 cont.
Oh the delight of the pure in heart, for they will see God.
The Hebrew word for pure is ‘bar’, and in that form it is to be found in the Old Testament just seven times.
It is also interesting to note that in Hebrew the word ‘bar’ has other meanings, such as: son, corn, wheat, old, field.
In Matthew 16.17 Jesus referred to Simon as ‘Simon barjonas’ (Barionas).
Furthermore it is interesting to note that the word ‘bar’ is translated in various ways in the Old Testament.
It stand for the number seven:
- completeness, fullness, totality,
- to be full, to be satisfied, to have enough.
Seven appears about 600 times in the Scriptures.
As we look into the Old Testament we will begin by looking at Psalm 24, where we see that ‘pure’ is:
clear – sincere – clean – empty.
 Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in His holy place?
 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false.
 He will receive blessing from the LORD and vindication from God his Saviour – (NIV).
In verse four there are the words ‘clean’ and also ‘pure’
We must presume that there is a difference of meaning in the two words, and it will be good for us to look at this difference, since both words are similar.
The word ‘clean’ in Hebrew is ‘nakey’, and it means:
- clean, free from, exempt, clear, innocent
- free from guilt, clean, innocent
- free from punishment
- free or exempt from obligations
This word is used in particular relationship to the hands, as we see in verses 3-4:
God created and designed our hands so that we can perform many things with them. Our hands can build, but they can also tear down and destroy.
Our hands can be the instrument of blessing, but they can also be the instruments of torture. Therefore, we know that the hands can function both for good and evil.
The can operate in a clean way, or in an evil way.
Let us dedicate our hands, indeed our whole body to be servants of Jesus.