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Blessed Are They Which Hunger (4 of 21)
Series: THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT
November 16, 2005
INTRODUCTION: As we pick up our study of the Beatitudes, we come to lesson number four, or the 4th blessing: "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled." With that, let us consider our main two points:
I. "BLESSED ARE THEY WHICH HUNGER AND THIRST AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS"
A. The desire to be righteous
1. Keep in mind, not all men desire to be righteous. Jesus was speaking to a mixed audience:
a. Some, you will remember, were those who followed Him out of curiosity--they had heard of His ability to perform miracles. In John 6:2a, it says, "And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did."
1) These were people who more interested in Jesus' supernatural ability than they were in Him. You will remember when Jesus was brought before Herod, Herod was excited--he wanted to see Him perform a miracle. We read in Luke 23:8, "And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him."
2) Not much has changed today. There are people who will stand in line to look at what they perceive to be an image of Jesus on a tree trunk or a stained piece of tile on the floor, but they won't darken the door of a church, nor will they turn to Christ for salvation; they just want to see a miracle. And by the way, when many of the people who followed Jesus saw the miracles, did it change them? Did they become Christians? No! It says in John 12:37, "But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him." These were not people who were truly thirsting after righteousness.
b. Then again, in this multitude gathered before the Lord, there were those who were simply looking for a handout ...
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