On the day when Jesus taught these Beatitudes, he spoke of a future world where the pain and sorrow of this present world will no longer exist Revelation 21:4-5. But Jesus also spoke of an immediate quenching of spiritual hunger and thirst available through faith and trust in God Psalm 107:9.
I love this Feature Image showing a broken heart full of gold shining rays of bright light out from the inside of the heart. I interpret this image as our human hearts which are not perfect, are broken from life’s pain, but our hearts are full of God’s rich love bursting out into our world, to our family and friends. Beverley Joy.
First-century Israel lived in a desperate state
Economically and politically under Roman rule
Many lived in poverty living out their faith
Surrounded by Roman religion and culture.
They longed for the fulfilment of the prophecy of old
For a Saviour, a Redeemer, the coming Messiah
And eternal life in the Kingdom of God
To eclipse the peaceful rule of King Solomon.
Some Jews enquired of Jesus about these things
“What shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
As recorded in Luke 10 and 18
Jesus answers “Love God and obeys His Commands.”
The pure in heart are not two-faced
Nor are they hypocrites or liars
Their actions mirror God’s character
In private, in public, at home and at work.
The pure in heart are sincere
They don’t live out hatred or fear
For they live out God’s love and peace
Empowered by God’s Holy Spirit.
There’s just the living out of their life
Under the watchful eye of God
Loving and obeying and pleasing Him
Repentant and forgiven by His grace and mercy.
Happy are the pure in heart
For they hunger and thirst for God’s Word
They wait and pray for the Messiah to come
Joyfully anticipating His righteous reign.
God is pure and holy; it is who He is
All of creation was made in purity
The angels, mankind, the earth, and the universe
And believers long to return to God’s pure garden state.
Beverley Joy © 2021 Simply Story Poetry. All Rights Reserve.
Read or listen to other poems in this series: You can read or listen to other poems in this series The Beatitudes of Jesus – An Introduction, Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit?, Blessed Are Those Who Mourn? Blessed Are The Meek? Blessed are Those who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness? Blessed are the Merciful? Blessed are the Pure?
Matthew 5:1-12 The Zondervan NASB Study Bible copyright © 1999 Zondervan