You know the more I learn about the Bible, the more I realize how little I really know. That is difficult to admit and it hurts my heart. We have to read more deeply and study harder and devote our hearts and minds to God’s Word to be aware of what is being conveyed to us. We cannot simply read verses and go on thinking you “get it”. We don’t “have it” without delving into the words and their original meaning.
Now I do not know Hebrew or Greek. I wish I did because the English translation often does not correctly define the original meaning. At our church and Bible School we are so fortunate to have Dr. Jim Stark, who DOES know Hebrew and Greek and does teach us what a particular verse really means. As he puts it, English is a rather barbaric language in comparison. It often has a correct word to translate either the Greek New Testament or the Hebrew/Aramaic Old Testament but it is not one that conveys the real intent of the Bible author.
My point is Pastor Mike’s message on the Beatitudes (Blessed). He began this study last Sunday. Yesterday he spoke on Matthew 5:4; “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted”.
Now I always thought that meant people who are broken-hearted and grieving will find their happiness in heaven. In actuality (hoi penthountes) this verse is referring to those who mourn for the lost per salvation; i.e. a heart for evangelism is the short of it. The loss of loved ones in one thing, but the loss of an unsaved loved one is even worse. “Blessed are they that mourn” for those who are lost and still have opportunity for redemption.
After studying and really looking into this verse, I now think the “mourning” or grieving is much more than our earthly losses and poor-me attitude. We know the Holy Spirit is called The Comforter. As a Christian, we need to be aware of where we stand with our Savior. Do we seek comfort in the Holy Spirit? We should mourn at our (on again, off again) relationship with God. We are so lacking in our praising and studying and prayer life we need to understand that is why we should mourn. The Comforter will come and as we gain knowledge and insights of what was there in scripture all the time, but we couldn’t see it. “Blessed are they that mourn” for a better relationship with God.
And on another note, mourning is very painful. Nothing would be greater than to be “comforted”. How do we find that comfort? In the comforter; i.e. worship that includes the trinity Holy Spirit. We seek comfort in too many substitutes. God calls them, and ashamedly so, idols. Those things in life we put our faith and trust in for help when God is waiting for us to seek HIM. In the Old Testament, this is precisely the problem Israel and Judah had. They put their confidence in the wrong things.
Rev. Gina Tuch