I think we have already discovered in our study of the Beatitudes how when we say "I'm not happy" or we say "I sure would like to be happy" - that happiness doesn't come easy; it doesn't come quickly; it doesn't come cheap. Because here 1-n the study of the Beatitudes, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, tells us how the Christian - and by the way I would say that ONLY a Christian can be happy.
You don't just go in and visit a while with the President of the United States. You don't drop by the White House and say "I was in the area ... I thought I would just come in and say hello ....... because our President, as any Chief Executive of any land in America or any corporation - has to limit those that he sees; and therefore, our President has an Appointment Secretary.... and he prunes the list of those who want to see the Head of State like a tree surgeon would prune a tree. And therefore, to see the President, with all the decisions that he makes, with all the pressures that are upon him, is indeed a very critical matter.
When President Eisenhower had his heart attack, a group of reporters went to see the Chief Executive who had once been in that place - Harry Truman. And they went to President Truman and asked, "Can a person be President who has a cardiac condition? Can a man be healthy enough who has a bad heart - to serve in this most prestigious and pressure filled position?"
Harry Truman, with his normal candor, replied, "Gentlemen, no man alive is healthy enough to be President of the United States."
So to see the President, to see a King, to see a Dictator, to see a Ruler, to see any Emperor - to see any Head of State - is reserved for a few - those few who are qualified - are able to see the man.
Now in the Book of Esther there is an interesting parallel. You know that a new king ascended to the throne of Persia ... and this king decided to divide the empire that stretched from India to Ethiopia, into 12 different provinces .... and the new king appointed a governor over every province and then, according to the historian - Herodius - he then appointed a Prince - 7 princes - to rule over all the 20 provinces .... and according to the Book of Esther, only these 7 princes could "SEE THE FACE OF THE KING." ONLY these 7 could see the face of the king - they had immediate access to the king; but only these.
Now in our scripture this morning - Jesus teaching on the Sermon on the Mount – says that ONLY, exclusively, ONLY THOSE who are pure in heart - can see God.
Is that surprising to anyone here? That you have to be pure in heart in order to see the Lord? How many people are clamoring and shouting and going around on this earth, saying, "I want to know God; I want help from God; I want forgiveness from God; I want understanding from God; I want healing from God." But the Bible clearly says, "ONLY those who are pure in heart," have access to the King - ...
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