See Lu 15:17 Mt 5:3,4. on me. It is the desire for Christ that does not give up or abate because of difficulties or demands. They hear the Word but seldom, and for want of exercise they have lost their stomach to religion. 34 If anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, so that you will not come together for judgment. The glory Of the religious life. 3:18). Such is their longing for goodness, that it would seem as if both the appetites of "hunger and thirst" were concentrated in their one passion for righteousness. Forget for the moment that you attend church regularly and that you have Christian friends. 5:6). The reward is fulfillment, and it’s inevitable. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. What is it that you must have—it drives your life, consumes your thoughts, directs your impulses? ‘He loveth him that followeth after righteousness’ (Proverbs 15:9). This title came into our English Bibles through the Coverdale Bible of a.d. 1535. These words are addressed to those of God’s children who have been pierced with the arrow of infinite desire, who yearn for God with a yearning that has overcome them, who long with a longing that has become pain. God is a fountain. When the uneasy sensation termed hunger takes place in the stomach, we know we must get food or perish. What does it mean to seek the Lord? 6:11). Have you an ardent desire for righteousness. Our desire for personal righteousness must be powerful, all-consuming, dominating everything we do. The person who does not have a hunger for the Word of God as nourishment for his soul should surely ‘examine the foundations again’ to see if there is any evidence of genuine conversion. So let me ask again… are you hungry and thirsty for God's righteousness? It denies the reality of sin in our hearts as the source of all our woes and forgets that all lasting joy is rooted in separation—separation from evil and unto God. (From an account of the British liberation of Palestine by Major V. Gilbert in The Last Crusade, quoted in Christ’s Call To Discipleship J. M. Boice). The Beatitudes *. The apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head” (Rom. Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst, Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled, They that hunger and thirst after righteousness, οι πεινωντες και διπσωντες την δικαιοσυνην, hoi peinōntes kai dipsōntes tēn dikaiosunēn, Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled, John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament, The Popular Commentary by Paul E. Kretzmann, Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament, Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary, Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture, Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament, William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament, Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament, Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, E.M. Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament, Commentary by J.C.Philpot on select texts of the Bible. The only thing that will satisfy us is being in right standing with God. Truly righteous— There is a negative kind of holiness, which is neither pleasing to God nor profitable to man: it consists merely in an abstinence from open sin, and a discharge of external duties. However, there is a deeper sense of thirst which all do not possess. This spiritual dynamic ("more satisfaction begets more hunger and thirst") is underscored when His disciples queried Him about why He taught in parables. They are filled, and they are being filled. All the members of the new man, as well as of the material body, do indeed exist at the moment of our birth: but they are then in a state of infantine weakness: and their arrival at a state of maturity is a gradual work. Note that both hunger and thirst are in the present tense which calls for these pursuits to be our lifestyle (this reason alone indicating that Jesus refers not to justification but to sanctification). When we apply this line of reasoning to absolute standards of morality, we are in deep trouble. He was a masterly describer of human nature, who thus portrayed the characters of an undissembled affection: Unstaid and fickle in all other things, As he is blessed, so are you, for ‘Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness’. The attack outdistanced its water carrying camel train. May God create in us hunger and thirst like that which Jesus knew, even though it should introduce a new and constant pain into our lives, that we may be led by it to know the blessedness that the knowledge and love of God can bring. 