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Blessed, a study of Matthew 5

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.Matthew 5:6

Out of the blessings Jesus speaks of in Matthew 5, this is my favorite. It should encourage all who read it, no matter where they are in their walk with Christ.

Even without breaking down the meaning of this verse, it is easy to follow and understand what Jesus was saying. However, the two prominent words are “hunger” and “thirst.” Understanding these two words shows the depth of this passage and bring it into sharp focus.

All consuming desire

Looking into the meaning of “hunger” in this passage you will find that is means “to crave ardently, to seek with eager desire.” The things that stand out here are to crave righteousness and to seek it. It begins with the desire, but does not end there. Action follows.

To thirst describes somebody who “painfully feels their want.” To not just crave God's righteousness, but to ache for it. To me this paints a picture of an all consuming desire, taking it past a random craving or passing interest.

The encouragement comes at the end in a promise. You will be satisfied, or be made full.

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8

My take on this:

Blessed are those who passionately desire and seek after righteousness with everything they have. It will be given to them, and they will not be lacking.


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Curt Blanshan / Youth Pastor, Tech, Lover of Bacon

Crazy in love with my wife and best friend, father to a little ball of energy I call my son, and passionate about youth ministry. When I get time, I try to keep up on tech. Oh, and I love bacon.

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