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Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
(Matthew 5:6 KJV)
In continuing the Beatitudes we are now looking at verse 6, as is seen above.
When we see here the words hunger and thirst we often think first about sustenance; food and drink.
May we now examine these two words to get a clearer understanding of what the Holy Spirit through the writer is actually saying.
From the same as G3993 (through the idea of pinching toil; pine); to famish (absolutely or comparatively); figuratively to crave: - be an hungered. (strong)
Total KJV occurrences: 23
1) to hunger, be hungry
1a) to suffer want
1b) to be needy
2) metaphorically to crave ardently, to seek with eager desire
1) to suffer thirst, suffer from thirst
1a) figuratively, those who are said to thirst who painfully feel their want of, and eagerly long for, those things by which the soul is refreshed, supported, strengthened
From a variation of G1373; to thirst for (literally or figuratively): - (be, be a-) thirst (-y).
Total KJV occurrences: 16
From G1342; equity (of character or act); specifically (Christian) justification: - righteousness. (strong)
Total KJV occurrences: 92
1) in a broad sense: state of him who is as he ought to be, righteousness, the condition acceptable to God
1a) the doctrine concerning the way in which man may attain a state approved of God
1b) integrity, virtue, purity of life, rightness, correctness of thinking feeling, and acting
2) in a narrower sense, justice or the virtue which gives each his due
In these words volumes can be written and spoken (Hunger, Thirst and Righteousness).
we here are not talking about Justice as injured persons, be that injury spiritual, mental, physical, financial, sexual and so on – We are not to seek a more legal righteousness such as the Jews of that day were desperately seeking and searching after. What we are speaking of here is a justifying righteousness both of and in Christ; from Christ alone this can come. No other can offer you righteousness, no matter what the conditions or promises may be. This righteousness can only be found and kept daily until our deliverance at the Rapture, by faith. We are kept by faith, not by works – yet we must have works to show our faith at times. (That’s another subject all together)
1) to feed with herbs, grass, hay, to fill, satisfy with food, to fatten
1a) of animals
2) to fill or satisfy men
3) to fulfil or satisfy the desire of any one
From G5528; to fodder, that is, (genitive case) to gorge (supply food in abundance): - feed, fill, satisfy.
Total KJV occurrences: 15
Our last wo in verse 6 is Filled. This is of course to be done son with and by righteousness, with the good things of Christ, with joy and peace.
None of the words here used nor their meanings and neither the intention of this writer, depend on outward possessions, such as worldly goods or finances, real-estate, jewelry, fame and so on.
At the moment you decide to say yes to Jesus Christ you can, that quickly, step suddenly into this beatitude and begin to drink of the water of life, and do so freely.
Jesus Christ lived this life, Jesus Christ is this life: He lived it and remains it, therefore can easily bring us into it, into His loving arms. All we need do is say yes to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
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