If you’ve ever suffered a severe, heart-rending loss, probably the last thing you were feeling was “blessed”. Gutted, angry, lost, empty, broken maybe, but…”blessed”?!! But then again, Jesus did say, “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” So today we’re continuing our study of The Beatitudes with teacher and author of the book, “Broken Yet Blessed” Kathi McCarty, who is here to help us understand the 2nd Beatitude…
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
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Can there be joy in sorrow?
Matt 5:4 | Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted
It is not about situational sadness…the world is full of reasons to be sad.
Mourn: Gr. Penthein; used only in context of grieving the dead; an intense sorrow which pierces the heart; poignant, visible, tearful sorrow which cannot be held back from the world to see.
It’s a recognition of one’s spiritual bankruptcy; beggars who have no recourse to help themselves.
Does sorrow have value?
Sorrow has its own unique blessedness (There are things only sorrow can teach):
Man can (re)discover God in sorrow
Every attribute we need while mourning (grace, mercy, compassion, etc) can be found in Jesus.
Man can discover faith in sorrow – a faith that deepens and can be refined to maturity
Man can discover what truly matters in life through sorrow – mourning can give us an eternal perspective necessary to suffering
What is Godly sorrow?
The spiritual correlation of this beatitude is speaking of the blessings that can come when we:
Grieve over the sin/death in the world
Rom 5:12 – sin entered the world and brought death
Grieve over injustice, tyranny, and oppression
Ps 12:5 | God hears the groaning “Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the Lord; “I will place him in the safety for which he longs.”
Ex 23:6-7 | the injustices that come from rich men
“You shall not pervert the justice due to your poor in his lawsuit. Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent and righteous, for I will not acquit the wicked.
Luke 18:1-8 | the unjust judge toward the lowly And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary. For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’”
And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
Mic 6:8 | upholding the moral principle
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Grieve over the lost/sinner
2 Cor 7:9-10 | sorrowful to the point of repentance
As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.
Rm 10:1 – heart’s desire & prayer for others’ salvation
1Tim 2:1-6 | recognizing God’s enemy
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.
Mt 9:37-38 | pray for more laborers in the field
Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
Col 4:3 | pray for those who are laborers At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison
Beauty for ashes…
Is 61:1-3 | “To all who mourn (grieve) in Israel” The 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; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion—to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.
Those who are in God’s house get His attention when they grieve. We can get burnt by life experiences.
Sitting in ash piles, looking quite ugly
Ecc 3:11 | “He makes everything beautiful in its time.”
The Maguey plant… prehistoric, in Mexico. Every season of the plant produces something of necessity for living.
Oil of joy…
Oil was used to make the face shine…
Oil is a reference to the Holy Spirit.
Joy is not the absence of suffering; it is responding to the presence of the Lord in the midst of our suffering/grief.
Neh 8:9-10b | “…for the joy of the Lord is your strength…”
And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people wept as they heard the words of the Law. Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
1 Thes 5:16-18 | “In everything give thanks (praise)…”
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Praise for heaviness…
Every morning we decide what to wear. As believers, we choose to put on a garment of praise
Hebrew for praise, “…to completely wrap or cover oneself in…” (leaves no room for the enemy to get in).
Praise prepares us for God’s answer, even if it’s not what we had hoped.
Acts 16:25-26 | “…they sang praises…and the chains of every prisoner fell off!”
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bonds were unfastened.
Are you grieving?
Death of a dream?
Death of a job you needed/loved?
Death of a relationship?
Death of someone you loved?
The tyranny/oppression in the world?
A dying world/lost souls who do not know Jesus?
Does your heart break knowing that there are those who will die without knowing Jesus?
Does your heart break for the sin that is entangling you, someone you love, the world around you?
Ps 22:3 | “For you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Your people. Our ancestors trusted in You, and You rescued them. They cried out to You and were saved. They trusted in You and were never disgraced or disappointed.”