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Mourn in the morning for past mornings

Blessed are those who mourn’ (Matthew 5:4 NIV)

In Jesus’ inaugural address; as he saw the crowds that were around him, he went up a mountainside to talk to his disciples (Matthew 5:1-2), and we hear him say that everyone in their lives, should feel ‘blessed’ (Matthew 5:3).

Jesus did not say the word only once or twice, but a total of nine times; and each time he said the word, he did so with yet another different reason that we should feel blessed in our lives.

But in the Biblical context, what exactly does it mean to be blessed, and what does it mean to be mourning, and what or who should we mourn for?

Most people have lost some-one in their life, whether a father / mother, grandfather / grandmother, brother, sister or friend; and maybe even a few people, and when you do, it can feel like a part of you has been ripped out of your body. You feel at a loss, that there is a part of you that will never be complete again.

We live in a broken world, and no matter how we feel, and where our life has led us, and what or who has gone from our lives, God can heal the broken-ness, he can heal us; God can and will complete us if we let him.

If we let God into our life, he will bless us in ways that we can never fully know.

Blessed, is a literal translation from the Greek ‘makarios’ ( μακάριος), and it means to be happy. Strong’s number for the word is ‘G3107’ and the definition for the word says;

a prolonged form of the poetical μακάρ makar (meaning the same); supremely blest; by extension, fortunate, well off; – blessed happy (x-ier).

Strong’s Hebrew gives the word the number H1288, and translates as – ‘bless – מבורך’.

The Hebrew word translates as ‘to bend the knee, as in ‘to respect’ or ‘to worship / pay homage to’ some-one or some-thing (http://www.ancient-hebrew.org/dictionary/1500.html#1288 – accessed 25/01/19).

The Greek word for mourn that is used, is ‘πενθέω – penthéō’ (Strong’s G3996), and the word means;

Deep grief or intense sorrow, openly manifested by weeping audibly’ (https://www.studylight.org/language-studies/greek-thoughts.html?article=12 – accessed 25/01/19).

But what are we mourning for?

Are we mourning for some-one, relative or friend, who is not with us in our life for the reason of dying?

Are we mourning for our past; mourning for our past sins, any number of sins that we committed before we came to God?

Are we mourning for the sins of the world that have, and are being committed?

How deeply are we mourning or lamenting, for past sins? Are we just apologetic for the fact that the sins have been committed, or do we have a deep sense of regret, and lament for all the wrong in the world, ours included, do we weep for the world and the wrong that seems to be ever present?

Do we ask God to break our hearts with the things that break his?

Whatever we are mourning for, we need to give the situation to God; we need to bring all of our problems to him, Jesus said;

Come to me, all you who are heavy burdened and I will give you rest’ (Matthew 11:28 NIV) and carrying around grief can be wearisome to us, and wear us down, leaving us vulnerable. ‘Take my yoke upon you and learn from me’ (Matthew 11:29 NIV).

So if we combine the translations, we could read it as follows;

Happy are those who bend their knee in respect or in worship to the Lord our God, and deeply mourn and lament for the sins that they, and the rest of the world have committed against God, for ‘God will comfort them’ (Matthew 5:4 GNB).

So are we blessed?

Do we feel blessed?

‘Makarios’, happy, blessed! ‘Bless – מבורך’

BLESSED!

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Blessed Be Your Name
In the land that is plentiful 
Where Your streams of abundance flow
Blessed be Your name

Blessed Be Your name
When I’m found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed Be Your name

Every blessing You pour out, I’ll 
Turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, blessed be Your name

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name
Blessed be Your name

Blessed Be Your Name

Beth Redman / Matt Redman

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Father we thank you for the fact that when we come to you, in all of our states of sin and regret, that you offer us comfort when we trust in you. We mourn for our past sins when we were far from you, and thank you for sending Jesus to die for us, and give us a hope for eternal life.

Amen

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