September 19, 2014
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst
for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
- Matthew 5:6
What is God’s Word for me today?
We must make a final point of this beatitude that teaches us the steps to happiness. This emerges only in the Greek. It is a rule of Greek grammar that verbs of hungering and thirsting are followed by the genitive case. The genitive is the case which is expressed be the word of. The genitive which follows the verbs of hungering and thirsting are called partitive genitives, meaning genitives of part. The Greek said, “I hunger for of good.” It was some food he desired, not part of the bread, not the whole loaf. The Greek said, “I thirst for of water.” It was some water he desired, not the whole pitcher. But in this beatitude, most unusually, righteousness is in the direct accusative, not the normal genitive. Thus, when the verbs of hungering and thirsting appear in Jesus’ words, he is speaking of a hunger for the whole loaf and a thirst for the whole pitcher.
Jesus was saying, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for the whole of righteousness, for complete righteousness.” It is not enough to be satisfied with partial goodness. Blessed is the man who hungers and thirsts for the goodness which is total. So, the fourth beatitude may be fully translated, “O the bliss of the man who longs for total righteousness as a starving man longs for food, and a man perishing of thirst longs for water, for that man will be truly satisfied.”
How does this make me become like Him?
Don’t stop short of God’s goal for your life. Don’t seek partial goodness, partial righteousness, or partial God. Seek after the things of God with your whole heart. That is the only way you will ever become like Him.