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Blessed is He Who Mourns

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We must be as Jeremiah, the mourner, who approach the vision of sin that God Himself holds.


Scriptural Text: Matthew 5:4

Blessed is He Who Mourns

C. H. Spurgeon is quoted as saying that he was so sure of his salvation that he could grab on to a cornstalk and swing out over the fires of hell, look into the face of the devil, and sing, “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!”
When the storms of life, the winds of trouble, and the sea of discomfort and emotional agony seem to overwhelm, we have to say with the songwriter, “Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. . . . We dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.”
Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall he sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.—John 16:20
Synopsis: Sermon on the Mount
A collection of Jesus Christ’s teaching on the theme of discipleship. It deals with the righteousness required of disciples, the way they are to perform their religious duties, and the blessing and persecution they will know as followers of Christ. It can be seen as a manifesto setting out the nature of life in the kingdom of God.

The teaching of the Sermon on the Mount: The blessings of being in the kingdom (Mt 5:3–12)

these blessings are called beatitudes’

The word “blessed” (“blesses,” 5:3; etc.) literally means “happy.” For “realize their need for him” (5:3) see Psalms 40:17; 69:29–30, 33–34; and Isaiah 57:15; 61:1; 66:2, 5.

Psalm 40:17 (ESV) 17As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God!
Isaiah 61:1 (ESV) 1The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
This characteristic describes the inner attitude of a person when confronted with the holy God and his demands. Realizing a “need for” God means admitting that no one can have spiritual wealth in and of themselves—that all are dependent on God alone for spiritual salvation and daily grace. Such a person aligns with God’s will, even against the desires of his own.
therefore the attitude of “mourning,

Matthew 5:4 (ESV) 4“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. See also Isaiah 1:17, 23; 2:11, 17; 61:2.

Isaiah 1:17 (ESV) 17learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.
Isaiah 61:2 (ESV) 2to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn;
here is an illustration for thought and understanding so that you will know

What type of mourning does Jesus refer to in Matthew 5:4 (compare 2 Cor 7:10)?

2 Corinthians 7:10 (ESV) 10For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.

“To mourn is to care deeply, to know godly sorrow for sin, to be deeply concerned about the evil in the world and to know the meaning of suffering because of the sin, injustice, and perversion in society.”

He hates the sin. The mourner is approaching the vision of sin that God Himself holds. Jeremiah had long condemned the shallow spirit of good-fellowship (joyous, hearty) and the false comforts of his society... In these verses he pointed to the ugly thing that had broken his people. He exposed the character of sin. First, it was all pervasive. “No man repented,Everyone turned to his own course” (8:6); “Everyone will deceive his neighbor” (9:5). Second, it was unnatural. Even storks and turtledoves respond to a grand design. Yet humanity, the crown of creation, chose to defy it (8:7). Third, it was based on lies. Scribes, the supposedly credible communicators of the day, wrote with lying pens when the real truth was available to them (8:9). “And like their bow they have bent their tongues for lies” (9:3).
Fourth, it was shameless.Nor did they know how to blush” (8:12). This was a common theme of Jeremiah’s and one that has been treated more thoroughly in the preceding chapter. Fifth, it was destined for punishment. The tender-hearted prophet was forced to speak in metaphors of pain,
This is the grief of the mourners whom Jesus calls blessed... What they mourn is the condition of the world as it now exists—and all the loss and suffering they have experienced in this world. Like Simeon (cf. Luke 2:25), they are “looking forward to the consolation of Israel,” for a new age in which sorrow no longer reigns.
Scripture declares that God comforts his people in times of distress.

God’s comfort (Is 49:13; 2 Co 1:3–4, See also Ps 23:4; Ps 71:20–21; Ps 119:50; Ps 119:76; Is 12:1; Is 40:1; Is 51:3; Is 51:12; Is 52:9; Is 57:18; Is 61:2; Je 8:18; Je 31:13; Zec 1:3; Zec 1:17; Mt 5:4; Lk 16:25; Php 2:1

Isaiah 49:13 (ESV) 13Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth; break forth, O mountains, into singing! For the Lord has comforted his people and will have compassion on his afflicted.
2 Corinthians 1:3–4 (ESV) 3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
Promises of comfort When worried (Is 43:1–13; Mt 6:25–34; Php 4:4–7; 1 Pe 5:7)
1 Peter 5:7 (ESV) 7casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
When lonely (Ps 73:23–24; Is 41:10; Is 49:14–16; Jn 14:15–21)
Isaiah 41:10 (ESV) 10fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
When tired or weary (Is 40:28–31; Mt 11:28–30; 2 Co 4:16–18; Php 4:12–13)
Philippians 4:12–13 (ESV) 12I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
When discouraged (Ps 34:18; Ps 42:5; La 3:20–23; Ro 8:28–39)
Psalm 34:18 (ESV) 18The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
The promise of final deliverance from sorrow (Is 35:10; Re 21:4)
Isaiah 35:10 (ESV) — 10 And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Revelation 21:4 (ESV) — 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
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