1. If not, you see the point, because if the Holy Spirit is in you, He will stimulate in ou an appetite for Jesus. This righteousness is not something that we will one day achieve—it is given to us by the Father through Jesus’s death and resurrection. (Amplified Bible - Lockman). ", In a parallel passage Luke records "Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. thing do I really need: to seek first Your kingdom and Here is another explanation to help understand Jesus' teaching…. Treasure such an experience, for thus the grace of God leads back to Himself. THE LIFE OF JESUS AS COVERED BY MATTHEW (shaded area) Click chart to enlarge And here observe, 1. Indeed, how could any one who found in the Old Testament “the poor in spirit,” and “the mourners in Zion,” doubt that he would also find those same characters also craving that righteousness which they feel and mourn their want of? You want it so strongly that you can feel the pangs stirring deep within your bowels. Jesus is certainly not speaking of self-righteousness which is a man or woman living by what we think God requires of us. In Jesus’s name, Amen. It is not simply doing what is right; it is a passionate concern for being right—inside and out. Perhaps Matthew 5:6 gives us a glimpse into our dilemma. In the same way, there is something supernaturally natural about spiritual hunger. It cannot be whipped up. Appetites of the flesh, all of them, can be satisfied only for the moment. So the essence of all promises is in the possession of this intrinsic righteousness. [4] John Newton, Hymn, "Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken" (Chicago: Great Songs Press, 1960), Hymn No. I. He is blessed because in the presence of this hunger many meaner hungers die out. Hungry for God. Physical hunger, also, cannot be finally satisfied, except for the moment. We have before us a blessed result — satisfied. Hunger and thirst are physical sensations which, in their acute stages, may become real pain. We learn that real religion is a matter of personal experience. The end of our search is not futility and frustration. John Piper Feb 16, 1986 2.4K Shares Sermon. Righteousness is not merely an absence of sin. (cf Col 3:5, Eph 5:5, 1Cor 6:10). Jesus gives us the answer in his proclamation on the last day of the feast of Tabernacles (Booths). We’ve all seen images of starving children in countries experiencing food and water shortages. This is all very good; but what is the essence of all this’? (The Beatitudes for Today). The Apostle Paul said, "That I may * * be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the Law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith" (Phil. One cannot love righteousness and wickedness at the same time. Each Christian has an inner longing that only Christ's righteousness can satisfy. THE LIFE OF JESUS AS COVERED “This beatitude follows logically from the previous ones; it is a statement to which all the others lead. Remember there is the world's way (it is passing away) and the King's way (endures forever). what canst thou not influence the hearts of men to perpetrate?". This sunshine of his royal countenance soon masks itself with a cloud of displeasure, but those who are endued with righteousness are God’s favourites, and how sweet is his smile! So why should you be searching everywhere (Lloyd-Jones, D. M. Studies in the Sermon on the Mount), Stephen Olford on hunger and thirst - This was no mere reference to hunger which could be satisfied by a mid-morning snack. Being satisfied is the most wonderful place we can be as Christians. Hunger is put for desire (Isaiah 26:9). Are we rejoicing in that fact, or are we still trying to make ourselves Christian, trying somehow to make ourselves righteous? Ps. Now, as God never inspires a prayer but with a design to answer it, he who hungers and thirsts after the full salvation of God, may depend on being speedily and effectually blessed or satisfied, well-fed, as the word χορτασθησονται implies. There is pain in hunger; nothing is more terrible than to suffer thirst bred by the heat and sand of the desert. That is to say, outward activity grows from some sort of inward uneasiness or impulse. (1) RIGHTEOUSNESS IS A PRIMAL NEED. The feeling is intense, isn’t it? A king may say to a rebel, Do but desire a pardon and you shall have it; but if through pride and stubbornness he disdains to sue out his pardon, he deserves justly to die. It has been the experience of countless seekers after God that when their desires became a pain they were suddenly and wonderfully filled. They have no winged desires. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. (Bishop Ofspring Blackall, D. D.), The utter starving of the soul, if we could see it as we see other things, would strike us as one of the saddest of things. (Justification - see Ro 1:17-note; Ro 3:21, 22-note; cf. Riches or righteousness? Maybe after working outside or after a long jog, you have been desperate for a refreshing drink. ), In some of the last words of Scripture we read God's great invitation repeated…, And the Spirit and the bride say, "Come." He who spiritually hungers, has a real sense of his own indigence (cf Mt 5:3). 