25 Oct 2015 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are Those who are Persecuted because of Righteousness

Jesus’ first public sermon was recorded in the Gospels of Matthew (Matthew 5) and Luke (Luke 6).  His eighth blessing from God, called the “Beatitudes,” that Matthew recorded was:

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

In an earlier post we’ve already looked at what the word “righteousness” means. If you missed that one, I recommend going and reading that post first. For this verse, I want to take a closer look at what “persecution” means. In the original Greek, it is διώκω and is transliterated “diókó” (pronounced dee-o’-ko), which means to “persue with haste” or “aggressively chase.”  It can be used in a positive way, such as to “earnestly pursue,” or a negative way, such as to “zealously hunt down” or “earnestly desire to apprehend.”

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9 Sep 2015 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Blessed are the Pure in Heart

Jesus’ first public sermon was recorded in the Gospels of Matthew (Matthew 5) and Luke (Luke 6).  His sixth blessing from God, called the “Beatitudes,” that Matthew recorded was:

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

What does it mean to be pure in heart? What does it mean that those who have a pure heart will see God? The word used in this verse for “pure” in Greek is καθαροὶ and is transliterated “katharos” (pronounced kath-ar-os’), which means “pure,” “clean,” “unstained,” “guiltless,” “innocent,” and “upright.” In Hebrew the word for “pure,” in the spiritual sense, is זַ֥ךְ and is transliterated zaḵ, meaning “pure” and “clean.”

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10 Aug 2015 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled

Blessed are Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

Jesus’ first public sermon was recorded in the Gospels of Matthew (Matthew 5) and Luke (Luke 6).  His fourth blessing from God, called the “Beatitudes,” that Matthew recorded was:

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

What does it mean to hunger and thirst for righteousness?  What is righteousness?  In the original Greek, “righteousness” is δικαιοσύνην, or transliterated, “dikaiosuné,” or “dikaiosýnē” (pronounced dik-ah-yos-oo’-nay) meaning “justice,” “justness,” “righteousness,” a “verdict of approval,” or more specifically, “God’s judicial approval.”  So we can see, righteousness involves being just and on the side of right in God’s eyes, should we be judged.

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