Feb 6 2011
Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness.
Has it ever occurred to anyone else that this Beatitude may refer to something other than personal righteousness?
The Bible is confusing because we never really know how to understand statements. In this case, what do we do with this promise? In my opinion, so many verses in the Bible are difficult to understand that when the commentators come to this one, they breathe a sigh of relief and go with the obvious. They say that any one who wants to me more righteous will someday, by the power of the Holy Spirit, be more righteous. No Christian can argue with that. It is undoubtedly true, it just doesn’t ring true. All of the other promises have an other-worldly fulfillment: The poor in spirit will get the kingdom of heaven, they that mourn will be comforted, (In Heaven?) The meek will inherit the earth, (In some millennial kingdom or after all the non-meek have killed each other in wars?) they that hunger and thirst after righteousness will be filled.
I’m proposing that this verse also refers to an other-worldly time. My preferred interpretation is that the time will come when Christ will have drawn all men to himself. Look at John 12:32. At that time we will all get our fill of righteousness because there will be so much of it. In Jesus’ day if you had to live on righteousness you would be hungry indeed but after 2000 years of Jesus’ positive influence there is a lot more to righteousness to be had. Someday we will get our fill. I suppose that day will come at about the same time as the meek inherit the earth.