4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. I pray that the words of the psalmist will be yours as well: “As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness” (Ps. Divine communion with God is unattainable for sinful men, but through our Great High Priest it is imminently attainable! The good things in life come when you seek Him and know you shall be filled. Jesus' words call for a desperation in one's heart and soul that will not be satisfied with a trifling knowledge of God or a minimal improvement in moral conduct. But now the active element begins to assert itself. He begins Jesus' ministry with the Sermon on the Mount (chapters 5-7), the first of five major teaching sections (see also … When thou prayest — Which, if thou art my disciple indeed, thou wilt often do: thou shalt not be as the hypocrites — Praying out of vain ostentation. When his disciples were come to the other side — Namely, of the sea of Tiberias, see Mark 8:13; they had forgotten to take bread — They had tarried so long in Dalmanutha, or Magdala, that they had consumed the seven baskets of fragments which they had taken up at the late miracle, recorded Matthew 15:32-39, and had no more than one loaf with them in the ship, Mark 8:14. (Verbs in red = commands), F. B. Meyer in his book Blessed Are Ye. Matthew 6:5 "When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. (2Cor 5:17-note) I am not speaking of ever boundless appetite for Christ's righteousness. Amen. 37 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If any man is thirsty, let him come (command to keep on coming = present imperative) to Me and drink (command to keep on drinking = present imperative). chortos, feeding place, fodder for animals, implies primarily grass or hay for horses and cattle, but as early as the 6th and 5th centuries B.C. Matthew 5:10-12 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. His times shall be good, since he longs to be good and to do good at all times. This is precisely what Peter meant when he wrote, ‘Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation’ (1 Peter 2:2). The distinctive character of a Christian— It is a gross perversion of Scripture to interpret this passage as relating to the righteousness of Christ: for though it is true that every Christian desires to be clothed in that righteousness, and shall, in consequence of that desire, obtain his wishes, yet it is not the truth contained in the words before us: they certainly relate to that inward righteousness which every Christian must possess, and to that “holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.”. By analogy, Jesus uses the metaphor of "hunger and thirst" to teach that just as man cannot live physically without bread and water (Mt 4:4, Lk 4:4, Dt 8:3), so too one cannot live spiritually without God's blessed gift of His divine righteousness. He gives it to those who know they cannot live without it. They reversed the flow of the Chicago River so that today it is the only river in all of the Great Lakes system that receives its water from the lake. God’s Kingdom is always about righteousness. Maybe after working outside or after a long jog, you have been desperate for a refreshing drink. Watson 124-126]. Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Hunger and Thirst All that we need is abundantly available in Jesus. Whence is this hunger? (Hughes, R. K. Sermon on the Mount: The Message of the Kingdom. It gives us the picture of an ongoing process of adding or filling, which results in continually having enough or being satisfied. But neglect His Word, ignore it, or refuse it, and you will have a meager harvest. (Click here to read Ray Pritchard's interesting analysis of righteousness). The Lord Jesus said, "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness" (Matt. The tides of blood are aerated by the purer atmosphere; the eye sparkles with clearer vision; the appetite of the soul becomes keener. He had just told the parable (Mt 13:3-9). for they shall be filled: with that righteousness, and with all other good things, in consequence of it; and particularly with joy and peace, which are the certain effects of it: or, "they shall be satisfied", that they have an interest in it; and so satisfied with it, that they shall never seek for any other righteousness, as a justifying one, in the sight of God; this being full, perfect, sufficient, and entirely complete. What is it that means more to you than anything else? —D. In proportion, indeed, as religion gains an ascendant in the soul (2Pe 3:18-note), those words will be verified, “He that eateth and drinketh of the water that Christ will give him, shall never thirst.” (Jn 4:14, 6:35, cp Jn 7:38, 39, 10:10, Ro 5:21-note) But from the very commencement of the divine life (cp 2Pe 1:4-note), all earthly things sink in the Christian’s estimation, and are accounted as dung (Php 3:8KJV-note) and dross (Pr 25:4, cp Is 1:25-note) in comparison of the Divine image. Nothing else could content him. Matthew 5:6, ESV: "“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." The issue is do you desire to be like Christ? [Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness] shall be filled with the things which they long for; even with righteousness and true holiness. 2 And after fasting u forty days and forty nights , he v was hungry . Christ is made unto us righteousness. 3 I will set (this is choice David made) no worthless (Hebrew = belial = without use or worth, a name actually given to Satan in 2Cor 6:5) thing before (Hebrew means "prominently before") my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not fasten its grip (cleave fast, "stick like glue" - be careful!) 