Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Finding Satisfaction

A Look At Prophecy In The Gospel of Matthew

Finding Satisfaction

Matthew 5:6 NLT

God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice,[a]
    for they will be satisfied.
Footnotes:     5:6 Or for righteousness.

Who Will Be Satisfied?

Few people, at least English speakers, realize the connection between righteousness and justice. They display two sides of the same coin. They are about doing and receiving what is right. Our disconnect of justice from righteousness has downgraded and legalized justice in our eyes.

How sad.

A Reward Not Reprimand

Notice!  This verse speaks of discontent. A discontent that reaps a reward, not a reprimand.

The reward? Being satisfied! What the discontent long for will come to pass.

True, this may not totally be visible until the final judgment. At the judgment, we will be so personally humble that judgment will be seen as right fulfilled, not someone getting their comeuppance. That is the difference between our view of justice now versus the justice referred to in this beatitude.

What About Right Now?

Still the implication here is that our hunger for what is right, for justice, will be satisfied beginning now then totally when God answers the prayer, "Thy Kingdom come, they will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Satisfaction remains hard to come by in our present world. Trouble, injustice, protest lead to anger, frustration and more injustice, more visibility of what is not right. 

Who will be satisfied = not the ones who do the formulas and laws we present, but the people who long for the practice of what is right. For this is what righteousness means in the Greek and Hebrew and in God's eyes.

Let Us Begin By Practicing What Is Right!

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Man Carrying Premature Baby by Tina Stallard,  all rights reserved

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