2. The figurative use as in Mt 5:6 signifies to have strong desire to attain some goal with the implication of an existing lack. What happened when he saw perfect righteousness (Isaiah 6:1-8)? But how rarely do we meet with biographies and experiences that come within measurable comparison with these natural cravings for food and drink! 5:6). Listen to Jesus and learn. (Psalm 107:9), Commenting on Psalm 107:9 Spurgeon writes that…, He has satisfied the thirsty soul "is the summary of the lost traveler’s experience. He wants us to be passionate about doing God’s will, just as parents in developing countries are passionate about getting food or clean water. Socrates responded by leading him to a river and plunging him beneath the surface. The Holy Ghost is given to him. In this sense we understand the words of our text; wherein are set forth, I. By “want” I mean wholehearted desire. Matthew 5:6, KJV: "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled." Our lips turned a purplish black and burst.” Those who dropped out of the column were never seen again, but the desperate force battled on to Sheria. As a result, our passions draw their fulfillment from the world around us, and all we have to contribute is the debris and pollution we have accumulated. In Revelation 19:21, it is used of the filling of the birds with the flesh of God's enemies. Does that describe you? 3. Crossway Books) (The Blessing of Hungering & Thirsting). Are you thirsty? Those are good things, but they are not righteousness. (Play hymn). It is a desire not merely for doing righteously, but for being righteous. A high value of the Lord's commandment leads to a pressing desire to know and to do it, and this so weighs upon the soul that it is ready to break in pieces under the crush of its own longings. Are we thus filled? This goal is not beyond our reach because it’s up to Him, and everything is within His reach. Luke 9:17 And they all ate and were satisfied; and the broken pieces which they had left over were picked up, twelve baskets full. And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. After a while, our thoughts turn toward eating and drinking. He wanted the eternal life, but he did not want the holy life that accompanies it. He lacks righteousness. Of the synagogues see note on Matthew 4:23. Matthew 18:5-6 New International Version (NIV). The following illustration gives one a sense of how vital a believer's hungering and thirsting for righteousness is to their spiritual life…. Jesus Himself spoke of our hungering and thirsting after righteousness. The only thing that will satisfy us is being in right standing with God. We need the attitude of the psalmist Asaph in Psalm 73 (Spurgeon's note) who cried…, And besides Thee, I desire nothing on earth. TO contend fiercely and fight manfully against our spiritual adversaries. THE CONTEXT Chapters 5-7 of Matthew's Gospel are known as the Sermon on the Mount, and constitute a large body of Jesus' teachings. Matthew 12:1 At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath, and His disciples became hungry and began to pick the heads of grain and eat. Matthew 5:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Matthew 5:6, NIV: "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled." The hope of the soul is to refuse comparison with those beneath, and to keep the eye fixed on the righteousness of God as it is revealed in the life and words of Jesus. The term "Sermon on the Mount" was first used by Augustine (a.d. 354-430) in his Latin Commentary on Matthew. Righteousness is being in right standing with God. God chargeth us to fill the hungry (Isaiah 58:10). The attainment of this object. The world is thirsty for fun, and happiness, and this can be found only in its enduring quality, in Christ. The desire is the measure of the supply. Our hunger increases and intensifies in the very act of being satisfied” (Hughes, Kent: Sermon on the Mount: The Message of the Kingdom. (Institutes of Biblical preaching, volume seven). Introduction Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled (Matthew 5:6).154 We begin our study of this great beatitude with a quote from Martyn Lloyd-Jones: This Beatitude again follows logically from the previous ones; it is a statement to which all the others lead. (J. Beware of the other food you take.--When children are unable to take the meal their mother has provided, she suspects them of having visited the confectioner's shop on their way home from school, so that their appetite has become cloyed and sickly. And yet there is a marvelous paradox for the person who genuinely hungers and thirsts for God’s righteousness finds it so satisfying that he wants more and more. Can ye say of your pleasures, your riches, or your honours, what our Lord says of righteousness? No one of us is self-contained, or independent of the great world of which we form a part. To discharge our duty in every point to the best of our skill and power. 1. 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